Make a machine to help Mr. Bear

Create a model to help Mr. Bear get up the stairs. How will you make it safe and fun?

0-30 min.

What can you see?

Show the children the Maker Connect illustration of Mr. Bear in the wheelchair.
Discuss the things that you can see and how you might help Mr. Bear get up the stairs.
Ask the children if they have ever noticed how buildings or areas have secured wheelchair access.
Talk about the different LEGO bricks and other materials you could use to help Mr. Bear get up the stairs.


Go Make

Encourage the children to thinker with the elements to see if any one sparks their interest and creativity.
Consider asking questions like:

  • How can you make it safe for Mr. Bear?
  • Is it easy for Mr. bear to get up the stairs using your model?
  • What would make it fun for Mr. Bear?
  • What would happen if Mr. Bear needed to get down the stairs?

Show and Tell

Ask the children to take turns telling about the models they have made.
Consider asking questions like:

  • What do you call the model you have built?
  • What does Mr. Bear do when he needs to go up the stairs?
  • How have you made it safe and fun for Mr. Bear?

Teacher Support

Children will:

  • Approach tasks, activities, and play in ways that show creative problem solving.
  • Use multiple means of communication to creatively express thoughts, feelings, or ideas.
  • Use imagination with materials to create stories or works of art.

STEAM Park Set (45024)
Inspirational Photo
The LEGO Education Maker (design) Process
Maker Assessment
Craft Materials (e.g. construction paper, string, rubber bands, feathers, glitter, sticky tape)

StandLeadership and Responsibility:Leadership and Responsibility:ard alignment to the 21st Century Skills Early Learning Framework:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Information Literacy