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LEGO & Mental Health Special

How to Feel Healthy: Five Mental Health Benefits of LEGO

1 in 4 of us will, at some point in our lives, experience a mental health issue. But LEGO can help! Here are five ways the little Danish bricks can improve your well-being.

To some parents, toys are simply things that children play with in order to keep them quiet. They fail to realize that they’re so much more than that. Toys such as LEGO can teach a child valuable life skills to the point where some may decide to build professionally later on in life.

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There is actually a program called LEGO Therapy, were children who struggle to interact with others can learn collaboration and social skills that they can then apply in normal situations.

Here are five major benefits of playing with LEGO, from teaching children life and social skills, to helping them to feel healthy.

1. LEGO Can Develop Children’s Social Skills

Some children lack the social skills to communicate well with others, fining interaction difficult and sometimes even scary. For children such as these, programs like LEGO Therapy mentioned above can really help. With the assistance of a qualified leader, children break into small groups to build LEGO creations together.

This forces children to work with each other, sparking conversations that they wouldn’t otherwise have had and helping them to work on their social skills. It’s both fun and therapeutic.

2. LEGO Tunes Fine Motor Skills

Toys like LEGO offer a great distraction from the world. Think about it. Children will play with them for hours without realizing that they’re actually learning! While working on their creations children are using their hands constantly, sometimes for hours at a time. This means they’re both having fun and working on their fine motor skills too.

3. LEGO Gives Children a Sense of Accomplishment

Children get excited by the things they build. They can’t wait to show their parents or teachers a new idea they have brought to life using bricks. This is not just an outlet for a child’s creativity, it’s really good for instilling self-confidence. It’s the little things that matter to children.

4. LEGO Teaches Persistence

In life, unexpected things happen. You can work really hard on a project or at a job, just for it to potentially crash and burn. This sounds pretty bleak, but for children, playing with toys like LEGO can actually prepare them for it.

Imagine a child builds a creation they really love, only to bump it with their elbow and send it crashing on to the floor. The child may get upset but eventually, they’ll be hard at work again, creating a brand new idea. Whether they realize it or not, they’re learning how to be persistent, a skill that will prepare them for the real world.

5. LEGO Boosts Their Motivation

Anyone can suffer from depression, from a young child to a full grown adult. It’s a debilitating mental illness that can leave you unable to leave your bed for days, unable to work, and unable to socialise.

For some children, toys like LEGO can give them the motivation to get out of bed and do something. It gives them something to shoot towards because there’s always a new goal. Whilst it can be hard to know how to help a child with depression, there is plenty of information available to help; click here for more information on support.

Feel Healthy By Playing with LEGO

It’s easy for a child or even an adult to forget how to feel healthy and happy. For some, playing with bricks may be the only thing that helps them that day. Sometimes social skills just aren’t up to par, but playing with bricks, especially in collaboration with others, can help these develop. As a parent it’s so important for you to encourage your child and to help their creative juices flow – LEGO bricks could be the perfect tools to assist you.

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Cabearpillar

Lego Teddy Bear Mech

This is a teddy bear-controlled mech, because… well, do you need a better reason? Priovit70 owns the mind that’s equipping stuffed carnivoran mammals with walking robots, and this one is apparently a Cabearpillar Power Loader B-948X prototype. Whatever, there’s more to see of this bear-in-a-mech-suit at Priovit’s photostream via the link above!

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Remote Control

Normally a mixture of Elves and remote control vehicles heralds chaos and destruction across The Lego Car Blog’s offices. Fortunately this excellent model from Arran Hearn lacks the Power Functions that our workforce require for “fun”. It’s left to us to enjoy the look of the build and neat connections that make its shock absorbers. As well as the control unit in the background of the photo, Arran has built a full-sized radio control unit in Lego. Click on the link in the text to see Arran’s work or click here for today’s British pop song in the title.

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Hot Wheels

Lego Hot Wheels Toys

These, Ladies and Gentlemen (OK, probably mostly gentlemen) are the most realistic Lego replicas that you may ever see.

They’re not replicas of real vehicles of course, but of three wonderful die-cast Hot Wheels toys from way back in the 1970s. Lego builder Brick Flag of Flickr recently decided to recreate his favourite model cars from his childhood, and in doing so he may have built the most accurate-to-life Lego models of the year.

Hot Wheels launched their die-cast vehicles ‘Ramblin’ Wrecker’, ‘Emergency Squad’ and ‘Fire Eater’ between 1975 and 1977, and now 40 years on Brick Flag has faithfully rebuilt the iconic toys so brilliantly that in some photos it’s hard to tell whether you’re looking at the metal original or the plastic replica.

There’s more to see of each beautifully stickered build, as well as the 40-year-old original which inspired it, at Brick Flag’s photostream – Cick here to take a trip to a bedroom floor circa ’77.

Lego Hot Wheels Toys

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Drift Trike

Lego Drift Trike

We have a well documented nervousness about child’s tricycles here at TLCB, but this one is so cool even we’d have a go. Flickr’s Rhys’ Pieces has used just a handful of Lego elements to create this most excellent drift trike. See how he’s done it at the link above.

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‘Allo ‘Allo ‘Allo*

Lego Bobby Car

‘What’s going on ‘ere then?’*. Feast your pork pies* on Mijasper’s Bobby-Car vs. bobby* encounter! See if it’s all a giraffe* on Flickr here. Our money’s on the copper*.

*Apologies to non-British readers of this post. None of this will make any sense!

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Cozy Coupe

Lego Little Tyke Cozy Coupe

We post all sorts of exotic vehicles here at The Lego Car Blog. From super cars to tanks, if it goes fast or explodes it seems to get the Elves’ attention. This though, is probably the most important car we’ve ever blogged. Why? Because it’s probably the one car every single one of us has had a go in!

The Little Tyke Cozy Coupe is a right of passage for any toddler, either at home, pre-school or at a well-heeled friend’s house. Reminisce on Flickr courtesy of Legohaulic.

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Mini RC

Lego RCKeeping the Elves quiet yesterday for Armistice Day was quite a feat. A game of ‘who can stay quiet the longest’, rewarded with Smarties, did the trick. Today though, normal service resumed; but now that the Elf fight has been broken up and the small fire extinguished, we’re ready to post!

This funky little model RC car by Flickr’s LegoJalex is a bit smaller and simpler than the stuff we usually publish, but looks so good we had to recognise it here. The Elves love RC cars too, but as the second-highest cause of Elf work-related injuries this year we’re relieved this one is a model only. See it on Flickr at the link above.

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