Wednesday, April 09, 2008

L is for LEGO in ABC Wednesday

For a father with four children LEGO is as logical an L as can be imagined. I think he in many ways had as much fun playing and building with these bricks with his children as they had. Maybe it was because they were launched when he was a small boy and he remembers his own pleasure from that time?


According to LEGO's own hompage:

The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It’s our name and it’s our ideal.

The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. The Company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.
And about the brick:
The brick in its present form was launched in 1958. The interlocking principle with its tubes makes it unique, and offers unlimited building possibilities. It's just a matter of getting the imagination going – and letting a wealth of creative ideas emerge through play.
I think all children in the Western world must have some kind of relationship with this little, almost indestructible brick. They could be made into everything, and after a while they where produced in all kinds of types. But for children in Scandinavia there were more: There was LEGOLAND in Billund, Denmark! Nowadays there are several of them around the world, but it started in Billund. We had many holidays in Denmark, and that often included a visit to LEGOLAND. Denmark isn't the largest country in the world, so it was often possible.

LEGOLAND is of course an amusement park, but there is more: there is all the sculpture, figures and houses made out of LEGO-bricks. Most impressing is the small copies of various sites and structures from around the world. Close by each other you can find a small wharf from Lofoten in Norway


and then some windmills from the Netherlands.


According to Wikipedia, 70% of the company was sold to a US-based company in 2005. Let us hope that the positive attitude to children and their play and welfare will continue. According to their homepage it certainly looks that way.

Let us hope that it avoids a fate like this:




PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

59 comments:

Ackworth Born said...

I've been to Legoland, many years ago it was - we took the ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg and stayed at a farmhouse near Kolding for a week.

We did enjoy Legoland, it was less in-your-face than many theme parks, but that was in the 80s.

Picturing of Life said...

wow...LEGO. Great choice. Maybe someday i can go to Legoland :D Great choice for L theme.

My ABC : L theme Thanks.

Paulie said...

Wonderful collection of photos about Legos. My children enjoyed them but that was a long time ago.

ArneA said...

All Norwegians with children have been to Legoland. If not, Why is it always great to be Norwegian in Denmark

Berit said...

Kjempe! Var ikke i mine tanker engang. Var der med ungene da de var små, imponerende arbeider.
Ha en sin dag.

VP said...

My nephew love Lego - it's something that still appeals to children even in this age of computer games, TV etc etc.

Great L!

Hanne Cecilie said...

Lego, still missing them from when i was little. Hehe:)
How creative. Great choiche.
Have a good ABC-Wednesday

John said...

Ja i Legoland er det mange år siden jeg har vært, må legge til at jeg i går bygde Duplo med barnebarnet.
Et kreativt valg for "L" Rune. Lofoten bilde er fra Reine.

hpy said...

Jag hade inte lego da jag var liten men jag hade en liten lekkamrat, sex ar yngre an jag som hade lego, sa visst fick jag leka lite ocksa. Bra leksak, och ett fint fynd for l-abc.

mrsnesbitt said...

As a teacher I loved playing with the lego when I was with the 5 year olds. If the children were REALLY good i sometimes let them have a play! LOL!

Blue said...

What an enjoyable post.
I think visiting Legoland would be fun.

Müge Tekil said...

I used to love playing with Legos when I was a little girl. But I didn't know there was a LEGOLAND!:) If one day I visit Scandinavia, I will surely go to this beautiful place!

A great "L" post that made me remember of sweet days of my childhood. Thank you! :)

My ACB "L" theme is here:

http://1-brin-de-muguet.blogspot.com/2008/04/l-is-for-lion.html

Greetings from Istanbul,

imac said...

Well thats certainly a good L of a post.lol.
Nice photos of Legoland too.

Ida said...

Great choise Rune! :)
We are still playing with LEGO here in our house. ;)
I will save it for the coming generations in the family.
We will visit Legoland for the first time this summer.
Play well - a good and wise request.

oldmanlincoln said...

Interesting post. I have and you have seen some marvelous things made with these toys or what used to be toys. Now it is a whole industry and beyond the wildest dreams of their creator.

Your photo is really nice to see.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville

Gordon said...

A great post Rune; very interesting information and pictures of Legoland. I spend many hours playing with Lego with my children; and now with the granddaughters.

quintarantino said...

Simple and amazing.

HildeS. said...

Lego is a very good choice.
Det er lenge siden eg har leka med lego nå, men det kunne halde ongane i aktivitet i timevis.
Legoland var også kjekt sist eg var der:)

Wienermaedel said...

Wonderful fotos of LEGO - we have to show it to our grandchilds, thank you!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

å for en hærlig L du har i dag. Lego pleide jeg å bygge med pappa og min bror. Vi ungene bygde grunnmuren og huset med dører og vinduer (Små hull), mens pappa måtte tre til med taket. Hi hi hi. Tusen takk for ar du vekker opp slike gode minner hos meg:)
Min datter vokste selvklart opp med duplo og lego. Og no ligger de i kjelleren og venter på barn som kommer på besøk:)
Men Legoland kom vi oss aldri til!

I think this is a fantastic L and I love it. Very nice photos and interesting text too:)

Petunia said...

Så flott lego innlegget ditt er! Bra!
Jeg må innrømme at jeg aldri har vært i Legoland. selv med 2,5 barn. Men minstemann har jo ikke vokst fra det enda, så kanskje før barnebarna kommer.(Eldstemann er 20!)
Jeg har så mye lego her. Eldstemann hadde mani på det. Det var omtrent bare det han lekte med da han var liten og Bulle har arvet den interessen. Kan sikkert bygge min egen lille legoby her.

Andrea said...

WOW, I did not know there was a LEGOLAND. I am sure that would be a great place to visit. I know my grandson would love to go there.

Gunilla said...

You are just clever!! How could I miss to choise that theme today! Great Rune!

babooshka said...

What an interesting choice of subject for the letter L.Marvellous creations and photographs. Lego shouldn't be just for children, it would releive my stress levels anyway. Play well, absolutely.

Thankyou for the viit and your comments,which have bought me to your fine blog.

Mari said...

Lovely idea for L. Everybody loves Legos.

Juha Ylitalo said...

During my childhood I used to be big fan of Lego, but I have to admit that I never bought Lego Mindstorm even though it would have been cool toy and all my basic bricks are back in my parent's place.
Great idea for L and good post about Lego.

Katney said...

One of the Legolands around the world is located in my childhood hometown of Carlsbad, California. Built long after my own children were grown, it was always of interest as my mother had followed the political wrangling between those in the community who wanted it built and those who did not.

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the park several years ago. One of the things I most remember is an encounter with a dad there with his son of about five. After some time entertaining the boy as we all waited in line for a popular ride, he turned to us and asked, "Why are you here without children?"

I wonder briefly if he thought we should have gone and found some children to bring--but no, I'm still sure that he thought we were nuts to be there as adults who didn't have to be.

ellen b said...

What a great choice for L
Lego's are great if you don't step on them :)

Nessa said...

Everyone loves Lego's until they step on them; D

Miss_Yves said...

Wonderful!
My children played with Lego bricks ...
I'll show to my son the pictures of legoland!
miss Yves

Jan said...

Legos, what fun. These are great shots.

DeeMom said...

... 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". How neat I learned something new…Great “L” idea. Great information here… awesome pictures

Dragonstar said...

Lego is an important part of childhood. Our children started on Duplo at a very early age, and graduated eventually to the technical Lego. Great stuff!

Anne-Berit said...

Legoklossene har vært barns favoritt så langt tilbake som jeg kan huske,og de har stadig kommet med nye klosser og figurer.Har aldri vært i Legoland,men har sett både filmer og bilder derfra,og det ser helt fantastisk ut.Bra valg for dagens bokstav:o)

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

heisann

takk for kjempekoselig kommentar hos meg. Jeg har alltid likt lego veldig godt, så din L var perfekt for meg! Lappeteppet mitt hadde jo passet på abc hvis det var på norsk..

Neva said...

My kids all loved legos. A good friend went to Legoland in Denmark and came back with wonderful pictures and keychains! What a great post....

BumbleVee said...

acckkkkk!! I hope they just threw away the box not the Lego pieces!!

KOSTAS said...

Me you went a lot of years behind, when my son was small and had love with the Lego.
Marvellously collection.
Great post!

Liz said...

Lego is the best toy! Except when you stand on a brick in bare feet!

photowannabe said...

Love Legos and love this post. I really would like to visit Legoland. It looks awesome.

Lilli & Nevada said...

I remember my boys used to have Lego's when they were young, i have to admit tho i could never make anything out of them.

I do like your Lego Post, I had already been scolded about me trying to compete with ABC Wed.By using Wordless Wed, And didn't want to be scolded again. Which by the way i am not, just wanting to try something different.
But felt now that i was scolded i figured i was not wanted to post on ABC wed since i don't have a letter L. I also would of liked to join your bridges but i know i don't have enough bridges to post.

GAWO said...

Du må slå deg sammen med Petunia og hennes Lego. Det kan bli til noe stort og fint. Bare det er kreativitet og skaperglede og dere har nok klosser så tror jeg det kan bli noe å blogge om.

AVCR8TEUR said...

I remember going to Legoland in Carlsbad, California on opening day. You took some nice pictures of the park and made creative use of the Lego blocks. I have a few boxes at home which are collecting dust.

Diana said...

very cool! we thought about Lego's but didn't know where they came from (didn't have any either). thanks for the info !!

Powell River Books said...

I learned so much about LEGOs that I didn't know. As a teacher, I always had them in my classroom and the children loved using their imagination during play. Thanks for visiting my L is for logs post. - Margy

leslie said...

Lego is a staple toy these days. I can hardly wait for my grandson to really get "into" it. He's still a bit young but does play some with the larger pieces.

naturglede said...

Lego er alltid fint. Her er det framme så fort barnebarna stikker innnom. Det blir vel en tur til legoland snart, tenker jeg.

nonizamboni said...

What fun it was to read about lego-s and a clever use of 'l.' Certainly brought back memories of my daughters! Interesting history and I agree with you in hoping it maintains it's happiness factor.
Thanks for sharing!

david mcmahon said...

Great work. I was enchanted by Lego as a child - and all my kids enjoyed playing it - thank goodness!

Old Wom Tigley said...

We have a large collection of this... our boys are both grown up now but it is one toy we will never part with.. timeless.

One of the slogans were 'A New Toy Every Day'

Nydia said...

What super-cool idea for the L post! it brought a smile to my face, because generations of children, including me, have been playing with Lego... and now my son Lucas just loves it as well. He spent hours building spaceships, walls, cars, dragons, whatever his ittle mind imagines. And I didn't know the origin of the name! Thanks for this great post. And thanks for your sweet comment on my own L post. Kisses fom Nydia.

Nydia said...

Oh, I forgot: I have some of Asimov's books, not even close to your hundred!!! Do you have "The Early Asimov"? It's one of the special ones I have. Kisses.

polaris said...

wonderful pictures!
Hope to go there for visit

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becky voyles said...

Never thought of that one. Wonderful post. Loved your play on L words when commenting on mine. Cute! Thanks.

starnitesky said...

Oh how I loved Lego when the children were young, a good excuse to use my building skills!!!!

(It's still in the roof waiting for grandchildren)

kml said...

I cannot tell you how many hours that LEGOS kept my kids occupied. They just loved them!

Kerri said...

OH this is PERFECT for "L"!

Suzi-k said...

i totally agree with you, I bought lego for my kids so I could play with it!!! And now my grandson is nearly old enough so I can start all over... yay!

ChrisJ said...

We have a Legoland just 10 minutes away from us. (Southern California). Our boys used to play with Lego all the time. It's a wonderful toy and a brilliant idea.