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Legos! My kids love Legos but keeping them organized is always a challenge. I am always finding little pieces all over the house, and in the weirdest places too! I have found Lego pieces in my shoes, the fruit bowl and even the toilet! The kids rooms constantly look like a Lego bomb has exploded all over the floor! Now don’t get me wrong, I love that my boys play with Legos. They are a great toy to help kids build imagination and creativity, improve fine motor skills, and learn to follow directions. But all of the little pieces can definitely drive an organized mom crazy! I knew organizing all the Legos would be a big job and would take a lot of my time. I wanted the boys to help because it was their stuff and their mess! But how could I get them to want to organize? The only way would be to make it fun. So, I turned the challenge of organizing Legos into a “game” for the boys.
Both boys participated in their own Lego “game” challenge that I set up in each of their individual rooms. I started by putting all of their Legos on the floor, whether it was a completed car, broken set or bins of pieces. This way the boys could see everything they own. Did you ever read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up? It is a great book on organizing and in it the author suggests that when you begin organizing a certain category in your home, you start by putting all of items you own in one place. So that is what we did with all the Legos. And yikes we had a lot!
Next, I gathered all the supplies. These items can be found at Target or on Amazon. I needed labels, solo cups, under the bed plastic storage bins, and two sets of bins that stack and snap together. I had the boys label all the bins and solo cups with different Lego themes. The Lego themes we used while organizing were Star Wars, Ninjago, Lego City, Super Heroes, Chima/Harry Potter, and Miscellaneous for the accessories. The solo cups were used to organize all the Lego Mini Figures and the bins were used to store all the completed sets. I love keeping assembled Lego sets in under the bed storage bins because I can hid all the Legos when I want a clean room, but the bins are easy for the boys to pull out when they are ready to play. I don’t like storing Lego sets on shelves because it looks cluttered and many of them are too wide for a standard size shelf.
Now for the Game
We picked a rainy Sunday to play our Lego “game”. First, I turned on some music because that makes everything more fun. Then, I lined up all the labeled cups on the dresser. The game/challenge for my boys was to beat the clock. We started with the Mini Figures, I set a timer and then they had 10 minutes to get all of their Star Wars figures into the correct cup. The race got super exciting once they only had a minute left on the clock. We worked our way through each Minifigure theme. Most did not take the full 10 minutes, but my boys have a lot of Star Wars so that took the longest. The boys had fun comparing cups to see which of them had more figures for each theme.
After we finished going through all the Minifigures it was time for a lunch break! Once the boys were fueled, we headed back to their rooms for more fun. We resumed our music and began working on all the Lego sets, which was more of a challenge. The boys continued with the timer challenge placing cars and ships in each of the appropriately labeled under the bed bins. But many of the sets were broken or needed to be taken apart. We kept those on the floor to tackle last.
Since, my boys love to throw things (ugh!), I took advantage of this behavior while organizing to make things more fun. I had the boys gently toss their broken pieces into an empty garbage can on the other side of their room. Throwing was great fun and a challenge for the boys to make a basket. The tossing also helped the broken set pieces fall apart as they landed. This saved time so that we didn’t have to take apart every piece brick by brick. One tip I learned, as the boys tossed, was to put the garbage can inside an under the bed bin, this way any pieces that missed the can were still contained in one spot. After all the broken sets had been tossed, I put all the loose pieces in a separate Lego container for the boys to use when building their own creations.
Once the boys were finished, I pushed all the bins back under their bed and emptied all the cups into their labeled stack and snap containers. The bins then got stacked on top of each other for easy storage and portability. I forgot to mention that the stacking bins came with a divided insert. I put the insert on my son’s dresser and all the little guns and accessories were placed in their while organizing. We did not organize the individual divided areas but you certainly could. I figured as long as the boys had one spot to look for a specific accessory then that was good enough for me.
Hopefully my boys will continue to keep their rooms clean and their Legos nice and organized, but if I ever find another Lego bomb I know just how to get my boys to clean up!
Want to give this “game” a try? Let me know how it works!