Journaling with LEGO

Encourage creative writing skills through journaling with your elementary aged child by using Lego.  Whether your child is a reluctant writer or the next journalist, using his/her Lego creations as a story starter is a fun way further develop writing skills, grammar, and spelling!
Creative writing for kids journaling with LEGO - what a fun way to make writing fun for kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade kids.

My son falls into the "reluctant writer" camp.

I think it is because he lacks confidence in what he is doing and simply telling a child "start writing" can be quite intimidating for a visual learner.  To make the process fun and open-ended, I paired creative writing with something he loves to do-- build with Legos

Journaling with Legos taps into many different creative processes.

Creating our Lego Journal begins with building a scene or object out of Legos.  We have gathered quite a Lego stash from birthday and Christmas gifts.  Have you?  My son is most interested in creating sports scenes and/or new vehicles as you will see in the Lego creations he built. 

Creative Writing for Kids with Legos

To prepare for the actual writing process, I took a picture and printed out my son's Lego creations.  I taped them into a blank art journal with some colorful tape.


For his first creation, we journaled together.  I started the story and then my son came up with the next sentence, and we continued until he was satisfied with his story.

For the next story, I encouraged him to tell me about he pieces he used to get his creative juices flowing by asking him questions pertaining to the elements of a story:
  • What did he build?
  • Who is in the scene? 
  • What is happening? 
  • Why?
  • Where is this taking place?

I am proud to say that he wrote the story himself and he had a great time coming up with a story about the World Series! 


If you have a child who loves to build but is still to young to write, you could easily have him/her tell you the story and write it out for them.  This is a great way to get kids excited about the writing process!

Keeping a journal is a great keepsake and reminder of progress in your child's imagination and writing skills.  Happy building and writing!

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Kristina (School Time Snippets) Contributor at 123 Homeschool 4 MeKristina once thought of going into education, but changed her mind a few years in to her degree.  Ironically, she now has her hands full as a homeschooling mother of four (infant to 7).  She shares a variety of educational and play activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children on her blog, School Time Snippets.  Follow along on Facebook and Pinterest.

Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.