My son is all about LEGO these days, which is why I was intrigued when I heard about Brikit, a new iPhone app that takes stock of the LEGOs you have and makes suggestions — complete with instructions — on what to build.
Turns out, it’s a gamechanger!
I love this app for for those of us with younger kids who rely pretty heavily on the instruction booklets that come with the kits — but tend to lose or mix up their pieces and get frustrated.
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It’s such a perfect reminder that the picture on the box isn’t the only thing you can make using those bricks inside. And that’s kind of the point of all LEGO sets, right? A train can turn into a boombox. A juice bar can turn into a puppy.
Just lay your LEGO pieces in a single layer so the Brikit app can scan them, then supply suggestions for your next creation complete with instructions for how to make it. (Lots of cool examples on the @brikit.app Instagram feed.)
It also lets you know whether have every piece you need for a given design — or even if you have the wrong color. Though I think could be a fun challenge for slightly older kids learning to improvise on their own.
Plus, if you have a full kit, like my son’s Trouble on Tatooine LEGO set, you can log those into the Brikit app as a complete set without scanning.
There are a few little glitches that I think will be worked out with updates, but overall, it’s a terrific app to inspire more creativity, imagination, and off-screen building time.
Now if it could just help me put them all back in the box.
Download the Brikit app for iOS exclusively from the App Store. Fear not, Android version coming this fall!
I think any parent who uses this app strips kids from being creative. Instead of using the app spend quality time with the kids and help them become creative on their own.
There’s no *wrong* way to build LEGO. Creativity comes in all forms — using imagination alone is great, or getting ideas from images or other building plans…also great. All kids think differently. So both are good ideas! It doesn’t have to be one or the other. (Also, sadly, not every 14-year-old wants to build LEGOs with their parents all the time, sniff.) -Eds