Would it surprise you to hear that building with LEGOs is a fairly frequent activity during our homeschool days? Yes, I mean that constructing happens during school, and not after! This is because I find building toys, such as LEGO, to be a wonderful platform through which creativity and critical thinking can flourish, and I think both of those skills are worthy of pursuing during school time.
I was recently sent some new building platforms from Strictly Briks, a company that makes some very interesting additions to your construction collections, with pieces that are compatible with many other brands of plastic bricks, and that does include the big names you know.
When I laid this set of stackable baseplates and Stackers™ out, the girls both immediately wanted to start building and came up with some fun new ideas, since these products allowed them to start building vertically!
My girls do already have baseplates for their building (I believe what they have is DUPLO brand, and some very small LEGO brand bases), but the ones from Strictly Briks are different, not only because they come in unique shapes like half circles and triangles, but also because the bottom of the baseplates are designed so that they can connect to bricks and become stackable. That’s a game changer for what my girls are able to dream up and build! Today they came up with the idea of making a vertical zoo (what a fun idea!).
They also brought down some of their non-LEGO figurines to start incorporating into their designs, which is something they rarely have thought to do before when building. I’m really impressed by how creativity was unleashed thanks to the Strictly Briks baseplates. If you have a brick building kid on your holiday wish list, you should definitely check out Strictly Briks. This company has almost 400 different sets and colors, so there really is something for everyone.
If you’d like to get more ideas for ways to use Strictly Briks, check out the inspiration gallery! In addition to all of the vertical build ideas, I really like the idea of having lots of baseplates side-by-side on the ground in order to expand your construction site, so you can go from making a cool building to making a cool city.