I have been thinking a lot about this lately, so I figured I mine as well post something about it. These are all my personal opinions, so I hope it gets you thinking!
With fears of another recession looming around the corner, I was curious to know how you as the readers felt about LEGO as means of stimulating the child's mind while trying to save your money in a tough economic period. Is that how you see it? Have the prices of LEGO sets discouraged you from buying them recently?
I see it this way. LEGO essentially pays for itself in the long term. What could be seen as a basic building toy for youngster can evolve over time as that same kid realizes new building techniques and the fact that LEGO is much more than a toy, but rather a hobby.
For much of my life, I have grown up with video games, and of course LEGO. I managed to balance the time between them, usually drawing inspiration from one another. Sure the video games were great, but as I grew older, I realized how utterly pointless they really were. It's a fictitious sense of accomplishment, with nothing to show for except hours and hours logged into staring at a screen.
Sure, some may say that these video games are stimulating, which they are. But in most cases, based solely on my own experiences and encounters, they create a sense of irritability and impatience. Kids are easily sidetracked and seem to become lackluster in focus. Again, that's just from what I have witnessed from other kids growing up. What do you think?
LEGO, on the other hand, focuses the mind into creativity, problem solving, and imagination. Suddenly, all sorts of variables come into play as one tries to determine the right height, length, width, color scheme, weight, and overall style of what they're building. Not to mention the limited number of pieces they have available. It builds patience and rewards a sense of accomplishment when something is finally built.
Anyways, those are my thoughts on the matter. I'd love to hear what you have to say about it. Hope you enjoyed the read!