My boys love to build things. We can never have too many Legos in the house. On Monday I decided to have them build a model of Herod’s temple. We made a cardboard and clay version of Solomon’s temple two years ago. (Here’s a really cool Lego version of Solomon’s temple.) It took several full days of school. Now studying the Gospels, we knew Legos would make the job much easier.
Lego projects are one of the many ways we can take advantage of homeshooling. We have read about Herod’s temple and looked at several drawings and models of it in books and online. But nothing builds memories like constructing our own. I wanted to find out the exact dimensions of the temple, so we could use math to make a scale model. Unfortunately, almost every source depicts the temple differently than the others. It seems the only thing we are sure of is the size of the temple mount on which it was built. In the end, we did the best we could by choosing from among various depictions.
Side view of our temple. A little more colorful than the original!
Other Lego projects related to Scripture studies:
- Tower of Babel. A simple ziggurat, this is suitable for younger kids.
- Noah’s Ark
- Nativity scene
- Pyramids and the Sphinx (for your study of Exodus)
- The Parthenon (for your Greek studies at the end of the Old Testament)
- The Roman Forum
Have fun building with your kids!