The best Lego sets for kids' indoor play - according to parents
20 May 2020
From Duplo for little ones to the best models for older children (and adults), these are the best Lego sets for kids - according to Mumsnet users.
From free-form brick sets to models from classic family films, it’s no surprise that Lego toys are still a firm favourite for all ages. But with so much choice, it's hard to know where to start. But never fear, we scoured the Toys and Games forum to find the Lego sets that Mumsnetters' kids have loved the most. And the more they love them, the less we'll hate stepping on the pieces. Right?!
From Duplo to Lego City to Harry Potter and Star Wars sets, are the best Lego sets for kids.
Best Lego sets for younger kids
1. Lego Duplo All-in-One-Box-of-Fun, £25
The Lego Duplo All-In-One Fun Box is a great introductory kit for younger kids, with colourful pieces that are comfortable and safe for little hands and inquisitive minds. Inside the handy storage box, kids will find bricks, accessories, two opening window pieces and even a cute little dog. Numbered bricks are also included to help children develop their counting skills.
Set number: 10572
Also in the range: the Duplo Submarine Adventure Bath Toy is a lovely way to encourage imaginative play AND keep them occupied during not everyone's favourite activity. Buy now from Amazon, £17
“Lego Duplo is ideal for young children. The pieces are bigger so there’s no choking hazard but they’re just as engaging.”
“DS2 loves playing in the bath and usually ends up taking his Duplo characters in with him to act out various marine storylines.”Buy now from Lego
2. Frozen II Elsa's Wagon Adventure, £25
Let your child recreate moments from Frozen II with this wagon toy building set. As part of the Lego 4+ range, Elsa's Wagon Adventure is specifically designed to be enjoyed by younger kids, with features such as a 'starter brick base' which makes it easier for them to build on their own, as well as an adorable Lego baby reindeer figure (alongside Sven, of course). Also included is a wagon which seats two mini-figures and a stable complete with water trough and campfire, hay feeder and a picnic area. Sounds so delightful we've got a hankering for our own real-life wagon trip.
Set number: 41166
For slightly older kids (and Anna fans), there's also the Enchanted Treehouse with Princess Anna, Olaf and Mattias. Buy now from Lego, £45
“With Frozen II coming out, I would have thought anything associated will be in high demand. I can predict that my four-year-old's Christmas will be Frozen-focussed.”
“DD loved some of the Disney Lego, like the Frozen castle.”Buy now from Lego
3. Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box Construction Set, £34
An ideal starter set, this classic Lego Brick Box Construction Set includes 790 pieces in 33 different colours, giving kids the opportunity to let their imagination run wild. As well as all sorts of brick sizes, windows, doors, and other specialist pieces, this set comes with a booklet of model ideas, making it a great option for beginners. The big yellow brick-shaped box that this set comes inside is perfect for storing all of their Lego (all you have to do is get them to actually use it).
Set number: 10698
“You can’t go wrong with the classic Lego boxes.”Buy now from Amazon
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4. Lego City Range, from £7
Fire stations, hospitals, police stations and more can all be built to create a Lego City in this extensive range of building sets. With realistic accessories and easy-to-understand instructions, kids young and old will be equally engaged and inspired by these sets. Mumsnetters love that the Lego City range is compatible with all other Lego construction sets so children can really let their imaginations run wild.
- Lego 60215 City Fire Station set, £40 (Age: 5+, Pieces: 509)
- Lego City 60243 Police Helicopter Chase, £20 (Age: 5+, Pieces: 212)
“My kids love the Lego City range and they’re equally suitable for boys and girls.”Buy now from Amazon
5. Lego Disney Princess: Cinderella's Dream Carriage, £47
Bring a fairytale to life with the Lego Disney Princess Cinderella’s Dream Carriage set. Featuring turning golden wheels, opening doors, unfolding steps and, of course, a horse to pull Cinderella’s carriage, this pretty set includes a Cinderella mini-figure and even an invitation to the ball. Other accessories include a magic wand, broom, flowers and head decoration.
Set number: 41053
“My five-year-old daughter is obsessed with Lego. Her current favourite – and mine – is the Cinderella Carriage set. It’s so beautiful!”Buy now from Amazon
6. Lego City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control Mars Expedition Set, £60
A necessary addition to any Lego City worth its salt, this NASA-inspired toy rocket launch set is perfect for any little (or big) space adventurers. It features 837 pieces, and includes a multi-stage rocket with a monorail system, a research area with geode retrieval training and launch control tower. The launchpad also features a countdown function and there are also more interactive play opportunities with the City Explorers app (available on most mobile devices) – surely making it one of the best Lego space sets around.
Set number: 60228
“DD got a lego space shuttle for Christmas and was thrilled.”Buy now from Amazon
Best Lego sets for older kids
7. Lego Creator 3-in-1 Townhouse, £38
For longevity and frequency of use, Mumsnetters agree that you’d be hard-pressed to find a better Lego series than the Creator range. These clever kits allow kids to build three themed models from one box of bricks. This two-level townhouse can be transformed into a toy shop, cake shop or a florist's – complete with two mini-figures, a brick-built bird figure and plenty of accessories from a cash register to cooking appliances for the cakes. It also comes with a delightful working 'rocket ride' to sit outside the shop, that kids will adore.
Set number: 31105
Also in the Creator range: the Mighty Dinosaurs toy is a great value gift for dino fans. Not only are you able to build three different dinosaurs (a T-Rex, Triceratops or Pterodactyl), it also includes the unfortunate prehistoric prey, in the form of a buildable rib cage. Lovely. Buy now from Lego, £13
“The Creator sets are lovely. I buy my grandchildren one every year and they love them all. This year was the Lighthouse set and I think that might be my grandson’s favourite to date.”Buy now from Amazon
8. Lego Harry Potter Knight Bus, £35
One of Dreamtoys' top 12 toys for Christmas 2019, the Knight Bus is an essential for HP fans out there. This toy bus playset really is quite magical with features such as a sliding bed and swinging chandelier that, once built, move as the bus turns. It also includes three mini-figures, from the brand new Stan Shunpike and Ernie Prang, as well as of course Harry Potter himself. That's not forgetting Dre Head – the Shrunken Head to help Ernie make the hazardous night drive. And for easy access to all the fun, the triple-decker purple bus features an opening hinged side panel and a removable roof. To be honest, we want one just for us.
Set number: 75957
“The Harry Potter Lego is lovely. I may have bought it all for my kids (really, for me)!”Buy now from Lego
9. Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall, £90
Bringing together the wizarding world of Harry Potter and a classic toy like Lego was always going to produce amazing results – and the Lego Harry Potter Great Hall does not disappoint. This extensive building kit has endless play value, with its assortment of character figures, grand furniture pieces based on the Hogwarts Great Hall, a moving staircase, reversible house banners, the all-important Sorting Hat, a potions room and much more. The detail within the set is sure to keep children – young and old – occupied for a long time.
Set number: 75954
“Yes, the Great Hall is excellent – lots of little bits to change and rearrange and lots of mini (and micro) figures.”
“The Hogwarts Great Hall is great and could be transformed into all sorts.”
“It will be her most memorable Christmas present ever.”Buy now from Amazon
10. Lego Ninjago Empire Temple of Madness Building Set, £56 (was £70)
Perfect for fans of the Ninjago TV series, this ninja temple is the ideal setting for recreating the thrilling end-game battle of the show – and discover evil Prime Empire Unagami's throne at its top. With its capacity for action, the Empire Temple of Madness set gives children hours of playtime and the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. As well as six mini-figures, this building set also features traps to get past, toys, cars, dragons and lots of other lovely details.
Set number: 71712
“DS1 loves Lego, especially Ninjago and superhero sets.”Buy now from Amazon
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Best Star Wars lego sets
11. Lego Star Wars Yoda Construction Set, £90
This highly-detailed buildable figure is based on the Master Yoda à la Attack of the Clones, complete with posable head and eyebrows, moving fingers and toes, and his signature green lightsaber. The set also comes with a fact plaque with top trivia about Yoda, as well as a mini-figure of the masterful Jedi master (smaller than his construction counterpart, but just as wise). Great for adult collectors and pre-teen Force fans alike.
Set number: 75255
“The Lego Star Wars sets are definitely for older kids but they’re fantastic. I’ve never heard my lot so quiet.”Buy now from Amazon
12. Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Starship Construction Set, £150
While not a novel option for Lego, this is the latest reincarnation of the Millennium Falcon, a firm favourite with older children – and more than a few adults – since its first outing in 2000. And excitedly, it is finally a fully-covered Falcon (before you Rebel rookies say anything, it wasn't exactly bald as an eagle previously, however, there were reportedly some gaps in the roof). The set is based on the starship from the latest film, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and comes with a selection of seven mini-figures, from R2-D2 and Chewbacca to newbies D-O the droid, Finn, Boolio as well as the original owner of the Falcon, Lando Calrissian.
Set number: 75257
“My family loves working together to make the big Lego sets. We have made the Death Star, Imperial Space Cruiser and Millenium Falcon. Usually, the Lego sets take over the dining table, using all the serving bowls and take all of us three days per set to complete. They’re then put proudly on display (out of the way).”
“There are loads of great Lego star wars sets. I've got DH the Lego Millennium Falcon which I know the DC won't get a look in at…”Buy now from Lego
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