Build Better Brick Bases
- What: Classic Green Roll Up Brick Building Mat
- When: Ages 18 months and up
- Why: Compact, durable, large age appeal
- Where: Amazon
We scored a long base plate for my little Lego lovers recently, and I can’t say enough good things about it. Ours measures 12 by 32 inches. In other words, it’s like three regular square base plates put together.
My favorite feature is the double sided part. On one side, it has larger bumps to connect to Duplo (toddler) sized Legos and any other brand of building blocks. The opposite side features regular connectors for Legos. This mat turns any surface into a brick building table, but it takes up so much less room.
While I can’t store ours in the bin with all the other bricks, I haven’t had that problem yet. It hasn’t been out of play since we got it. When I do finally get to put it away, I’m planning to stand it upright and slide it in next the shelves or behind a piece of furniture, where it will disappear from my sight entirely. If you get really crazy, you could mount it on the wall and let your kids leave their creations attached indefinitely.
Mine, however, is not made of silicone. I’ve spied these online looking for the same one we got in store, and I think it’s even more brilliant. Not only does it roll up for easy storage in a bin, but it travels much better, too. I personally hate traveling with little Legos because you will never ever come home with all the pieces. But I can see the appeal in setting my kid up with a new small set for a long flight, as it would keep him entertained for several hours. And last, but certainly not least, if you step on this rubbery mat, it doesn’t make you curse since it’s made out of soft silicone (like a baking mat) instead of hard plastic.
The same company makes a smaller square version that measures 15 by 15 inches. If your child’s Lego battles don’t need to upgrade to the full length yet, you can start off with this half size version and see how it goes. It comes in five colors: blue, green, gray, clear, and pink. It also includes a drawstring storage bag to keep it rolled up.