Is there anyone who doesn’t love to build with LEGOs? I will admit that even though no kids live in my house, there are still quite a few LEGOs around to play with. Not long ago, I purchased a new set of LEGOs that were so cool I knew I had to share them with other birders out there. If you’re looking for a way to involve kids in birding, or just enjoy a little playtime yourself, you’re going to want to check out the new LEGO Birds set.
The three birds featured in the set are the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), found in North America; the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), found from Europe south to North Africa and east to Siberia; and the Green Violetear Hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus), found from Mexico down through northern South America. The birds are approximately life-sized, and come with their own stands and labels showing their scientific names.
These birds also each come with their own booklet, both to guide you through assembly and to teach you more about the species as you build. This would be a really fun project to do over spring break with the kids or grandkids. Build the LEGO birds and spend some time researching them on the internet. Then, head outside with binoculars and a camera to take your own Blue Jay photos (tip: they love peanuts!).
The LEGO Birds set is part of the IDEAS program, and I’m not sure how long it might be available, so if you’re interested, I recommend ordering it soon. I guarantee it’s fun for kids of all ages!