The Master Builder has Arrived

During the Christmas holidays, I was trying to get the boys back into the mood for creative LEGO play so I decided to inspire them with my own creation (MOC). I took the LEGO Mountain Hut


…and modified it by constructing a mountain behind it…


…with a secret hideout:


I was hoping to inspire G1 to work on his own MOC but it didn’t take. Both boys ended up using my creation as a playscape for some creative play. I didn’t complain since it meant that they were doing something other than the idiot box or the iPad.

The holidays came and went and nothing happened – they weren’t inspired at all. I was disheartened.

Then one day after school, G2 started tinkering around with the LEGO bits I’d organised by colour and started making a temple. The temple evolved into a seascape.


He worked on it all evening until bedtime and then he told me that he made it for me to play with and that I could create my own adventures if I wanted to. Since that evening, he has gone back to continue working on his project. The seascape continues to evolve and I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with.

This is the first serious MOC that G2 has created on his own (before this he was content to follow the instruction booklets) so I wanted to mark the milestone with a mention. I think the Master Builder has finally arrived.


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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