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10 Fun Ideas for Lego Storage and Play

By Meghan Gesswein |

As a kid, I loved playing with Legos. As a parent, I am terrified at the thought of my kids loving to play with Legos.

The mess! The injured feet! The baby will inevitably find a small one and eat it! The mess!

But, as the boys get older and more obsessed with video games, I find myself wishing that they’d find an indoor activity to enjoy that doesn’t involve Mario & Luigi. And as I try to design their bedrooms, it occurred to me that they will finally be in a space that is their own. For the past almost seven months, they have had to share their lives, and toys, with their baby brother. And because that same baby brother has been known to eat anything and everything that he can find, including rocks and Q-tips, they’ve been forced to stick to toys that are Oliver-proof. With the impending completion of the bedroom remodel, we can put gates up to their rooms to keep the baby out.

They can finally have toys that are unsafe for children who are less than 3 years old!

So, with Dylan’s 7th birthday approaching, I found myself perusing the Lego selection at my local Amazon.com. Having their own space to play is one thing, but keeping all those little pieces off the floors and out of the bottom of my foot is another, so I also found myself surfing the internet in search of LEGO friendly storage and play spaces. I’ve got some great systems for keeping their other stuff organized, but LEGOs offer the opportunity for a whole new level of disorganization.

Check out a few of my favorite LEGO storage and play table ideas below and then tell me, do your kids love LEGOs? Do they have another tiny toy that they love? How do you keep all those little pieces picked up and organized?

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10 Ideas for Lego Storage and Play

DIY Activity Storage Table

The "lip" on the outside of this table will help to keep your little people from knocking little plastic pieces all over your floors. I don't know about you, but the bottoms of my feet would be super thankful for that extra piece of trim. There are plenty of drawers to store all kinds of Lego paraphenalia.
If you're feeling crafty, the DIY Instructions are available from Etsy for $20.

Top photo credit: bdesham via Flickr

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Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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7 thoughts on “10 Fun Ideas for Lego Storage and Play

  1. Rosa @ FlutterFlutter says:

    I need all the help I can get when it comes to Lego!! It’s taking over my house slowly but surely!!! :)

  2. Nina Clarke says:

    Get Legos and other little toys picked up quickly and easily with a Toydozer! It’s a life saver!!!!!

  3. Amy says:

    I had this issue recently with a son, daughter AND a husband bonkers for Legos. We have so many, the bins and boxes were out of control. I also utilized IKEAs TROFAST toy storage options. We bought 3 of the 35 7/8″ frames and filled them with a variety of white storage bins (we found the largest size to just be too big to dig up the pieces you need). It has worked out extremely well!

  4. Sally Melvin says:

    Yes the Toydozer is fabulous for picking up my son’s legos (and my daughter’s polly pockets for that matter…) Little toys have completely taken over our house (and now squinkies!!!)

  5. Becca says:

    My rule Legos can be dumped but only on an old flat sheet. When they are done playing I just pick up the corner and place it in a plastic bin. We have one bin for the people and accories. I do need to buy a larger bin or create a better system maybe soon. We also bought the sorting head. It’s kind of a waste of money but it is cute.

  6. Kari says:

    check out swoopbags.com for the best lego storage solution!

  7. amanda hall says:

    my mother made a version of the layngo from an idea given on the back of an early duplo set. just cut a giant circle out of a fabric of choice, add grommets around the edge, thread the rope and make a giant pot o’ gold purse. the rope is ungainly long, however, but we use it for our wood blocks to this day–and yes, perhaps legos.

    big 5gal plastic buckets are good.

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