An arial view of Herod's temple by D, M, and C Rossini. Photo by D.

An aerial view of Herod’s temple by D, M, and C Rossini. Photo by D.

 

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!

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!

Connie Rossini

Written by Connie Rossini
Hi, I'm a Catholic writer and homeschool mother of four boys. I practice Carmelite spirituality. Check out my Books page for publications to help your whole family grow in holiness.

    2 Comments

  1. juanrbalboa October 25, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply

    Very interesting! My parish (the National Shrine of the Little Flower!) has an annual contest for kids (and adults, too, I think) to depict various Biblical scenes with legos.

    • Connie Rossini October 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm Reply

      Oh, I’d love to see some of the designs! Ours are still pretty simple.

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