We love LEGO® in our home. I guess if you’ve figured out the amount of money spent per hour of playtime, LEGOS are by far our best toy investment. They are the only toy we have that my children play with every single day. I also love that LEGOS encourage creativity and imaginative play in my children. I am always amazed by the clever things they build.
Do you also have LEGO lovers in your home? If you do, you will know that one of the challenges of LEGOS is how to store them and, above all, how to store them worn out the floor where you might step on them … Ouch!
We have tried several methods of organizing LEGOS and I am finally satisfied with our current system. The best part about our LEGO storage system is that it’s easy and inexpensive.
This is our system: we sort our LEGOs by color in a tall plastic trolley that is inside the closet of the children’s room.
We’ve tried other organization methods, but keep coming back to sorting by color. Whether my kids are building something from an instruction booklet or their imagination, they know exactly where to look for the parts they need.
Here is a peek at some of our drawers. They are pretty cute, aren’t they ?!
The key to making this sorting method work is having a “dump-all” bucket.
We use the plastic bin that came with our LEGO Classic set as our landfill bucket. We keep it on the Lego table so that when the kids are done working on a construction project, they can just dump all the extra pieces into the bucket. When the bucket starts to fill up, we go through it together and put the pieces back in the drawers. It’s a great system and has totally saved my sanity when it comes to cleaning up LEGOS.
My kids loved the LEGO® Classic products. They love the freedom of the building “without instructions necessary”. Check out this cute park I found this week:
See the bench and the arch and the swimming pool with whirlpool? Gah! So cute! I love to peek into their room and see what they are working on. Their little scenes are so creative.
I challenged my kids to build something unusual and they came up with such a fun idea. I posted a small video on Instagram. Go take a look. I think you will be surprised!
If your kids need encouragement to build without instructions, LEGO Systems and world-renowned improvisation group, The Upright Citizens Brigade, have teamed up to show that all you need is a few bricks for hours of fun, inspiration. and “thinking outside the box”. “Check out their YouTube video HERE.
Here are three fun LEGO building ideas to get your child’s creativity flowing:
– Warm up to build.Building can be satisfying and fun even if simple. Try a tower building exercise to get your creative juices flowing. Grab a stack of bricks and build a tower of any height or width – your only constraints are to start and finish with your favorite color. Why? The construction is intuitive. One surefire way to unlock your creativity is to simply start clicking bricks together. Giving yourself a simple exercise with one or two guidelines is an easy way to get started.
– Build your world. Look around now. Are you in the kitchen? Out on the porch? In your family room? Focus on a favorite object and try to build it. Don’t dwell on the details, just focus on the overall shape or color and add a distinctive detail.
– Bricks tell a story. Ask yourself a question and build the answer. Start with something as simple as “What is my favorite day of the week?” and then build as you feel on Thursday. Share the story aloud even if you are alone. Why? The act of snapping bricks together helps us make decisions and formulate ideas more quickly and clearly. You will find that if you are committed to building an answer to a question that the building flows easily and you will be amazed with your skills and insights.
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