My favorite 6-year old is turning 7, so in honor of his birthday I've collected some projects worthy of his ever-increasing LEGO-mastery. Happy birthday, LEGO kid!
- Design Taxi featured this stylin' table you can build yourself- but why not hire a 6-year old to make it for you? You'll just need to provide the 3,000 bricks and 893-step instruction book. Nucleo, creator of both the iconic Histogram table and it's LEGO counterpart, has all the details here.
- Wired Magazine said it best, as always: "There may be no better way to engage kids of all ages in learning about science than with a Lego-based DNA molecule, robot or rocket." I had a hard time picking a favorite from their very-informative gallery of science models, but this spine by artist Cole Blaq might be it.
- I saw an awesome LEGO cake in Donna Hay Magazine a long time ago, and if I had my act together I'd have made it for this birthday. Next year! LEGOs are timeless, right? (The LEGO cake instructions are sadly unavailable on Donna Hay but luckily Netsu snapped a photo, and searching for "LEGO cake" will bring you quite a few tutorials.)
- Design Taxi also highlighted Brixels, "a web service that helps you create custom-designed LEGO-mosaic artworks". Once you send in a photo, Brixels can either create the portrait for you or send you a template so you (i.e., the kid) can make it at home.
- Once in a great while, the 6-year old is allowed to use my iPhone. He mostly plays a Phineas & Ferb game, though I just got him Vidrhythm and am geekily excited to use it with him. Poppytalk featured the LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker, which I might be even more geekily excited to use. I love stop-motion animation as much as he loves LEGOs.
- HiConsumption showed off these LEGO ice cube trays, available through Amazon. I think they'd be perfect to make juice cubes in LEGOesque colors- lemonade, strawberry juice, etc- and would be so fun for a party!
- HiConsumption also introduced me to the beautiful wooden LEGOs made by Japanese design firm Mokurokku. My mom would have been all over those.
- These last two are LEGO-compatible products that I actually got him for last Christmas, to great acclaim. The LED Construction Brick Brites from ThinkGeek are ADORABLE- I got him a set of red ones for fire truck and ambulance play. Or minifig dance parties.
- I'm not sure if he's used the Brix Stix yet, but they seem super-fun. You can buy themed packs of reusable stickers (zombie, comics, medieval) so you can have fun building plots and sets, too.
I know there are a million more great official and unofficial LEGO activities and accessories out there- please share your favorites! It will help me stuff this year's Christmas stocking...
(All images as credited above.)