Online Lego club builds connections

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Mali Scally, 11 with her mother, City of Albany Youth Services Librarian, Dora Adeline.
Camera IconMali Scally, 11 with her mother, City of Albany Youth Services Librarian, Dora Adeline. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Great Southern children are invited to get creative with one of the world’s best known toys — Lego.

The Albany Public Library is asking for young residents to put their best creations forward for the Lego Club Online Challenge.

City of Albany youth services librarian Dora Adeline said staff were running the challenges to maintain community connections and support local children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Lego is a great exercise for the brain because it allows kids to explore their creativity and engineering skills while being an exciting and fun activity for them,” she said.

“This pandemic is tough on everyone, including young people.

“By challenging them to think outside the box and use this time effectively with a goal to work towards, we are not only enhancing their knowledge and techniques with Lego, but we are having a positive effect on their mental wellbeing at this time.”

As for what makes a winner, she said creative design was the key. “A great design is one that simply tells a story, keeps the audience guessing and encourages people to engage with it for longer, exploring all of the creator’s ideas,” she said.

The Lego challenges can be found on the Kids Stay Home section of the library’s website.

Photo submissions can be sent to library@albany.wa.gov. au.

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