As an avid adult collector of Lego, and a father, there are times where my son wants to play with my Lego. I mean, who wouldn’t?! But I feel myself watching to make sure none of the bits are broken and more important, lost!
Being a responsible parent, you should be watching a young child to make sure they do not swallow the small pieces, they can be a choking hazard after all and let’s be honest, the other important reason is, you do not want to be going through… err… to find a digested bit of Lego.
Over the years, we have built up a good collection of Lego, from the Saturn V rocket to the Simpsons House, Airport set to Trains, we have spent hours playing, building and inventing new models… oh, and breaking them. There is nothing worse as an AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego) than having broken models and no amount of watching like a hawk, can stop Lego from being broken by a youngen and the inevitable pain of standing on the bits as you rush over to make sure no further damage is done! So how is it you can enjoy the joy of Lego without the fear of your most precious models being broken and bits lost forever?
As your child get’s older, at least this is what I really hope for mine, they will learn how to repair what they break and will naturally be more careful, not losing all the bits. But, in the meantime, I have been wanting to enjoy Lego with my son so decided on a radical solution, get more Lego!
Lego is a system, a system where you can encourage fine motor skills, imagination and communication, least this is what I have found, so I thought it important to have some Lego especially for my son to play with where we could build, modify, play and break. Now, I am not overly well-off, so I have to justify the cost and see how I can reduce it:
- I scaled websites, high and low to find a Lego Classic Set which we could start of a collection with. You can find them at a low price of £10 for a small box and you can get loads of ideas of small builds from the little instruction book you get. Look for boxes with “Ideas Included”.
- Car boot sales (or similar apps and for sale groups) is a goldmine of Lego. By putting in the effort, I have managed to increase the number of sets and spare bricks by a large amount. You have to be careful though, there is alot of fake Lego out there, my tip is to take a blanket, tip the boxes upside down to empty them and make sure they are not trying to hide the cheap and tacky knock-off’s at the bottom. Why a blanket? Simple, so much easier to poor it all back in.
- Look out for bits that could be of value… this is linked to the above point but from time to time, you will find some older complete sets or minifigs that, to the right person, are worth some dosh. Split out what is valuable and by selling it, I’ve managed to help fund my unhealthy Lego obsession.
- Use new sets as a reward for learning new skills. I gave some coin to my son and he wants to buy Lego with it most the time but, from time to time, he has also saved for a larger treat for himself (like a bigger box of Lego). He is only young but he is learning some basic money management skills very young and understands everything has a price, and to pay for it, you have to work for it.
So, the result of all this is a fast-growing Lego collection where are building up a collection of brick’s and sets at a cost that is not high. And what is better, my own models that I display are much safer from little hands!