Monday, June 13, 2011

Two More Ways to Store the Legos

play mat that becomes toy bag, for legos and more

Lego storage is an ongoing challenge for many — but fortunately, clever people keep developing more storage options. Back in 2007 I wrote about 16 Lego storage options, which I thought was a pretty comprehensive list — and then people added even more ideas in the comments. Last year, I found the BrikCrates. And now I've found two more ways to store the Legos. Both of these are targeted at kids, rather than older collectors.

1. Play mats that become toy bags

These would work great for any toys involving lots of small parts, including Legos. The eye-catching one above is the Swoop Bag, which comes in six different colors. [via Cool Mom Picks; photo used with permission of Swoop]

play mat that becomes toy bag, for legos and more

Gogo&co, based in Australia, makes the gogosac. This was mentioned in the comments on my prior post, but I wanted to be sure no one overlooked it.

And if you're craftier than I am, you could make your own, as described by Instructables and Bellgirl. Keren Kurti Alexander shows off another handcrafted one on Flickr.

wood carrying case for Legos

2. Portable Lego Storage Box

This one comes to us from Knick Knack Wood Shack, and it's available in two different sizes. Each box is handmade — and the shop owner is a dad whose own children have tested these boxes out. [via Ohdeedoh]

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Julie Bestry said...

Jeri, you never cease to amaze me. And now I covet a Swoop bag and I don't even have any Lego!

Jeri Dansky said...

Aren't they cool? But I also don't own any Lego, and can't think of any other real use I'd personally have for the bags.

Maybe one or both of us will find someone who needs a Swoop bag as a gift. (And if it's someone nearby, we can go visit and admire the bag in person.)

Oksana said...

Swoop bag is such a great idea! Why didn't I come up with it?! I hate finding little pieces of legos on the floor, even after the kids clean up. The swoop bag would totally take care of that.

Oksana @

madebymelanie said...

We've always dumped out the legos on a blanket; same concept and soooo much easier than trying to find all those little pieces before the vacuum does!

Sabrina said...

Over the years, we used both of these methods. As my son got older, he determined that color coordination is best for him. We used bins that snap together with a handle and other bins depending on the amount he had of a particular color. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I'm pushing 40 and remember a lego sack my brother and I had back in the day. I bet our legos are still stored in it in our parents attic. Still a practical option, for lots of toys, not just legos!

Jeri Dansky said...

hkpowerstudio, thanks for making the point about this kind of toy bag working for more than just Legos. Two other commenters - Oksana and madebymelanie - have mentioned the "little pieces" problem, which could be more than just Lego pieces. (When I think small pieces, I always think of Polly Pockets.) These toy bags could certainly help with that problem.

Jenn said...

My son loves to spread his legos out.... I so need one or three of these!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! And totally DIY-able.
PS I just shared a link to it with my readers yesterday. Hope a few people stop by for another great idea.

Jeri Dansky said...

Thank you, RosieDreams!

~The Bargain Babe said...

That portable lego box is awesome! It would be great for taking on trips or in the car! Gahhh. Must get one for our 8 yr old!

Jeri Dansky said...

I'm glad to be able to point you to something useful, Bargain Babe!