Legos !!

No directions or pre-packaged sets. Foster creativity.

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Some of the best collaborating I have done was when I was a kid.  My brothers and I would dump out a huge tub of Legos and start building cities, bridges, planes and whatever else came to mind.  There were no directions to follow or assigned jobs, but when we were finished we always felt a great sense of pride in our creation.

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Photo of Elysa Fenenbock

Awesome. I wonder what the equivalent of lego blocks are for teachers? Can you design them?

Photo of James Campbell

Hi Patrick, Welcome to the Teachers Guild. I love the idea of just tossing out the Legos and seeing what happens. Even with teachers just having time to play can spark creativity in the classroom.

Photo of Patrick Murray

Absolutely! Michael Schurr and I have lead a few DT workshops with different school faculties and it is great to see adults play and construct. Get way to build a team when approaching a DT challenge.

Photo of Peter Han

Legos have taken a nefarious turn in the last decade. They have become far less open-ended. Go to any mall in the USA to look for the Lego store and you'll be confronted by dozens of themed sets that contain pieces representing specific functions. Evidently, there is more profit to be made by themed sets. Fortunately, you can still buy bags of plain blocks and gears on-line from eBay.

Photo of Jessica Lura

I love legos! I agree--as a kid, the ideas my brother and I came up with using our (non-set) legos were impressive. It's amazing how creative we could be with some plastic blocks.