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March 10, 2014

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Flora Lego club aims to stimulate children's creativity

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In his free time, Danny makes stop-action Lego movies with an app on his iPad. He adds sounds and special effects to the clips, which are about a minute long and like his project for the Lego club, involve characters engaged in some kind of battle.

“You take a bunch of pictures, pet them together and you got a movie,” Butcher said.

Loren Meharry didn’t set out with a plan in mind as she carefully clasped the the bricks atop her base plate, opting instead to see where her imagination would take her. The 10-year-old is an avid fan of the blocks, saying she likes them because “you get to build whatever you want.”

She went on to describe the adobe house she built recently for a school project that spanned several feet wide and about a foot high, complete with ladders and landscaping.

Aimee Burns brought her kids, 10-year-old Abigail, 8-year-old Toby and 5-year-old Bethany. They all play with Legos at home, from “Lord of the Rings”-themed sets to those celebrating “Star Wars.” Toby is currently using the blocks as part of a 4-H project.

“With all the technology in our world today,” Burns said, “I like to see them doing things like this and being creative.”

Ryan Duff attended with his 4-year-old son, Riley.

“It’s probably the only toy he plays with,” Duff said as he watched Riley position a tiny Lego figurine on his scene.

Duff went on to describe how Riley’s competence with Legos has developed over the years to the point where he can locate desired pieces on his own and build things without help.

At the end of the session, the kids took turns describing their projects. A few were selected to spend the month on display in the library. The rest were disassembled to piles of bricks that were placed back inside the bins, where they wait to take on the shapes of next month’s theme.

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