I understood it, to an extent. Girls don’t need Legos to be pink and purple. Girls’ Lego sets don’t need to be focused on beauty shops and bunnies.
True, but then I bought my daughter some Lego Friends sets for her sixth birthday back in March. And she loved them, just as much as she loved all the red, yellow, white, blue and black Legos she’d been playing with since near infancy, thanks to her brother having amassed somewhere around 60,000 pieces. (And no, I’m not exaggerating. There are at least 60,000 of them, 420 of which are lodged in the soles of my feet.) She especially liked all the girl minifigs with girl hair and girl clothes. Probably, I’m guessing, because she’s a girl.
My 6-year-old doesn’t care about the feminist arguments against “Legos for her.” She thinks they’re awesome, and she does the same exact thing with them that my 11-year-old son has always done with his: she puts the sets together and about 20 minutes later takes them apart to build different things. Her own things. Things I don’t recognize. Things that may or may not be for girls and are likely to be related to space and monsters and veterinarian’s offices.
This is why I keep buying Lego Friends. She thinks they’re fun, and she gets to use them and reuse them in as many different ways as she’d like. She’ll play with them now, and still be playing with them five years from now. We already own Stephanie’s Outdoor Bakery, Andrea’s Stage, Olivia’s Invention Workshop and Emma’s Fashion Design Studio, all of which I bought at Target throughout the last year.
This Christmas I’ll be buying her the Lego Friends Emma’s Horse Trailer, one of Target’s Top 20 Toys for the holidays this season. It’s exclusive to Target, so don’t even try going anywhere else to find the set. Plus, if you order Emma’s Horse Trailer or any of the other Top 20 Toys from Target, you get free shipping.
I’m quite sure she’ll love it.
P.S. Madden’s room in our new house is purple. Just like Lego Friends. It’s cool being a girl.
Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them!
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