This summer, my two oldest kids were treated to an experience they won’t soon forget. They got to attend LEGO camp! Not just any LEGO camp, either. This was a Play-Well Teknologies Star Wars themed LEGO engineering camp! What really happens at LEGO camp? Well you’re about to find out!
These lucky little ones were offered the chance to attend LEGO camp for free, in exchange for this review. We were super grateful for the fun opportunity and excited to share with you how it went.
Both Carter and Vanessa were able to attend the same Play-Well LEGO camp session because it was for ages 5-7. Vanessa is 5, and Carter will be 8 in August. They went Monday through Friday for one week, from 9-12 in the morning.
Each day the schedule was the same. They were given a “warm-up” activity as soon as they arrived, which helped keep them occupied while everyone was filtering in, and it also allowed them to get their hands on the LEGO bricks as soon as possible! With the bins and bins of pieces tempting them, that was a smart way to start!
Once everyone had arrived, the teacher brought them over to a semicircle and introduced their first project of the day, along with simple engineering terms and concepts that helped them understand what they’d be creating.
Tyler was the main instructor for their camp. I stayed for the whole class on one of the mornings, so I could see how everything was run, and I was really impressed with how he handled the class. It wasn’t a small group, but he was able to keep order, while still allowing the kids to have fun. He and his assistant, Sydney, provided the kids with plenty of personal attention, especially when they needed help.
On the day I stayed, the kids had started by making three droids, and their first project was to put together a conveyor belt, to be used in their “droid factories.” All of the projects included working, movable parts, so the kids used motors, gears, and battery packs in their creations.
The conveyor belt was not the simplest of projects, but Carter was able to put his together and still have a little bit of time to help out his sister. I was worried that it was over Vanessa’s head, but with a little bit of help, she had a working conveyor belt in no time! She and Carter put theirs together to create an extra large droid factory!
It was Vanessa’s idea to make the “piece catcher” for the pieces coming off the conveyor belt!
After finishing their first project, the kids took a bathroom break, washed their hands, and had their snack which they brought with them each day. Then it was time to hit the semicircle again, to learn about their second project!
The two projects (along with the warm-up activity) always went together somehow, and tied in with the Star Wars theme. For this day’s second project, the kids put together walking droids, perhaps ones that could be made in their droid factories!
After finishing their second projects, clean-up time commences! This can be a pretty major project, considering all the small pieces that got used throughout the day, and the fact that they, understandably, like to keep their bins very well organized!
Because cleanup is a lengthy process, parents are encouraged to come early, if they want to see their kids’ creations for the day. I did that twice, but on the other days I sent Carter with an old iPhone of mine, so he could take pictures of his and Vanessa’s creations before taking them apart. That way I could see them, and he could remember them, without me having to come so early each day. That was a really good solution for us.
And as far as taking everything apart, yes that has to happen. The kids did not keep any of their creations throughout the week. This is, of course, understandable due to the number and value of all of the pieces they use, and the fact that the supplies need to be available for the next round of LEGO campers. However, I think it would be a really great idea to have something for the kids to take home on that final day, even if it’s just a small bag of LEGO pieces. Having something (even something small) to take away makes a big difference for kids, as opposed to nothing at all.
That being said, they thoroughly enjoyed their time at LEGO camp, and never seemed too disappointed at having to disassemble their projects. Each day, their instructor had one of the kids keep their project together, so they had one representation of each of the projects they did that week. On the conveyor belt day, Carter got to keep his together and put it up for display for the rest of the week!
LEGO camp was a really fun thing for the kids to do that week. It got them out of the house, learning some new concepts, and putting them to use with hands-on activities. They had fun, and Mom and Dad got a nice little break for a few hours each morning! They would do it again in a second, and I’d be happy to sign them up!
Play-Well also sent us these adorable LEGO bowties and hairbow, which the kids proudly wore to church that Sunday! Aren’t they so cute?
If you’re interested in sending your own little engineers to a LEGO camp, you can take a look at the Play-Well Teknologies website to see if there are LEGO summer camps near you. They have lots of different themes to choose from, so there’s sure to be a camp for everyone!