Everyone has encountered Legos at one time or another. If you’ve had kids that love them, hate them, or you’ve stepped on one with your bare foot and experienced the most painful three minutes of your entire life, you know that Legos can be both a blessing and a curse! The good news is that Legos are an obsession you can feel good about encouraging! Legos help kids in a bunch of different ways without them even knowing, which is great for stubborn little ones!
Legos Develop Creative Thinking
Without having to sit them down and encourage them to complete complex problems or puzzles, Legos are able to develop creative thinking skills in children and young adults. This is a skill that can really pay off down the road, later in life. Creative problem solving comes with the territory when building anything with Legos. Sure, there are instructions and pictures and YouTube tutorials, but in the end you really have to be able to see what you want to build and find a way to make it happen. These trial and error experiments and forward thinking puzzles can really help kids and teens learn how to solve problems creatively. The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to fight with them, they’re learning without even realizing!
It Might Not Be Sports but at Least There’s No Screen!
Legos are a healthy passion that you can encourage your youngsters to pursue! In such a technologically advanced society we are forced to choose between the things our children like and the things we feel good about them doing! That is a total non-issue with Legos! Kids will be away from the screens, learning how to build, solve problems, and fine tune their motor skills without any fuss or fight!
If you are worried about encouraging your kids to do something that seems like a solo activity you can sign them up for COUNTLESS Lego clubs and classes. They’ll make friends who share a similar passion and you can feel great about them enjoying what they do while still building social skills. Legos are so popular that in almost any city, state, or small town there can be found a Lego club; if you can’t find a Lego club you can start one!
Fine Tune Those Motor Skills
If you’ve ever touched a Lego set you can relate to the minute adjustments that are required to fit those little suckers together just right…This is excellent for growing kids! The fine motor skills required to complete some of these movements and projects are built up over time and if they’re constantly in use while building Lego mansions you can be worry free about development issues in those areas! It is amazing what kids can do, the things they can design, imagine, build, etc. with just a pile of plastic bricks! In no time at all it seems like they’ve mastered their Lego craft!
Finally, if for no other reason, Legos are fantastic for building imaginative skills in children. With almost no effort they can take a thought, dream, idea, or drawing and turn it into a 3 dimensional representation of something that was previously only known to their minds! It’s a great way to encourage kids to have a healthy outlet for thoughts, feelings, and emotions! Building with Legos can help them develop a physical representation of their thoughts which can be really helpful and soothing while also helping them learn to visualize and create! Having a house littered with those devious little blocks might seem like a nuisance at times but in all reality they’re doing more good for your family (just not your feet) than you might realize!
Speaking of Legos, Netflix launched two new shows on March 4th: LEGO Bionicle and LEGO Friends. We’ve been watching LEGO Bionicle over here pretty much every day since the launch. My little one loves that he can play with his Legos and watch them on the tv at the same time.
Do your kids love Legos? Do they build from the heart or do they like to follow the kit instructions? Do you belong to any local Lego clubs?
Note: I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam. As part of the #streamteam, I have received product and complimentary service, but all opinions are 100% my own.