Summer time is in full swing. Living in Texas now and being pregnant for the first time in the summer, has left me very aware of several things. One, that I am tired, hot, and sweaty all the time. And two, I don’t have a lot of energy to keep up with my kids or keep them entertained. So, it’s never been more important to me to have toys that are easy to take on-the-go and are able to be played with both inside and outside.Having something for my five year old twins to do every day during their brother’s naptime can be a bit, well, taxing on this hot pregnant momma. I am not really a mother who believes I need to entertain my children or that they can never be bored, but, this summer we’re trying to limit screen time as much as possible, get our kids outdoors, and have them enjoying the heat and fun of summer.
So, sometimes that means my daughters spend quiet time outdoors, playing with chalk, riding bikes, throwing balls around, or just checking out the bugs, dirt, trees, and rocks. However, we’ve had a lot of rain here in Texas, specifically in the area we live in. So, they can’t go outside everyday. And some days are just so darn hot, that the amount of time my kids spend playing outdoors is cut short as they come back in after only 10-30 minutes, dripping in sweat and begging for water.
I have heard so many great things about LEGOs for kids, and how some kids can literally spend hours each and every day building and playing with LEGOs. Many swear by them for quiet time. But, with young babies and toddlers at home, who put stuff in their mouths, we’ve always been hesitant about investing in Legos for our twins. We’ve also been worried about Lego pieces being all over our apartment as our kids are still working on mastering the habit of putting things away when they are done playing with it. And we really didn’t want to be stepping on Lego pieces in our bare feet.
So, when I heard about LEGO Juniors suitcases, I decided they might be worth trying!LEGO® JUNIORS is designed to give children age 4-7 a great first building experience with the LEGO brick through iconic, fun and easy to build models. They are designed to provide just the right amount of challenge and creative play for young children. The kits come with quick start pieces and numbered pre-packed bags that enable the sets to be built without the help from Mom or Dad, hopefully.My daughters have never had a LEGO set before, so I did help them “read” the picture instructions and assemble their kits when we first opened them. But, because the builds in the LEGO Juniors Supermarket Suitcase and the LEGO Juniors Fire Suitcase don’t fit completely while assembled, they’ve had to rebuild them every other time, by themselves. And they do a great job at it! I was amazed at the fine motor skills that building with LEGOs requires of young kids.But, the truly great thing about these Lego Juniors suitcases is that all of the LEGOs have a home! There’s a suitcase, or storage container, complete with a handle, inside adjustable dividers, and locking snaps, to keep all the pieces together. This means my two year old won’t get into his sisters’ LEGOs, and scatter or lose the pieces, or put them in his mouth. It also means that cleanup is easy once quiet time is over. My daughters have greatly looked forward to quiet time the last week or so we’ve had these Lego Junior suitcases.And since they are in a convenient storage container, it means we can take play on the go. In the summer, this means they can take their LEGO building and pretend play outside then when the weather is nice. Plus, they can also take it in the car as we take summer road trips (and I so wish we had these for our trip up to Dallas last month), or even as we run errands, like going to all of my OB appointments. Or it is nice that they have something to play with for 15 minutes as they wait patiently for their swim lessons to start and I am in the pool with their brother for his swim lessons that already began.I really like that LEGO Juniors suitcases helps my young kids build self-confidence, creative thinking skills, and open-ended play where ever they go. My daughters love pretend play, and the helicopter, store, and motorcycle in these suitcase kits have been very enjoyable for them to create and explore. I really hope they’ll be a toy our children play with for years and years.
And once I finally told them that they didn’t have to follow the instructions, or build things exactly as they were designed, they got even more excited to put pieces together and create on their own with the Legos. For now, they are the perfect way to enjoy the summer and play on the go.
Have you bought a LEGO Juniors kit for your kids?
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