Building a Generation of Learners One Brick at a Time

If the sole of your bare foot has ever come in contact with misplaced Legos on the floor, it is improbable that your immediate thought would be to celebrate the creative genius of the aspiring architect residing in your home.

As you and your traumatized sole seek a moment's reprieve, please consider the following: in a recent national study, constructive play was noted to have a tremendous benefit to a child's dexterity, spatial ability, problem-solving and self-confidence.

A child engaged in constructive play employs their understanding of the world around them, in addition to acquiring critical literacy skills such as language and vocabulary development.

Looking for building ideas to spark constructive play? Here are a few suggestions.

From trains, planes and automobiles to amazing mythical creatures, budding Lego enthusiasts will be delighted and inspired by the hundreds of colorful creations found in the LEGO Play Book, The LEGO Ideas Book and Totally Cool Creations.


Want to transition from Lego building to Lego reading? Look for a copy of Save the Day! and Last Laugh!; both are comic style books for early readers.

Chapter book readers might be interested in Kai, Zane, Cole and Jay from the Lego Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu series.



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