What’s the best way to display a LEGO set? The answer might surprise you
Fifty packets, over 6000 pieces, hours and hours of tedious work bent over clicking thousands of pieces together. And then finally. Behold!!! The magnificent Hogwarts Castle! The Taj Mahal! The Millennium Falcon! And that’s when seven words go through your head: WTF do we do with this thing?
Where on earth do you put something this ginormous? On a piece of furniture you can never use again? As a new centerpiece on the dining room table? In a corner where it will slowly disintegrate one LEGO at a time? Nope. This is what you do. Enjoy looking at it for a few days or weeks, and then…
Yup. Break that entire thing into pieces and put them in a bin.
But but but, my child put so much work into that!!!
Yes, I know. And believe me, we still have one or two sets “on display” (annoying the crap out of me) in our house because my kids refuse to let me destroy them, but I fully believe LEGO sets were meant to be smashed, and here’s why. What was once a spectacular display of your child’s ability to painstakingly follow directions can now become the building blocks of their imagination. Tear that LEGO set apart, and they’re gonna build some amazing shit with all those pieces.
It’s taken me a long time to realize this. For years we had sets on EVERY flat surface of our house. But occasionally a set would get destroyed and the kids would use the pieces to create new ideas from scratch. And the sets come with really cool pieces you would never buy on your own. Windows, archways, slides, wheels, gargoyles, tracks, underwater sea creatures.
As much as the giant sets wow me, the ideas kids invent in their minds are wayyyy more impressive if you ask me. It takes imagination and planning and engineering to create these things. When Zoey was younger, her ideas tended to be on the cuter side.
But as she got older, her creations got more complicated.
Last year Zoey asked me to get her a LEGO motor (I had no idea this thing even existed!). It was cheap and helped her take her creations to a whole new level. Practically everything she makes now has moving parts.
Of course as complicated and cool her creations get, sometimes the simplest ones are still my favorites.
So do I hate impaling my feet on LEGOs? Duhhh. But I also kinda love it. Because it means my kiddo is using her imagination to make something awesome. Something amazing. Something that no one else has ever built before.
And she’s not the only one. Not by a long shot. If your kids have made anything cool with LEGOs, please share them in the comments on my Facebook post so we can all look at them and go “Holy crap, that is AWESOME.”
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Totally agree in that the kids’ own inventions are more creative. My son gets exasperated trying to follow the instructions to build specific LEGO models. But if I just dump a bunch on the floor and tell him to go at it, he has a blast.
She needs to go on LEGO Masters! What an imagination!
I thought the same thing! I’m so hoping they’ll do a kids’ version of that show. We loved it – watched every episode.
These are awesome! If she likes the motors, you need to find out if there is a LEGO Robotics League near you! (When it’s safe…) Kids start in grade school and learn the COOLEST stuff. Computer programming to make their robot made of LEGOS do stuff, they do a science project, they learn teamwork, goal setting, it is so awesome. Especially, in my opinion, for girls interested in science and technology. Would be a great way for Zoey to make cool new friends. (When it’s safe… I hate that I have to write that, but it’s reality.) I would definitely recommend checking it out. There are likely some things they are doing online as well.
I tell my kids to smash there’s too. Display for a few days but get rid of it and create something by yourself.. My step son however gets really emotional cause of the hard work. So he keeps 1 or 2 on his dresser for months until I accidentally knock them off while cleaning “whoops”. The clutter drives me mental
Zoey is so very creative! Well done!
You should show her these videos that are on YouTube that she may be interested in. This guy actually makes real working vending machines that dispense food. He uses motors to make them work. He does all the major fast food chains.
I forgot to mention that he makes them out of LEGO.
We love LEGO’s. My son has the most awesome imagination and we love LEGO masters too. Since Quarantine, we have started a lego challenge every couple of days for my son. He has to create whatever we ask him to create. And he always loves it and so do we!
So I suppose I have to get over my OCD about mixing up the sets then. I’m like the dad in Lego Movie. I guess I am Lady Business! Bahahahaha! Ugh. I’m not sure I can cope.
My kids went Lego crazy at the start of quarantine. We had a bunch of sets that hadn’t been put together yet (as well tons of other sets and pieces) and then spent hours and hours playing and building together.
Did your kids watch Lego Masters? I bet they would love that show!!
THIS IS F*****G BULLSHIT! I CAME HERE THINKING I COULD FIND AN ANSWER TO FIND A PLACE TO PUT MY LEGO SET AND I F*****G GET A PIECE OF S**T ANSWER, SMASH THE S**T? AFTER WORKING SO HARD YOU GOT THE F*****G NERVE TO TELL ME TO SMASH IT ? THIS IS BULLSHIT F**K U AND ANYONE WHO F*****G THINKS THIS IS A GOOD F*****G IDEA U B***H A*S MOTHERFUCKERS I HATE YOU.
Prob a teen or something you! Same thought man… but wouldn’t use such harsh words anyways. Hello? Smash the thing? Are you insane? Do you know how long I took to make it? Six months! ( talking about the lego Harry Potter 71043) And it’s expensive too!!!!!!!!!!!!! $649.99 bucks! duh!!!!!!!!! These dummies are incredibly stupid. There intelligence level is like SUPER low