One of my favorite projects to do with my son is transforming his flimsy LEGO instruction booklets into a nearly indestructible reference binder he will have forever (bonus: they make organization a breeze for the kiddos!). Sure, it is a small investment on top of the already-invested LEGO set. Yet, it is a smart investment that will save resources in the long run!
You will need a three-hole binder (unless the set is huge, a 1/2″ binder suffices), three-hole plastic protector sheets (I purchase them in bulk), scissors, and a way to label your final binder. (I make one instruction manual per binder, but you may choose to do them by theme, collection, etc.)
- Fill your binder with a good amount of plastic sheets and close the ring.
- Take your original LEGO instruction manual and either by folding a line in the crease and hand cutting, or using your scissors, detach each sheet from your original booklet, being careful not to rip the pages (they really are absurdly thin!).
- Place each individual instruction sheet in a plastic protector (you don’t want to double them as LEGO instruction booklets have instructions on both sides!)
- Make sure you place all sheets facing the same direction so your child doesn’t go crazy flipping their binder back and forth to follow the instructions).
- Repeat until you are done with the booklet, adding more plastic sheet as needed.
- Label your artwork, and enjoy!