11 March 2007

Ten Commandments Lessons in Lego

James spent many hours creating this Lego City (click for more details). It has ramps, contraptions, doors and nooks and crannies everywhere. Lego men are running here, hiding there or working somewhere else.
James told me it started as "Skyback City" but it only consisted of a few buildings. He said to himself, "This needs more". A couple of days later he added ramps and buildings and created this. It was obvious how much work and imagination went into its construction and was awarded first prize.
There was a sad side of victory in the Pavilion. One of his Lego men was stolen. It was on the top level and easiest to place in a palm and move on.
The discovery of the theft led to a good discussion about obeying the commandments. James realised that not only was the seventh commandment ("Thou Shalt not Steal") broken, but also the tenth ("Thou shall not covet thy neighbour's goods") and probably the eighth ("Thou shall not bear false witness") when whoever did the stealing had to explain where the Lego man came from.
When we discuss the Ten Commandments we use the in-built structure.
Commandments One, Two and Three are our relationship with God, Four is how we deal with our Parents and also authority, Five, Six and Seven are to do with killing the person, family and personal security and Eight, Nine and Ten are the spiritual or non physical aspects of Five to Seven. For example, the 5th commandment (Thou Shall not Kill) is related to the 8th (Thou shall not bear false witness). The first kills the body and the second kills that body's reputation and standing in the eyes of others.
Six is linked to Nine (Adultery and coveting the neighbour's wife) and Seven with Ten (Theft and coveting goods).

1 comment:

Portrait of Peter said...

What an excellent idea - the joys of learning through creativity.

You have a wonderful blog and delighted to find this.

Every good wishes from Scotland.