Ah, Lego. It’s one of the most popular boys’ (and girls too) toys around. For over 100 years, Lego has been the number one name in building blocks. There are free-form legos where children can build whatever they want, and then there are sets, which allow children to build many different scenes. Some are out of movies, and others are their own creation. Let’s look at some features of Lego sets, shall we?
They Grow Along With Children
Having a toy that grows along with you is always a plus. Legos are never meant for toddlers, as the toddler can choke on them. However, smaller children past the toddler range still have smaller sets they can play with, or just use freeform building blocks.
As a child grows older, you can get them more complicated sets. Some have hundreds of pieces, and they are recommended for older children, such as age 10 or so. Then there are sets that we wouldn’t recommend until your child is a teen. One example is the Harry Potter Hogwarts set. This set has a whopping 6,000. It’s dedicated for the most skills Lego lovers everywhere. A child would lose the pieces or be overwhelmed by them.
This is why Legos are awesome. They have sets for young children, older children, teens, and adults. Anyone from any age can enjoy them.
They Encourage Building
Teaching your children motor skills is important, and one skill is how to build things. Teaching them how to take blocks and assemble them is a good way to encourage the development of adult skills. This can help them out in a situation such as assembling a piece of furniture, or something more life-changing. If your child wants to work in construction or even science itself, Legos can help kickstart their career. There are many reasons why Legos reign supreme, and one reason is that they can encourage some fast building.
Many Licensed Legos
Lego sets can come in the form of popular franchises or characters. We mentioned the Harry Potter set earlier. That is one such example. You can find Lego sets that are scenes out of movies. From the Avengers to Disney, there are Lego sets for everyone.
Original Creations, Too
Legos have many sets that aren’t out of a movie but are still a lot of fun. You can create cityscapes and hospitals. You can make tall buildings or restaurants. The choices a child has are tremendous, and you yourself may even be entertained by them. Often, these sets can encourage activity. For example, you may see a set dedicated to helicopters.
One such example is the Heavy Cargo Transport. In this one, your child can build a truck and a copter, and then go on many different adventures. The truck can glide across the floor, and the copter can easily fit into the child’s hand in order to travel across the sky and deliver the goods to the truck.
This can also encourage other interests besides building. Maybe your child will want to grow up and be a cargo transport.
Besides the interlocking block, another trademark of a Lego set is the Lego people. They are yellow with claw arms and an always happy look on their face. They have a head that allows for headwear to be snapped on. Their feet are the same way, with you able to place them into any part of the set. Many of these sets have the Lego people, and it’s easy for a child to play with them and change their positions on the set. Some of the Lego people are designed to resemble fictional characters, while others are more original.
Not Just for Boys
Learning how to build sets is, of course, not just a skill a boy should have. There are many reasons why a girl should be interested in Lego sets as well. The idea that toys should only be limited to a certain gender is a bit of an outdated concept, after all.
Of course, if your girl is into products considered girly, that’s fine as well. There are Lego sets marketed for girls. One example is this friends set. It’s a cool way to encourage your girl to build a pool that all the girlfriends will enjoy.
History of Lego
So what does Lego mean? It’s a word that has been engrained in our vocabularies, and we probably haven’t questioned it. Lego just means Lego, right? Well, Lego does have a meaning. It’s a Danish word. Or rather, two words. Leg Godt. This means “play well.” They took these two words and made them into a catchy term. The idea is that playtime should feel satisfactory and productive. Like eating a nice meal. Your child will become accomplished as they build their sets.
Lego itself has been around for over 85 years. It was founded in 1932 by a man named Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Since then, it’s kept in the family and is now owned by his grandson. Originally, it was a carpenter’s vision. Now, it’s an empire. With movies, more sets than you can count, and no end in sight, Lego remains one of the most beloved toys possible.
Despite the fact, Lego was formed in the 1930s, the brick as we know it, which interlocks, was made in 1958. So it is a little over 50 years old. Since then, that brick has been a way to teach children how to grow, and play well.
Lego is here to stay, and it’s a great tool for your child to learn with. Again, while toddlers and small children are not suitable for them older children can play with them and then grow along with the toy.
So buy a Lego set today and see how your child reacts. There’s a set for every budget or skill level. Start small and simple, and if your child loves it, feel free to allow them to build towers that even you will be in awe of.
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