If somebody told me I had one hour to clean out our house of all the toys except for one kind. I would choose to bag everything up except the LEGO®s. This from a momma who constantly steps on little bricks and pointy accessories during all hours of day and night. This from a mom who finds LEGOs in the strangest places.
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Why would I chose to save the LEGOs above all else? Because they are the one type of toy that can make normally rambunctious kiddos sit still for hours engrossed in a world of imaginary play. They are the one toy that has cultivated the true creativity of generations of youngsters and adults alike. Who knew all this would come from something that started as some simple bricks.
Don’t miss these 10 Awesome LEGO Books to spark creativity in your household.
The LEGO Ideas Book-This treasure trove of ideas for creations to make with LEGO bricks is sure to get the imagination flowing. Love that book is set up in sections grouped by subject. Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, Out of This World, In the Days of Old, Make & Keep and more.
The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build Your Own Town!-What fun to build a whole new city out of LEGO’s. This book expands on the Modular Building Creation sets that LEGO has put out and shows LEGO lovers how to at buildings of their own to the mix.
LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life-Over 500 more great LEGO creation ideas can be found here. Builders, young and adult, can take the builds that they find here and expand on them in all sorts of ways. The Once Upon a Time and Go Wild! sections are two of my favorite sets of creative builds.
Beautiful LEGO-This stunning collection of 77 artists work using LEGOs is simply amazing. Great that the books includes questions and answers from the artists themselves. Sure to inspire anyone who has ever dreamed of being a professional LEGO designer or accomplished hobbyist.
The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines-What a great book for elementary-aged kids to delve into the realm of how machinery works. Wonderful exercises to help learn about all the movement of gears, pulley systems, and chassis can be found here.
LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded-A great reference for showcasing a plethora of LEGO Star Wars sets. Seeing the range of Star Wars sets in one place, really gets the mind thinking about what new masterpieces can be made by combining sets or pulling in bricks from totally different collections. Bonus prize is the Luke Skywalker Minifigure that comes along with the book.
The Art of LEGO Design: Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models-Insight on LEGO Designs techniques that can be applied to bring to life totally new creations from the creative mind of Jordan Schwartz, who has experience as a LEGO group designer. Schwartz mixes great photos of cool creations with advice on how to incorporate design principles such as using patterns and motifs and texture into the LEGO builds.
Extreme Bricks: Spectacular, Record-Breaking, and Astounding LEGO Projects from around the World-Things that make you go WOW-WE! It is truly incredible what can be done with LEGOs. This book (aside from the pictures) will probably appeal more to the teen or adult reader. Lots of great narrative about the creations themselves and the artists.
Lego: Joe’s Garage-Because who doesn’t want to build a cool ride?? This book is especially great for the elementary-age LEGO fan who would love to make some snazzy transportation using an assortment of bricks.
Totally Cool Creations: Three Books in One; Cool Cars and Trucks, Cool Robots, Cool City-From city buses to pocket-Sized crazy bots, build details are here that will especially appeal to the pre-teen crowd.
It is pretty amazing the range of great books to spark LEGO building creativity in all ages that are out there. Just flipping through these books is sure to lead the imagination off on lots of great tangents.
P.S. Have a LEGO loving youngster, who you are really trying to encourage to read more. Introduce them to the LEGO City, LEGO Superheros, LEGO Ninjago series, and LEGO Reader series. Most of these books are for early readers, but you will find some intermediate and chapter books available.
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