(Written by Sabrina Vaes)
I have recently had the opportunity to review the #10702 LEGO Classic Creative Building Set for a market research done by the LEGO Company. As my children Cali (7) and Dallas (5) opened the box they exclaimed; “It’s a treasure box of rainbow colors!” They both were so excited to start building! The challenge given to us was to create whatever we could think of with each prepackaged bag of different colors within five minutes or so. So we began working on our project…
Cali choose to work with the blue and green bag first. There were lots of pieces that were sloped and great for building a house of some sort. This bag also included several flat plates, which could be used as bases to build on top of. Cali quickly decided she wanted to create “a China hotel with a garden and pond”. I was amazed at her creativity to build a town by just viewing the pieces. I had her sort the pieces by color first before building. I think her creation turned out fantastic!
Dallas picked the bag with black and grey pieces. It was a little bit more challenging because the parts were pretty random. I had him sort the pieces by color first, and he decided he was going to make “a tire shop that sold car batteries”. Again, I found it incredible how he could come up with that idea after just looking at the pieces. His tire shop and garage looked awesome, and he even made car batteries and a place to keep the extra tires. He was so pleased with his work!
Next up was the bag filled with orange and yellow pieces. These parts looked like they were going to be great for a math session! First we learned about counting by twos and fours. Then we spent some extra time adding and subtracting bricks. Cali and Dallas loved learning math with LEGO, and I have found the process to be very helpful during our homeschooling session.
The last two bags in the set were a fall assortment of colors with reds and browns in one bag, and a pinks and purples in the other. We continued incorporating the set with our homeschooling lessons and talked about different shapes. I gave Cali and Dallas different bags and asked them to point out which shape I was referring to.
The #10702 LEGO Classic Creative Building Set also comes with instructions and suggestions for various models, but for this review we stayed with the task of using just one bag of colors at a time. Both Cali and Dallas enjoyed the process of building whatever their imagination could think of even with the limitations, and built some really impressive creations.
Also, we all enjoyed the process of using the set for home educational purposes. It was fun to be able to sit down and build with my children. I give this set two thumps up, and will recommend it to my fellow LEGO loving homeschoolers. Also, if you get this, or any other LEGO Classic set, make sure you keep the very sturdy and well designed box – it works great for storage! If you would like to check out the current selection, they are available under the LEGO Classic section of the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Classic sets? Do you have any of them already? And are you using them for challenges and fun builds, or even education? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! And if you are a parent who uses LEGO in your children’s education, I would love to hear about your lesson plans! 🙂
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