Thursday, August 30, 2012

Legos Are Meant To Be Broken

One of my favorite open-ended toys involves building, the classic Lego brick.  When we buy a set it doesn't matter what the picture on the box is, it usually becomes that object only one time.  Booklets of "how to" pictures are sources of inspiration, but do not get used much.

Over and over they are broken down and remade again.  We've made new breeds of dinosaurs, flying aircraft, mazes, towers, swimming pools, and tunnels.  We use them for counting, measuring, patterning, color recognition, spatial awareness, and most famously in our house, storytelling.

Aidan and my husband sat down one afternoon to tell a story, they made a movie actually.  They recorded small scenes and objects they had built, Aidan was the narrator.  We took some still shots of their blockbuster film...

There was more to the story, but as much work they had put into it, it was short, and so is my memory.  Aidan had other ideas popping into his head and they moved on to another plot that involved pirates I believe.  Aidan's box of Legos originally contained pieces meant to build various flying contraptions, but they've been broken down to be made into movie props, houses, race cars, and other silly creations that he's designed on his own.  Sometimes we photograph what he builds so he can see them when he wants after they've been broken down and made into something new.

Replicas are cool, but there isn't anything more memorable, or makes him more proud, than taking a picture he sees in his head and making it real over and over again...that's why Legos are meant to be broken! 

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  1. What a great post! And what a great dad for building memories together like that. Thanks for linking up to Lego Fun Friday!

  2. I have a love hate relationship with lego. My son (almost three) loves lego, but he needs a lot of help to build stuff so I end up having to do a lot of the creating (mainly skip lorries) and then he plays with it - it crashes and i have to fix it again. So while I love how much it brings out his imagination, I cringe at how much it involves me! hopefully he will start to be able to fix the things he makes and breaks himself soon.

    1. As he gets older he will build more independently as he learns and observes from you. You could start something and invite him to add onto it. My son is almost 5 and he still asks me to play with him sometimes. :)

  3. My favourite toy as a kid was Lego, I had a tub full of it. Now I'm a mum with 4 young children and my oldest (6) loves Lego :-) he has more of it than I did its all he wants for birthdays and Christmas!!! I love helping him build the project when he first gets it (as he's 6 he doesn't need much help) but it only lasts for a couple of days before it gets broken down and made even better by my son adding things :-).
    All my second child wants for Christmas is pink Lego (she is 4) my third also loves Lego but as she is only 2 has to make do with duplo which is loves but she is always sneaking into her brothers room to get to his Lego!!!
    Lego is one of those toys that never goes out off fashion as my mum and dad saved my Lego and now my son plays with it when we are at there house :-)

  4. I love it! Thank you so much for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week to link up some more great ideas! Have a great rest of the week!


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