It’s that time of the year again when we have to buy Christmas presents for our kids. Aside from them, we also have to buy gifts for our little nephews and nieces, as well as for the children of our friends. Modern toys and hi-tech gadgets are the in things among most kids these days.
I, on the other hand, prefer to give traditional toys which are not just enjoyable but also educational. One of my no-fail Christmas gift ideas is the LEGO set. It contains colorful plastic pieces that are interlocking and stackable.
Some LEGO sets allow children to assemble whatever shapes and forms they please. Other LEGO sets are more specialized because they have specific toys and designs.
Playing with LEGO seems to be a simple process. But what I really like about LEGO is that it can develop a good number of skills in my children and the other kids who play with it.
Critical thinking is enhanced and creativity is boosted. Communication, motor, and organizational skills are also developed. Kids get to do simple planning and problem-solving when assembling LEGO parts and pieces.
In addition, LEGO players are exposed early on to see and think in a three-dimensional manner. Those who follow LEGO models are taught about the importance of following instructions correctly.
Some Tips on Buying LEGO Sets
There are numerous LEGO sets to choose from. If you are at a loss on what to buy, you can narrow down your choices by first selecting the age group of your recipient.
Second, find out about the interests of your recipient. Is he more inclined to enjoy outdoor adventures, science fiction scenes, or historical pieces? Is she into dolls, fashion, food, or animals?
With the various LEGO sets available, it should not be a problem for you to find the perfect set that will serve as Christmas present. A bonus is that all LEGO sets are designed to be compatible with one another, should your recipient be a LEGO owner already.
7 Best Lego Sets For Kids
Kids can open a door in the calendar to get a unique Star Wars gift daily for 24 days. The unique toys will allow kids to create fun LEGO adventures in an outer space setting.
Among the toys are a snow caster, light saber, Jedi interceptor, and droid gunship. I feel that this set offers a complete LEGO experience but a child must at least be oriented with Star Wars first to better appreciate the toy set.
Kids who are not into science fiction will enjoy the LEGO City Town 60133 Advent Calendar Building Kit. They can build a city with the 24 toys that this set offers, which includes vehicles and buildings.
Playing with this 290-piece City Town set, however, might limit the creativity and imagination of a child because he will just copy the structure of his own town or city. I think that having a Santa figure in the set will also limit the usage of such holiday-themed piece.
The LEGO City DeepSea Explorers 60095 Exploration Vessel Building Kit offers a one-of-a kind adventure. Kids are tasked to retrieve 16 gold bars from a shipwreck. The set provides them with the necessary tools like a lifeboat, working winch, welder, and life preserver.
Children who are afraid of swimming, however, might not enjoy playing with this set because of the underwater theme. The presence of a white shark and two grey sharks in the set might also scare away some kids.
Those who enjoy playing with dolls and dresses will enjoy this shopping set. The LEGO Friends Heartlake Shopping Mall Building Set 41058 has four mini dolls plus a pet dog. It also has a convertible car for the shoppers.
The set features a shopping mall complete with a revolving door that leads to the lobby. It has a food court, photo booth, spa, bridal shop, and sports shop. It is an enjoyable toy set, although not much can be done inside a shopping mall.
The LEGO City Police 60047 Police Station is for those who are fascinated with the activities of people who maintain peace and order. Kids can use the mini figures of three policemen and one policewoman to man the station and jail cells.
The police mini figures can roam around the city via a police car, motorbike, and helicopter. They get to deal and discipline three crook mini figures. The scenario of prisoners escaping their cells, however, might be a sensitive issue for young children to deal with.
This Beauty and the Beast set comes with a two-storey castle where the mini dolls of Belle and the Beast (which can be transformed into the Prince) can roam around. The castle has a kitchen, dining room, ballroom area, library area, balcony room, and revolving dance floor.
Classic pieces of the fairytale are included: the glass window, chandelier, book, goblet, magic mirror. Memorable characters like Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Chip, and Cogsworth are certainly included. This set, however, might not be appreciated by non-fans and those who are afraid of the Beast.
Kids can follow the movie storylines via the videogame by using 20 dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Raptor, and Triceratops. Children can also create their own dinosaurs.
A bad update of the videogame, however, might cause some minimal glitches. The theme of Jurassic Park might also be too gory for some kids.
A Final Tip
LEGO sets pretty much sell like hotcakes during the Christmas season. It is best for you to buy early so that you will get the set that you really want. Moreover, last minute sales held before the Christmas rush might give you a good bargain.
Don’t be afraid of investing in LEGO sets because they will surely help a lot in developing your children to be better thinkers. In addition, giving a LEGO set as a present will not just make a child happy. His parents will also be delighted because you chose to give an enjoyable educational toy.