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I would like to introduce SNOT building to my daughter. I have used this method only a few times myself and when I did, I was just messing around. I feel it would be simpler and less frustrating for my daughter if we had models and instructions similar to what a regular set would give you. When teaching children and even for a beginner like myself, it would be great to have step by step tutorials including pictures and an end goal to build confidence using the SNOT method.

I saw that there is a website for learning SNOT techniques but it mainly shows how to put different types of bricks together. Does anyone know of SNOT models with instructions suitable for beginners?

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Chris McVeigh has some nice LEGO projects on his website that use SNOT techniques. Many of the projects have PDF instruction guides.

I stumbled on his work after seeing his LEGO ornaments a few years back. Now that the Christmas season is beginning, a few of those ornaments would be a fun way to introduce this technique to your daughter!

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While it doesn't have every SNOT technique, and they call it "sideways building", the official LEGO Master Builder Academy series is really quite good and introduces quite a few very good advanced techniques. I felt they were more than worth the money for my nephews.

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I just wish they'd be available globally –  Joubarc Jul 9 '13 at 17:32
    
And, you forgot Halloween. –  Joubarc Jul 9 '13 at 17:32
    
Didn't realize they have a limited distribution. –  Nathan Stohlmann Jul 9 '13 at 21:33
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There are tools to generate 3D LDraw models which will use SNOT techniques to make sure the overall structure looks nice, most notable:

Depending on her age, your daughter should be able to build the small yellow bunny on that last page, and the result is a very good illustration of why SNOT is useful.

Bram's Flicker page also shows quite a lot of possible SNOT techniques holds a lot of good inspiration as well.

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Seeing the other answer so far is about Christmas, and this one is about Easter, I propose the next one should be about, say, Halloween. –  Joubarc Jul 9 '13 at 7:52
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