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24 Incredibly Creative And Practical Uses for LEGO

24 Incredibly Creative And Practical Uses for LEGO

Chances are you’ve heard of and even owned some of the incredibly popular children’s toy LEGO in your lifetime! LEGO has been inspiring children for decades, allowing them to be creative and clever all at once, and encouraging kids to imagine what it’s like to be an architect, an engineer, an inventor or one of many other fantastic careers.

Created by Ole Kirk Christiansen in his workshop in Billund, Denmark, LEGO began production in 1949. Since then, over 560 billion pieces have been produced, which is at least 62 bricks for every individual person on this entire planet! There are also six theme parks dedicated to LEGO and play-sets that cover almost every media franchise from games and movies to books and sporting events. There are even some LEGO bricks floating around in space because in May 2011, 13 LEGO kits  were taken to astronauts so that they could build models and study how the bricks react in microgravity.

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Every single thing about LEGO seems to be both inspired and simple. Even the word LEGO is wonderful, as it comes from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well” and a standard LEGO brick can withstand 950lbs of pressure, which is about the weight of an average moose. It’s no wonder then that children and adults alike all around the world are inspired by LEGO and have come up with various ways to use the nifty little bricks. In fact, the only bad thing about LEGO is that standing on one with bare feet was voted the most painful thing a human being can experience, second only to childbirth!

Whether you want to brighten up your home, teach your children mathematics or craft some geeky jewelry, you can do anything you want to with LEGO. To get your imaginations rolling, here are 24 wonderful creations people have crafted using just Lego.

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1. DIY Easy Wall Repair

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    2. Creative and Colourful Interior Design

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      LEGO TABLE  BY PHILIPPE ROSETTI_ PARIS
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        3. Educational Tools to Help Kids Learn Math

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          4. A Real House!

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            5. A Prosthetic Animal Limb

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              6. A Super Simple Key Rack (Miniature Figures Optional and Interchangeable)

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                7. An Incredible Phone Stand

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                  8. Or Even a Knife Stand for the Kitchen

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                    9. A Decorative Tower Case

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                      10. Nerdy yet Posh Cuff Links for Special Outings

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                        11. A LEGO-Lamp Shade That Will Make Any Room More Fun

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                          12.  A New House and/ or Toys for Your Pets

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                              13. A Rather Uncomfortable Looking Sofa or Table

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                                14. Gift Wrapping or Storage

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                                  15. A Set of Seriously Nifty Coasters

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                                    16. Flowers That Will Never, Ever Die

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                                      17. And a Plant Pot to Keep Them In

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                                        18. Interesting Book Ends

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                                          19. A Mirror or Picture Frame Which Would Look Great in a Child’s Bedroom

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                                            20. You Can Even Make Jewellery!

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                                                  21. Or a Toothbrush Holder

                                                  22. Or, My Personal Favourite, a Bookshelf!

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                                                    23. A Napkin Holder for Children’s Parties

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                                                      24. A Lego Time-Management System!

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                                                      What was the best thing you ever built using LEGO?

                                                      Featured photo credit: Michael of Scott via flickr.com

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                                                      Last Updated on January 14, 2019

                                                      7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                                      7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                                      From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                                      What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                                      1. Take the scenic route.

                                                      Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                                      Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                                      2. Distract yourself.

                                                      No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                                      3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                                      There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                                      4. Bring a friend.

                                                      Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                                      Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                                      5. Accessorize.

                                                      There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                                      For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                                      6. Compete.

                                                      A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                                      7. Relax.

                                                      The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                                      With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

                                                      Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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