Earlier this year, we did the big purge and went mostly digital. We went through our collection of adult books, we started using digital codes for movies and we created online archives and photo books of the kids artwork. Lego booklets that we’ve stored with the Lego were one of those trouble areas, as the kids frequently use the books to recreate some of their favorite sets, but the magazine style pages constantly fell apart, ripped and left us with missing pages.
While searching for the instructions online for the girls’ favorite Lego set, the photo safari, it dawned on me. Sure, we can view them online, but why not take this one step further and download the actual instructions to the kids iPads, something that they use on a regular basis?
How to Download Lego Build Instructions
- Visit the Lego website at Lego.com
- Use the search, or find your desired set in the store. You can search by name, or by set number
- Click on the ‘build instructions tab’ and open the PDF
- Click the top of the page on the PDF and choose ‘open in iBooks’
After you’ve opened up the Lego build instructions in iBooks, they will remain there, and you can collect an inventory of the sets that you’ve accumulated at-home. Having the instructions at your fingertips, with the ability to switch between sets and instructions that are simple for the kids to read and open makes building Lego easier.
When it comes time to build, kids can sort through the giant basket of Lego that seems to be accumulated and use the iPad as a tool to build, rather than a place to play games and watch videos. Finding interactive ways to use the iPad like this is one of my favorite things, closely followed by getting rid of the paper clutter in our house and getting us one step closer to living as minimalist as possible, by ditching the clutter at-home.