Are Standard Lego Bricks a Thing of the Past?Our family is loyal Target shoppers, partially because we have a big Target store within walking distance from our house. As in every store around the country, one aisle of a toy department is fully dedicated to Lego. Even if we don’t go to the movies, it’s easy to figure out what is currently popular looking at the Lego sets. Sadly, simple standard brick sets seem to be missing in action. My husband and I talked about it many times – how building from sets teaches to follow instructions but limits creativity, even for those sets that allow several variations from the same set of blocks. This is why we continue to invest into our collection of standard Lego bricks of different sizes.
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- Ask your family. My husband imported several suitcases of Lego from his and his brother’s childhood collection, so we have Lego bricks and figures that are almost 40 years old, and they still snap together just fine!
- Garage sales and Craigslist. We didn’t have much luck with Legos at a reasonable price, but most of our considerable Duplo collection came from a couple of lucky finds at garage sales, and our seven year old still enjoys Duplo just as much as Lego.
- Pick-a-Brick at a Lego store. Our daughter adores the tiniest pieces in her Lego Friends collection, so before Christmas my husband went to a specialized Lego store. They all have “Pick-a-Brick” wall where you can pay per bucket filled with Lego blocks. This Pick-a-Brick is not really cheap for big blocks, but he filled his bucket with all those decorative details – seats, flowers, fence pieces, translucent single pieces, etc. This bounty of small pieces really motivated Smarty to create her own baking goods and other food creations with Lego pieces.
- Buy online. Frankly, buying Lego online is the last resort, since it is about the only toy that is consistently cheaper in brick-and-mortar stores, especially in Walmart. My husband’s legacy collection was mostly red-and-white, and we extended it with more colorful blocks from Walmart and from our visit to Legoland. You can look for the following collections:
Possibilities Are Endless with Standard Bricks
My husband is an amazing Lego builder, and he truly loves playing with Lego. Smarty often needs a push getting started with Lego, because she doesn’t enjoy an inevitable cleanup, so sometimes my husband starts building first and soon our daughter is right there making her own Lego creations or helping him. His last project was building this Lego Ferris Wheel complete with a ticket booth. Here are a couple of close ups that might give a better idea as to how the wheel is put together. It does use a few special pieces from his old Lego Fischer Technik set, but our visiting friends said that these pieces are available in Lego Crazy Action Contraptions kit. This Ferris Wheel can also be powered by a Lego motor – anything powered by electricity still really fascinates Smarty.
What Is Smarty Building?Smarty doesn’t build amazing free standing structures yet, but her building techniques are slowly expanding, and she is moving beyond beds for her toys and Lego food. Her last Lego creation was a prototype for an air powered train – inspired by our discussion at home about a Hyperloop bullet train. It doesn’t quite work yet, but neither does our California Bullet Train project!
More Lego Resources
- Free Lego Printables and Learning Activities from Living Montessori Now
- Lego Animal Alphabet Cards from Learn Play Love