Kids’ creativity unleashed with Lego contest
IT'S fair to say six-year-old Ryan Stout from Jackadgery is a big fan of plastic bricks.
Lining up for the holiday Lego competition at Grafton Shopppingworld on Thursday, Ryan was keeping tight-lipped about his entry.
"It's a secret," he said.
Meanwhile five-year-old Samuel Palmer and his younger brothers, Thomas and William, were keen to get cracking.
As Samuel explained, this will be the third year he's competed and in preparation he's been getting plenty of practice in at home.
"We have a lot of it (Lego) all in the middle of our lounge room and we can barely get in there," Samuel said.
Samuel's father, Brendan Palmer, of South Grafton, said last week the family bought a bin full of second-hand bricks, adding to Lego saved from his own childhood.
"The boys inherited mine. I had a lot from the Lego Space series," Mr Palmer said.
"I think it's a great education tool because it changes and you can do what you want with it. You're only limited by your imagination.
"If you get bored with it, then you're not trying hard enough."
Tobias Griffiths from Lismore has been hosting Lego competitions in shopping centres for the past eight years.
He once made a 2.5m long carpet snake, taking 10 hours to complete with an unknown number of bricks.
Another time he created a skull using his dad's head as a reference.
Mr Griffiths said, despite the new release Lego movie now showing in cinemas, interest in Lego has always been high.
"It's popular wherever we go but the movie has brought it back to the public eye, and there's lots of enthusiasm from the kids - it's great to see."