Happy Birthday LEGO!

pink-lego-sm.jpgToday is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the ubiquitous LEGO brick. Here’s a link to a timeline and interesting facts about the Lego break. The most interesting fact: that three eight-stud bricks can be combined in 1,060 ways. That is the crux of what makes LEGO so wonderful — they don’t require instructions, just imagination.

Legos are a staple in our household — our son (age 9) just repurposed them this weekend to remod a remote control car of his. We’re on the second generation of Mindstorm robotics, and I have to admit, my geeky side has played with the set long after the kids are tucked into bed. We even invested in a stack of pink bricks for our daughters years ago so that she could build houses and cars with them. I find pieces them in purses, stuffed between car seats, and wedged into the fibers of my carpets.

And many weekends, when I ask the kids what they want to do, they say, “Go to Legoland”, despite the fact that it’s an 8+ hour drive away down in San Diego.

As a testament to the longevity of LEGO, my mother-in-law kept stored my husband’s LEGO pieces in the attic, and gave them to my son. As I pick the pieces from around my life, I carefully put them all back into the storage box. After all, I want to make sure that my grandkids have LEGO at the ready to inspire their imagination too.

cross posted on svmoms.com

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~ by charleneli on January 28, 2008.

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