Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wicked Big Lego Project

Handy Boy has decided that he'd like help organizing all of his gazillions of Legos. Impossible, you say?


This is just a mere portion of all the Legos that Handy Boy has, spread out on a blanket.  Handy Boy asks for Legos for every Birthday and Christmas and he saves his allowance money to buy sets.  Handy Man gave him some Legos saved from when he was a boy.  Handy Boy himself swears he will "NEVER, EVER" outgrow Legos, Ha!

Since Handy Boy is nearly 9 years old and asked me for help, I thought it was time to start organizing the Legos. Handy Man maintains that we will never get this all organized, so now I have to show him! 

We've started with some easy pieces first, the "guys". We put them into these plastic containers.
We are sorting the rest by type into large and small Ziploc bags, for now:
We've been sorting for a few 15-30 minute sessions, so far. For those of you who laugh and say this will never work, a few thoughts:

- Handy Boy is a pretty organized, methodical child. He does like to sort things and keep his room fairly organized. He has gotten to the age where he wants to play with Legos almost constantly, but is frustrated with trying to find specific pieces. 

- We don't have any pets who will trample on the Legos, and Handy Boy doesn't have any siblings. He does have a toddler cousin. I figure it will be easier to put the Legos away before she comes over, if they are organized into containers.

Stay tuned to see just how long it takes to sort these, and what sort of containers we use. Handy Man and I have already looked at various inexpensive storage container at Lowe's. I want to sort them into the baggies first, to get an idea of the amount and size of storage containers we will need.

Does anyone else have Legos around? How do you sort them...or not?


Danni said...

I'm so glad you posted that! We have Lego storing issues and I love your little guy sorting! I have a lot of those little containers that I just outgrew in my scrapbook area and will suggest to B.

Lisa said...

Hey.... one of the March Mommies checking in here. ;)

I sort our Legos in ziplock bags by color: black pieces in one bag, blues/greens in one bag, etc. We keep all the mini figs in one bag, wheels in one bag, etc. I also have one box just for all those instruction booklets that come with the sets. I keep the bags in small-ish plastic tubs that stack in his closet. I bought the smaller tubs so they are easy for him to get in and out of his closet. I made the mistake of buying a huge plastic box for his train stuff and it's hard for him to move it himself, LOL. LB also has tons of little army guys that are a little more fragile than Legos and we use the divided boxes for those. I'm too cheap to buy the divided boxes for all the Legos. ;)

larsinnh said...

Great idea, Lisa!! I've been sick lately, so we haven't been working on this as much as I'd like to. But we're still working on it! Handy Boy is actually keeping the Legos organized that we have already sorted, so that's a good thing.

Sherrie said...

We have been sorting lego now for a few days.

My son is 11 and is the same way, constantly building.

He got his first legos as a hand me down from his older brother. As he has fine motor skills issues, at first he was not interested.

But when he realized all the vehicles he could build, now we can't seem to tear him away!

Right now we are just using misc. bins we have around the house, and once all are sorted then we can get other sizes if needed.

I too LOVE the men in a box idea, I may have to pick one of those up. That would be good for sorting all the head / bodies / and other accessories that come with the people


Jane said...

We sort our lego by colour into ice cream containers. This has really helped when building the sets as you go straight to the red container for the red whatsit and there it is. Perfect and so much faster. Also a lot easier to pick up the contents of one container than everything.

Hilario Kuenzi said...

I can't wait.

L2L said...

We don't have that many yet but I did just divided ours into ziploc bags by color. We will be moving back to the US in a month so I can't wait to get back and check out some tackle boxes for our Legos permanent home. We might consider a great advice from one of my husband's co-workers who said as a boy his mom use to a tool box?!

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