Girls Night With LEGO® Friends Heartlake Juice Bar
Recently Chuck took some of the younger kids (Kalina, Jubilee, Hezekiah, and Tucker) to Seattle for a little adventure. I took full advantage of having Avi all to myself and spent the evening building this LEGO® Friends Heartlake Juice Bar with her. Can I just tell you how much I love the Juice Bar? You know how much we love juicing around here, so this set is perfect for our family.
Avi owns a few LEGO® sets, that she has purchased or received as gifts, so I was surprised when she told me she has never put a set together all by herself! She has always had someone help her, which has really meant, someone put it together so she could play with it.
Avi has an outgoing and vivacious personality but tends to fear failure. It can be hard for her to tackle something new and challenging. Having a quiet house, free of her siblings, made for the perfect time to challenge her. I showed Avi all of my tried and true LEGO® tricks (open one bag at a time, pour pieces onto a cookie sheet so they don’t get lost, how to move from one page to another without being overwhelmed by the “big picture”).
Avi set out with determination and had a few moments of real frustration…but she worked diligently. It gave her the confidence to go on and finish the project. When her siblings returned from Seattle she was so proud to show off what she had made. I was happy to know that she accomplished something she didn’t think was possible (putting together a “big” LEGO® set on her own).
As a homeschool mom, I am always impressed with how building with LEGO® combines visual and spacial skills- great brain-building exercises for higher math: BONUS!
Avi was so proud when she completed this first section of the juice bar.
I logged countless hours as a kid playing LEGO® with my older brothers. Pretty typically, I collected all of the mini figures I could, built them houses and cars and formed my own little mini-world with LEGO®. My brothers, on the other hand, were busy battling each other and the universe. I didn’t want to destroy enemies, I wanted to set up housekeeping! I love the new LEGO® Friends line because it supplies so many fun little detail pieces. According to LEGO®, they have seen a dramatic increase in girls love of LEGO® and building since introducing the line. I know I would have loved these sets as a kid.
After seeing Avi’s completed Juice Bar, Jubilee was inspired to build her own amusement park!
Here you can see her LEGO® Friends inspired beverage station. And she was so proud to make this Ferris wheel-type ride where her LEGO® girl could sit down and be buckled in!I
really loved her Cotton Candy booth!
I am a huge fan of open-ended toys such as LEGO®. It’s really the only kind we buy. Recently LEGO® has teamed up with Girls on the Run® to inspire girls everywhere to keep active and reach their potential. I am a firm believer that this starts in the home, and open-ended creative toys are a great way to begin!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
You can read more about why I love LEGO® Friends here: I Bought My Daughter Pink LEGO® and I’m Not Sorry.