I don’t remember the precise moment when my little boys turned from talk of Thomas the Tank Engine to school-age boys who talked about Legos.
All I know is that once my boys discovered the joy of those little Lego bricks, our house hasn’t been the same. Having a house of Lego enthusiasts isn’t all that good for the budget, but this cheapskate has discovered some great free resources to make the experience more fun!
5 Freebies for Lego Lovers
Lego Club and Lego Club Junior magazines. Lego fans can get a free two-year subscription to Lego Club Magazine. The free magazine, which is geared toward kids ages 7 and up, includes comics, puzzles, activities, kids’ creations, info on new Lego models and Lego project guides.
Kids under the age of 7 will automatically receive a free two-year subscription to Lego Club Jr. Magazine when they sign up to subscribe. The Lego Club Jr. magazine has simpler projects and activities designed for younger kids.
Free Lego Builds. Kids ages 6 to 14 should stop by their local Lego Store on the first Tuesday of every month to participate in a FREE Lego mini build. Kids will be able to build and keep a special kit (typically 25 to 40 pieces). Quantities are limited so make sure you get there early!
Lego Videos on YouTube. Watch short Lego videos created by Lego on You Tube. Many of the videos are only about about 4 or 5 minutes long. My boys are absolutely in LOVE with the Lego City Stories (there are 7 episodes). The Official Lego You Tube channel also has a lot of Lego commericials and behind the scenes videos you can watch. You can also find a TON of free Lego stop animation films with just a general search on You Tube, but you have to be careful because some content may not be suitable for all ages. For the kids, I prefer to stick to the cool stuff produced by the folks at Lego.
Lego Instructions. Get free printable Lego instructions for more than 2,000 Lego kits built since 2002. Our boys love Legos so much, they have worn out some of the instructions, so I love being able to download and print new copies. You could also use these instructions to inspire building projects made out of Lego bricks you already have. (A great challenge for the kid who always wants a new Lego set every week!)
Lego Digital Designer. The Lego Digital Designer is a free download for your PC or Mac that allows you to design your own Lego kits online. The Lego Digital Designer is a must for older children and adults who love the design part of Lego creations. You can even send your ideas to Lego.com and be inspired by what others have created.
These are just a few of the many great free resources out there. If you’re just getting into Lego, the Lego website is a great place to start.
And of course, we’re still working on the best ways to save money on Legos. Ever since the store clerk at the Lego Store told my husband he saw a guy fit 1,200 Lego pieces into one of the “Pick a Brick” Cups (empty cups you can fill with whatever Legos you want for just $14.99), my husband has been trying to strategize the best way to get the most bricks for the buck!
Legos are not cheap, but they are a fabulous value as far as toys go. They can be used over and over and over again to build whatever your imagination can create. And they are great for helping small hands on those fine motor skills. One box of Legos really can provide hours of entertainment. Other toys may fall out of favor, but Legos stand the test of time.
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