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Iowa – The Land of Legos

December 11, 2013


Illinois is the land of Lincoln and I propose that Iowa is the Land of Legos.  I know, I know… other states have Legos too.  But, I think the photo above proves my point beyond any doubt.  I took this photo at the place that is about as Iowa as any place on earth – the Iowa State Fair.

Maybe my Iowa Lego hype is overstated.  Actually, Legos are wildly popular and this is not limited to Iowa or even the United States.  Here are some surprising Lego facts.  (Thanks Alisa Weinstein!)

— Children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO sets (worldwide).

— Over 400 million people worldwide have played with LEGOs.

— Over 400 billion LEGO pieces have been produced since 1949.  That’s enough to reach from the Earth to the Moon ten times.

— Enough LEGO pieces are sold in one year to circle the world 5 times.

All our kids liked Legos and it appears the grandchildren also enjoy Legos.  That lead to some questions.

How many of you have built things with Legos?  How many have given Legos to their kids?


5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2013 4:19 am

    I remember playing with the original old legos when I was young and have to stay home from school when I was sick.

    • December 12, 2013 12:41 pm

      So were the original legos the same size blocks as the current legos? I know they now make a larger size version of lego so younger children can make things.

      • December 13, 2013 5:13 am

        There’s far more variety today; mine were even all white.

  2. January 9, 2014 3:53 am

    I adore lego- There’s so much you can do with it!! Even for adults!

    • January 9, 2014 9:51 am

      Thanks for your comment. Legos and creativity seem to go together….

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