Learning and Laughter with LegoNovember 18, 2016
A Brief History of Lego
Lego has been a fundamental part of so many of our lives from playing with them as a child to watching our children and grandchildren build their own unique worlds and creations. Where did it all begin and where is Lego headed for future generations?
From the start Lego was destined for success with the name Lego literally meaning “play well” from the Dutch words “leg godt”. Lego has been a family business since it’s conception in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. His grandchild, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, is now at the helm of this ever-steady ship.
1955 was the year Lego introduced the “Lego System of Play” which is what Build em Brix has based our philosophy on. Children learn best when they are playing and by highlighting the importance of learning through play, Lego has gone from strength to strength.
Only in 1958 were the famous interlocking bricks introduced and the formula has stood the test of time. In fact, bricks made in 1958 are still compatible with blocks made today. Fast forward to 1969 when Lego Duplo is introduced to the world. These blocks were designed for small hands and assists with cultivating a passion for building from a young age.
This is the main medium that Build em Brix uses for our program and it is great for children of all ages to use and play with. Lego Duplo is great at building motor skills and hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, a capacity for creative, divergent thinking, social skills, and language skills amongst others.
Over the next 30 years some amazing products came out of the Lego company such as: Lego figurines, LEGO PRIMO range (0-2), a number of international Lego themed parks, buildable family games and numerous themed Lego sets based on the current social and entertainment trends.
There seems to be no end to the possibilities Lego brings to the table and with the incorporation of programming, they are also on the technological forefront of toys and learning. No matter where they go though, Lego reminds us all to stay young and “play well”.