Library Lego challenge chock-a-block

Participants show off their creations.

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

The inaugural Lego challenge at the Arran library last Saturday was a huge success with event organisers having to restrict the numbers of participants owing to the overwhelming response.

Young children, comprising both boys and girls, were eager to take part in the event which involved a number of fun games and a main challenge to complete.

Librarian Jane Greenstreet hosted the event and challenged the children to think creatively with a number of fun activities that involved the children individually and as small teams.

The non-competitive main challenge involved the children building a fantasy creature with thought given to where it lives, what it eats and how it could best be constructed.

The challenge stimulated lively conversation and the participants’ imaginations ran wild as they chatted excitedly with one another while busying themselves with their creations.

Following an enjoyable and social hour spent playing with their peers, the children finished up by helping to clean up all of the scattered Lego that had been tossed aside in search for a required block, and the models put on display at the entrance at the library.

Owing to the huge success of the event, and in addition to the regular Lego Club which is held every Saturday between 10.30am and 12.30pm, the library will host more Lego challenges for children aged from five years and older in the future.

Librarian Jane Greenstreet encourages the children to think creatively when playing ‘Cram it in’ where participants compete to hold the highest number of blocks in one hand. 01_B07lego01

Children race against the clock to complete a fun challenge. 01_B07lego02

Librarian Jane Greenstreet shows the participants a Lego model that helps to inspire the children and give them ideas for their own creation. 01_B07lego03

Heads down, a group of boys get to work on their models. 01_B07lego04

Two girls work together during one of the warm up games. 01_B07lego05

Participants discuss their creations with each other and add their ideas to the project. 01_B07lego06

Children sift through a huge assortment of blocks to find the correct piece for their projects. 01_B07lego07