We recently hired a cleaning lady — well, specifically, ladies. This basically means that we tidy the entire house the evening before they arrive. You do this, too, right? In any event, I overheard this exchange before I left the house this morning:
Said Cleaning Lady #1 to Cleaning Lady #2, good-naturedly, as the latter surfaced from the basement: “Did you get all the LEGO?”
Me, horrified: “Omigosh! Did they leave a disaster down there? I’m SO sorry!”
Cleaning Lady #2: “I’m just amazed at all the things they can make out of LEGO these days.”
My Life is One Giant LEGO Series
Welcome to my life. The life of finding these miniscule plastic pieces at every turn. On the kitchen counter. On my office desk. In the bathroom. In the van. Wedged between couch cushions. In beds. Strewn all over the basement. Peppering the stairs and hallways and ALL the floors. There is no corner of our home immune to the reaches of the LEGO tentacles.
Sometimes — SOMEtimes — the bricks are in their rightful storage bins, or…brace yourselves…ASSEMBLED and on the shelf. But more often than not we find ourselves wading through a constant sea of these amazing little plastic blocks that my kids love more than any other toy.
My husband and I curse at what has become an obsession of epic proportions — as much for my daughters, especially the 7-year old (Hellooo? LEGO Friends are where it’s at) — as for my sons, aged 7 and 10. We trip, we flip and we swear WE’RE GOING TO GET RID OF IT ALL.
And yet, the sets keep multiplying. It was a veritable free-for-all on Christmas morning when the boys got two different Star Wars Lego series sets and my daughter assembled the Friends airplane with the help of her big sis. We didn’t hear a peep out of them for hours. I’m just as guilty at nerding out, having created a super cool LEGO party and at least three LEGO-related cakes!
While part of me laments the fact that all LEGO these days seems to be sold in ‘sets’ with a strategic nod to promoting a new movie or TV characters, rather than in ‘bulk’, the undisputable fact remains that these building blocks challenge a child’s dexterity, thinking and problem-solving abilities, capacity to read and understand detailed instructions — the likes of which would rival an IKEA manual — and yes, boundless creativity.
Take a Brick Break: Check out 5 LEGO Series on Netflix
Occasionally, though, kids need to tap out. Netflix is now streaming two new LEGO series in addition to some solid favourites. And since we are huge Netflix fans my kids were very excited to check out these new shows.
Six legendary heroes find themselves on an epic quest as they harness the power of nature’s elements to defeat the forces of evil. Catch Season 1 episodes now!
Five best friends face adventures side by side in their hometown. Zany antics, love and missteps are better with friends! Season 1 is now streaming!
For even more on-screen fun catch these titles available now on Netflix Canada:
What are You Watching?
So which brick-building series will be your kiddos’ next favourite? Mine are definitely into LEGO Bionicle and Friends. As for me? I’m settling in to binge watch The Mindy Project.
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*In the interest of full disclosure: I would like to point out that I have been a hardcore Netflix fan — and written about it — since before it was considered cool. The only difference now is, as a member of Netflix Canada’s #StreamTeam, I receive some fun, free goodies in exchange for my candid monthly posts. Cool, eh?