If you have a child who likes Legos, you know that Legos are really expensive. My son is a huge Lego fan and we easily have invested over $1,000 in Legos in just a few years. But, I feel like Legos are unique in the world of children’s toys simply because there are so many different ways to play with them. As your child grows, he or she thinks of new ways to use his or her existing Lego collection.
One of the most interesting uses for Legos I’ve seen in quite some time is the Lego Heavy Weapons book by Jack Streat. Streat is something of a YouTube superstar, where his videos of Lego guns that shoot bricks have been viewed by millions of people.
Despite being only 17, he has figured out how to make Lego guns that use bricks and rubber bands that will shoot Lego bricks if they are built correctly. Most of the bricks are ones you probably already have if your child has been into Legos for a few years, but there are instructions in the book for how to order individual pieces online if necessary.
The models in Lego Heavy Weapons are intended for children ages 12 and over. My son is only seven, but he is fascinated by this book. He has spent hours trying to figure out the construction of the models. He’s nowhere near creating a real gun at the moment, but it’s been an interesting way to keep him busy.
His dad is also enjoying the process. While I’m not really into firearms myself, I do appreciate anything that gives them the opportunity to spend quality time together.
Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of preparing this post.
Photo credit: No Starch Press