I need Lego advice.
Do I organize and separate? Or dump them all together and hope creativity flows?
How do you manage Legos in your home?
My older kids played with Legos, but we didn’t own tons, and I don’t remember buying special themed sets.
They built fabulous candy dispensers out of Legos that delivered one M&M at a time. I’m pretty certain I got one for Mother’s Day.
With my younger kids, I’ve tried to cultivate a love for Legos with moderate success.
We’ve given themed sets for birthdays and Christmas, encouraging them to build special creations. We’re duly impressed when the awesome Star Wars ship is completed or some other fantastical thing is created.
But then what?
These creations stay complete, or partially complete for awhile. We tuck them in Rubbermaid bins, or eventually take them apart, putting all the tiny pieces in a labeled bag.
And there they sit.
What happened to big bins of mixed up Legos everyone played with for fun?
My sister has a huge bin of Legos with lots of Star Wars pieces in the mix. My boys play with it for hours when we visit, especially if their cousin, Jack, is there too.
Is it because it’s novel, or because the pieces are jumbled together which lets their minds and hands flow in creative play?
Or does she just have the best, most-fun-ever Legos?
Several years ago I bought a collection of Indiana Jones Lego sets from a young man who loved building and displaying them as a boy. He couldn’t bring himself to ever take them apart.
I still have some of the sets intact as I bought them from him. Others have been played with and taken apart; I hope this would not break his heart.
My boys need to play.
As summer looms before me, I need my boys to play, and to be honest, play doesn’t come naturally to them.
Children from “hard places,” kids who experienced early deprivation, or neglect/abuse, are often stunted in their ability to play. Have you noticed this?
Which brings me back to my Lego dilemma.
I need your Lego wisdom and advice.
If my boys are willing, should I buy one big bin and dump them all together?
Should I buy smaller bins and put all the Star Wars Legos in one bin, the Lone Ranger Legos in another, Indiana Jones in another, and general Legos (what do you call them?) in another?
Should I put the books with building instructions into a binder in case a child ever wants to sort through the mass of Legos, find the pieces, and build a creation again?
What do you have to say about Legos?
I will be forever grateful if you leave a comment with your thoughts, suggestions, advice, and/or commiseration.