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Unleashed Creativity

  • Posted on January 17, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Alex’s teacher mentioned that he’d been playing with Legos at school. We’ve had Legos in the past, though they were usually reserved for Brandon. We didn’t want the younger boys playing with Legos, because of the mouthing issues, so we’d stuck with Mega Blocks for them. The boys had changed, but our patterns hadn’t. So, this Christmas, when I took my brother with me to shop for the boys’ presents, my brother picked out a big box of Legos-substitute. (All the Legos came in predetermined constructions and we wanted enough blocks for Alex to make whatever he wanted.)

Alex was really excited to receive a box of blocks, and when we got home Mark unearthed all our Legos blocks that had been hidden away—here and I’d thought he’d gotten rid of them! Now, Alex had three boxes of blocks to play with. He got started right away, trying different things, exploring what he could do with the blocks.

Then, during his first day back to school, Mark and I went through Alex’s room and cleaned out all the miscellaneous things, discarded two mattresses and boxsprings, replaced them with a single mattress, and put in a toy chest. We also placed all three boxes of blocks in Alex’s room. This left a lot of open space for Alex to play and explore his blocks in.

He’d had his blocks for a week and his “new” room for a day, when he made this:

Then, he made this:
A House made out of multi-colored Lego blocks with a door, windows, and white picket fence.

My brother, who is studying to be an architect and grew up playing with Legos, was very impressed. He took pictures, made them into Tweets, and shared them with others. The general consensus is, “The boy’s got talent!”