At the Dad 2.0 Summit earlier this year, LEGO had a great booth set up where we could mingle with Master Builder Chris Steininger, check out some new models coming in the future, and share with them our #LEGODad truths.
It was around this time that LEGO made news for releasing a SAHD minifig, a dad pushing a stroller, and being involved. “LEGO minifigs! They’re just like us!,” the dads at the conference chanted.
Some of my greatest fatherhood moments have come on a carpet with my kids playing with LEGO. From creating random challenges for them, to seeing Charlie pull out his inner Abrams and make LEGO movies, to seeing Zacharie tackle a huge build over a number of hours, plowing through each complicated step with determination, playing with LEGO is where fatherhood magic is made.
LEGO asked us to share our own #DadTruths to inspire their creative teams to build out more fatherhood involvement scenarios with minifigs.
I scribbled out: “It’s not a funny story, but it’s one of my favorite dad times with my kids. I went kayaking with my son last summer and he took his first rope swing into a river. As we got back to the dock, the leader pulled over on the side of the canal. My son, Zacharie, climbed out, stripped down to his skivvies (we didnt pack a bathing suit) and swung. I filmed it in slow motion. He ran out screaming and let go, got soaked. And went back and did it again. It’s simple, but the slow motion video, seeing him suspended in air is a frozen moment in time for me, forever a 7 yr old son.”
And then the LEGO team built this for me!
Here are some of the other #DadTruths my fellow fathers shared and had interpreted by LEGO minifgs.
LEGO.com/Dad has also been built out as a site curating a celebration of fun, awesome and inspirational content, tools and video that celebrate the special connection between dads and kids.
As we celebrate fatherhood this week, take some time to get down on the carpet with your kids and build something awesome. And then get into the comments, share your #DadTruths and win some LEGO!
Disclosure: LEGO has given me access to awesome experiences and sent me a few boxes of toys over the past few years.
My husband #DadTruths Loves playing with Lego.
I love to play with them even when the kids are are not! lol #DadTruths
From my observations of Dads I can see that Dads love playing games and Lego with their kids !
Dad loves legos as much as their kids #DadTruths
dad’s help keep the mood light and love to play with legos too
Dads have more fun than Moms. At least in our household. I try and learn from my husband on how to chill a bit. Truth be told, we’re a perfect mix of ying and yang for our kids. Couldn’t do it without my husband.
Journeys of The Zoo
My husband doing a lot of sports with our son. I guess this is a big part of his fatherhood.
As a Dad you will shed many tears for your children. Some will be tears of joy, when you are just so proud of them. Some will be tears of sadness, when you are sad along side them. And of course there will be the tears you shed when you inevitably step on one of the lego piece they leave on the floor. #dadtruths
Building LEGO creations together is so much fun. The time we spend together is invaluable!
It is important to always be there for your children. Life is busy, but children need the love and support of their fathers just as much as they need their mother. #DadTruths