Here’s a fun LEGO building challenge! Create characters and scenes from the popular game Among Us!
Have your kids gotten into playing Among Us yet? My 14 year old son recently discovered this game after friends invited him to play. We are not big gamers at all… we’ve really limited video game playing and electronics use in general, and I don’t regret that at all. However, we did say yes to Among Us, and it has turned out to be a good social outlet during a time when we can’t get together with people in person as much as usual.
What is Among Us?
Among Us is a murder mystery game, kind of like the group game Mafia. It takes place in outer space with little beings in spacesuits (called Crewmates). It contains cartoon violence. During each round, the host (the person who starts the game) chooses the number of Impostors. The game randomly chooses which players will be Impostors. The Impostors try to kill the other players and take over the ship. The Crewmates are trying to figure out who the Impostors are so that they can vote them off the ship.
Before we get to the LEGO building challenge, here are my two tips about the game:
- Buy the ad-free version! It’s worth it to not have kids dealing with ads. You’ll need to download the game first (free), and then pay to upgrade the game to the ad-free version.
- Require your kids to play the game with people they know, not random strangers on the internet.
That second tip is entirely up to you, of course, but I just feel like there are SO many risks in kids starting up conversations with people they meet online in that type of format.
The app recommends the game for kids ages 9+, which I think sounds about right.
My 14 year old decided to build some Among Us projects to share with you all, and I think they turned out super cute!
Build your Crewmates in all different colors! You can also build some fun hats for them.
Here are the pieces you need to build an Among Us Crewmate:
Choose whatever color you’d like your Crewmate (or Impostor) to be! Blue, red, yellow, etc.
Step 1: Place two 1 x 1 bricks with a stud on the side on top of a 2 x 3 brick. There should be a stud facing out on both the front and the back.
Step 2: Add a 1 x 2 brick on each side. Then cover those with a 2 x 3 plate.
Step 3: Add a 1 x 2 plate and a 1 x 2 plate with one stud on top (also called a jumper plate).
Step 4: Finish up the head by adding a 1 x 2 slope (30 degree) on each side. Then add a 1 x 2 tile. We used light blue, but white also works.
Step 5: Stack two 2 x 3 plates and add attach them to the back of the Crewmate to make their backpack thing.
Then it’s fun to build some of the rooms in the spaceship!
My son designed a couple of scenes from the game. This one is the O2 room.
And this one is the Medbay.
I think it would be fun to do an Among Us LEGO building challenge with a class or LEGO club! It would be fun to see everyone’s creations. Maybe work together to create a full ship layout!