When left scattered on the floor they are the bane of parents everywhere who dare to walk around barefoot at night, but when carefully constructed Lego bricks become awe-inspiring creations.
A stack of amazing displays made from the tiny coloured plastic pieces were on show at Farmborough Road Public School on Saturday as part of the school’s annual Brick Fun Day.
There were robots, ships, aeroplanes, trucks and even the Millennium Falcon for both big and small brick fans to check out, as well as competitions for kids to enter their models.
Principal Pam Grosse said she was awed by the number of people who came to check out the displays during the four-hour event.
‘‘We prepared for 300 and they ran out of bags within the first hour or so, so I’d say in the vincinty of 1000 people were there,’’ she said.
‘‘I didn’t know there were that many people interested in bricks, there’s a whole cult following out there.’’
Now in its third year, Mrs Grosse said the school decided to run a Brick Fun Day to stand out from the school fetes held throughout the region.
She did not yet have final figures on how much the school managed to raise, but expected it was more than last year.
In addition to raising money for the school, competitors in the Camp Quality Brick Convoy of miniature trucks made a gold coin donation to the charity, as did the school’s Parents and Citizens Association.
Mrs Grosse said the robotics demonstration by First Lego League champions Project Bucephalus was one of the most popular activity stations, as was the Star Wars Lego display and the creative play.
As well as the brick fun, there was a jumping castle, the chance to take photos as Lego characters, guessing competitions, a big screen game of Minecraft and face painting.