It is NO SECRET that we love LEGO around here! Just the other day, my oldest son put together his 1100 piece At-At walker in under 2 hours. LEGO is pretty much all we live and breathe some days, or at least it feels like it. We love learning with LEGO, playing with LEGO, and even creating LEGO gifts kids can make on their own.
In our house, we do not put an emphasis on gift giving. In fact, you can read about our alternative gift giving guide to understand a little more. One thing we do love to do is make gifts. Whether it is birthday, Christmas, or just because… there is something special about a gift from the heart and a gift that had thought and effort put into it. Today, we have gathered up our favorite LEGO gifts and we think you will like them too!
This year, the boys are planning to make Lego Calm Down Jars for all of their cousins, because they love theirs so much!
One of our favorite crafts last year, were Lego Snow Globes. We had some requests for personalized jars this year from friends and neighbors, so this is back on our list to do this year.
What Grandma or Grand-Dude (that’s what we call him) wouldn’t love a Lego Frame with the latest drawing or photo from the kids?
If you have a kid that loves sensory play as much as mine do, they will love making and giving these Lego Travel Sensory Bins.
For Father’s Day, the boys made Lego Cuff-links for all the men in the family and they were the hit of the party!
We have not made Lego Soap Bottles yet, but when the boys saw them the other day, they wanted to know what we were waiting on.
We love the idea of Lego Bracelets for both friends, moms, and grandmas. I know I would sport one of these if the kids made them for me (hint: hope Papa Bear is reading this).
If bracelets aren’t your thing, someone you know is sure to love this adorable Lego necklace!
I am pretty sure if a student had brought me this Lego pencil holder as a gift, I would have given them As the rest of the year. Kidding. (Kind of).
Finally, last but not least, if you know someone that loves candy, your kids might love making them this amazing Lego Candy Dispenser.
Before you tell me that your kids would tear these apart to get to the LEGO , or your kids would be the opposite of calm if you put a LEGO figure in a jar… I want to tell you my son is a tad obsessed. Part of having sensory processing disorder means that he is unable to be flexible with things others might not understand. When we first made our LEGO calm down jars, I was sure he would be upset. However, he wasn’t.
In fact, it has become quite clear as we continue to manipulate his LEGO (like in slime and other fun activities) he rolls with the punches. I have come to the conclusion that it is mostly due to the fact that he has control. He is the one choosing the LEGO that go in each craft, he is the one choosing what craft is made, and he is the one choosing who we give them to.
So, I want to oencourage you to try. If you think your child will be upset, talk to them about it. If you think they will meltdown when you make these for them… involve them.
Try those tips and let me know how it goes. Because, honestly, how cool are some of these LEGO gifts kids can make on their own?
Now, for the exciting announcement. Well, I am so excited to announce that my new book, The Unofficial Guide to Learning with LEGO® – 100+ Inspiring Ideas, is almost ready! In fact, it went off to the printer just yesterday! This is a book I have co-authored with several of my other friends who love and adore Lego Learning Ideas. The book is full of inspiring Lego learning ideas that are perfect for any age child! We have even started a new Facebook group devoted to learning with Lego and we would love to have you join us!
If you want to be the first to know when the book is available and you want some of the fun bonus offers just for you, be sure to fill out this survey form and be on the lookout for a Bonus printable very soon!
As I mentioned before, this is part of a week long celebration of all things LEGO over at Toddler Approved. She and a group of us bloggers will be sharing LEGO ideas on our blogs and Facebook Pages all week long!
I will be sharing, pinning and collecting all the great posts from the week. You can follow along by following my LEGO LEARNING board on Pinterest.
Do you have a favorite LEGO activity? What are your favorite simple summer fun ideas? I would love to hear! Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram or subscribe by email. I can’t wait to hear your ideas.