My kids have always loved playing with LEGOS.
Gia has had LEGOS ever since she was big enough to play with them (and not choke on them) and since then we have just been adding to our collection of little plastic build-able bricks.
Funny background story: When he was about three or four years old, Miguel would often be heard repeating my words about the LEGOS. “Be careful of the choking hazards.” Miguel would have LEGOS all over the place when Diego was still small, and I was always worried that Diego might swallow one of the small pieces…and of course because I would always repeat myself about choking hazards, so Miguel would repeat after me…
Well, now that we have been living in Manila for almost 9 years, I am happy to say that we finally have THE FIRST OFFICIAL LEGO CERTIFIED STORE!!!
I was so excited to visit the store opening, not just for the kids…but also for myself. I have always enjoyed watching the kids play Lego together…they get really quiet, and then you see their little fingers moving and as they dig in the big box of LEGO surprises (They have mixed all the sets we have bought them together-so they are not OC like their Momma.) that’s usually when they start chatting again.
I was even more excited for this store opening because I knew that for every photo posted on social media which reflected the theme of education and with the hashtags #BrickstoClassrooms and #LegoStorePHxWV, The LEGO Store would donate Php100 to World Vision for building classrooms through the Malabon Brigada Eskwela Project.
In addition to this effort to raise funds to build more classrooms, during the grand opening LEGO sold the 30302 Spider-Man Glider V20 for only Php50.00 in support of rebuilding MORE classrooms in Malabon.
LEGO+EDUCATION= WIN WIN for EVERYONE!
There are quite a few benefits to playing with LEGOS. In case you didn’t know, I’ll list a few here:
- improve fine motor skills
- encourage creativity and imaginative play
- reinforces spatial awareness
- develops problem solving skills
- can help develop beginning math concepts (patterns) and counting
- encourages cooperative play
And did you also know that there is such a thing a LEGO THERAPY? I will have to look into this one, and get back to you some more on it, but for now, I’ll share all the fun things that the LEGO store has that’s ready for you and your kids!
There is the famous PICK A BRICK wall. This wall has all the different bricks assorted by color and by shape. You can choose your bricks, have them weighed and then pay Php 679.75 per 100 grams.
They also have this engraving machine for the bricks. You can pick your key chain and have up to ten letters (if all capitals) engraved on your brick in the choice of either white or black ink.
Plus there is the BUILD A MINI FIGURE wall. For only Php 499.75, you can build three mini figures each with their own accessories. I think that my kids would like this wall since they each have their own collection of MINI FIGS.
OK. So here’s the real treat for all of us LEGO LOVERS. Every month there is a hands on activity for kids ages 6-14. You don’t have to purchase anything, you just have to show up at the designated time, ready to build. Bring an adult or a guardian if you are under 6 years old to make sure no one gets into any trouble.
So, that means, if you go to every Monthly Mini Build, you will BUILD a collection of MINI LEGO creations, and by the end of the year…you will have your own collection to treasure.
LEGO STORE PHILIPPINES
11th Ave cor. Rizal Drive