Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lego "Invention Box"

"Inventor box" at a local museum


We came across this "inventor box" inside the Learning Lab at a local museum today.  The 4 1/2 year old loved it.  First, you take a piece of paper from the box.  Someone has written an invention on the piece of paper.  You then create that invention out of cardboard, or using some colored blocks.  And then you write a new invention on a piece of paper and slip it into the box for the next person.  We first chose a piece of paper with "a machine to make ice cream out of clouds" on it. 


Of course, we had to come home and make our own version (we called ours an "Invention Box"), with legos as our construction tools.


Some of our at-home creations included: toy picker-upper, a machine to shoot cookies into your mouth, a machine to cheer up cranky babies, a transporter to visit far away relatives, and a flying car. 

I'm told that the best lego inventions are made while being spontaneously bear-hugged by little sisters.


We have enjoyed books about Leonardo Da Vinci in the past (just went looking for my post to link to -- can't believe I never blogged about our two-week study! oops).


I'm thinking about delving a little deeper into inventions in the next few weeks, using mainly See Inside Inventions, the Story of Inventions, and Story of Toilets, Telephones, and Other Useful Inventions.

Comment!  What would you like to invent?  Do you have any favorite invention/inventor books? 

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2 comments:

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is a great idea. I was trying to think if we read any good inventor/invention books and couldn't come up with anything. I cannot believe how big Bookworm is already!

yourdailypill said...

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Katya