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New children’s Lego club aims to build friendships

PUBLISHED: 10:29 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:29 11 April 2018

Children taking part in an Awesome Bricks session at Caister Community Centre. Picture: Awesome-Bricks Ltd

Children taking part in an Awesome Bricks session at Caister Community Centre. Picture: Awesome-Bricks Ltd

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A new after school and holiday club is using Lego to entertain and educate children in Great Yarmouth and Caister.

Children taking part in an Awesome Bricks session at Caister Community Centre. Picture: Awesome-Bricks LtdChildren taking part in an Awesome Bricks session at Caister Community Centre. Picture: Awesome-Bricks Ltd

Awesome-Bricks offers a space where children with a shared love of Lego can take on fun-filled challenges and construction projects, building lasting friendships along the way.

Experienced teachers Matthew and Elizabeth Aldous founded the company with design and technology specialist, Nicola King, with the mission of utilising Lego in a way that could make a positive difference for children in the community.

Mr Aldous said he hoped the club would encourage children to put down their electrical devices and pick up bricks.

He said: “As a kid, I always loved Lego, and as a teacher, I knew the benefits of getting kids using it could help them in so many ways.

Children taking part in an Awesome Bricks session at Caister Community Centre. Picture: Awesome-Bricks LtdChildren taking part in an Awesome Bricks session at Caister Community Centre. Picture: Awesome-Bricks Ltd

“Our aim at the club is to get kids working together, having fun and learning, but without them knowing they are. The emphasis is always on the fun.

“I’ve seen kids learning to problem solve and build their resilience in so many ways; it’s a great way for them to socialise away from their devices too.”

Thus far, the club has held several successful sessions on Thursdays, after school at Caister Community Centre.

The sessions have offered children the opportunity to work collaboratively on a range of mini projects, including the creation of a marble maze run, racing Lego balloon cars, sending a Lego spaceman into outer-space and attempting a world record attempt for building the tallest tower with one hand.

Nicola King, Matthew Aldous and Elizabeth Aldous from Awesome-Bricks. Picture: Awesome-Bricks LtdNicola King, Matthew Aldous and Elizabeth Aldous from Awesome-Bricks. Picture: Awesome-Bricks Ltd

Most recently, children took on an Easter challenge to carry and smash an egg on a Lego-inspired zip line.

As well as being fun, the classes aim to provide a safe and supportive space where children can hone their creative and problem-solving skills.

In doing so, Awesome-Bricks hopes to improve the self-confidence of children, encouraging team work and imaginative play.

To begin with, the club is targeting children between the ages of eight and 11 years old.

To find out more about the club, visit the club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/awesomebrickscom.

To book club sessions, contact Awesome-Bricks directly at bookings@awesome-bricks.com

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