13+ years

Best Lego ideas for kids 13 and over

This is a time of changes for how teenagers think, feel, and interact with others, and how their bodies grow. Most girls will be physically mature by now, and most will be nearing puberty. Boys might still be maturing physically during this time. Your teen might have concerns about her body size, shape, or weight. Eating disorders also can be common, especially among girls. During this time, your teen is developing his unique personality and opinions. Relationships with friends are still important, yet your teen will have other interests as he develops a more clear sense of who he is. This is also an important time to prepare for more independence and responsibility; many teenagers start working, and many will be leaving home soon after high school.

Here is some information on how teens develop:

Emotional/Social Changes

Children in this age group might:

  • Have more interest in romantic relationships and sexuality.
  • Go through less conflict with parents.
  • Show more independence from parents.
  • Have a deeper capacity for caring and sharing and for developing more intimate relationships.
  • Spend less time with parents and more time with friends.
  • Feel a lot of sadness or depression, which can lead to poor grades at school, alcohol or drug use, unsafe sex, and other problems.
Thinking and Learning

Children in this age group might:

  • Learn more defined work habits.
  • Show more concern about future school and work plans.
  • Be better able to give reasons for their own choices, including about what is right or wrong.

Best Learning Set for kids 13 and over

LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Building Kit - 2020

Young Brick Builders Lego ideas for 13+

Developed in cooperation with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of man’s historic walk on the moon, this highly detailed collectible LEGO replica of the iconic Apollo 11 Eagle Lunar Lander is a spectacular display model

It’s packed with amazing details, including detachable ascent and descent stages, a lunar surface display base and 2 astronaut minifigures with NASA-detailed spacesuits

The LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander makes an impressive display for home or office

The advanced LEGO Creator Expert Apollo 11 Lunar Lander model is a challenging and rewarding LEGO building set that makes a great gift for space and NASA fans, and for kids ages 16+

The LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander measures over 7” (20 cm) high, 8” (22cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.

This is an amazing set, released in 2020, and will be highly collectable. The attention to detail and complexity in this set make it best suited to older  teens or adults.

Most Creative Set

LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

Best Lego ideas for kids 13 and over.

Build the classic 1962 camper van packed with authentic features!

Includes “V” shaped color split, “splittie” safari windshield, pop-up roof, textile curtains, “boxer” engine, wing mirrors and folding furniture

LEGO Creator Expert building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building

The Camper Van is over 5-inch high and 11-inch long

1334 pieces – For LEGO fans over 16 years old

I continue to be amazed by the outstanding engineering that goes into turning small little bricks into a 4 pound object de art. Incredibly detailed, fun, amazingly designed, super fun and funky. Built over four sessions (give or take)…maybe 16 hours? Detailed engine. Folding table and bench seats. Kitchen/sink. Closet with mirror. Hippie art.

This is a great set that will appeal to teenage boys and girls, and also adult collectors. It is extremely detailed, and designed for builders over 16 years of age. With 1334 pieces, it is a large set, and great fun to complete.

Most Challenging Set

LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster

Young Brick Builders best lego ideas

Build a fully functioning fairground Roller Coaster with 2 trains, lots of big dips and even a cotton candy machine with this advanced building set!

This roller coaster playset comes with 11 minifigures, including rider figures, ride attendants, spectators, smoothie stand and a cotton candy cart and can be upgraded with LEGO BOOST and LEGO Power Functions for an even more immersive experience

Enjoy assembling train rails, cars and lots of fun props for The fairground Roller Coaster, which measures over 20-inch (53cm) high, 34-inch (88cm) wide and 16-inch (41cm) deep

4124 pieces – Fun, creative construction toy for boys and girls aged 16+ and for fans and big kids of all ages

The LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster 10261 fairground toy can be built together with all other original LEGO construction toys and LEGO building blocks for creative play.

Looking for a challenge?

This set is certainly complicated at times, especially towards the end when you’re expected to assemble the chain piece by piece. It takes a while to connect the 200 + little black pieces that create the pulley system for bringing the roller coaster up the first hill.  There are so many small details which really enhance this project. My only suggestion would be to be careful with the stickers, because I accidentally placed them in the wrong direction. Overall, this item was such a pleasure to construct and play with. It really brought me back to my youth and early adolescence. Fun tip, if you have the Toy Story roller coaster, the cars are interchangeable and you can send Woody and the gang for an exciting ride. I’m glad I bought the battery and motor separately, not one to make recommendations but a YouTube video suggested it to me. I did see this was voted ‘Toy of the Year’. I don’t know how official those rankings are but I’d bet money this will be a hot item come Christmas and holiday season.