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MUST HAVES For LEGO Lovers

We are full throttle into the world of Legos in the Cirkles' home. It is a wonderful delight to have an open ended toy to enjoy.


But Legos can also be a place of frustration for blooming builders with developing brains and emotions, and parental feet. So to keep it fun, we have installed these

MUST HAVE BOUNDARIES :


  1. Building Safe Zones.

  2. LEGO Jail.

  3. We ask before we destroy.


SAFE ZONES

We have two safe zones : a coffee table in the living room and our son's desk. (As of now, he's the only one who can enjoy unsupervised legos.)


These two zones are where Legos live.



LEGO JAIL

If mom or dad find any Lego anywhere other than the two safe zones they go to Lego Jail. There is no "warning" or "I see a Lego. I'm about to get it if someone doesn't first". It's just a no fuss, silent grab and to the Lego Jail they go.


I decided they are to be released every Monday. No reason other than I know myself and if I did "for 24 hours" it would add more stress on me to mentally keep up with it.


And they definitely remind me Monday morning.


WE ASK BEFORE WE DESTROY

This is our rule for blocks of all kinds. Only the builder has permission to knock things over or in this case, take a Lego structure a part.


I use the word destroy because for many kids kicking, fist pounding, and crumbling is the play. Their brain is craving the joys of cause and effect. And it makes a little one feel quite powerful to topple a tower over. But they have to learn it's not a considerate way to play. If they want that cause and effect damage, they can do it to their own structure. But we don't tear apart other people's work.


Patience Parents, this is a hard one to learn. But repetition now will add great peace later.


Again, these are things that work for us at this stage. More than fancy boxes or drawers, I would say boundaries are MUST HAVES. So I encourage you to set boundaries of some kind.


Happy Building,

Abby



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