As with most of you, my house has been completely overtaken by the magic of LEGO! My boys just recently graduated from Duplo to “Big Boy” LEGO sets and they are absolutely obsessed. Seriously, the first thing they do, as soon as they climb out of bed, is stumble over to the LEGO table in our living room. Yes, we now have a table devoted to these little bricks in what once was a toy-free zone. I tell you, it’s an obsession!
But it wasn’t always like that
When we first introduced a big bin of bricks left over from my husband’s childhood, my (at the time) four year old son was moderately interested in them and only if one of us was building with him. Both of us remembered playing with LEGO for hours and hours, why weren’t our kids loving them as much as we did?! Where did we go wrong?
If we had remembered the immortal words of Dr. Leo Marvin, we would have known to take baby steps! We were introducing these super advanced, young-engineer LEGO sets to kids who were just barely learning how to connect two tiny blocks together. Although we had the best intentions, our jumping-the-gun on inappropriate LEGO bricks led to boredom, frustration, and ultimately, failure.
Of course the kids weren’t interested!
Thank goodness someone gave us a LEGO® JUNIOR set early on or we could have missed the boat completely on all this fun! (Not to mention all the other amazing benefits such as building confidence, creative thinking skills, and fine motor skills.)
The great thing about LEGO® JUNIORS is that they’re designed to give children age 4-7 a great first experience with LEGO bricks through iconic, fun and easy to build models. LEGO JUNIORS sets contain quick start elements and numbered pre-packed bags that can be built without help from Mom or Dad – which makes any small builder extra proud and just might give you 10 minutes to make a new cup of coffee!
As with so many other parts of parenting, my initial failure with introducing LEGO sets to my kids taught me an important lesson. There are so many wonderful and amazing things I want to show my children in this world but none of it matters if their fresh little minds aren’t ready to absorb the wonders! LEGO® JUNIORS created a nice, firm foundation for year and years of fun and creativity.
I made a “Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun” print for the boy’s room and thought I would offer it to you guys as a free printable. Here’s to years and years of LEGO fun!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.