Five-year-old Alexa and her house and garden complete with snakes, built at one of the Lincoln Lego clubs

Creating with LEGO

by Ann van Engelen

Selwyn Libraries has an existing collection of Lego that is used for pop-up sessions, events, and programmes throughout the year as a fun and successful way to encourage learning through play.

“Lego has become a staple resource in contemporary libraries and is extremely popular with children of all ages. It is particularly the case with boys as something that encourages them,” says Rolleston Community Learning librarian Mat Logan.

“We know that boys can be more reluctant readers. Lego is also a good way to get some intergenerational play going on in our libraries. We see parents and teachers taking advantage of our Lego collection to play with their children and help foster those bonds.

“It crosses a lot of different areas in helping children learn, physically by helping develop mechanical and fine motor skills, and develops problem-solving and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills.

“We also see a lot of creative play. The children love to team up and build together and tell stories. It is really fun to see how imaginative they are — they make everything from space stations to milking sheds.”

Until the end of March, all Selwyn Libraries are running weekly drop-in Lego Club sessions and children who attend six sessions will go into the draw to win an epic Lego prize pack. “The free sessions are drop-in only and have limited spaces. Recommended for primary school-age children.

Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The competition is open to Selwyn residents age 5 to 12 years, and an entry card can be collected from your local library to participate.”

The weekly sessions are from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Lincoln Library on Wednesdays, Leeston Library on Mondays, Darfield Library on Fridays and Rolleston Library also on Wednesdays.