Imaginative play helps develop children’s language, storytelling, physical, cognitive, social and other skills. That makes this kind of activity incredibly valuable.
Inside the book there’s plenty to jump start creativity, with hundreds of simple and complex ideas divided into five sections: Once Upon A Time (castles, dragons and other fairytale adventures), A Small World (vehicles and buildings), Go Wild! (nature and animals), Things That Go Bump In The Night (monsters and other scary things), and Wish You Were Here (destinations and recreational activities).
Photos galore accompany the examples, with tips and tricks from “fan builders” to help develop skills. There are some cool buildings and robots to try, along with lots more, but some of my favourite ideas were the colourful tropical fish and the unique mosaic postcards.
A “brick-spotting” guide lists all the different pieces with pictures to match, so you won’t get confused. They include a range of bricks, moving pieces, decorative pieces, plates, tiles, and SNOT pieces - apparently SNOT stands for Studs Not On Top.
This celebration of LEGO® is excellent for children who love creating real and imaginary worlds, and for those who want to have a go, but don’t know where to start.
Title: LEGO® Play Book: Ideas To Bring Your Bricks to Life
Author: Dorling Kindersley
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley, $39.99 RRP
Publication Date: August 2013
For ages: 7+
Type: Non fiction