Thursday, October 6, 2016
Here is a fun book with simple to a bit more challenging models to build with LEGO® elements. Geek LEGO Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects by David Scarfe, No Starch Press, 2016 offers some interesting, many practical models for the home or office.
The author says in the introduction, “We all loved building with LEGO bricks when we were young, so why stop? This book is for everyone wants a little inspiration to keep on building!” And I second that. From this statement one would get the feeling that the book is being directed toward the AFOL, but having worked with kids I feel most of the models are easy and interesting for youngsters; they just might not be familiar with floppy disks, cassette tapes, and space invaders :-)
Each model is presented with a building difficulty rating - easy, medium, hard. There is a color and number list of the elements you will need (not that you have to stick to the color scheme). The building steps are in color and gray tone. The current building row is in color and the previous steps are in gray tome, so that you can keep track of where you are in the building process.
My favorites are the Sword-in-the-Stone Paperweight, Space Invader Space Saver (yes, you can guess my age), the Cursor Bookends are nice for my computer books, the Zombie Pencil/Pen Holder is awesomely gruesome, the Hanging Ghost and Christmas Tree Decorations are nice builds for child and parent to do together, perhaps I would build the Planter, but I don’t think it will be a Grenade, maybe a pineapple, and Tetris Fridge Magnets would be fun to play with while waiting for dinner to cook. Note to parents, there is a Wine Bottle Holder model, otherwise, there are nice builds for kids in this book.
If you have a LEGO collection of books, this is a cute book of ideas that might just inspire you to create your own LEGO crafts.