Legos™… the wonderful, colorful, creative toy that children love and parents struggle to contain. Who hasn’t been brought to tears by stepping on a Lego™ with bare feet? The variety of Lego™ kits, themes and pieces can seem daunting, and many people ask me how should they organize their Legos™. The answer is, “it depends.”
Children are all different, and it is important to set up a system that your child (or children) will use. After all, a system that only you will use is a failure. To figure out what might be right in your home, you need to answer 3 general questions:
- Do you have different sizes of Legos™? (e.g. Duplos™ and Legos™)
- Do you have simple blocks or do your children enjoy assembling & displaying kits?
- Do your children want to sort their Legos™, and if they are willing to do this, what grouping do they prefer? Examples include:
- By Color
- By Type (e.g. vehicles, people, blocks)
- By Themes (e.g. Friends™, Star Wars™, Minecraft™…)
Here is a flow chart to help you figure out the best solution.
Once you figure out what kind of system you want, you can now proceed to getting the right containers to suit your needs. There are a large variety of bins, baskets, and buckets on the market, but don’t feel you need to run out and buy anything. You may already have items on hand that would work just fine.
Here are some ideas for inspiration…
For “active” projects, provide a surface or area where they can spread out and build. It is a plus if you can set up a method for keeping the work-in-progress project pieces together.
For the instructions for completed kits, you can use:
For loose Legos™, whether sorted or not, remember to use bins that are labeled and easy to use. Rolling carts with drawers work well, as do open-top bins on shelves or in cubbies.
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Legos™ and other building bricks are wonderful toys that engage children’s minds and hands. Customize a solution that fits your family’s needs, and let the fun begin!
What are your solutions for organizing Legos™?