Here’s a fun LEGO® building challenge – build a LEGO® pinball game!

Build a Lego Pinball Game

Aidan and I saw this idea on Pinterest from Crafts Ideas for Kids and decided to give it a try.  He ended up modifying the design quite a bit, and this ended up being a fun building challenge that had him working for a long time!

Build a Lego Pinball Game

To build a pinball machine, simply construct a “wall” of bricks.  Use plenty of bricks with holes in them in your wall.

The moving pieces in the pinball machine depend on these two types of bricks:

Build a Lego Pinball Game

Aidan put a row of flat bricks across the bottom and built compartments for the marble to fall into.  He assigned each compartment point values based on how hard it was to get the marble in that one.

Aidan also wanted a way to launch the pinball.  He made a lever for launching and built a path for the marble to travel up and over. It works really well!

Build a Lego Pinball Game

In order to give the pinball game a slant, he put these pieces through some of the bricks with holes:

Build a Lego Pinball Game

Then the game is propped up like this:

Build a Lego Pinball Game

You don’t really want the game slanted any higher than that because then it’s hard to control the marble.

Check out this video demo of the pinball machine in action!

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  1. JJ Apr 28, 2014

    My almost 8 year old, lover of all things Lego, just walked by and declared he is making one! :o) Cool project! Thanks so much for sharing.

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      1. Mary Peterson May 26, 2014

        My grandson is exciting about building one! Thanks for sharing the idea!

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        1. Pritika Gupta May 16, 2016

          Hi,

          These pieces are part of which lego box. I just have two classic legos and I am planning to add more like that. Can you help! Thank you

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          1. Sarah May 18, 2016

            These pieces are not part of any particular set. We have a few big tubs of random pieces - some from sets we bought and some that were given to us, etc. These are all common parts, though.

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            1. Lego Fan Jun 18, 2018

              I love it!

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