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Introducing your Child to Lego

Updated on November 2, 2013

You don't need me to tell you about the joys of Lego and how your child will love it too - you doubtless already have your own fond memories of these wonderful little coloured bricks! But if you are about to introduce your own children to Lego for the first time, where to start? When I was a kid, it was just bricks, bases and basics like wheels - now there are themed sets, Star Wars sets, Harry Potter sets... you get the idea!

My daughter is about to turn four this month, and has just discovered Lego at one of the wonderful home education groups we go to. It was love at first build! We hadn't even reached home before she declared that some Lego of her very own was going on her Santa list.

So, I had a little look through the many sets on Amazon and decided on this amazing big bucket of fun, which contains over 700 - yes, SEVEN HUNDRED! - pieces to get your child started with their Lego collection. Heck, I don't think I ever collected that many pieces in my entire childhood!

It contains all the essential pieces you need, from the basic bricks to wheels, doors and windows. It also comes with a base and two figures, as well as a brick separator, and inspirational ideas and instructions. It's such a great starter kit that the only other Lego thing I have bought to wrap up for Christmas is a large base, because we really won't need anything else for quite a long time!

The beauty of Lego is that it is so much more than just a toy. It is creative. It encourages imaginative play. But it also hones motor skills, teaches kids how to build and have patience, introduces construction and so much more. My daughter has only played with it a couple of times at group but we're already off to a Lego workshop next week, where kids will work together using computer programming to work out how to stop a Lego car before it runs over a Lego man! How cool (not to mention educational) is that?

So if you are looking for the perfect starter kit for your new Lego fan, then this is the one to go for in my opinion. In fact, truth be told, I think I am probably as excited as my daughter will be over opening it on Christmas Day...

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Extra Essentials for Starting Out with Lego

LEGO Bricks & More Building Plate 628
LEGO Bricks & More Building Plate 628

This grey version of the base plate is great for building cars, cities and more!

LEGO Ultimate Building Set - 405 Pieces (6166) (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Ultimate Building Set - 405 Pieces (6166) (Discontinued by manufacturer)

If you want a smaller (or cheaper) kit to start you off, then this building set has 405 pieces including all the bricks and basics that you need.


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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Legos are classic toys and well worth the money. you can sell them back later on or keep them for the grand children (one day).

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I've loved Legos since my girls were little. It's one of the first toys we bought our grandchildren as soon as they were old enough. I'm so glad you did not pick one of the phoofy pink sets. Our girls get enough socialization to go pink and fluffy as it is. We don't need Legos adding to that!

      By the way, I once lived in a state that enjoyed a fun contest every school year involving third graders and robots made of Legos. Their task was to design and build robots that could perform a whole list of activities. It was tremendous fun for the children, but also for all the adults involved. The contest was run by one of the college engineering programs in hope of developing an interest in engineering and math from an early age. Girls were encouraged to participate.