Imagine Unlimited Legos!
For the Love of Legos!
My boys love Legos. My older daughters haven't been huge fans, but my youngest daughter really enjoys them, almost as much as the boys do. Of course, with three brothers preceding her in the chain of siblings, she is constantly surrounded by Lego creations!
I find that Legos provide one of the most versatile play sets for kids. A child's imagination is his only limitation. There is so much creative thought and pretend play associated with the little bricks. My youngest son announced that he and his brothers would be Beta testing their Lego game today. "I only hope that it works this time," he announced as his dad prepared to head out for work. Lego contests and sets often inspire, but these kiddos have the freedom to think outside of the (Lego) box as they make vehicles, creatures and buildings.
As a middle school math teacher, I gained an appreciation for hands-on tools in developing concepts. Legos are great for modeling math concepts. From counting to area and volume, there are lots of ways to work the pieces into a lesson. Needless to say, the more Lego blocks, the better!
The Must-Have Toy: Legos are Versatile in Use
I love the fact that Lego is creating some more feminine sets as my daughter loves to build as much as her brothers do. In fact, she and my youngest son both have their own boxes of bricks. As you gather themed sets over the years, they tend to mingle. My boys have a huge bin of Legos from years of collecting different sets. If you need a starting point, though, these boxes are ideal.
The storage container is sturdy and the contents diverse enough for lots of creative options.
Saving Lego Creations
Space, Ego and Other Kid Concerns
My youngsters are always quite proud of their Lego creations. They receive the Lego Club magazine, a free magazine that is available just for the subscribing. They love to come up with entries for the contests, and they take photos for submission. However, they have a hard time destroying a beloved creation. Many of their designs in the last couple of years have taken up residence on decorative shelves or on a spare table.
Recently, my oldest daughter parted with a wicker shelf that was starting to deteriorate. My boys quickly claimed the prize by adorning the shelves with their creations. Not only can they rest their Lego models on top of shelves, but they also have suspended sets like the Star Wars planets and air vessels from above, using string through the loose pieces of the wicker shelving. Great idea!
There can be a need to draw a line for saving designs, especially if space is limited. Digital photos provide a great alternative, enabling you to capture the creative spirit while enabling the rest of your family to enjoy some breathing space!
Star Wars are Favorite Lego Sets
The flying craft of Star Wars are great for innovative Lego play. In addition to providing a specific result that the kids enjoy, these sets provide principles of design so that they can continue to innovate.
I love these small sets. You'll see them suspended from the wicker shelf in the previous image. These are affordable, great for stocking stuffing (if you use big stockings).
This is one of the sets the kids would love to have. However, it's a bit pricey and doesn't fit my typical holiday budget. They love to dream!
I selected this storage bin for my youngest son's personal Legos. Although there is a community set of bricks, it's important to note that attitudes can flare over unintended loss of personal pieces. This storage unit isn't huge, but it's good for a few smaller sets if your child doesn't keep cardboard storage containers in good shape.
The ultimate dream set for my kids is the Death Star. With a $400 price tag, I don't expect they'll own it anytime soon. Still, it's fun to imagine!
Lego Magazines and Clubs
My kids get great ideas from the Lego Magazine. In fact, they've learned that they can write to Lego and get responses. Two of the boys write regularly, offering ideas and asking questions. My 12 year old requested a job several years ago. He and his 11 year old brother plan together about how they will move to Europe to work for the company one day.
They enjoy creating stop motion video of their Lego designs on their handheld gaming system. They also think up new sets. My 12 year old is currently working on an interesting mutant scorpion. Of course, his sisters are harassing him about details like teeth. He doesn't mind!
Lego Candy for Gingerbread Houses
Another family tradition and fave is to make gingerbread houses for the holidays. Lego like candies are perfect for inclusion, and you may find that they create interesting fences, landscaping features or walls.
The Real Thing Matters
I was a little pressed for money one year and got my 11 year old son a non-Lego building set. Big mistake...he rejected it outright. Of course, he got a lecture about ingratitude as well. Still, keep in mind your child's loyalty to the brand when you shop!
Going big with Legos
At the time of this writing, the kids are unaware that their wildest Lego dreams are in the works. Bigger than the Death Star, in my and my husband's opinion. We are going to be visiting Legoland, something they've wished for over many years. We will also stay in the Legoland Hotel for the duration of the trip. The facility features themed rooms, a Lego mosh pit, minifigures galore and a variety of kid-friendly features that can't be adequately recounted here. I'll create a separate lens after that adventure.
We expect to see the world's biggest X-wing Lego model. We'll view the many cities in Lego recreation. We plan to have a blast. Imagine that!