Creating a LEGO Wall in our library was one of the things that I was most excited about when planning our library makerspace. I knew this would be the centerpiece of our space and that it would be a big draw for my students. All of my inspiration for this LEGO Wall came from Diana Rendina and her photos, video, and blog posts about her own Epic LEGO Wall.
Diana has written an awesome how-to post that I followed in the construction of our LEGO Wall. You can find all of the information you need on her blog — I followed her instructions exactly and everything came out perfectly. I also love that she made a timelapse video of the wallâ€™s installation. When I was trying to â€œsellâ€ the idea of the wall to my administrator, this video really helped me explain what this was all about.
With the help of my awesome parents, it took us less than two hours to put up the LEGO Wall. I would recommend assembling the wall on a Friday afternoon so that things can dry over the weekend. We put the wall together on a Sunday afternoon and it was tough keeping the students away from it on Monday so the glue could set!
Weâ€™re still working out how time can be made for students to use the makerspace and create on the LEGO wall. Each day we have a 20 minute Advisory/Intervention time, and my group is able to access the things in our makerspace to create, tinker, and play.
They also helped me organize and sort out our LEGOs:
I love seeing what our students create! Our school is in a somewhat rural/country area, so I was not at all surprised to see the word â€œdeerâ€ and a pin with a cow in it within the first 24 hours of the LEGO Wall being open for students:
And I was really excited to see that during a slow time on our parent-teacher conference day, our band and choir teachers stopped in to do a little making of their own:
So many students, teachers, and parents have shared their excitement about our new LEGO Wall. Itâ€™s such a great place for students (and teachers!) to express their creativity and just have a little fun!