When it comes to toys I can be a bit of a minimalist. I actually hate tiny little toys with a passion at this point because they are always all over my living room. There is one exception to this – Legos.
Over the last 3 years we have bought many different types of toys for our son. He has puzzles, coloring books, crayons, character toys from Disney, cars, dinosaurs, magnetic letters and every other type of toy. He has big toys, small toys, and every size in between. But there is one toy that he loves, it’s his Legos.
While having small toys all over my living room seems to be a daily struggle and you might think Legos will exasperate the issue. The truth is because of how he plays with them I rarely actually have Legos all over my living room floor.
L plays with his Legos usually in one small spot and if we clean up every night they never have a chance to spread throughout the living room.
Of course the ultimate reason why every parent needs to invest in Legos for their kids is simple. They are quiet. No loud noises, flashing lights, or overstimulating and overly complicated functions. Quiet toys are every parents dream come true.
Let’s talk about some of the ways that Lego’s help your child.
Strengthening Fine Motor Skills
Lego blocks are great for continued strengthening of fine motor skills. Start off with the larger Duplo blocks and then move to the smaller classic Lego sizes.
As your child clicks the blocks together and has a continued motion of picking up the small blocks there hand strength will increase. This hand strength will help with drawing and writing later.
You will also see hand eye coordination improvement as they continue to play with the Legos. At about 3 1/2, L started to write out his alphabet and numbers. As he continued to play with Legos and build on that hand eye coordination his writing improved greatly with it.
Building Problem Solving Skills
As you may remember from when you were a kid building large creations with Legos requires some problem solving.
Legos can greatly improve your child’s problem solving skills encouraging the natural scientist and engineer in every child. They can build large towers that don’t topple or a neighborhood of houses.
You want to nurture your child’s creativity and Legos are a great way to do that. Legos help your child to expand their imagination by building their own mini world.
Creative children come up with new ideas or solutions to problems easily. They have an imagination that can lead to them creating amazing products. They are also not afraid to ask questions and challenge things.
That last sentence may scare you but a child that is willing to ask questions and isn’t afraid to challenge authority leads to a child who isn’t afraid to be a leader. I would even make the assumption that some of our current greatest inventors were creative children who played with Legos.
Playing Well With Others
Finally, Legos help to teach your child how to work cooperatively with others. Joining their imagination with another’s to create new tools, shapes, and cities.
This type of play will help them drastically in the future for school projects, working in a team environment, and developing those really important social skills. Playing with Legos with another child or even adults helps your child to understand how to play well with others.
Best Lego Sets
To start off our list of best Lego sets for kids this classic quad pack is pretty fantastic. This is a great set for ages 4 and up and allows kids to build anything they want. It’s the ultimate helping to build creative skill sets.
We are huge Marvel fans in this house so naturally we are inclined to purchase of few Lego sets featuring our favorite characters. While this set is a bit advanced for my kiddo, my husband (who is a kiddo at heart) would love to help our son build this set over and over again.
Sometimes I really wonder why we didn’t have such awesome things when we were kids. When I was little I would have loved something like this because I totally wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. This pet center has a pet shop (or adoption center,) vet clinic, grooming center, and a grooming van provide all the pet imagination fun your kid wants.
I love the 3 in 1 sets because you can build three different things with just one set of Legos. To be honest you can usually build a few more things too. With this set you can build the van, a car, or a lifeguard tower.
The Women of NASA set features 4 amazing women who worked at NASA. All these women helped to expand the program into what it is today and we still see the results of their work. This set is a great for kids interested in space and teaching them a bit of history as well.
The Lego City sets are a fantastic buy because they all work together for creative play. This set features a semi tractor and trailer along with a helicopter with actual spinning rotors.
Every kid loves the idea of a tree house the moment they realize what a tree house is. I always wanted a tree house when I was a kid, probably because I spent so much time climbing trees. This is a great way to let your kid build the tree house of their dreams, until one day they have one of their very own.
I really wish there were an adult version of this home because I want ladders, slides, pulley system, and a roof I can sit out on. This set looks like so much fun plus there are a ton of different ways you can set it up too.
This is another 3 in 1 set where you can build 3 different dinosaurs with just one set. This set builds a T-Rex, a Triceratops, and a Pterodactyl.
Like I mentioned before all Lego City sets work together so it’s a fantastic way to help teach your kids about the world around them. All while only needing to make small investments into Lego sets at a time. This is a fantastic set for family that love to go travelling or camping together.
We happen to really like sharks in our home. This set is fantastic but it’s not just sharks you will be building because it’s another 3 in 1 set. This set also has a giant squid with flexible tentacles and a giant mouthed angler fish.
This is probably the best starter kit for any kid. They can play, imagine, and build with all types of pieces and no need to stick to a certain set up. If you are just trying out Legos for your kid I highly recommend this option as a started kit for ages 4 and up.
My 3 year old got this set and still loves playing with it. While we will be transitioning into the traditional sets here this set has really been a game changer for how L plays. He uses this set and others to build these hugely imaginative parks.
If your kid is under the age of 4 this is a fantastic starter set. We had L playing with Duplo blocks at 9 months old and he’s been a fan ever since. If we want to get him a rockstar gift, the Lego and Duplo sets are always winners.
This is a fantastic smaller set for the younger kids too. My son enjoyed this as one of his starter sets and now uses it to expand all of his other sets.
That’s the beauty of Lego Sets. They can be used to expand other sets and build hugely creative places and objects. Legos are important for every kid to be able to expand their imagination.
Lego Storage Bricks
You will need a place where you can store all of these legos, right? These lego bricks will store the legos and even make clean up fun as your child can create a mini wall of lego bricks in their room.
Lego Sets For Kids
To develop problem solving skills, strengthen fine motor skills, encourage creativity, and teach your child how to play well with others you need to have Legos. The pain of stepping on a lego is far worth everything your child will gain from playing with them.
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