My Love/Hate relationship with Lego toys

Many children play with Lego bricks or the Mega Bloks version and Jase is no different. I am not totally a fan of these little plastic pieces. I find them hard to get apart, and they never stay together during normal play. And don’t even get me started on how much it hurts to step on one of these little pieces.

But Jase loves them and has A LOT of them. I think it is great that he sits down and builds them. It is good hand/eye coordination and  he has to be able to follow the directions. He willingly saves up his money to buy new sets and as anyone who knows those sets, they are not cheap. Most of his sets are Lego City or Star Wars, but lately he has been buying some Halo Mega Bloks too.

CIMG1354He likes Legos so much that when his first-grade class was given the assignment of creating a shoe box float, his of course had to have Legos on it. He went with Star Wars and created a battle scene. We used velcro to attach the large piece to our shoe box. And yes, I even glued a piece to a chopstick, so he can have a ship flying over the battle.  It won best Star Wars float.

Of course as any parent of a kid who collects Lego sets, the main concern is what to do with all of them. I know some kids build them and leave them built but here at our house they end up falling apart as they are played with or even worse stepped on. So while some of them are in some sort of built stage, we ended up with a drawer full of pieces, not to mention all the ones I find on the floor – preferably not with my bare feet.

Keeping them in a tub or drawer however left you with no way to find a piece when you need it. I researched many different ways to organize the pieces – from expensive Lego brand holders to simple bins. We decided to use two drawers under Jase’s bed to store them, but they needed to be organized within the drawers.

IMG_1145Jase and I went to Target and found these organizers by Stanley in the hardware section. At $10 a piece this seemed an economical means of storing them. We bought 2 of them and then sorted the pieces. They fit nicely in his drawer, and we still had room to store the built (or partially built) sets.

So now when I find a Lego brick when sweeping (or more likely stepping on with my bare feet), I can put it where it belongs.  Now if I could only find an easy way to pull the tiny bricks apart when he asks for help…