One of the gifts The Handyman made for the children for Christmas was Lego building trays with storage. I was inspired by Somewhat Simples Plan. Each of the children got Legos this Christmas. Sunshine got Legos from the Girls Lego Friends line. Rose got pink Duplo Princess Sets and Mowgli got a Duplo Zoo set and Dinosaur Train Mega Bloks. That doesn’t include the sets they got from grandparents! I was more than a little concerned about storage for all of these block. If you have never stepped on a Lego with bare feet, let me assure you that it is not fun!
The Handyman used the gray Lego baseplate for Sunshines tray and the Duplo baseplates for the little ones trays. It occurred to me that by adjusting the size of the tray just a little, they would sit on top of the IKEA VESSLA rolling storage crates, which would be a great place to store Legos.
The other great thing about these trays is that the children can keep their creations together when its time to put Legos away. To make the trays a little more versatile and to sit down on the crate, The Handyman dadoed the plywood base into the frame. He then added an outdoor carpet to the other side of the tray, making it a great place to play a hundred other games, blocks and puzzles.
One of the things I need to do yet is add the felt circles. I can see that they will be critical to protecting both trays and floors.
The kids all love their new Legos and trays! I love that they have a quick easy way to keep them cleaned up!