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How Do You Play with Lego as an Adult (A Starter Guide)

How Do You Play with Lego as an Adult (A Starter Guide)


Remember those days when we used to play with Lego as kids and build all sorts of crazy things? 

Well, guess what? 

You can still do that as an adult and have just as much fun—probably more. 

In this article, we'll guide you on how to start your journey into Lego as an adult.

But quickly, why are more adults coming back to Lego?


Relaxation and Stress Relief

Building with Lego is a popular activity for adults, and one of the main reasons is relaxation and stress relief. 

Engaging in creative activities like building with Lego can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and boost overall mental wellbeing. 


a space invader graphic mosaic made from lego


Here are some ways in which building with Lego can provide relaxation and stress relief:

  • Calming and meditative: Building with Lego can be a calming and meditative activity that allows you to focus on the task and forget about daily life's stresses.

    It's a great way to unwind and clear your mind after a long day.

  • Mindfulness practice: Building with Lego can help you practice mindfulness, allowing you to focus on the bricks in your hands, the sound of the bricks connecting, and the joy of creating, leading to increased focus and less reactivity to distractions and outside pressures.

  • Therapeutic benefits: Engaging in creative activities like building with Lego can have therapeutic benefits, such as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, improving cognitive function and memory, and boosting self-esteem and confidence.

  • Sense of accomplishment: Building with Lego can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, which can be a great mood booster.

    Completing a challenging build or creating something unique and impressive can give you a sense of pride and achievement, which can help to counteract negative emotions and thoughts.


Here some ways to get back into Lego as an adult:


Building Sets with Instructions

Building sets according to instructions is a great way to get started with LEGO as an adult. 

It can be a stress-free way to enjoy the process of building. Following instructions can also help improve focus and attention to detail. Try building sets that align with your interests, such as a Star Wars set or a famous landmark.


boba fett helmet from star wars made out of lego


lego Paris skyline

Building Works of Art

Creating works of art with LEGO can be a fun and rewarding experience for adults. Lego has a line called Art inspired by famous artists, comics, and movies.

When you're done building, you have some nice-looking wall decor. 




Displaying and Sharing Creations

Setting up a LEGO display in your home is a great way to show off your creations and add some fun decor.

Sharing creations on Instagram can also be a fun way to connect with other LEGO enthusiasts and get feedback on your work. 


Lego charger display


Sharing your sets can also inspire others and be a great way to connect with the larger LEGO community.


lego typewriter display

Build Together with Family or Friends

Building LEGO together with family or friends can be a fun bonding experience. This is a great way to spend quality time together or a team bonding experience at the workplace.




Date Activity

Building LEGO together can be a fun and unique date activity, whether you're married, in an LTR, or just starting to date someone. 

lego architecture set on display


This can be a great way to get to know someone better and have a fun and lighthearted experience. Building together can also help to break the ice and create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. 


Free Building

Free-building is a great way to practice creativity and imagination. This is a great way to exercise your creative muscles and enjoy creating without limitations. 

a lego t-rex

Experimenting with different techniques and materials can also be fun to learn and explore new possibilities. 

Free-building can be a fun and rewarding experience, allowing you to build whatever you want without any set limitations or instructions.


Building MOC instructions

In the LEGO community, MOC is short for "My Own Creation."

It refers to custom designs that builders create themselves. These builders create instructions for their MOCs, put them up online, and often sell these instructions online. These instructions guide other builders on creating the same design using LEGO bricks. 

screenshot of build better bricks - a lego moc instruction store

Lego Building Instructions from BuildBetterBricks



To build MOCs from these instructions, you'll need to source the parts either from your own collection or by purchasing the parts you need on websites such as Bricklink.

Building MOCs from instructions can be a great way to improve building skills, as you'll often encounter new building techniques and unique designs. 


Closing Thoughts

Playing with Lego as an adult is a fun and rewarding activity providing hours of entertainment and cognitive benefits. 

With the new sets designed specifically for older audiences, there's never been a better time to pick up those colorful bricks and let your imagination run wild. So why not give it a try and see what you can create?

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