Lego, Star Wars, and Duct Tape: A Rainy Day Collaboration

It is Spring Break but apparently no one let the season coordinator know! It is beyond just a bit rainy – to which we are pretty accustomed in Vancouver. No, it is not just rain: it’s cold and sleet and hail and snow, and it seems to be keeping us indoors. Aaaack!

For the second day in a row H has declared it is Star Wars Day. He is planning a Star Wars Movie Marathon. I am having a bit of trouble tearing him away from his computer. He is loving Star Wars fan films on youtube, and, frankly, I can see the appeal!!

My plan is to lure him with the idea of doing a post together. This may not be terribly well thought out – as he is a bit of a reluctant writer – but if we can get over that minor bump – he has some awesome ideas to share.

As well as being a fan of Star Wars, H is also a lover of all things Lego. He is frequently constructing things that completely blow me away. Here is his latest project:

“This is a Lego gun that is powered by elastic bands. The elastics are what reload it – they make it automatic… well… semi-automatic. There is one elastic that brings up this little pin that pushes up the ammo. The ammo is little Lego pieces and they will shoot out the barrel. The elastics also make the trigger work. “

Mom’s note: It will shoot about 90 cm (3 feet).

“I like playing with Lego because that is when I can put my ideas into something awesome. When I build something new with Lego I like to start building something random or get some ideas off of my laptop. Sometimes there are some good Lego plans on youtube. There is a link on how to make different things. The one I used for this was How to Make My C96. Remember to pause the video as you are making the project.”

“I find Lego soothing – it calms me. I like the feeling of Lego in my fingers.”

The down-side to Lego is that it can be hard to clean up – and, if you are a parent like me who has ever accidentally stepped on one of the pointy little pieces, I am certain you will agree that the clean-up aspect is of critical importance.

Here is H’s lovely solution! His invention is made with (what else?!) duct-tape and he has dubbed it his Lego Clean-up Hand:

It is not terribly efficient – but I think it is rather clever and hilarious!

And so… I suppose on this rainy day we have now come full circle, and I will simply leave you with a quote to tie it all up:

Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together…       ~ Carl Zwanzig ~


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About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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10 Responses to Lego, Star Wars, and Duct Tape: A Rainy Day Collaboration

  1. OMum22 says:

    I absolutely adore this post! The first thing I thought of when I read “Rainy Day” was – wow, isn’t it always rainy where she lives? So I laughed out loud at your first paragraph *grin*
    H is ingenious – I am so impressed with the lego gun and the clean up hand – initially I thought the duct tape was for protection – lol!
    What a wonderful ray of sunshine on a rainy day 🙂


    • Leah Kelley says:

      Thanks Deanne,
      Your comment made my day more sunny as well! Seriously though, I am thinking we may be on to something here! How about: Lego Sticky Socks for clean-up and protection – lol!


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  3. Erin says:

    I love it!


  4. Love it! I live with young adult guys on the spectrum, and the entire pool table now remains covered with LEGOs, HALO and Transformers. Gave up on playing pool long ago.


  5. Juliane says:

    I love this post! And must try your idea of making a writing collaboration project with my Star Wars-loving, reluctant-writer child. And the duct tape quote is priceless!


  6. renatabplus3 says:

    Genius. I love your child.


  7. akbutler says:

    That is the most brilliant invention ever.


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