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The Brick Chronicles :: Iggy Peck, Architect

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!

Sightseeing Tower of When, built by our assistant, Briana.

Sightseeing Tower of When, built by our assistant, Ms. Briana.

For camp this past week, we started each morning with circle time. I read a children’s book and the kids built something based on the ideas from the book. The students from this week’s camp enjoyed these challenges so much that we ended up reading a book and building before our afternoon work time as well.

While I am usually a big advocate of listening while building, I did hold off on giving them legos® until the end of the story. Then, one by one, they would go and choose a “plate” full of pre-selected pieces. I limit them to a certain number of pieces because we only have so much time for building…and because it encourages them to be creative with the pieces that they do have.

I read Iggy Peck, Architect and the children were encouraged to build something related to architecture and/or buildings.

Eiffel Tower, built by Elijah, age 8.

Eiffel Tower, built by Elijah, age 8.

A work tower with a parking lot, built by Owen, age 7.

A work tower with a parking lot, built by Owen, age 7.

The Tower of the Empire of Ducky, built by Wes, age 9.

The Tower of the Empire of Ducky, built by Wes, age 9.

A Super Party Castle with a bridge, built by Colt, age 9.

A Super Party Castle with a bridge, built by Colt, age 9.

The small building is an apartment complex and was built by Rainer, age 8.

The small building is an apartment complex and was built by Rainer, age 8.

This is a portal which will teleport you to where you want to go. Built by Rebecca, age 10.

This is a portal which will teleport you to where you want to go. Built by Rebecca, age 10.

A couple of days later, the kids were excited to revisit Iggy in Ms. Greer’s 2nd grade class in the book, Rosie Revere, Engineer. These are fabulous books with good, inspirational stories. I highly recommend them!

A Quilted Fairy Tale

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This book came in the mail the other day. If you ask my husband, I will pretend that I knew nothing about it and the Universe merely willed me to have it. It must have been quite a coincidence that it came in an Amazon box. Really.

Actually, I bought it as a gift for R for in his Easter basket. But, I also kind of bought it for me too. The story is simple and clear and not too lofty. It’s a wonderful (old) story about how Spring comes forth as the seasons change. However, the real reason I bought it was for the illustrations.

They are from a handmade quilt.

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This is an old German story and the quilter remembered it from when she was a child and decided to create a quilt to help her through a difficult time in life.

I would LOVE to see the quilt in person, but I’m sure they would kick me out of the line for standing there too long and drooling over it. Perhaps, I will have to try this instead?

As for now, I am content to gaze at the pictures from the book and wonder in awe at the magnificent skill and love transformed from the fabric. Quilts always have the best stories.

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Have a wonderful weekend.