If you are a working mom from Los Angeles, CA, Richardson, TX or New York, NY, you know that LEGOS are the favorite toy of children of all ages during the holiday season. With today’s tough economy and so many toy and game options on the gift lists this holiday season, it’s hard to decide what to buy for kids.
As you already know, there is always a battle between buying technology-based toys like video games vs. old school toys like LEGOS. This article is dedicated to bringing you the pros and cons of buying building block toys, like LEGOS, for your children or grandchildren.
Advantages of LEGO sets
Variety of characters: Over the years, LEGOS sets have expanded the category of characters to choose from. You can choose:
- bat Man
- Star Wars
- Harry Potter
- Green Lantern
- Indiana Jones
- Star Wars – Boba Fett
- Lord of the Rings
As you can see, all of these names are known to everyone, young and old.
Interest of the child: If you want to expand your child’s interest, you can select the LEGOS building blocks based on what excites him the most:
- Animals and Nature
- Fantasy and Sci-Fi (i.e. Halo)
- Television and movies (i.e. Harry Potter and Star Wars)
As your children grow, you can be sure that your LEGOS collection will always hold their interest as you manage your life and do everything.
Based on education: LEGO has a special brand called LEGO Education that offers its Duplo building block kits for babies and toddlers. These LEGOS are designed for younger children and aid in child development:
- Eye-hand coordination
- color recognition
- spatial awareness
- basic design
- nurtures imagination through storytelling
You can choose basic classic brick sets or theme sets (i.e. farm, train, playhouse, and family). All these games will educate your kids and keep them entertained.
Cons of LEGO sets
Price: Most LEGOS building blocks and accessories are priced under $ 25.00 for basic LEGO bricks and more. This is manageable if you are a grandparent (on a fixed budget) giving a unique gift. However, as your child grows and becomes more interested in LEGOS, the price increases substantially, for example, LEGO City The Mine costs around $ 160.00. A price like that should not be taken lightly.
Gender domination: LEGOS construction games tend to be male-dominated. After doing a quick search online, you will notice names like Bionicle, Ninja, Wars, etc. These tend to attract more boys than girls.
However, the good news is that a new building block brand is being introduced in stores and online called Goldieblox. Goldieblox is aimed at girls and has themes and titles for girls.
Safety: Every time you give children small plastic pieces to play with, there is a danger that they will hurt themselves or others. Moms’ biggest concern is choking. LEGOS designed the Duplo series (recommended for children ages 24 months to 5 years) to give moms and grandparents the peace of mind of knowing their little ones are safe from the dangers of suffocation.
Considering that these toys aim to build thinking skills and social development, LEGOs are still a great gift choice for moms and grandparents this holiday season.