Fall 2023

Brick by brick

For children and families at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital, Legos are just what the doctor ordered

Nothing gets the creative juices and fun flowing like a colorful pile of Lego pieces.

Just ask the kids (and maybe even some caregivers and families) at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital. At a time when illness or injury can make life stressful, scary, and uncertain, Legos allow families to engage in some much-needed toy time.

Thanks to support from Carson and Amanda Kipfer, the hospital offers a wide array of Lego opportunities for children and their family members, including in-room building and collaborative play in the hospital’s Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone.

Activities include free building sessions that inspire creativity, 60-second challenges that call on kids to craft something specific in a minute or less, and themed projects related to a season or holiday. There’s even an option for builders to create a stop-motion video with technology from the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio.

“Sometimes a patient is having a really crummy day,” child life specialist Theresa Bunkers says. “But then they get to play with Legos for 30 minutes, using their hands, being creative, and feeling proud of what they’ve made. That just might put them in a much more positive emotional and mental state afterward.”