We embarked on our Lego phase officially about one year ago. I'm more than happy to take this journey with my children. I'm not excited about finding Legos in every room in the house and wedged between my toes. Although I can thank my children for my agility when it comes to picking up legos with my toes while holding their baby brother, this skill is not one I'm proud of nor would like to continue developing. So, with that I decided to create a Lego organization system. Here is how to organize Legos.
Separate Pieces by Brick & Plate
You'll need containers for this initial part. I used two medium sized storage containers to separate bricks and plates, then several smaller containers for all the other miscellaneous pieces. You might need smaller or slightly larger depending on what you're sorting (e.g. tiny pieces for lights, wheels, odd shaped plates, etc).
Purchase Lego Containers
We have a medium sized TOOLBOX for our Lego storage (with a lock, which comes in handy when the Legos have to say goodnight), a few bead storage cases, and a medium sized plastic hardware container (typically for nuts, bolts, screws, etc).
The toolbox we use for larger BRICKS. There are five drawers. I divided the drawers by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, the remaining sizes in the last drawer. The bead cases we use for “odd” pieces and have one case dedicated to mini figures. The medium sized tool storage container we use for PLATES and smaller sized BRICKS.I used dot stickers to label 1×1, 1×2, 1×3, 1×4, and so on, then 2×1, 2×2, etc. We have a dedicated brad storage case for mini figures. It's kind of fun. The boys are into creating at their mini figure station.
Large Base Plates
We use the magazine/book basket to file the large base plates, too.
As a first step, I used colored Sticker Dots to label. Blue dots are for 1x plates, green dots are for 2x plate, and so on. I'd like to make this labels more visual with real images of the Lego pieces to store but that'll come later.
Lego Storage Tips & Tricks
- Encourage help from kids
- Follow through with logical consequences like at the end of the day whatever Legos you have to pick up go away for a week.
- Make picking up and organize a part of the play process
- Set ground rules together
- Invite the children to help with creating the system, sorting, and managing it. Designate a Lego leader.
I hope you you found this post helpful! Please comment or send me a message if you have any questions!
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