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As with most activities my boys are into, they love making things that do something or solve a problem. Toys that move, launch or interact are usually the favorites. That’s why when searching for new things to create, the instructions for creating something useful are usually on the top of their list.
Like this iPhone LEGO dock from the Daily Brick
or this LEGO desk organizer from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.
It definitely helps that sense of accomplishment and satisfaction to see your creation being used.
or tape dispenser found on Instructables.
If your kid loves solving problems with their creations go check out LEGO’s Maker Challenge!
“People use all types of LEGO® elements, from classic LEGO bricks to the more advanced LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics tool kit to help prototype their inventions. Over the years we’ve seen everything from a baseball mudder to a braille printer to a pancake maker all built usingLEGO elements. Many of these inventions then evolved to become manufactured products that were often patented and sold to the public.
We want to continue to encourage this type of “play” and innovation so we want to supercharge the invention process for 50 LEGO Makers. Tell us why you need the tools to power your prototyping process and you could be one of the winners who will receive the LEGO Prototyping Kit, including a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 kit, thousands of LEGO bricks and elements, access to a LEGO MINDSTORMS Expert Builder and the book, Spirit of Invention: The Story of the Thinkers, Creators, and Dreamers Who Formed Our Nation.
The LEGO Prototyping Challenge is designed specifically for our older Makers. Participants must be 13 years of age or older to submit.”
They have a whole Maker playlist on YouTube if you need some inspiration, but I’m betting a lot of your kids already have something in mind! Go enter and come tell me when you’ve won!