Whether you’re a hardworking mom from Los Angeles, California, Richardson, TX or New York, NY, you know that LEGOs are a favorite toy for kids of all ages during the holiday season. With today’s tough economy and so many toy and game choices on gift lists this holiday season, it’s hard to decide what to buy for the kids.
As you already know, there is always a battle between buying tech-based toys like video games versus old school toys like LEGOS. This article is dedicated to giving you the ins and outs of buying construction toys, such as LEGOS, for your children or grandchildren.
Advantages of LEGO sets
Variety of characters: Over the years the LEGOS sets have expanded the category of characters to choose from. You can choose:
- Star Wars
- Harry Potter
- Green Lantern
- Indiana Jones
- Star Wars – Boba Fett
- Lord of the Rings
As you can see, all these names are practically known to everyone, young and old.
Interest of the child: If you want to broaden your child’s interest, you can select LEGOS bricks based on what excites him the most:
- Animals and nature
- Fantasy and Science Fiction (ex. Halo)
- TV and movies (e.g. Harry Potter and Star Wars)
As your kids grow up, you can rest assured that their LEGOS collection will always hold their interest as you run your life and do it all.
Education-based: LEGO has a special brand called LEGO Education which offers its Duplo building kits for babies and toddlers. These LEGOS are designed for younger children and help in the development of the child:
- hand-eye coordination
- color recognition
- spatial awareness
- basic design
- feed the imagination through storytelling
You can choose basic classic brick sets or themed sets (e.g. farm, train, cottage and family). All these sets will educate your children and make them have fun.
Cons of LEGO sets
Price: Most LEGOS bricks and accessories are priced under $ 25.00 for basic LEGO bricks and other products. This is manageable if you’re a grandparent (on a fixed budget) giving a one-time gift. However, as your child gets older and becomes more interested in LEGOS, the price increases dramatically, for example LEGO City The Mine costs around $ 160.00. Such a price is not to be taken lightly.
Gender dominates: LEGOS construction sets tend to be male dominated. After doing a quick online search, you will notice names like Bionicle, Ninja, Wars, etc. These tend to attract boys more than girls.
The good news, however, is that a new brick brand is being introduced in stores and online called Goldieblox. Goldieblox is meant for girls and has themes and titles that are suitable for girls.
Safety: Whenever you give children small pieces of plastic to play with, there is always a danger that they will get hurt or hurt themselves. The biggest concern for moms is choking. LEGOS has designed the Duplo series (recommended for children aged 24 months to 5 years of age) to give mothers and grandparents peace of mind knowing that their little ones are safe from choking.
Whereas these toys aim to create thinking skills and social development, LEGOs are still a great gift choice for moms and grandparents during the holiday season.
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