Have you ever needed to keep your kids occupied for a long drive in the car? Or maybe you want to give them something to do when attending meetings away from home? We’d been struggling during some of our church meetings with keeping our daughter occupied rather than running around the chapel and nothing I brought kept her interested more than a few minutes, so I knew I needed to come up with something that would work!
I remembered when we went to Rexburg, Idaho last year to see the Total Solar Eclipse and that she brought along some of her Duplos in her small little purse and she played with those for hours! Even when we got stuck for almost 10 hours in the traffic of everyone leaving to go home! An idea struck and I made a Lego Travel Box that we can bring along with us in the car and at church (and you may be asking if it’s too loud at church but actually it’s quite quiet since she doesn’t need to dump them out).
Since I loved my Lego Travel Box so much, I wanted to share with you how to make it yourselves! It’s really SO easy! You could have your kid help you make it or if they’re older, they could make it themselves! Just remember to be safe with scissors. We always teach our daughter that sharp scissors are for adult or parental supervision.
Now let’s get started:
You need to first gather your supplies. You’ll need 4 things:
- Pencil Box (one with a fairly flat top)
- Toy Block Tape with 2 studs (you can choose any colors, I got the blue and green for land and sea)
- Legos (Use your own or we really like the variety sets that aren’t specifically themed)
Get your Toy Block Tape and open them up. You’ll then get your scissors and cut your strips to the correct size. For the pencil box that I got, it was 10 studs in length per strip.
I then cut 5 strips per color so I had 10 strips in total. Set aside the leftover Toy Block Tape
Grab your pencil box and have it right side up and closed. Grab your first strip and peel the backing off so you can expose the sticky strip on the back.
I admittedly had a tough time getting the backing off. This was seriously the hardest part for me and it wasn’t that hard! I ended up needing to use a Xacto knife to get between the backing and the sticky part to peel a little bit of the backing off before I could peel it on my own. You might not have as hard of a time as I did, but if you need to do this, make sure you don’t let your kid use the knife themselves or use something a bit more kid-friendly.
After you’ve got the backing off of your first strip, carefully place the strip on the top of the pencil box. I started on one side so I knew I’d have enough room for all the other strips I had cut out.
When you’ve got your first strip done, do the next one, repeating until all of the strips are on top of the lego box while making sure the studs all line up.
Open up your pencil box. Grab your Legos and put them inside the toy box! When your kids want to play, they can just open up their new Lego Travel Box and put the blocks on top of the play area on top of the box. What’s great is they can even turn the box upside down (while closed) and they shouldn’t fall off!
HAVE FUN! This is really the most fun part of the Lego Travel Box and the most important step!
We absolutely love our DIY Lego Travel Box and it’s often asked for in our house. It’s easy to make (even kids can make it themselves!) and take around, allowing your kids imagination to keep them occupied for hours on end!
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