5 fun ways to explore the earth with LEGO Bricks
One of your child’s favorite activities with LEGO Bricks is, no doubt, breaking open a new model and getting right to work. But here are some models that are also useful in teaching quick and easy science lessons about planet Earth that will get their imaginations running.
Layers of earth: Thanks to the different shapes and colors of LEGO Bricks, you can illustrate a simple Earth science lesson by showing the layers beneath the grass and dirt under our feet. Try this simple model created by the blog Little Bins for Little Hands that shows the transition from humus to topsoil to subsoil to bedrock. Include some green grass and trees on top and include a simple diagram for tree roots as well. For more soil facts and ideas for experiments, the Soil Science Society of America has plenty of links and resources.
Shifting plates: Once you’ve explored below the earth’s surface, it’s time to focus on the action it creates above the surface. Learn about tectonic plates and how they lead to earthquakes. Then create an earthquake shake table (programmed and powered by LEGO Mindstorms) and try your hand at engineering a structure that stays standing.
Water cycle: This model is a simple, hands-on way to show kids the complexities of the water cycle, as shown by the blog Edventures With Kids. On a flat surface, you can build some clouds, water, land and rain, and use smaller pieces to show water moving through its many phases, from evaporation to condensation to precipitation.
Solar-powered car: With Earth Day coming up, this is the perfect time to learn about alternative energy. This project is more complicated and will need plenty of help (and tools) from a grownup. But it makes for a fascinating hands-on solar lesson for kids that results in a simple vehicle powered by sunshine. Once they master the basics, they can go on to design something more complex!
Our Valued Customers
"My son learned how to make his favorite dinosaur as a LEGO® robot at a party! He loves to go to Bricks 4 Kidz after-school classes now"
— Miranda K.Jacksonville, FL
We Learn, We Build, We Play with LEGO® Bricks
LEGO® and DUPLO® are registered trademarks of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse these programs or this web site.
This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of or want to locate a franchise in one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your state.