Last December we had the opportunity to visit the Lexington, KY “Bricks 4 Kidz” program run by Tracy Morris, Managing Director. Her tagline is, “Bricks 4 Kidz – we learn, we build, we play with Lego bricks.” The franchise captures the heart of young children who love to play with Lego blocks and build something really neat. The program includes various topics like “Air, Land, and Sea,” Little Builders “In the Jungle,” “Amazing Animals,” “Mining and Crafting,” and even building “Super Heroes.”
The students have fun using LEGO Bricks to learn team building, collaboration skills, and the principles of science, math and technology. Tracy offers after-school classes in public and private preschools, elementary and middle schools, as well as holiday and summer camps, in-school field trips, and birthday parties.
The program I attended was held at Newton’s Attic run by Bill and Dawn Cloyd. Bill was a physics teacher at Paul Lawrence Dunbar high school in Lexington, KY. His desire was to create projects that demonstrated the laws of physics that his students could learn and apply – that is why he started Newton’s Attic. It is the perfect place for Bricks 4 Kidz to be held since the younger students can see other STEM projects completed by older – middle and high school – students.
The Bricks 4 Kidz programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using Lego bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence.
Programs are built around the franchisor’s proprietary model plans, designed by engineers and architects, with interesting and exciting themes like the above and others such as space, construction, and amusement parks. The specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz approach to educational play. Tracy says that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.
One of the best parts about viewing the class was to see the students engaged and asking inquisitive questions. Given the opportunity between attending a summer camp for fun or attending a summer camp for fun and learning, I’d recommend Bricks 4 Kidz.
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