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The Magic Tree House / Read It-Build It Contest
Have you ever read a book, then wanted to build something from it out of Lego? In November, I gave students at my school that opportunity.
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Several months ago, I wanted to build a literature-related Lego creation to put in my school's library display case. When I spoke with our librarian, she helped me come to the conclusion that students should be involved, which led to the idea for a contest. The main idea of the contest was to read a book, then build a scene from it. I gave some size parameters, and a deadline, and it was set.

What's a contest without prizes? One prize was awarded to the winner at each grade level, thanks to a generous donation from my school's PTA. Twenty-four students entered, and I expect and even bigger turn-out next year. Interestingly, there were three girl winners.

I built four entries that matched the students' criteria. Here's the Magic Tree House. The pictures are terrible, I know - I shot them in the library. Building this in September, it felt strange to be making another tree house. I had just build Maxwell and Pugsy's Treetop Hanger in August!

The scene above shows Jack crossing the ice, and it's from "Polar Bears Past Bedtime." Making the ice was one of my favorite parts of the project.

Here's a scene from "Midnight on the Moon."

And here's the island from "Pirates Past Noon."

This project was the inspiration for my group Lego in the Classroom, a group for educators and anyone who works with children.


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  August 22, 2016
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  December 29, 2014
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  February 18, 2012
Nice! I read these books
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  December 1, 2010
Nice. I loved those books when I was a kid.
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  October 14, 2010
I absolutely LOVED these books when I was little! You win the internet, good sir.
Wes Pitter
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Dave and John Xandegar
  April 23, 2010
This is an excellent idea (beyond excellent, actually)! John and I would like to use this in some curriculum we're setting up for an area Public Library Lego Program starting this June. We've got another one at a Grade School to help format in the Fall as well, and this may be the best idea we've seen yet (you know how hip we are about using Lego to promote reading!)! Thanks again for the Group invite...I'm sure we'll all get to inspire each other quite a bit when it comes to activities like this.
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  March 17, 2010
Wow, every one of these scenes is so well built; I can't figure out which is my favorite! Also, that breaking ice looks especially great!
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  January 22, 2010
This are really some nice collection of MOCs!
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  January 21, 2010
Been meaning to comment on these. Very nice work -- and those are some great books, too!
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  January 15, 2010
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  January 8, 2010
I like them. Small, detailed, and cool.
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  January 4, 2010
Quoting Emperor Ludgonious Were these dios were built by you or your students?
I built these dios. I never got around to taking pictures of the students' work. There were some really great entries. It's funny, I had many students come up to me during the contest period and talk Lego with me. My favorite question was, "Are you a good Lego builder?" I don't know, kid. What do you think?
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  January 4, 2010
Always great to see teachers getting their students involved in reading! The foundation of learning in my opinion.
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  January 1, 2010
Nicely done, love the ice. Lee.
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  December 31, 2009
Wow. Were these dios were built by you or your students? They are great either way, but even more impressive if they were done by the students.
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  December 30, 2009
Wes, this is such a fabulous idea! Why couldn't my teachers have incorporated LEGO into the classroom? Your builds are so spot on! Such a great job with detail at that size. The ice flow is my fav. I hope those kids really enjoyed the experience and best of luck with next years turnout!~H
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  December 30, 2009
Wow, what a great contest!
  December 29, 2009
I used to love those books! Your models are very well played. I enspecially like the tree house. I have done some Lego school projects of my own. At my school you have to read a fictional book and do a project on it each quarter. So far I've done all of them with Lego. I've already uploaded some pics of the first project and sometime soon I should upload the second. Your project turned out really well. I wish my library did something like that. They do have an annual Lego building compition but I am WAY to old for it :( I wish you were my English teacher
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