I’m a huge fan of Lego as is my son. In fact, when he was a kidlet he knew just how to play his dear old Mother by just-so-happening to let me know when a new set was out and available—you know, like he was doing me a favor….
Fast forward a few decades, and there are literally thousands of Lego pieces in his PLAY attic. Some are still assembled in awesomeness…like the pirate ship or the soccer pitch. Others have come apart—whether or not they can ever be put back together is another question.
Had I started THEN what I do NOW there’d be no problem!
Let me get this out straightaway—Lego wants you to buy as many different sets as possible. It’s kind of like the different Barbie for every outfit or (supposed) career. Back in my day of Barbie, there was one doll. Kiddos then had the option of begging their parents to buy different outfits for their fantasy Barbie PLAY…a whole heck of a lot cheaper than having to buy another doll for each and every scenario and career! But Mattel got wise to the gig and changed the format…and Lego has followed suit.
If YOU want some measure of control in your Life over Lego pieces..especially so you’re not having to worry about stepping on them–like maybe in the middle of the night as you make your way to the bathroom….
….do what I do now!
●Empty pieces into a plastic container with a secure lid
Feel free to write on the container the total number of pieces and/or get more specific giving the number of colors and/or shapes.
●Copy the instructions; making sure the type and number of pieces is noted
●Laminate, or cover with clear plastic contact paper, the instructions
●Put one copy of instructions in the container and the other copy in a master notebook
When the inevitable happens—pieces get lost and/or mixed up—that’s okay (even preferable if you want to know my honest opinion!) Then your kiddo has all kinds of pieces to choose from and you can encourage them to tap into their creativity. Soon they’ll coming up with some of their own awesome ‘sets’!
IF they really do want to put one of the store-bought ideas back together again, you always have the laminated instructions to give them or your master notebook with the instructions they can refer to…it’s a win-win-win solution for everyone!
Yours in Play!