If you're in search of a fun and engaging activity that will keep the kids occupied for hours, it's hard to go past LEGO.
Not only does it help develop fine motor skills in younger builders, but research shows that preschool children who regularly use LEGO bricks can improve their mathematics and executive functioning skills.
And let's be real, with the negative effects of excess screen time, it's a great way to take a break from tablets and screens.
Sometimes it can be a little hard to pick a set out of the mountains available, but luckily some experts have recommended their top sets:
LEGO Classic Creative Brick Box: Starting at around $52.00, this big yellow box of mixed LEGO parts is an excellent gateway for anyone new to LEGO. With windows, eyes, and wheels, the possibilities for creative construction and vehicles are endless! And it's even a great supplement set to any existing LEGO collection.
It comes in a convenient plastic storage box and includes ideas to get the building started.
LEGO 3-in-1 Creator Mighty Dinosaurs Set: For a more budget-friendly $22.00, you can build your very own prehistoric creature with this set. You can even build three different dinosaurs with just one set!
It even includes the dinosaur’s prey in the form of a buildable rib cage.
LEGO Duplo My First Number Train: For about $34.99 this colourful Duplo set is perfect for toddlers who are learning to count.
Kids can learn to load the DUPLO number bricks onto the train toy in the correct order and unload them again to improve their fine motor skills.
LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Operation: This 525-piece animal-themed set is $159.99 perfect for animal lovers. The set includes a winch helicopter, tracked vehicle, a savanna setting with a landslide function and a veterinary station.