The small and colourful bricks have long been immensely popular with both the young and young at heart. From tiny tots to adults, there is a LEGO set out there to satisfy everyone's interests and price range. More than just a toy, LEGO has also been used in educational facilities the world over to help support core learning and skills development. LEGO boasts a fine collection of movie-themed sets which include the Avengers, Disney Princesses, Star Wars and Harry Potter.
There are also many popular LEGO theme sets designed for both girls and boys such as LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Technic, and LEGO City to choose from. So be the creator you have always wanted to be and let's get building! We have also partnered with paediatrician Dr Jonathan Henderson for reviewing and fact-checking the article to deliver you the best information.
Dr Jonathan Henderson is a consultant paediatrician who practices for the NHS and his award-winning private practice. His medical qualifications (MB, BAO and BCh) were all completed at Queen's University Belfast in 2007. He then obtained his membership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2012 and later became a college fellow in 2019. In addtion to his clinical work, he contributes to e-learning programmes and teaches paediatrics internationally to other healthcare professionals. Dr Henderson, who is on the speciality register of the General Medical Council, has a keen interest in promoting quality improvement in paediatrics and has presented work both regionally and nationally.
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Dr Jonathan Henderson is a consultant paediatrician practising for the NHS, as well as privately. His medical qualifications (MB, BAO and BCh) were all completed at Queen's University Belfast in 2007.
He then obtained his membership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2012. In addition to his clinical work, he contributes to e-learning programmes and teaches paediatrics internationally to other healthcare professionals. Check out more about him on his website.
DUPLO is a range aimed at children under six and comprises of a range of larger bricks and figures to suit little hands that have not yet gained the dexterity to handle the tiny “big kid” LEGO bricks. However, many older children - and adults! - have also been caught enjoying DUPLO.
Available, like standard LEGO, in a variety of themed sets as well as creative brick sets, DUPLO is compatible with the smaller LEGO bricks so you can build creations incorporating both types of blocks, which can work really well as your little builders grow.
It also helps develop fine motor skills, meaning hand-eye coordination, and play skills both in isolation and with other children, helping to improve their social communication.
Standard LEGO bricks are generally best suited to those over six years of age, but the complexity of individual sets can affect which age group becomes a better fit for them. If in doubt, look at the packaging for the set as LEGO handily labels each set according to their target age range.
The larger sets with more pieces are generally more suited to older children or even adults, and additional features in ranges, such as LEGO Technic, also adds to their difficulty level, making them better for older children or adults.
LEGO City is a range developed to reflect the real world and includes a wide range of sets that feature vehicles, buildings and more city-themes. Each set can stand alone or be collected to form part of a modular cityscape. There are tiny sets that have one or two mini-figures as well as a small vehicle or building, and there are huge sets that include multiple complex vehicles and buildings.
It is a really popular range that, once built, also serves as fun toys to play with. Your child will have hours of endless fun as they use their creativity to build their own original city filled with many adventures. If you are wanting to start your LEGO city landscape, we recommend first purchasing either the fire brigade or police chase at the bank set as these have proven to be the most highly rated!
The LEGO Ninjago range is aimed at children over six and focuses on a group of ninja heroes. The sets vary in complexity, with a few for ages 6+, but most being generally aimed at the 8-14 years age range. These sets tie in with LEGO’s Ninjago film and tv series.
Ninjago sets are a good choice for anyone with an interest in martial arts or fighting baddies. They are popular with girls, boys and grown-ups alike! As of recently, LEGO has released a new wave of Ninjago products. In addition to this, the official LEGO website has a whole section dedicated to the series which has a variety of games and videos to add to the overall experience!
In a somewhat magical partnership, LEGO has produced a series of enchanting Harry Potter minifigures and sets that are sure to be the perfect choice for any Harry Potter fan. These sets are generally of medium complexity, although, there is a Hogwarts Castle set for older builders 16+ that boasts over 6,000 pieces! If you’ve got a Harry Potter fan to buy for, you might want to consider one of the great sets available.
If, however, your child is more into Disney princess or superheroes and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are lots of LEGO sets with this theme too! The great thing about these film sets is that they are not only designed for kids but for adult LEGO enthusiasts and collectors! Some of these film sets can get quite expensive, so if you are passionate about one film or series, try and get the set when it's first released!
This fun range revolves around a group of friends who live in Heartlake City. With figures that are a bit bigger than the usual LEGO minifigure, these characters are more lifelike. The sets can stand alone, although many can also be combined to build a complex Heartlake City set.
You can choose between a range of sets from a pet parlour to a glamping site as well as lighthouse rescue set. LEGO Friends is aimed at builders over six years of age and targeted primarily at girls. There is also a TV series of the same name, featuring the LEGO characters.
This series from LEGO was developed to give experienced LEGO builders additional challenges in their builds. Using additional real-life features such as gearboxes, motors and steering systems, these sets offer a new dimension in LEGO building.
Most of these sets are aimed at the over nines, although a few, simpler Technic sets are available for children from seven. Technic sets are perfect for young builders who are keen to extend their skills and try new things.
Want to further boost your memory as well as your creativity? Then why not consider getting a 3D puzzle!
Creator Expert is the advanced series' developed to offer the ultimate building challenge for expert builders. The series includes modular houses, cars, world buildings, and more. This range is best for older teens or adults who are very keen LEGO model builders.
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This box contains just under 800 brightly coloured pieces of plastic possibility. With such a range of bricks, including classic bricks as well as special elements such as windows, doors, wheels and eyes, builders of all ages have an almost unlimited opportunity to build any type of creation their imaginations can come up with.
To help you out, a guide with model ideas, building instructions and inspirational ideas is also included. The Creative Box suits those who don’t like to follow instructions too closely and is a good choice if you are not sure which theme would work best. The options really are endless!
This set is epic! It features 10 minifigures, including all your favourite Harry Potter characters, as well as buildable basilisk and Fawkes as well as Hedwig and Scabbers figurines. The detail in the hall is amazing, with house banner, a movable spiral staircase leading to the tower, the potions room and the treasure room.
This forms part of the range of Harry Potter LEGO sets, and the Great Hall is compatible with the others in the range, allowing those who are lucky enough to own Harry Potter LEGO sets to build and expand their playsets. The Great Hall set is ideal for builders over nine, particularly for fans of the ever-popular Harry Potter books and films.
Aimed at seven to fourteen-year-olds, this Technic Monster Truck car set is designed to stretch their building skills by incorporating additional components that give their creations a new dimension to explore.
The car, when built, includes a powerful pull-back motor that can be launched to create high-speed collisions and can also be combined with other sets to add to the fun! This set is ideal for builders who are ready to explore new additions to their building and those who love vehicles.
With over 200 pieces, including four minifigures, a range of accessories and a winch with hook, this set packs in a lot into a small box. This playset includes all you need to build a police helicopter and a sports car for the crooks to stash their stolen loot!
Ideal for children who love to build and love to play, this set is aimed at 5-12 year olds and, as part of the City range, is compatible with all of the other sets, allowing children to extend their play.
This number train features large, brightly-coloured bricks that help introduce numbers and counting to younger LEGO fans in a fun and playful manner. So this is great if you have a hard time getting the little ones to concentrate on learning new things.
It is a great set for building dexterity as well as learning numeracy and provides hours of entertainment with the endless build and play options offered by the various bricks, wheel pieces, DUPLO cat and two DUPLO child figures. It's a great set for young children just learning to build.
This set contains 283 bricks to build an extravagant temple that includes a number of fun accessories to make play even more exciting once the build is complete. Use the battle platform to stage duels or practice ninja skills!
Ninjago fans who are gaining confidence with building with “big kid” LEGO would enjoy this set aimed at those who are six years and above. Although this set may come with as many cool features as some of the other listed, there are enough characters to invite friends to come along and play, too!
With over 1000 pieces, this is a challenging set for older children. Featuring a large waterpark with 3 different water slides, the set provides hours of fun in both build and subsequent play stages. The set also comes with mini Friends doll figures as well as an ice cream van.
The Friends Waterpark set would be suitable for confident LEGO builders from eight years of age. Although it is slightly on the pricier side, it is a timeless set which would appeal to children who want like to kick back, relax and imagine they're having some fun in the sun.
With the huge popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, characters like Iron Man have become some of the most-loved in the series. In this set, you don't just get one Iron Man but 6, so your child can play with all the different armours.
This modern-looking LEGO set has a medium difficulty, but still has few enough pieces to be manageable for seven year olds. Some have commented how the building process feels a little bit repetitive. Despite this, if your child is desperate to take the fun from the screen and into their room, then this Marvel Lab is the way to go.
A must for any Star Wars fan, no list of the top LEGO sets would be complete without a Star Wars set. Containing over 1,300 pieces, this is a challenging set best suited to users over 9. The set also contains seven key character mini-figures and also features lots of fine detail, including the famous hyperdrive.
The top panels also open up, permitting builders to re-create their favourite scenes from the films using their mini-figures. An exciting and challenging set that would be perfect for Star Wars fans - although it can be difficult to find stock available online.
This Creator set contains over 1,300 pieces and is a must for any fan of VW Camper Vans. Featuring meticulous detail both inside and outside the van, this is sure to be a challenge for expert LEGO builders 16 and over.
While this set is aimed at older teenagers and adults with considerable skill, rather than younger children, it nonetheless is a stunning set that is sure to provide many happy hours of entertainment.
Every year a number of the LEGO sets retire. Once they are gone, they are much harder or nearly impossible to get your hands on. To make sure that you don't miss out, keep an eye on the official LEGO website as they have a section with all the products set to retire soon.
As of now, the LEGO set with the most pieces is the LEGO Art World Map which has over 11,000 pieces! Coming in close second is the LEGO Titanic with 9,090 and then the LEGO Colosseum with 9,036.
Yes, there are a number of websites where you can rent LEGO sets from. If this is something you are interested in, it is best to do some more in-depth research to find which services are the most reputable and affordable!
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No. 1: LEGO｜Classic Large Creative Brick Box｜10698
No. 2: LEGO｜Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall｜75954
No. 3: LEGO｜Technic Monster Jam Grave Digger Truck 2 in 1 Set｜42118
No. 4: LEGO｜Police Helicopter Chase｜60243
No. 5: LEGO｜Number Train｜10847
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