Wednesday, January 24, 2018

LEGO Set of the Month: World Fun

It's the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick this year, which should serve to either make you feel like "wow, LEGO has been around since my great-great-great-grandparents were born" or "huh, I'm old." I fall somewhere in between. The more handsome side, whatever that is.

As part of their big 6-0, LEGO is releasing a series of sets simply called "Building Better Thinking." Which could be the title of a keynote address that I could give. Anytime. Really. Call my people. The idea behind these sets is to give kids a set of a variety of bricks and slopes and plates and pieces that aren't oriented toward any one thing, but showing them the infinite possibilities that LEGO provides. 

This is similar to the existing "Classic" line that I give away in my workshops (call my people), but with a few more specialized pieces, loosely clustered around a theme. The set I'm focusing on is the mid-sized set, World Fun. Essentially 300 pieces that can be used to build just about anything, the set does include instructions for a seahorse, a frog (complete with extended tongue and a freshly caught fly), and a helicopter. There's an "Atlantis" style underwater temple, and a pink ice cream sundae pictured on the box, but there are no instructions for them. I built the Atlantis temple based on looking at the picture, and there were enough pink pieces left over that the sundae is buildable too. 

This sets it apart from other "Creator" sets, where there are three different models pictured on the box, but you need to disassemble Model 1 to build Model 2, etc. There are also two minifigures, a girl in purple and blue, and a boy in orange and brown. 

As much as I love the Star Wars and superhero LEGO sets, there's something to be said for a box of colorful bricks that can be used to build just about anything. That's what the Building Better Thinking sets are all about. If you're looking for a way to start a classroom or grade level LEGO collection, this is a great place to start. 


I knew you were wondering. There are three ways to enter:

1. Comment on this post. You do that below at the very end of this post. Lower...lower...there.

2. Subscribe to the monthly Play Like a PIRATE newsletter. It comes out once a month, with ideas for the classroom, a graphic novel review, and a review and chance to win the new LEGO Set of the Month. No spamming (beyond once a month), no selling your emails to anyone. I don't even know who I would sell them to. It may be worth investigating.

3. Follow @jedikermit on Twitter and retweet this tweet. If you're not on The Twitter, you really should be. Sign up just for this entry. And follow me. So worth it. You can follow the #PlayLAP hashtag to see what other people are doing with Play Like a PIRATE. A book you should totally buy.

So you can enter up to three times. Don't try and cheat. Teachers always know.

Some fine print: the LEGO Set of the Month will only be available to U.S. residents. Even though I love everyone on the planet, international shipping is beyond my reach. The drawing for the January LEGO Set of the Month will be at 11 AM MST on Saturday, January 27. The drawing will be taken from all eligible entries with a random generator. So hopefully you win. Yeah, you.

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  1. WOW !!! Sixty years since the first Lego brick!! Happy Anniversary and this Lego set is amazing .

  2. I'm a full grown adult and I still get geeky about Legos!

  3. So you fondled ALL the bricks from THIS set, and decided to give it away? COUNT ME IN!! (for the 100th time)

  4. So many great and fun ideas. So many curriculum connections.

  5. I love the works of imagination that Legos open up to...well...everybody!

  6. This would be awesome to have in my classroom.

  7. Working on some 20th century stop motion commercials with Legos, your introduction to Legos in the classroom has inspired me! Would love to build my own collections, grateful you share yours!

  8. Legos are always a treat for children and us big children, as well! I love the direction that Lego took, when designing this particular kit. They thought outside the traditional Lego box! ;) I am already a subscriber and I retweeted. Thank you for the chance and for letting us know that it is available!

  9. I'd love to have a set of LEGOs for my classroom! There are so many creative possibilities.

  10. My son's favorite toys were always Legos (at 25 & 30 they are still fighting over who they belong too - I keep telling them they are all mine) Today my students' favorite activity is anything with Legos. Thanks to your ideas I am developing more ways to incorporate these gems.

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