NEW LEGO® Education Kit Get Kids Writing

I’m so excited to tell you about this today – it’s StoryStarter, a new LEGO Education kit to get kids imagining, working together, creating stories, and publishing.

Like you, I’m always trying to find new ways to entice kids (mine included) to write. Which is why the LEGO® Education StoryStarter kits make me do a happy dance.

Of course, I wish I could give you each one to use with your students and children. Since I can’t do that, I can give one of you an entire set, software and curriculum valued at $234.95– scroll down for details. :)

The Storystarter Kit contains sorting trays, baseplates, activity spinners, organizational stickers, gobs of specialty bricks and mini-figures plus a curriculum guide and StoryVisualizer software.

Let me explain the process for using the kit.

1. Play and Plan Your LEGO Story

The kids used lessons from the LEGO® Education StoryStarter Curriculum Pack for their stories. The curriculum contains 24 project-based activities, all correlated to Common Core Standards.

Together the girls worked to plan out the sequence of events. Then, they built each scene with the kit’s LEGO bricks.

2. Create and Shoot Photos of Scenes

Once each scene was ready, they used my handy-dandy photo backdrop hack –a 3-fold poster board clipped with white craft paper, and took pictures.

Here is a scene from a backyard circus story. Cute, right?

3. Write and Publish Using StoryVisualizer Software

Upload your photos into the program on the computer. Then, create your own comic book story. It’s as easy as drag, drop, and write!

Even easier, an iPad app is coming out soon! Then you’ll be able to do everything on the iPad.

Above is a screen shot of the StoryVisualizer program.

Ta-da!

Stories are written. Books are published. Writing fun happened!

What’s not to love?

Enter to Win StoryStarter Kit, Software & Curriculum

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’re reading this as an email subscriber, click here to enter.

What do you think?

Would this kit inspire your kids to write like it did mine?

I received compensation for this review/article, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy here.

  • Melissa Enfinger

    I have read about this kit at Lego Education and want it so very badly. I have spoken with the administration at my son’s school and have been given permission to start a Lego Club that will meet after school for the upper elementary grades. I am thrilled about the possibilities – but just have not had the funds to put into action some of these great plans. My son did his very first stop-motion animation Lego movie this summer and I am hoping to help the kids in the club do a book and maybe even their own stop-motion movie.

  • Christine Enberg

    Having trouble entering this on iphone. My children would love this they both love Lego’s but hate to write.

  • This_Kid_Reviews_Books_Erik

    This is AWESOME!!! Thank you for telling us about it!!! :D

  • Susanne

    We are a Lego family! It would be an awesome addition to our
    Collection!

  • Laura

    I am always looking for new and creative ways to get my RTI students excited about writing. The boys are often times harder to really engage. This would be a fabulous way to get the boys and the girls excited about creating and writing!!! What a great idea!

  • Leslie

    My daughter would love this kit! I agree, it is so hard to get kids interested in writing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Jeane Campbell

    What a great idea. Legos are already in the house.. kids working/ playing together..even better! ♥

  • molly

    My kids do this every day, minus the cool software program. Lego is my favorite for imagination, direction following, spatial learning, etc., etc. Not sure we need anymore Legos in the house but I’d love to see this in person…

  • Carrie S.

    This is incredible!!! This looks like the perfect way to get my kids writing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ezrismomna

    What an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!! Where is the email subscriber link supposed to take us? It seems to be linking back to itself… Thanks again!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      scroll down to the bottom of this post and enter in the box at the bottom.

      • A Special Hug

        When we click on the link in “If you’re reading this as an email subscriber, click here to enter.” it takes us to the exact same page as before. I assume there is not a special section for subscribers.

        • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

          right — the Rafflecopter section for the giveaway doesn’t show up in the email which is why you must enter online.

  • Mom_In_High_Heels

    WOW! This is amazing. I have a reluctant (dyslexic) writer, but he loves Legos and makes up stories with them all the time. The added bonus of the software would be amazing.

  • katdb70

    I work with newcomers to the US. This would be an amazing way for them to create stories and share ideas in multiple languages! And everyone loves LEGO!!

  • Paula J

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to win this!! :)

  • Lea

    Great times are had daily with Legos at our house!

  • Amy

    I have 4 Lego Loving boys in my house that would love this!

  • Kara Mixon

    When I pinned the image through Rafflecopter the URL is wrong.
    I love to hear the Lego stories my boys come up with. These would be such fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Martha

    My son would love this. I think there is a good chance he would want to write with this Lego set.

  • Megan Sheakoski

    I am beyond obsessed with this!!! I wish this had been around when I was teaching!!!!! OMG! In love!

  • Jeni B

    This would be amazing! I have a reluctant writer, but surely this will motivate!

  • A Special Hug

    I can’t find the instructions on how to enter to win the kit! I would love to have one for my kids (8 and 4 years old) who love Lego and telling stories.

  • Debbie

    This looks amazing! Not only writing but team work and computer skills! Would love this!

  • Susan

    My daughter LOVES Legos, writing, and making her own movies. This would be perfect for her!!

  • Jill

    I homeschool at teach with LEGOs at my homeschool church. Would LOVE to have one to use at home at “school”.

  • NIkki Slaght

    My son is now just getting in Lego’s and having a blast.. he loves to read and write so this would be a great addition to his toy box,, thank you

  • Chris

    Wow, what a great give away!

  • Joanna

    My son loves Lego, and telling stories, plus I can use this for my newcomer students.

  • Storytime Mommy

    This is a wonderful giveaway! If I win I’m going to donate it to my daughter’s school. Then everyone there can use it!! :)

  • GINAT11

    I hope I win this. Sounds great for the kiddos in my class!

  • Kristin Gail

    Even if I don’t win, I’m thankful for the idea and reasoning for a push. My son makes incredible stories with his Legos, and I document them with photos and always *talk* about making a book with the images …

  • Tammi

    This would really help my son who has learning disabilities. He loves legos and he likes to make videos. Maybe this would help his writing. Crossing my fingers to win!!

  • majowe

    I was at both workshops this past school year (lego & virtual story writing) and it’s amazing!! Even my special needs kids at school enjoyed the tactile activity:)

  • pcain

    What an awesome idea! For any classroom of any age or level!! THIS is what I’m talkin’ ’bout!!! :-D

  • Laura

    What a great idea! My kids love Legos & this is such a great inspiration to tie them in with their writing.

  • Monica Caylor Leasure

    Neat….. my boys could really use this… boys are so hard to keep focused with learning but this is a fun hands on activity that they would love…

  • Andrea Gardner

    Oh wow! I have high hopes for this! I would desperately love to win it. My son has several learning disabilities (dyslexia, inability to track while reading, SPD and auditory processing disorder). He hates reading and writing and I am always looking for ways to make it more fun for him since he has to work so very hard. I am really excited about the potential this product holds. Thank you for writing such an amazing review. I really feel like I know what to expect from this product :)

  • ontiptoe

    So want one of these for my girls! Hardest part would be keeping the legos from migrating to their room. :)

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      agreed!

  • Lisa

    Just stumbled into your blog through Pinterest… love your post about anxiety and now finding this! Fantastic!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Lisa!

  • Danielle Ogilvie Rodda

    This is on our curriculum wish list for next year. My son is a lego maniac and is highly motivated by lego. Hopefully this would help him launch his inner author. :)

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