There are so many ways to create family traditions and spend time bonding as a unit. Many share a special meal at a certain time of day or a set day of the week. Some families have a game or movie night. Some work together on a common goal, like a puzzle.Others spend their time together outdoors, doing things like skiing or geocache hunting. The point is not so much what you do together, but that you actually do something together. That is what matters. In our house, it is a time to bond with one another. When we are together and building, we are connecting with one another. There are no screens in front of anyone’s faces. We talk about the things that interest us and try to accommodate those interests with the things we decide to build together. We encourage one another and solve problems together as a team. In short, brick building is the glue that holds this family together, and has made us the close family unit that we are today.
“Assembly required” strikes fear in the heart of most parents when it comes to children’s toys. We hear horror stories from friends who are up late into the night on Christmas Eve, struggling to put together dollhouses and action figure playsets. Many don’t even require power tools or they have less pieces than what we’re used to. They still end up being a huge, regrettable hassle. On the other hand, we’ve been lucky never to have experienced that struggle. In fact, Kiddo would be incredibly disappointed to wake up on his birthday or a holiday and see his toys already assembled! Building sets are different. The assembly process is designed to be an enjoyable part of the experience, not a torturous struggle. Finishing a set feels like an accomplishment, not just a relief. Then, even more fun can be had with the toy you’ve built!
But the best part of building is that you don’t always have to follow the instructions; in fact, sometimes there aren’t any instructions at all! The idea that anyone can build anything with bricks has wide appeal. It is accessible to every skill level—bigger blocks for small hands, more intricate sets for people with more experience. It helps people with their fine motor skills and activates spatial planning. It fires up the imagination of children and adults alike.
Lego has licensing for practically everything, which means there are sets to satisfy nearly every interest. Whether you are into castles or superheroes, princesses or outer space, you don’t have to look very hard to find something that you will enjoy putting together. Take a look down any brick aisle at a toy or Lego store, or do an online search, and you’ll see what we mean. If you can’t find anything interesting to build, in this house we have a saying: look harder, or build it yourself!