If I could chose only one toy for my kids, LEGO® bricks would be the one. Seriously, we could part with just about everything else and thrive with just our bins of LEGO® bricks. This toy increases intelligence and encourages creativity in ways that few other toys do. Constructing a spaceship develops design skills, but it also encourages math skills. I need a brick that is 8 studs long, but I don’t have one. Which bricks can I substitute to fill that space? What pieces can I choose to make my space ship the same on both sides (symmetrical)? How can I change the opening of this car so that my guy can fit in without the roof getting stuck on his head?
We have three LEGO® books available that will inspire hours of creative building. Spark your child’s imagination with new ideas for that bucket of bricks and taken-apart sets. There is no need to keep buying endless new sets! Make good use of what you have!
Here are the three titles, and then I’ll tell you more about each one farther down this page. Click the links to order.
NEW! Genius LEGO® Inventions with Bricks You Already Have
Build amazing inventions with real moving parts! This book is full of step-by-step instructions to build 40 gadgets and machines that will inspire hours of tinkering and designing.
PLUS – kids will be learning too! Each page is packed with physics and engineering vocabulary and concepts. Each project has an explanation of the science behind it, and then there are “Did You Know?” boxes scattered throughout the book with more fun facts.
The book will also give kids access to an exclusive website with short video demonstrations of each project.
There’s something for everyone in this book! The chapters include:
Marvelous Moving Robots
Terrific Mechanical Toys
Invent and Imagine (projects on a minifigure scale)
Construct and Compete Buildable Games
Here’s a preview of the projects included:
This video is a sneak peek and is not the same as the video clips that you’ll get access to upon purchasing the book. 🙂
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Both books are designed to be a springboard for new ideas. I’ve heard from several families that Awesome LEGO® Creations launched a flurry of LEGO® building in their homes! Both books feature step-by-step photographic instructions for the projects, which will teach your child new building techniques and also remove the frustration of seeing a project but not being able to figure out which pieces were used to build it. My sister-in-law reported that the book increased my 5 year old niece’s building level. After building several of the projects in the book, she now designs her own creations that are more complicated and detailed than before.
The instructions provided in these books, however, are not meant to be rigid. If kids don’t have the exact colors or bricks used in the book, they can substitute their own. They can build the creations like we did, or create their own version with their own spin on it. The books are simply meant to inspire new ideas!
This book is full of 50 new LEGO® projects to build!
The chapters include:
- Robot Lab
- The World of Knights and Dragons
- Cars, Trucks, and Things That Fly
- It’s a Great Day in LEGO® Town
- Make it Work! LEGO® Contraptions
- Wild Animals
- Build and Play! LEGO® Games
- LEGO® All Year
Kids will have a blast building robots, epic dragons, a siege tower, a working crossbow, airplanes, wild animals, a chess set, a working candy machine, and more.
Barnes and Noble: Awesome LEGO® Creations with Bricks You Already Have
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To read more about this book and see sample pages, click here: Awesome LEGO® Creations Sneak Peak
This book is all about building a story! As humans, we are wired to love stories, and a good story becomes a lifelong memory. My kids will return to a favorite story over and over! In Epic LEGO® Adventures with Bricks You Already Have, kids can read along with five hilarious adventure stories and then build all of the creations in the stories. They will create a crazy space world where astronauts crash land their spaceship and some hilarious aliens cause trouble with their malfunctioning space blaster. Then build a science lab where bugs grow to enormous sizes and create all kinds of mayhem. Create a world where dinosaurs come to modern times (the baby dinosaurs are adorable!). My favorite chapter features the hysterical adventures of Tex Alexander and his sidekick Bill as they search for the missing piece of the Crystal Bunny! (Wait until you see the bunny – and what the missing piece is!)
The chapters are:
- Crash Landing on the Moon
- Dinosaurs on the Loose
- Tex Alexander and the Quest for the Crystal Bunny
- The Best Worst Camping Trip Ever
- Dr. Martin’s Mutant Bug Lab
Barnes and Noble: Epic LEGO® Adventures with Bricks You Already Have
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