Now that it's not pitch dark around dinner time anymore (thank you, summer!!!), we've been going out to dinner more often. I usually pack a few things for S to play with while we wait for our food, and with it being LEGO week and all - I was inspired to put this together. S looooves it.
Here's what it looks like - a little plastic container with a snap-close lid and it has a handful of LEGO bricks and some activity cards. (Any plastic container that will fit in your purse/bag that snaps closed should work. I got this one for $2 in the beading section at a craft store.)
S picks an activity card and then makes the matching structure.
To make this set, I picked the following bricks from our LEGO stash (you will want to pick the same if you are using our Free Printable Activity Cards (Set 1, Set 2, Set 3). An easy way to get these (if you don't already have lots of them) is to go to a LEGO store - you can buy individual LEGO bricks there. Apparently the types of bricks available varies by store - we were able to buy all of these a la carte at ours, but they may not be at your local store.
Here's what it looks like totally unpacked.
S has really enjoyed it thus far. It's small enough to fit in my purse, so perfect for any sort of wait - doctor's office, restaurant, etc. And you could even use it on road trips or plane flights. Lots of possibilities!
There are 24 activity cards (Set 1, Set 2, Set 3) you can download and print for personal use (you may not distribute them on your website). UPDATE: one of my lovely readers (thank you, Aidan!!!!) made a beautiful version of these on her computer (meaning they look much nicer than my handdrawn ones, hahaha). You can download the prettier cards here! (The prettier version is also available in jpeg format if that's easier - Set 1, Set 2, Set 3). And the awesome Karalee made a set of blank templates for those of you who have different colored bricks you'd like this to work with. Thank you SO much, Karalee! You can find her blank templates here: Set 1, Set 2, Set 3.
You can find all our LEGO play ideas from this week here!
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.