We are LEGO fans in our house, which hasn’t always been the case. When my three girls were younger, I didn’t want to stick to the stereotypes, so we loaded up the playroom with LEGO Duplos and Mega Blocks and attempted to initiate building play. There were a few glimmers of hope, but really, they just didn’t get that into them, so I gave them away. Fast forward years later and they played with some LEGOs and a friends house and suddenly “mom, why don’t we have any LEGOs?” Santa happily brought some LEGOs and so began the love affair.
One night Matt and I were talking about LEGOs and we both had heard about some kind of club. We decided to look into it more, which led to Matt starting a team of our own in the Junior FIRST LEGO League. The program is awesome and I highly recommend it! He really did all the preparation and work as the coach. I assisted him by taking care of the 1-year old (who can be a tiny bit distracting). In addition to occasionally helping get supplies, I helped Matt organize all of his coaching supplies and the kit.
When we started the team, we ordered the big LEGO kit specifically made for the league to get started. It had everything we needed for practices and to make the final competition/presentation model. I wanted to organize the stuff in such a way that we could pull it out for the practice, access everything easily during practice, and store it up to hide away until the next practice. I knew I wanted everything to fit in one bin, but we needed smaller bins within to make it easier for the kids to find pieces. This is what I came up with —
I found this wide, short bin that would fit all of the inner bins, including two shoebox size containers for the majority of the LEGO pieces. In the place next to that, the instruction manuals fit nicely.
On top of the manuals, I put the containers of the specialty pieces like all the pulleys and gears. The kit has some really awesome stuff.
The coach binder fits on top of the LEGO containers and still lets the lid close nicely. There is also room on top for any random papers that are created during practice that we want to keep until next time.
That’s it – everything contained in one convenient bin! We just pull it out for the practices and put it away during the rest of the week. We wanted to make sure all of these pieces stayed in one place and didn’t get spread around.
We had a celebration BBQ at the end of the season. The kids did their first presentations to all of the families. They were so amazing!! I am so proud!!! The focus this season was on natural disasters and the kids chose tornadoes. They built two tornadoes out of LEGOs and with a motor attached, the tornadoes actually spun super fast. So awesome.
I’m so grateful for Matt. He is such a great coach, but an even more awesome dad. This has been such a great experience for our kids and their friends.