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#SoCS – Lego


Have you seen how many shapes Lego comes in these days? When I was a young whippersnapper … I just love it when my stream of consciousness goes into character. I’d have been an actress if I could actually act. Where was I? Oh yeah. When I was a kid, Lego came in about a dozen different shapes and sizes, and I had to figure out what to do with it myself. Which was usually a boring old tower. None of these strange shapes with complex patterns existed.

But you know what? It has become a brilliant teaching tool. A kid who can follow the instructions on a Lego set will have no problems building his or her Ikea furniture! Or wouldn’t if the instructions were as easy to follow as a Lego set. But hey, it’s a start! Following instructions is a skill. And one that you have to be in the mindset to do. When I say this, I think back to so many people (mostly men: sorry, men) who refused to follow directions or even GET them whilst driving somewhere. You know the type. You may even BE the type. If you are, don’t deny it.

Lego though. Lego teaches that if you follow the instructions carefully, you’ll be successful. Is it some kind of mind control thing, teaching our kids that they’d better follow the rules or else? (Hey, good conspiracy theory, eh?) That would be an interesting theory if it weren’t for the The Lego Movie, in which they encouraged kids to do whatever they wanted with their Lego sets. (Didn’t they? I didn’t see it, but that’s what I heard.) Which, let’s face it, is that much more difficult when you’ve got crazy shapes to deal with.

In the end it’s all about imagination though. And the power of creating. Whether you’re creating a sweater from a pattern, an embroidered picture, or a toy; a blog post, a colouring project, a painting, a poem, a novel … it’s all about the escapism that comes from concentration and the satisfaction of being able to sit back and say “I created something where before there was nothing.” It’s liberating. It’s self-affirming. And I believe it’s what gets us through life with a degree of the sense of accomplishment. It gives us hope.

Lego gives us hope!

Thank you, Lego.

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

29 thoughts on “#SoCS – Lego

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  2. I was never good with lego! Never any good at building things. No coordination lol. xxx


    • I could build, I just lacked imagination. I always ended up with a tower. Sometimes it had stairs. I have no problem building a story, but the visual stuff, I suck.


  3. I have the same thoughts on Lego!! Absolutely wonderful to see my little girl of 8 following those instructions since she was six in creating those magical Disney princess castles and the likes!! Today the imagination takes the form of her house, her school, her play area and other such..can’t thank Lego enough!!


  4. Legos were my favorite indoor toy as a kid. I built those huge displays for a few years. I didn’t give them up until I was a freshman in high school. I still remember my first set was the yellow house (much like my own now, I’m not kidding) that hinged in the center. The hours of building and creating surely influenced my whole life.


  5. Gotta say… love me a bit of Lego!


  6. Legos were pretty new when I was a kid, but we had blocks, Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, and an Erector set (or Meccano, if you prefer). A kid in the neighborhood had some that I borrowed, but after a while I got bored with it. Now it’s incredible. A guy I worked with said his kids play with K’Nex, which I thought at the time could integrate with Legos, but it looks like it’s gone beyond that (or maybe it never did and I was mistaken).

    Funny how the toy business goes: Meccano now owns the Erector name and K’nex does Tinkertoys and Lincoln Logs…


  7. They say blocks are the best toy for a child. They build fine motor skills. They don’t have pre-made sounds so children must imagine. They force children to think up something to build, therefore creating problem solving skills.


  8. For sure. It’s also a great way for kids to focus on one thing for an extended time. Thanks to smartphones, minds are constantly being distracted. Then again, stepping barefoot on Legos is a whole other story…


  9. Oldest Grandson and I used to be Lego buddies. My proudest accomplishment (before cell phone cameras, alas) was a T Rex. Love this post!


  10. Linda, that was a lovely post, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I never had Legos, but I did have Lincoln Logs.


    • I don’t think Lincoln Logs were ever a big thing in Canada. At least I didn’t see them in the stores … I just looked them up at Walmart. $85.00 per set? πŸ˜›
      Thanks, Jim. πŸ™‚


  11. I was given Lego by the ton as gifts for birthdays or Christmas. I used to make money boxes, with slots for coppers, silver and compartments for notes (usually empty). My money boxes had garages, patio doors, dormer windows, but no people. They came later when I was older and had outgrown it. The thing was, I never wanted any. It was Meccano I was interested in.


  12. Hi Linda. Yes, I may be one of those men you speak of. I may even be one who didn’t listen to the woman in the car, but now listens to my GPS (whom I cave a female voice and name). Yep, that might be me.

    Our daughter built the Lego things, but then she would go off-script. I hope she doesn’t do that with the stuff from Ikea.


    • Haha! From what I’ve seen, she’s brilliant enough to make anything from Ikea better than the original. πŸ™‚
      And thank you for being brave enough to admit you have, on occasion, not listened to a woman. Knowing you have a problem is the first step to recovery. πŸ˜‰

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  13. I love how you describe creativity. Thanks for the inspiration and affirmation to escape the toxic and the humdrum into something better.


  14. you’re pulling my lego! ❀


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