Build a working candy machine out of LEGO® bricks!
Got M&M’s? Or Skittles? Even if you don’t do trick-or-treating, it seems like there is always plenty of candy floating around during this time of the year… Add a little creativity to your kids’ sugar high with this fun LEGO® project! Slide the handle over to release a few M&M’s into the bottom of the machine. Then open the door, and the candy drops into your hand!
This LEGO® candy machine uses pieces that are pretty easy to find. We’re hoping that you have everything on hand that you need to build it. If not, maybe your kids can find another piece to substitute, or come up with an awesome design of their own!
When you pull out the brick on the right side of the photo, M&M’s drop down.
Then open the door in the front, and out comes the candy!
Update: This project has been updated and is featured in our new LEGO® book. The candy dispenser below can be found in the book, along with a parts list and instructions. If your kids like building projects like this, they will love our new book! Check it out here: Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have (affiliate link)
Keep scrolling for instructions to the candy machine pictured above.
Step 1: Start with a 12 x 12 baseplate or something similar.
Step 2: Add bricks to the bottom of the base plate to boost it up a little.
Step 3: Find pieces that look like this.
Update: If you need to order these pieces, the red and black element is actually two bricks. You will need a 2 x 2 rocker plate and 2 x 1 rocker bearing.
Step 4: Assemble the pieces like this. This will be a ramp for the candy to slide down.
Step 6: Attach the ramp to the base plate as shown. Add two 2 x 2 bricks.
Step 7: Add the door pieces like this.
Step 8: Add bricks to the base plate as shown.
Step 9: Add two 2 x 6 bricks to each side. Add one 1 x 6 to each gray piece with holes. Add two 2 x 6 bricks behind the ramp.
Step 10: Add two flat 2 x 10 pieces above the ramp as shown. Add two flat and smooth 2 x 2 bricks. These bricks will allow the arm that lets the candy out to slide back and forth.
Step 11: Add a 1 x 6 brick to the left side as shown. Build the sliding arm as shown – one 2 x 10 flat brick and one 2 x 4 flat brick.
Step 12: Start building up the candy chamber as shown.
Step 13: Add height to the candy chamber. We used some window pieces so that you can see the candy level inside.
Step 14: Fill with candy!
Step 15: Add some flat pieces for the top.
(It’s fun to leave this out on the counter so that Moms can share the M&M’s too… Just sayin’… 🙂 )
Here’s a video that shows how it works:
(The jingling in the background is the dog scratching and making his collar jingle. It’s never quiet at our house. Never!)
Scroll down to the comments and check out the adorable candy dispensers that Suzi put together for her grandkids! Since she needed to order the pieces, she made two fun color schemes and added more windows. They are SO cute.
Like this project? You can find a HUGE collection of our LEGO® projects here: 75+ LEGO Building Ideas
Also don’t forget to order our book! Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have. This book makes a great Christmas or birthday gift!
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