Every year I question why we constantly buy LEGO for the kids. Our three sons have more than enough LEGO to keep them busy for days/years/weeks/months. But it’s one of the few toys both my husband and I (and our sons) agree on.
So we keep sending our paychecks directly to the local LEGO store.
Instead of swearing off the plastic bricks, I’m always on the lookout for ways to put LEGO to new creative uses. My boys always want the latest and greatest licensed set, but once it’s built they either just sit on a shelf, or, more likely, get destroyed by a younger brother. And what are you left with?
A pile of bricks. The same thing you began with. Here’s what to do with it.
Missing a brick? Find it here!
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a random brick, you are sure to find it at BrickLink
Share your creations with the world!
So your kid has just used his imagination and emerged with a unique LEGO creation? Help it live forever by uploading it to MOC Pages
, where fellow LEGO enthusiasts share inspiration with each other.
Image Credit: Nathan Ingerson
What’s that brick? Here’s how to solve that mystery!
Eventually, you will be faced with a mystery brick.
What to do?
I found the coolest site — the Peeron LEGO set inventory
— you can reverse search for that random piece you found under the couch and satisfy your curiosity once and for all.
How to … from way back!
My favorite LEGO resource is the BrickFactory
— a fan-created website that contains scans of LEGO instruction manuals that go all the way back to 1958. Now your kids can put the piles of LEGO they already own to good use. Awesome, right? I'll never get tired of sharing this website! (And don't forget to save your manuals!)
Show off and share!
Lacking inspiration? Wanna show off a bit the BrickShelf gallery
is a great community where you can upload your unique creations and instructions.