Lego Disaster Zone
If you’ve got kids, chances are you’ve got Legos. And if you’ve got Legos, chances are your floors look like the real-life photo I took above.
I’m pretty sure there’s something that happens inside a kid’s brain when the Legos come out that triggers them to go for the World Record of Disaster Messes.
No joke, once my son was playing with them in his room and I found one in the couch, one in my bedroom (on the other side of the house) and one outside on the porch. How the heck does that even happen?!
So after stepping on one too many Lego bodies with missing heads, I brainstormed solutions to keep the tiny little pieces corralled into a confined space. I ended up giving him a beat up old cookie sheet with a rim to use for scattering and searching for pieces.
But let’s be honest here, a beat up old cookie sheet isn’t really the best idea. It was small, to start with, so my great idea of the millions of Legos staying on there was totally impossible. And it was so stinkin’ loud when he pushed them around the metal tray.
But then a happy accident happened.
We accidentally left one of these wooden lap trays outside and it rained. Ruined. Or so I thought. From the bubbled up finish to the weird multi shades of brown that was left behind, I was planning on just throwing the tray away. I knew I’d never use it for a party again. It was actually already in the garage and ready for trash day.
Until Noah brought out that small loud tray again for another Lego sesh. Then the lightbulb flipped on.
Repurpose An Old Tray
I took the tray in all it’s sad ugliness out to the front yard and plopped it onto a big piece of cardboard.
I gave it a good sanding with a sanding sponge, then wiped it down with a damp microfiber cloth, followed by another wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth.
One coat of spray primer, two coats of spray paint, and two coats of spray poly later, it was looking gorgeous.
I could have stopped there. It was just right for holding lots of Legos, double the size of the cookie sheet we were using. But if I’m making a Lego tray, I’m going to do it up.
Add Lego Base Plates
I picked up a two piece set of Lego base plates from Amazon and attached it onto the tray to transform it into a multi-functional piece.
I got this Lego Road Base Plate Set but you can also just buy plain squares. Definitely go with Amazon though, because they’re about 5 dollars more at toy stores and you’ll be stuck with generic green.
Lucky for me, the two base plates fit perfectly on the tray and didn’t need to be cut, but if you’re recreating this project at home and your base plates are too big, you can cut them easily with a straight edge or box cutter.
To attach the base plates, I just used these velcro Command Strips, but if you want them to be stuck on permanently you can use an epoxy glue.
Shop For This Project
Let’s be real here. This tray isn’t going to solve your “Legos All Over The Freakin’ House” problem.
But it will help.
And it will give your kids an easier way to dump out the pieces and look for the right ones they need without them instantly scattering.
And maybe, just maybe, it’ll save you at least one screamed obscenity when you step on Batman’s little Lego head.
In the world of parenting though, that’s a win. 🙂
I’d love to hear how you manage the Lego avalanche in your house. How do you store them? Do your kids use a tray for spreading them out? Does Batman murder your feet weekly? Share your comments below!
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