Advertisement

Winnipeg dad’s Lego version of Trudeau’s coronavirus speech to kids goes viral

Click to play video 'Winnipeg man makes Lego version of PM Justin Trudeau’s message to kids about COVID-19' Winnipeg man makes Lego version of PM Justin Trudeau’s message to kids about COVID-19
Tyler Walsh took Justin Trudeau's message to kids about how they can do their part in the fight against COVID-19 and made it into a Lego scene for children to watch – Apr 6, 2020

Update, April 7, 7:29 a.m.:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the video:

Original story:

Story continues below advertisement

A Winnipeg dad’s Lego interpretation of a speech by the prime minister has gone viral.

Tyler Walsh told 680 CJOB he saw Justin Trudeau’s message to Canadian kids about the coronavirus pandemic and wanted to put it in a format that would be even more appealing to young people.

“I saw that video that the prime minister had done and I showed it to my kids at the time,” he said.

“That was about a couple of weeks ago, but at the same time, my boys Jack and Noah and I were actually working on another Lego project.

“It popped into my head that I’ve got all of this set up here — what if I combine these two videos and it might be kind of fun and cool and make kids want to watch it more.”

Manitoba’s chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa and chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin make an appearance in Lego form.
Manitoba’s chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa and chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin make an appearance in Lego form. Twitter / Tyler Walsh

The stop-motion video — which took hours of painstaking work — is a re-creation of Trudeau’s March 22 speech, complete with a bearded Lego PM and a cameo by Manitoba’s own public health officers — in brick form, of course.

Story continues below advertisement

As a father, Walsh said Trudeau’s message resonated with him and he wanted his kids to take it to heart as well.

I had showed them the original video because I thought it was valuable for them to learn and understand what the message was.

READ MORE: Coronavirus outbreak — Trudeau thanks kids for doing their part during the COVID-19 crisis

“When we combine these together, it becomes much more profound for kids, and they get it and they’ll be entertained by it.”

The video — which had been viewed more than 214,000 times as of Monday morning — has resulted in a barrage of positive feedback, including requests from other Canadian parents and educators to use the video, which Walsh said he’s happy to oblige.

Story continues below advertisement

“I’ve got a lot of messages from educators asking permission to put it on those various online platforms they’re using for their education now to pass along to their kids,” he said.

“Yes, absolutely! That’s the whole point, you know? Let’s get that out there.”

Click to play video 'Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau thanks kids for doing their part during the COVID-19 crisis' Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau thanks kids for doing their part during the COVID-19 crisis
Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau thanks kids for doing their part during the COVID-19 crisis – Mar 22, 2020