Legos are such an awesome way for kids to work on so many skills. They help with imagination, visual spatial skills, math, science, and are just plain fun. My boys and my girls love them. The duplos for the little ones and regular size for the 5 and up crowd.
This summer my children have been following the blog Lego Quest. They are crazy about it. Each week the blog presents a Lego challenge. The kids have a week to complete the challenge, take a picture of their creation, and then send it in. The pictures are posted on the blog and commented on by Sam the blog owner. Sam does a great job affirming creativity, and giving good feedback. My kids can't wait to see their creations on her her site, read what she wrote, and check out what everyone else has completed for the challenge. The range of projects is truly amazing.
This last week the challenge was to make a Lego boat that floats. My boys spent hours building their boats in the basement and coming up to our bathroom sink to see if the boat floated. They learned about buoyancy, design, and some engineering skills. They experimented with many designs before snapping a picture of their final one. It was amazing to watch all they learned. I highly recommend Lego Quest!