During Christmas, we introduced Olivia to the ‘big girl Lego’. She was excited about the small pieces and never fails to impress me with her ability to follow the instructions and get even the tiniest pieces into place. We’ve bought a few Lego sets along the way, on her special monthly dates to the Lego Store with her Dad and I’ve noticed something about the Lego sets that she loves – a lot of them come with small pieces perfect for the house building, but some of them are really lacking the traditional 2×4 bricks for those quick building sessions.
To get more of these bricks, we decided to try out the Pick a Brick at the Lego store, filling up the cup with pieces from the back wall and grabbed a bunch of the 8×2 pieces that are perfect for building houses and castles, schools and hospitals – and they’re perfect for beginner real Lego users.
The pick a brick cups are $19.99 for the large, and $11.99 for the small.
While we were there, I let Olivia fill up the brick cup. Then, I noticed a Dad beside me letting his kid pick the bricks, but he was strategically stacking them together, creating layers that were filling up the cup. Of course, I had to ask him about his technique and he let me know that there were hundreds of Youtube videos out there instructing you how to maximize the cups and when you did it, you were actually getting a fantastic value for the Lego.
Like this one. See? There’s a whole system. Next time – we are doing that.
Quick tips: I learned to snap the Lego together, it’s going to reduce the space wasted by air. I also learned that some stores will allow you to have a small gap at the top, as long as the cup cover is touching. Ours had to be taped shut, at Southgate, and they were completely fine with that. The last thing I learned was to use small pieces to line the bottom of the container, this way you’re going to maximize the space and to visit every 1-2 months when the different style of blocks are switched out.