I don’t know about you, but I love Legos. Not the fancy, branded sets that build one thing or maybe two, the latest $99 starships, $199 Harry Potter sets, or $399 kits to build the death star (what?). I love the basic, red, green, yellow, blue, and white sets that are an open-ended invitation for children to use their imagination and play, building houses, bases, creatures, skyscrapers — where ever their imagination takes them that day.
My children are getting good at the kits (oh, we have ’em), and they’ve always made their own “jet zoomers” to zoom around the house, but now they’re discovering the beauty of open-ended construction with the little bricks, and oh, it’s beautiful. Widget and I spent yesterday morning constructing a “base” and some vehicles with his little guys and all of our blocky bricks, and it was beautiful. Just the perfect way to spend the day with your kindergartner (and his 103′ fever).
When he went to bed, I went online to grab some more bricks, so his next “base” could be more than a few bricks high, and we could build a skyscraper more than four bricks wide. I thought it would be easy to find the basic sets online, the ones that we used to have, before they all got so specialized and intricate (which I do love, for older children, but for littles? bring on the bricks!). It wasn’t easy, so I asked my twitter peeps. And they answered — in spades!
Where have all the basic legos gone?
There are two easy ways to find them, locally at your Toys R Us, Walmart, or Lego store, or online at lego.com. The magic words are “basic bricks.” Here are two sets that I recommend if you’re looking for “just the bricks, ma’am”:
The little set is $12.99 for 280 bricks. I’m picking up a bunch for birthday parties. (You’ve been warned.)
This post was not sponsored or prompted by anyone or anything — it’s just too hard to find these things, and I wanted to help make it easier for others looking for the same thing. This is for you, @yankeedrawl and friends — and a big THANK YOU for all the ideas to @mommy4cocktails @canape @minkymoo @angiekeenan @pgoodness @verybloggybeth @brandie185 @ejwillingham @bigbluemomma @squawky @nowseriouslykid @jodifur @centsiblelife @velma @thejesterman @joufy and @joeymom who made great suggestions, including legos.com, Toys R Us, WalMart, Target, Amazon, the Lego store, CraigsList, yard sales, and eBay. Some of you are a lot more patient than I am. :-0