My son has been obsessed with Lego’s since he was about four and we have been slowly feeding his addiction with different sets and kits over the years, but lately my middle daughter has been really wanting to play with his Lego’s as well. Of course my son doesn’t want to share his personal collection with her so we decided it was time to get her her very own set! We decided went with the LEGO JUNIORS because it is specifically 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.
I really wanted to see what my daughter was capable of so I let her open in all up and pull out the pre-numbered bags of pieces. We decided to follow the instructions to build the scene on the front of the box. I showed her how to open the instructions and how to read them and before long she was making all on her own!
I’ve been doing a lot of educational reading lately (you know because I’m not a part of the education system) and there has been a lot of talk about the “rise of the maker.” I am a huge proponent of making (ummm…hello craft blog) and so one of the only toys we are allowing as gifts for holidays and birthdays are actually Lego’s. We did two years of not allowing any gifts from friends at birthday parties or holidays. But that is a whole different post! The thing I like about Lego is that they agree with me about the whole thing.
“Making and playing are a critical part of a child’s development as it is how he/she discovers and learns about the world. Making is the simple act of doing. It is both a physical experience—being hands on—and awareness that the world is constantly being built and rebuilt.In order to develop as creative thinkers, children need opportunities, stimulating environments and engaging materials to Make”. Offering young children age-appropriate supplies is an important part of the journey. Materials like LEGO® JUNIORS bricks set kids up for successful, non-frustrating, experiences for them to Make and re-Make.
My daughter was so super proud of herself when she completed her scene, she couldn’t stop smiling and dancing and she has been playing with those Lego’s ever since. Night and day. Lego’s all the time. I wish I’d gotten them sooner, because it has really given me a way to channel her energy in a constructive and positive way. Now she is part of the #LEGOJuniorMakers movement!
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