Remember when the only Legos you could buy came in a big bucket filled with the little plastic bricks? No diagrams, no instructions, just an unwritten invitation to use your imagination and create. Now it’s all about Indiana Jones and Star Wars and Mars Mission. Sure, these perfectly choreographed components are cool, but they’re really just about following directions. Legos without diagrams encourage kids to invent something on their own. Take the instructions way and a kid has to envision a structure and then try and build it. She’s forced to take chances. She encounters failure. She starts over. And, of course, eventually she discovers what’s possible and experiences that little rush that comes from making something original. Who needs licensed Legos to teach kids conformity? We have schools to do that. Maybe it’s time to bring back the blocks.
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