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Playing with Legos has been a fun pastime for multiple generations with many people building things, crashing Lego cars, and using their imagination to build all sorts of creations.
One thing that many people wonder is what ages are best for playing with Legos. It is extremely important to know which ages will have the most fun with Legos if you are buying them for your family & friends but are unsure if a younger child would have fun playing with them or not.
Most children who are 5 or 6 years old would enjoy playing with Legos despite the recommended age on a lot of sets being 8+. For kids that are 5-7 you will likely have to help them with the more intricate building details if the set is designed for an older child.
There are Lego sets that are created for all ages so you can see the recommended age of that set on the front of the Lego box but again, that is just a recommendation and younger children can have fun with them too with a little help from a sibling or adult.
What my wife and I have personally done is transition from Duplos to Legos for our kids around the age of 5. Our 5 year old has his own Legos that he plays with in his room and although building the sets and following the directions exactly can be a challenge for him he still has loads of fun using his imagination and building whatever he wants with his Legos.
Then when he wants to make what the sets were designed for one of us will help him find all the pieces and put it together so he can play with that set.
We also have a three year old that loves playing with Duplos but she is honestly too small to take apart the smaller Legos so although her siblings both have Legos (our 5 and 9 year olds) she has a bunch of Duplos that she plays with and builds whatever she thinks up.
Duplos are a great choice for any child under the age of 5 or 6 (depending on their maturity) while anyone that age or older will have a blast playing with Legos (although my 5 and 9 year olds regularly play with Duplos as well).
In regards to being too old to play with Legos there really isn’t a maximum age. I’m in my 30s and still enjoy sitting down with my kids (at the table not the floor lol) and helping them build a new set or just have fun making cars, houses, or other random things.
To see the most popular Lego sets currently on the market just click here.
Are Legos Good For A Five Year Old?
If you are looking to buy a gift for a child that is five years old you might be wondering if Legos are a suitable choice for a child of that age.
A child who is turning five or has just turned five is likely to enjoy playing with both Legos and Duplos so both are a great choice for a child of that age. They also make some Lego sets that are designed for younger children so those can be a great place to start with a five year old.
As I mentioned earlier in this article, my five year old son has his own Legos that he plays with despite many of the sets saying they are for children that are 8+. However, there are quite a few sets that are not quite as hard to put together that are designed for kids that are 5+.
Some of those most popular sets can be found by clicking here.
Just because a set says that it is good for a five year old doesn’t mean that they won’t need help following the instructions and building it though. Legos are designed to be relatively intricate (even those that are for younger children) so if you don’t have time to help them build the set it would probably be better to stick with Duplos (since many of those sets are just a few blocks that can easily be figured out).
Some of my fondest memories as a child was building Lego cars and crashing them into each other with my siblings to see which one would survive the longest so even if your five year old isn’t building the actual Lego sets they are still likely to have tons of fun playing with them.
Are All Lego Sets Good For Kids?
There are countless Lego sets that have been released over the years and at any given time you are likely to find hundreds of different sets for sale on websites like eBay or Amazon. With so many sets on the market it begs the question of whether all Lego sets are good for kids to build/play with or whether some are reserved for older teens/adults.
Although all Lego sets can be played with and built by children it often isn’t the best idea to let younger children play with some of the more intricate and expensive sets that Lego offers. Lego even has some sets that are designed to be used only by those who are 18 or older.
These sets being for older teens/adults has nothing to do with whether a younger child could put them together and everything to do with whether they would actually have fun and the patience to do it.
A 15 year old could certainly put together a $400 Lego set (yes some sets are that expensive or more) but whether they would enjoy all of the intricate details and the specific instructions that must be followed for a project like that will vary greatly.
So, although Legos can be played with by children and adults of all ages that doesn’t mean that all of the Lego sets on the market will work for all ages too.
Check the Lego box (or listing information if buying online) to see which ages a specific Lego set is designed for. If a set says that it is designed for 18+ then getting that set for your 5 year old will likely be a waste of money and cause both you and your five year old far more frustration than fun.
Are Legos Good For 3&4 Year Olds?
Although Legos are incredibly popular and can be played with by children and adults alike, that doesn’t mean that you should throw your 3 or 4 year old in front of a pile of Legos and expect them to have tons of fun.
Legos are not a very good choice for 3&4 year olds as a child that age will have difficulty building with them and also taking them apart. For children that age you are much better off buying them Duplo sets that are designed for them.
Often people don’t want to buy Duplos as they feel like they won’t be played with once the child gets old enough for Legos so they try to buy Legos for 3&4 year olds as well. However, Lego actually makes Duplos and Legos compatible so even as your children get older they can still combine the two different sizes of building blocks and make one giant car, house, castle, etc.
You can use Duplos as a base for Legos or even put Duplos on top of a Lego build as well!
So you don’t have to feel like you are wasting your money in buying Duplos instead of Legos for your 3&4 year olds as they can continue to play with them alongside any Legos that they get when they get older.
My 3 year old daughter absolutely loves playing with Duplos and is actually sitting on the floor in front of me building with them right now. However, when she tries to play with her brother and sister’s Legos she often gets frustrated (as do they) as she doesnt know how to build things and often ends up braking apart what they have built rather than making it better,