20 construction activities that require creativity and critical thinking. These can be completed individually or within a group.
Click here for a printable version – cut into cards, place upside down and allow children to select activities.
LEGO GAMES NIGHT FUN
These party games can be enjoyed by all members of the family, at any time of day. Be prepared for lots of enthusiasm and laughter!
Pop Goes the Lego: Place LEGO bricks inside 10 balloons and inflate. Players must pop each balloon and build a tower with the bricks.
Shake Your Tail Feathers: Fill empty tissue boxes with identical amounts of LEGO bricks. Use tape to attach each tissue box to the bottom of a player (with the opening facing away from the player). Players must shake their rear to get all of the bricks to fall out of the tissue box. Courtesy of Play Party Plan.
LEGO Spoon Race: A modern twist on the classic egg and spoon race.
Colour Sort: Players tip out a container of LEGO bricks and sort them into groups of the same colour.
One Brick at a Time: Players build a tower touching only one brick at a time (no holding the tower to stabilise!) To increase the complexity of this game, restrict players to using their non-dominant hand. Found via Kids Craft Room.
LEGO Transfer: Players use a plastic spoon to transfer LEGO bricks from one bowl to another. This game is easily modified to suit players of varying abilities. For example, LEGO bricks could be moved using chopsticks, tongs or scoop.
Children imagine that a LEGO baseboard is a deserted island, upon which they have recently been stranded. A series of challenge cards represents potential disasters that they may encounter during their stay.
Materials: LEGO baseboard, LEGO bricks, challenge cards.
Instructions: Children must firstly build a shelter or home somewhere on the “island.” Children randomly select a challenge card and avert danger by following the instructions.
FLOAT OR SINK EXPERIMENTS
LEGO and water – what child can refuse such an exciting combination? Children create a flotation device using LEGO bricks and observe whether it floats or sinks when items are added, rearranged or taken away. Encouraging Moms at Home shares a great info graphic with suitable prompts.
Another great sink or float experiment can be found via JDaniel4’sMom
Children use LEGO bricks to build characters and props from a story. These creations are then used to retell the story.
Growing Book by Book shares their ideas using the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.”
Draw a butterfly-shaped template on cardboard. Encourage your child to decorate the wings using LEGO blocks, ensuring that both sides are symmetrical.
For more capable children – decorate a wing with LEGO bricks yourself and have them complete the symmetrical design on the other. Fun at Home With Kids shares their experience completing this activity.
LEGO FUN WITH DICE
LEGO Preschool Counting: This activity requires at least two players and a specified time duration (this should be determined by the players’ level of interest). Players take turns rolling a dice and adding the corresponding number of LEGO bricks to form a tower. The winner is the player with the highest tower.
Another variation of this activity is to form a line along the floor (the winner is obviously the player with the longest line)
Roll, Build and Create: Let the roll of a dice guide your children’s LEGO construction.
LEGO ARTS AND CRAFTS
Create Your Own LEGO Ninjago Character: Children create their favourite character by cutting pieces from a template and pasting onto a background. Sagan Serrano has developed some great printable character template sheets. These can be printed in black and white or colour for your convenience.
LEGO Minifigure Photography: Children place LEGO Minifigures in settings that allow for interesting photography. For example, playing in the garden, or standing with a sunset in the background.
Inspiration can be found here.
LEGO Wall Art: Children build a design on a LEGO baseboard that could be used as hanging wall art. Begin with flat patterns and progress to 3D designs.
LEGO Paint Stamping: Children can express their creativity by using LEGO bricks as stamps.
LEGO Rescue Soap: Make a soap holder and enclose a LEGO Minifigure within a bar of soap.
LEGO Lamp Base: Children build an enclosure to house the base of a lamp. Ensure that sufficient space is left between the top of the enclosure and the light bulb.
LEGO Snow Globes: Children create a wintery gift using LEGO Minifigures.
LEGO CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
(Instructions and tutorials provided in links)
These activities may require extended time frames and adult assistance.