That's why it's important to try to spend time with my kids when I can. It's different now that they're a little older. They are definitely more independent and already want to spend more time with their friends than they do with me. So when my kids and I can do something together, we do.
We were recently given the opportunity to try out this Building Block Play Table Kit for a Huge Discount in exchange for our honest opinion. All opinions are 100% ours.
A long time ago, when my daughter was first born, I went on a little "date" with my son. At the time he was 3 years old. We went to the store and bought a LEGO police helicopter kit. At that time, I ended up putting most of it together. Who knew then that LEGO building bricks and any other brand that was compatible with LEGO would take over our house?
The kit that we were able to try came with 4 10x10 green base plates that are LEGO building brick compatible, a small piece of sandpaper, a bottle of Gorilla Glue and instructions. We searched the house for what we wanted to attach our base plates to. They package the above items together so that you can create your own LEGO play table, but you could really put these on anything.
I thought about attaching 2 to a shelf that my son has in his room and then attaching 2 to the wall behind it. I thought that would be cool for stop action movies that my son wants to start creating, but we decided against that idea. Then, I thought it would be cool to create a tray that he could carry with him from room to room. We could just use a piece of plywood that is slightly wider than the square that the base plates would create and then screw cabinet handles to either side to lift and carry the tray. My son didn't like that idea.
Soooooo. . . . . he ended up just clearing off an area on his plexiglass desk underneath his loft and we glued them down there. So, if you're wondering if the Gorilla Glue will work to glue plastic to PlexiGlass. . . yes, it will.
The directions say that an adult should do this project, but after many comments from my son about how I "don't trust him to do anything", I let him glue the last 3 plates down. And you know what? He did fine. Just so ya' know, he's almost 12 years old. So, I guess I can trust him to glue some plates down. In the beginning I wanted my hubby to help us. He's a carpenter. He's precise. I didn't want to screw it up! But, my son and I did just fine.
It really was easy. This is what we did:
We figured out where we wanted them.
We connected them with little LEGO pieces between the plates to make sure we got the spacing right.
|Forgive the flowers and ribbon hanging in the view. My daughter likes to claim space in my son's room & those are hers!|
Then we traced around the plates with a dry erase marker (we couldn't use pencil on the plexiglass.)
After that, we sanded the plexiglass and the back of each base plate.
We cleaned everything with a dust rag.
We squeezed a thin line of glue 3 rows in and then every 1 inch from there until we got to the center of each base plate.
We carefully placed each base plate where it belonged inside the lines we drew with our dry erase marker.
Then we put our spacers back on to make sure the plates were still in the correct spots.
We placed heavy cans on the plates to hold them down while they were drying.
We let it sit for 24 hours.
He started playing!
He's already got that plate completely loaded up, although I'm not quite sure what's going on here! I love that all building bricks allow him to use his imagination. The things that he comes up with sometimes are amazing. We figure he's going to grow up to be some kind of engineer.
The good thing about these plates is that they really are truly LEGO building brick compatible. Sometimes we find brands that say they're "LEGO compatible", but the bricks don't really fit well together. We were able to get bricks on and off easily.
If you'd like to try to make your own LEGO compatible table, you can find the kit on Amazon!
Do your kids play with LEGO building bricks?