The Brick Chronicles :: Making Maps with Legos®

The Brick Chronicles feature unique creations made with Lego® bricks. Hopefully you, and the children in your life, will find them as inspiring as I do!

IMG_0719I used the idea of 3-D maps to jump start the creative process with my young students in camp this past week. This was the first time I had suggested maps (with Legos®) and I love how it sparked our creativity. I think it would be a great activity to challenge older students to make a variety of maps using only Lego® bricks. This could be such an interesting student-led project for geography and cartography. To see some very sophisticated and complex builds, check here and here.

I read the book, Me on the Map, to my students and they had a blast following along with this simple book. In the past, I’ve had students draw their own “birds-eye view” maps, but this time we did it all with bricks and they carried their maps over to their computer work stations to build the WeDo airplane (which they had to program all by themselves). Next time, I will start with the drawing of a flat map (bird’s eye view) and then move on to building one with Lego® pieces (topographical or 2-D maps).

A map of The White House (complete with lawn). Made by Rylin, age 10.

A map of The White House (complete with lawn). Made by Rylin, age 10.

A Texas-sized island, made by Eliot, age 12.

A Texas-sized island, made by Eliot, age 12.

A map of the Mt. Everest summit, including memorial and old church. Made by Alex, age 7.

A map of the Mt. Everest summit, including memorial and old church. Made by Alex, age 7.

A map of a mountain shopping plaza. Made by Daniel, age 7.

A map of a mountain shopping plaza. Made by Daniel, age 7.

A map of Jurassic Park. Made by Will, age 8.

A map of Jurassic Park. Made by Will, age 8.