Growing up, I never played with Legos. And then- my kids got a Lego set from a relative and the kids discovered an expensive activity that they love. Now a year later- we have a bucket of Legos (nicely color-coordinated in separate bags) that hides in the laundry room. This bucket of Legos remains hidden until my kids remember we have them and beg to play. But, the building process is such a mess! Especially if my two year-old is near the creativity table. I hate the mess! I mean, what mother doesn’t enjoy cleaning up Legos from all over the kitchen table and floor at the end of the night? Ya, not me. Recently, I found a simple four-step way to allow my toddler to feel involved with our activities the big kids Lego building convention while still reigning in his Lego mess.
First step: buckle in the younger sibling!
This might seem silly, but buckling in the kid in his chair at the kitchen table is essential! We buckle the kiddie in his seat means we’re keeping the Lego mess to just the kitchen table, his lap and chair. Win-win! One area mess means quicker cleanup!
Second step: Double-sided tape and a Lego board
Again, this may sound like nonsense, but I taped the Lego board down to the table. Let that sink in for a moment… whenever you sit at the dinner table- someone inevitably spills something all over the table. Playing Legos is no exception. One swift flick of the wrist on the Lego board and those loose pieces go flying. However, you tape down the board and viola! Crisis averted, board is secure and so are the Legos!
Third step: Grab a muffin tin and separate the Legos according to color
I shook my head in disbelief when I did this for the first time- a muffin tin! A simple solution for my two year-old to feel independent, pick his Lego pieces while keeping the mess to the minimum. My little man and I even played a game where I asked him for a certain color and he would select the right color. Holy Hana! I deserve a medal for this discovery. I can not stress enough how happy my independent son was choosing his own Legos and building what he chose. While, the mess was contained to just the muffin tin- glorious!
Fourth step: Everyone is happy at the table
The four of us sat at the kitchen table for an hour. Yes, you read that correctly. My two year old sat happily content building Legos at the table while his dad and brother worked on another activity undisturbed for an hour! Everyone was happy working with their Legos and clean up was so easy that I might pull the Legos out more than once a month!
Mama’s I’m new to the Lego world- how do you keep the Lego activity building to a minimum? Comment below and send me your tips!