Lego Tower of Babel


When you teach your children the origin of world languages, you can have them build a Lego Tower of Babel. All they have to do is grab a base and start building a square three rows tall. Then move on to a different color, scooting in by one row of bumps. Build a stack of three again. Continue until you have run out of Legos.

lego-tower-of-babel-2I did this in a church nursery one time with Duplo Legos, and the structure was even taller. You have to have an enormous set of Legos to actually make a structure tall enough to look like a tower. If you don’t have a large enough Lego set, you can make your tower out of blocks or other building materials. A miniature Tower of Babel could be made from sugar cubes.

Explain to the children that all men on earth had one language, and that they worked together to build a tower that reached to the heavens. God had commanded Noah and his family to be fruitful and to fill the earth. They disobeyed by staying in one place. Some people have speculated that they wanted the tall tower for 3 reasons:

  1. To climb on if there was another world flood, so they wouldn’t drown this time.
  2. So that they could find this location from far away, because it was so tall. They did not want to scatter to fill the earth like God commanded.
  3. They wanted to show their prowess of how awesome they were, because they could build a limitless structure that would reach up to God Himself.

In other words, they could disobey God, avert God’s wrath, and become like God, dwelling in the heavens. God struck them with confusion as they suddenly were each speaking separate languages. They couldn’t understand each other! The builders couldn’t figure out how to proceed because everyone was speaking gibberish. Just to survive, they separated into different regions and towns, and they never finished building the structure.

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4 Responses to “Lego Tower of Babel”

  1. Luchie C. says:

    This is quite an innovative method of teaching; what better way than to let them have a glimpse of how building the Tower of Babel must have been like.

    I have picked-up another thing from reading this post too. I have always thought that they built the tower solely to reach the heavens; didn’t realize that there were other reasons.

    • Susan says:

      To reach the heavens was their main goal. The other reasons are speculation based on the fact that they had disobeyed God by not scattering over the face of the earth like God commanded them to do after the flood. They were definitely arrogant in their attitude, too!

  2. That’s a very interesting way to put the story. I love that you teach children too. Blessings and happy Friday x

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