I was hanging out with my awesome friend Christie and her adorable son the other day. We were letting him cruise Toys ‘R’ Us and get his Lego-lookin’ fix. We started talking about the disaster they can become and solutions to organize them.
Fun little fact: I was watching a stop-animation film featuring Lego characters and there was an instructional feature at the end of the movie that, among other awesome tidbits, mentioned that the plural form of Lego is “Lego”; like sheep or deer. Just ask these guys. *DISCLAIMER* Even though I know this now, I still have a hard time with it so I’ll be saying “legos” for plural form #ignorancewasbliss*
My son loves him some Lego, and I love them too! So when he was about 4 years old, I bought one of those big blue tubs of assorted Legos for him to get creative with. I was stoked, for about 30 minutes, until I realized that the act of him fishing around in that tub for minutes at a time trying to find ONE little specific piece was KILLING my patience. That SOUND! A constant and tub-amplified churning which almost always woke his then-toddler sister from her nap. NO THANK YOU.
So it was either, 1. be a cruel mother and take the entire bucket away for good, realizing your mistake. or 2. Separate the legos by color and put them in clear Ziploc bags so that he can actually SEE the piece he’s looking for. That not only eliminated the maddening sound but it made it far less frustrating for him. The real win, obviously.
So I spoke to him about how much time he’d save and how much easier and fun it would be to play if we organized them by color. He agreed to try it so I set a 10 minute timer for us. We each picked a color at a time and once a handful was filled, it went in the corresponding bag (none of that piece by piece in a bag nonsense…that takes far too long. Trust me-trial and error.) We finished in 10 minutes and 2 seconds.
They’re both older now, and my daughter occasionally gets “Lego with it”, hence the purple and pink bricks. But now, every time the kids go to play with the Legos, they have a lot more patience and spend more time on them since they get less frustrated not having to search so hard for pieces. My ears don’t hurt anymore and the mommy rage is gone too!
Lindsay from MakelySchoolforGirls did a great post on storing minifigures too! It’s super fast, super smart and totally lovable for kids.
Another noteworthy mention is that they don’t mind putting them away so much because it’s like a backwards puzzle by breaking them down and putting them away by color. “Eggybuddy” wins!
Now Go Get Tidy Wit’ It!