BRENTWOOD -- Red, white and black birds were the inspiration for an assortment of 3D and mosaic LEGO creations last week at Bricks 4 Kidz in Brentwood.
About a dozen LEGO enthusiasts gathered at the weeklong Angry Birdies Camp to launch LEGO birdies in flight with catapults and slingshots. Instead of playing the popular Angry Birds video game, the youngsters -- ages 5 to 12 -- were using their counting, color recognition, problem solving and teamwork skills to create multiple LEGO projects.
Angry Birds is a game that aims to set birds in flight to destroy villainous, green pigs. Camp participants were challenged to craft a working launcher to knock down various objects.
"I like to build stuff from my imagination and I like to buy cool LEGO sets and build them," said camper Gabriel Lagrange.
This is the first time the local Bricks 4 Kidz store has offered an Angry Birds-themed camp, but they have offered a total of eight different camps this summer. Among the other themes were super heroes, comic books, outer space, movies, the popular Chima LEGO sets and Minecraft, a building game in a 3D environment.
"It is educational and fun for them. It is a nice indoor activity for when the weather is hot," said Bricks 4 Kidz owner Jenny Shirk. "We didn't have things to do locally when I was growing up."
After opening three years ago, Bricks 4 Kidz has offered an after school and summer vacation break from TV and gaming for local children through its camps, regular drop-in and play hours and Kids Night Out on Friday evenings. The local franchise also hosts birthday parties, field trips and home-school classes.
At the Angry Birdies camp, campers were working in small groups to build a mosaic of a black bird by carefully placing red, black, yellow and gray LEGO pieces on a green board one row at a time. The camps run from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. and include two building projects, free play and a snack.
Reach Paula King at 925-779-7174.
To learn more about camps and activities at Bricks 4 Kidz, call 925-684-4082 or check out bricks4kidz.com/brentwood. It is located at 3150 Balfour Road, Brentwood, in the Safeway shopping center.