LEGO Bricks | 06th September 2022 | Virtual Wire
Most probably there is not an individual on earth who has not played with LEGO bricks. It has become a basis of life for children since the 1950s.
Today even adults play with it and build symbolic buildings of the world, Star Wars spacecraft or Formula 1 cars…etc. Do not consider them just “toys for children" because it is not that easy to combine them. The word “LEGO" is an abbreviation of two Danish words “leg god" which means “play well" in English. The company was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932 but the first brick that we use today was invented in Billund in 1958 by Godtfred Kirk Christiansen. The bricks were designed in such a way that they could be linked with each other in countless combinations. Being a happy person, he made a lot of different wooden toys of high quality for children that’s why he came up with the name “LEGO”. In Danish, it means “play well”.
After the Second World War when too many houses had been torn down, people acquired an instinct of “building up”. So the idea of the basic bricks was actually to build houses. Besides, a new material helped him make things that he couldn’t do with wood. It was called “plastics”. The original bricks were just hollow, thus you couldn’t position them in different ways. However; placing tubes inside the bricks made it possible “to stick them together”. Creation of this system enabled people to build different things. Also, human characters were once very plain and they did not have even arms and legs. Today, they evolved into lively figures with smiling, a yellow face which does not represent a specific race. Now, bricks constitute “a small town” called “Legoland” in Billund which 1.9 million guests visit every year.
The LEGO Group and the Foundation didn’t forget children with visual impairment as well. They launched LEGO Braille bricks for them to help improve their cognitive abilities in 2020. Once having been small items to create small figures, LEGO bricks are able to turn into huge cars, ships, movie characters or houses. They will continue to stimulate the child’s imagination while giving adults the opportunity to have fun and keep their childishness inside. There is no limit when it comes to imagination and creativity.