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Introducing your Child to Lego
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
This grey version of the base plate is great for building cars, cities and more!
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.