November 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm , by Sue Erneta
I was lucky enough to be invited on an amazing press trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas last January. The best part? I got to bring my 5 year old daughter, Sophia. (Read more about our trip here.) One of the sponsors was Lego but to be completely honest, she wasn’t much of a Lego fan at the time so we weren’t really excited about that part. I looked at Lego as something my 10-year-old nephew was into, not something that a little girl could really enjoy. How wrong I was.
On one night of the trip, the Lego folks gave us a small bag with several yellow and orange pieces and they asked the kids to make a duck. Without any directions. I was not pleased by this because I was sure that Sophia would have a fit when she couldn’t figure out how to do it. Again, I was totally wrong! She got creative and made a little thing that looked more like a moose than a duck – and here’s the crazy part – she loved her little “moose-duck”. By the end of the trip, I had completely changed my opinion. (See the pic of her handiwork on the way home!)
Now, several months later, she continues to wow me with her Lego skills. We’ve bought her a few tiny sets and I’m thrilled to see my little girl follow all of the directions (by herself!) and put together a helicopter or sea plane. But the creativity really starts when she puts a few different sets together and makes her own little structure that only she understands.
This year, Santa can bring the Princess toys she’s asking for, but I’ll be giving her a Lego set. It did take me awhile on the Lego website to find something that wasn’t totally boyish but I think I’m going to go for the Apple Tree House or the Winter Village Bakery. Perhaps she’ll need some help putting them together but I certainly don’t mind helping! If you’re looking for something a little smaller, there are lots of inexpensive sets to get your kid started. I like the Santa with Sleigh or the Snowman Building Set each for only $4.99. Happy Lego building!
Full disclosure: Yes, we did receive some free Lego pieces on the press trip (which was also gratis) but as you know, I would never write about or promote a product simply because I got a freebie. I will only ever blog about it if I REALLY like it and I REALLY believe in it.