What child doesn’t love playing with legos, especially boys!? Today’s Wise Wallet Wednesday is how to make your own lego table for your therapy room. This post is inspired by my little man, Riley who is turning 5 this month and is starting to gain interest in legos. Thanks to pinterest, I was able to learn how to make a lego table for cheap! First off, let me just say that legos are RIDICULOUSLY overpriced and we parents are at the mercy of our pleading children who desperately want them. How can you say no to a toy that does not need batteries, a plug, hand controllers or involves the TV? So, we parents turn a blind eye to the high cost (some sets are over $100 cra cra!!) and wait till Christmas or their birthday to give them a lego set.
Here are some links of different DIY tables that you can make. I chose to make a table using a side table from IKEA.
Here is what you need to make your table. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience.
Some sort of strong adhesive glue. I used Elmer’s Spray Adhesive because that is what I had around my house.
An IKEA Lack Side Table that only costs $7.99!! It is pretty easy to assemble, but my wrists and arms were burning from rotating the leg tables in with screws.
And a set of lego bases for the top of the table that you can get from Amazon or call your 14 year old cousin, brother, nephew, etc. and see if he will spare some of his lego parts for no cost at all!!
I pre-set all the lego base pieces and kept them secure by placing lego pieces on the edges. Then, spray the adhesive glue on the table and place the pieces on top. Here is my final product!
It’s a little hodge podge with the pieces because I didn’t have the same color bases, but it was free, so I don’t care. Adds a little character to my table. Now, how to use this in my therapy room? Students can earn lego table time, use this for articulation therapy and have students earn a piece after saying their speech sound, practice prepositions on top, next to, behind, on, off, corner, etc, or use this as a problem solving/social skills lesson where the group has to work as a team to build a house, ship, etc. The students have to work on accepting other people’s ideas and practicing agreeing or disagreeing about an idea using expected tone of voice, body language, facial expressions, and words.
If you don’t want to go to all the trouble of making your own, you can always grab this lego table for under $50. If I didn’t have the legos from my cousin and already owned the glue adhesive, then this project would probably be close to that price about $35! Sometimes, it is worth the extra money to pay for something when you don’t have the time. This project took me about 1 hour to assemble, but I had to make a trip to IKEA and wait for my cousin to send me his legos.
Next on my DIY list are making these crate chairs to go under the table! How would you use a lego table in your therapy room? Would you make your own or just fork out the dough to buy one off of amazon? (1600)