Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Favourite Song Photos

by Nathan, age 10 and Jonathan, age 7, Cincinnati Ohio, USA

"We made a string quartet in four different seasons for the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.

In spring there are flowers, a dog, the spring tree, and the 1st violinist.
In summer the are ants crawling across the ground, leafy plants, the summer tree and the 2nd violinist.
In fall there is a leaf pile, the fall tree, and the violist.
And finally in winter, snow on the ground, a snowman, the bare winter tree, and the cellist.

All of the musicians are kept in time by the conductor, standing on the platform in front.
If you want to hear a sample of the Four Seasons, go here.

This is a wonderfully rich, sophisticated scene you both created using LEGO Digital Designer. I love that you showed the orchestra with conductor as a whole scene and then broke it down further by designing each individual 'season' to visually interpret each piece of music. Amazing collaboration!

by Chris, age 12, Kennewick, Washington, USA.

"I first heard this song when we went to a Sanctus Real concert. It was my favorite of all the ones they did. The song is about a Dad who knows that his family needs him to lead them, but he can't do it alone, so he asks God to help."

I really love this amazing scene of Sanctus Real in concert! There are so many sophisticated elements to this creation. The lights, the amplifiers, all the band members and their instruments. Wow!

by Ella, age 9, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

"This is Taylor Swift giving a concert."

Great concert scene. I love that you made her initials on the side of the stage. This is made more exciting because you added a big crowd enjoying her music in the bleachers.

by Phoenix, age 9, USA.

"It is a punk rock concert. NOFX ."

Amazing creation made with LEGO Digital Designer. Great stage design, I love the band members and all their instruments. I think it's so cool you showed people eating pizza while listening to the concert.

by Jayden, age 10, Freehold, New Jersey, USA.

"8 bit Mario guys. The Mario music Theme song inspired him. He even showed me a guy playing the Mario music on piano on youtube that is amazing."

Unbelievable 8 bit LEGO creations! This is a completely different way of thinking about design. You've got every fantastic Mario character represented here, I can almost hear the theme music!

by Jaden, age 10, West Richland, Washington, USA.

"I like 'futuristic' music. In this scene there are some goofy dancers. Yoda is boogying, a robot is doing the 'robot dance', an alien is looking at the disco ball, an astronaut is doing the 'moon-walk' (back left), a future man is doing the splits, and ... a policeman is dancing?!? (back right)."

This is an awesome dance party. Every mini figure is showing their best moves. I really love your disco ball design.

by Moriah, age 4, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

"My favourite song is "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid."

Wonderful blue ocean shown with the blue building platform. I love the crystal inside the clam shell beside the Little Mermaid.

by Micah, age 6, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

"This Lego rock band is playing the music from Lego Star Wars."

I love the pieces you used for microphones and your drum design is so cool! Great creation.

by Jeffery, age 11, Torrington, Wyoming, USA.

"21 Guns by GreenDay. The 7 mini figures signify 7 soldiers who will shoot 3 times for the 21 gun salute. The cracked Liberty Bell is in the background but he just included it because he thought it looked cool. It is his favorite song."

Wow, your liberty bell design is so awesome! You've created the shape exactly. Great interpretation you've done creating a scene of surrender, the 21 gun salute. Perfectly fitting to this song.

by Julius, age 7, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

"I made this Beatles sign. As you can see, it has a harmonica on it. My favorite song is "From Me to You," by the Beatles. There is a harmonica part in it."

Fabulous! I love the sign made totally of studs and the harmonica design is very smart. Cool addition having you playing your harmonica in the photo too!

by Joshua, age 9, London, Ontario, Canada.

"He has called it 'Ultimate Battle' and it was inspired by the Star Wars theme song written by John Williams because he "loves Star Wars!"

This is a very intense scene! I wish I could see it much larger, there is so much detail and tons going on. The fortress looks so secure and guarded, but the soldiers coming at it seem mighty powerful! Amazing battle creation.

by Fin, age 5, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

"The song was 'In a Cabin in a Wood'. There is a rabbit hopping by the cabin and the little man is in the cabin."

In a cabin in a wood
A little man by the window stood
Saw a rabbit hopping by
Knocking at his door
Help me help me help me he said
Or the hunter will bop my head
Come little rabbit , come with me
Happy you will be.

I really love the way you made your rabbit, and the cabin design is a very interesting structure. The perfect scene to accompany those lyrics.

by Jack, age 6, Ewing, New Jersey, USA.

"This is a band with instruments. The first one is a singer. The middle one is playing a washboard. The last one is playing drums. They are making music for the cars going by."

Fantastic roadside stage! I love all the uniquely designed instruments. The drums and symbols are super cool!

by Cody, age 9, San Diego California, USA.

"The song is NUMB by Family Force Five. It is a song about dancing. This is a dance floor with all kinds of people dancing."

I love the variety of dancing I see on this dance floor! I especially love the break dancer on his head. This scene has a real party atmosphere!

by Ryan, age 5, Southwest Missouri, USA.

"Fave song: "Boomin'" by tobyMac. When listening to this song, Ryan loves to play 'air guitar.' He created the neck of a guitar, including tuning knobs."

Genius guitar design. I love the frets and turning keys! What a great idea to create a guitar since you love playing air guitar!

by Joelle, age 3, Tucson, Arizona, USA

"This lion is singing my favorite worship song, "One Way, Jesus".

This looks like the lion on top of a cliff from The Lion King. Very nice structure.

by Aaron, age 6, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

"This brown box is a robot that is singing a happy country music song for fun."

Very interesting robot box. I like that you imagine it singing a happy country music song.

by Noah, age 9, South Texas, USA.

"Tick tick Boom by The Hives."

I love the fire blasting out of his gun. I'm not sure what he's shooting, could it be a bomb...tick, tick...BOOM!

by Caitlyn, age 5, South Texas, USA.

"Big House by Audio Adrenaline."

Your creation is showing the key elements of your song. This design hints at the idea of a big house and the girl being shown it by the boy. Nice work.

by Cassandra, age 9, Selah, Washington, USA.

"Round and Round by Selena Gomez and the Scene can be found here. Per Cassandra's request I took several photos to highlight the 'aroundness' of her project. This was with out a doubt, one of the most fun projects."

This design does indeed show like an in the round sculpture. Interesting things happening from all angles. I love that this photo was taken from high atop the staircase, that poor dude is falling!

by Austyn, age 7, Alberta, Canada.

"Song: So What by Pink. It is a fun song to sing and my Lego creation reminds me of it because it is fun, colourful, and twisting."

I love that you interpreted your song choice by making a creation that shows how you feel while you listen to your song. Wonderful creation!

by Seth, age 10 and Nathanael, age 11, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.

The song they chose was, “Monster”, by Skillet. They thought the Lego Rock Monsters were just perfect for the design! Here is their description:

“The Rock Monsters and Yoda, worked great for the ‘Monster’ from the title of the song. The security guards in the front are trying to keep Yoda and the Rock monsters from escaping the concert. Notice, one of the security guards got hit by the bars that Yoda threw off!”

Great scene! I love the sign, and the stage with the two giant scary monsters. The band looks super cool, each with their own instruments and yoda breaking out of his cage is very intense! Great collaborative work guys!

by Megan, age 8 and Chase, age 7, Chelsea, Alabama, USA.

"The song we chose was "Dynamite" Kidz Bop version. We created a stage with singers and a dance floor with people doing the cha cha."

Wonderful party scene! I love the stage with the performers and the dancers out front. I really also like your stage lights of different colors.

by Eli, age 8, Oklahoma, USA.

"I made a Lego rock band because I like rock."

Great rock band in concert scene! I love the exploding fire at the front of the stage, it's like a great light show!

by Nathan, age 8.5, Arizona, USA.

"This is dynamite. It makes me think of the song "Dynamite" (by Taio Cruz). I like that song because it's fun to dance to and sing to."

I like that you designed an object that is the title of the song. Red is the perfect color for dynamite!

by Spencer, age 6.5, Arizona, USA.

"This is a billion dollar bill, because I like the song "I Wanna Be a Billionaire" (by Travis McCoy). I like that song because I want to have enough money to buy all the LEGO sets, even the ones that are like a hundred dollars! And video games. And toys."

That's what a billion dollar bill looks like! Wow. Great, streamline design, perfectly suited to the song.

by Jay, age 9, Vaud Canton, Switzerland.

"This picture is supposed to go with the song "Yellow Submarine".There's two divers in the sub, they have a parrot and a pet monkey--the monkey has special diving gear. The blue line is the surface of the water, a dozen miles up. There's a third person diving and he's checkingout a new type of fish, sea star and sea urchin. There's a purple box jellyfish, and a white fish being eaten by a shark and the red blocks around the shark is blood. There's a new species of red fish to camouflage in the blood to not be eaten himself. There's also a sunken pirate boat full of priceless treasure and two monsters from Atlantis--they serve the great Greek god Poseidon and they're spying on the diver."

Whoa! What an amazing scene. There are so many interesting features I encourage our readers to click on the image to enlarge it. I really love that you used modelling clay to make so many great additions. The yellow submarine on the wall with the water line is just perfect!

by Zephyr, age 8, Wichita Kansas, USA.

"This creation is based on my favorite song, Everything Hits at Once, by the band, Spoon.
I made a giant spoon with my iPod touch in the front. I included my iPod touch because it had the song and the band on it. The person on top, in case you were wondering, is the lead singer of the band. The gun he is holding is a party popper, not a real gun."

I love that you turned the name of the band into a giant icon. Adding your iPod touch that's showing the song playing adds a very interesting element to the whole design.

by Cassie, age 8, Kennewick, Washington, USA.

"My favorite song, "Lemonade", is by Chris Rice. I like it because it sets a good example in life to be thankful for what God has given me."

This is a wonderful scene you designed to show the saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! I love your stand, complete with handmade signage!

by Tyler, age 10 and Megan, age 7, South Carolina, USA.

"This is the song "Who Let the Dogs Out" by Baha Men. It has been on several of the kids movies and they love going around singing this same line over and over."

Yes, that is one catchy tune! I love your dog design. It's sort of a hybrid dog-machine. I think the head you created is very dog like.

"They also made a video to go along with their build."

This is so fantastic! You've made your creation kinetically motorized! Amazing. I also just love your singing, wonderful collaboration.

by Tucker, age 5, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

"Tucker's favorite song is the Star Wars theme song by John Williams. His creation is a star ship and his inspiration is basically his love of Star Wars."

Very cool star ship design! It's hard not to be inspired by the Star Wars theme song!

by Mason, age 7, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

"Mason's favorite song is the Star Wars theme song by John Williams. The creation is a battle scene and he was inspired by the melody and changing rhythms of the music."

Nice battle scene! I see weapons in action everywhere. I'd like to know what is on that guys head, or is he some sort of strange alien?

by Ella, age 7, Martensville Saskatchewan, Canada.

"One of my favourite songs is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. My creation is a piano and I put Rudolph on top of it."

This is a great combination of the main character in the song, (Rudolph) and the instrument that makes the music. Both creations are streamline and smart in design.

by Gabriel, age 9, Martensville, Saskatchewan, Canada.

"One of my favourite songs is the theme from Indiana Jones. This is my creation, the two guys on the stilts are jumping, the one in front is jumping onto Indiana Jones and they are going to start fighting."

Wonderful action packed scene, it shows a lot of tension. The stilts is a very smart way to show jumping through the air.

by Owen, age 8, New Jersey, USA.
Song : The End of Days by Abney Park

The End of Day is a post apocalyptic song. In it is a line “ruined towns spring forth in vines” about nature taking over. That’s what he decided to do.

“The green is the vines. The guy in the middle is a dead guy. The red things are panels that go on the door. The white guy next to the door with the leaf on it wants to get in because he’s being chased by something. I don’t know what, but I just decided that I wanted him to be chased by something.”

You created a great scene of structures in ruins and becoming engulfed by nature again. This captures the title of the song perfectly.

by Jakob, age 7, Brewster, New York, USA.

"He picked "Allentown" by Billy Joel as his favorite song. It is a steel factory made from Legos. The steel tray is to look like a factory floor. The robot arm lifts the steel beam onto a platform. Then the worker will pick it up and drop it into a go-cart."

You've designed a great steel factory. The well used cookie sheet is the perfect factory floor! This really looks like the mini figure is working the production line.

by Lydia, age 10 and Katrina, age 3, Brewster, New York, USA.

"They chose Billy Joel's song "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant". They chose Legos that were the same colors as the Italian flag to build the restaurant wall. Then they posed their 18" dolls."

Great creation! I love that you used the red, white and green of the Italian flag to create the walls of your restaurant. Wonderfully literal interpretation.

by Jeremiah, age 3, Kennewick, Washington, USA.

"Mikey, Haley and Jeremiah all chose the same song this time. One of them had the fantastic idea of using short legos for Zacchaeus’ legs instead of the regular legs, so they all tried that out too!"

I see all three of you had a sycamore tree in your creations. It's so neat to see that you've taken an object from your song and created it!

by Haley, age 6, Kennewick, Washington, USA.

"Zaccheaus was a wee little man."

This is an interesting scene you have created. There is many intriguing things going on. That must be the sycamore tree from your song.

by Mikey, age 7, Kennewick, Washington, USA.

"Zaccheaus was a wee little man...notice his wee little legs!"

Those are indeed tiny little legs! I love your sycamore tree design and that you showed him being told to come down from the tree.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

LEGO Quest is One Year Old.

Today is the one year anniversary of LEGO Quest. Boy has it grown.

It all started with my son wanting to share his LEGO creations with other kids.

Since last January LEGO Quest has grown to over 240 kids that have submitted creations and it's spreading everyday!

LEGO Quest Kids are from;
Hong Kong
Saudi Arabia

The age range of participants is from 2 all the way up to 13.

The most common name in this list of kids is Eli. Finn and Jacob are a close second.

Here is an interview I did for Enjoy Life Unschooling back in April. It tells a more in depth report of what LEGO Quest is and how it looks from the inside.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Favourite Song- Quest # 33

What is your favourite song or piece of music?

Can you create something out of LEGO that reminds you of this song?

Here you can see what kids from all over the world created for this challenge.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Coral Reef Photos

Wow, 43 amazing, unique, creative designs solutions to the "create a coral reef" challenge. I will try to be brief with my comments this time due to the number of submissions.

by Abdullah, age 9 1/2 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Directly on the Red Sea.

We are blessed to actually see some awesome coral reefs in person. Abdullah enjoys snorkeling with his dad and he tried to incorporate many things he knows about coral reefs in his project.
"There is a diver with a spear gun. My dad and his friends often go fishing in the Red Sea and they catch fish such as red sea grouper while they are snorkeling. They don't touch the coral reef because these are living creatures and so important for our environment. In the Red Sea there are also sharks to be found, mostly white tip sharks who like to be close to coral reefs. Hope you enjoy!"

Unbelievable! The fact that you can actually see these amazing ecosystems in person! This is a great scene showing your dad and even the looming shark! I love all the tiny bright little growths here and there.

by Yash, age 6.5, Hong Kong.

"This is my coral reef. There is a diver who dived to see the coral reef. There were lots of coral. You can see his boat far away on the waves. There are sea creatures in my coral reef."

Wonderful use of foreground and background space in this scene! I love all the creatures.

by Emi, age 6 and Bryn, age 8, Figanieres France

"This is a coral reef. Coral reefs can be colourful. Coral reefs are homes to lots of creatures. There are a lot of places for animals to eat and hide. In our coral reef, there is a ship wreck and a surfer who is surfing on the water. In real life it is hard to surf on top of a coral reef because the coral prevents waves!"

Great collaboration work! I love all the different types of little organic configurations you guys built! The surfer is a great addition.

by Luke, age 7, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

"These 2 sharks are searching for food in the coral reef. The fish better look out!"

What an amazing underwater space you designed! Very smart of you to place the flat pieces on their edges to create this cool scene! The placement of the sharks make this so intriguing.

by Logan, age 7, Nova Scotia, Canada.

"Here is my coral reef. My mom, brother and I looked at some pictures of reefs and we noticed many people scuba diving to see the reefs, so I added a scuba diver to my lego design. I only had one fish to add, but I made a giant yellow one too. Can you find him?"

I love this bright, twisting underwater world, especially the climbing growths! It's an amazing 3 dimensional space.

by Luke, age 8, Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

"You may ask why he has alligators in his setup. We read an article recently about an alligator that was found 20 miles out to sea. Luke was really fascinated by that and wanted others to know it too!"

Brilliant design, I love how you used the story of the alligator to create this great scene!

by Aaron, age 6, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

"This is a coral reef with a blue fish swimming on top."

Wonderful abstract design! I love how colorful this creation is. I can see that little blue guy swimming on top!

by River, age 8, Tennessee, USA.

"This is my coral reef. The white LEGOs are the white sand at the bottom of the ocean. The blue is the water in the ocean. There is a scuba diver, who is a scientist, studying the coral and getting a sample.

Sophisticated design! Great use of window pieces to create the three dimensional space. I really love how the scientist is attached!

by Jaden, age 10, West Richland, Washington, USA.

"In this scene, there's a sunken ship that settled near a coral reef alive with colors. A diver has found a treasure chest!! It's hiding behind some seaweed just below him! The diver says, "Woohoo! I found the treasure! ... and an anchor?!" I like coral reefs because they have different types of fish.

Detail rich underwater display! I love that you hung the scuba diver by a string, it adds so much sophistication to this design. Great dangled masses of various growth.

by Finn, age 6, Richland, Washington, USA.

"He wanted me to point out the turtle and crab crawling on the ocean floor."

This is such a smart, unique design! I love the way you built the bright coral structures on a flat plane and then erected it to create a backdrop. The diver hanging from a string is brilliant! Creates a great sense of 3 dimensional space.

by Phoenix, age 9, North Carolina, USA.

"The brown pieces are from a ship wreck and treasure chest with jewels and gold."

I really love this scene. The way you placed the bricks at alternating angles makes the bright structures look very organic in nature! Great to have included the remnants of a ship wreck.

by Eli, age 8, Manitoba, Canada.

"The man is a GI Joe and the ray is just a plastic toy, they love exploring the ocean together."

Fabulous brightly designed underwater structures. I love how jaggedly they are growing!

by Day, age 11, Manitoba, Canada.

"The yellow on top of the white and grey coral is a goldfish, and the tall red coral is called flame coral."

This scene is so wonderfully full of reaching, stretching, colorful coral. Very organic design!

by Noa, age 10, Manitoba, Canada.

"This is fun to play with. The Knex pieces are an anemone."

The added creatures make this an active reef! Very smart to use the Knex pieces as anemones!

by Gid, age 6, Manitoba, Canada.

"This is my coral reef, it is very small because someone bombed all the rest of it. The crown-of-thorns eats this coral."

The crown of thorns starfish will surely finish off this little coral! Great that you built it in a tank.

by Rachel, age 9 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

"This is a coral reef with a scuba diver taking a picture of a clownfish."

Fabulous scene! I love the bright clown fish and the cool underwater camera you created!

byZephyr, age 8, Wichita, Kansas, USA.

"Coral Reef Exploration. The diver is looking for a nice piece of coral to take back for studying. It is going to benefit all coral reefs if he can figure out what is killing the coral. If it is a bacteria, we can stop it."

Great underwater display showing a marine biologist studying the coral reef! I love the octopus.

by Nithya, age 7, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

"My coral reef creation is inspired from the Great Barrier reef near Australia. There are two fish that are called "Grazing fish" that I have shown. These algae eating fish will help clean up my coral reef."

Wonderfully inspired by the Great Barrier reef! Awesome grazing fish, very smart design.

by Josh, age 5, Minnesota, USA.

Wonderful, brightly colored structure. This looks like each color is a different type of coral making up a larger formation.

by Joey, age 9, Richland, Washington, USA.

"If you press a lever near the cave it will show a small lego eel that you can see. The diver is finding a secret treasure that the eel was hiding to control time. "

Very interesting underwater design. The cave and diver show some cool exploration ideas.

by Elijah, age 5, Richland, Washington, USA.

"X Wing Underwater Ship. It's a police ship for Coral Ships."

Very cool! A police vehicle designed specifically to protect the coral reef areas. Brilliant!

by Nate, age 7, Richland, Washington, USA.

"Nate made this coral scene in just a few minutes. He doesn't have much to add but his mom is so impressed with his quick work and creativity."

There is so much going on in this cool scene. Great variety of interesting organisms created.

by Katy, age 4, Richland, Washington, USA.

She wanted me to point out the underwater chair "just in case the diver got tired"!

Lovely bright colors used. The underwater chair for a tired diver is a great idea!

by Julius, age 7, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

"This is my yellow coral reef. There is a cave and two coral plants. I put a piece of blue clear LEGO to make it look like water."

I love that you used a window piece to show water. The cave is a great little space for creatures to hide.

by Cody, age 7 London, Ontario, Canada.

"This is my coral reef. There is an anchor, a diver, and an octopus hiding in his cave. There are many corals. They come in lots of different colours, sizes and shapes. The octopus is guarding the mossy sign above him. "

I love all your corals of various sizes and shapes. The octopus in it's little cave is perfect.

by Hannah, age 11, London, Ontario, Canada.

"My creation is a coral reef. It is a very crowded part of the coral reef, with all sorts of colourful plants. In my coral reef, all of the plants are about the same size in height, but some are wider then others like a real coral reef."

Great creation. There is a good variety of plants in this interesting coral reef design.

by Nathan, age 10 and Jonathan, age 7, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

"There is a treasure chest under the shark, who is eating a fish. There is a zebra eel behind the brown finger coral. The flowers are polyps, and the big groups of polyps make the brain coral. We have staghorn, plate, and cauliflower coral."

Superb scene! I love that you used a book about coral reefs as your backdrop. The finger coral design is amazing, nice collaboration.

by Ella, age 9, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

I love all the bright, small pieces you used to show different corals. Neat to see a person inside exploring and studying it. I especially like where you photographed this creation, it looks to be in it's natural habitat!

by Jonah, age 7, Michigan, USA.

"My lego guy diving in the coral reef"

Great organic structure full of life. All the colors make this so beautiful, it would be fun to swim there.

by Jacob, age 9, Michigan, USA.

"This is a picture of my two lego buddies and they are exploring the southern pacific coral reef."

Smart the way you placed your bricks to have overhanging edges and growth patterns in different directions. I love the addition of the explorers.

by Eli, age 8, Oklahoma, USA.

Great shipwreck, a breeding ground for different types to corals to live on. Nice variety of living organisms.

by Austyn , age 7, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“There is a red octopus, a white anemone, white coral (block in the middle), gray sand, a baby blue whale, yellow eggs with a clown fish, and a gray angel fish (at the back)."

Great octopus design! I also really love the angel fish creation and the clown fish with eggs. So cool!

by Cassandra, age 9, Selah, Washington, USA.

"I used small squares, and bright colors to make it delicate and colorful like coral. We watched Coral Reef Adventure and I learned lots."

Coral Reef Adventure looks like a great film! This does indeed look delicate and colorful, nice work!

by Hannah, age 10, New Jersey, USA.

"I combined several Lego sets to make this underwater scene."

How is that boat being held in place!? Love all the different levels, (the surface of the water, the mid coral growth section and the bottom.) The diver is about to get eaten!

by Sam, age 11, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

"A legendary secret coral reef cove, complete with sunken treasures & skeleton's."

There is so much great plant growth everywhere. How exciting that a treasure is hidden here.

by Jacob, age 6, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

"This coral reef has a pirate's treasure chest & lots of sea snakes."

Tons of different vegetation everywhere, perfect for all the sea snakes to live around. I also spy an octopus.

by Sullivan, age 7, Matthews, North Carolina, USA.

“Swimming fish and octopus in coral reef.”

These are two very cute little creatures. I love how they are camouflaged so perfectly and all anyone can see are their eyes.

by Adrienne, age 13, SW Ontario, Canada.

"The vehicle is a submarine that can also go on land. The diver is on a submersible vehicle, he is looking for treasure. In the brown cave there is an octopus with the remains of a recent diver. The pink and yellow things are coral."

I really love the submersible vehicle design. The corals are nice and bright and the cave with octopus is creepy! Great that you used moon sand to create the ocean floor!

by Elianna, age 4, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

"Elianna built her own reef."

Wonderful reef I really like how it's reaching and growing upwards. I love all the little creatures you've attached to your design.

by Fin age 6, Elliot age 7, Maya age 6, Ayla age 5, and Sylvan age 2, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

"Little Lego Reef. Fin says: On Tuesday we get together with some homeschoolers and we do different kinds of activities at different peoples houses. This time we did a coral reef. Everyone came to our house and we read some books about coral reefs and we watched some videos about coral reefs. We passed around shells and coral, like a show and tell. Then after that we got together at the table and we built all sorts of things. And some people brought shells, and crafted undersea animals and we put them together in an under-the-sea coral reef. In the picture there is a big lego fish, a playdough fish. The white coral is dead coral. The blue coral and the red coral and the yellow, are the alive coral. There is some brain coral. There is a sunken, forgotten city with flags too."

Great collaboration! I especially love how many kids of various ages worked together to create and interpret this project. You've represented many kinds of coral in this creation as well as many interesting objects.

by Micah, age 6, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

"This is my coral reef. There is an eel. There is a starfish on red soft coral. There is a broken submarine that sank. The red stuff is a broken cave. The blue stuff beside this is blue coral. In the middle is hard coral with the polyps out."

Great underwater scene. I really love how you built the starfish and the pieces you used to show polyps are perfect.

by Eli, age 5, Los Angeles, California, USA.

"The diver was diving in the coral reef and discovered a ship wreck."

How exciting for this diver to come across this ship wreck complete with treasure! There are many cool elements to this design, I really like the white corals reaching upwards.

A, age 6, and G, age 4, Midwest, USA.

"The diver is diving to see all the animals under the sea. His favorite animal is a turtle. The diver's friend is in the submarine. They are helping a mama turtle lay eggs. They want to help keep the eggs safe."

Your mom said you guys are learning about Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, how cool! This is a great underwater scene, I love that you built your scene inside the blue LEGO box, it looks like the ocean!