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Oh glorious day. My 4-1/2 year old built his first sets on his own today.

Oh glorious day. My 4-1/2 year old built his first sets today with no help. I skipped dulpo and we went strait from big mega bloks to lego bricks around 3 years old for him. For the last year he has been building but I will show him what things are and would help him follow the instructions. Well today he was working on 200 piece set. We had separated the parts he always builds all the people. While he was doing that I went to help my daughter with something I told him I would be back in a few minutes and we would start. I returned and he had already put together 30 pieces from the manual. I just let him build the whole thing he built 3 or 4 small sets today by the instructions with only a couple questions while doing it. I only saw a couple minor mistakes like having a 1x1 slope in the wrong place. Even better he can tell me what almost all the basic shapes are by the correct name. Its so wonderful. I spent the first year rebuilding a bunch of sets now he plays with them very well and will try and fix minor breaks on his sets. Or he will being them to me if its something like and X-Wing crash.

Anyway I just had to share my joy with those that would understand my wife and daughter just don't get it.


  • FrictionPinFrictionPin Member Posts: 144
    What a great story. My son also started building on his own at age 4 so I completely understand your joy. By age 7 he built Cafe Corner on his own and today he's 12, but starting to lose some interest in building. Enjoy the time together and cherish it every day, as it goes by very fast.
  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    Awesome. My son is just starting to get the gist of following the manual. I usually fish out the pieces needed for each step, but I've noticed he's picking it up pretty fast.

    I find it hard not to jump in if he's struggling, but I try and guide him on the right track if he's a bit lost. He's also picking up on what the names of the elements are, which is great to hear!
  • legogallegogal Member Posts: 754
    Wow! These are wonderful examples of why LEGO are a great toy for young ones. My son did the same at four, and could build just about anything they make by age ten. It is so much fun watching your child enjoy building with LEGO (as opposed
  • CrowkillersCrowkillers Member Posts: 757
    That's awesome! My wife and I got our 6 year old nephew his first Technic sets for Christmas(The two Pullback Racers) and my brother-in-law sent us pictures today of him building the models and he said that he didn't need any help.. They were small sets, but still impressive for his age.
  • AndyPolAndyPol Member Posts: 402
    Enjoy it, but be aware if he gets better, you won't get a look in! I bought the Winter Village Market this year and my son built the entire set himself. Not bad for a 7 year old! Apart from being a great toy, LEGO is a great educational tool and so many skills come from playing with it.
  • StuBoyStuBoy Member Posts: 623
    My wife built her first sets today! They were 2 Toy Story sets for my son. I asked if she was getting addicted to Lego and she said 'No, just sick of not being included' :)
  • PolynicesPolynices Member Posts: 25
    Congratulations. Great story. My boys both started somewhere around the same age and we made the same jump straight from giant mega bloks to regular LEGO.

    One thing we do to share the building of new sets is they "let" me dig the pieces out of the pile and then they assemble them without further help.
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