30/09/2009 05:14 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Tip Of The Day - Bag Some Free Lego

So here's a tip on a cool after-school activity that will net you a free toy.

Some of the mostest fun I've had with the juniors this year has been at the Lego mini monthly make. This is an event which takes place on the first Thursday of every month at your local Lego shop between 4 and 6pm. Children get to build a model, with expert instruction if they get stuck, and then they get to take it away again. For free. How brill is that?

All the models are special editions that you can't buy in store. So far we've made an ice cream and a lobster and the next one is a Halloween themed pumpkin. The next event is on Thursday 1st October at the Lego stores in Brighton, Bluewater and Milton Keynes. Open to children aged 6 to 14 only.

But if you've missed that one, don't worry as there are a few more events coming up over the next few weeks in various locations around the UK celebrating our favourite building toy:

To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the first Star Wars LEGO set, DK is publishing a series of special books including LEGO BrickMaster™ Castle, LEGO BrickMaster Pirate and the LEGO Star Wars® Visual Dictionary.

To promote this, there are various events including one where you can help a LEGO Builder construct a 4-ft Pirate Minifigure. The build is open to children of all ages, and it is free to participate. You don't get to take it home, but that's probably a good thing since it's as big as a person and would probably want its own room.

10th October – Waterstones Milton Keynes
17th October – Borders Watford retail park
24th October – WHSmith Bluewater

Also, if you visit your local Waterstones on 10th October, you'll be able to build your very own LEGO Minifigure during this special one day event. This event is open to children ages 6+ and is limited to the first 100 participants, so get down there early if you want to take part.

And if you miss these events by some terrible effect of the dark forces, the Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary is available from 1st October in bookshops, and here (at a pretty good discount) from Amazon.

More handy hints here in the Tip of the Day section