Are you a kid, are you looking for adventure, more importantly, would you like a years supply of Lego? I’m 35 and I’d say to most of those!
Lego and the National Trust are working together to encourage kids to play outdoor with Lego’s summer campaign launched with the National Trust to encourage kids to play outside and have a fun stay-cation.
Playing with Lego is sometimes seen as an indoor activity and solitary pursuit but that’s not true. Lego and National Trust are inspiring budding explorers, by getting under 12s to hit the bricks and create the most imaginative and adventurous nature scenes that they can.
Using only their skills, environment, bricks, Lego Minifigures, and their own limitless creativity.
The competition is to coincide with National Play Day which is taking place in August and National Trust’s Play Week which runs from 3-10 August.
National Play Day highlights the importance of play for children and young adults, as a relief of stress, boosting children’s creativity, confidence and even as an invaluable learning tool.
Due to COVID-19 most adults and their children are spending far more time indoors, and away from friends therefore play is more important than ever before.
As most people are avoiding going away this summer, Lego are championing the great British Play-cation, be it in your back garden, nearest park, at the beach or in the woods, just get out there and be creative.
You don’t have to seek out sprawling fields or stunning landscapes to create amazing scenes. Some of the most interesting images come from using everyday objects and interacting with them in unexpected ways, your Lego summer adventure can happen absolutely anywhere.
The competition will be judged by Young Explorer Ambassador, X-Factor JLS star and celebrity farmer JB Gill, alongside Lego Play Agent David Pallash.
JB Gill said this:
“The summer holidays should be filled with fun! That’s why a play-cation – whether that’s in your back garden, a local park or a National Trust place – is a brilliant excuse to grab some LEGO bricks, fire up your imagination and get creative in the great outdoors. As a farmer, a lover of the great outdoors and as a parent myself, I know just how important it is to explore nature as a family and there’s no better time than summer to do this.”
The winner will be crowned Lego ‘Young Explorer’ for 2020/21. They will get to see their masterpiece shared on Lego and National Trust’s social media channels.
The winner will also receive a plethora of prizes – including a year’s supply of Lego sets, a free 12-month National Trust family membership and a bundle of National Trust storybooks.
Parents or guardians of children aged 12 and under, can submit their kid’s snaps and stories of Lego adventurous nature scenes on Facebook along with a caption explaining the creative story behind the image, using the hashtag #LEGOYoungExplorer until September 9, to be in with a chance of winning.
Lego Play Agent David Pallash has shared his top tips for getting creative with bricks in the outdoors this summer. “Remember you don’t need lots of bricks, just lots of imagination!”
1. Let your imagination run wild: Maybe it’s a purple spotted dragon flying over a daisy village or a bear vs kangaroo dance-off in your windowsill herb pots – there’s no limit when it comes to creativity! When you’re done creating, make sure you leave nature as you found it and take home your LEGO bricks, so you can play again and again.
2. Creative Colours: Think about all the different shades you find in nature; greens, blues, pinks and more, and incorporate as many as you can to ensure your scene is an explosion of colour
3. No garden, no problem: If you can’t access a field or forest to set up your scene, get creative in a plant pot or on a windowsill with the view as a backdrop for what you build…
4. Four Seasons: Just because it is summer doesn’t mean it has to be in your imagination – find some ice to make a snow scene or create a downpour using a watering-can!
How to Take Part
Grab a camera, some Lego bricks/Minifigures and fire up your imagination
Create the ultimate nature scene using Minifigures and LEGO bricks. Whether the scene is created on a windowsill, in the garden, a local park or a National Trust place, no location is too small for a Lego adventure
Ask a parent or guardian to submit your picture on the Young Explorer post on The LEGO Group UK and Ireland’s Facebook page, making sure to tag @nationaltrust and use #LEGOYoungExplorer
Make sure they include your imaginative story alongside the post of your image telling us what you’ve built and what you imagine is happening in your scene – the more creative the better!
Entries will close on 9th September
For more information on the competition please visit the Lego Facebook page and for more information on the planned activities for National Trust and Play Week please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk