Getting started with Lego as an adult
February 21, 2014 12:29 PM Subscribe
A recent gift has made me very interested in Lego but I don't feel like I know what to do with it unless I follow instructions. How can I learn to do better stuff with Lego on my own?
posted by JoannaC to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
The background: I got a Lego bear as a valentine gift and had so much fun! It seemed to really exercise my creative side in a way I enjoyed and I like the idea of having a hobby that is not computer or screen based.
But I don't have the best spatial sense and I can't really figure out how to do stuff on my own. I don't have the money to buy unlimited special kits, nor the space to store and display them. So I want to learn how to reuse the pieces to make cool stuff on my own. But...how?
I have tried a few things already...
- I got some basic bricks and a book called The Lego Idea Book, which I enjoyed looking through. But many of projects in it used a lot of special pieces I didn't have, which frustrated me.
- A website called Rebrickable said you could put in the sets you had and it would give you other sets you could make with thiose pieces. The only results I got when I put in what I had were projects made by other users and seemed to be in some special format, not PDF.
- We got a base plate and have been working on a house on it, which has been fun. But we quickly started running low on pieces and instill feel like I don't know how to make stuff that doesn't look babyish and amateur.
What I need is so e sort of Lego Bootcamp where there is a book that explains how to do it, Nd includes all the pieces you need to make a bunch of stuff. Or maybe there are blogs or youtube channels or something which can teach me. I am open to any resource you can think of. I just feel like there are skills I don't have which will make this more fun as a real, creative hobby for a grown-up type like me. Any ideas?