In other words, this blog is not endorsed by Lego. Besides the fact that they are a big Waldorf no-no (pretty much the exact opposite of a Waldorf toy), there are plenty of reasons why you want to avoid bringing Legos into your home.
Now, I was a girl raised in the eighties and early nineties and so, though my brothers played with Legos, I myself missed the boat on them and was instead engrossed in all kinds of “girl” toys like Barbies and My Little Ponies and Care Bears and all that useless middle class plastic tripe. I “never liked them”, “wasn’t into them”, and no one questioned any of that.
Now, I have a daughter and two sons and some of you probably know that I have come to loathe gender stereotypes in my adulthood and make it my personal mission to raise my kids with as little of their influence as possible. It’s harder than it looks. I’ll be damned if I sit back and let society tell my kids who they should be, what they should act like, and what they should play with based on their gender. I. Will. Be. Damned.
So, it’s no surprise then that a toy that was off limits to me as a child is one that I feel especially compelled to bring into my home and introduce specifically to my daughter. That and I feel that Lego somehow weaseled its way into the public mind as being tied to math and engineering skills. I vaguely remember my elementary school using Lego sets at one point or another to teach us…I dunno, spatial awareness or something. Nicely played, Lego, just offer every elementary school in the country free Lego kits for their classrooms and you just bought yourself a ticket to ride. (No, I’m not cynical at all:)
Well, we’ve been living with Legos amongst us for a few months now, cohabitating with them, and I can tell you, its no bed of roses. There are a lot of terrible things about Legos and lots and lots of reasons NOT to even open up that can of worms for yourself. Please learn from my example. Here are the reasons why you should NOT get your kids Legos.
1. They are expensive! To even buy the smallest possible set for like a little car or something, you are going to be dropping 12-15 dollars. But they are not going to be satisfied with the smallest set or one or two sets. Once they get a taste for Legos, they start wanting the big sets and lots of sets. It begins to add up very quickly.
2. The mess. This category should really be expanded to have a bunch of subcategories because this cannot be understated. So much of each day now is dedicated to picking Legos up off the ground. Legos are like magic. You pick up the last one and suddenly ten more appear. As a side note: this might not be so bad for those with older kids. My oldest is six, so not so good with picking up after themselves yet.
3. Choking. My older two are fine. However, Miles, the baby, the insatiable floor-scrounger, is another story. If I had a dime for every Lego I pried from his little drooly mouth…
4. Frustration. Again, this is really a younger kid thing, but my kids really are not old enough to play with Legos. They don’t have the dexterity, patience and spatial intelligence to put together Lego sets or to fix them when they break, which is often. This ends up causing a lot of tears (emotionally immature) and yelling. And in my home we already have enough of those things.
5. Losing. Despite all of the time I spend each day picking up Legos, Miles is much faster at throwing them and so many of them simply get lost. So it shortly becomes impossible to re-construct the sets after one time. I actually got a set or two at Christmas that I think never got built in the first place before a lot of the pieces got misplaced. I try to have a special drawer for all of the instructions but good luck with that. Now we have basically a giant basket of all of the Legos and just basically end up constructing our own Frankenstein versions which, believe me, are not pretty.
So, in conclusion, Legos suck for various reasons. The end.
(I should put a disclaimer here, though, that I think by the time they are 10 or 11, they would have the skills to construct and fix their own Legos. Also, if you have a real good system in place where you keep each set separate with its own instruction book, in like plastic containers or something, Legos might be ok. Maybe.)