Friday, October 30, 2015

Our 5 Favorite Ideas for Taking LEGO on the Road

Even the most patient child can become unruly when traveling long distances. Every parent knows the trick is to keep them occupied with fun activities. That way, traveling doesn’t turn into a laborious experience.

Instead of using traditional attention grabbers such as video games, movies, or endless snacks, why not turn the excursion into an opportunity for learning and enrichment? The following five homemade LEGO travel sets are perfect for on-the-go kids and families. We’ve ranked them from easiest to most difficult.

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1. Easy LEGO Travel Case

As most parents know, LEGO blocks can easily get misplaced. That’s why this DIY travel case starts with the Glis small storage box from IKEA. The case has nine partitions perfect for separating and organizing LEGO pieces. To turn it into a true LEGO case, however, you’ll need a 10” x 10” baseplate, some strong scissors, Krazy glue, and an X-Acto knife. Simply cut and glue the baseplate to fit on top of the storage box (use the X-Acto for more precision). This turns the top of the case into a LEGO building stage.
Read instructions here

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2. Road Trip LEGO Boxes

Rather than making one larger LEGO case, you may find it more beneficial to make multiple smaller boxes for your road trip. That’s the basis for this project, constructed using small plastic pencil boxes. Be sure to use boxes with smooth tops. You’ll also need a trusty LEGO baseplate, scissors, and some strong glue. Cut the baseplate to fit on the inside and/or outside of the cases. After attaching the baseplates with glue, your child will have an all-in-one LEGO storage and play kit. Use each individual case as a storage home for one small LEGO set. This will allow your child to keep the unique pieces for each set organized. Multiple cases are also handy when you have more than one child or want to keep some stashed around in case you need them.

Read instructions here

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3. Portable Lunchbox LEGO Kit

The lunchbox has long been the perfect carrying case for children. With just a few easy modifications, parents can turn one into a portable LEGO traveling case. Simply start with a sturdy lunchbox. From there, you’ll cut a LEGO baseplate to fit the inside top flap of the box. Use sticky mounting squares to attach the baseplate. Glue may not react well with metal. On the inside bottom of the lunchbox, attach a layer of felt. This will protect against scratches from the bricks and muffle noise from loose pieces.

Read instructions here

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4. LEGO Kit With 24 Printable Activity Cards

Sometimes it takes more than a handy case to keep your child engaged in happy play. This project starts with a small plastic container, but adds a set of activity cards to the mix. To use the 24 free, printable cards included with this project, you’ll need 23 specific bricks. The easiest way to get the proper bricks, assuming they’re not already in your child’s collection, is to buy them individually at a LEGO store. The activity cards feature structures that younger LEGO lovers can build. Rather than aimlessly building, these cards offer an engaging learning experience for children.

Read instructions here

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5. Mini Lego Tin

You now have lots of options for portable cases. But what if you want a container just for your LEGO Minifigures? Or a mini LEGO play set that fits in a purse? Altoids tins are perfect for both! In addition to the tin, this project requires a small LEGO baseplate, paint, air-dry clay, and hot glue. After you glue the baseplate to the top of the tin, use the clay to round out the edges along the top. Paint the rest of the container a matching color, and, voila, you have a nice new home for some Minifigures and a handful of bricks.

Read instructions here

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