This DIY LEGO Tray Play Station has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. We hope you enjoy how we use #TargetToys in our DIY LEGO Tray Play Station birthday present. This creation was originally published Oct 1, 2014. It ha been updated with recent photos.
Special Update note: years later after gifting this LEGO tray play station is still very much used by our children. On a weekly if not daily basis.
Do your kids like LEGOS? Silly question right? All kids love LEGOS! They are the best toys on earth according to my kids. Honestly, I haven’t met a kid yet that didn’t like them. And they aren’t just for boys either.
Girls absolutely love LEGOS too! And it’s no wonder! Have you ever stopped to consider the educational value of LEGOS?
Just a few of the benefits of playing with LEGOS include:
- Builds creativity
- Develops fine motor skills
- Improves cognitive thinking
- Improves spacial recognition
- Strengthens child’s skills
- Builds confidence
- Aides in problem solving skills
- Strengthens patience, persistence and perseverance
- Allows kids to see uniqueness is good
- Increases awareness of engineering
- Encourages cooperation and teamwork
- A calming and soothing activity for kids with sensory disorders
- A communication building activity
- And much more!
Miss Jade’s therapists often used LEGOS and building as a means to help her with distinguishing between colors, shapes, sorting, building skills, dexterity, and to encourage communication and language. There are so many benefits to playing with LEGOS.
With all these benefits I figured it is time that Miss Jade have the opportunity to play with LEGOS at home. Wouldn’t you? But here is the problem. The boys are possessive of their LEGOS. They seriously have a freak out panic attack if Jade touches their massive collection of LEGOS. I’m talking about 5 big storage bins full of LEGOS. And they can’t share with their sister. Good grief!
So Jade’s birthday was last week, and I decided I was going to get her something really special. Her very own LEGO tray play station with her own LEGOS. So she can still enjoy all the benefits of LEGOS without the boys having melt downs each time she touches their LEGOS.
So off I went to visit the new Toy Emporium online from Target. Found some great ideas from the online Toy Emporium and then went off to the store to find my favorites! Target has the best selection in LEGOS to benefit her creating and building skills. They have over THREE isles full of just LEGOS to choose from!
I just love the new efforts Target has put into supplying the best toys that not only entertain our children but offer long-lasting educational values in the toys they offer. And boy do they have a big selection of amazing toys!
Now since this is for Jade’s birthday I wanted to make it really special. The boys have a small LEGO table in the basement that she loves to play with. And frankly, there is no way I’m going to be OK with LEGOS on the floor for me to step on. No thank you!
Jade needs a designated LEGO play station. So that is when I came up with this fun and portable DIY LEGO Tray play station. It is perfect because it is condensed, contained, and yet still mobile for traveling around the house or if we go on trips it can even go in the car with us!
DIY LEGO Tray Play Station Tutorial
The LEGO tray play station is really easy to create and only takes a few pieces, some glue and very little time.
- Wooden breakfast serving tray (ours is 20″X15″) (Affiliate links)
- 3 LEGO Green Building Plates (10″ X 10″) (one will be cut in half)
- Elmer’s Pro-bond glue
- Vinyl letters and decor of choice
- LEGO play sets of choice
Lay out the LEGO green building plates on the serving tray. Line them up to fit right. Since our tray was 20″ by 15″ we had to take one of the 10X10″ building plates and cut it in half. But I simply measured and trimmed until it fit perfectly.
Make sure you use extra little LEGO pieces to ensure that the plates are spaced correctly at the edges. If the building plates are too close together then the LEGO pieces won’t fit.
Then take each tray and put the pro-bond glue on the back and replace on the serving tray. Make sure they are spaced right that the LEGO pieces will still fit. To do this I used an actual LEGO piece to connect each building plate to make sure it was correctly spaced.
Then place something heavy on top like a book, to keep the pressure on the plates until the glue dries. Thankfully I had just received a big heavy package in the mail, so I put that on top. It worked great.
I originally had an idea for a fun LEGO storage box to go with it. And while I didn’t have it ready in time for Miss Jade’s Birthday I did get it done by Christmas! So also check out this Travel LEGO Table Treasure Box.
So while I waited for the glue to dry on the building plates, I decorated and personalized the LEGO tray play station. My favorite is using vinyl letters that spell out your child’s name.
My Sister-in-law has a cool Cricut machine so she cut the letters and butterflies out for me. Jade and I both have a weakness for butterflies. So that was fun and a very simple way to personalize her LEGO tray play station.
The very last step is to fill the LEGO tray play station with the new LEGOS from the Target Toy Emporium. Tie with a ribbon and you are set with the coolest birthday present any kid could ever ask for!
I pulled some of the fun LEGOS out of the box and set them up early so Jade could see she was getting LEGOS with her LEGO tray.
I must admit, putting together LEGOS is rather fun! And they have some really cute sets for girls! These LEGO Friends are so cute! I almost wanted to keep the set and LEGO tray for myself!
For us we like to do Heavy Heavy Hang Over with our birthday presents. We don’t do wrapping paper for Birthdays. You can check out Jade’s reaction to her new LEGO tray play station from our fun Instagram video clip. She has been in heaven ever since
Jade sure was in love with her LEGO tray play station! I personally loved the legs on this LEGO tray play station as it gives a good surface for her while she is on her bed or on the floor.
It can sit perfectly in her lap or right in front of her with the legs down. Yet the legs can fold up and it’s perfect for traveling in the car too!
I love how mobile the tray has been. Jade brought home a nasty cold from school last week as well. So we have all been laid up with the nasty virus. The LEGO tray has been a great source of entertainment for her while she’s been sick.
And I can carry it around the house to wherever she is laid up. It has kept her entertained for hours on end as she creates her own building creations.
And don’t forget to PIN our tutorial on Pinterest so you can come back later and create your own!
Do you have a little one that would love our LEGO tray play station?
How do you encourage learning with toys in your home?
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