Riley and Maddie will be five on Wednesday.
I have quite a few things to say about that, but for now, I have a more practical matter to attend to.
Riley is obsessed with LEGO bricks. I managed to secure a huge plastic bin of such for a great price on Craigslist, and this will be young sir's birthday present. The bin included 20-ish instruction booklets, and I had intended to sort through the bricks, bagging each set with its accompanying instruction booklet.
Is anyone with LEGO brick-obsessed children laughing at me right now? Or at least, more kindly, groaning in empathy?
Yeah. I spent about 30 minutes sorting before I realized that my venture was entirely futile. It would take days to sort through this many LEGO bricks in any meaningful way.
Which raises* the question: What is the most meaningful way to sort out LEGO bricks?
For those of you with children who love LEGO bricks, how do you manage the insanity that is putting some kind of order to the brick chaos? Is it better to sort by color or by shape? Or both? Is there any kind of organizational system worth investing in, or is some kind of home-grown solution the best?
Riley and I need your help.
*(but does not beg)