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E has just recently started showing an interest in Lego. On picking her up from nursery last week I found her really engrossed in a full box of blocks. I used to adore my Lego set when I was younger, but didn’t realise that it was still so popular. Looking around though I soon found out why. Lego is the best toy for all ages!
Lego Is The Best Toy For All Ages
It is Built to Last
If you read my blog often, you will realise that I really don’t have a love for plastic. But, when I told my other half about the box of Lego at nursery, he told me that he thought that his Mum still had some of his from his childhood in the family home. Sure enough, the next time we visited we were given 2 large bagfuls of bricks of all sizes and types. After sorting through them, we found a few were discoloured and a couple had warped slightly, but the vast majority were still almost perfect 40 years on!
I looked up possible ways of cleaning the blocks. It isn’t advised to put them in the washing machine, but to wash them in batches with a weak mild detergent. Perhaps use a brush to remove any marks. Have the water too hot and you risk warping the plastic. And always be wary if there are transfers on the lego, these can come off, especially the old paper stickers.
So would I not advise buying any more Lego in the future? I certainly would always go with my usual advice of buying second hand. This will always be more eco friendly. But Lego themselves have also committed to making more sustainable bricks in there future. Bricks are already being made out of more ecologically sound materials, such as polyethylene made of sugar cane. And by 2030 Lego have committed to make most of their products from recycled or environmentally friendly sources.
Lego Can Be An Investment
Like any toy, if you keep it pristine in its packaging it can be worth more in the future. But a Telegraph article from a few years ago even suggested that buying Lego was a better bet than buying shares and gold. Worth bearing in mind.
It is a Different Toy Every Day
In fact this is the main reason that I still love Lego. When we get all the bricks out they can become anything that you wish them to be. The only thing that you need is imagination.
At first, the blocks really do help teach fine motor skills. But as you get older, the bricks develop so many different skills. Such as
- Puzzle solving
- Engineering and technology skills
There is a feeling of accomplishment once a model is finished, especially if there has needed to be some persistence in making it. And then there is the knowledge that there is always a future challenge.
There are Sets For All Ages And Interests
I was amazed on looking around to find that there are more sets out there than I ever realised. When I was small there were the typical sets with parts for making houses, boats and ships. But now there are sets aimed specifically at lovers of particular films, such as this “Harry Potter” Lego set.
Or this‘Frozen’ set, which E would love!
There are different sets for ages too. Duplo is the larger blocks for toddlers, and then Playmobil becomes the next set of bricks to use. But then there are ‘junior’ sets like the Frozen set above that are easier to build. There are “Creator” sets that are good to learn building skills, ‘City’ sets that are great to build and play with, and ‘Technic’ sets that are more advanced, perhaps adding a motor or movable parts into the mix.
So really, there is something for all age groups. I must admit, as soon as we got our blocks cleaned up, we all had a go at making something. E loved the little Lego men, with their horses and helmets.
My gorgeous OH made an armed people carrier.
Is it so wrong that all I wanted to do was to make some little Lego men into my own miniature version of The Village People?! Yes, Lego is the best toy for all ages!
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