How many parents out there have Lego fanatics in their family? I tell you with great conviction we have two in our house in my boys.
I went on a trip that took me out of town a few months back and picked up two Lego Minifigure packs at the store for my boys. For anyone unfamiliar, the packages contain Lego Minifigures: tiny people equipped with various outfits and accessories. These are sold in packages that don’t reveal which character is inside so you don’t know if you are buying a new figure or one your child already has. It’s children’s marketing at its best—once your child has one, they will want them ALL. As a parent, you will try to blindly feel your way to all the Lego Minifigures your child desires. Thankfully the packages are relatively inexpensive and my boys get great joy from them.
There are a number of reasons that Legos make the perfect toys for children:
- They have changed immensely since I was a child and yet are still a classic
- They capture my children’s attention for long periods of time
- They reveal your child’s building capacity
- They reveal your child’s creative capacity
- They reveal your child’s willingness to look for a very tiny and very unique piece that is needed to complete a project
I used to believe (this stems from my own childhood I’m sure) that Legos were for boys, an activity fathers and sons. Not true nowadays. We stumbled upon a great Lego game called Creationary a few weeks ago and decided to invest in it. The game has you roll a die to select a category, choose a card within that category and then build whatever is on the card. My husband and oldest son are both really good at this game. I’m not as good. They often struggle to guess what I’ve built. “Mom, is that a spaceship?” my son asks. “No, it’s supposed to be a tree,” I say. You get the idea. Win or lose, the game allows us to sit down as a family and have some fun, uninterrupted time together—which is much appreciated in our fast-paced lives.
I’m thankful that Legos are something my whole family can enjoy together; we’re better for it!