Toys and learning go together at Build It! in Perrysburg. Long-time Fort Meigs School 5th grade teacher Kelisa Boden started a Lego Club at school in 2011, and found lots of interest and plenty of fun ways to teach concepts required by state education math and science standards using the toys. When her husband Bill lost his job in October 2012, the couple developed the idea of opening a business together that the entire family could enjoy, and BuildIt! was born.
The center offers drop-in classes for preschoolers and students in grades K-5 (schedules are available on their website), using Boden’s experience to teach all levels of science — physical, life, earth, and space — as well as math. She uses the building blocks to teach measuring, scale modeling, counting, patterns, volume and arrays. Lego lovers can celebrate birthdays at BuildIt! and summer campers will work on Star Wars and robotic activities. Open family time is available, too, for moms and dads who want to share the fun. —CH
Open play time is $5 per child per hour; classes are $8 each or four for $30. BuildIt! at Levis Commons is located at 5180 Chappel Dr., Perrysburg. 419-690-9311. www.builditperrysburg.com.