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Our kids have enjoyed this portable LEGO tray table for over 3 years. And still, after 3 years this LEGO tray play station is still going strong and consistently played with by our children. On a weekly if not daily basis. It truly is one of the best homemade gifts you can create for your kids.
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. My 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 for Jade’s 5th, and I decided I was to get her something really special. Her very own portable LEGO tray table play station with her own LEGOS. So she could still enjoy all the benefits of LEGOS without the boys having meltdowns each time she touches their LEGOS.
Since this was 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 needed a designated LEGO table play station. So that is when I came up with this fun and portable DIY LEGO Tray table play station. It is perfect because it is condensed, contained, and yet still portable for traveling around the house. Or if we go on trips it can even go in the car with us!
Create a Portable DIY LEGO Tray Table
The LEGO tray table 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″)
- 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 playsets 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 that Christmas! So also check out this Travel LEGO Table Treasure Box.
While you wait for the glue to dry on the building plates, you can decorate and personalize the LEGO tray table 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 a fun and a very simple way to personalize her LEGO tray table play station.
The very last step is to fill the LEGO tray table play station with the new LEGOS building sets. Tie with a ribbon and you are set for the coolest Birthday or Christmas 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 table for myself!
Jade absolutely loves her LEGO tray play station! I personally loved the legs on this LEGO tray table 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 is. When miss Jade brings home a nasty cold from school, I’m able to put her LEGO Tray Table in her lap and she can be entertained even when she’s feeling under the weather. It can be used in her room, in her bed, on the couch, or in the play room. It’s extremely portable.
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.
Do you have a little one that would love our LEGO tray play station?
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