{The Ordinary Moments 16} #2 ‘A Little Lego Table’

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I can’t quite remember when Mads and LL started loving Lego. I remember that Mads got a princess Lego friends castle for Christmas a year ago and that Mr E spent most of Boxing Day building it, and then she ended up not really playing with it all that much. Then she started to get into getting those little bags of Lego mini figures, where it is a surprise as to which one you get. And slowly a new love was born. Over the course of the last year, she has become really obsessed with Lego and it is by far her favourite thing to play with toy wise.

As a result, her little sister who pretty much wants to copy and be like her big sister in every way, has started to love Lego too. Their tastes when it comes to the little coloured bricks are very different, Mads loves all the Superhero range, her favourites being a Batcopter and a Joker steamroller, as well as the Lego City range with things like the police van and a deep sea submarine. LL on the other hand, while they share all their things, is particularly partial to Lego Friends and the more typical ‘girly’ marketed items. But always with Lego Batman included, he comes to pizza parties, in the swimming pool, you name it.

However there is also another ‘big kid’ in our house that rather likes Lego and that is Mr E. A few times recently he has come home with little sets for them and we aren’t particularly big on buying the girls random toys as presents without a reason, so I think it as much for his benefit as theirs! He absolutely loves sitting down with Mads and working on building something together and I must admit I love to watch them get so into something together. Over Christmas they spent many  a lazy wet afternoon working together on their latest project. He really has got really involved in helping her, playing with her and finding new things that she might like as her next treat, birthday or christmas present. It is really nice for them to find a common interest and watching them gives me flashbacks of my Dad doing the same with me when I was younger, although not particularly with Lego.

Just after Christmas we decided to make the girls a little surprise. On the way back from visiting my Grandparents we stopped off at IKEA and bought a £5.00 LACK table, you know the white side table that almost everyone has somewhere in their house. We also bought two little white stools as well. Then when we got home we set about making them something that we knew they would absolutely love. We got four square base plates (they aren’t official Lego ones but we got them from a company called Bargain Max) and all we did was superglue them to the table.

It was as easy as that and was such a cheap way of making them a little base for the beloved toys. But literally you would have thought that we had bought them an all singing and dancing activity table for the way their faces lit up when they walked into their bedroom and saw their new little table propped up with all their favourite Lego pieces on there ready for inspection. They actually squealed with joy and got straight into playing with it, both looking so cute sat on the stools chatting away to each other and getting involved in their imaginative play.

Since we made it about a week ago, the Lego table has been a huge success. Firstly we have somewhere to store all their bits, without it looking too cluttered or living on the floor (ouch to standing on Lego) and secondly they truly love playing with it, with them often being found in their room having lots of fun with each other. It definitely was a great idea to do and I am so glad that we made it for them. I can’t see their Lego obsession finishing anytime soon and I hope their love of those little multicoloured bricks brings years of enjoyment for them both.

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We had a fair few new people join in with the ordinary moments last year which was just lovely, it is a great way of finding new blogs to read. Looking forward to seeing them all this week too. If you want to join in, the linky opens on a Sunday and stays open until the following Saturday. You can link up whatever you want, as long as it captures a little insight into your life.



73 Comments

  • It really was a little stroke of genius doing this. I know you can buy Lego tables, I’ve seen them at nursery, in the children’s ward (we’ve been there a lot with Eden over the last two years) and they’re always a big success with ours, but I would never have thought to do this. So simple, and just perfect. The girls look like they’re really enjoying it and it’s lovely they can bond with Mr E over it. We never had a common ground with our Dad until he started doing the accounts for my sister and my entertainment business (I was 23) he would come and support every gig, he was so proud of us. It’s so lovely we have hubby’s so actively involved in our littlies lives.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Such a simple idea but they love it. And the ones I have seen are always so bulky and expensive, this one is perfect in their little bedroom! Aw that is lovely to hear about your Dad, mine is amazing and although I am not as close to him on a day to day basis as I am with my Mum, I absolutely adore him. He is a softie and has always been there for me. x

  • Anna-Marie says:

    I’ve chuckled reading this, as I have blogged about Lego today for my #ordinarymoments! I absolutely love the idea of the Lego table and am so tempted to make one! There is something so addictive about it! Lovely photos xx

  • Carie says:

    It looks fantastic! We’ve got a blue table and somewhat similar plans for our Lego once Pip is big enough that we can have it out without him eating it but it makes me wonder whether they might like to have another one up in their room away from him so they can play princess studio artist doctor photographer without him (big Lego friends fans over here!)

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is a bit of a worry with a younger sibling as some of the pieces are so small! I think that is another reason we decided to store it all in their room. Lego Friends is my favourite too! x

  • Such a good idea to superglue the lego mats to the table. I think we will do that as we obviously have a lack table in the house like. Like you said everyone does! Love these photos Katie. Truly gorgeous. #ordinarymoments

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks lovely, they do love it. Such a simple thing but it is so lovely for them to play together with now. x

  • Kerri-Ann says:

    Aww I love this. So cute that Mr E and your big girl have a thing to do together. Such beautiful photos of yuk our girls and a gorgeous little area for them to play in. They have the sweetest bond which always come through in your photos. I hope you have a lovely Sunday x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Thanks lovely, they do have a really lovely bond, although of course they argue too! And I love watching Mr E and Mads enjoying something so much together. x

  • Sherry says:

    Quite possibly one of the best ideas I’ve seen in ages, I don’t know why Lego is so painful?!? When I saw the picture earlier in the week I mentioned it to the hubster as J is starting to become interested in Lego and I have a feeling we may be shamelessly copying this as he loved it, what a great little space x

  • Natalie says:

    This is such a good idea, my girls love lego but we tend to play it on the floor which can be a bit of a nightmare when cleaning up. Great find on the bases too the Lego ones are quite expensive! X

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Yes it is a nightmare, all those pieces all over the floor. The Lego ones are expensive and these do the job just as well so that is good! x

  • Love this idea! My 3 love lego too and we ended up putting it all in a ‘under the bed’ storage box so they can properly spread it all out whilst it stays in one place, I may have to steal your idea too! So cheap and easy!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is just such a simple idea isn’t it? Yep we store it in boxes in their room too, but it is nice for them to have some out on display. x

  • Rebecca says:

    Such a great idea. And as always such gorgeous photos of your beautiful girls x x

  • I do that think that lego time with Daddy is really special. Your photos of the girls are beautiful as always and I think the table is great. We love legos but still focus on Duplo Legos sets because of the possibility still of Baby Boy putting magic wands, tiny cannon balls, etc in his mouth. My daughter favourite loves the pirates and superheroes sets. Thank you for sharing your family adventures with us.

  • Such lovely snaps of the girls Katie, and a fab idea re the lego table! I know my two would love one of these. If we give Freddie’s room a big of a re-jog this year, I might make one for him! x

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    You could be writing about our house here. Both Zs are obsessed with Lego but the bigger Z more than little Z. He’s always “helping” with building it all. That table idea is so cool!! I showed the OH and he was so impressed!

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Aw cute, it is definitely a Daddy thing I think! I actually like it too but I don’t have the patience to build it. x

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    That is fab! And for a fiver?! What a bargain! My two would love something like this. Lego is great but oh my, it is sore when you stand on some! Z got Lego Dimensions from Santa and there was quite a bit of building involved in that. Husband almost got the glue out to make sure it stayed together LOL!

  • That is a genius idea. I would love to do something similar for Cheeky Chap so might have to borrow this idea, a good excuse for a trip to IKEA I think.

  • Such a good idea! I’m looking forward to Matilda being old enough for Lego (right now she’s at the chewing her Mega Blox stage).

    Linking up for the first time this week. :-)

  • I really love this table what a great idea! I have a little wooden Ikea table which I made over last year with some chalk paint, so did my research into Ikea hacks and there are so many cool things you can do with them! My two both love Lego too, Sam gets engrossed in building the bigger sets now and Flo just likes to break them up! x

  • Kirsty says:

    Gorgeous photos as ever Katie. Your girls are just so sweet. My eldest is obsessed with Lego and i wanted to do this for him a while ago but the littlest would destroy everything on it! x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Haha oh dear, that is the only problem when you have a little destroyer on the case- I am worried that our current bump is going to be ones of those! Thanks Kirsty! x

  • Ah Katie, I saw this on your IG stream the other day and thought it was such a genius idea!! My two love lego too but always make such a mess when they get the boxes out. I think I may be copying this idea very soon and I know it will be as bigger hit in our house. Also, lego is such a great creative and relaxing way to play and just as much fun for us adults/ big kids ; ) xx

  • Such a fantastic and simple idea. LB has a megabloks table he got for christmas last year but he ahsnt used it as much as i had hoped though the mega books have come out a little bit more recently. My little sister is loving Lego at the minute and she’s 7 so i think you’ve probably got a few more years of it yet. So lovely that its such bonding experience too x

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is a lovely bonding experience and apparently Mr E was saying he loved lego for a long time, so hoping we definitely have a few more years of it yet! x

  • That looks fabulous, and it is lovely that they play so well together. I have just made a lego table for my daughter for her birthday and she loves it… almost as much as the husband does! Also true about those tables, every parent I know has at least one – we have one in the playroom. xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Haha yes husbands do tend to love it don’t they? And the LACK tables are just funny, so many people have them! I bet your daughter is just as pleased with hers as mine are with theirs. x

  • Ali says:

    I love this idea and I think I’ll have to steal it when the playroom is done – although we have so much lego we might need two tables!

  • Kara says:

    Love this, Addison did have one but when we moved there was no room, she is soooooo crazy about her lego now that I am thinking we really need something as I can not stand on anymore Lego. I must say I am a bit like Mr E, I love buying the little sets as I get to help, I love Lego. I have not seen Buzz before we so need that. xx
    Gorgeous photos xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is one of those toys that you can justify buying because it is so nice to help them do it and also so nice at the end of it. My mum got them Buzz and some other Toy Story lego for Christmas, I think she got it from eBay so it might have come from abroad as I haven’t seen it in the UK before either. x

  • This is such a brilliant idea. Baby has yet to get into Lego, but it probably wont be long. So glad your girls love it; it’s funny how sometimes the simplest of gifts/ideas makes them the most happy xx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      I am sure she will eventually, LL has only really got into it because her big sister has, otherwise I doubt she would have got into it herself. x

  • Jenny says:

    Ahhh what a lovely creation you are so clever. My kids would be sat there for hours too. Who doesn’t love legos. Great for bedroom play time for sure. As my two have gotten older I love sending them to play upstairs in their rooms together it’s nice to use the space more and not step on those legos I bet too. Great idea. We have always had those jumbo jumbo legos but B has been begging me for the little ones to build things after his stay at Little Wood with Emma’s son who builds everything out of them. So talented. Now B wants them all too. :) I daresay we might need a lego table I have this white table so wouldn’t be hard to change it to this too. Love ikea. Thanks for hosting darling.

    • Katie Ellison says:

      It is definitely nice to have it in their bedroom as it means they often go up there and we get a bit of peace and quiet. 😉 I definitely think that the smaller pieces are better than the jumbo bricks. x

  • Alex Gladwin says:

    Oh bless their hearts, they are so adorable! I love this idea. Ethan, even at just two years old, is getting obsessed with Lego, thanks to his Lego-mad Daddy. I’m re-doing the top of our house with our loft conversion this year, and I’m thinking I might do him something like this. He’d love it. xx

  • I want to do this for me! I never had lego as a kid and when I set some up at christmas for Munch, I was addicted! Bring on the lego! xx

  • Naomi says:

    I can’t believe I’ve only just this week discovered your blog! I love your photography and your girls are just darling. The lego table is a fab idea. My hubby is desperate to get my little 4 yr old some lego but she leaves everything on the floor and her baby brother has just reached the ‘eat everything remotely dangerous in sight’ stage that comes with crawling! xxx

    • Katie Ellison says:

      Ah thank you Naomi for your lovely words- yes you definitely need to be careful with little people, I am worried when our baby bump arrives as I have been lucky that both my girls haven’t been big ‘eaters of everything.’ x

  • Mary says:

    Great idea Katie – I just showed the pics to Mr Smith and said “next project please” hahaha the boards can be bought in wilkinsons for £3.50!
    These pictures are beautiful to see them enjoying their room and creating together.. how lovely! It’ll be great in a few years when they can teach their brother all about Lego and of course lego land adventures the 3 of them together :)
    And yes amen to the ouchy standing on lego eeeeek x

  • Chantal says:

    I really love this idea and will definitely keep this in mind for when Zach is older! We have two of those white tables in our house! xx

  • Collette says:

    What a great idea!! Love the DIY lego table and its so nice not to be standing on random pieces of plastic! I’ve just started a blog myself and I love #theordinarymoments link and would like to link up myself as often as I can :-)
    xxxx

  • Kate✚ says:

    I showed my husband the photo you instagrammed of the Lego table. It’s a genius idea! I may have to pinch it 😉 My three would love it x

  • Chloe says:

    This is such a lovely and clever idea! Your girls have such a beautiful bond Katie! I bet you are so proud! X

  • Donna says:

    We love Lego in our house and that is an awesome table! Great idea! x

  • This has made me laugh, James has started buying random Star Wars Lego sets for Lucas, who loves them but I notice it is more for James’ benefit! We recently got all our old childhood lego out and put it in a underbed tub and the boys will spend so long playing with it. This Lego table is amazing, I think I’m going to try and pop one in the twins room when we do it up this year. Such a simple idea but they must think it is brilliant! xx

  • My husband is desperate to start buying Lego and I’m told for Win’s fourth birthday that it is definitely going to happen. I’m pretty sure my part of the present will be getting a table just like this and putting it in their room! I would get stressed if it was downstairs with a new baby. Such a great idea and just look at them! xx

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