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Dynamite Toy Review: Legos

Legos

It was only two weeks ago that we launched our toy review series on the blog and we’re already evolving.  In an effort to inject a little fun into the project, we’ve changed the name to Dynamite Toy Reviews and incorporated a video and some music.  This week’s review includes an all-time classic: Legos.  And it goes on and on and on…yeah!

According to their website, “the Lego history begain in 1932 in Denmark when Ole Kirk Christansen founded a small factory for wooden toys in the unknown town of Billund…barely 15 years later, he discovered plastic as the ideal material for toy production and bought the first injection moulding machine in Denmark.  In 1949 he developed the Lego brick prototype…today’s Lego bricks still fit bricks from 1958.  Today, there are 2,400 different Lego brick shapes.”

Side-note: Despite her lack of participation in the video, Malia is also a big fan of Legos.  In this particular situation, she was a upset that “Owen got to go first.”  She throws her hands up in the air sometimes…saying AYO!

As you can see, we’re BIG fans of Legos.  The kids can play with them for hours and hours and they always seem to come up with something new.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say there are three (3) different ways to learn and play with Legos:

1. Turnkey Toy: The Lego kits that are so popular today enable kids to follow a step-by- step set of directions as they work toward an item they can see on the box.  Not only are they working their linear and logical brain, but they’re strengthening their focus as well.  Pure brilliance.

2. From Scratch: Once those kits have been built and torn down…and then scattered throughout the house…they can be reassembled to create race-cars, flying devices, castles, rocket launchers and so on.  Grow little minds…grow!

3. Imagination Movers: With both the kits (turnkey) and custom creations (built from scratch), children can let their imagination run wild and make up their own stories on the fly.  For example, when Owen was younger he gave all of his new creations a name such as John Bucker Car, John Bucker Boat and John Bucker Truck.  Does anyone know where John Bucker came from?  Neither do we.  But we love the creativity.

Although there are lots of other great toys in the world, I can’t imagine any that foster more creativity and development than Legos.  Therefore, we’re giving them the Shafer…Power! seal of approval.

What’s your experience with Legos?  Do you like to play with them as much as your kids?  What is their favorite thing to build?  Do you also find legos in your shoes and beneath your bed?

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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. sheryl #

    dynamite!

    June 7, 2012
  2. Thomas #

    Legos go hand in hand with childhood. They really are a “must have” toy. I prefer toys that are simple, yet force the kids to use their mind. From that standpoint, they are perfect.

    June 7, 2012
    • I agree Thomas. Keep the toy simple and let the mind do the work.

      June 7, 2012
  3. Mike #

    Mr. Shafer, you’ve got something special there…that’s for sure.

    June 7, 2012
  4. Just this morning Cooper unveiled his newest Mars rover made of …..LEGOs. Love, love, love LEGOs! And props to Owen for that stellar breakdancing.

    June 7, 2012
    • So true, isn’t it? And they were conceived almost 75 years ago. I’ll share the props with Owen. He’ll be pleased to know he has another fan.

      June 7, 2012
  5. Tam #

    I really enjoyed the post. It brings back lots of memories. LEGO’s were always part of our family growing up. Some of my favorite memories as a child were spending hours upon hours creating new new characters and creatures. My brothers were even bigger fans and would make LEGO villages. What a timeless toy.

    June 8, 2012
  6. Sandy #

    Legos are a must for children when growing up. They establish creativity, concentration, and are lots of fun! Our son is older now but we still have many containers of legos. He was so into them that he has them sorted by color and directions in a folder for many things to build with them. He was given a HUGE semi to make when he was about Owen’s age. It took him and his dad many days, even weeks to complete. I love legos!!

    June 10, 2012
  7. Nick #

    Legos…always a favorite when I was young (still is actually). Gives you the ability to be creative and make almost anything you want. I am happy to see that Legos got the Shafer Power approval. Do the kids ever suggest any types of toys they want to review or are the ideas yours?

    June 19, 2012
  8. Hi Nick, we’re just getting the toys reviews off the ground but I’m sure the kids will ultimately have a big role in selecting the toys or types of toys that we’ll be reviewing. Do you have any other favorites you would recommend?

    June 21, 2012

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