Friday, November 13, 2009

LEGO: One-trick pony, or creative inspiration?

When we were kids, LEGOs were just bricks, and you built whatever you want with them. (I liked the basic bricks best...I never knew what to do with the windows and other one-use objects.)

Now, Jason Kottke argues that LEGOs are too single-use, that you can't find plain old LEGOs as easily, and it's harshing kids' imagination because they just build what's on the box.

Lilly at Girlhacker strongly disagrees, and finds that her son loves to build the new kits, and doesn't feel his creativity's squashed at all.

Kell's too young to do much with her garage-sale box o' MegaBloks yet, so I can't really weigh in with much experience, but I'm sure I'll find out soon. But I have to say I kind of love the LEGO Indiana Jones (home page here, including the heart-pounding Indy theme music).

And this really makes me want to look at the Brick Testament again...the Bible via LEGOs!

1 comment:

Kiwimommy said...

I actually had Loc-Bloc. Maybe they were like the poor man's Legos? They were only red, white and blue. I loved them nonetheless!