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lego is the best toy, even at under 5 years of age
Reviewed in India on 20 September 2018
TLDR: Buy lego for sure for your child. Among all lego sets, this one purchased at Rs 1750 (after discounts) is best value in terms of number of pieces to money paid. As another reviewer pointed out, my child spends hours (everyday) with her Lego blocks even at three years of age
Review for Lego:
- Why Lego:
- Schools give verbal learning and mathematical learning apart from knowledge (information) in various other subjects
- Anyone who has taken an IQ test knows that spatial reasoning (ability to imagine objects in your head, rotate them, fit them together) is an important part of intelligence.
- Lego builds spatial intelligence very well.
- For this reason, I prefer Lego freeform building to following a particular set of instructions to build something
- I would always recommend Lego Toys, often even before their recommended age.
- This is not a starter kit. You need to start with something like easier. Duplo (as it is costly) is not recommended, Instead buy the owl blocks or simple blocks (200+ large pieces) that you get at Spar Supermarket. I'm sure other supermarkets have similar. These are available at Rs 500 or so
- It may take your child about 3-6 months to get used to that. Then they may get bored. I introduced that toy at 2.5 years old for my kid.
- At first you need to
- help your child assemble,
- encourage them the first few times they build even silly pieces
- give names to things they design
- compare them to real world objects
- start off by asking them to make houses which are easiest and have any number of ways of making
- show them pictures of real world objects and ask make similar (like houses, gopuram, aeroplane, animals)
- At some stage introduce the concept of symmetry, like the left should be similar to right
- At a later stage introduce the concept of stability, meaning the bottom should be bigger than top
- At no point should you expect the object created to be close to the real world object (in our head). It is sufficient that the child can imagine it as similar in their head and create something like that from just rectangular blocks
Regarding this model:
- With Lego freeform children need not follow instructions but can follow their creativity
- I have two Lego sets, the 484 piece Lego 10696. I have now added the 442 piece 10715 to that.
- I got that one at Rs 2800 after discounts and this one at Rs 1750 after discounts.
- This is very good for number of wheels.
- Sometimes you find that some critical parts to build certain kinds of items are missing. *It does not contain*
- Any pieces with human faces. This is a flaw with many Lego freeform sets
- It doesn't contain rotor attachment needed to make helicopter with rotating top
- It doesn't contain a right angular piece which can change the angle at which one is building
- It does not contain a good outer cover so i'm putting the lego pieces (which are easy to lose) in ziplock bags
- Lego is by no means cheap as a toy. But they are very good and therefore I still recommend. I wish there are Indian manufacturers for such toys (in future).
1. Small pieces (of size 1*1) are dangerous for children under age 5. I have taken them out of the set that child plays with.
2. When buying lego first time, always go for "Creative" or "Classic", and don't go for cheaper option in lego. If these are expensive then go for other brands which offer more number of pieces at same price.
Disclaimer: Regd photo, some pieces are from the 10696 Lego