Earlier this month I whisked Lucas off for a surprise LEGO workshop at Slimbridge WWT. He’d been dying to see their over-sized LEGO sculptures–is that the right term? Should it be builds?–ever since he spied the otter over my shoulder when I was surfing Facebook but had no idea that they were doing workshops. I do like to surprise him from time to time!
The workshop, which took place in their classroom, was really well-structured. The kids divided into teams and started off by speed-building some simple ducklings. I hadn’t realised just how competitive kids can be !! There was screaming, shouts of “No, put it there!!” and “Quick, get the legs on!” before winners were declared.
Things got even more exciting when the kids designed their own race cars then raced them down the track. Lucas did his best to recreate Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car (and I learned that my video skills are never going to put the BBC out of business).
Since it would be foolish to pay the entrance fee and go away without seeing a single bird, I let Lucas drag me around the reserve in search of some ducks and yes, more LEGO.
Forget birds, I’d go back to Slimbridge again for the otters! This family of North American river otters were so playful and we spent ages watching them playing tag, sunning themselves on rocks, and just plain having fun. They were so lively and quite happy for us funny-looking humans to crouch right by the glass and stare at them. I must dig out my copy of Tarka the Otter…
There’s just enough time for you to pop along to WWT Slimbridge and see the giant LEGO creatures for yourself and maybe build your own duckling! The last workshops are on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August). Further information can be found here.