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Regarding Legos, do you have to have a lego surface to build on? We had a lego table a long time ago for littler kids but don't have it anymore. I'd rather not buy more furniture (like the big lego table) but someone told me I really need to have a lego surface for them to build on. I don't remember my brother having that but he wasn't hugely into lego's, so who knows.

Also, if he does happen to get into Bionicles, do those need to be stored separately or do they go with Lego?

I have the most genius idea for Lego storage ever. The Lego tray. See here.

Bionicles blend right in with Lego as they are Lego.
post #22 of 30
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Just in case you all didn't know, the plural of Lego is Lego. ahem.
At least I said it correctly in the last sentence of my post.
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I have the most genius idea for Lego storage ever. The Lego tray. See here.

Bionicles blend right in with Lego as they are Lego.
That is really cool! It looks kind of like an underbed trundle drawer I saw recently.
post #24 of 30
We don't have a lego table-- or surface, etc. I think they only time that would be needed is if they wanted to build a city.

We keep our bionicles seperate b/c they either play w/ lego or bionicles, not both at the same time- and they link together differently.

We keep ours in one of these, one drawer for lego and 2 for bionicles b/c they take up more room.
Parts for bionicles can be mixed up and they can make their own (they're robots) designs, etc- my boys keep the books so they know what parts they need when they want to make the original guy.
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That is really cool! It looks kind of like an underbed trundle drawer I saw recently.
It's just flat and slides right under the bed due to the slick side of the masonite. I made it in the dimensions of what I had room for under his bed. It's like a moving floor and the great thing about it is that Lego don't get all over the floor for stepping on.

When we had them in baskets and containers, they would all be dumped and then have to be picked up. This way, very few make it out onto the floor (we use a child-sized plastic dustpan to scoop up the stray ones very effectively), and in-process creations don't get broken, space is just cleared on the tray for them.
post #26 of 30
annakiss - where could I find masonite? That looks like an awesome project!
post #27 of 30
Any lumberyard/home depot/lowes.
post #28 of 30
My boys (4 & 6) love their Lego and Bioncles. (Is the plural really Lego? Never realized that.) We keep them separate since they don't fit together. My younger DS can put together the smaller Bioncles by himself, but needs help with the bigger ones. Older DS can do both by himself. They like to take them apart though and create new guys. Same with the traditional Lego. They will build it as described the first time, but then it gets destroyed and morphs into who knows what.

The most popular things here are:

Lego
Bioncles
Swords / Light Sabers / etc.
Sports stuff outside like soccer balls, t-ball, etc.
Swing set (they LOVE to swing)
Books
Quadrilla marble run
Playmobil (we have the big castle, but they mostly play with the people)

For the Lego, my boys don't really require a base plate to create things since they usually are building ships and things. You can buy a 10x10 -ish size base plate for about $6 at a big box store or Lego.com. That is usually sufficient. We have about three of them, and they are only rarely used. Maybe when they get older?
post #29 of 30
My boys never use base plates, tinasquirrel. It's just a surface that can hold things without them being on the floor. So it slides away really quickly. They usally build on the floor next to it, but don't take as many pieces out because the flat surface of the tray keeps things spread out enough to sift through to find what they need.

It's like the floor, but it moves.
post #30 of 30
my son is about to turn 5 and he basically plays with hotwheels cars. if he isnt plaing with them, he is in the floor coloring or outside. i am about to declutter his toybox, and i have asked that for his birthday that people get him books or blank paper because he loves to draw and i want to encourage his talent.
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