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I know a lot of people really love LEGO® bricks, but my family — from my husband to my three kids — all really love LEGO® bricks.
To give you some perspective, when I first met my husband when he was 21 years old, he still had several built LEGO® sets on display in his room. I chose not to judge, and instead saw this as a sign that he had a playful and imaginative spirit. Needless to say, he has been 100% effective in passing down his love for LEGO® bricks to all three of our kids.
Our oldest daughter was 2 years old when we began the family collection of LEGO® bricks, starting with LEGO® DUPLO® building bricks, and we’ve been building and expanding ever since. While each child has a few sets of their own that are special and exclusive to them, most of the LEGO® bricks in our house are shared family-style, so that by the time our third child Hayden came along, he already had an impressive collection to play with, including LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors sets.
Keeping this in mind, when I recently added to our collection, I chose some character sets instead of basic building sets, because playing with the characters are just as fun for my kids as building the sets from the ground up.
I chose the Riplsinger’s Air Race set, featuring the characters from one of his favorite movies, Planes, and the Mickey and Minnie Birthday Parade because of Hayden’s deep love for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
He was ridiculously excited to open up both sets and get started.
First up was the Planes set, and he immediately started to put together the two aircrafts.
While his big brother, Sydney, came along and had plans for building the set exactly according to the box display — Hayden had different plans.
“Go away Sydney, mine LEGO® bricks, you go play with your own!”
Hayden wanted to place brick upon brick on top of each other, until he created a sort of archway for the planes to fly through.
Hayden is really into imaginative play with characters and loves to pretend they are in different scenarios. Despite all of our previous concerns with his speech and language development, he was recently reassessed and scored at a 6-year-old level for expressive and cognitive language, meaning for a 3-year-old, he has a strong grasp of what is going on in this world and how to express himself.
“Hello, mine friend! How are you today? Let’s go fly and crash through the bridge.”
“Okay mine friend, don’t forget to get gas first so we can fly high!”
When he is playing with characters, he refers to every character as “mine friend” rather than calling them each by their names. It is both adorable and confusing to keep up with!
“Okay, mine friend, I’m hungry, let’s go eat.”
It wasn’t long though, before things turned destructive, and Hayden began crashing his planes into the structures he created, again and again. I asked him why he was destroying the buildings and bridges he created, and he simply replied, “Oh! Because they’re bad guys in there and we have to get them!”
He continued playing with the Planes set for about 15 minutes, flying around the yard, through the garden and reaching for trees, until big sister came along and enticed him away from the Planes set to build the Mickey & Minnie set.
That’s the magical quality of LEGO® bricks: they pretty much defy set age ranges, and cross over to both boys and girls, young and old.
The Birthday Parade set was so adorable and whimsical, and Hayden was beyond enthralled with coming up with different train and birthday present configurations. Mickey and Minnie also had a few enlightening conversations with each other.
“Oh, hi mine friend, what did you bring me for my birthday?”
“A lot of presents! Want to open them?”
“Sure, but I hope you didn’t bring us a baby! I don’t want another baby.”
I guess we know where Hayden stands when it comes to being the baby of the family. Don’t worry buddy, there are zero plans of adding another baby to the family!
We got to see Mickey and Minnie blow out candles, share several kisses, and take turns being the conductor and passenger.
Big sis, just like big brother, was pretty adamant in trying to build and keep the train in the order in which it was displayed on the box, but proud to say Hayden stuck to his 3-year-old guns and didn’t let big sis take over or direct his play.
He’s learning a lot about sticking up for himself by being the third child.
After quite a while of playing outside with both sets, Hayden asked me when we were going to eat birthday cake. I asked him what he meant, and he replied with perfect toddler logic:
“You give me LEGO® bricks, I blow out candle, so it’s my birthday right?!? Where’s my cake? Where my other presents?”
Proof in point that you have to be careful when bringing home LEGO® bricks, because they’ll definitely think it’s a special occasion!
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