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The Little Brick Schoolhouse encourages interactivity in learning... but we ask parents and teachers to please stay involved and in control of your children's internet explorations.

General Reference | Preschool | Activities & Projects | Curriculum & Lesson Plans
Art & Architecture | Bible | History | Language Arts | Mathematics | Science
Construction & Engineering | Mindstorms & Robotics | Computer Aided Design
Fun & Games | Fan Sites | Comics & Movies | Adult Fans of LEGO | Custom LEGO
Parents & Teachers | Shopping | Other Brands


General Reference

http://www.lego.com (Official LEGO® website provides product information, company history and news, comics and movies, games and activities, downloadable wallpaper and screensavers, LEGO® Club page and how to join the club.)

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/lego.htm (The How Stuff Works site explains how LEGO® bricks work, how LEGO® bricks are made, LEGO® testing and packaging, building with LEGO® bricks, designing LEGO® creations, LEGO® art, LEGO® projects, LEGO® sculptures, and also tells about the LEGO® company and its history.)

http://www.popandco.com/archive/moab/ (An interactive flash video showing the making of a LEGO® brick.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego (LEGO® article in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Lego_themes )

http://www.brickwiki.org (Brickwiki, an open content LEGO® encyclopedia.)

http://www.brickjournal.com (Brick Journal, a magazine that spotlights the many aspects of the LEGO Community. Events, people, and models are showcased in every issue. Available in both digital and print formats.)

http://www.peeron.com (A searchable repository of computer scans of official LEGO® instructions, parts inventories, and catalogs referenced by year, set number, theme, etc.)

http://www.brickset.com (A complete database of LEGO® sets both old and new. Use the Theme and Minifig Browsers to quickly and easily view all sets or minifigs in a theme.)

http://www.promobricks.com (A whole site devoted to collectible LEGO Promotional Bricks - also known as Duplo Commemorative Bricks.)

http://www.minifigcity.com (Minifig City is home to a wide variety of LEGO community workers.)


Preschool

http://preschool.lego.com/en-US/default.aspx (A wide range of games for preschoolers, from LEGO®.)

http://preschool.lego.com/en-US/funzone/default.aspx (LEGO® Duplo Fun Zone.)

http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/351.shtml (How to set up a LEGO® block play center.)


Activities & Projects

http://www.lego.com/education/preschool/default.asp?l2id=1_2&pagename=sub_ab_1 (LEGO® Activity Bank. Download free activities for preschool to high school and beyond. Early years activities focus on creative, social and expressive skills. School activities focus on Science, Technology, Design, Engineering and Mathematics. Search for activities by selecting the appropriate Age Group, Category and Product.)

http://creator.lego.com/designschool/default.asp (LEGO® Design School has lessons, building tips, and an introduction to LEGO® bricks.)

http://legoengineering.com/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,105/ (In this LEGO® activity for ages 5-10, design and construct a chair that keeps Mr. Bear – or any floppy stuffed animal – from falling backwards, forwards, to the left and to the right. The safety of Mr. Bear is in your hands!)

http://www.legoeducation.us/activities/ (LEGO Education activities in the areas of Robotics, Simple Machines, Energy, Structures, Math, and Early Learning.)

http://legoengineering.com/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,83/ (Try building a LEGO® trebuchet or catapult that will launch an object. In this activity for ages 5-13, you will also need rubber bands and plastic spoons.)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-Trebuchet/ (Instructions on how to make a LEGO Trebuchet for launching little LEGO pieces.)

http://legoengineering.com/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,83/ (Learn about gears and gear ratios in this activity for ages 8-13.)

http://www.baseplate.com/ideas/human-scale/index.html (LEGO® activity ideas: Advent calendar, chess set, desk clock, snow globe, refrigerator magnets, Noah's ark toy, LEGOquarium, minifig cookies, uses for extra buckets, bookmarks and magnets cut from extra LEGO® boxes.)

http://www.baseplate.com/ideas/minifig-scale/injured/index.html (Try making a LEGO® wheelchair like this one for your minifigs.)

http://www.greenmolly.com/recycling-milk-cartons-into-lego-blocks/ (Recycling Milk Cartons into LEGO Blocks.)

http://crafts.kaboose.com/lego-brick-costume.html (LEGO® brick costume instructions.)

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/castlekids/230115/ (LEGO® brick costume photos.)

http://xenomachina.com/2005/10/howto-lego-minifig-costume.html (How to make a LEGO® minifig costume.)

http://davidbau.com/archives/2007/10/29/lego_minifigure_costume.html (Another LEGO® minifig costume.)

http://hari.mindvision.com/lego/Magic/magic.html (LEGO® Magic Trick.)

http://lego.jacob-sparre.dk/ (Jacob's LEGO® building instructions for several original models with links to more models.)

http://www.ehow.com/how_4550781_make-lego-desktop-pen-pencil.html (How to make a Desktop Pen and Pencil Holder using LEGO bricks.)

http://www.martinsc.net/2009/09/lego-time-tracking/ (Keep track of time with LEGO bricks!)

http://castle.lego.com/en-us/Downloads/ActivitySheets.aspx (Download, print and enjoy great activities with LEGO Castle characters!)

http://duplo.lego.com/en-US/Downloads/activitysheets.aspx#ActivitySheets (Download and print DUPLO coloring and activity sheets.)


Curriculum & Lesson Plans

http://www.lego.com/education/default.asp (LEGO® Education: download free activities developed by educators, from early learning to school and beyond.)

http://legoeducationalresource.blogspot.com/ (This page is dedicated to assisting teachers and educators in creating fun and dynamic lessons using LEGO®.)

http://www.marshall.edu/lego/lessonplans/lessonplans.html (Lesson Plans and LEGO® Projects for Math/Science Technology and Transportation.)

http://www.weirdrichard.com/unitlist.html (Richard Wright has written hundreds of lesson plans that use LEGO® elements in art, mathematics, probability, engineering, building architectural models of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, etc. He has a sample unit on the above page and these sample activities: http://www.weirdrichard.com/activity.htm but now he works for PCS Edventures and you can only access the rest of his lessons by signing up for Edventures Online – see next listing below.)

http://edventures.com (PCS Edventures Online is an internet-based subscription service for individuals and families offering hundreds of courses which utilize LEGO® elements and other materials found readily in the home. Hands-on activities and projects focus on topics such as: Art/Creative Constructions, Physics/Mechanics, Electricity, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture. PCS Edventures also offers LEGO®-based science and engineering programs for in-school, after-school, and in-home environments.)

http://www.bricklab.com (The BrickLab is a big tub of plastic construction bricks combined with a unique standards-based comprehensive curriculum that enables students to explore math, science, communications, and technology through hands-on projects. The original BrickLab curriculum contains over 5,000 building elements, 52 lessons, and 208 activities in four main subjects: Construction Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Communications. It offers a survey of activities for K-12 students in traditional classrooms or home schools. Free sample lesson plans, projects and activities for art, architecture, construction, engineering, math, physics, and science are available on their website for you to download and try.)

http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Stu/mippolit/570lego.html (This web site was created as a mini-project for course EST 570 (Design of Multimedia Courseware) at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The purpose of this web page is to create learning activities based on New York State learning standards utilizing Lego Island.)


Art & Architecture

http://www.brickartist.com/ (Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick; be sure to view his gallery of art and sculpture which contains many awesome creations that will peak your interest; see also the link below.)

http://www.arsgeek.com/?p=2842 (Read how Nathan Sawaya became a LEGO® Master Builder.)

http://www.seankenney.com/ (Sean Kenney's Art with LEGO® Bricks. Sean is a full-time artist who works exclusively with LEGO® bricks. He hopes that children who see his work become inspired to create great things themselves.)

http://www.andrewlipson.com/lego.htm (Andrew Lipson’s LEGO® page has mathematical sculptures such as a LEGO® Mobius stip, a LEGO® version of Rodin’s “Thinker,” and some amazing 3-D models of M.C. Escher’s “impossible” drawings!)

http://www.minifigmuseum.freeservers.com/ (The Minifig Museum of Modern Art. This website is a parody of a real art museum. Instead of real works of art for real people, all the art on this site is made from LEGO® bricks and is designed for LEGO® people.)

http://www.henrylim.org/Harpsichord.html (This guy built a LEGO® harpsichord – and it really plays!)

http://www.seankenney.com/portfolio/new_york_city_models/ (The Brick Apple: New York City in LEGO®.)

http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/i-lego-ny/?em (I LEGO® NY. Christoph Niemann's illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. His work has won numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration. Here, an artist's daydream in a roomful of his kids' toys leads to a view of New York you've never seen, all made of LEGO®.)

http://www.brickstructures.com (Throughout its 50 year history the LEGO Brick has always been associated with creative building. LEGO Architecture takes that initiative further by inviting children of all ages to build their favorite architectural landmarks and structures. LEGO Architecture will work to inspire future architects, engineers and designers from around the world.)


Bible

http://www.amyhughes.org/lego/church/index.html (Take a virtual tour of this beautiful, highly-detailed church built from LEGO® pieces!)

http://www.mssscrafts.com/biblelego/ (Bible LEGO® Challenge.)

http://www.baseplate.com/ideas/human-scale/ark/index.html (LEGO® Noah's Ark with Duplo animals.)

http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=1314&d=2&c=5 (LEGO® Lessons for Life, also accessible here: http://www.blessed2bless.us/by-steve/all-i-learned-from-legos.html)

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/04/13/sr_secondary_photo_0413.ART_ART_04-13-09_A2_SGDHNF3.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=101 (Parishioners at a church in Vasteras, Sweden celebrated Easter 2009 by unveiling a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus that they had built out of 30,000 LEGO blocks. It took the 40 volunteers about 1 ½ years to put all the tiny plastic blocks together. Their creation shows a standing Jesus facing forward with his arms outstretched. The work is a copy of Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen's Resurrected Christ.)


History & Geography

http://www.ancient-theme.com/ (The Acropolis Project: designs for a Greco-Roman LEGO® theme, with related links.)

http://www.hoernersburg.net/LegoCastleAndTownTour.htm (Hoernersburg, a mighty make-believe LEGO castle. Take a guided tour of this soaring LEGO castle and nearby medieval LEGO town – building-by-building, room-by-room – and discover some interesting facts about the Middle Ages.)

http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/9172/castle.html (Ed Boxer has built a traditional medieval castle out of LEGO® bricks.)

http://www.end.com/~jynx/castle/ (Nineteen accurate LEGO® models of historical castles.)

http://www.purcifuls-toys.com/shorhisofanb.html (Long before LEGO® there was another comprehensive building block system, Richter's Anchor Blocks, marketed first in the 1880’s. See also: http://www.chem.sunysb.edu/msl/LEGO/anchor.html for old images and http://www.ankerstein.org/ for new photos.)

http://www.baseplate.com/my_first_website/legopolis.html (Suzanne Rich sketched a map of a town, and created the buildings and landscape out of LEGO® bricks.)

http://www.see-sciencecenter.org/visitors/millyard-project.aspx (A reconstruction of a late nineteenth century millyard: the Amoskeag Millyard of Bedford, New Hampshire. The millyard itself was quite impressive, with mile upon mile of mill buildings, canals, railway spurs and tens of thousands of workers. The display at SEE Science Center, built of millions of Lego building blocks and housing thousands of LEGO® workers, seems equally impressive. The LEGO® Millyard Project is the largest permanent LEGO® installation at minifigure scale in the world. You can take a ride on the train that encircles the display in this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVohAu3puj4.)


Language & Literature

http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/fonts.html (LEGO alphabet fonts.)

http://web.ncf.ca/aa333/lang.html (LEGO® language, vocabulary and grammar lesson.)

http://esl.about.com/cs/teachingresources/a/bl_clogs.htm (ESL Writing and Conversation Lesson using LEGO® Building Blocks.)

http://www.tachyonlabs.com/sam/samslego.html (LEGO® story starters from Sam's LEGO® page. Sam likes to write stories about LEGO® characters, but he doesn't always finish - you'll see that many of them end with the words "to be continued." What do YOU think should happen next? Write your own ending!)

http://www.fibetry.com/viewtopic.php?t=108 (LEGO® poem written by a sixth grader.)

http://sadiecole.blogspot.com/2007/06/lego-poem.html (Sadie Cole’s writing group issued a challenge. Pick one word and write a poem about it. Her son was playing with his LEGO® pirates and so that became her poem!)

http://allpoetry.com/poem/1774007 (A LEGO® poem entitled “Architect” by Zahhar at All Poetry.)

http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Anti-Ouch_20Lego_20System (An idea for an Anti-Ouch LEGO® System in poem form!)

http://www.pixiepalace.com/2007/07/13/poetry-friday-knights-and-dragons/ (Read a poem and make a LEGO® figure to go along with it like this person did with "Now We Are Six" by A. A. Milne. Or have students create a LEGO® scene and then write a poem about it!)

http://www.brothers-brick.com/2006/08/25/poetry-vignettes-by-bill-ward/ (LEGO® poetry vignettes by Bill Ward include “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.)

http://messageboards.lego.com/en-US/showpost.aspx?PostID=1715385 (LEGO® poem contest on the LEGO® message board.)

http://www.baseplate.com/ideas/minifig-scale/scarecrow/index.html (Read The Wizard of Oz, then make a LEGO® scarecrow as shown in this picture. You might also try making a LEGO® tin man, lion, Dorothy, etc.)

http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/scrabble_board.html (A LEGO® Scrabble board by Eric Harshbarger.)

http://www.boxjamsdoodle.com/d/20011119.html (A comic about LEGO® bricks and the importance of communication skills.)

http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Tonal_20Lego_20Language (The language of LEGO®.)


Mathematics

http://www.lego.com/eng/create/activities/junkbot2/default.asp (In this virtual LEGO® Box Game, the player needs to find a way to build bridges by moving the colored bricks which enables the junkbox to collect all the rubbish. But it’s actually a tool to engage students to think mathematically, because there are many different mathematical concepts involved in the game such as spatial concepts, patterning, numbers, shapes, and problem solving.)

http://www.ee.ryerson.ca:8080/%7Eelf/abacus/lego/ (Build a real abacus from LEGO® parts, for ages 7 and up.)

http://kathyschrock.net/clickonbricks/index2.htm (Learn multiplication with LEGO® bricks. Also available here: http://library.thinkquest.org/3896/index2.htm)

http://www.syngress.com/book_catalog/174_lego_robo/chapter_01.htm (Understanding LEGO® geometry, by Mario & Julio Ferrari.)

http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/809.html (LEGO® Fractions, grade 5.)

http://users.cis.net/cmeyer/HSHelps/Algebra/ (Using LEGO® bricks to teach algebra.)

http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/pentominoes.html (LEGO® geometry with pentominoes, from Eric Harshbarger.)

http://www.andrewlipson.com/mathlego.htm (Andrew Lipson’s Mathematical LEGO® sculptures.)

http://acarol.woz.org/ (Andrew Carol built a working calculating machine based on Babbage’s Difference Engine, using LEGO® pieces.)

http://threesixty360.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/lego-math/ (How many different ways are there to stack 2×4 Lego bricks into towers?)

http://www.math.ku.dk/~eilers/lego.html (How many ways can six LEGO® bricks be combined? A LEGO® counting problem. Actually, Søren Eilers disputes a calculation in the LEGO® literature. Provides good insight to mathematical calculations. Check out his numbers!)

http://www.cheng.staff.shef.ac.uk/misc/pud2.doc (“Mathematics and LEGO®: The Untold Story” by Eugenia Cheng, an approximate text from the seminar she gave at Newnham College in October 2001, aimed at students and researchers of all levels and all disciplines.)


Science

http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/835.html (A lesson on genetic traits using LEGO® bricks. This senior science lesson covers independent assortment, incomplete dominance, ratios and probability.)

http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts//828.html (Mendelian Genetics with LEGO® - Senior Science. Mendel’s principles of dominant and recessive segregation of traits.)

http://parents.lego.com/Features/LifesBuildingBlocks.aspx (DNA: Learning about life’s building blocks with LEGO® bricks.)

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/dacta.htm (Gander's Academy Lego Dacta Activities for Grade 5: Gears – includes eight experiments with lesson plans.)

http://www.sciencebuilders.com (LEGO resources for science education. In particular, this Science Builder's website is designed to provide curriculum aids and practical tips for using the LEGO® Life Science Sets.)


Construction & Engineering

http://technic.lego.com/en-US/default.aspx (LEGO® Technic official site.)

http://www.legoengineering.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=104 (In this simple activity for ages 5-10, design and construct a LEGO® brick wall that is at least 4 inches high. The wall must be capable of withstanding a flick of the finger.)

http://www.legoengineering.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=104 (In this activity for ages 5-10, design and construct a tower that is at least 4-6 inches high. The tower must be strong enough to withstand the weight of a stack of books.)

http://www.legoengineering.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=104 (In this activity for ages 5-10, investigate different shapes in order to determine which shape is the strongest. Design and construct a number of roofs to be placed on a previously built house. Then test the structures by pushing on the top of the roof.)

http://www.legoengineering.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=104 (In this activity for ages 5-10, design and construct an RCX car with 1 or 2 motors that is sturdy and does not fall apart. Cars built must survive the “Drop Test.”)

http://www.texbrick.com/ideas/beam/ (LEGO® ideas for beam construction.)

http://www.texbrick.com/creations/bridge_straight/ (Making a Three Span Deck Truss and Column Bridge with LEGO® bricks.)

http://www.texbrick.com/ideas/truss/truss_ideas.html (Making a truss with LEGO® bricks.)

http://www.texbrick.com/ideas/gears/ (Using LEGO® gears.)

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/CE_p013.shtml (In this experiment you will make a shake-table to test if the height of a building will affect its stability. At UC Irvine, students at the Learning with LEGO® program get to see if their LEGO® structures can handle the shake-table. You can see the LEGO® structures before and after the shake.)

http://mase.wustl.edu/wusceel/ucist/TeachingModule.pdf (PDF file: Shakes and Quakes, K-12 Activities in Earthquake Engineering using LEGO® bricks. Earthquake Engineering involves students vying to build LEGO® structures able to withstand the simulated ground motion of a major earthquake.)

http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/desk.html (This guy built a full-sized desk, strong enough to hold a computer, with working drawers and everything - all out of LEGO bricks!)

http://thermos14.com/blog/07-stuff/snex/ (The story of two guys who built an Xbox console out of LEGO bricks!)

http://www.poseidonguild.com/legos/index.php (Dorian's LEGO Computers: real working computer cases built out of LEGO bricks!)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-USB-Stick/ (Creating a LEGO case to house a USB memory stick.)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-Lego-figure-USB-drive/ (Make your own LEGO minifigure USB drive.)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Lego-MP3-Player (How to build your own MP3 Player out of LEGO bricks!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21252.0 (This motorized LEGO yarn winder combines old-fashioned low-tech and modern high-tech.)

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/03/air_conditioner_make_out.html (A LEGO model of a Carrier air conditioner that really works - very cool!)

http://www.make-digital.com/make/vol02/?pg=38 (A great article in MAKE Magazine on how engineers use ordinary LEGO elements to create professional prototypes.)


Mindstorms & Robotics

Imagine... algebraic formulas and linear graphing coming to life with LEGO®!

http://www.usfirst.org/ (FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - is a group that allows you to compete locally & nationally designing robots with the Mindstorms set.)

http://members.aol.com/galien1/html/lego.htm (Green Alien Home Page has several projects you can build, with links to other Mindstorm and LEGO® pages.)

http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/%7Eyc328692/home.html (LEGO® Logo Lesson Plans: Four lessons designed by college students for 6th-9th grades. In the first lesson, explore how a small gear wheel connected to a larger gear wheel affects the way they work. In the second lesson plan, build a greenhouse model out of LEGO® bricks. The goal is for the students to control the temperature inside the greenhouse using gears and sensors. The third is lesson in fan control utilizing sensors and graphing skills. The fourth lesson uses a greenhouse to study the process of photosynthesis.)

http://people.cs.uu.nl/markov/lego/index.html (LEGO® Robot Pages has info on the programming language, a sample robot, tips, & nice collection of links.)

http://www.akasa.bc.ca/tfm/lego.html#welcome (TFM's LEGO® Invention Page contains directions for 3 homemade sensors you can use with your Mindstorm set and links to other Mindstorm sites.)

http://tip.columbia.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=57 (The Algebra of Lego Go Carts.)

http://robotics.nasa.gov/rcc/browse.php?offset=190 (NASA Robotics Curriculum Clearinghouse.)

http://www.wilcoxusa.net/mindstorms/constructopedia.htm (The Constructopedia is a reference work and building guide for the LEGO® Robotics invention system. This is the older 1.0 version. The newest version can be downloaded at http://www.legoengineering.com/content/view/30/60/ )

http://www.legoengineering.com/ (LEGOengineering.com is dedicated to providing educators with resources for teaching through engineering with LEGO® materials. Click on “Learning Lab,” and then “View All Activities” to get a complete list of projects. Most of them require LEGO® RCX materials, NXT materials, ROBOLAB Software, and/or NXT Software, but there are six simple activities that use basic LEGO® materials.)

http://www.firstlegoleague.org/ FIRST LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL) is an internationally organized robotics competition for teams of kids (grades 4-9) led by an adult coach. Each team designs, constructs and programs a LEGO® MINDSTORMS robot to perform a task posed by FIRST LEGO® League as a nation-wide challenge. Teams demonstrate their robot's ability to perform the challenge in head-to-head competition at statewide tournaments.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-USB-Charger/ (Instructions on how to build a hand crank LEGO USB charger with parts from a Mindstorms kit and Radio Shack. This handy little device can charge anything that receives current via USB port.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72STco-yoew (YouTube video on how to build a Remote Robotic Dog Treat Dispenser using Mindstorm NXT.)


Computer Aided Design

http://factory.lego.com/getstarted/ (LEGO® Factory lets you download their free Digital Designer software to design your own models. You can even design your own box and order the bricks you need to build your model. Browse the gallery to see the cool creations that others have designed.)

http://ldd.lego.com/default.aspx (LEGO® Digital Designer, the program that lets you build with LEGO bricks on your computer. Works on both PC and Mac.)

http://blockcad.net (BlockCAD is a freeware program for building virtual models with LEGO®-like bricks, and yet it doesn’t strictly follow the LEGO® look. Note: this is not a full CAD program; it’s more for fun.)

http://bricksmith.sourceforge.net/ (Bricksmith allows you to create virtual LEGO models and instructions on your Mac. The Bricksmith Minifigure Generator automates the immensely difficult process of assembling a virtual LEGO figure. This program magically combines LEGO building with the ravishing beauty of a genuine Macintosh interface.)

http://www.ldraw.org/ (LDraw is an open source LEGO® CAD program that allows the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes. The site also contains tutorials and other resources. Free download. Note: it does NOT support 64-bit operating systems.)

http://www.lineto.com/The+Projects/Lego+Font+Creator/ (A cool shockwave toy/tool allowing you to build basic isometric LEGO® shapes. The irresistible logic of the LEGO® brick prompted these designers to start thinking about how the fonts could be shown in an interactive type specimen, offering ways to play with it online. They later developed it into a stand-alone Shockwave application, offering a set of preselected design elements and both Lineto LEGO® font alphabets to play with. Results can be exported as vector data and opened in vector-oriented graphic design programs like Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand. The package includes the Shockwave application and a set of two fonts, called LEGO® AM and LEGO® PM, available for Macintosh or Windows platforms. A related font and fully usable version of the tool can be purchased. See also: http://www.scratchdisk.com/Work/Early+Work/Lego+Font+Creator/ )


Fun & Games

http://www.recordholders.org/en/list/lego.html (LEGO® World Records.)

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/01/28/10-neatest-lego-facts-and-links/ (10 Neatest LEGO® Facts and Links.)

http://www.otbeach.com/news/resorts-and-fun-activities--11/33-of-the-most-intricate-&-realistic-lego-creations--481.html (33 Of The Most Intricate & Realistic LEGO® Creations.)

http://www.fanpop.com/spots/lego/photos/filter/lego (LEGO® gallery on Fanpop – amazing photos of things made out of LEGO® bricks includes a PC, iPod, USP drive, globe, heart, wedding cake, and other art.)

http://web.ncf.ca/aa333/xmas.html (LEGO® Christmas.)

http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/html/lego_parties_8.html (LEGO® Birthday Party Ideas.)

http://likemerchantships.blogspot.com/search/label/LEGO%20birthday%20party (How to plan the ultimate LEGO® birthday party, including cake, decorations, and activities on a budget!)

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/recipe.aspx?recipeID=40759&Source=SearchResultPage (Betty Crocker recipe for Building Blocks Cakes with marshmallow studs. You can also make a sheet cake and put cupcakes on top for studs. Cover the whole thing with bright colored frosting!)

http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/html/construction_parties_27.html (Birthday Party Idea - have a LEGO construction party!)

http://www.createmyevent.com/2007/06/fathers_day_bui.html (LEGO® Father’s Day party. Most people would relegate LEGO® blocks to only a children's birthday party, but if dad likes to play with the kids this gives him ample time to really build something cool with them from start to finish. Bake a LEGO® cake, make a LEGO® centerpiece, and you can even carve a LEGO® shape out of SPAM!)

http://www.cmdshiftdesign.com/blog/2008/06/12/make-anyone-into-a-lego-character-a-super-easy-tutorial/ (Turn anyone into a LEGO® character.)

http://devbook.com/charactercreators/lego/ (Create-a-Character: Picture Yourself in Plastic!)

http://www.baseplate.com/toys/minifig/ (Minifig Generator: Click through planned or random combinations of heads, torsos, and legs to create your own characters on screen, in this interactive Javascript toy.)

http://www.reasonablyclever.com/ (Flash games, LEGO® widgets, LEGO® cartoon, the world-Famous Mini-Mizer, and much more!)

http://play.lego.com/en-US/games/default.aspx (A great selection of online LEGO® games: LEGO® City, Indiana Jones, Mars Mission, Castle Battle, action games, preschool games, puzzles, Creative Builder, games for girls, and many more.)

http://www.lego.com/eng/play/games/backlot/prompt.asp (LEGO® Studios backlot game, requires Shockwave to play.)

http://www.thepiratesrealm.com/games/Lego%20Treasure%20Hunt.html (LEGO® Treasure Hunt, online pirate game by Martin Sears at the Pirate's Realm.)

http://www.brikwars.com/index.html (BrikWars is the plastic-brick wargaming system that throws the peaceful worlds of your favorite construction toys into wanton chaos and destruction!)

http://universe.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx (LEGO® Universe MMOG: a massively multiplayer online game for LEGO® fans that lets players create online versions of themselves and interact with each other. The PC game will mix real-world style environments with the funny-looking characters and buildings made of plastic bricks. After creating a personalized avatar, users can spend virtual money to buy virtual bricks. Yet they don’t need real money to acquire this online currency. The more a child plays, the more coins and bricks he or she collects.)

http://www.roblox.com/ (ROBLOX: a free online building game with 3-D environments and physics. It's like a virtual playground!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skinnycoder/sets/72057594067730271/detail/ (Classic Video Game Scenes Recreated in LEGO® bricks.)

http://gunth.com/brickquest/ (BrickQuest: make your own 3-D fantasy board game out of LEGO® bricks. The game requires at least two players to play and can be played easily by four to six players. One player takes on the role of the BrickMaster. His job is to create, using construction blocks, a variety of modular dungeon rooms in which the game will take place, and creatures to inhabit them. The remaining players will play heroic characters who enter the dungeon in pursuit of gold and glory. The website shows pictures of the game board, with building instructions. You can download the complete game rules in a PDF document.)

http://www.adequate.com/lego/games/ (LEGO® Word Search and Tic Tac LEGO®.)

http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/puzzles.html (Eric Harshbarger made these LEGO® puzzles inspired by classic brainteasers.)

http://goldfish.ikaruga.co.uk/rubik.html (LEGO® Rubik Cube.)

http://users.skynet.be/maarten.steurbaut/Rubik_Cube_Small.htm (Another LEGO® Rubik Cube.)

http://www.baseplate.com/my_first_website/chess.html (Instructions for making your own LEGO® Chess set.)

http://www.megabloks.com/en/familyfun/ (Online building activities at the Mega Bloks website.)


Fan Sites

http://www.mocpages.com/ (MOC stands for “My Own Creation.” This site boasts the world’s biggest collection of LEGO® creations. View pictures of models built by other LEGO® fans and share your LEGO® creations. It’s easy and it’s free.)

http://www.fbtb.net/ (From Bricks To Bothans: a fan site specializing in news and discussion about Star Wars LEGO® sets.)

http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Cottage/5900/Adventurers.html (LEGO® Adventurers.)

http://www.classic-space.com/news.php (LEGO® Space Place.)

http://www.classic-castle.com/ (LEGO® Castle Creations.)

http://www.classic-pirates.com/ (LEGO® Pirate Creations.)

http://www.maskofdestiny.com/ (LEGO® Bionicle Fan Site.)

http://www.minifigs.net (This fan site has a photo of just about every LEGO® minifig ever created, with info on what sets they came from.)

http://www.minifig.co.uk/ (Everything you ever wanted to know about LEGO® minifigures.)

http://www.baseplate.com/legopolis/index.html (Welcome to greater Legopolis, and step into the world of the minifig. Everyone in Legopolis likes the Internet, of course, and the town has their own internet service provider, Legopolis Online. They are dedicated to providing quality internet service to the citizens of Legopolis. At Legopolis Online you will find the usual assortment of commercial pages from local businesses such as Harry's Flowers and the Legopolis Health and Fitness Club where the minifigs keep in shape. You can read the online edition of the Legopolis Times and meet some of the minifigs through their personal pages. "On the Internet, no one knows you're a minifig.")

http://www.porchwithhouse.com/lego/ (David A. Karr's LEGO® Collection has lots of links.)

http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/Tags/diorama,lego (Flickr photos of the world's best LEGO® dioramas.)

http://www.brickshelf.com/ (The Brickshelf Gallery is an image hosting site for LEGO® fans. Browse thousands of images showcasing LEGO® models from around the world or click on a category to see specific themes.)

http://www.holly-wood.it (LEGO® fan site that focuses on virtual building by providing utilities and software add-ons.)

http://www.israelego.com (LEGO Technic and Mindstorm inventions web site by a LEGO fan.)

http://brickplayer.com (LEGO Sculptures, Mosaics, Plans, & Building Tips.)

http://www.brothers-brick.com/ (Highlighting Some of Best LEGO Creations on the Web.)

http://lmotd.blogspot.com/ (Fascinating LEGO Model of the Day.)

http://microbricks.blogspot.com/ (Microscale LEGO Creations.)

http://vignettebricks.blogspot.com/ (VignetteBricks: vi·gnette n. A scene built of LEGO bricks on a small (usually 6x6 or 8x8) base.)

http://www.geocities.co.jp/Milano-Aoyama/8131/vignette01.htm (The Art Museum of LEGO® Vignettes, a Japanese site.)

http://www5c.biglobe.ne.jp/~kazzen/DB0_Enter.html (LEGO® Deco: free web graphics with LEGO® themes, in Japanese but easy to figure out from the pictures.)


Comics & Movies

http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/ (Irregular Webcomic is an online comic created by David Morgan-Mar, an Australian physicist. The comic is illustrated photographically, primarily with LEGO® minifigures and scenery/backgrounds also made of LEGO® elements. However, a few of the stories use role playing game miniatures, or a blend of both sorts of figures. The comic has several different themes. Click on "Archives" to see the complete list. Many of the comics have annotations, sometimes with a behind-the-scenes look at how a comic was made, or an explanation of an obscure reference. Some of the comics have lengthy educational annotations on such subjects as Biology, Chemistry, History, Culture, Language, Literature, Math and Physics. Here is a list of the more educational ones: http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/special/educational.html )

http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~mbsf/sworde.htm (LEGO® Star Wars Trilogy picture stories.)

http://www.unlikelysociety.com/ (A hilarious webcomic about LEGO® misfit superheros.)

http://legostargalactica.comicgenesis.com/ (Legostar Galactica, another webcomic illustrated with LEGO® scenes.)

http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/1631/ (LEGO® Maniac TV commercial, from RetroJunk.)

http://www.darnellworks.com/a52/nr0058c.htm (Commercial for the Honda Element car constructed of Mega Bloks, titled “Purpose.”)

http://www.brickfilms.com/ (A whole community dedicated to the animation of plastic building bricks using stop motion animation, 3D and Flash. On this site you will find a searchable directory of hundreds of films, contests, a busy forum, and great resources to help animators of any level in the creation of their movies.)

http://news.lugnet.com/publish/cinema/ (The LUGNET guide to LEGO® moviemaking: cinema and cinematic techniques, stop-motion animation, movie “studio” products, stories & storyboarding, ideas, questions, etc.)

http://www.movies.tommyandtimmy.com/page0/page0.html (A nice collection of brick films including "Into the Wardrobe" and "Huck Finn in 4 Minutes," from Tommy & Timmy Studios.)

http://www.math.uio.no/~fredrigl/technic/animations/ (LEGO® animations that you can download and use on your own homepage.)


AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO®)

Adult artists, engineers, and hobbyists are building some spectacular LEGO® creations!

http://www.lugnet.com/ (LUGNET - International LEGO® Users Group Network, longtime gathering place of LEGO® enthusiasts with a discussion forum, news, etc.)

http://www.legofan.org/ (A newer web portal dedicated to helping adult fans of LEGO® with news and discussion about LEGO® sets and building.)

http://www.e-klocki.com/ (Klocki is a multilingual blog about creations made by adult LEGO® enthusiasts.)

http://www.brickset.com/ (Online guide to LEGO® sets old and new. Search for sets you are interested in, read reviews by other Brickset visitors.)


Custom LEGO®

http://www.lionsgatemodels.com/ (Custom LEGO® instructions and models from Lions Gate Models. You can build large, detailed, professional-grade models using Lions Gate Models’ custom building instructions and LEGO® pieces from your own collection. Many downloadable LEGO® instruction packages are available here and include full color, printable, step-by step instructions in PDF format. You can also buy custom LEGO® building instructions on a CD. Sign up to get updates from Lions Gate Models, and get instructions for the green Hospital model FREE!)

http://www.bricksmiths.com/ (The Guild of Bricksmiths, source of the finest custom LEGO® kits in the world. These are independently produced kits, not made by LEGO®. They are targeted at the discerning collector and hobbyist.)

http://www.brickforge.com/ (Brick Forge custom minifig accessories. They mostly make weapons and armor, but also have some farm animals.)

http://www.brickarms.com (BrickArms is a small family-owned company in Redmond, WA specializing in original, custom designed LEGO®-compatible weapons and custom minifigs. What began as a 9-year-old son’s request in 2006 for LEGO® World War II has grown into a business that produces 31 different weapons, weapons packs, accessories, and custom minifigs that are prized by collectors worldwide.)

http://www.classic-space.com/plugins/content/content.php?content.47 (Designs and techniques for making your own minifig guns. No, I'm not advocating minifig violence, but history and military buffs will find these interesting.)

http://www.customminifig.co.uk (Custom LEGO minifigs, and the latest Custom MiniFig news from the UK.)

http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=handmade&search_query=lego (Custom LEGO accessories: earrings, pendants, cufflinks, belt buckles, rings, pins, bracelets, and many other assorted treasures.... as well as invitations, notebooks, magnets, and even USB memory sticks made from LEGO bricks!)


Parents & Teachers

http://parents.lego.com/Default.aspx (LEGO® Parents Guide contains play ideas, products by age, gift finder, safety facts, downloadable instructions, message board, and more.)

http://www.legobuildersoftomorrow.com/ (LEGO® Builders of Tomorrow.)

http://club1.lego.com/en-us/BuildIt/family.aspx (LEGO® Family Building Tips and Ideas.)

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/384661/parent_alert_the_brick_testament.html?cat=25 (An article by Mark Rollins: “Parent Alert: Legos and Bible Verses Does Not Mean Family-Friendly!”)

http://publish.bsu.edu/esf/1.3/Morris.htm (This English Studies Forum essay by Tim Morris about LEGO® toys touches on everything from grammar to philosophy.)

http://www.imagilab.org/pdf/wp02/WP20.pdf (PDF file: "Lego Speaks," a paper on the usefulness of LEGO® bricks as a means of communication.)

http://www.parshift.com/Essays/essay005.htm (“Agility Engineering: Lego Lessons,” an essay on design principles.)

http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~nr03/Overcoming%20the%20Logos%20%96%20Overcoming%20Lego.htm (“Overcoming the Logos – Overcoming Lego: From Imagined Space to the Spatial Imagination of the Bionicle World”)

http://opencontent.org/docs/post-lego.pdf (PDF file: a college paper by David Wiley on the usefulness of LEGO® blocks as learning objects, as compared to the metaphor of atoms or crystals.)

http://www.squidoo.com/legoproject ("My Lego Project to build Self Esteem in my Students - It really Works!" page by Dr. Chris de Feijter, a teacher and Educational Psychologist.)

http://www.legolearning.net (The LEGO® Learning Institute is a network of parents, professionals and LEGO employees. They conduct research studies to collect information on play and child development, and assess how the use of hands-on learning affects children's learning experiences as well as their development of cross curricular skills.)


Shopping

Kids, please don’t buy anything without first asking your parents!

http://shop.lego.com/Default.aspx (The Official LEGO® Shop At Home website. Order over the internet for quick and reliable service.)

http://www.legoeducation.com/ (Shop for LEGO® Education Products.)

http://www.legoeducation.com/homeschool (Shop for LEGO® Homeschool Products.)

http://toys.shop.ebay.com/items/Building-Toys (Shop for new and used building toys at eBay.)

http://www.bricklink.com/ (This online LEGO® superstore allows you to buy parts, sets, instruction booklets, and bulk bricks directly from private sellers around the world. Whether you want a brand new boxed set or an obscure part, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for here! Check out their reference catalog: http://www.bricklink.com/catalog.asp)


Other Brands

These are all fairly LEGO®-compatible.

http://www.knex.com/Storage/KNEX_Bricks.php (K’NEX Bricks are specially designed to work with K’NEX rods and connectors, making for even more building possibilities.)

http://www.megabrands.com/ (MEGA Bloks construction toys and play sets – pirates, dragons, Narnia, Cars, Star Trek, etc. – are popular with preschool children and boys aged 5-12.)

http://www.best-lock.com/ (Best-Lock is a cheaper brand of plastic bricks with theme sets including police, firefighters, military, construction, princess castle, airplanes, farm and pirates.)

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