The best toys for the boy

Over the past few months or so we have come to the dawning realisation that one of the reasons that the boy doesn’t play that much with his toys is that they are simply far too easy for him. He loses interest too quickly. So we got out the Lego Technics (circa 1980) and let the little fella play with that and some Lego Star Wars. This has made an unbelievable difference to him in all sorts of ways.

Nowadays he asks to stay at home and play with his Lego. He spends hours and hours building little space ships and having adventures with them. The space ships have their own garages, satellites and space stations as well. I am astonished. His play is revolutionised.

I am told that many boys do not have the manual dexterity yet for this sort of thing. He is nearly four, this stuff is for the Big Boys; around seven years plus. However, he finds it fairly simple to do and requires very little help. I think its because finally we have found something he is really interested in.

I think what I have learnt is that sometimes it’s best to think about what your child really likes to do and what they might be capable of. If you think that they can safely use that toy (I feel sure he wont put the Lego in his mouth and that his little sister wont either) then it’s worth exploring the options.


5 Responses

  1. Fiz 18th February 2011 / 2:04 pm

    That's great! I'm so pleased for you all, Claire!

  2. Vickie 18th February 2011 / 6:10 pm

    Lego is the best toy ever. It keeps our 6 year old amused for hours. I love it when we get both the duplo and normal lego out and me and the 2 boys just go wild with our imaginations.

  3. a 19th February 2011 / 9:03 am

    Our Junior also loves lego and has done for a couple of years. Unfortunately his little brother still sometimes puts things in his mouth so we tend to use the duplo most of the time and save the lego for when Rascal has his nap or when Dad is around to supervise the construction. <br /><br />It is amazing how long they will spend making intricate vehicles. Junior also loves his lego club

  4. YouthMUSE 19th February 2011 / 11:01 am

    Agreed! My 6 year old son is so fond of Lego now, we have him enrolled in Rocket Science classes that use Legos to teach basic science concepts. We have come with with a few more ideas as well on

  5. beesonskis 20th February 2011 / 1:50 pm

    Love lego! We have an 18 month old daughter and we just got her some Duplo (lego, but for 2-5 year olds) She is loving it! I just love the potential of this toy…it can be simple and complicated all at the same time!

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