1, 2, 3… LEGO!

I don’t know about all you other mums, but there are very few other activities that keep my kids engaged and entertained as long as LEGO® does! All three of my children absolutely love LEGO® building, but no one as much as my eldest, Jackson. He truly blows us away with his imagination and creations.

According to The Barossa Co Op; “Lego teaches various soft skills that will shape the way that they work and interact with others including, creative thinking, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.”

The Barossa Co Op

We were recently gifted a box of LEGO® and I told the kids to build whatever they wanted from it, using their imaginations run wild…

Brooke opted to try to follow the instructions in the booklet to start with, but that didn’t last too long. She then created a “gum ball machine”… my little sweet addict 😉

Gumball Machine

Jordy had within minutes whipped up a car and was only too chuffed with himself. Give him anything with wheels and he is a happy boy!

Jackson took this task very seriously, as he naturally does most things. He whipped out our LEGO® box to add to the box we were gifted to create a massive fort, complete with working guns, cctv cameras, a treasure box the soldiers were protecting and a hospital for anyone wounded in battle. See the video on my Instagram to check it out. He is such a beautiful boy with a beautiful, creative mind. He wants to be an architect one day.

Speaking of incredible kids – Michelle Nkamankeng is a South African novelist, from Johannesburg, who has become the youngest author in South Africa and also by being in the top 10 of the world’s youngest authors. Michelle is only 9 years old and wrote her first book at only 7 years old! Michelle has written children’s books because she realised that most children’s books were written by adults.

“I’ve always loved creative play, whether it was fancy dress or building amazing creations with LEGO® bricks,” she says. “Building sets taught me the importance of a good foundation and structure – which every story needs! Breaking those sets down and building my own crazy inventions showed me that just about anything is possible – and that I can change the world with my creativity, if I just put my mind to it!” 

Michelle Nkamankeng

Here’s some incredible news for all of you:

Michelle together with the LEGO® brand will be giving LEGO lovers a chance to score a free copy of her book “The Little Mouse” when you spend more than R1,000 on selected LEGO® sets.

Another way you can help underprivileged communities is to donate your pre-loved children’s books, and for every book donated you will receive 100 Brick Rewards. Exclusive to LEGO® Certified Stores in South Africa.

“I hope that all of South Africa’s children are inspired to rise up and tackle the world’s challenges, that they use their creativity to rebuild the world,” she says. “It’s up to us to find new ways of fixing old problems and challenging the status quo. You don’t need power or an army to rebuild the world – you just need to be creative.

Michelle Nkamankeng

Paid Partnership with LEGO® South Africa

Author: Shan Fourie

Shan Fourie is a busy mom of three, based in Ballito, and is a full-time lifestyle blogger/Content Creator. With over 14 years of experience in marketing, Shan began blogging in 2018, and embarked into full-time content creation in 2021. Shan uses her platform to share brands, businesses as well as to raise awareness and funds for causes and initiatives close to her heart. Somewhat of an activist, Shan has helped bring people together for multiple causes, including A21 Walk for Freedom, multiple Bone Marrow & Blood drives, a peaceful protest to stop NetCare Alberlito from closing its paeds ward, as well as other movements she is passionate about. Her biggest focus this year is on raising funds, alongside The Rise Up Movement, for a GBV safe house in Kwadukuza, along with a lab for facilitating rape-kits on site, instead of having to send them to Pretoria. Shan is an official Ambassador for (a) The SA Bone Marrow Registry, (b) the Red Movement (a movement intent on eradicating period poverty), and (c) and a partner of the Rise Up Movement - an NPO that stands against GBV, Child abuse, and Human Trafficking. Shan was a Mrs South Africa 2022 finalist, 2023 CANSA ambassador for Mrs South Africa, and Discovery Bank was her gold sponsor. Shan is also the official Wellness influencer for Gateway Theatre of Shopping and The Pencil Club Umhlanga. Shan believes that wellness is all-encompassing - mental, physical and emotional. She believes it is important to keep your life clean of toxicity. Self-care is super important to her.

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