LEGO MAN GOES SKIING – Fun with Magnets

LEGO fun, magnet fun, learning fun, how to create Winter Wonderland


When I just started teaching my kids science, I did what many moms who are new to homeschooling do, I bought a whole bunch of science toys.  One of the first toys we got was a basic magnet set from Learning Resources. In this set there is a plastic tray with a simple maze on top.  You set a magnet ladybug inside the maze on top of a board and move a magnet under the board to get a ladybug across.  Last winter as I was sitting at the dining room table making paper clip cards (I attached paper clips to index cards and kids “fished” with a magnet, whatever they pulled they had to read)
I looked at my son moving a ladybug with a magnet and the images of paper clips attached to Lego Men danced in my head!  Magnet can attract and move paper clips!  
fun with magnets

“Forget the ladybug!  We can use LEGO MAN instead!” I screamed with excitement.  

LEGOs are big in our house, so anytime we can incorporate LEGO into our activities, I feel like I scored big on Mommy Awesomeness scale.
All you have to do is tape paper clips to LEGO man’s feet and you are good to go.  If the skies end up being too sticky from extra tape dip them in glitter or flour.  Once all the tape is covered, your LEGO man is not going to stick to the board.
If you don’t have Learning Resources set, do not worry.   All you really need is a pair of paper clips and a magnet.  For the surface you can use regular poster board.

The poster board is actually much more exciting than anything else we tried so far because it allows the imagination to go wild. This year our LEGO man is taking his skiing vacation in a Winter Wonderland.

Looks interesting?  Read on for instructions on how to build Winter Wonderland.
The best part of this project is that you are learning all about how magnets work, while having so much fun it doesn’t feel like school work.  In the video below you can see how my son holds the poster board in the air with one hand and moves the wand with the other hand.  It was one of the earlier models.  Later when the poster board got heavier from all the additions, we set it up on wooden planks with a space in the middle to move a magnet wand back and forth.
What you will need
Lego man or two
Paper clips (2 for each man)
Poster Board
School Glue
Decorations for trees (red glitter, craft shapes, felt pieces or buttons)
Small toys to set up the winter scene (like this set)
Seasonal craft shapes
Christmas Trees
1.  Print out our trees or draw your own.  Our trees are just triangles on top of small squares for trunk.  You can print it on green paper, but I prefer to print out trees on a regular white paper and use it as a template. Today I’m using green felt and green cardstock paper.
2. Glue green paper and felt together.  Green card stock provides sturdiness and green felt provides prettiness and a nice surface to decorate.
3. Decorate the tree with lots of glitter and seasonal craft shapes (we got ours from Teacher’s store).
4. Add a piece of brown paper or felt for trunk, if you wish.
5. Put a huge pile of glue on your board, stick your tree in the middle of it.  Prop with something heavy behind it, so the tree doesn’t collapse until the glue dries.
6. Sprinkle lots of white glitter on the glue for snow effect.
The Rest of the Decorations
Once you are done placing trees, gather all the seasonal Christmas-y things you have around the house.
1. We happened to have this Creativity for Kids set, which is perfect for any craft project.  We love it so much, it’s actually our third one.  It’s full of wooden pieces of different shapes.  Gingerbread man shape is great for Winter Wonderland.  We also used some of the wood pieces to make weird structures and to prop the Christmas trees.
2. For the hill we just glued a piece of white paper in an upside down U shape and covered it with blue glitter glue and lots of white glitter.
3.  We also used Down on the Farm set from Safari Ltd (it’s a great set that we use regularly for wide range of purposes).
4.  We glued on some crystal beads to mark the skiing path.
5. We also attempted to create a frozen pond.  I don’t know what a hen with a chick are doing by the pond.  Maybe they like to promenade there.
6. We created a house by cutting out the shape of a house (you will find it in our printout) and used it to outline the same shape on a pretty scrapbook paper.  We covered the roof with glue and sprinkled with lots of glitter for snow.
7. Sprinkle the whole scene with lots of glitter.  The best part about this glitter is that when LEGO men skies he moves it around like real snow.  It’s so cool.
My kids had a lot of fun setting up the scene.
And they have been playing with it for hours on end!  Together and separately.
If you are looking for a fun project to do with kids, while learning about magnets, try this.  In the video below my son demonstrates how he has fun with magnets.
Science fun at home, how to get creative with magnets

What are you favorite ways to play with LEGOs? Disclaimer: This post contains amazon affiliate links. If you click on my link and purchase something, I will receive a small percent of your purchase at no extra cost to you.  


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37 thoughts on “LEGO MAN GOES SKIING – Fun with Magnets

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  2. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    We went to the library and played with our first Lego set. My daughter loved it. She would really like something like this too! That little Lego man skiing is SO adorable.

  3. 1 week ago – Shared publicly

    What a fun idea. My grandkids (and my son before them) are deeply into Legos. I am sharing this article with them to give them ideas for their own homeschool projects. Pinned!

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    Kid Minds 1 week ago

    All my kids have hours of fun with this activity! Thank you for pinning! 

  4. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    This is such a cute idea! I love it, and now I’m so sad that my kids have outgrown LEGO’s! There must be LEGO’s somewhere, right? 

  5. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    That is so cute! Now my children are going to get glitter all over the house. (Again!! LOL)

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    Kid Minds 1 week ago+1

    Glitter all over the house… even in our beds = Homeschool fun :)

  6. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    such a good idea. i can imagine the kids loved that. we always just build royal villages with our legos; we have all the princess ones. 

  7. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    This is absolutely genius! I never would have thought to incorporate magnets! +1
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    Kid Minds 1 week ago

    Thank you, Erin! And the best part all my kids enjoy playing with it from a 7-year old intellectual to my wiggly 2-year old. 

  8. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    This is such a neat idea. Legos and magnets, my girls will love this.
    Thanks for sharing on Littles Learning Link Up. Hope you can join in again this week. Linky will be live tomorrow morning. (May be a little later than usual)

  9. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    this is so hilarious but such a great idea! So much fun to come up with a unique idea!

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    Kid Minds 1 month ago

    Yes, it’s very rewarding. Especially, when kids say, “this is the best idea EVER, mommy!” They know exactly what to say… 

  10. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    Oh gosh this brings back memories for ME. As a kid my cousin had ALL the Barbie stuff, the jeep the house all of it. We couldn’t afford it so I made my own. Plus mine were WAY better :)

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    Kid Minds 1 month ago

    I bet it was BETTER! 

  11. 1 month ago – Shared publicly

    Omg how fun is this?!?!? I’m ski obsessed and my daughter is Lego obsessed so this is a great combo!

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    Kid Minds 1 month ago


  12. 3 weeks ago – Shared publicly

    Just wanted to let you know your post will be featured this week on Littles Learning Link Up! Thanks again for joining in.

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    Kid Minds 1 week ago

    Thank you so much, Karen! So sweet of you to feature my post!


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