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Monday, November 26, 2012

Organizing Legos Sets

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My son(6) loves Lego sets! We have a big collection of “Bricks” but he also has quite a little collection of sets. He has been complaining that he can’t find pieces and they turn up under the table or with another set. I knew we needed a new solution so him and I sat down and talked it out. Here is what we decided.

Overview of his school shelf

Top(display shelf) Middle(Art shelf) Bottom(Lego set storage)

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Display shelf is where he puts COMPLETE sets. There are NO loose pieces allowed on this shelf.

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This is what it looks like in the bottom shelf. That blue thing is his Lego work tray and it came from a Melissa and Doug magnetic boy toy.

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Each set is in it’s own Zip Lock bag(some gallon, some quart-all freezer style because they hold up better) with the directions and the plastic tub has his little mini figure extra guys.

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Even if the set is displayed on the shelf there is still a bag for it with the directions and any extra pieces.

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So here it is step by step!

Step 1

Pick a set and sort piece out into the work tray(so they don’t fall or roll away). Use the directions to start building.

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Step 2

Display the finished set on the shelf when you are done playing with it. This way it is safe and will be there when you are ready to play again:)

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Step 3

Put the directions and the extra pieces in the storage bag.

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Step 4

Put that bag and the work tray into your storage basket on the bottom shelf.

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Why I love this-

  • He is less frustrated
  • he is more careful and proud seeing them displayed on the shelf
  • If he isn’t finished with something, he can still put it in the bag half done to finish later
  • If his  display shelf is full then he needs to take some apart before building new ones. This encourages more building and rotating!

I can’t say we will keep it like this forever because I am sure he and his brothers will collect many more over the years but this is working great and I do have a plan for when the collection grows:)

1 comment:

  1. I really like this idea. My son is five and just now getting into legos... what sets are good for starters and do you have a site for finding some basic plans. all of our kits are kinda too hard for him and too big for a baggie ;)

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