Happy 80th Birthday LEGO! Some of our favorite LEGO picks over the years, tied up with a bow

Happy Birthday LEGO cakeFor all the complaining I do about the tiny bricks scattered all over the living room floor, I adore LEGO bricks for how much they fully engage my kids even more than the latest video game. So we’re delighted to you a very Happy 80th Birthday. Based on how much you are still loved, I suspect you’ll be as relevant in another eighty years as you are today.

So today, we’re rounding up some of our favorite LEGO picks over the past years.  Christina

[see more of favorite picks and resources for cool LEGO things after the jump]

LEGO Architecture
LEGO Monsters

We’ve covered LEGO on Cool Mom Picks probably more than any other mainstream toy company, and who can blame us? With toys for architecture fans, LEGOS just for monster lovers, and even a LEGO Pad game that merges toy with technology, there’s something for anyone old enough to keep the pieces out of their mouth.

LEGO Friends

On the fence about the new LEGO Friends sets for girls? Our editor Liz helped a lot of readers with a really thoughtful assessment of them. (And psst..boys will like them too.)

Swoop Bags for toy storage

One of our favorite LEGO picks of all time: the Handmade SWOOP Bag which makes them super easy to store and clean up.

LEGO as math teaching tool

Using LEGOs to teach math – what a clever idea! You’ll find it on our Everything LEGO Pinterest board which really pushes the brick-building envelope with LEGO shoes, LEGO wigs and even M.C. Escher art that we’ve found around the web. Whoa.

MC Escher Art made of LEGO

You’ll find all of our LEGO posts in one handy place when you check out our Collection page for all things LEGO.

And don’t miss this LEGO video,
which recaps the history of the company, and is also a fascinating and
poignant look at the people who created this much-loved company. Happy
Birthday LEGO!


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • I love Lego so much, it was my favorite toy when I was a kid. Now that I have a child of my own, I bought her Lego too. With cartoons and video games easily accessible, it’s nice for her to play with something that will make her imagination work.

  • Reply August 15, 2012

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    Woohoo! Happy birthday Lego! Thank you so much for featuring my Lego cake tutorial.

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  • Reply August 15, 2012

    Jrseygirl in VA

    Just got a post from Lego that there is a new You Tube channel for just Lego! http://www.youtube.com/lego If you are like my kids they love the Lego videos.

    Jrseygirl in VA

  • Reply August 15, 2012


    With two boys in the house, I’m so thankful for LEGO. Right now we’re still on Duplo, and I totally need to get some Swoop bags.

  • Reply August 15, 2012


    Happy Birthday Lego!! My youngest son sits and plays with Legos for hours. Such a great toy!!

  • Reply August 16, 2012

    eco-friendly mom

    This made me nostalgic, brought back lots of memories playing Lego. Your childhood ain’t complete without them? Love the one about using Legos to teach Math.

  • Reply August 16, 2012

    Lisa Marz

    Happy Birthday, Lego! I love that cake. And just in time for my lego-crazed soon to be 5 year old’s birthday next week! Thank you for your great posts.

  • Reply August 17, 2012


    In a recent partnership with Google Chrome, LEGO can now be built online in 3D in the browser itself. The mechanics are super simple so it’s a great tool for kids too: http://www.buildwithchrome.com – enjoy!

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