Did you know that LEGO actually has a recycling program, called LEGO Replay, for you to dispose of unwanted LEGOs? Let’s face it; kids grow out of their toys eventually and what better way to get rid of them than to pass them forward and share them with kids in need?
What is LEGO Replay?
LEGO replay is a program that allows you to donate your child’s old LEGO bricks to other kids in need. LEGO partners with various donation organizations that send your gently used LEGO sets to thousands of kids across the United States.
How Do You Dispose of Unwanted LEGOs?
Donating LEGI bricks is as easy as 1, 2, 3! All you have to do is box them, slap a label on, and ship them! And even the shipping is free. Here’s how it works:
- Pack all your unwanted LEGO bricks into a box and seal it shut.
- Head over to the LEGO Replay website and click “Ready to Donate.” Enter your email and zip code and they will give you a prepaid package label for shipping.
- Place your package label on your box and drop it off at your local post office to ship it.
That’s it, so easy!
What LEGO Bricks Are Accepted?
LEGO Replay accepts a variety of different LEGO bricks and sets. Keep in mind that they have to be LEGO brand and not an off brand.
|LEGO Bricks that are Accepted||Not Accepted|
|LEGO system||Non-LEGO bricks|
|Duplo||LEGO sets that are partially or fully built|
|Technic||Batteries or electronic components including LEGO brand|
|Bricks, base plates and elements from single or multiple sets||Building instructions or packaging|
|LEGO mini figures and mini dolls||LEGO or non-LEGO branded merchandise|
LEGO Replay FAQs
- Do I Have to Send Full LEGO Sets?
Nope! The great thing about donating your old LEGO bricks is that you don’t have to have full sets. It’s fine to have missing pieces because each child gets a box with a variety of bricks, elements, and a booklet with building activities.
- Do I Need to Clean My Bricks?
Nope! Workers with the Give Back Box will be cleaning and sorting bricks, so there is no reason to clean them, first. They do ask that you remove any damaged or disfigured bricks.
- How Do I Donate Other Toys?
You can check with a local charity directly, or you can visit Give Back Box and choose a charity to donate other items.
- Can I Just Put LEGO bricks in the Recycling Bin?
Unfortunately LEGO bricks are not recyclable. Donating your LEGO sets is a great way to give back to the community and minimize more plastic in the waste stream.
Lego Books with Instructions
The great thing about Legos is that they are so versatile. You can get one set and even if you lose some of the pieces, you can still use them! Maybe you have a LEGO Star Wars kit, but some of the pieces have gone missing. Instead of donating them, another option is to repurpose them into a different build. LEGO books with instructions give kids new building ideas to create with their old bricks. Here are a few great LEGO books with instructions to check out:
- Awesome LEGO Creations– This book is designed to be used with LEGO bricks you already have. Kids can follow directions to build robots, dragons, race cars, planes, wild animals and more.
- The LEGO Ideas– Unlock your child’s imagination with this book. With over 500 models and ideas, this book is perfect for your LEGO-loving kiddo.
- LEGO Star Wars Yoda’s Galaxy– This book contains build ideas specifically for your LEGO Star Wars bricks.
- Build It!– Whether you have the classic set of bricks or just random bricks at home, you can use the instructions in this book to build animals, airplanes, and more with full color diagrams.
- The LEGO Zoo– Kids can build a plethora of easy zoo animals like crocodiles, zebras, wolves, lions and more. With 50 simple animal designs, the sky’s the limit.
- LEGO Challenges– You can also use these Free LEGO challenges to get kids thinking and problem solving with the LEGO bricks they already have.
Popular LEGO Sets for Kids
The great thing about LEGO sets is that they are designed for kids of all ages. Just because your kids have outgrown one set, doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy another. Maybe your little engineer hasn’t outgrown LEGO, but just needs a set that fosters their problem solving skills and creativity! Here are some awesome LEGO sets for different age groups.
1 ½ to 2 years
It’s never too early for kids to start using their imaginations and creativity. LEGO has designed a variety of Duplo LEGO sets for younger children. Here are some of the popular sets:
- LEGO Duplo Marvel Spiderman– This set is designed for kids 2 years and older. It includes 3 super hero figures and lots of cool activities.
- LEGO Duplo My First Number Train– Perfect for 1-year olds, this number train comes with 10 number bricks and 3-mini figures.
- LEGO Duplo Disney Minnie’s House– Girls like LEGO building too! This dollhouse style LEGO set is designed for little ones 2 and up.
2 to 4 Years
As your kids get older, they need a little more of a challenge. These sets are like what the big kids get, but made simpler for younger ones.
- LEGO Marvel Avengers– With simple building steps and starter bricks, even little ones can build a Marvel universe.
- LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends– With starter brick elements to make the building process easier, Mickey and Donald mini figures, and tractor, kids can make this farm come to life.
- LEGO Disney Frozen– For ages 4+, this set includes an ice castle, 3 small builds, and Anna, Elsa, and Olaf mini figures.
5 to 7 Years
As your child gets older and develops more problem solving skills, the LEGO sets become just a little more challenging.
- LEGO Minecraft The Abandoned Mine– Kids love Minecraft, and this is a great way to get them off the screen, but still enjoy Minecraft. This set is for kids 7+.
- LEGO City Space Mars Shuttle– Designed for kids 5 and older, this shuttle comes with 2 LEGO City Mars astronaut minifigures, plus a heli-drone and storage drone.
- LEGO Friends Heartlake City– For boys or girls ages 6 and up, this cafe comes with 3 mini dolls, a toy kitchen garden, and a juice delivery bike
8 to 13 Years and up
Even the older kids still find LEGO building fun and challenging. Here are some sets that foster more creativity and challenges.
- LEGO Star Wars Mandalorian: The Child– Kids 10 and older will love building their own baby Yoda with moveable ears, a posable head, and an adjustable mouth.
- LEGO Minecraft The Ruined Portal– Featuring Minecraft character Steve, this Ruined Portal is perfect for 8 years and older.
- LEGO Architecture London Skyline– This set is great for older kids and adults. In fact, it would be a great way to spend time with your child building it together.
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