365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours.
The first thing you’re greeted with when you select up the book may be the little red timer in the bottom right-hand corner of the cover, so where easier to start than there. This little red device is a combination of a task selector, countdown timer and stopwatch. Pressing the ‘? ’ button randomly selects one of the book’s 365 things you can do, which it reveals on the little screen complete with a funky ditty. The yellow button is a timer that can be occur periods of 30 seconds, with each press increasing the time you must complete your build or challenge. The blue button is a stopwatch, used to time yourself as you get creative. In addition, it makes an ace egg timer, even though I’m sure wasn’t DK’s intended use for it.
As the title suggests the book is filled with 365 things to do with LEGO, in the beginning of the book you’ll be greeted with several pages grouping together the sort of builds in contains however they basically fall under these main categories – challenges or games, pranks, useful builds and puzzles. This is what makes the book so unique, unlike other similar types of LEGO titles like LEGO Play and Awesome Ideas, this book takes the notion of inspirational builds and adds a fresh layer of interaction. There are many great a few ideas for you to build but the book really makes its own when you grab some friends and undertake some of the challenges.
These range from simple things like stacking 2×4 bricks end to get rid of (no stud connections) to produce the tallest tower or each having a selection of bricks and having 30 seconds to build something with a few of them before rotating the model with another player who continues to build on everything you started. Those are just a few examples with many more included and once you throw a timer the into the mix, the excitement of racing against the clock really kicks in. You may need certain elements to build certain things but just like LEGO, you can tweak every single idea in the book to fit your collection of bricks.
It’s a fun book presented in the style you’d are expecting from DK, with great images and clear guidelines for what you ought to do. Despite it’s similarities to other DK titles, the addition of the timer and the sheer amount of different things to build available, really does set it apart. The timer can’t be removed from the book but thanks to the gate fold front cover it’s easiest enough to really have the book open on a particular page and also have access to the timer. The randomness of the selector may make it difficult to use when playing games as a group but there’s nothing stopping you picking the task yourself and using the selector’s time functions. It may not include any actual LEGO but combine it with a bucket of basic bricks from the LEGO Classics range and you have the ultimate family gift to break out at Christmas or parties. Nothing brings people together a lot more than LEGO and bragging rights when you win a challenge.
The builders involved in these LEGO books don’t frequently get the recognition they deserve, so we thought we’ve shine the spotlight on them all, as the inspirational LEGO models included through the entire book are genius. So step forward
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