Much to the delight of local Lego-loving children, a new program focusing on building with the popular blocks began in Northwest Indiana this spring.
Bricks 4 Kidz offered its first pre-school and elementary classes at Children's Montessori School in Hammond in April, said Catherine Leckrone, the program’s Northwest Indiana chapter director.
“We had a huge signup and received great feedback from parents,” Leckrone said. “One parent said, ‘Thank you so much for bringing this program to this area. We love it.’ Lego seems to have a huge fan base and we have had a lot of calls from parents asking if our after-school Bricks 4 Kidz classes will be at their school in the fall or how their child can get involved. It really has a big draw.”
There are many benefits for children building with Legos, Leckrone said.
Bricks 4 Kidz is a hands-on educational program focused on introducing children to principles of science, technology and engineering (STEM) education and architecture, she said.
“Through the use of lab-focused exercises, utilizing Lego bricks, the children have the ability to learn, create and explore,” Leckrone said. “Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games and have loads of fun. The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their confidence. Children work with exciting themes and could build a spinning satellite, a snapping alligator or even The Empire State Building.”
All the programs are designed around three main concepts: learn, explore and have fun, she said.
“On our website you will find more information on what types of programs we offer; however, we are happy to customize a program specifically for your group,” Leckrone said. “The other benefits to the program that I see are that it gives parents a way for their child to be involved with Lego at a very affordable price."
Bricks 4 Kidz will hold summer camps around Northwest Indiana with such popular themes as Minecraft, Star Wars and Advanced Robotics.
“It incorporates fun with learning,” Leckrone said. “Lego can be so expensive and with this program you had have all the benefits of building, without the huge cost.”
Leckrone said the most satisfying part of the program is watching the children’s faces when they sit down and start building one of the Bricks 4 Kidz model plans, or dig into our free-play boxes.
Future plans include offering the program as an after-school enrichment class around Northwest Indiana schools starting in the fall.
“We will also be offering Kidz Night Out soon and birthday parties,” Leckrone said.
For further information visit www.bricks4kidz.com/indiana-valparaiso-merrillville, the Bricks 4 Kidz Northwest Indiana Facebook page or call Leckrone at (219) 299-3983.