Do your kids love building with LEGO®? Mine do, especially my son. While I love how playing with LEGOs inspires them to build wonderfully imaginative and grand creations such as super robot creatures and towering buildings, I’m not a fan of stepping on stray and oddly shaped pieces in bare feet in the middle of the night! So The Hubs and I recently converted the train table in the kidlet’s playroom into their very own private LEGO land where they can display their masterful creations and store the seemingly millions of pieces my son has!
As most parents have found out, building with LEGOs has gotten way more involved and sophisticated than when we were little. My box of LEGOs had about four different sizes that came in only four different colors. Now my son gets kits with hundreds of pieces, many of which are very tiny and very specific. Since they are pretty sophisticated and pretty detailed, often I am the one who wins up putting them together-which is fine, if they would actually STAY together! So what do you do when your kid pulls apart that 890 piece replica of the Death Star that you built for him one evening over several hours (and several glasses of Pinot?). Luckily, there is a series of books with a lot of great ideas.
When the opportunity to get a copy of Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney came up, I jumped at the chance to review the book with my son. See, Sean Kenney is sort of a LEGO rock star. He’s professional artist who owns nearly 2 million pieces of LEGO which he uses to make incredible sculptures and models. This is his sixth LEGO-inspired building books for kids.
Cool Creations in 35 Pieces is a fun how-to book of LEGO models you can build with just 35 common LEGO pieces. Using these same pieces over and over, the book shows you how to make 75 different creations including robots, sci-fi spacecraft, buildings, furniture, household objects, vehicles, goofy faces, animals and even aliens!
The book features step-by-step building directions coupled with vivid and detailed pictures. I also liked that none of the 35 pieces used in this book were what I would consider “rare” and had to go out special and buy. If you own even just one or two LEGO building kits, you should have all the pieces — granted not necessarily all in the same color –on hand already.
The first creation my son made was a robot. My son, who just turned six, was easily able to follow the directions and photos all on his own and had Robot DK0937 (most of the other robots had cute names like Blurg, Tubbs, Scraps and Zook’d) put together in a matter of minutes. He spent hours occupied going through the book, putting together the easy-to-follow creations, all on his own.
This is a fun book and one that any LEGO builder would enjoy – boy or girl! Cool Creations in 35 Pieces is a hardcover book, retails for a reasonable $12.99 and is available at both traditional bookstores and online retailers like Amazon.
Now it’s your turn to share. What would you build with LEGOs?
For Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a copy of the book Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney to review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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