Lismore show can tests your skills
TESTING the limits of their imagination was name of the game for junior Lego fans yesterday at the North Coast National, for heats of The Great Lego Building Challenge.
Young ones dug deep into a huge tub of building blocks to create all manner of wacky inventions, to a soundtrack of upbeat music to keep them moving.
There were spaceships, secret gardens, playgrounds, castles and robots.
Simon Griffiths, from North Coast Productions, runs the Lego challenges up and down the coast, usually for week-long stints at shopping centres.
Kids get 20 minutes to finish their designs.
He said the kids could make whatever they wanted.
"It's really good to see their imagination work and they always put their own spin on it," Mr Griffiths said.
"That's why we don't suggest things for them to build, so they can use their own minds. If we suggest things, it's almost stifling them."
"That's the beauty about Lego - it's totally up to their imagination and they can do what they want."
Ash Daniel-Williams, 7, has a massive Lego piece collection at home which he estimated at "more than two million".
"I can't even count it all," he said.
Ash said he had no idea what he was going to make yesterday before the challenge buzzer sounded.
"I just saw the bricks and thought 'hmmm, what can I make ... ok I'm just going to make what I make," he said.
In the end he constructed a futuristic house with all manner of robotic appliances.
For that effort, he earnt a well-deserved third place in the heat.