“Mommy, I can’t do it!”- These are words we never like to hear from our children. We want them to feel that they can do anything. My husband and I work with our children to build their confidence as much as possible. We want them to feel empowered to try new things. Our daughter has a learning disability. Encouraging her to try new things that involve following instructions can be a challenge. We were thrilled to see her get excited about building her very own Lego® Friends set.
Any sort of construction play has been an area where our daughter has said, “I can’t do it,” in the past. While she still asked for help from time to time, she was so excited to build this set on her own. We were given the Heartlake News Van set aimed at ages 6-12 for this review. Our daughter’s confidence improved as she completed each page of the instructions.
My son has been a long time LEGO fan, but my daughter never quite felt part of that world until LEGO® Friends came along. It’s been amazing to watch her unleash her creativity and imagination in an area that she once felt was just “for the boys.” According to LEGO, “Since its launch in 2012, LEGO® Friends has dramatically increased the number of girls building with LEGO bricks and enjoying the benefits of construction play.” Cool, huh? It’s been wonderful to see my kids connect in this way. They create worlds of their own using their imagination and creativity.
With her new LEGO Friends set, my daughter used the News Van to be part of her imaginative play with her brother and their other toys. Her LEGO Friends’ reporter was ready to cover the exciting stories throughout the house.
According to this reporter, there is a mess in a certain bedroom upstairs. She reports, “This room allegedly belongs to a boy in this household. It should be cleaned up before it causes further traffic jams for this news van and others in the community.”
LEGO® Friends has also teamed up with the Girls on the Run® (GOTR) program. It is a physical activity-based positive youth development program to inspire girls everywhere to achieve their limitless potential. Girls in the program are using LEGO® Friends bricks and elements to tell stories, embrace their differences and find strength in their connectedness.
My daughter was really excited to hear about this program. She recently began running organized races herself. In fact, she is signed up to compete in a mini-triathlon in a few weeks. She even used some LEGO bricks to build a diving board for her LEGO® Friends’ figures to participate in a simulated race around the house. Her brother joined in on the fun.
Playing with LEGO® Friends has inspired my daughter in so many ways. The confidence boost it brings inspires her to try new things that she may not have tried before.
What do your kids love to create? Do your children enjoy construction play? Have you tried LEGO® Friends?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Find out what other moms like me think by searching for the #LEGOFriendsCGC hashtag around the web.