By Kathryn Peck
There’s no point in debating the fact that Legos aren’t going away anytime soon. These amazing brain-building toys have staying power, and if you’re a parent, you likely have them in your closets, in your laundry, and in your car.
Over the years, we’ve logged in many hours in the car visiting family who lived several states away. On these long trips, one of my proudest creative projects has been my DIY Lego travel case. It’s been a lifesaver in the car, in restaurants, and doctor’s offices – anywhere where one’s patience is put to the test.
Classis Lego baseplate
Tin Lunch box
Strong Glue (e.g. glue gun)
Box cutters or a utility knife
- You’ll want to cut the baseplate so that it fits into the top lid of the lunchbox. Measure and mark the baseplate where you’ll want to cut, keeping in mind that it should be a tad smaller.
- Using a ruler, score the plastic with a utility knife, then you can bend and separate the plastic.
- Glue the baseplate to the inside of the lid.*
- Cut the felt fabric to fit into the bottom of the large part of the lunchbox. Once measured and cut, glue it to secure it. The felt fabric is a nice touch to dampen the sound of the Legos banging around inside.
*If you don’t want to mess with glue, they make adhesive baseplates – what could be easier?
Other crafty Lego ideas?
- Glue baseplates to a wooden serving tray for a play area that contains all those falling pieces that the dog likes to chew. (Right now, I’m using the top of our old changing table as a new Lego play area – plus it easily fits under the bed for quick cleanup.)
- Get your hands on an inexpensive table from Ikea and secure Lego baseplates to the top for a Lego table.
- If you don’t have an old lunchbox, consider using a craft supply box in much the same way instead. Compartments are great for sorting and organizing Legos.
- Have you seen the adhesive Lego tape? Create a miniature figure display by simply fastening Lego tape to the inside of existing shelves.
- Use a bookcase that has sliding shelves and secure them with Lego baseplates. The shelves are perfect for building and creating different Lego scenes.
About the author: Kathryn is the owner of Bicycle Pie and mom of 4 little ones. Also a writer, editor, and former owner of one of Boston's premiere baby boutiques, she continues to write about motherhood, children's products, family life, and all other things that test our skills and patience as parents.