I remember the first time my daughter presented my husband with a car she had constructed. I believe at the time the product was made for an 8+ year old and my daughter was 5. We were both amazed that she followed the directions on her own and put together the car with no help. The car still sits on my husband’s work desk today.
I’m no longer surprised by my daughter capabilities but instead I encourage them and they make me smile every day. My daughter is creative and loves to draw, paint, and use her imagination. She just recently started asking for LEGO® Friends for her birthday and Christmas. As you can see she has a nice collection.
Even though she can build the entire thing on her own, and only asks once in a while if someone can help her secure a brick she prefers to do them with someone else. I love to sit with her and work on a project together and watch her brain work as she easily figures out how to put the parts together and what we are making such as a blender, table and chairs, a sign, etc.
Every time a child sits down with a pile of bricks she unlocks her creativity and finds joy in building—all while gaining a sense of pride in her creation.
We recently received a LEGO® Friends set to construct together and we were excited to find it was one that she did not already have. My daughter loves to follow directions (well not all always the directions I give her like clean her room). We usually pair up on these projects where I will flip through the book and tell her what pieces she needs and she will snap them together as we look at the photo together.
I’ve always loved LEGO®’s as a child, long before they had cool sets with instructions and would spend hours creating and playing with everything I made. I loved making houses and cities. We can’t wait to get one of the bigger sets like the LEGO® Friends Summer Riding Camp that has 1145 of pieces.
Children learn about themselves, others and the world through play; construction play allows children to be creative in a way that combines logic and reasoning with playfulness and imagination. This type of play helps children grasp the importance of persistence as they develop a sense of pride for their completed model or their own creation.
It didn’t take us long to complete our juice stand and add it to her growing collection!
Honey was also sent a small bucket of LEGO®’s to play with outside the realm of instructions and use her imagination to make her own creation. She ended up making a stand of sorts that was about knee high. She put it outside her bedroom door with a note to the Easter Bunny to leave her an egg on her stand. The Easter Bunny was a little concerned the stand would collapse but thankfully it was a plastic egg!
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