Has Lego lost its ability to help children 'create?'
Now when we think of Lego we think of sets that recreate characters, buildings and vehicles from well know films and themes that Lego have fashioned themselves. Although you still can buy plain ordinary bricks, they are not as appealing to young children as an Indiana Jones or Star Wars set. Does this mean that the worlds most popular toy is becoming a childrens version of an Ikea sideboard, instead of a world of imagination?
No, I think lego still has its ability to help children create. Maybe, the sets may not seem as appealing to children, but how many children actually follow the sets anyway?
My kids do! But the trouble is they enevitably ending up losing a bit and then the actual kit is useless for building what it was intended for! Have to say,we then usually end up with something looking very different!
I see where you're coming from. When I was a kid, Legos rarely (if ever) had any sort of commercial tie in. It was fun because of how many different things one could create. Although my nephew has surprised me time and again with his creativity where legos are concerned. Even though most of his legos belong to a certain set, he will mix and match to make the character he wants, even going so far as to draw with a sharpie on the faces in order to make something new. He has also showed immense patience and aptitude when he built a truly massive star wars space ship. I was amazed by how many pieces there were and how quickly he constructed it. So while the legos have moved towards building something specific, I think that they still allow the child to inject their own creativity to a project, which makes them different than a static toy that can't be taken apart.
So lets put it this way, the very nature of legos is in a way creative. I had about six thousand pieces as a kid, so I know their potential. When we imagion something, it always resembles something or parts of something we have seen. Being creative isn't creating something from nothing, but reshaping or rearanging what we have to work with. That's how legos work. We take something familiar, break it done into simple pieces, and find new ways to put them back together. I highly doubt any amount of factory produced commercialism will ever squash that out of these magnificent toys!
I think that if parents don't let the kids sit in frint of the tv, or play video games all day...lego's would be as much fun as they were when I was a kid!
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