Dynamite Toy Review: 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?