On a good day only the floor under my dining table is coated with tiny Lego pieces. On a bad day, the Lego storm reaches the living room and sometimes pieces can even be found downstairs, since they sometimes fall (or are thrown) from the the landing.
Yet somehow, my six year old isn’t into building with her Legos yet. She mostly plays with sets that someone else builds for her. Sometimes she uses the Lego pieces as props with her other figurines like Strawberry Shortcake, Littlest Pet Shop or My Little Pony. We built this castle from one of my Lego sets. It’s probably more than thirty years old.
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Juniper is bookish, but still not as bookish as me at her age. I love that she uses her legions of figurines to tell stories, though. Each character has a unique adventure and circle of friends. I think it’s great play. I longed to play elaborate, make-believe games like that when I was little, but I didn’t quite have the imagination for it. Still, we have all these Legos and it would be nice if she would use them to actually construct things. I was thinking on that when I crossed paths on Facebook with Sarah Dees, blogger and author of Awesome Lego Creations with Bricks You Already Have.
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So, what makes Awesome Lego Creations, so awesome?
Other Lego idea books that I’ve seen are just that – idea books. They gloss over a lot and showcase grand projects. Awesome Lego Creations is a fun and practical resource to help your kids get more out of their Lego sets.
The first neat thing is that in the front of the book there is a “brick guide”. So, you don’t have to make up silly sounding names for the part you need. You can call the bricks by the descriptive and dignified names from the book and everyone will know what you mean. It’s a big help for kids that aren’t good at describing the piece that they need.
The illustrations in the instructions are photos of actual blocks, not diagrams. I think that makes it easier to follow. The patterns in Awesome Lego Creations are just a tiny bit less complicated than the patterns in the popular Lego Friends line. They took about as long to complete as the smaller retail sets.
There are 50 patterns for Lego creations in the book. Each pattern has a parts list and many of the patterns have step-by-step instructions. I recommend that you use the parts list extensively to gather your bricks and make any substitutions before you start building, especially if your kids are little or get frustrated and bored easily. Themes include robots, fantasy, transportation, animals and table-top games.
I can’t wait to make everything in this book! If you buy Awesome Lego Creations (Amazon CAN | US) now, you’ll have it just in time for Easter and you can use the pattern for a bunny and basket on a Spring lawn.