Initiated in November 2017, with an initial play session including a small group of 11 children interacting with members of a South African LUG (LEGO users Group) The project currently supports structured and unstructured play activities for over 100 children. These activities are offered in the form of a free of charge extra mural activity held at schools and through various play sessions.
Volunteers at our play sessions include experienced child and adult members of the LEGO community, teachers, members of faculty and students from the University of Pretoria.
Depending on the age of the participants games include 6 bricks activities formulated by LEGO foundation and Builders club cards from Care for education. Structured building activities and tasks are integrated with creative play and physical activity.
Children benefit from various forms of interaction, teachers, parents, family etc. Interaction with other children very valuable. By widening the scope of interaction. I.e., interaction with LUG members, who are experienced LEGO builders is useful in allowing children to develop new ways of understanding and interacting with 3d objects and how they fit together.
We encourage children to explore new ways of communication and provide an opportunity for the children to engage in social interaction with people they would not otherwise engage with. Tasks require teamwork and collaboration between groups is necessary for completion.
Most of all play sessions are designed to be fun. It is a space for creative thinking and self-exploration and expression.
Children attend and participate LEGO exhibitions, and other social activities. They can meet South Africa’s best LEGO artists and be inspired by the amazing creations.