Cultivating Creativity with LEGO® Friends


The sorts of things that Lucia creates and collect illustrate details of her heart and six-year-old imagination.  The coveted acorn collection that lives in a carefully decorated shoe box under her bed, the tin-foil people brought to life, and the structures thoughtfully constructed for her beloved props, continue to show me glimpses of her inner world.

I’d like to believe that our time spent alone in unstructured play provides a sense of security in having her mama completely present and receptive.

And it is in these moments of togetherness that I find her most open.

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We’re big fans of toys that promote open-ended play and have been longtime hoarders of  LEGO® sets of all kinds.  Lucia was excited to welcome a LEGO® Friends Heartlake Juice Bar set into her LEGO® collection and I knew it would provide a fun mother/daughter activity.  She still seeks a bit of help with these sorts of sets and I always glean parenting lessons when playing alongside her.  When I serve as her sounding board and watch her work out her challenges on her own – her confidence and sense of accomplishment soars.

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She was rightfully proud of her creation and we were both proud of her persistence.  

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One of the things that I love most about LEGO® play is that it employs a creative means of combining logic and reasoning with innate playfulness and imagination.  This specific type of play helps to build mathematical, spatial, and fine motor skills as creations are limitless.  And I don’t think that I’ll ever get enough of construction building, destructing, rebuilding and storytelling.

Lucia was determined to make Heartlake Juice Bar fully functional:

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She even rolled out the bar to serve her special carrot/apple juice with the assistance of her LEGO® Friends.

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I’m excited to share that with a shared vision of unleashing confidence through accomplishment, LEGO® Friends has teamed up with Girls on the Run® (GOTR), a physical activity-based positive youth development program to inspire girls everywhere to achieve their limitless potential.  Girls are using LEGO® Friends bricks and elements to tell stories, embrace their differences and find strength in their connectedness.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  1. Ah!! She’s adorable. Its so funny you wrote this because yesterday I got down on the floor playing legos and duploos with my kids and helped them create all sorts of fun things. In that hour of play, there was no fighting, whining, crying…it was pure fun. So I’m totally with you in that unstructured, “mommy is paying complete attention to you” play time. It really is important, especially outside of school.

  2. You inspire me to keep up with blogging. 🙂 The memories that you are ensuring remain with you and your family through this blog are priceless. I can only imagine looking back at my blog years from now and reliving these moments that I am recording…I learnt this from you. Your dedication to this craft is inspirational.

    Your pictures are as always, amazing. I play with Lego almost everyday…we have tubs of them at school. The children love it and I love the look on their faces when they are engrossed in this play.

  3. is it wrong that i still love to play with lego’s, in fact i truly truly enjoy it 🙂
    you make such wonderful memories.

  4. I was so close to buying a huge box of Legos at the Lego store at The Rockefeller Center…but I didn’t because the recommended ages were 5+ and my oldest is only 3, lol!

  5. This is great! Who cares if they are specifically designed for girls when they are designed to BUILD!!

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