Creative children as young as four have been using LEGO® DUPLO® to design the future of the Chinese capital Beijing.
Youngsters aged between four and six worked together in groups in the competition organised by LEGO® Education and People’s Architecture as part of Beijing Design Week. They used LEGO DUPLO to build a working model that could move through the streets of the city to make Beijing more comfortable for residents.
The brilliant results of their efforts can be seen here.
Organisers said: “We want to encourage children to think on a multi-level platform by explaining how this object can change the city physically and how this would make our everyday life more comfortable”.
Fifteen Beijing design firms were then asked to build mini LEGO cities using the children’s work as a starting point, and the mini cities were then joined together to create a mega-metropolis made of LEGO.
Why not challenge the children in your class to work collaboratively to build a city of the future using LEGO? You could use the idea as a starting point to discuss what issues will face communities in the future. Let us know how you get on.
For more on Beijing Design Week, visit the website.