The March 2018 LEGO® Challenge is here! LEGO® Challenges from Outside the Brick are back and they’re unlike any challenge you’ve ever seen before. As a homeschooling mom and a teacher, I appreciate the learning value in all activities – as I’m sure you all do. So, with that in mind, I try to put learning opportunities into everything at Outside the Brick. These LEGO® challenges are no exception. If you want to find out more about how these challenges work, you can read more about it on the LEGO® Challenge page.
You can download the printable sheet for this month and use it to record your build. When you’re done, put it in your school portfolio, in your LEGO idea book, on the fridge, or wherever you want people to see it.
I’m feeling hopeful that the weather is turning nicer where I live and that spring might be right around the corner. The challenge for this month is to build a spring scene.
Now, this will vary for everyone. If you’re like me and live in an area that gets cold with lots of snow, your scene will look different from the scene of someone who lives somewhere warm without an obvious “winter” season. Don’t worry about what you’re “supposed” to build, build what you want to build. Here are some ideas:
- Build a gardent.
- Build a park in spring time.
- Build a scene the trees starting to get their new leaves.
- Build a scene of animals emerging from their winter hibernation.
- Build a scene of ice and snow melting into lakes or rivers.
You may be wondering what, “What makes the seasons happen?” Well, here is one of my favorite videos on the seasons. I show this to all my classes because I think it’s so well done. Enjoy!
Now that you know why the seasons happen, here are some interesting facts about spring:
- The first day of spring is called the “Vernal Equinox”. “Vernal” comes from Latin and means “spring” and “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night”.
- On the first day of spring, sunrise and sunset are almost exactly 12 hours apart almost everywhere on Earth, which makes the number of daylight hours and the number of nighttime hours the same.
- On the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon signaling the beginning of six months of constant daylight. At the South Pole, the sun would skim across the horizon signaling six months of constant darkness.
- The first flowers to come up in the spring are usually dandelions, daffodils, lilacs, lilies, irises, and tulips.
- Spring almost always comes on March 20th or 21st, but it sometimes comes on the 19th. Equinoxes and solstices don’t always come on the exact same day every year because the Earth doesn’t circle the sun in exactly 365 days.
For some added inspiration, here is my spring garden park scene build. Good luck and have fun! I can’t wait to see all your builds!