With three children, I’ve learned just how important it is to appreciate each and every stage of development. With a four year gap between my youngest Wesley and his next older brother, he desperately wants to be included and keep up with his siblings. Over the years I’ve done what I can to encourage all three boys to find a way to play together so no one is left out. Now that Wesley is 4 years old, it has become easier for him to participate.
His brothers absolutely love toys that allow them to use their imagination and build something. That means they really enjoy their LEGO® sets. (We have several bins in our playroom as evidence.) For a long time, Wesley was playing with the LEGO Duplo sets as fits his age. His brothers also enjoyed them so it was something they could always play together. But lately Wesley has been showing more and more interest in the traditional LEGO bricks.
LEGO Juniors is designed to provide just the right amount of challenge and creative play for children ages 4-7. The intuitive, playful instructions help children build each part of the set and show lots of fun story and play ideas kids can recreate.
My 10 year old son Lucian really wanted to be part of the building process with Wes. After all, it is his very favorite part of playing with LEGO sets. Wesley was more than happy to have him included, but I made it clear that Wesley was in charge and would be adding all the pieces. Lucian instead took a back seat roll in helping him whenever a little guidance might be necessary.
This was the very first LEGO play set that Wesley built on his own. He took to it easily, needing almost no help at all.
While there are some larger pieces to make building a bit easier in this LEGO Juniors set, there was still plenty of opportunities to get used to working with the small pieces and following instructions. LEGO Junior sets include some premade pieces, like a shop wall or car chassis to help make the building process smoother, so your child can focus on the fun details and start playing right away.
Once Wesley was finished putting together his new helicopter, all three boys played their own version of cops and robbers together.
Wesley thought the moving parts at the top of the helicopter were so cool!
The pride that Wesley felt after he had finished was very obvious and sweet. He also felt in charge of their play because it was his own set they were using.
LEGO Juniors sets this size work so well for stockings. In fact, I’ve already purchased another set featuring Marvel characters to add to Wesley’s stocking. He had so much fun with this set that Grandma also picked out a larger set for Christmas. I know he will love it!
Much like our weekly kids cooking series, Mini Chef Mondays, this is just one more way to help Wesley grow his independence.
What are your favorite ways to help grow a child’s confidence?
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