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DD will be 8 this weekend, and we're looking ahead to Christmas. After reading about all the glories of Legos- I'm thinking of getting her some. So, point me in the right direction. I haven't touched the things since I was about 5 when my older brother's set was given away...
 

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I want the winter toy shop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><a href="http://shop.lego.com/productsmall.asp?prod_id=10199" target="_blank">http://shop.lego.com/productsmall.asp?prod_id=10199</a><br><br>
But my ds has his favorite themes so I won't be getting it although he would like it. I try to stick to his themes so there is less temptation.<br><br>
Here are all the themes.<br><a href="http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/" target="_blank">http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/</a><br><br>
If she likes fantasy type stuff, she might like Castle. An Atlantis line is coming out in January.<br><br>
Some people like to avoid the sets because they feel they aren't open ended enough. I see value in how my ds plays with both the sets and the loose bins of bricks. What I don't like about the "buckets of bricks" is there isn't enough cool pieces. The sets has my ds following instructions, building them, and then using them for role playing like a kid would use any little vehicle, building, or figure. We already had lots of legos (dh's and my brothers) so we never just had the basic bricks that they sell in bins. Dh buys ds cool pieces on ebay and we've also made selections on individual pieces from the "pick a brick" section of the lego website.<br><br>
So you have a couple of options. Buy a set and see how she likes it. Or buy a bucket of bricks. If you do the latter, I suggest buying some people or specialty pieces from "pick a brick" to make it more interesting.
 

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If you don't have ANY legos yet, I would buy a bucket and a small kit. The bucket is great just to build (my dd prefers to just build, but she likes this lego book and is trying to build certain types of things. . . she got the book so that she could learn to build a hollow sphere)<br><br>
I suggest also a small kit(s) because if she isn't really good at following directions, etc the larger kits may be overwhelming.<br><br>
I would try to do both unless it was completely unaffordable.<br><a href="http://shop.lego.com/ByCategory/Product.aspx?p=6166&cn=227&d=304" target="_blank">http://shop.lego.com/ByCategory/Prod...6&cn=227&d=304</a><br><br><a href="http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product.aspx?p=8402&cn=356&d=9" target="_blank">http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Product...402&cn=356&d=9</a><br><br>
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Great ideas, thanks! She's really into dragons/castles/fantasy, so I'm toying with the idea of that sort of set and one of the pink brick sets (she loves pink) to go with it, then we can see where her interests go from there.<br><br>
She's been great about helpingher younger brothers with their blocks and megablocks, but sometimes I find her trying to make complex designs with the megablocks, and I think she'd have more fun with legos.. lol.<br><br>
I feel guilty (in an odd way) for not having thought to get her legos when she was a little younger... actually. :/
 

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Lego has an awesome castle set with all kinds of pricing options. Personally I would love to get the medieval village. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Alas, my boys aren't into castles. Their tastes run more to Power Miners, Space Police and Star Wars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
At age 8 she might appreciate the challenge of one of the sets (following instructions and creating something cool) more than the bucket of bricks. JMO
 

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Man, I want the medieval village too, but DS isn't into it! Someone should get me that for Xmas. DS has several smaller Star Wars kits, his favorite. He's also got a bucket of bricks. He tends to build the kits and then play with what he's made and not take them apart so for him, both kits and buckets are good.
 

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one thing we have learned with both mega blocks and lego is dont mix them there nearly impossible to seperate if you doalmost as if they were welded together. as us how we know that!!!
 

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I'd start with the bucket, then add sets. The bucket alone does not have enough tiny, cool pieces - those are the ones they really use to build all kinds of neat things.<br><br>
My ds really enjoys the Star Wars sets - yes, we'll start out building the ship but then he takes them apart and builds all kinds of new ships, pods, robots, etc from the tiny pieces. It's actually very cool to see what he creates.
 
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