Maybe I should confess up front that as a child I don’t think I ever put together a LEGO construction from the instructions, I just built whatever took my fancy. I’m like that now with flat pack furniture.
Following Miss8’s birthday party, a couple of her closest friends stayed behind for a bit of a play date. Usually this involves the destruction of bedrooms, arguments and screaming because…well, kids.
But not this day. Because we had a plan.
Lady luck had landed two identical LEGO Friends sets (Mia’s Roadster) in our hot little hands, so we decided the girls could have a little fun with them.
“You girls pair up and we’ll see who can complete their set first,” we told them.
The rules were simple. First to finish,wins. To help them if they got stuff they even had three lifelines per team – Ask Your Mother, Ask Someone Else’s Mother and Ask Your Father. As I was the only dad on site I expected to be called on quite heavily for my construction advice.
So you can imagine my surprise at being an hour into the build, with everyone having used two of their lifelines to find the right piece in a pile of bits or fit it to the right spot, and no-one had asked me a goram thing.
Heads were down and little faces were concentrating on finding the right pieces and fitting them together. To be honest I worried they would lose interest after the first half hour ticked by, but if anything they were even more into the game. There were little looks stolen at their competitor’s efforts to see if they were ahead or behind and hushed discussions and giggles on both ends of the table.
Another surprise was how neck and neck the whole thing was. I thought one group, specifically the one without Miss5, would shoot ahead, but the instructions were clear enough that she was just as quick as Miss8 on the other team at finding the required blocks.
I was super impressed at how much fun they were all having.
“Daddy,” said Miss8 when there was less than thirty pieces of LEGO left on the table, and I got really excited about finally being asked to help.
I leaned over her shoulder and studied the instructions.
“What’s up, love?” I asked her. “You need to know where that bit goes?”
“No,” she said, snapping the boot, which can open and shut, into place.
“Well, what can I do for you?” I asked eagerly, ready to display to Tracey and the other mothers how LEGO savvy I am.
“I dropped a wheel,” said Miss8, her fingers busily reaching for the windscreen her friend was handing her and then pushing it into place. “Can you pick it up for me please?”
In all it took each team a touch over an hour to finish their LEGO Friends and no one really cared who won (although against all odds it was the team with Miss5 on it) they were just happy with their own achievements.
“I’m super impressed,” I said to Tracey later when everyone had gone home and I was playing with the Roadster and it’s workable boot. “They really enjoyed that and, even better, they finished without any real help at all.”
“You know what this means?” Tracey asked me. I thought maybe she was thinking we could set the girls up with a LEGO Friends set sometime and sneak off for a nap, but no.”Next time we bring a bit of furniture home in a flatpack box,” she grinned, “the girls can act as your lifelines.”
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A super BIG heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated. I could easily have given out another three prizes and still felt like I hadn’t rewarded all the bestest entries.
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Lego Buffy Friends – Buffy had a powerful set of friends and plenty of accessories to go along with it. The great thing being, you could cross it over with the previous monster hunter line of Lego. And seriously, who doesn’t want to see a dark brooding Lego version of Angel. Also, Willow’s magik shop would fit right in, next to the Friends vet clinic in Sunnydale.
I would love to see a Wonderland set…. Alice, the Mad Hatter, etc My daughter would go nuts.
I have two new nieces and I’d love them to have an awesome LEGO character like Amelia Airheart with her own plane to inspire them to do great things.