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Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have: 50 New Robots, Dragons, Race Cars, Planes, Wild Animals and Other Exciting Projects to Build Imaginative Worlds Paperback – October 11, 2016
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“I love handing this book to the kids and watching them create new things! Well done!”
―Rachel Miller, co-author of 101 Kids Activities and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments, and creator of One Crazy House and Quirky Momma
“This book is a must-have for all LEGO fanatics!”
―Asia Citro, author of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, The Curious Kid’s Science Book and A Little Bit of Dirt
“When it comes to whimsical, one-of-a-kind LEGO creations, Sarah’s imagination and talent blow me away. From fun and playful to practical and functional, the easy-to-follow projects in this book will delight children of all ages.”
―Jackie Currie, creator of Happy Hooligans
"Parents and kids alike will not want to put down this amazing book full of creative ideas to use with the LEGO bricks they already have!"
―Dayna Abraham, author of Sensory Processing 101 and creator of Lemon Lime Adventures
"I cannot think of anyone more qualified to write a book about LEGO than Sarah and her houseful of master builders! Sarah is the genius behind some of the most creative LEGO projects I have ever seen. "
―Jenae Jacobson, creator of I Can Teach My Child
If you have a LEGO lover, this LEGO book is a must-have! Sarah is an expert builder and demonstrates her original creations with incredible detail and clear pictures.
―Becky Spence, creator of This Reading Mama
About the Author
Sarah Dees is the mom behind the popular kids blog Frugal Fun for Boys. She and her husband have five children―four sons and a daughter. They love building LEGO projects together and sharing their LEGO ideas with others. Sarah and her family live in Fort Worth, Texas.
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This would be a great gift idea.
Wrap up this book with a box of legos for a gift and you can't go wrong.
The instructions themselves are realistic photos (not 3D renders like traditional Lego-included instructions in the sets) and what's nice is that they list out a description of the parts. If you categorize your legos or buy from places like Bricklink, this will be invaluable, but for the rest of us the kids can use it organize a few pieces ahead of time. **Note that the text requires reading skills, so check to make sure the recipient of this book can read the descriptions of the parts.
Here's the table of contents with a few of my favorite sets from each:
=>Robot Lab--Sorvo the Scuttlebot and Simon, a 3-wheeler, are both neat
=>The world of knights and dragons -- Creative green dragon (uses a lot of Technic parts)
=>Cars, trucks and things that fly! -- The fighter jet and mini jets are my favs, but really this whole chapter is great.
=>It's a great day and Lego town -- Not my favorite chapter, you may like it better
=>Make it work! Lego contraptions--rubber-band powered car! How cool is that? The M&M dispenser is also a great idea.
=>Wild animals -- Cute and colorful, every one . . .
=>Build and play! Lego games -- Ninja Quest Board Game, need I say more? The standard chess/checkers and a brain teaser are all here.
=>Lego all year--Lego creations for Spring/Summer/Fall and Winter, even Santa. This book would make a perfect Christmas gift when you don't know which sets your recipient already owns.
Thanks for reading!
The book itself isn't a beautifully laid out or as visually pleasing as other Lego Idea books, but this book is the most practical and is the only one I've seen so far that give detailed lists of bricks required. For that alone, this book was quite worth it, and the kids really got great ideas from this book. Overall, this is a good book to consider if you're looking to give your kids ideas on things they can build with their many Legos.
He recently had a stomach virus and during the night got sick, it ended up almost entirely in the book. He was devistated that the book was ruined, so I had to replace it.
It is very clearly written with beautiful photos. The language is kid friendly and descriptive, but not immature. There are frequently little historical and/inforative tid-bits imbedded in with all the Lego talk.
Edit..... after using it more I would say this one still doesn't have the best directions. Some are easier than others to follow but there are some that we find very frustrating because we don't know what to do! But still a lot of fun ideas!