Did you know the world famous little plastic LEGO® bricks have been around for over 80 years? No wonder they’ve made a film with the best tagline in the world “the greatest movie ever assembled” and even David Beckham (who one might have thought would be spending his spare time building his real life Empire!) is a fan!
At Ladybird, we’ve been publishing LEGO books since 2010 but many of us have been fans of the play sets, minifigures and bricks for much longer than that. From a 1980’s LEGO Duplo hospital set and a tricky 346-piece Big Ben build to LEGO minifigure wedding cake toppers, we Ladybirds have been reading about, playing with, and of course building with LEGO for years. We asked some of the Ladybird team what they love most about LEGO and what it means to them and their families.
Adam (40), with Bethany (9) and Toby (8)
LEGO for us is a family thing . . . we love the fact we can tip the LEGO box upside down on the carpet and then build almost anything with a little time and imagination. With everyone helping out to construct different elements it’s quite a social thing for us. It keeps my kids occupied for way longer than the iPad would and results in a greater sense of achievement at the end.
“I can remember being obsessed with the LEGO pirate ship when I was about nine years old. It had sails, cannons, a treasure map, minifigures with moustaches, and even a monkey. It was AMAZING! Of course, it was a pretty tough build, which gave my dad a good excuse to help with putting it together after I delightedly unwrapped it one glorious Christmas morning. Several hours later, and it was off to the high seas, with my bedroom carpet as the ocean and my sister’s My Little Ponies the unwitting victims of a pillaging pirate attack. Arrr-haaarrrr! Did I mention it included a monkey?”
Emma (32), with Sam (3) and Harry (1)
“Sam likes that he can build whatever he likes with LEGO – and that he can build up really high! He likes that there are animals and cars and that he can make his own big cars.”
Alex (41), with Isaac (11) and Talia (8)
I loved building with LEGO in the 1970s but only ever used it to make houses: green base, white picket fence, red roof and the same safe four walls, over and over again. It's only as a mum and a wife that I've witnessed the limitless possibilities of LEGO. Encouraged, supervised and – let's face it – directed, by a very dextrous dad, who is passionate about LEGO creations, in the last year my kids have built everything from a zoo of mini-beasts to a giant pirate ship, by way of giant seasonal religious objects (chanukiah) and a scale-model of our 1950s Rayburn oven!
Tell us your childhood memories of LEGO and WIN a LEGO activity book!
We'd love to hear your childhood memories of LEGO. Just leave a comment below and we'll pick four winners, who will each win a copy of this LEGO movie activity book with minifigure – good luck!
Enter by midnight, 20th February 2014. Four winners will be chosen at random. UK only. T&Cs here