Legos are a many splendored thing. From Corporate manufacturing, to entertainment, to marketing, Legos are a theme unto themselves. Have a peek at Netflix, and you can grasp both the corporate and entertainment aspect of the brand. Walk down the Lego aisle at the nearest box store with kids to understand the marketing genius.
More diverse than the story of these little torture machines, is what our children do with Legos. My oldest, currently, is only interested in the figurines (and the vast store of plastic torture devices only serve as an ancillary accoutrement to his play time). My two youngest (both four), bounce between the battery operated duplo trains they have and whatever unused figurines and bricks the oldest is not occupying.
It's very seldom that some sort of lego product isn't tagging along on a car trip around town.
There Are Basically Two Lego Camps
If you haven’t seen the Lego Movie, and believe there is only one way to play with the toys, I suggest having a watch. To sum up the movie, there is a juxtaposition of building “styles” alluded to as the plot unwinds. The “master builders” (or creative, non-traditional builders) versus “Lord Business” (the structured play builders).
-My Father in Law is very much a “Lord Business” (his display cases at home have become a library of his favorite Lego themed sets spanning the last few years). Displays full of ceramic bears, plush bears, and Disney themed miscellany, have all been completely replaced with Lego creations (from Batman, to Scooby do, to Star Wars, and beyond). These creations, to him, are meant to remain in one piece and are often a bit of a tricky issue to handle when the twins arrive at grammy’s (unable to play with the toys on the shelf).
-In our house we have hundreds of dollars of bricks. They aren’t in display cases, or placed in any sort of order. I don’t even have the instruction manuals for most of our past purchases. Our Legos are all placed in buckets, waiting for kids to create ships, space ships (a la Benny), boats, or whatever else happens to peak the imagination at the time.
From “Lord Business” to “Master Builder,” to anywhere in between, there is no “right way” to play with Legos. Legos, at the most basic, are an ancillary tool. They teach organization, engineering, creativity, sharing, colors, math, and friendship. They can be a puzzle to complete and display, or one to complete, destroy, and reassemble in creative ways.
How you choose to use them is up to you!
Speaking of Master Builders...Check out this incredible video of some real masters at work!
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