Luke adores Lego. For anyone who has kids who love playing with Lego you will know that they are the perfect size for getting lost, breaking a toe from stepping on them and giving you PLENTY of heart attacks when you see your baby crawling with a Lego piece in their mouth. I’m sure the word “Super Mom” was created after seeing Moms literally fly across the room to their baby just in time to get that Lego out of their mouth before choking. Our playroom usually looked like this at the end of the day with Luke’s Legos….
My parents got him the Lego table last year for his birthday and I had imagined him playing quietly (and for long periods!) with all the Legos on the table and building there, keeping them all up off the floor. Yes, I was dreaming. Seeing this mess time and again at the end of the day was literally giving me panic attacks wondering how I was going to deal with these Legos once Emma started crawling around. Not to mention that at the end of the day it was absolutely overwhelming for Luke to clean it all up and always ended in me yelling and him crying because he didn’t want to clean it up. So began my quest to problem solve and figure out what options were available for organizing Legos.
After months of searching for what would work and that wouldn’t break the bank I pretty much figured out one major thing. There’s no ONE way to organize Legos. You really have to organize them according to how your kid(s) play with them. Some parents get large bins and organize them by color, others by pieces (people, long squares, etc.) and others organize them by “sets” and keep all the pieces to the helicopter in one Ziploc bag, bin, etc. I knew none of these options would work for us since Luke doesn’t play with Lego that way, he is creative and loves to build on what he sees. Even his “sets” don’t stay together for long because he is always changing out pieces and borrowing from other creations he’s made. After watching Luke I realized that he has to spread ALL the Legos out on the floor so he can see them all and build from there. I had to organize his Legos the way his brain uses them (expecting him to have them all on his table was impossible for him!) and also find a way for easy clean up.
Voila! I found the Swoop Bag. I paid $50 for it and it has been worth every penny (and made in the good ole’ USA!). Luke picked out the color (there are MANY different colors and sizes!) and was so excited for it to come in the mail. It has literally changed the way we use Legos around here and apparently these have been around since 1978! Who knew?!
You can also use them for books or any other toys around the house for easy play and clean up! What I really love is how easy it is to take anywhere since I didn’t want to ban all the Legos to Luke’s bedroom. I did end up moving his Lego table upstairs to his bedroom but he takes the swoop bag all over easily and he loves that he doesn’t have to clean up all those tiny little pieces anymore.
My other problem has been all the instructions that come with each Lego set. Luke wants to keep all the boxes too because he looks at the pictures and builds from the pictures on the boxes. Talk about more mess, we had a bin full of the instructions and boxes and from time to time Emma would get a hold of them if they were left on the floor and then pages were torn out and created an ever bigger mess. A lot parents created binders with plastic sleeves which sounded like a great way for older kids or adults to organize but I knew that would never work for my 4 year old. Instead, I opted for a cheap fix and grabbed my hole punch, some rings and put some command hooks up on his wall near his Lego table.
I even cut out the front of the boxes and other scrap paper that he was saving that was lying around, put a hole punch in it and hung it on the rings. It’s easy for him to shuffle through and see what he has and also keep them tidy which was the whole purpose! Mission accomplished!
The only drawbacks worth mentioning are that I did see another brand called “Lay-n-Go” that was more money but it had a couple clear pockets on the inside for you to store what you are working on so you don’t lose pieces you want in the shuffle when you close the bag. I do wish the swoop bags had this feature! The Lay-n-Go brand also has a “shake test” that when you shake it upside down no pieces come out which I also like. I did not like the lack of fun colors but maybe we’ll purchase one of these next to test out as Luke’s Lego collection grows!
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