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In the last year or so, my kids have become LEGO fanatics. We were gifted a random assortment of 30+ year old LEGOs from some relatives, and from that began my kids’ interest in building and exploring with LEGOs. Over time, we have added more LEGO pieces, including a number of LEGO sets and LEGO learning kits.
Below I have complied a list of 11 of the best gifts for the LEGO-loving kid in your life. On this list are ideas for fun and educational toys that will help LEGO lovers build newer and better creations, learn more from their LEGO play, and organize their LEGOs for maximum enjoyment.
Note: For more great gift ideas for kids of all ages and interests, see my gift guides page.
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Building Kit: I can’t even tell you how excited I am about doing our advent activities this year. My kids are going to flip out when they realize they will be getting one new Star Wars LEGO piece each day from December 1 through 24.
This kit includes a “calendar” with 24 compartments numbered for each day. Inside the compartments are miniature Star Wars characters and vehicles.
If your kids aren’t in to Star Wars, they may prefer the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar Building Kit or LEGO City Advent Calendar advent calendars instead.
Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions Craft Kit: QBoy got this set last Christmas and spent several weeks building the various contraptions described in the kit. As a parent, I loved that this kit has a real educational component to it since kids get to build 16 different contraptions, most of which use gears, levers, axels, or other parts that teach kids about simple machines.
The directions for the contraptions were very clear. My son, who was not literate at the time, was able to build most of the contraptions by himself simply by following the pictures.
All parts required to build the contraptions are included in the kit.
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit: This kit will be under the Christmas tree this year at our house. I’m a huge fan of harnessing my kids’ love for LEGOs and using it for educational projects.
That’s not to say that playing with LEGOs in and of themselves isn’t educational, since I most definitely believe there are valuable skills learned with any LEGO play. But I’m particularly thrilled at the prospect of watching my kids design and build up to 10 different moving machines focused on the concept of chain reactions.
What a great way to learn science while having fun at the same time! This kit comes with some LEGOs, but most of the activities require additional LEGO pieces from your home collection.
LEGO Technic Power Function Accessory box: Last summer my kids spent a week at LEGO camp, where they got to build a number of LEGO designs that used a motor. After finishing camp, we added this power functions accessory box to our LEGO collection so the kids could continue creating powered mechanical designs.
This set comes with a motor, battery box, lights, and switch for hours of fun.
The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 1: Machines and Mechanisms: We do not own this book, but it will be showing up under the Christmas tree this year. This book features a wide variety of LEGO projects to build with gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements.
The book shows kids how to build 19 different basic mechanisms (e.g., gear systems, turntables, universal joints) and 11 different arms, wings, or other movements.
LEGO Classic Creative Supplement: Our first foray into LEGO came in the form of a jumbled collection of old LEGOs from a relative’s attic. However, I think that was probably the best way for my kids to learn about LEGO.
Rather than getting their first taste of LEGO by building a specific model, my kids used their creativity and imagination to come up with hundreds of different models.
If you – or your kids – long for the days of open-ended LEGO play with no specific end goal “required” by the box the LEGOs came in, this set of LEGO classic bricks would make a great supplement to your existing LEGO collection.
The LEGO Ideas Book: This is another book that will be finding its way under our Christmas tree this year. What I like about this book is the breadth of items it shows kids how to create, and the way those creations will stimulate children’s imaginations.
This book features directions to make a pirate ship, monster truck, cannon and catapult, train station, bridge, and much, much more.
LEGO Storage Toy Organizer and Floor Mat: My kids may not care about this toy storage bag, but this would have been a life saver at our old house! Until we moved this past summer, we used to have one room that was our living room / play room / homeschool room. The kids’ LEGOs were always underfoot and it was a pain to have to constantly pick them off the floor.
This toy storage bag not only provides a place to store your LEGOs, it also doubles as a large floor mat.
Open this on the floor, make sure your kids know that all LEGOs need to stay on the mat, and then simply close up the drawstring when you are ready to put the LEGOs away. Brilliant!
LEGO lunchbox: LEGO lovers will enjoy displaying their LEGO pride with their very own LEGO shaped lunch box!
LEGO Storage Head: This is a cute LEGO storage option that even serves as a decorative piece for your child’s play area. You can find LEGO storage heads in both large and small sizes.
The LEGO Movie DVD: My kids have watched very few movies, but my LEGO-loving husband couldn’t resist watching the LEGO movie with our kids. I’m not sure who enjoyed the movie more, actually, my kids or my husband!
The movie features both new characters (like Emmett, the main character) as well as well known comic book characters (like Batman and Superman).
This movie is rated PG, mostly due to some mild language. (See Kids-in-Mind’s LEGO movie review to decide if the content is appropriate for your kids.)
Looking for more great gift ideas? Check out my other gift guides:
- Best gifts for kids who love science
- Best gifts for kids who love to build
- Best gifts for developing kids’ fine motor skills
- Best gifts for active kids
- Best gifts for kids who love arts & crafts
- Best gifts for encouraging sensory play
- Best gifts for developing math concepts
- Best gifts for teaching letters
- Best gifts for teaching shapes
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