Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jan16_Lego2We all love Lego in the house. Our Duplo bricks collection is sizeable, but it pales in comparison to our Lego blocks. Most of them belonged to my husband and his brother – some pieces are more than 30 years old. This is the beauty of Lego – a true classic toy that will last for generations of kids. I find it very exciting that Anna loves to play with Legos. I guess I dream that one day she will learn to design and build really complex things like her father, a true Lego Master. Both of them Jan16_Lego3 were busy building spaceships out of basic blogs this week. My husband built a beautiful space shuttle with the opening cabin for one person crew and with a cargo hold that opens and closes. In the meantime Anna was building up a storm of various “spaceships” that she was hooking together into a space station. She was particularly proud of this one that looks more like a plane. It has Jan16_Lego1 wings, tail, engine and even seating area for three “astronauts”. It was so much fun to see her pride in her work and true excitement of creating something entirely out of her own mind. But she is also interested in putting together Lego sets that come with instructions. We didn’t have any space sets, but she got this Lego Pirate set for her birthday and finally expressed desire to put it together. Even though I’d rather have her build her own projects, there are some advantages in assembling these sets – she can build more complex projects and learn to read assembly instructions. I still had to help her by providing “brute force” – sometimes it’s hard for her to align and snap small pieces together, but she is doing really great understanding the instructions – it seems she did inherit some of her father’s abilities here.

I am linking this post to We Play hosted by Childhood 101 and to Play Academy hosted by Nurture Store.

15 comments:

Christy said...

I think Legos are great too. I used to say I preferred Legos without a specific set, but then I saw C follow the directions and put together an entire Lego set and he was so proud. So, I like a little of each now I guess.

kathy said...

I love those Legos. Do they sell them still or do you need to look on eBay of estate?
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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Legos really do pass from generation to generation - and they hold up better than most toys.

Debbie said...

Selena's been more interested in her Legos of late! That is so special that your husband and Anna can share this special time together.

Ticia said...

I like both. I remember loving to put together the sets and follow the instructions. They used to on the back of Lego boxes have pictures of different things you could build with the same set, and I loved to look at those pictures and try to make what was shown.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My husband still has some of his Legos, too. My son always wants us to help him build rockets.

Joyful Learner said...

One of the moms just started a lego playgroup which we will be attending tomorrow. I was never a big lego builder because they were hard to get apart but K has shown more interest so we'll see. It's also a nice toy to share as long as you have enough pieces for everyone.

Kim said...

I love Legos! They are the only thing that Sam will play with by himself for hours. I love watching his creations get more and more complex. We went to a Lego birthday party a few months ago, where a man came and set up a whole room full of Lego villages, and also set out loose Legos for building. It was amazing to watch everyone there get so into building. Best kids' party we've ever been to.

MaryAnne said...

Those are some very impressive lego creations!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Wonderful!! How exciting to watch her build on her own, and also to follow directions for more complex projects! Way to go, Anna!! :-) I always enjoyed legos as a kid too, and now that I"m a mom, having kids is a great excuse to play with their legos all the time. ;-)

Our Homeschool Fun said...

As I said above, Legos are awesome, and how neat that most of the legos are your husband's! Yep, definitely a classic toy and I feel sure they will be in another 30 years!

littlewondersdays said...

Lego lovers in this house too. I finally had to buy a huge bin for the big pieces and a couple of smaller ones for little J to sort smaller items into (they hurt when you step on them!). I encourage Little J to build the kit at least once when he gets it. I think this is great for developing visual spacial and direction following skills. After that I can't tell you how many "Star Wars" like space crafts have been designed!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

You really are lego lovers :) I was wondering at what age you introduced Anna to lego as I haven't tried them with Immy yet.

Cathy James said...

How cool that lots of the lego is passed down from your husband. Toys are a great family heirloom I think. My two just had lego as their Christmas present but their aunt and I have just as much fun building with it as they do. Thanks for joining in with our Play Academy idea swap :)

Sparklee said...

Legos are the perfect toy: totally open-ended, great for all ages, and practically indestructible! (Unless a dog chews on them, which is why we keep ours behind a closed door!)