When I was young, I loved building with LEGO. I recall the big green bin my parents used to store all the pieces in. It overflowed and too often the colourful shapes would spill when I haphazardly carried the container to and from its corner in our playroom.
The best part of LEGO was that it was always new and the only parameters were the amount of pieces in my collection. I could materialize what I pictured in my mind, whether it was a futuristic vehicle or a medieval castle. LEGO enabled a manifestation of ideas that was once only accessible to those with the crafty “know how” and specific building resources. For me, the limitations were lifted through small plastic shapes that connected and I could manipulate my materials unencumbered, without supervision.
It was innocent fun but cathartic at the same time. I was able to see the world as it was but build as an outlet and transform reality by tapping into my creativity. It encouraged in me expressionism, allowed me to problem solve and improved my dexterity. LEGO’s only pitfall was the pain induced when pieces were stepped on.
These small building blocks were important when I was a kid and now that I’m a father I see that they hold significance to my son as well. Creating with LEGO has opened new worlds for my six year old and provides him a self-directed challenge where he can control the complexity of the activity and take it to whatever level he wants to. His opportunities are endless. So when LEGO announced that they were holding a creative building challenge, we were all in.
This year, Canada’s 150th year, LEGO is asking Canadians to take it back to what building was like when I was a kid; freestyle. LEGO wants young builders to leave the instructions behind and create something really special to represent how they envision the future of Canada using only their imaginations.
LEGO City of Tomorrow, a nation-wide program, is inspiring kids to think about what will make Canadian cities better and even more fun – and then build it. These creations will inspire a brighter future and give families a chance to win a trip for four to Ottawa for the Canada 150 celebrations on July 1st.
Submitting is quick and easy. Get the full details here.
What did my son build for Canada’s future? Solar powered, flying public transit to replace buses. His rationale? They will help the environment by eliminating emissions, get kids to the park quicker and help mom and dad by reducing traffic…
What do you think your child would be inspired to build? Give them the opportunity to drive the future of Canada and submit a photo to inspire a nation.
Best of luck to all who participate!