Tips to get started

a small critter and a big critter gathering over a device
The ideal age for Build the Change is 7 – 12 years, but don’t let that limit you! Then, just follow these handy tips to get the most from your experience:
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Challenge your mindset

Do you think of play as something that’s a nice to have after doing something more practical? We know that play is integral to a child’s development and the way they interact with the world. It’s our brain’s favourite way to learn!
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Prepare in advance

Gather up some materials: LEGO bricks, card, paper, pencils, crayons, you name it! Set aside a creative space, it doesn’t need to be big, just enough for your child to feel comfortable. Then allow around 45 – 60 minutes for the experience.
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Use our supporting materials

Check our theme fact sheets to give you some extra facts to throw into the mix.
LEGO critters scouting for something

Set expectations

Let your child know what’s happening for the next 45 minutes or so, the information is all laid out on our handy flow graphic that’s available in the digital experience.
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Let your child lead

It’s an important part of quality play. So resist stepping in when they hit a challenge. Instead, take a step back and support rather than direct. Don’t give the right answers but ask the right questions… and watch what happens!
LEGO criters jumping around

Forget right or wrong

Our philosophy in the LEGO System of play is that there’s no ‘wrong’ answer when it comes to awesome ideas. Every idea has value, so let’s remind kids of this!
the number seven built in LEGO bricks

Be serious about silliness

Children are awesome problem solvers. They don’t see the restrictions we see, and this means new, innovative solutions get a chance. So encourage your child to think big and wild! Let them know that fun, silly ideas are important, and awesome too!
A big LEGO critter asking a small critter questions

Ask open-ended questions

Questions that start with a why, how or what encourage deeper, more thoughtful responses, instead of a simple yes or no answer. So build them into your play. It’s a lovely way to explore knowledge and feelings about real-world issues together.
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Think and build in metaphors

We can’t always create lifelike examples of what we want to communicate, so thinking and building in metaphors is an alternative that comes naturally to children. As adults we tend to shy away from this, but children can use just a few bricks to create endless possibilities. So let them!
LEGO critters in yoga position

Go for the flow

Flow is a psychological state that we reach when we’re playing well. We lose all sense of time and get deeply involved, and this helps us learn. To get into the flow, use encouraging language, pose questions, and explore alternative options. It all helps to deepen the experience and who knows, you too may get into the flow!