Here’s a collection of awesome LEGO building ideas that will inspire any LEGO® fan! This post is full of 100+ brick building challenges and instructions. Build characters, animals, machines, and more.
We love LEGO® bricks because of the open-ended fun and imagination they inspire! There are so many benefits to LEGO® building such as hand-eye coordination, logic, creativity, and problem solving.
This post was updated September 10, 2019
Here is how this post works. This post is a collection of LEGO building ideas, all in one place, but each one has its own separate blog post. See each project in more detail by clicking the links below. Most of the projects have building instructions.
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LEGO® Machines and STEM Learning:
Build a LEGO Lock & Key Safe – Two ways to build a little LEGO box that actually opens with a key! Instructions in the post.
Build a Balloon Powered LEGO Car – Build a car that is propelled forward by air rushing out of a balloon. Great science project! This demonstrates Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion.
Build a LEGO Catapult (to shoot those little plastic LEGO balls, or something similar). Instructions in the post.
Engineering with LEGO and Water – Build a river with flowing water and a working waterwheel. Great for the warm weather months. (And it gets your LEGO clean at the same time – ha ha!)
Rocket Powered LEGO Car – This car is powered by a baking soda and vinegar reaction inside a plastic bottle.
Rubber Band Powered LEGO Car – Build a car that is powered by a rubber band that you can wind up. Instructions in the post.
LEGO Marble Run – this marble run is truly epic! The post shows kids how to build some really neat features on their marble run, and there’s also a video demonstration.
LEGO Spinning Tops – this will keep kids busy for hours. Perfect to do with a group, as kids will enjoy making their tops “battle” each other!
Learn about Simple Machines with LEGO Pulleys – This project will allow kids to understand and feel the mechanical advantage that pulleys provide.
Build Wind Powered LEGO Contraptions – This was a favorite activity! Use an electric fan to power your LEGO creations.
LEGO Demolition Derby – Fun!
Build a LEGO Balance – and actually compare the weights of items.
LEGO® Around the House
Make a LEGO Photo Frame – Use bricks to build a message on this fun frame! Simply begin with a wood craft frame. The post has all the details!
Build some LEGO night lights – these really light up! Use battery powered tea lights for a safe and fun option.
LEGO Desk Organizer – with a charging station!
Minifigure Cable Holders – For your phone charger, etc. These are so fun!
Build a LEGO Candy Dispenser – This machine really dispenses a little handful of M&M’s! One of our most popular projects ever.
Here’s another way to build a LEGO Candy Machine – this one dispenses Starbursts one at a time with a clever mechanism.
Build a LEGO Card Holder – to help young kids with card games. Love this idea from A Mom with a Lesson Plan.
Make a LEGO Mosaic Letter – fun for any LEGO fan’s room!
Build and Play with LEGO®
Make some Duct Tape LEGO Capes – perfect for replacing missing capes or adding accessories to any minifigure!
Stained Glass LEGO Challenge – this is one of my favorite building challenges! So pretty.
How to Build a LEGO Unicorn – so whimsical and fun! Instructions in the post, and there’s a parts list too!
LEGO Pictures – From Childhood 101. Love these!
How to Build LEGO Dogs – Hound type dog and Westie
More LEGO Dogs – Dachshund and Mastiff
How to Build LEGO Pandas – Pandas are some of my favorite animals!
How to Build LEGO Cats – Build posable cats that are so adorable! Instructions in the post.
Make a LEGO Zipline – from Little Bins for Little Hands
Build a LEGO Racetrack for Hot Wheels Cars – Release all the cars at once!
How to Build LEGO Minions – Another favorite! With instructions in the post.
LEGO Photography – Create hilarious or dramatic scenes with mini figures and then take pictures!
LEGO Hearts – from Little Bins for Little Hands
Inspired by Big Hero 6! LEGO Baymax Building Instructions
Inspired by How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless (Night Fury) Building Instructions
20 LEGO Projects for Beginners – SO many fun LEGO® building ideas! Build a drum set, a piano, llamas, vehicles, and more.
17 Beginner LEGO Projects – All of these projects use pieces from the LEGO® Classic Creative Building Set.
20 Simple LEGO Projects – All of these projects use pieces from the Small and Medium LEGO® Classic Tubs, so this is a great way to get started with LEGO®! (Links to the tubs in the post.)
Build a LEGO track for Hexbugs – Favorite!
LEGO Ice Excavations from Lemon Lime Adventures
LEGO Nerf Targets – Combine two favorite toys with this fun building challenge!
LEGO Party Games – This is a great collection of realistic (not over-the-top Pinterest) ideas.
LEGO Family Fun Night from Not Consumed – simple games!
Printable LEGO Board Game from A Mom with a Lesson Plan
LEGO Tic Tac Toe from Kids Activities Blog. Turn it into a take-along kit by putting all the pieces in a bag!
Build a Board Game out of LEGOs – Design your own board game with a working game spinner. This is the perfect project for a rainy day!
Build a LEGO Chess Set – This is really cool!
Build a LEGO Skittles Game from Little Bins for Little Hands
LEGO Timed Building Challenges – Like Pictionary, but with LEGO®!
LEGO® Building Ideas for Holidays and Seasons
Build LEGO Chicks, Bunnies, and Butterflies – Adorable spring projects that are not difficult to build.
7 Ideas for a LEGO Easter Egg Hunt – These are fabulous ideas for an Easter egg hunt, especially if you want to keep it candy-free.
How to Build LEGO Snowflakes – there are so many ways to make these, and the designs are so beautiful. Perfect building challenge for a group.
LEGO Christmas Projects –
We have SO many LEGO Christmas building ideas! You can find most of them here, as well as a printable version: LEGO Christmas Ideas
Five Christmas LEGO Projects – with Building Instructions
This is my FAVORITE Christmas Countdown – Build a LEGO Advent Calendar with Doors that Open.
Three Ways to do a LEGO Advent Calendar – This was SO fun and might become a tradition at our house!
LEGO® Storage and Organization
This is our LEGO® table, and we love it! Find all the details here – IKEA Storage LEGO Table.
Affordable LEGO Organization from Little Bins for Little Hands
Cheap & Easy LEGO Storage from Happiness is Homemade. I like these little bins!
37 Genius LEGO Storage Ideas from Kids Activities Blog.
Magnetic Minifigure Display – I like this idea! The mini figures are magnets, but can also be taken down and played with anytime.
WHEW! That’s a lot of LEGO® ideas!
Also, be sure to check out our LEGO® book – Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have. This book makes a perfect Christmas or birthday gift, and it’s a great price for kids to take as a gift to a birthday party. The book is full of 50 new projects with parts lists and step-by-step instructions.
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