Playing with Lego as an adult comes with many different benefits including a way to practice mindfulness. There are a handful of other mental health perks, too, according to Melissa Lapides, a California-based licensed psychotherapist.
"Using Lego as an adult can be great to reduce stress and anxiety. When you're focusing on creating something, you're pointing your mind in the direction of what you're creating. This doesn’t leave room for unwanted thoughts to penetrate your brain," she says. "Using hand eye coordination keeps your brain in a meditative state and relaxes the uncontrollable overthinking, thus decreasing anxiety."
To get the most bang for your blocks, experts recommend setting time aside for them every day. "With so much going on in our lives, it's easy to become more and more stressed and for our nervous system to get 'stuck on,' and that's why mindfulness-based activities such as playing with Lego are not only fun, but an essential part of overall wellbeing," says Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a psychologist and integrative mental health expert. "Not only do these activities make us feel good, but they also improve brain functioning."
If you want to experience the satisfaction of completing a Lego project all over again, here are some of the best adult Lego sets to start with. There's something fun for everyone, no matter what your interests are.
The best adult Lego sets, no matter your interest
1. LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop, $180
Create your own dreamy bookshop with this set that comes complete with a coffee nook, window display, and cute pet chameleon hanging out inside.
Shop now: LEGO Creator Expert Bookshop, $180
Perfect for any music buff, this kit allows you to create portraits of The Beatles. Then after you're finished, you can hang it on the wall.
Shop now: LEGO Art The Beatles Collectible Building Kit, $120
3. LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley, $400
Attention, Potterheads! This set lets you create an authentic replica of Diagon Alley at home. It comes with 14 mini-figurines, and you can build everything from a wand shop to an ice cream parlor. You'll love all the fun details.
Shop now: LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley, $400
4. LEGO International Space Station, $70
So you never became the astronaut you dreamed of when you were little? Now build your very own International Space Station. It's super-detailed, challenging, and perfect for displaying after you finish.
Shop now: LEGO International Space Station, $70
There are LEGO sets for so many different landmarks, but why not start with the Statue of Liberty. Then, move on to the Paris skyline (including the Eiffel Tower, of course!), the Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Wall of China, and beyond.
Shop now: LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty, $98
6. LEGO Central Perk Building Kit, $60
The one where there's a LEGO project for Friends fans. This 1,070-piece set allows you to build your very own Central Perk café, which is filled with authentic details and all your favorite characters in LEGO-form.
Shop now: LEGO Central Perk Building Kit, $60
The LEGO version of the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van has all the authentic features, right down to the pop-up roof and textile curtains.
Shop now: LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Construction Set, $120
8. LEGO Creator Downtown Diner, $251
How cute is this retro diner? It brings back the 1950s with a classic jukebox, checkered floor, pink convertible, and more. Bonus points if you play some Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard while you're putting it together.
Shop now: LEGO Creator Downtown Diner, $251
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