Lego is a brand of construction toys made by The Lego Group in Denmark since 1949.
On April 13, 2016, The Lego Foundation, Lego's research division, partnered with Sesame Workshop to promote its learning through play initiative. As described in a press release, "the partnership includes two separate initiatives focused on unlocking the power of play to create transformative, hands-on learning experiences."
The first initiative consists of the distribution of Lego materials to educators and caregivers in South Africa as part of Takalani Sesame outreach kits. Sesame Workshop's Sherrie Westin said that they would "bring together the power of our Muppets with the hands-on learning tool of Duplo bricks."
The second initiative, "designed to shift parent and caregiver perceptions about the educational value of play," will launch in India and Mexico as well as South Africa. A series of community events held in urban areas of these countries are aimed at developing a better understanding of the importance of play and how it may be integrated into the lives of children.
The announcement was made at the 2016 Lego Idea Conference in Billund, Denmark. Kami and Neno were in attendance and shared the stage with presenters Sherrie Westin (Sesame Workshop's Executive Vice President of Global Impact and Philanthropy), Mirjam Schöning (Global Head, Programs and Partnerships at LEGO Foundation), Hanne Rasmussen (CEO of The LEGO Foundation), and Philip A. Fisher (Professor of Psychology and Research Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon).
- Will Arnett played Batman in The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie
- Elizabeth Banks played Wyldstyle in The Lego Movie
- Jemaine Clement played Sauron in The Lego Batman Movie
- Anthony Daniels played C-3PO in The Lego Movie
- Rosario Dawson played Batgirl in The Lego Batman Movie
- Ralph Fiennes played Alfred Pennyworth in The Lego Batman Movie
- Morgan Freeman played Vitruvius in The Lego Movie
- Zach Galifianakis played The Joker in The Lego Batman Movie
- Seth Green played King Kong in The Lego Batman Movie
- Chris Hardwick played Reporter #3 in The Lego Batman Movie
- Jonah Hill played Green Lantern in The Lego Movie
- Eddie Izzard played Voldemort in The Lego Batman Movie
- Keegan-Michael Key played Foreman Jim in The Lego Movie
- Riki Lindhome played Poison Ivy in The Lego Batman Movie
- Liam Neeson played Good Cop/Bad Cop in The Lego Movie
- Conan O'Brien played The Riddler in The Lego Batman Movie
- Nick Offerman played Metal Beard in The Lego Movie
- Cobie Smulders played Wonder Woman in The Lego Movie
- Sesame Street American Bricks
- Sesame Street nanoblocks
- Sesame Street K'nex
- Sesame Street Super Blocks
- Sesame Street Kubricks and Muppet Kubricks
- ↑ "Sesame Workshop and the LEGO Foundation announce new partnership to promote children's learning through play" April 13, 2016 Press Release
- ↑ vimeo.com/legofoundation "Quick recap of the second conference day, the 2016 LEGO Idea Conference" (at 2 minutes, 30 seconds) April 14, 2016