Sunday, January 25, 2009

Our First Lego Build

Sammy received his first Lego set for Christmas. Seeing what's involved in putting these sets together, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I suggested it to my father. I mean, who in their right mind would suggest a 471 piece Lego set for their 7 year old son. Even the box says it's for ages 8 and up.

Now that I finally got our school table clean (again), the kids asked if we could put Sammy's Lego set together. I agreed so we started on it tonight


Here we at the beginning of our endeavor. The non-verbal, picture-only directions seemed to suggest that we should avoid putting the set together in the grass and to use a table instead. Seemed reasonable enough. Then it told us to sort the pieces. We did the best we could. We're half way done sorting in this photo.

There's a LOT of tiny pieces there!

I quickly realized why the box says ages 8 and up. Even when the picture clearly showed this blue piece going on this exact hole facing this direction, my kids tried putting them in other locations. Clearly, they need help learning to "read" these picture directions.

As we worked on the set, I realized that it seemed to be as complicated as an engine...lots and lots of parts that have to go exactly the correct way to work. My goodness! Lego should be a required prerequisite for pursuing an engineering degree!

Can you tell I've never put together a Lego set before?


Here's the product of an hour's worth of work. Inspiring, isn't it?


Here's a photo of the table at the end of an hour. See the piece we put together in the center? Se all the pieces not yet put together? We've got a long way to go.

I wonder how many hours we'll end up putting into this thing before we're done.

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2 Comments:

~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

You'll spend a lot more hours putting it together than it'll take them to tear it apart! LOL I vow to never put together another Lego model. ;)

Too Many Hats said...

My boys love Legos - well, the 13 year old is over them now, but the 11 year old still enjoys them. We don't buy sets anymore or ask for them for gifts because we have a HUGE Rubbermaid tub full of them and ds-11 just dives in and creates whenever he wants to. That is the beauty of Lego. When ds-11 was little, say 5 or 6, my older ds would tell him how to build and he would click all the pieces together. He quickly began to understand what those crazy picture directions meant and could do the whole thing on his own - I am sure Sammy will be all over it soon enough. Anyways, we do beleive that ds-11 will be an engineer or architect or something involving building when he grows up and yes, Legos are perfect training :)