We are in the middle of a heat wave in Boston, and even the kids are water logged from the pool and choosing to lounge around in the air conditioning.  However I refuse to let them spend their summer stuck in front of a screen.
I want them to use their imaginations, be creative, and when needed follow directions.  Luckily their favorite activity, building with LEGO bricks, allows them to do all that!

My house is packed with LEGO sets.  We have ships, castles, cars, and more.  However we have never bought a LEGO® Classic set and I’m not sure why.  LEGO® Classic gives builders a “no instructions necessary” building experience that my kids really enjoy.  The set comes with a book of inspiration that highlights the building possibilities to inspire endless play.  Plus these sets are perfect for so many age groups, both my 7 year old and 11 year old play with the Lego Classic set all the time, building houses, vehicles, flowers, and more.

To show how creative kids can be with LEGO sets, last year Anthony had to come up with a STEM class presentation for the annual town fair.  He was able to build a rescue bot that was remote control operated and held a camera.  I love how LEGO opens their minds in a way that no other toy does.

Do your kids need some unstructured fun?  We all get bogged down with sports, lessons, and planned play.  LEGO is the perfect way to let your kids minds free to be creative.  Check out this awesome video by LEGO Systems and world-renowned improv group, The Upright Citizens Brigade. They teamed up to show that all you need is a few bricks for hours of fun, inspiration and “out of the box thinking.” They encourage kids, parents and families to “don’t think” and let your creative juices flow.

Here are some great tips from LEGO Master Builders and Upright Citizens Brigade Experts, to have a fun improv activity at home:Warm up to building.
Building can be satisfying and fun even if it’s simple. Try a tower-building exercise to get your creative juices flowing. Take a pile of bricks and build a tower of any height or width – your only constraints are to start and end with your favorite color. Why? Building is intuitive. A sure-fire way to unlock your creativity is to just start clicking bricks together. Giving yourself a simple exercise with one or two guidelines is an easy way to get started.

Build your world.
Look around right now. Are you in the kitchen? Outside on the porch? In your family room? Focus on a favorite object and try and build it. Don’t dwell on the details just focus on the general shape or color and add one distinguishing detail.

The bricks tell a story.
Ask yourself a question and build the answer. Start with something simple like, “What’s my favorite day of the week?” and then build what Thursday looks like to you. Share the story out loud even if you’re by yourself. Why? The act of snapping bricks together helps us come to decisions and formulate ideas faster and more clearly. You’ll find if you set out to build an answer to a question that the building flows easily and you’ll amaze yourself with your skills and insights.

LEGO Classic consists of ten sets, ranging from $16.99 to $59.99, make the perfect solution for gift-givers or for families looking to add to an existing LEGO collection or inspire their child to try building.

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

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