Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1. Day 275. I spy with my little eye...

 In light rain, the queue snaked around the Hamyyn Harris Pavilion in the Mount Gravatt Showgrounds this morning as a large crowd gathered to witness Brisbane's first annual Lego fan expo.
Those bricks which can cause no end of pain when you step or when you open your wallet to grow the collection are celebrating their 50th year in Australia this year.
If today's turnout is anything to go by the popularity of the Lego is showing no sign of waning. Certainly the exhibit passed Naia's close inspection today.
Lego is one of those great toys limited only by your imagination with an appeal that spans people of all ages. It is a strong person who can see a partially completed Lego building on a table and not be tempted to add a block.
For today's post I shall borrow from the wisdom of  Steve Klusmeyer who believes many of life's important lessons can be learned from Lego. Such as
  •  Size doesn't matter. When stepped on in the dark, a 2X2 LEGO brick causes the same amount of pain as a 2X8 brick.
  • All Lego men are created equal (1.5625 inches tall). What they become is limited only by imagination.
  • There is strength in numbers. When the bricks stick together, great things can be accomplished.
  • Playtime is important. Sometimes it doesn't matter what you are building, as long as you're having fun.
  • Disaster happens. But the pieces can be put back together again.
  • Every brick has a purpose. Some are made for a specific spot—most can adapt almost anywhere—but every one will fit somewhere.
  • Color doesn't matter. A blue brick will fit in the same space as a red brick.
  • No one is indispensable. If one brick is unavailable, another can take its place.
  • It doesn't always turn out as planned. Sometimes it turns out better. If it doesn't, you can always try again."
And most of the people there today probably thought they were just seeing amazing constructions built from coloured pieces of very expensive plastic. Nope, Lego is not just child's play.


  1. I love Lego and think z is falling in love too. He will sit and mostly push pieces together rather than build something yet but you can see he loves it!

  2. %Totally absorbed, the beauty of lego!

  3. how many kids dont like lego? it was voted the most favourite toy in a top 100 countdown programme of the most popular kids toys in UK recently. i like the comments made by Steve - he and they make a lot of sense.
    you have captured the girl's curiosity very well x

  4. My son has become a lego fanatic in recent months. It's taken over from Playmobil for us as the number one toy.

  5. In one way, I'm actually quite grateful that The Boy shows no enthusiasm for Lego whatsoever, he's just not into construction. Lovely photograph, very cheeky.

    Thanks for linking up

  6. Can't wait for my two to get a bit bigger so we can move on from Duplo to proper Lego!!

  7. We love lego in our house especially me and its a great way of bond with the girls (until they put a brick in the wrong place)

  8. Such a brilliant post and I love those comments about Lego, all so very true! We have a house full of Lego and we have spent many happy hours building nothing in particular. It is amazing stuff and every child should have some.

  9. Great lessons! Worthy of a post. And the photo is very cute. I can see her working out how they built it!

  10. I can remember playing with Lego when I was young and still love it today. Our grandon of 21 months has recently had his first box of Duplo. The grownups got just as much out of it as he did.
    More facts:
    On average there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth
    There are 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks

  11. What an awesome post: love all those facts

  12. three of my 5 ,oved lego and would sit for hrs with it, Bob builds his models and leaves them built.