We’ve been scouring through the numerous Lego activities and resources available (generally offline) to put together a collection of Lego activity sheets for young Lego fans.
This post features the second activity from Dorling Kindersley’s The Lego Castle Mystery book.
The book is a puzzle story book (part of a series published in the late 1980’s) and is based around the Lego Castle theme.
The Lego Castle Mystery allows young Lego fans to read through the story, and solve puzzles in order to help the young heroes Gilbert and Mathilde save a medieval castle from the evil wizard Vermicus.
The vocabulary is aimed at intermediate readers (7+) who must solve word problems using math and logic.
In this puzzle, readers must determine how Gilbert and his companions must cross a weak bridge carrying one lantern – the problem is that the bridge can only carry two of them at a time – so it is a problem solving exercise.
This Lego Activity is from the Lego Rock Raiders Puzzle Book published by DK in 1999 and now sadly out of print. We picked up a copy at a second hand book store but you may also be able to find a used copy on Amazon or ebay.
Better still, I’m always posting puzzles contained in this and other books on the blog, so you dont’ have to spend hundreds of dollars finding Lego activities for your young fans.
This particular book is a great way for kids (who are interested in Lego) to engage with maths as most of the puzzles involve number problem solving.
Here is what a reviewer on Amazon had to say about it, albeit 10 years ago:
We bought this book for our 4 1/2 year old who loves Legos and is interested in math. The story is fun and exciting and shows practical applications for math concepts. The rock raiders crash on an unknown planet and must use the materials there to repair and refuel in order to continue on their mission.
After going through this book a few times, our preschooler understood multiplication, division, using a calculator, estimating, and some basic word problems (how much fuel is required to go a given distance at a given rate). The excitement of the story makes the learning process FUN!
This particular puzzle requires readers to interpret a diagram to figure out the answer: