LEGO® and the Gifted Visual-Spatial Child
LEGO® Is there not a more perfect toy? Boys, girls, toddlers, children and adults – everyone loves LEGO®! I would venture to claim that LEGO® are the most ubiquitous, most well-known, most-often-purchased, and THE most popular toy on the planet! Who doesn’t love LEGO® except for the parent getting up in the middle of the night in the dark and stepping on a LEGO® with bare feet? YIKES!
LEGO® are definitely an ingenious multi-use toy that has stood the test of time. The thoughts and ideas of what one can do with LEGO® keep building and growing, one idea upon the next, exponentially: construction, learning, Math, Science, art, music, transportation, engineering, robotics, Geometry, parks, stores, events…. oh this list can truly be endless. Endless possibilities, just like the toy itself!
For our gifted children, especially our visual-spatial learners, LEGO® would almost seem essential to their development. Gifted visual-spatial learners have unique characteristics and traits, and when perusing the many checklists of traits found on various sites on the internet, “loves to play with LEGO®” is always a trait on these “is your child a visual-spatial learner?” lists.
My own gifted visual-spatial son had several large containers of LEGO® bricks in each room in the house – baskets, storage ottomans, drawers, chests – you name it, it contained LEGO® bricks because they HAD to be very handy to fulfill his spontaneous, immediate and desperate need for LEGO®, right then and there! The scope of his LEGO®
addiction obsession affinity? He has two, yes, two roll-out trundle beds meant to fit a single mattress, both FULL to the brim with LEGO® bricks, and that is not all of his LEGO® collection either! I want to thank hand-me-downs, garage sales, Craig’s List and eBay for helping us with his LEGO® collection!
LEGO®! Versatile – can double as a toy ensuring hours of fun as well as a teaching tool to build visual and spatial skills. Educational – can be used to introduce, build and reinforce new concepts and skills. Imaginative – the creations that can be built are only limited by a child’s imagination. The possibilities are quite endless.
The following is just a small sample of LEGO® facts, resources and links to add to your list of infinite LEGO® possibilities!
TEN FUN & INTERESTING LEGO® FACTS
- There is a bit of an ongoing debate over the grammatically correct plural form of Lego® when referring to more than one Lego® brick: LEGO®, LEGOs®, or LEGO’s®. Here is a blog post on “The Brick Blogger” about this:
- The LEGO® brick was patented in 1958.
- LEGO® founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, came up with the name LEGO® from the Danish words LEG GODT which means “play well”.
- LEGO® was founded in Denmark in 1932. The toy is 82 years old.
- LEGO® was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998 and named “Toy of the Century” in 2000.
- LEGO® bricks are part of a universal system, so your bricks from today would snap on to an original brick from 1932!
- There have been enough LEGO® bricks produced for every human being on Earth to have at least 86 bricks each!
- LEGO® bricks come in 58 different colors
- The moulds used in production are accurate to within five my (=0.005mm) which means that only 18 elements in every million products fail to meet the high quality standards of LEGO®.
- The first minifig was produced in 1978, but had no printed facial features. Since then, 4 billion minifigs have been produced making it the world’s largest population group.
Google Chrome and LEGO® teamed up to create “Build With Chrome”
LEGO® KidsFest – Held at many locations throughout the U. S. and Canada
LEGO® on SOCIAL MEDIA – Get the latest news, updates and much more
LEGO STORES, PARKS
LEGO® Stores – List of stores around the world
The Art of the Brick. A site by LEGO® artist, Nathan Sawaya
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