LEGO and The National Trust crown their LEGO Young Explorer competition winner

The LEGO Group has crowned its winner of the LEGO Young Explorer competition, a nation-wide initiative launched in partnership with the National Trust in order to encourage kids across the UK to get creative in the outdoors over the summer holidays.

The Danish toy maker has named Lincolnshire local, eight year old Lexi as its ultimate LEGO Young Explorer for a series of scenes she created that saw a host of LEGO Gardeners enjoy a busy day in the sunflower window boxes, before returning home to LEGO for some zip line action. The pictures were submitted by Lexie’s mum, Jo via the LEGO Faceboom competition page.

The 2021/21 LEGO Young Explorer has not only won the prestigious titles, but will now see her winning submission shared on The LEGO Group and National Trust’s social channels, as well as winning a year’s supply of LEGO sets, a free 12-month National Trust family membership, and a bundle of National Trust story books.

The competition, launched by The LEGO Group and National Trust in August, asked children to get creative and build adventurous nature scenes using only LEGO Bricks, LEGO Minifigures and the great outdoors. Thousands of creative children across the UK took part, letting their imaginations run wild with entries including blizzard scenes created in back gardens, sand-castle queens being delivered ice-cream on hovercraft trucks and pirate wrecks discovered in local parks.

A panel of judges, including celebrity farmer and nature expert JB Gill, LEGO Play Agent David Pallash, National Trust Play Specialist, Anita Stevens, and a young ambassador from the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood judged the submissions on both the use of LEGO Bricks or Minifigures in nature and the creative story behind the scene.

LEGO Play Agent, David Pallash, said: “I’ve never seen so much fun happening in one place. I would love to spend time in this garden, especially on the zip-wire! Lexie’s scene is packed full of adventure and detail and is the perfect blend of nature with the LEGO bricks.”

Lexie’s mother Jo shared that upon receiving news of the win: “We had to pinch ourselves when we heard the news – she’s so proud to be crowned  LEGO Young Explorer of the Year.

“She’s a massive LEGO fan and is always imagining and building different places for her mini figures to play in, so when we heard about the competition we just knew it was the perfect way for Lexie to get creative in the great outdoors.”

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