I’m so excited to share with you our 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks book review. Last month, DK Publishing kindly provided me with a copy and I have just been so overwhelmed with all the awesomeness in the book, I haven’t been able to find a way to start writing this review. I kept sitting down at my computer and getting writer’s block just thinking about what I should share. There really is just so much good stuff in this book.
The one takeaway is this:
If you do not already have this book or have not purchased this book as a gift, you are missing out!
This is a long review, so let’s get started!
Description of the 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks
The description from the publisher, DK Publishing, states:
365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours.
Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt.
Featuring a timer and random number generator for selecting activities, 365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year.
What You Will Find in 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks
First off, you may not be able to tell from the cover image in the other section above, but the book actually has a built in activity timer to the cover.
You can access it from the front of the book, or by opening the fold out of the book. This makes it easier for when you want to keep the book open and still have access to the timer.
The cover also folds back on itself, so you can make it compact again if you already know what activity you are going to do.
The cover and inside pages have samples of activities with page numbers so you can jump to something directly.
Since there are 365 things to do with LEGO bricks in this book, all the activities are split up into types. Here is a list of the types of activities you will find in the book:
- Animals and Other Creatures
- Tricks and Pranks
- Creepy Things
- For Sports Lovers
- Multi-Player Games
- One-Player Games
- Group Challenges
- Solo Challenges
- Stylish Storage
- Festive Fun
- Brighten Up Your Desk
- Party Planning
- Discover with LEGO Bricks
- Gift a Gift
- Get Arty
- Make a Display
- Puzzles and Brainteasers
- Put on a Show
- Build in Micro-scale
- Be Organized
- Fun Things To Do With Your Minifigures
- Get Snap Happy
- Make it All About You
- On The Move
Just so you know, we’ve only made it 5 pages into the book… I told you there is a lot of awesomeness here!
For those of you or those who have kids that just can’t decide what to do, there is a page titled ‘What will you do today?’ It’s kinda like a loose flowchart that helps you decide what you want to work on for the day by asking a few questions and guiding you to certain pages based on your answers. This will come in handy when you’re kid says “Mom! I don’t know what to build!” Just point them to the page above and walk away.
The book also goes over a few building basics to help your builder get the most out of their experience. They’ll learn how to make connections, what the official names are of LEGO pieces, how bricks are sized, how to add stability, alternate building techniques (like building sideways… also known as SNOT – Studs Not On Top) and much more.
Finally, there is a page to help inspire their creativity.
All this before we actually get to the builds!
A Few of My Favorite Pages from 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks
At this point, I would normally jump to my opinion on the book, but really, like you don’t already know I *love* this book. However, as I keep mentioning there is a ton of awesomeness in this book, I wanted to share some of my favorite builds for you guys to see a larger sample of what you can find in the book.
At the end of the book, there are bios for all the people who helped create the book.
My Take on the 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks
Have I mentioned I love this book? I feel it fits a particular need for inspiring direction and creativity that can be missing when all you do is buy your kids the box sets. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just saying, because it happens to me, with box sets you sometimes have a hard time “thinking outside of the box”. Once you build your set, you never really go back, tear it down and rebuild into something else. This book is a useful tool to help you see the potential of the pieces you come across within the sets. So if you’re looking for a book that provides step by step instructions, this is not it.
However, if you’re looking for a book that gives you a ton of great ideas from which to start your next project, this is definitely that book.
GO GET THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! Seriously. Every LEGO-loving kid and adult should have this book under their Christmas tree this year.
Where to Purchase 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks
You can pick up your own copy at almost any bookseller around you. I’ve even seen the book pop up at our local Costco. If you’re looking to purchase online, you can get your own at Amazon.
Do you have 365 Things To Do With LEGO Bricks? What do you think of the book?