My kids have too many toys.
At least that’s how I feel when I walk around the house everyday trying to tidy it up. I should say we are lucky — they are lucky — to be showered with so many things and gifts from relatives family and friends for birthdays and other special occasions.
As such, my husband (well, when the kids don’t bat their lashes at him and give him the puss-in-boots face to make him cave) and I agree we will stop buying our girls toys. Maybe, on occasion, with the exception of Lego. 😉
Ole Kirk Kristiansen struck gold when he founded and created this company way back when (okay, their history says 1932). I can’t imagine any child who wouldn’t at least have one set of Lego’s in his or her home, given as a gift, or purchased by a parent. And why not when it can contribute so much to the development of a child too.
A majority of our home contains Lego bricks of all shapes and sizes. The girls have been playing with them since they knew not to eat them. It’s the one thing I allow them to buy when Daddy is feeling generous (or when he falls into their trap).
Here are some of the reasons why my household loves Lego:
Lego builds creativity. My girls can go on for hours with their stack of bricks just building and figuring out how things come together. We’ve gone from the easy-to-hold big Lego Duplo blocks to the smaller pieces for older children. Through the years, Lego has come to own the words creativity and imagination, at least in my book.
I still remember my Lego set with the MAERSK trucks. It never occurred to me that those trucks were real until I saw them on the road as a grown-up. And it brought back those childhood days on the floor when I’d try to create little stories about where my trucks were going. I wonder if my girls will have the same experience when they’re older, and maybe see the Lego Hotel in real life.
It’s also fun to see how Lego sets have no boundaries. My girls mix up the princesses’ bodies, and have them meet the Marvel characters. I’ll find the Star Wars characters staying at the Friends’ hotel every now and then. Their make believe world just doesn’t end.
Lego develops their fine motor skills. Putting small pieces together is not an easy thing (taking them apart is harder too)! I like the fact that manipulating the pieces requires some development in the fine motor skills, which is sometimes taken for granted.
Based on Jamie’s Mindprint scans, fine motor development is something that we need to work on with her, and it is much easier to do when she’s having fun building Legos.
Lego teaches them to follow instructions. The instruction book that comes with each set is nothing short of amazing. There is so much attention to detail, all the child has to do is follow. And often times we don’t realize what a challenge that can be with raising children.
This is also one of Jamie’s stronger learning methods, when she is shown a pattern she has to copy. I let her go at it on her own and I just watch it come together flawlessly. She knows exactly which pack to open and what pieces go where.
It gives her that much needed sense of accomplishment when she’s done. Lego has put a suggested age range on their packs, but that doesn’t matter to Jamie. Five-year old Jamie can sit and do a project for 8-yr old kids and that adds to her self-pride.
Lego builds patience. It’s one of the traits Sam needs to develop. While Sam has a huge amount of focus, she is often very impatient. She loves choosing big and challenging Lego projects but they test every bone in her body and every connection in her brain. It’s nice to see her determination win over, and little by little she puts it together and sees it through.
Lego stays current. The licensing they’ve done with Disney and some of the more current movies was quite the genius move. The girls love the boxed sets from Star Wars, Disney Princess, or Marvel, and have built a collection of them over time. I only wish they would bring back their Harry Potter sets. Then Sam would truly be in Lego Heaven.
Lego has also built its own sub-brands of Friends, Chima, Ninjago and most recently they’ve added the Elves series. Each one is so different, it just blows their minds and of course, they want it all.
Lego is a complete experience. When you live in California, you can find time to drive to Legoland.
And Legoland just brings the experience all together. Not to mention the fact that they have extended their own brands to other media beyond the blocks and beyond the park, like books, apps and even cartoons. They have a water park too that we have yet to visit this summer.
Clearly, they’re doing some things right. It’s fun and educational, and as a gift, never disappoints (Just watch out and don’t step on them. They hurt like crazy!).
I’d have to say, when it comes to Lego, we can never have enough. 🙂
Does your child like playing with Lego? I’d love to hear why (or why not)!