Today we will be discussing the benefits of Legos, one of the most popular toys for kids over the last few decades. They are a great toy and I will also share some good reasons why you should play Lego games with your kids.
Overview Of The History Of Legos
Legos were born from a woodworking company from Denmark in the years following WWII, when plastic became available there. They would slowly take shape to what we know today over the next several decades.
At first, the plastic toys were not very well received by the public as they preferred the more durable wooden or metal toys. It was not until the Lego Group came up with the “Town Plan” system for the blocks that they started to pick up steam. A decade later, one of their most successful systems would come into play, the Lego Train System.
Once the 70s hit, the Lego momentum began to reach a fever pitch and over the next several decades would continue to grow and expand. In 1978 the Lego minifigure would hit the market and help to vastly improve the possibilities of Legos forever.
The Many Different Types Of Sets
One of the best aspects of Legos is that they can cross into just about any genre that is out there. From Castle Sets to Space Age sets and everything between and out side of that have fallen into becoming a Lego set.
My family in particular, has always enjoyed the Castle sets. From my childhood to that of my children, I have passed along the desire to build creative castles. Then we would have little adventures using the many various minifigures available, including horses and dragons.
Many popular movies and TV shows have also become parts of the Lego Universe, such as Star Wars and Spongebob Squarepants. This has allowed for children (of all ages) to recreate scenes from their favorite shows.
Lego Games Kids Play
There are several different types of games when it comes to Legos. The first are games that can be played with any type of Legos, and then board games with a Lego theme as well. Don’t forget the many different types of video games that are also based on them too.
With Legos in general, your imagination is the limit when its comes to the games that you can play. If you are not comfortable with that concept, just let your children take the reigns and lead the way.
There many different types of board games available within the Lego genre as well. Games like Creationary, where it is like Pictionary but with Legos. Then there are also games that follow movie themes such as, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Build With Chrome
Recently I also stumbled across another cool thing with Legos and that is the Build With Chrome. You do have to use the Chrome browser to play obviously, but it will allow you to play with Legos right on your computer!
Here you can do freestyle building or you can go to the Academy and participate in it’s building challenges. You can even share your creations with the world as well as see all of the different things created by others.
Positives And Benefits
In 1964 the first instruction manuals were introduced and thus the benefit of learning to follow directions came into play. I can still remember clearly when my youngest son followed the directions on his own to build the set. He was so proud of what he had accomplished on his own.
Obviously one of the biggest benefits of playing with Legos though is how it helps you develop your imagination and creativity. Building what the set’s directions is one thing, but creating your own works can be just as fulfilling.
Another great aspect of playing Legos together is the social aspect. When we break out our big wagon of Legos we often have to communicate clearly with each other what we are doing and what pieces we are all looking for. This can also to help create an atmosphere of teamwork as well.
There are definitely some certain challenges that can go along with Legos. One of the biggest can be when you mix the sets together and want to go back to build one in particular. It can be hard to find the pieces you need when mixed with a plethora of others.
Also their small size can create some problems as well. They very easily can get lost throughout the house and mixed into other things. They can also be hard to take apart if you do not have good dexterity in your hands. If you have little ones around you must also be mindful of them getting into their mouths as well.
Lastly, one of the biggest challenges is clean up time. Very often our whole wagon gets dumped so that we can search through the pieces easier. This makes it more tedious to clean up and can lead to the challenges mentioned above. Also, one of the most inherent “dangers” is stepping on a Lego with the bare foot.
In the end, Legos are a great toy that just about any family can play with. With the many different themes or genres, just about any interest is covered. If you would like to explore and see what sets are available I have included a link to a search for them at Amazon below.
James W D