As a kid, if I wasn’t curled up with a book then I was spread out on the floor with my LEGOs, constructing spaceships and castles — recreating scenes from the stories I enjoyed. My reading and LEGO building went hand-in-hand! And like the books I read, I learned a lot from those simple plastic blocks.
With all those happy memories of building both by myself and with my LEGO loving friends, I was pretty pumped when my son Felix recently took to the toys. We’ve had some sets around, but up until a few months ago he showed no interest in them. His four-year-old fingers are finally adept at popping the pieces together, and he’s ready for the toys intellectually as well. He’s developed a love of procedures, and so following the directions in the booklets to make cars and firetrucks and the like gives him great joy. Even if he can’t yet work with the tiniest of blocks, he searches for them in the pile and sets them up for me or his mom to snap in place for him.
Working with him the other day — and I take LEGO so seriously, I say “work” instead of “play!” — I started thinking about all the ways in which LEGO are awesome teaching tools. I don’t mean like, “They teach dexterity,” though they obviously help improve it. No, I’m talking philosophically here, folks. Those bricks, with their shiny smooth surface, have life lessons hidden deep within them.
Click on to find out what I’m talking about, and then please leave your own words of LEGO wisdom in the comments section!