Between Duplos (an introductory line designed for kids 1, 2, and 3 years old) and the traditional bricks (often designed for kids 6+), there has been this cloudy area where Lego-loving kids have foundered. Duplos are too easy and the traditional kits often require so much parental assistance that they aren't fun for the kids.
Enter Lego Juniors, a new line created for kids 4+. With slightly chunkier and definitely more modular bricks, the sets have easy-to-follow instructions for the themed kits (think Marvel comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more) and plenty of opened play opportunities for kids who want to build on their own.
Photo: Rebecca Gruber