Since their inception in 1940 in Denmark, LEGOs have become a global sensation that even inspired the making of a recent animated Hollywood blockbuster film. LEGO sets come with a number of colorful, stackable plastic pieces that can be interlocked to turn children’s powerful imaginations into visual realties. Unlike some other popular toys with no educational value, LEGOs are a great gift for boosting children’s cognitive development. In fact, LEGOs have been proven to help improve kids’ communication, critical thinking, organization, problem-solving, planning, and literacy skills with accelerated motor development. Below we’ve created a list of the top 10 LEGO sets of 2015 that boost children’s creativity in a fun, playful way.
1. LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle
The LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle gives kids the chance to play their favorite Frozen characters while hopping on the sleigh to Elsa’s beautiful nine-inch high ice palace. Along with a castle, the set comes with an icicle tree, secret staircase, sleigh, ice cream bar, bed, ice hill, skis, ice skates, and decorative stickers. Kids can create their own frosty fun adventures by dressing up in the two capes, tiara, hair bow, and carrot nose provided.
2. LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box
Featuring a wide range of stackable blocks in 35 different bright colors, the LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box is designed with imaginative building in mind. In two unique designs, this set comes with four sets of eyes, a door, window frames, 18 tires, 18 wheel rims, a baseplate, and a rotor for open-ended creativity. A handy cardboard storage box also makes cleaning up a breeze for builders of all ages.
3. LEGO City Fire Truck
For young aspiring firefighters, the LEGO City Fire Truck is a popular set measuring over three inches high and six inches long. Within the 208-piece set, kids will enjoy playing with an extendable ladder, retractable hose with water, opening hatch, equipment storage box, fire hydrant, firefighting gear, axe, fire extinguisher, and saw. The set’s two firefighter mini-figurines also allow children to imagine they’re rushing to the scene of a fire.
4. LEGO Super Heroes Spider-Cycle Chase
As VenomTM takes control of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. flying car and makes his getaway, Spiderman comes to the rescue with the LEGO Super Heroes Spider-Cycle Chase. Measuring over three inches long and one inch high, the Spider-Cycle has holding wheels and a hidden flick missile for action-packed scenes. Out of the box, kids receive three mini-figurines, the Spider-Cycle, S.H.I.E.L.D. flying car, and a slew of weaponry for catching the villains.
5. LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van
Based on the classic Volkswagen from 1962, the LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is an iconic set that measures 11 inches long and 5.5 inches high with 1,322 pieces. Features of this set include a wing mirror, detailed engine, rear bench seat, rounded roof, safari windshield, spherical speedometer, folding dinette table, 11 windows, and the authentic plaid-printed curtains. Kids will even get their own “Make LEGO Models, Not War” T-shirt.
6. LEGO Ninja Turtles Kraang Lab Escape
For children looking to unleash their turtle power, the LEGO Ninja Turtles Kraang Lab Escape is available with a two-inch high and three-inch long laser-shield prison. This LEGO set includes nunchucks, mace, dual flick missiles, explosion functions, the Kraang’e mech walker, and pizza. Kids can take turns playing the three mini-figurines, including Michelangelo, the Kraang, and a foot soldier, while planning their escape.
7. LEGO Architecture White House
Let your child’s architectural talents soar with the LEGO Architecture White House set, which contains 560 pieces configured to exactly replicate the real-world presidential abode. After building the White House, the nine-inch wide model will stand on a base with a printed name label for display. While partaking in the construction process, children are also challenged to brush up their history knowledge with a booklet of fun facts.
8. LEGO City Fire Station
Suggested for children aged six to 12, the LEGO City Fire Station set includes a three-story fire station that springs into action whenever the alarm bell rings. In this 15×12-inch station, kids can play with five different mini-figurines, including the fire chief, pilot, and three firefighters. Sets are delivered with a fire dog, firefighting equipment, a computer, furniture, flames, axes, a chainsaw, telephones, and walkie-talkies for when duty calls.
9. LEGO DUPLO Disney Princess Cinderella’s Castle
With more than 70 blocks, the LEGO DUPLO Disney Princess Cinderella’s Castle will set delight for children aged two to five wishing to build a castle of their dreams. Featuring a fireplace, two chairs, a treasure chest, two beds, and a star-studded purple comforter, Cinderella and her Prince Charming are given a cozy spot to sleep. The set is based off the familiar Disney theme to spark children’s curiosity and help them develop role-playing abilities.
10. LEGO Tower Bridge
Including 4,295 different elements, LEGO Tower Bridge is a true artwork displaying the iconic paired towers and famous drawbridge that actually opens and closes. Along with the 17-inch tall bridge, the set features a black London taxi, a yellow truck, a green automobile, and a red double-decker bus for rush hour traffic. Not only is the bridge fun to build, but it locks together solidly for display and can be taken apart in sections for quick transport without the mess.