We are full-on, all-out LEGO maniacs over here in the Lemonade house lately. LEGO is a brand in which I don’t hesitate to invest because I know this isn’t a short-lived stage. It’s a screen-free activity that promotes imagination, sharing, and creativity that BOTH my kids (girl and boy) adore. LEGO bricks are classics!
The routine this summer has been that the kids wake up and head downstairs and play quietly with their LEGO sets for a good hour before we make them get ready for the day. No more begging to watch tv. No more pleading the for the iPad. Just quiet, contemplative LEGO building time where they sometimes create more in an hour than I do all day.
Fine motor skills. Coordination. Creativity. Sharing. Time on task. LEGO bricks might just be the best toy on the planet.
But they’ve gotten even better.
One of the best gifts we ever received was the LEGO JUNIORS sets. They come in self-contained ‘suitcases’ that can move from room-to-room or car-to-picnic home-to-pool. LEGO® JUNIORS is designed to give children age 4-7 a great first building experience with the LEGO brick through iconic, fun and easy to build models. Wherever we find ourselves, the LEGO suitcases are often along for the ride.
We LOVE how they have compartments for all the pieces and easy open clasps.
As for the contents of the sets themselves, GAH. The cutest. Once the sets are put together, the kids role-play and act out ‘scenes’.
Do not adjust your screens, he really is covered in dirt and ice cream. Ah…. SUMMER.
Here’s a few ways we’ve taken advantage of the self-storage suitcases:
Roadtrips: Our vacations usually involve renting a house somewhere, and the LEGO JUNIORS sets could not be more perfect for this! Just pack and go, and you have everything you need in one easy package. They spend hours playing with them on vacation during early mornings or rainy days, and when it’s time to leave scoop everything up and go.
Pool: One of my kids loves the pool, and the other gets cold easily. That’s the one that loves having his LEGO JUNIORS suitcase with him, and the concrete deck of the pool is great for building because it’s hard to lose pieces. Now we create in the shade while the other swims and everyone is happy!
Restaurants: I feel it’s really important to me to avoid using phones and iPads to distract kids while eating out. Socializing, patience, and being present are incredibly important skills for success in life. However, it’s hard to explain that to a ‘hangry’ 5-year-old. Enter LEGO JUNIORS. We’ll take along the case and now the kids are playing, sharing, and discussing right there as they wait for their food… no screens in sight.
Outside: When the weather is nice, I want the kids OUTSIDE. We no longer have to decide between playing with LEGO bricks or in the great outdoors. We simply take our suitcases to the deck and it’s win-win! To protect the pieces from getting lost, our only rule is ‘no LEGO building in the grass’. When inspiration strikes, we have a waterproof picnic blanket we lay out and then building can begin.
Master Builder at work here.
At Home: Sometimes, a kids’ gotta build in the kitchen. Or in their room. Or under my feet. Then they have to move it without a fuss. Love the built-in storage of these sets which make moving mid-construction super easy.
Yup, we’re mega fans around here. In fact, we love to gift LEGO JUNIORS suitcases because they’re always a homerun. Where do you take your LEGO sets? Any other Master Builders out there who love the millions of play possibilities LEGO provides?
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