The Lego Movie Message

Monday, February 10, 2014

Of course we went to see it this weekend. And it was great. I don't want to ruin it for you if you haven't seen it yet, so this is a spoiler alert - though I don't think I give too much away.

I will simply say this: The Lego Movie charmed me, and hit me with pangs of guilt. At it's core, the movie is about letting our kids be creative. Let them make a mess, let them attach the shark's head to the pirate's arm, let them lose the directions, and for Pete's sake, let them mix up the colors. 

Let them play.

This is a message we need, (I need) when Pottery Barn and Pinterest would like us to think that playrooms should look like this.

We impose our adult OCD tendencies on their fresh and clean little minds. How messed up.

Not that anything is ever clean where children are concerned. And not that they don't need to pick up those pesky, sharp, howl-inducing Legos off the floor. They do, of course. It's just that we adults (President Business, as the villain is called in the movie) ought to make sure we aren't all business and order and logic when it comes to play.

There will be plenty of time for labeled bins and color coding perfection when they grow up. For now, let them play. And while you're at it, join in and have a little fun yourself, too.

That's what I got out of The Lego Movie. That, and a sinking feeling that we aren't done buying bricks.
Have you ever struggled with letting go of order, perfection, or conformity when it comes to kids' play?

*If you haven't already, and if you want a laugh, you must read Suburban Turmoil's post on this subject.

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2 Responses to “The Lego Movie Message”

  1. Thanks for this Courtney. The Lego Movie made me a tad guilty. I have been the mom that gets upset when the carefully constructed Legos get torn apart. I know it is better for the boys to create their own vehicles and play sets from their imagination. I just see all of the time and money that it took to create the set pictured on the box! I tried organizing the Legos first by sets and then by color but now, they are just all dumped in boxes and they can create whatever they want. They have come up with some really neat things, things that are outside of the box. They are prouder of these creations than anything they made with the instructions. A life lesson for me! I just have to let my need for order and perfection go…or I will drive myself insane!

  2. Jayda - I had to think about this post and try (so hard) not to be a complete hypocrite when I was fussing at the boys to clean up their playroom the other day. The boxes that I labeled for different colored Legos are now a joke. All kinds of toys get stuffed into them. I've gotten to the point where as long as they are on the shelf, I'm happy.