Thank you to LEGO® Friends for sponsoring this post. To learn more about how to empower the young girls in your life, please visit Girls on the Run®.
“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.
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I played with Legos as a child, but they weren’t as cool as this set. It’s fun they are making kits geared toward girls now.
That looks like fun. My kids were huge Lego fans when younger.
I really like how LEGO is coming out with girl-friendly products along with their boy-geared products! It’s about darn time, too! It really looks like your daughter had a lot of fun putting the set together and kudos to her for overcoming her disability and not letting it define her 🙂
That is pretty cool – my daughter insists on boyish toys. Maybe she would like these?
I love LEGOs and it’s great they know girls can also love legos, whether it’s the girly kind or not.
I would be crazy for this toy. I just love building toys that are playable! Lego is right up there with my children’s favorite toys.
All of my kids have played with LEGO brand bricks. Even my older girls (now married with children of their own) played with their brothers’ bricks when they were little. Now my grandkids play with them. I keep a box of them in my entertainment center for when they visit!
I love Legos. I love watching my girls create things.
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How exciting she is competing in the mini triathlon – you must be so excited! I love Legos (except when I step on them) they are so good for imaginative play. It’s great she found a set that was perfect for her.
I think part of the fun of LEGOs for me was always the aspect that I didn’t have to follow any guidelines, I could make whatever I wanted. It’s great these new collections have guides and easy to follow structures to build confidence though!
I also like that LEGO gives kids freedom to either follow instructions or create something from their imagination. Since my son has completed some pretty complex sets, my daughter was really excited to complete one of her own.