“Do you have to build it with her?” my mother asked me doubtfully.
I was showing her the new Lego Juniors castle set I’d been given for Miss4.
“I think I could handle a Lego castle,” I told my mother. “It’s not like it requires me to use real tools.”
Plus, I have decades of experience with Lego.
Even now, well over thirty years after the fact, I have fond memories of playing Lego on the lounge room floor of my family home in Port Moresby. I’d spend hours designing and building, of all things, motorhomes. I’d become obsessed with them after watching a few episodes of a short lived science fiction series called Ark II. I’m pretty sure my enthusiasm was mainly due to their flash, futuristic, science lab Winnebago seeming to have the only working loo in the 25th century. I know it was always the first thing I’d kit out in my constructions.
“Of course, you’re right,” said my mum, handing me the box. “Plus it says on the packaging these are for four to seven year olds, so you should be okay.”
“Actually, she’s going to build it herself I think.”
My mum nodded. “That’s a good idea.”
Not that there was much chance of Miss4 playing with the new set by herself. The moment Miss4 pulled the pink box out of the bag she was assured two helpers by her side the whole way. They helped supervise the opening of the box and bags of blocks, including the pre-built quick start components which make these so much easier for small hands and young minds to bring together.
The girls opened up the easy instructions and started to build.
“It doesn’t look exactly like the one of the box,” Miss4 reflected to me a couple of hours later, showing me her masterpiece. They’d all had a play and rebuilt the castle a couple of times.
“That doesn’t matter,” I told her. I ran an experienced Lego eye over the castle. It looked pretty dang close to me. “I think it looks excellent,” I told her with what I’m now certain is more sincerity then my mother used praising my Lego contraptions. “And anyway, the main thing is you had fun and you’re happy with what you’ve built.”
Then I reached for one of the extra blocks the box set comes with and pushed it into place inside the building.
“What are you doing, Dad?”
“It was just missing a toilet, sweetie.”
Lego Juniors have asked me to give away one of these exact sets to a reader’s kid to try out for themselves. To be in the running, like Lego’s Facebook page and answer the following question in the comments below – What Lego set would you design? Don’t forget to register your entries in the Rafflecopter widget above so I can find you if you’re the winner.
I have to say, I’m thrilled with how well suited this Lego Juniors set was to Miss4’s age group. She’s at that age where Duplo doesn’t challenge her but normal Lego is too finicky. These sets are perfect and she’s already requested Santa bring her the Pony Farm for Christmas (yes, she made us look it up on the net).
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