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4.15.2010

Toys We Actually Play With: Legos



What is it about Legos? They are tiny little building blocks that stir the imagination and enable grown-ups children all over the world to create, build, and imagine. I have been looking forward to the day when my son would discover the simple joy of these timeless manipulatives. It was always a battle between oh-my-goodness-my-son-will-choke-on-these-tiny-pieces and  waiting for him to truly discover them. And while my daughter did not initially gravitate to legos, she is discovering them right along with my son. She's beilding building a "house" in the photo below.


My earliest memory of Legos comes from when I was around 7 or 8. I went to visit a friend down the street and I remember walking in to their "bonus room" upstairs to see almost an entire city built up and out. And there were piles left over. I was in awe! I remember getting down on my hands and knees and studying what had been built and loving what I saw. I thought to myself how wonderful it would be to create virtually whatever your mind could think of. 

I recently pulled out a box of 20 year old Legos that my husband had played with then he was my son's age. I sat there, marveling at a moment, twenty years in the making. And now that I have children, I get to experience Legos through their eyes and watch as they build and explore their sense of creativity and accomplishment. I get to build with them. I get to be a part of it.


If you spend any time looking behind the Lego "brand", you will find a company and product that promotes imagination, play, family, self-esteem, team work and so much more. 

Now, that's a product I can get behind.

*Disclosure: I hate that I even have to write this. This is not a paid or sponsored post, I didn't receive any free product, my family and I just love Legos. And I wanted to write about it. Period.

7 comments:

  1. Love Lego. My 2 boys (6 & 5) have just this year discovered the joy of Lego. They love it. The things they come up with are amazing.

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  2. We had mega block for a while but they never played with them, so I finally got rid of them for more space...I am hoping that lego's will be better played with. Lego's are also expensive and they come in packages now where you build on thing. Great post!

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  3. I find a lot of Parents don't like Legos because they are so messy, but I just don't care. I think the benifits of Legos outway the messiness, we LOVE them here at our house as well. Greatest toys ever!

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  4. We ♥♥♥ Legos, too! I played with them as a kid and had a pretty great set - but it is LONG gone! Oh well - we are building up a new supply and having a great time at it.

    Sorry you have to disclaimer, too - people can be silly.

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  5. Oh my goodness, we are Lego crazy in our house! My 6 y.o. has an entire playroom dedicated to them and spends the majority of his day building with them. I can only imagine when our twin boys are in the mix of it all too!

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  6. I'm so thankful for legos! They keep my five year old engrossed for hours and it is amazing what he can build. They are also great for helping with fine motor developement.
    I bought several storage containers. A large one for the bigger pieces and then a smaller, drawered one that he has sorted the very mini pieces into. It keeps him from dumping the entire big bin to find a small piece.

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  7. Us too, us too, us too!!! Have you ever checked out the lego website? My 8 year old LOVES it!

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