LEGO… Am I over thinking this?

Anyone who knows me will be able to answer yes to that question before really knowing what I mean.

But this is what I mean…

Lego…potentially everywhere.

We don’t own any Lego at home yet, Grandma has bought a few of the mini sets for her house and Ben has loved building them again and again.  The thing that I can’t get my head around is this.  So you buy maybe a car set, or a police station and you sit and build it following the instructions and it sits there and looks nice and maybe is played with.

But then what?

Do you take it apart and put it back in its box?  Or mix it up into a Lego hell box of all the sets you own?

And yes I am fully aware that my OCD tidy issues are not just sneaking out here but screaming out of every pore!

I see in so many houses teeny bits of Lego on the floor, obviously a vital brick from a set about to go up the Dyson (don’t worry I never do it!) but it started me thinking what happens then if you lose a bit for a set? Do you have to go rebuy it on eBay?

Or is it all a lot simpler than this?

Please let me know what you do in your house so I can actually add this to his Christmas list without any more sleepless nights

 

4 Comments

  1. Doug
    16 November , 2011 / 3:35 pm

    Surely the answer is don’t buy actual sets – these have become Lego’s bread and butter, but as a toy they stifle creativity (by comparison to the rest of the Lego ecosystem).

    If you want a toy which can be divorced from the OCD aspect(hopefully) then get the basic sets of blocks with no instructions at all, which mean that the child comes up with the ideas – this is essentially what you have once the original set is broken up, and put in the box, but the basic mixed boxes start from this point, it’s the intention of them, so there is no, a bit missing here and there, it’s not a complete anything to start with, it’s a potential anything.

    This is great for creativity, it moves away from a prescribed way of playing with it as a toy, to playing with it to make something for yourself, which is good (yes?).

    The basic sets of blocks are also cheaper, because many of the bigger sets (star wards, HP) are all sold under license, the basic blocks are not.

    (I have, as in me personally, with my brothers) 3/4 massive boxes of Lego at may parents house, testement to years of collecting. I doubt that any of the actual sets could be put together now.)

  2. 16 November , 2011 / 3:35 pm

    We have some lego that isn’t a set which we just build things and then pull them apart. Kits half-bro has lots of Star Wars lego sets and he just builds them and plays with them built, never takes them apart. I think it depends on what you have, some sets can be built different ways etc. We don’t have that much yet as we are still in duplo really, it’s just much easier to take out and about so I carry a pouch in my bag for Kit.

    P.S. You can replace individual pieces that the hoover eats on the Lego website I believe. 🙂

  3. 16 November , 2011 / 6:26 pm

    I think it depends on what type of kid you have.

    Personally I had a basic set of lego that drove me nuts as a kid. It was full of standard square bricks, and I was desperate for some of the more unique pieces – something with a slope would have been a dream come true! So really see the appeal of the sets.

    For my husband we’ve bought plastic food containers for each different set. So that works well for the more obsessive types.

    I think if your kids are creative they are likely to raid the sets they have for the pieces they want. At that stage I think you may as well mix all the sets together.

    Great thing about Lego is that if you loose a piece you can often find something that will work instead. It may not be perfect, but it encourages kids to find a new solutions to the problem.

    Actually as the person above mentions some of the sets can be built into a couple of different models. Those are the ones we try to buy for our nephew, as I think it encourages them to try building something themselves.

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