Parents have often asked me, “How do I keep the kids occupied this summer?” Our friends at LEGO® JUNIORS as part of Clever Girls campaign have provided Dallas Single Mom with two complimentary LEGO® JUNIORS Suitcase sets.
We sat on the airplane and he looked out the window pointing at all of the other airplanes. His first plane ride was when he was 6 months old. A long 8 hour flight to Maui and this was probably his second airplane ride. On the other hand his sister just 14 months older is a pro at traveling, responsible for her own trolley and adept at hand held devices and games to keep her busy. So is the life of a family travel blogger and writer. My moment of pride is typically how well behaved they are and how they beam when the Delta Airlines flight attendant pins wings to their shirt. They love wearing their wings even when they don’t fly. For as many times as we fly I have had no real issues yet and a perfect record of ZERO toddler tantrums. On this particular trip each of them carried their little LEGO® JUNIORS suitcase in both red and pink and people would comment and ask “Where can I get one?” Unfortunately I did not allow the kids to play with it on the plane because I was worried about losing pieces and I was not about to hunt for pieces under a seat in an airplane. You could open up the suitcase on the tray table, but it might be a little bit uncomfortable for my two who are both under 5. I’d recommend an older child of possibly 6 or 7 that are mindful of their toys being better adept at opening it on a plane. It is a perfect to fit under an airline seat or in the overhead compartment securely.
Summer Family Travel Concerns
As families zip around the country for summer vacation or as kids head to a babysitter or Grandma’s house while mom and dad have to work, there are always a few concerns. Will they be a handful? Will they get bored? Will they just sit around and watch television or play video games all day. I have been a little concerned about my youngest son and how behind he is on speech and development. He is very smart on his own terms and I’m always looking for toys, puzzles and games that can help stimulate his mind and spur creativity and curiosity. I’m also looking for a way to interact with my children that also teaches me a lot about myself so that I can learn how to better teach and communicate to my children. My daughter on the other hand is very bright but has had little to no interaction with LEGO except for a few small play sets people have bought for her over the years. I was excited to “try out” LEGO with both of my children as another way for us to interact. We have been to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine and we are planning a vacation to the LEGOLAND Hotel and Resort in Florida so there is excitement in the household about LEGO.
LEGO Juniors and their portable play possibilities
Ironman, the guy I’m dating, helped me out with setting up the play set for my daughter which included a supermarket suitcase complete with a kitty cat, flowers and vegetables. I helped my son put together a helicopter and a motorcycle play set that was part of the fire suitcase.
“I’ve seen you try to put together a bike, you need help!” is what Ironman told me and so I allowed him to help or I’d get confused putting both sets together at the same time. I’m guessing if this play set is meant for 4 to 7 year olds than a 36 year old woman could figure it out right? LEGO Juniors offers portable play with easy to understand instructions. Some benefits are the fact that it is portable and can help kids keep focus on one project at a time and stay entertained. So don’t leave home without it; the LEGO® JUNIORS Suitcase is the perfect travel companion to keep your youngster entertained this summer. Filled with an assortment of LEGO bricks and exciting role play components the suitcase is extremely portable— opening up a world of play possibilities anywhere you go! I learned as an adult I have very little patience – lol but it was fun to help my son learn to be gentle with small pieces and to get excited at every part we put in place. I thought the instructions were well laid out in drawings that identified each piece. The only drawback is that some of the tiny pieces almost looked the same in the drawing but it’s still easy to figure out. Once we got the fire set put together we could talk about what the fire hose does and what the fire department does. As for my daughter, she was able to talk her playset through with Ironman. Personally I was very proud of the play set I put together with my son. He enjoyed the LEGO people and putting on their helmets and backpacks. We loved it and I especially loved having one suitcase to hold each play set. The suitcases themselves could easily lock in place with bright yellow fasteners. The instruction booklets and pieces all fit inside. You can take the suitcases with you or neatly stack them on a shelf. The only drawback: Both kids trying to play with each other’s play set. However that can easily be fixed with our reward system and giving each the option to share and play together in building each set. I was ecstatic to discover this toy was a 2015 Winner for Best Preschool Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association, Inc. Rated the best “For toys created for children of any age that have a considerable electronic component involved. This includes “plug ‘n play” and interactive videos.”
LEGO Junior Verdict: A Buy!
I rate this as a definite buy. As a family travel blogger and freelance writer having activities for the kids that are portable and not all electronics based is a must. Even if they are just traveling to the babysitter’s house it not only teaches them to be creative and challenge their minds but it teaches them about the sequence in processes. What I mean is that it shows them Step 1 perform this action, Step 2 perform this action. This is such an important part of learning as they get older. For my son especially while this may have been a challenge I know that as he gets older he will eventually be able to do it himself.
So what’s next on the list of LEGO Junior Play sets? My son has a birthday coming up and he seems excited to try the LEGO Juniors Batman: Defend the Bat Cave and the LEGO Juniors Spider-man hideout (available at Target now).
Here are more things I have discovered about the LEGO Juniors site. The website includes a lot of apps and activities just for my little ones. You can download a memory game, print out yourself birthday kits (I’m going to do this for my son) as well as coloring pages – All FREE! There are also app games available on Android and iPhone to help kids ages 4 – 7 experience mini games in a special adventure. My children are very electronics oriented so I know that they will love this game along with the computer games available on the site. I agree with how LEGO tries to integrate not just creative imaginative play but also technology game play. These are all great tools for early childhood development.
Price: Around $19.99 and up
Where you can purchase the Item? Via the LEGO Juniors shopping site or major retailers like Amazon.com, Walmart, and Target.
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