If your kids are into Lego, have you ever had one of those experiences where your kid dumps the brand new set out of the bag and can not find a piece as he is following along with the instructions? This means that you get to stop whatever you are doing and spend way too long searching for the missing piece before finally giving up and calling Lego about it. Lego has amazing customer service by the way. However, I thought there had to be an easier way to keep all those pieces from spreading out and getting lost (Lego pieces tend to roll slide? on wooden floors). J also likes to work near us which means despite having a Lego table in his room, he would rather spread his building projects out in the middle of the floor. Leaving Lego bricks all over the floor in the middle of the living room is not practical and can be painful whether it be from stepping on one barefoot or accidentally messing up a work in progress. I’m sure you’ve seen those material play areas that pull up into a cinch sack or the idea to just use a sheet and tie it up when play is over. However, I have a kid who follows the instructions when building his sets (yeah, I know how did I wind up with a kid who follows the instructions?) so pulling everything up and forcing it back into a chaotic mess is going to create problems for us. We even keep our Lego instructions organized.
Want to see the super fancy mobile work station we use?
My RE tray that I bought at Target last summer is our mobile Lego work station.
I think a cookie sheet with edges would work just as well but I don’t have that many and know I’d likely never see the cookie sheet in the kitchen again if I donated it to a Lego cause.
Here it is in action. It works for K’Nex as well as Lego.
Here is the tray after a recent building project. Lego always includes a few extra pieces.
J also uses it for random building projects with his Hero Factory guys.
It is often filled with Hero Factory Parts.
We simply put the Hero Factory pieces back into a Ziploc bag (we have 3 bags) when he is finished.
While the blue tray is the main mobile Lego work tray we use, I do occasionally donate other trays to the cause. Here is an example of a project in progress that I pulled from his shelf. It’s been in progress for a while as you can see from the dust. It was completed at one time until a certain mother accidentally knocked the spaceship off the shelf. SIGH.
Any type of tray with an edge will work to corral Lego pieces.
Oh, and just in case you are thinking I am super organized over here, I would like to show you this tub full of Lego pieces and let you know that we have many more just like it. We also sometimes use the blue tray to sift and sort while searching for specific pieces in the bins.
One bin of our random stash of Lego pieces that I REFUSE to separate by color and size.
If you have a child that loves building Lego sets according to the instructions (at least to start), how do you keep the pieces organized and contained during the building process?