Summer break can result in kids complaining of boredom or needing something to do. Now as a Mom, we have a family full of different personalities and interests. If there is one toy that I know is loved by everyone in our family, it is for sure having fun with LEGO® building! As the LEGO world continues to grow and expand, I love seeing our children’s imagination and creativity come to life.
Creative play has always been something of importance to me as a parent. While more and more of everyday life is taken over by technology, I want my kids to explore and play without the use of electronics 24/7. As we’ve added a variety of LEGO playsets over the years, I love seeing their focus building the latest set or going completely “rogue” and creating their own invention from the LEGO tub.
Checking out New LEGO® Playsets
LEGO let us check out two different playsets-
- LEGO City Airshow Set
- LEGO City Friends Stephanie’s Bedroom
One of the great benefits of LEGO is the vast options of themes, interests, and skill levels to keep all kids (even the big kids like me!) playing for hours. I love seeing the children’s ideas come to life when they think of new things to build and tell you all about what they have designed. There is alot of learning that goes into LEGO play in our household, especially being a large family.
When they play with specific playsets, there’s plenty of skills being put to use to create their project. It keeps their minds thinking, looking at directions they need to follow, and working through any problems that might arise. Sharing can sometimes be a HARD task, especially when everyone wants to have their chance to build. In my opinion, sets like this with a lower number of pieces are perfect for individual building but there are some HUGE sets like the LEGO Creator sets that several can easily work on together to use those cooperation and teamwork skills. What a perfect idea for a Summer project that everyone can play a part in! Bye bye boredom, hello BUILDING!
Skills and Learning from LEGO
As I watch the kids having fun building, it’s easy for me to see several benefits in their skill building and learning. While lots of parents worry about the “Summer slide”, building with LEGO helps develop:
- Fine Motor Planning and Skills (Nathan and Lucas are working on these skills in occupational therapy and LEGO helps create more hand dexterity)
- Problem Solving
- Perfect for STEM-related learning. Have you seen the LEGO Robotics options?
I remember building LEGO as a child and I love being able to share in the fun with my children now. The possibilities for play have become endless and know our family will continue to grow our LEGO collections!
What’s your favorite part of playing with LEGO?
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