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I think there were a couple specific things that made our Lego day so awesome. Yesterday, we didn’t go anywhere and spent a relaxed day at home building with LEGOS. At one point, one of my kids said “Thanks, Mom.” I was confused what she was saying thanks about, so I asked. She said “For telling us to play with LEGOS today!” Wow, that was an easy win.
PORTABLE LEGO ORGANIZING
(The sets we want to keep together are kept put together, like the millennium falcon, or are stored in pieces in shoe-box size bins.)
Sorry, my son started putting together his Storm Trooper mini-figure and I couldn’t get him to look up.
BOOK OF IDEAS
I visited one of my best friends this Spring who has FOUR little boys who love LEGOS. She showed me this book her boys love: 365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks. I face-timed with my kids while I was there and showed them the book and some of her kids creations. They went nuts. I won a lot of cool-mom points when I got them a book too. It really does not disappoint. 365 ideas is A LOT. This book will stay interesting a long time around here, I can tell.
HOURS OF FUN
There are ideas in the book that I would never dream about. My kids spent a long time building and then playing with this soccer field.
After they put together this movie theatre, they paused and watched this little video they coded in Scratch Jr. (It’s their original story and it is SO FUNNY!)
One of my favorite parts of my Kids playing with LEGOS is the problem-solving practice they get. We definitely didn’t have every Lego piece shown, but my kids had no problem thinking of solutions. This is their take on the “piggy bank.”
Since the book is full of Ideas and not Step-by-Step instructions, the kids have to really think about how each thing should come together. I loved their solution to opening up this piggy bank. The top coin-opening piece rests into the top, but comes right out to empty the pig without breaking open.
This idea was for an iPhone/iPod holder, but they simply made it bigger to create on iPad stand. I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept this together indefinitely.
And because they are who they are … the iPad stand is not complete without dancing-girls, horses and cats?!
LEGO JUNIOR –
FOR THE LITTLE PERSON WHO WANTS TO BE BIG
My four-year-old really wants to be like his older sisters, but he is NOT ready for the big complicated sets (though he really wants to be). I wanted to help distract him so his sisters could focus on their more complicated stuff. I love the Junior Sets, like this Cars 3 one: LEGO Juniors Smokey’s Garage, because it bridges the gap between Duplos and the sets for older kids. The sets are simple and easy to put together, but still SUPER FUN.
Since we put these together, the cars from the set have now been driven all over the house. They’re regular toy cars to him now that they’re together!
Can you see his lips pursed to make driving sound effects? I love little boys. And why can’t Storm Troopers play with Cars 3 characters? I can’t think of any reason why not – everything works in the creative universe.
My favorite piece of the set was the tool chest. Teach organizing while they’re young, right?!
Seriously, if you haven’t had a LEGO Day yet this summer, schedule one right now. It might sound too simple or easy, but you’ll feel really good as a mom and the kids will love it. We need easy mom-wins in the summer … am I right?!
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