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My older son loves two things in life: (1) his momma and (2) his LEGOs. (This might be a slight exaggeration. He loves his Daddy and brothers, too.) At 5, he has been gaining confidence in his building abilities and can complete most sets rated through age 8 without much help. Little Guy wants to do everything his big brother does, except often the toys can be a bit advanced.
Imagine our excitement when we saw the new LEGO Juniors sets – a perfect starting place for kids transitioning from Duplo to “regular” LEGO. Each boy was sent a LEGO Juniors set as well as one to share with a friend from their preschool class.
I was immediately impressed with these sets. They are the same bricks as in the “big boy” LEGO sets, but the directions are made for beginners and some of the pieces that are typically more fragile (like archways) and have made them into one piece. They also have printed the “stickers” right onto the bricks at the factory – LOVE IT! No more kids calling for me every two seconds to apply stickers! The boys’ friend had a great time building his new set, too. At just 4.5, he needed some help with the directions, but his mom said he needed less help than he normally needs with traditional LEGO sets.
A tip from our LEGO-filled house: We use plastic food storage containers to “contain” the contents of bags when we dump them out. This way we don’t lose any pieces, they are easy to stow away if we need to clean up, and, most importantly the dog doesn’t eat any dropped pieces. Not that Olive has EVER eaten a LEGO piece. We are still grieving the loss of Woody’s legs (from Toy Story).