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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.
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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!
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.