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Creativity, children using their own imagination and using their hands to make is something I will always encourage my children to do. From the age of one we had mega bloks, then we moved onto Lego Duplo which is where my youngest son aged three and a half is still at but my eldest has moved onto the small Lego. He is five years old and for the last year his enthusiasm for Lego has grown and grown. We have slowly added sets to his collection. We do have a couple of the Lego City sets but my son does struggle a little to put them together he is very strong minded and has clear visions of what he wants so prefers to make his own creations up. This particular set Lego 4626 was bought as a gift for him and I would say it is in-between the basic Lego sets and Lego City sets. I would definitely say it's not a set I would start my child off with as it does lack the basic bricks.
The Lego 4626 comes in a decent sized blue box like many of the Lego sets come in these days. Is it me getting a bit old, I miss the red boxes with the lid shaped like a brick top and the handle that folded down to lock the lid on! The size of this box is ridiculous for the amount of items you actually get. The bricks do come in a few clear plastic bags which you open and then put in the box. Once they have all been tipped into the box it does look a bit pathetic with about an inch and half layer of bricks in a seven inch high box. Never the less my son was still happy to receive some Lego. The set is actually a Farm brick set and comes with a booklet of instructions to show you how to build the farm set. The instructions are very simple and easy to follow even for my five year old. The box contains 232 items and a Lego brick separator.
The instructions show you how to build the tractor and the trailer that attaches, a barn shaped archway, the front of a small cottage, a farm worker, a dog and a few other bits. All the blocks are provided to build this. Like I said it is lacking in the basic bricks and does have quite a few very small specific pieces like wheels for the tractor and trailer, a fence piece, door and windows, steering wheel for the tractor and more. The set doesn't come with a base plate but then many sets are not provided with them anymore. The orange Lego brick separator was a bit of a novelty for my son to begin with but after a while he has given up with it and nearly always breaks the bricks up with his hands and if he can't do it that's what mummy's are for!
On first opening this box my son immediately wanted to build the tractor and trailer. He followed the instructions quite well and only looked for a bit of help with assembling the wheels. He enjoyed finding the pieces he needed and worked well at it for some time. He did go onto build the other items as well but that was the last time he bothered building them. He is a very creative boy for his age and likes to invent his own things. That said he has used his instructions to build the tractor and trailer a few times adapting it slightly for himself. The set is made up of lots of lovely bright colours making some interesting creations. My son has since added this set to his others like I think most do with their Lego. He really likes all the different bits you get with this set and they have enhanced his creations but he has needed more basic bricks to make bigger things.
I personally think this set is ideal to add to other Lego sets but does lack a little on its own. I wouldn't recommend it as a first set to introduce your child to Lego one with more basic bricks and maybe a base plate if you can find would be better. But if you're after a set to add a bit more fun to your already existing sets then this is the product. Even though there looks to be a lack of items in the bottom of the box they do provide lots of fun. It's surprising how a set of wheels can make a child smile. My son loves to make vehicles you can make many different styles with this. My youngest son from time to time does play with Lego instead of his Duplo but this set for him it is a little bit too advanced. This particular set is recommended for ages four plus.
Lego is and has been for many years very popular so available for most places. The Lego box 4626 is available on Amazon for £13 which I think for what you get is a fair price. £13 sounds like a bargain for Lego but don't be fooled 232 pieces sounds a lot but really aren't. You get what you pay for here - a fair price I would say.