I love LEGO ® (except when I step on it). Right now my son is working on an Avenger set with his Nana, his “Lego Buddy”. Whether the kids are building with their Nana or me – sometimes I am a little jealous of their fun. All those little pieces and usually simple instruction build something awesome. There are times I need to sit on my hands just so I don’t take over their project. While LEGO® is great for children and their development it is also wonderful for adults alike. We can share it with our children in so many ways.
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LEGO ® for Fine Motor Skills & Spacial Recognition
Our children benefit from working with all those small blocks but so do we. If you have ever tried to snap a 1×1 block on another 1×1 piece you know the dexterity required! If you accidentally but the wrong 2 1×1’s together you understand the motor skills (and patience) required to separate them again. For children they are learning their fine motor skills, as an adult, we are trying to keep them.
There is nothing like putting children in front of a large bucket of Lego and seeing what they come up with. Lego is an asset to STEAM learning and when done as a group helps with socialization (see the 2006 study on socialization). But did you know workplaces use LEGO® as well? LEGO® Serious Play ® is used by offices to increase creativity and team building. I have the Creator 3 in 1 Cruiser 31056 set at my work from home office. I have built all three versions at different times, sometimes on a conference call or when I am trying to brainstorm through a challenging problem.
That same Cruiser set helps to reduce my stress while I am working. It is funny how even the act of dismantling a build can calm the nerves. So, whether it is clicking pieces together or snapping them apart it brings peace and tranquility. My son will automatically do the same thing when he is frustrated he just starts building.
I recently purchased the Big Bang Theory set (now discontinued), just for me! I have been passing myself on the build taking long breaks between adding a few blocks. The details are really good and the mini figures really look like the characters from the show. This set stays far away from the kids. While I have gotten a lot better at accepting the chaos and combination of sets in the kid’s play area I am not prepared to let my set become part of the bin.
Let me know if you also have your own secret stash of LEGO®