Legos are an amazing toy that have been around seemingly forever. Every child, regardless of gender, plays with Legos. They can build anything within their imagination or con follow a set of instructions to build amazing creations.
But Legos are not without the negatives. As parents, we feared entering a messy bedroom, knowing we would inadvertently step on at least 3-5 Legos in an effort to avoid them. The older the child gets, the smaller the Legos get and the larger the sets become.
But, there are many ways to wrangle those Legos into manageable storage that will make life much easier!
Organizing the Pieces
Depending on the sets of Legos, you may have more than just bricks. There are the solid platform pieces, tiny heads, bodies and miscellaneous pieces to create particular buildings or other things. Organizing just the bricks can be pretty simply.
First decide where you plan to store the Legos. Will they be in a closet, under a bed or near a flat surface to play on?
Shoe bags are great to store brick by color. These can be hung over a door or use Command Hooks to hang on a wall near a play surface. You can label the pockets by color to make clean up super easy. It will also help children learn to sort, match colors and be responsible.
If you prefer to keep sets together, you can use three and five drawer organizers. These are great to use to create a Lego station. Just add a top to two of these drawer sets and you have a fantastic Lego area!
Need an idea for on the go? Grab a tool box and take Legos anywhere! Most tool boxes have spaces for small pieces (bodies, heads, etc). Children can take sets, just bricks or whatever they need when they go between houses, over to grandmas or to a sleep over!
Got lots of small sets that create vehicles or lots of people? Hardware organizers are perfect for those smallest pieces that tend to get lost. These can be mounted on the wall of will sit neatly on a table or shelf.
Teeny Tiny Pieces (aka choking hazards)
While Legos are known for their danger to bare feet, they are also well known for creating the smallest of pieces. These of course are the most important pieces to the sets. And, while your child cannot remember that you asked them to clean their room or to take out the trash, they certainly can recall each and every piece to any Lego set.
To avoid Lego Aficionado meltdowns, you need to have a solid storage plan in place for these far to small pieces.
Jewelry trays with dividers are great for children to easily sort and find the smallest pieces in their collection. These trays can be stacked and stored neatly on a shelf.
Ah, yes, the many booklets of instructions. Where do you store these? Kids will want to keep these to look at later or to follow. Unfortunately, these are easily torn and lost, if not taken care of. Most 5-9 year olds are not going to keep up with a stack of Lego instructions guides.
You can just slip the instructions books, sheets or pictures into the sheet protectors. Many binders will come with a clear plastic front, where you can create a cover listing what manuals are inside.
Children will be able to access and create their sets easily using these.
Lego Stations and Creation Areas
Now that you are all organized, let’s get a fun creation station going! There are so many options! You just need to find what will best suit your home or area.
If you have a small table, glue Lego platforms or bases to the table. This will allow for easy building and creating. It is also an easy way to store your base pieces.
There is also Lego tape. This allows you to be creative and create all kinds of fun designs. You can put the tape on the walls, shelves, tables, anywhere you want to build.
Train tables are fantastic Lego spaces. You can find these at consignment shops, year sales or children’s sales. They also typically have drawers to give you additional storage space.
Trays are great to let children build something and store it on a shelf and build more. We use these in our preschool and afterschool program. It allows for children to feel that their creations are safe and are able to work on them over several days or even weeks.
Now, go forth and conquer those Legos!