With their limitless colors, shapes, kits, and characters, Legos® provide hours of entertainment for builders young and old! Even though they’re endlessly captivating, the amount of small pieces involved in most masterpieces usually make them problematic car toys.
However, with just a few inexpensive and easy-to-find supplies, you can make a perfectly portable DIY Lego® travel box that can be taken anywhere, anytime!
Are you looking for more great ways to keep the little ones entertained in the car? Here are 5 great road trip game ideas, and be sure to check out these smart and healthy snack solutions for road trips!
Almost any flat box or container can be turned into a portable Lego® workshop. For this version, I used a flat plastic box usually used to store 12×12-inch scrapbook paper. With a few simple additions and cheerful stickers, your child’s building blocks can be sorted, stored, and ready for whenever boredom or inspiration strike while on the road!
DIY Lego® Travel Box
To make a transportable kit, here’s what you need:
- Plastic flat storage box
- Small plastic containers with snap-top lids (I used these and these)
- Repositionable adhesive tape or adhesive-backed Velcro
- Vinyl or stickers
- Clear transfer paper
- Peel-and-stick letters (optional)
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Start by sorting out your building blocks into color groups or other categories that make sense to your little builder. Based on the size and number of containers you choose to use, you may need to consolidate like colors or items.
Fill the containers as full as you can to bring enough blocks to make a variety of creations.
Once you’ve determined which container will hold which color, keep them sorted by making color labels for each box. Labels can be made out of stickers, tapes, or images cut from vinyl. Also consider including a coordinating sticker in the base of each box so that when all the boxes are empty, you know which bricks belong where at cleanup time!
Whether you’re using pre-cut stickers or your own design made from vinyl, get the placement just right on your boxes by using clear transfer paper!
To help little ones recognize what’s inside or if you’re making several kits for several different kids, consider adding a name label to the front of the box. Peel-and-stick letters work great for quick and easy personalization!
Next, you’ll need to determine how best to fit everything into the plastic storage box to facilitate maximum storage as well as provide ample building space!
Play around with the placement of boxes and green Lego® bases until you find an arrangement that works just right. If you use boxes with removable or flip-top lids, be sure to allow space for them to open and close easily.
Once you’ve settled on your placement, use double-sided tape or adhesive-backed Velcro to secure the boxes and building surfaces to the carrying case.
Below is an example of what my travel kit looks like when completely emptied out. The boxes and green surfaces are attached to the carrier box, but the lids and Legos® can all be easily removed for playtime!
Using Velcro is a great option for providing maximum building options and flexibility. Everything can be safely secured in the box for the car ride, but the boxes and building surfaces can also be easily removed for more expansive building once you arrive at your destination.
Whether you make the elements removable or not, all your little one has to do is flip the box open, open up each box of Legos® and get building! When you get to your destination or playtime is over, snap all the boxes shut and everything will stay safe, protected, and intact.
A handle makes the box easy to carry around, and the flat shape makes for compact storage in between trips. With all these inexpensive products available at your local craft store, you can easily have this DIY Lego® travel box ready for your next road trip!
Moving cross-country can be a challenge, but with this DIY Lego® travel box and Megan’s handy moving tips, you’ll be able to avoid the headaches!