LEGO: Build Your Own Adventures
From tiny space outposts perched on the edge of the couch, to grand cityscapes that sprawl across the entire living room floor, the possibilities of what you can build with LEGO are truly limitless. Whether you’re looking to spark the imagination of your kids, add to your collection, or unleash your own inner child, there’s something for everyone and every age group in the always-growing world of LEGO.
Why Playing With LEGO is Great for Kids
At its heart, LEGO couldn’t be simpler. You start with one block and connect it to another. Then you add another, and another, and another... What you build is entirely up to you. You can follow included instructions or the advice of a friend, or you can make it all up as you go. It’s this unique combination of simplicity and creative freedom that makes LEGO so universally appealing to kids of all ages.
For toddlers, the simple act of choosing blocks from the pile and connecting them to one another is an essential step in the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. By assembling blocks and breaking them apart, toddlers build dexterity and strength in their fingers and hands.
For older kids, playing with LEGO helps stimulate the imagination and spur creative thinking. It also encourages the development of problem solving skills, persistence, cooperative play, and teamwork. Through trial and error, playing with LEGO can also helps kids learn without a fear of failure. Sure, the tower they were building might have fallen over, but they can start again. And now they know to make the base wider this time.
Different Types of LEGO
When it comes to choosing LEGO kits and sets, there’s no shortage of choice. What you buy will largely depend on the ages and interests of those who will be playing with it. Wondering where to start? Here’s a brief look at the different types of LEGO available.
Designed for kids between 18 months and 5 years of age, LEGO DUPLO consists of large colourful blocks that are easy to handle and difficult (if not impossible) to swallow. DUPLO blocks introduce toddlers to colours, shapes, and numbers. They also contribute to the development of fine motor skills, language skills, cognitive skills, and social skills.
Themed LEGO Sets
From sci-fi blockbusters to popular comic book franchises and beyond, themed LEGO sets include unique pieces and designs you won’t find in other sets. With these kits, you can build vehicles, buildings, and scenes from some of your favourite movies, video games, TV shows, comic books, and more. Themed sets also make great gifts for collectors.
Geared mostly toward adults, LEGO Architecture kits let you recreate tiny keepsakes of iconic landmarks from around the world, such as the Eiffel Tower, Guggenheim Museum, and United States Capitol Building. LEGO Architecture Skyline Sets let you construct miniature cityscapes of destinations like New York City, Sydney, and London.
Building something out of LEGO is one thing. Building something that moves and functions is quite another. LEGO Technic kits include gears, pneumatics, and motors so you can create realistic models of cars, trucks, and other vehicles that actually move. LEGO technic sets are both challenging and rewarding, making them ideal for adults and older kids.