What are the best ways to store Lego bricks?
We decided to look closer on the most common practices of how to store and organise Lego. So here they are, along with our opinion.
4 most popular practices of how to store Lego bricks:
- The main and most common way to store Lego is to use a plastic bin. A paper one could be used too, however it usually won’t last long - children tear it up soon. We can also include different plastic or textile toy boxes, drawers or popular IKEA Trofast system in this category.
+ plastic boxes are very common and cheap to get
- it is hard to see the content clearly, the particular bricks are very hard to find;
it is more a storage solution than way of organizing bricks
- when building, children usually shake the content out
- they are harder to move from place to place
- Toy storage bag or play bag. Works as a play mat, storage solution and a travel bag. Usually made from canvas or polyester (the latter are great for outdoors and can be machine washed). The better the bag, the more details it has – higher sidewalls to hold small pieces inside while active searching and playing, lockers, pocket or original designs.
+ thanks to its shape children see all the contents without a need to shake them out
+ it works as a play mat and bricks are always ready to be played with
+ you can easily #bringyourtoyseverywhere so your favourite kids’ corner is always nearby
- higher price (when buying one that is of high quality and durable)
- Boxes with dividers. Small boxes from household goods or hobby stores. Boxes for nails and screws, coins etc.
- maintenance needs patience and discipline
- Lego tables, Lego rooms and special tailor-made ideas. You (or someone amongst your friends or family) have to be a creative person to create one. And, of course, you need a spare space in the house.
+ it is a storage and a building place in one, usually with the possibility to display creations
- the child always needs to play at one place
- they limit creativity (by its shape, size, material…)
Now. Let’s move to some methods on how to sort Lego:
- By colour. It really looks nice. Thanks to this, you will live in a nicely organised colourful world. It’s great if your children like monochromatic creations, or like some colours more. Just remember there are 53 colours of Lego bricks available these days.
- By shape. Small pieces here, 2x1 there, 6x2 here… the colour usually doesn’t matter; however, the best of the bests combine this method to the one above and sort by colour AND shape.
- Based on sets. All pieces from one set come together with the instruction sheets to a separate plastic bag or box. From our point of view, this is the less preferable method as it limits creativity and free building. It is good for collectors more than for real builders.
- No sorting. As parents of three kids we do have an experience that every effort to sort the bricks fails unless we (parents) sort them. Those little plastic pieces finish in one big stack somewhere in the middle of the living room.
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