documented on this blog before, so getting access to more things to build airplanes with was simply irresistible to him. What they actually got were sets like an Airport Firetruck that came with a big jet engine and a Construction Hauler. I made a deal with them before we started: I would build it by the instructions one time and then they were free to do what they wanted, but they were on their own after that. I think the firetruck lasted a day before he took it apart and built a jet.
airplanes, helicopters and race cars, each of which either I or Olivia built one time. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the race car lasted less than 30 minutes before he reconfigured it with wings.
Ikea piece for which you can buy bins of various sizes for sorting the Legos by color. While this seemed a little OCD to me at first, I realized that it's kinda the way the instructions tell you to build things: grab 4 red of this shape and 3 black of this shape and 2 yellow of that shape. So sorting by color actually did make sense... While there are more than 6 colors, I didn't see a strong need to sort out the different shades of gray or brown into their own bins. Perhaps when we get into the larger sets, we'll look at expanding our storage with a second unit. Every week, I make then go through and sort the bins out since they tend to just toss the pieces in the bottom bin when in a hurry.
So, if anyone's looking for birthday or Hanukkah gift ideas, look no further than the Lego section. :)