For two weeks, I'm writing about one of my family's favorites (yours, too?): Lego! See the other posts in the series.
Heading into the holiday season, you may be thinking about Lego-themed gifts for your little Lego Fan(s). These are a big hit at my house:
A new series came out last month, endorsed by Lego and written by Lego fanatic Sean Kenney. We have the Cool Robots book, and there's another called Cool Cars and Trucks. The pictures and instructions are very simple and leave lots of room for interpretation and creativity with the other pieces in your collection. The reading level is such that a 1st-2nd grader can read them independently. It's similar to the Animals book above, but the creations are much simpler for younger kids. Here's the inside of our robot book:
DK's Ultimate Lego Book is a fun book that our whole family enjoys looking at together. It covers the history of Lego, including the construction of the three Lego theme parks worldwide, and shows incredible sculptures. My son loved the Lego Mt. Rushmore and Statue of Liberty. Since he hasn't been to LegoLand yet, this was a fun way to introduce him to the sculpting capabilities of Lego. DK has a lot of Lego books available, all with fantastic photography. My son also likes LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary since we have the Wii game.
LEGO VIDEO GAMES
Sounds silly, but I have a real appreciation for the LEGO video games out right now. They’ve solved an argument for my husband and I; he wants our kids to love the Star Wars, Harry Potter, and other stories as much as he did as a kid (or does now), while I don’t want them watching the movies until they're much older. Lego Star Wars, Lego Harry Potter, and Lego Indiana Jones video games on the Wii took care of it for us. Now, my son knows the general storyline and all the characters, enough to sustain him until he’s 10 or 12 or whenever I acquiesce.
And ssssh….but Lego Rock Band is in the closet for the holidays (it goes on sale regularly for $9.99 at Amazon). With kid-friendlier lyrics, now we can get the whole family rocking like the Partridges.