For many years when we think of kids construction toys, one word comes to mind: Lego. LEGO is a Danish toy company that was founded in 1930, and since 1949 they have been building their famous blocks that we have all played with at some point in our childhood, or perhaps not so long ago.
These coloured blocks have a wide variety of sizes and shapes such as the basic rectangular one, squares, round shapes, wheels and figurines in the shape of characters from movies or animals. The range includes the most basic blocks, which is LEGO Classic, to all kinds of constructions, such as Lego Friends and Harry Potter.
- 1 Key Facts
- 2 Ranking: The best LEGO on the Australian market
- 3 Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about LEGO
- 4 Shopping Criteria
- 5 Summary
- LEGO is a company dedicated to the construction of toys and is known worldwide thanks to its famous product, the building blocks of bright colours. Today, they are made from bioplastics, so their material is derived from plant products.
- LEGO is suitable for children from 1 year of age and there are larger pieces available to prevent them from being swallowed, such as LEGO DUPLO. LEGO is available up until adulthood, with more complex models and a very advanced number of pieces, such is the case of LEGO Creator Expert.
- There is such a wide variety of shapes and models of this well-known toy, so it is easily adaptable to the interests of your little ones (or yours!). Some of the top sellers are LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall, LEGO City Transport Train and LEGO Star Wars.
Ranking: The best LEGO on the Australian market
If you are thinking of purchasing some LEGO building blocks, we have made a list of the best and most sold building blocks on the market today. Among these you will find the most basic blocks according to the age and particular interests of your son or daughter to the most diverse allowing their imagination to fly.
No. 1: LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box[amazon box=”B00NVDP3ZU” description_items=”0″]
This is the classic LEGO set that is designed to inspire open-ended creativity with the LEGO brick. Designed with builders of all ages in mind, this collection of LEGO bricks in 35 different colours will encourage endless building play opportunities and inspire any imagination. As a great supplement set to any existing LEGO collection, this set comes in a convenient plastic storage box and includes ideas to get the building started.
Windows, eyes, and lots and lots of wheels add to the fun and offer endless possibilities for creative construction and vehicle play. Special pieces also include a green 8cm x 16cm baseplate, window with frame and 3 sets of eyes, to encourage imaginative building. If you are looking for the old classic LEGO set with which you can truly build anything, then this is perfect.
No. 2: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall[amazon box=”B0792RDN2V” description_items=”0″]
Moving on to some of the more elaborate toys, we enter the world of Harry Potter. For every boy or girl who is a HP fan, this product is a sure bet as it is undoubtedly one of the most sold on the Australian market. The set includes elements such as a boat, a hanging lantern, cauldrons, escalators and Hogwarts animals to immerse into the world of Hogwarts.
In addition to specific building blocks such as the tower and dining room, it contains 10 characters such as Harry himself, Ron, Hermione, Professor McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore or Draco Malfoy. The included 4-level tower features a movable Grand Staircase with spiral steps at its base, a potions room, a treasure room with chest and a turret featuring the Mirror of Erised with changeable pictures and roosting spot for Fawkes. This set is suitable for children over 8 years of age.
No. 3: LEGO City Passenger Train[amazon box=”B078K44BP8″ description_items=”0″]
All aboard the LEGO City Passenger Train! This hot train toy features a motorised engine with 10-speed Bluetooth remote control and opening nose cone. The train driver’s cabin has an opening window while the 2 passenger carriages have a removable roof, seats and tables. The full circular track comes with 16 curved and 4 straight rails as well as traffic lights, a buildable train platform with 2 seats and train service map. How futuristic!
The LEGO City Passenger Train construction set can be built together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO building bricks for creative construction. A great birthday or Christmas present for those kids interested in transport and creating innovative scenes.
No. 4: LEGO Star Wars First Order Star Destroyer[amazon box=”B06WP5BS19″ description_items=”0″]
This huge model features armour-like panels on the outside, an engine detailing at the back and 8 side-facing stud shooters. This specialised LEGO set features a working elevator leading to Snoke’s command center, a bridge with seating for the crew, a conference area with buildable medical droid and a BB-9E droid.
This complex model includes over 1,400 pieces and is tailored towards those older kids between the ages of 9 and 14 or even adults! If you or your child are avid Star Wars fans, then this is a great LEGO set to pickup.
No. 5: LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs[amazon box=”B01J41DNWM” description_items=”0″]
Look for a well-priced product that’s not going to break the bank yet still give your little one plenty of enjoyment? This 3-in-1 model can be built into a T-Rex, Triceratops or a Pterodactyl. This set includes over 170 pieces and offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 7-12.
At under $20, your kids will have so much fun with this awesome T-Rex that has a dark-green and beige colour scheme, bright orange eyes, flexible joints and head, large claws and an opening mouth with pointed teeth.
Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about LEGO
Nowadays, everyone has heard the word “Lego”, or knows what this product is about or has played with it a lot during their childhood. However, if you are going to buy it for your own children, there are a few important things that are good to know beforehand. The following section explains the basics of these famous little building blocks:
What is LEGO?
Well, LEGO is a toy company created in Denmark in 1932. Since 1949 they began to use plastic in the constructions and created their world-famous brightly coloured building blocks to encourage children’s creativity, taking inspiration from another company dedicated to this type of product.
The word “Lego” comes from Danish word “Leg godt”, which in English means “Play well”. Today they are the third largest toy manufacturer in the world, even creating blocks for adults called “Lego Creator Expert”.
What ages is LEGO suitable for?
If we dive into the world of LEGO blocks, we can find an immense quantity of shapes and products, from the most basic to the most elaborate and thematic. Therefore, depending on the model itself, it can be recommended for younger ages right through to adulthood:
|From 1 to 2 years||Blocks that are larger and do not contain small pieces that can be swallowed. The colours are very bright and the pieces are characterised by their simplicity when assembled. You can build things like farms, small houses or animals, among others|
|From 3 to 5 years||In this case the constructions are a little more complicated and with a greater number of pieces and details. Here there are models like the “Lego Juniors” and the basic style of building blocks|
|From 6 to 8 years old||As their interest grows and changes, this is where the thematic LEGO of superheroes from Marvel and DC, Disney and NinjaGo come into play|
|From 9 to 11 years||The skill that they have acquired from years of constructing allows them to use much more elaborated toys, with more complicated assemblies to entertain themselves.|
|More than 12 years||Finally, there is the most advanced constructions, with a greater number of pieces. In this age bracket you can even find mechanisms and lighting included|
What kind of Lego can we find?
As you have seen, the LEGO range is very wide and as age progresses there are new models that are increasingly elaborate. Below is a list of some of the most common types of Lego that can be purchased in the market:
- LEGO DUPLO
- LEGO Toy Story
- LEGO City
- LEGO Classic
- LEGO Disney
- LEGO Star Wars
- LEGO Marvel
- LEGO Juniors
- LEGO Jurassic World
- LEGO Technic
- LEGO Friends
- LEGO Creator
- LEGO Harry Potter
- LEGO Creator Expert
- LEGO Architecture
What are the benefits of playing with LEGO?
Numerous studies and experts have shown that construction games, such as LEGO, not only bring great benefits for children, but are also a type of basic childhood game that is a rite of passage for kids. We summarised the benefits of using building blocks such as LEGO below:
- Improves fine motor skills: kids must use their fingers to hold the pieces.
- Improves concentration: they must concentrate to be able to assemble the toy well and to play with it.
- It helps to develop the mathematics: to be able to construct something they must count pieces and organise multiple pieces.
- Increases creativity: children can not just build a toy, but everything they want to imagine. The building process encourages self-esteem and self-confidence, as they must set a goal and strive to achieve it.
- It reduces stress: building structures or scenes help kids relax whilst also being fun.
- Acquire awareness of space: as the constructions become more complicated with age, they will need to use depth and distribution skills to build, for example, a small house.
- Encourage teamwork: there is nothing better than playing together to achieve an end such as building something. The building process will help strengthen ties between children and acquire values of cooperation, communication, help or persistence.
What material are LEGO blocks made of?
Since 1949 the company LEGO has used plastic as the main source to build their toys. However, it has been gradually evolved to achieve greater child safety by improving the composition of the blocks.
Since 1964 they have used ABS plastic, which is free of toxins and more resistant to high temperatures. Since 2010 they have been working with bioplastics only, which are plastics derived from vegetable products such as soya, corn or potato starch. As a result, they are a reliable and safe product for children.
Should I play LEGO with my children?
Just as making group constructions can improve teamwork and cooperation, participating with your children in this action can have some benefits. LEGO is a product that is not only designed for children, but can be enjoyed by adults because of its relaxing effect, as well as being decorative and collectable.
When playing with your child with the blocks, it is advisable to always leave him or her some autonomy and time to solve the problem. Sometimes they will ask for your help to get something assembled, but in other cases they will be able to do it on their own. It is a great way for them to learn how to persevere and solve challenges.
The world of LEGO is very big with so many models and types that you could feel a bit overwhelmed and not really know what to choose. To find the right one, whether it is for your son or daughter as a present or for yourself, you should take into account the following purchasing criteria:
- Child’s age
- Interests of the child
- Value for money
- Special Editions
- Number of players
Probably the most important and obvious aspect to consider before purchasing a LEGO building block model is the age of the child. As we have already discussed, the age of the child determines whether the toy is more or less complex, with a greater number of pieces suitable for older children or teenagers
For example, when buying this LEGO for children from 1 to 2 years old there is the LEGO DUPLO models. For older children from 6 to 8 years old there is LEGO Disney, LEGO Star Wars or LEGO Friends. As for the older, more experienced kids, we there is the LEGO Creator Expert, LEGO Harry Potter or LEGO Architecture.
Interests of the child
The interests of the child also should have a bearing on the product selection. Of course, there is the LEGO Classic, which is a great option if we want to make a gift and do not know much about the interests of the child. However, there is a great variety of LEGO themes to choose from that can make the child extra excited and result in more motivation to start building.
LEGO can literally become almost anything. If the child likes superheroes then there is LEGO Marvel and DC. If they like houses and buildings then there is LEGO Passenger Train. You can also find ninjas, animals, characters from movies, games, vehicles and buildings. As you can see, you can make it even better if you know a little about their interests.
Value for money
When we look at the cost of LEGO, the quality-price ratio is very good, as there are models for all price ranges. For example, the medium classic brick box costs about $40 whilst a set with fewer pieces like the Dinosaur set is under $20.
Of course those sets with more pieces and a higher complexity tend to have a higher price. For example, Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Great Hall costs around $140. You can even find constructions of around $230, such as the LEGO Technic Mack Anthem.
As has been mentioned before, the sets that have a defined theme can be better received by children. LEGO has numerous special editions in which it uses the same design to create a variety of block sets. Some of the most famous themes available are Disney, Star Wars or Harry Potter.
It is also possible to find very limited editions which are hard to come by, but which every collector would like to have. For example the LEGO VOLKSWAGEN T1, the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE or the TAJ MAHAL. You can even buy specialised limited edition figures from different films like Batman.
Number of players
If you are going to buy a LEGO set, it is recommended getting one that can be played by more than just one person. This will encourage teamwork, cooperation and support. There is even a specialised set for adults called LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™, with the aim of creating a better working environment by using these blocks in company meetings.
If we think of some of the world’s most famous toys, LEGO building blocks are definitely high on that list. Some of the most purchased and valued sets at the moment on Amazon are the “Classic Creative Brick Box” or the “Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall” that we can see as being Amazon’s Choice.
You now know that LEGO is built only with bioplastics, so they are not harmful to health. There are toys for kids from 1 year old and they are adapted to each developmental stage and present great benefits to all kids. There are so many different types of blocks available but you must always take into account the age and interests of the child.
We hope you have found this information useful and that it encourages you to buy this toy, which is both a classic and very versatile. You can share the article and comment on your opinion!
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