… or “Why I’d Let My Kid Play Legos All Day, Every Day”.
We love legos. With a passion. And not just for their entertainment value.
Daniel and I have spent many a quiet afternoon hours (specifically: the ones in which Violet is supposedly napping) lost in a world of lego imagination. We build ships. We build armies. We build families. We build entire worlds.
I’m sure studies have been done on the value of lego-play (and I know studies have been done on the benefits of PLAY in general) but setting all that aside, here’s what I see in my own son’s lego time:
-It’s an arena where he can work out the things he is learning in OTHER areas of his day.
-It’s a place where spacial mathematical concepts are not only helpful, they are necessary.
-It’s a way for him to experiment with patterns, structure, symmetry, competition and logic – on his own terms.
-It’s a way for him to act out various personality types and traits, allowing them to make mistakes and experience consequences.
-It’s still his favorite thing to do, his default “go to” in terms of free play, only rivaled by drawing/coloring.
It’s why, “Mommy, will you play legos with me?” is music to my ears.