Saturday, January 11, 2014

52 Weeks of Lego Love (Week 2): Why We Love Lego

I never realized the potential of LEGO until I had kids.  I didn't play with them as a kid, but when my son's babysitter gave me first dibs at a tote before she put them in the yard sale, I couldn't pass up on the bargain.  She only charged me $1 for a whole tote of Lego bricks and odds & ends.  He was still a little young for them, so I put them in the closet and forgot about them.  Then when we were cleaning and rearranging he inquired about them, and now I can hardly remember Life without Lego.

You may or may not have seen the Week 1 post last week, where I mentioned that I wanted to challenge myself, so I decided to try a 52 week challenge.  Maybe I'm crazy, because at first, I wasn't sure if there was anything I could tolerate writing about every week for an entire year.  Well, except for children's books, but I write about those quite frequently anyway.  Then I realized the one thing we do all year besides read is play with Lego.  So that is why I chose 52 Weeks of Lego Love.  So before I get too far into this series, I suppose I better share why we Love Lego around here.

Lego = Family Fun
LEGO is something that my 4 and 7 year old can play together, creating cities or acting out superhero escapades.  Lego is also something that each child can do together, but work on individually.  One child might be building a car while the other is building a house.  Playing with Lego is also something we can do as a family.  Lego kits are pretty much the one toy the Husband and I always agree on, so the boys frequently receive Lego kits for presents, and you will often find all of us sitting around the table building together.  When we want to include little sister in the Lego fun, we put away the traditional Lego bricks and get out Lego Duplo.  The larger animals and people are fun for her, and the boys can still build.

Lego = Educational
The kits with instructions teach children how to follow directions.  My 7 year old is the logical, sequential thinker, and loves to work through an entire Lego set without any help.  The instructions encourage problem-solving skills when he realizes he has put something together wrong and must correct it, or that he's lost a piece and must improvise.  Then there is my 4 year old, who is not patient enough to sit through the construction of a bigger set.  He does not like to be boxed in by a set of instructions, either.  He likes to change pieces, and give them new purpose.  Lego has infinite possibilities, and the toy promotes creativity and imagination.  Lego also promotes hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills.  Oh, and the Lego Minifigures are awesome.  The licensed characters like Batman and Star Wars are cute, but the police officers and firefighters, and the regular Lego guys and their accessories lead to a lot of great imaginative role-playing.  Lego also has natural STEM applications, and I know my kids are absorbing the basics of engineering and science through their play.  I believe children will learn more than we can measure with pen and paper when we allow them to create, deconstruct and create again, and that is why I offer my children virtually unlimited access to Lego.

What about you?  Do your kids enjoy Lego?  Do you incorporate Lego into your homeschool? 

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  1. We have buckets and buckets and buckets of Legos around here. I show most of them here:

    1. I am still searching for a Lego storage solution! Loved that post. ;)