Monday, 17 July 2017

National Geographic Kids partners with LEGO City Jungle


Our kids favourite LEGO sets are usually from the LEGO City range, maybe because they can relate more to them as the series are inspired by real people in our world and what they do to protect us and the nature. Recently the LEGO City range has expanded to feature real life heroes who devote their work outside the life that we are used to seeing, including those who work in the sea, volcano and polar regions, and in the latest LEGO City series, those who spend their life work in the Jungle.

With the aim to "inspire children to explore, discover and learn about jungles and the importance of their preservation", National Geographic Kids have collaborated on a special partnership with LEGO City, using the new LEGO City Jungle range and a series of activities.


LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab
Stock photo featuring National Geographic Explorer Andres Ruzo

Competition - Win a National Geographic Family Expedition to the jungles of Costa Rica in Central America
This is open to children between 6 to 16 years old, who must imagine something they might discover deep in the jungle, and then draw it or build it with LEGO bricks.

For further details including country restriction and prize details, and to enter, visit: www.LEGO.com/jungle


Special Jungle-themed issue of National Geographic Kids from 16th August 2017
The special issue will include exciting LEGO content and a LEGO City and National Geographic Kids 'Explorer's Handbook'


Online Activities
Join the jungle expedition through funny facts, activities and videos following Andres Ruzo and his LEGO companions through the Amazon at LEGO.com/jungle and more at www.natgeokids.com/jungle (from 24th July 2017) 


To celebrate the launch, we were sent a LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab playset (RRP £39.99, 426 pieces, target age 7 to 12), and Clay couldn't wait to dive in and play!


LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

The set comes with a jungle mobile lab, 4 LEGO minifigures, a kayak with paddle, waterfall with a slide function to reveal the crocodile, temple with hidden treasure and a buildable Venus flytrap and spider.


We love the set because it has several features that can be used to teach children about what the researchers do in the jungle, as well as imaginary elements where explorers can go on a treasure hunt.

LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

Researchers will sometimes have to go kayaking in the Amazon river to take close up pictures, but for the sake of Science, they are willing to tread danger! They will also have to make sure that they have their compass handy (right picture), in case they get lost in the jungle (after a fright maybe?)!


LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

The very cool and openable mobile lab will certainly come in handy for the researchers to upload and analyse their collected data. I wonder if the real life team has a cool logo like the one in the LEGO City Jungle range?


LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

There is no doubt that they might sometimes need to chop down overgrown leaves and vines (I heard that they are massive in the Amazon!) to get through, and they might just have to be quick on their feet if a crocodile is snapping nearby!

I love it that they added some imaginary element into the LEGO City Mobile Lab playset, who doesn't like to do a bit of treasure hunting? Besides, you might never know, there might just be a hidden temple and treasure in the Amazon that hasn't been found yet!


LEGO City Jungle, National Geographic Kids, LEGO City Jungle Mobile Lab

Clay built the set mostly by himself, and only needed a tiny help when he accidentally misplaced a piece, and trying to fit the tyres and wheels together. The playset is very interesting, with a really cool mobile lab, and our favourite snapping Venus flytrap, which really snaps!

One of Clay's favourite episode in The Octonauts is also related to the Amazon, so he's quite excited about the range. We will certainly be checking out LEGO and National Geographic Kids' websites to find out more about it.