Each week DaddiLifeForce brings you inspiration curated from the community, to turn average time into quality dad moments quickly and easily.
This week we’re celebrating the power of lego. Lego has brought some of the best imaginations to life, and with new movie themed lego sets also available, the kids can get into their very best adventures with them. But we’re not settling for life by manual. We’re taking lego and adding a huge splash of dad-creativity to take your special dad time even further!
Here’s what’s inspired us
Helping them get to sleep, by Dadastrophic
Grayson has trouble going to bed at night. I combined Legos and playtime with sleep time and it created the perfect solution to getting him upstairs. I told him as long as he flys his creations up to his bedroom each night along with AT-AT and goes to sleep like a ‘big boy”, then the “Force” would see that and slowly over the next few weeks his room would transform into outer space. Worked perfectly! He’s sleeping for 10 hours a night now after flying Luke and the crew to bed! I’m still in the planning stage and ordering stage of ordering planets, paint, glow in the dark stars, etc., but he flys those #Legos up everynight and goes to bed! I’m going to install a shelf this week so we can display his #Lego Star Wars creations forever so it will be a reminder of a great bonding time for a greater cause with my son! #dadastrophic #daddilifeforce #funnykids #onelove
Chris Pine, aka, Dadotosphic, uses his son’s love of Lego to help get him to sleep! This is a full -on #DaddiLifeForce move here.
I combined Legos and playtime with sleep time and it created the perfect solution to getting him upstairs.
He wants planets, stars, and space. I told him as long as he flies his star wars creations up to his bedroom each night along with AT-AT and goes to sleep like a ‘big boy”, then the “Force” would see that and slowly over the next few weeks his room would transform into outer space. Worked perfectly! He’s sleeping for 10 hours a night now after flying Luke and the crew to bed!
Price: Low (depending on your chosen decorations).
Time needed: 10 mins per day for a week or two.
Age Range: 2-8.
Fun factor: All the way up!
Making a Lego World, by Minimagpie
Lego is easy to smash – I guess that’s part of the experience. But why not take the lego to a new indestructible scales with the help of some wooden blocks? Brilliant effort here by Minimagpie.
How to do it?
- Get a large plank of wood (check that it’s been sanded down with no splinters or sharp edges that could catch the kids).
- Take a glue gun and simply glue the lego bases into the wood and make it into a large scale lego piece.
- Voila! You have yourself not just Lego, but a Lego World!
Price: Low- you can find a good plank of wood at a local home building centre.
Time needed: 10 – 15 mins depending on size of plank and your glue apparatus.
Age Range: 3 – 10.
Fun factor: Supersize me!
Sequencing & counting, by Ummuumar
For the younger kids, the addition of pen and paper can help get their counting and sequencing skills a fine boost. A simple but genius one by Ummuumar.
How to do it?
- Get a piece of A3 or A4 paper.
- Draw the number of columns for as many legos in ascending order that you have.
- Draw out a number of rows beneath each column so there’s enough space for a few of the same blocks.
- Have a block of each size ready as an example and work it through with your children.
Price: As much as a piece of paper.
Time needed: You will need a couple of minutes to find the pieces and then draw out the rows.
Age Range: 2-4.
Fun factor: Once they get into it, it’ll keep them going for quite a while – and they will take great delight in showing you what they can do too!
Got the DIY bug? Try these other DaddiLifeForce moves:
- Jay lights up the lego with the help of his lego car.
- KH bricks keep them entertained with a ramp for the ultimate lego car jump!
Show us what you got. Tag #daddilifeforce into your special dad moves and we’ll share with dads across our Facebook and Instagram communities.
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Have a great weekend dad. ?