When I saw a post over at swissmiss about a book called I Lego N.Y. illustrated with Legos, I knew my Lego-loving 6 year old, Elliot, would love it. I showed it to him and told him if he ever wanted to try it to let me know. On Sunday while we were looking over his Friday folder (papers sent home from school showing what he did the previous week and what was upcoming), we found an assignment for his first book report. He decided immediately that he would write and make a book, and that would be the subject of his book report.
Because his interest in Legos is only matched by his love for Star Wars (the concept of Star Wars more than the actual movie), he decided that his book would be titled I Lego Star Wars (the lego shape in the title is in the shape of a heart, as in the inspiration book). He quickly gathered some of his Star Wars Lego figures, and he made some of the ones he doesn't actually own from more generic Lego parts. He then set up scenes on his chalkboard covered radiator cover so that he could write words or draw arrows around his figures.
At this point, I photographed the scenes, and then we downloaded the photos to the computer, added the text and cropped the photos. He was very specific about what type of font he wanted, as well as how the pages should be laid out. We then printed them onto matte photo paper, trimmed them, and glued them into a board book we had from Bare Books.
This project was completed in bits throughout our Sunday, and after dinner he sat down and wrote his book report. To say he was thrilled with his book is a serious understatement. We packed it up in his Lego carrying case with the figures that we photographed so that he could present it to the class.
Part of the "changes" that I mentioned in the last post includes trying to get caught up in the activities of my children more often. Over the past few years I found myself taking on my own projects (even some geared towards children!), and putting them on hold far too much. I love that Elliot believes that at our house, we can make anything happen. Wouldn't that be a great gift for him to grow up with? Of course, there will always be times when obligations call, but for now, I'd like to try to say yes more often. That's when the magic often happens-- for him...for both of us.