As a mom with degrees in Engineering, LEGOs are among my favorite toys. I love that the LEGOs are fun and promote a variety of early childhood development skills. In today's post, I'll share insight into what it's like to have two parents who are Engineers and LEGO-themed tips that we think many families will enjoy.
1. Buy age appropriate LEGOs
Let's start with the disclaimer that babies should not be around LEGOs. Now that we all agree on that, when they are old enough, the first type of LEGOs that you'll want to buy are called LEGO DUPLOS. These sets are a lot of fun with everything from zoo animals to giant cupcakes! They are bigger than traditional LEGOs. Of course, when your children are older and well past the phase of putting things into their mouth, the traditional LEGOs are perfect.
2. Set up a LEGO table
As Engineers with little ones, LEGOs are a part of life. They are a lot of fun, but they have the potential to overtake your home. Stepping on a LEGO is the worst! Purchase or build your own LEGO table to keep things organized. Enforce a rule that everyone must clean up their LEGOs when they are done playing and store them in the table. If there is a partially built project, store it on top of the table. Easy-peasy!
3. Store LEGO Sets in freezer bags inside of the box
Over the years, we have collected many LEGO sets. We store them in a closet and rotate through them throughout the year. It's easier to stay organized if you put the pieces into a sturdy freezer bag before you put them back into the box. This helps to minimize the chances of losing pieces.
4. Bring LEGOs to life with the Netflix LEGO shows
Netflix has a great selection of LEGO themed shows. My son loves the LEGO Super Heroes and Police City shows. More recently, they released two series of Netflix Originals - LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship and LEGO Bionics The Journey to One. These new shows inspired us to pull LEGO Friends and LEGO Bionicle sets out of our LEGO closet. We spent an entire weekend watching the shows, playing with LEGOs, and eating take-out. We have the best memories from this experience! Here are a few photos from our Netflix LEGO-tivity weekend.
We built two LEGO Friends sets in honor of the LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship series.
We built a LEGO Bionics set in honor of the LEGO Bionics The Journey to One series.
We built a few LEGO Super Heroes set in honor of the LEGO: Marvel shows.
5. Visit LEGOLand or LEGO KidsFest
If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro, there is a fantastic little LEGOLand at Grapevine Mills shopping mall. Our entire family loves to visit. They have everything from a movie theater, rides, and splash pad to many hands-on activities to build LEGO race cars, cupcakes, and more! It's always fun to visit and then to go home and continue the LEGO fun by building more LEGO creations with our LEGO-tivity!
Another fun LEGO activity is LEGO KidsFest. This LEGO convention travels across the country and offers fun activities such as LEGO brick piles, activities for girls, activities for boys, and friendly competitions. We attended the one in Dallas last year and it was a lot of fun!
Do your little ones enjoy expressing their LEGO-tivity?
Here are some links to our favorite LEGO themed shows on Netflix. We hope that you have fun!
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