Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Do all boys love Lego?

Thought this parenting journey I have been trying to avoid the lure of brands and TV characters in favour of toys and activities that we make ourselves or are 'educational' in that they are open ended in their design.  I hope this doesn't sound pompous or self righteous but I just hate the amount of advertisements that children are exposed to on a daily basis and I do anything I can to reduce it to as little as possible.

I'm happy therefore to say that when Freddy sees a batman t shirt or a plain red one he has no preference and I don't waste money.  I hope this can last a while longer too :)

I also don't subscribe to the 'pink for girls' and 'blue for boys' approach to clothing and toys - something that I find extremely prevalent in the UK and France but thankfully not so in Sweden.  But that's a whole other post there.

Anyway what I wanted to talk about is Lego. On the one hand it goes against our love of natural materials but on the other it's amazing just how much Freddy (3 years) loves it! It's almost like when he got to 30 months old a chip was activated inside his head which made him just love building things with the stuff.

It's wonderful to watch him sitting with his papa and building all number of different vehicles and here he is playing with his cousin.  It seems to be such a universally loved toy that crosses the generation gaps like few other.
So lego.....you can stay!


  1. My little boy is 15 months old and already loves building with his duplo or megablocks! His Daddy is just as fanatical about Lego so they have lots of fun together just building duplo towers and cars at the moment!

    Caz x

  2. Nice to see them having fun together.

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  5. I definitely think it's a boy-thing (and some girls too, but definitely boys) - and it is the ONE plastic thing I allow in my son's toys (some items have plastic pieces, but even he will tell you he prefers real wood, metal and the like).

    Snobby or not, I'm with you on the tv stuff! We went to a Lego store opening event once and they were building Buzz Lightyear (from Toy Story) - my son didn't have a clue! But he was happy to build, and a couple of years later at age 8 he did watch one of the Toy Story movies. He says, "It was an interesting story with the "living" toys, but I really don't care for the animation. I'd rather not see it again."

    Yay! Success!

  6. Always checking in here to see how you are going. Hope all is well.

  7. Coucou! J'arrive sur ton blog grâce au blog de Maman Mymou et au swap culturel international auquel je participe. Chez nous aussi on adore les lego! Mon mari 30 ans y joue énormément! D'ailleurs en octobre, nous visiterons Legoland au Danemark.

  8. Mine no so much just because we don't have them (yet?), but he owns a big bucket full of those bigger ones Mega Blocks (for toddlers), and he likes to play with them, occasionally. I also don't like the color coding for boys and girls. I had a hard time to find nice, colorful clothes for my boy, especially now, as he is getting bigger and clothes tend to become darker, with strange writings or pictures on them (skulls for small children? superheroes of any sort for boys?, no thank you). I guess, I will have the same problem with girly clothing, right now I only see stuff in pink, with ruffles, or glitter... no so baby like, as I wish.
    Greetings from Montreal,


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