Benefits of LEGO

Lego bricks are an excellent way to encourage creativity in our kids. You can purchase Lego bricks and pieces by themselves. Or you can purchase complete sets with specific instructions that have a main build in mind. What are the benefits of LEGO? What are some of the best LEGO sets to encourage creativity? Where can I find free LEGO instructions or LEGO without instructions? We’re going to answer all of that and more!

What I love about LEGO is that they haven’t changed in years. Of course I don’t remember any LEGO sets coming with instructions when I was a kid. We always built LEGO without instructions. And, if never occurred to me to question what to do with completed LEGO sets. Of course we took them apart and made something new.

a child playing with LEGO without instructions

But, I just purchased the new Sesame Street LEGO set and now I am wondering…what to do with this LEGO set after it is built? It’s huge and a lot of work (we’re huge Sesame Street fans!) and I want to keep it.

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History of LEGO

Lego has sold building sets for decades. They were invented in 1932 but the LEGO brick we know today was invented in 1958. The word LEGO comes from Danish roots and means “play well.” Love that!

The first sets were very simple and encouraged children to build other things with the bricks once they were done. Sets continued to give kids other ideas they could build with sets for many years.

Recently, LEGO sets with instructions – especially licensed sets – seem to have forgotten the importance of encouraging children to do more than just build the one set.

Creative LEGO Ideas

An exception, of course, is the LEGO 3 in 1 Creator sets in which the set can be built in three different ways to create three different builds. Click the button below for more information on those.

Building LEGO without Instructions

While Lego doesn’t seem to encourage children to build their own creations with sets, there is still the drive for children to be creative with Lego bricks. Lego even has the Lego Ideas program where people can submit the plans for their creations and for the chance to have them turned into sets that Lego sells under the Lego Ideas brand.

As a parent, you can also encourage your child to build new things. Once your child gets tired of looking at a set he built, encourage him to take it apart and build something new.

If your child struggles with creative thinking, you can always “one-off” a project and build creative thinking skills slowly. For example:

  • What if the roof was sloped instead of flat? How could you build it that way?
  • Do you think the mini-figures would like a blue door instead of a brown one? Can you show me?
  • How many people can fit in that vehicle? Do you think we could make it bigger/smaller to fit more/fewer people?

Building Bigger Thinking LEGO

Don’t limit yourself to buying your child sets. Buy the buckets of bricks. The buckets usually come with ideas of things children can build. You can also buy books that have building ideas. You can even go onto Pinterest and find hundreds of free sets of instructions.

There’s a very popular book called Building Bigger Thinking. However, the book and set are not longer in production. Look toward ebay and yard sales for that item.

Sit down with your child and show him how he can take bricks and build whatever he dreams up. Encourage him to draw out his idea and then look through his bricks to see what pieces would work best.

LEGO sets, with or without instructions, are one of the most popular toys in this country. Regardless of how your child uses them, it can be a great conversation starter.

So many kids play with LEGO, this can be a way for them to have an “in” socially if they struggle. Also, many libraries and other groups hold LEGO clubs. I’ve been to some, and yeah, some of them are a lot of parallel play. But everyone has start somewhere.

8 Benefits of LEGO

Lego remains an excellent toy for children. Some kids cannot take a bucket of LEGO and think of something to build. That doesn’t mean that there are no benefits to these colorful bricks. They just mean an extra nudge to get started.

  1. Encourage creativity in a safe environment (ok, to make mistakes here, easily fixed!)
  2. Practice fine motor skills
  3. Great for hand-eye coordination
  4. Gives children a sense of accomplishment
  5. Builds problem-solving skills
  6. Can even help calm anxious children
  7. Work on Math (counting and sorting)
  8. Language Development-colors, the story around your build, etc.

Even the main build style sets almost always incorporate play features that spur the imagination. Pick up a box of Lego bricks and see how your child responds to it. You’ll be amazed at how much this simple toy can do for your child.

What to do with LEGOs after they are built.

Hey, I’m a mom. I know LEGOs are expensive. But, you have some great options for your investment. One is to keep favorite sets packed away in dry bins after the child has lost interest. LEGO is timeless and all generations enjoy them.

However, if you’re like me and sometimes find your household overwhelmed with too many LEGO bricks, they really have great resale value. Package them up for a consignment sale or use a Facebook group.

Either way, you won’t have to sell them for pennies on the dollar like we do sometimes with clothes or other toys.

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