This month at Creative World, we are learning all about building and creating with materials. One way many people learn to explore building is through play with Legos. We did some digging and found some pretty interesting facts:

  • LEGO got its name when the founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, took the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well”, and put them together – quite unaware that LEGO in Latin means … “I put together”.

  • Approximately 20 billion LEGO elements (bricks) are made every year in the LEGO factory in Billund – equivalent to approximately 2 million elements an hour or 35,000 a minute.

  •  A professor of mathematics calculated that there are over 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks.

  •  Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times round the world.

  • On average there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth.

  • The world’s children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks.

  • a production of about 306 million tires a year, the LEGO Group is the world’s largest tire manufacturer.

  • Approximately 440 billion LEGO elements have been manufactured since 1949.

  • When the minifigure first appeared, it was decided that its face should have only one color  yellow and that its facial features should be happy and neutral. Now the minifigure appears in many guises, including Santa Claus, Spiderman and even Steven Spielberg.

  • There has been approximately 4 billion minifigures produced – making it the world’s biggest population group.

Did you use Legos when you were a child?

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