Celebrate summer break with some awesome projects to build with LEGO® bricks! These ideas will be great for beginning builders, but I think big kids will enjoy them too. (I did!) Construct a lighthouse, a shark, a cactus garden, a beach scene, miniature airplanes, and an adorable little pirate ship.

If you’ve followed this page for very long, you know that we love sharing lots of LEGO® project ideas! Lately I have been super busy working on another print book full of projects, but that is complete and I have a few new building projects to share over the coming weeks!

Ready to build? Let’s get started!

Project #1: Lighthouse

Lighthouses are my favorite, so we’ll start with this one. The house is just two 2 x 2 bricks stacked and two 1 x 2 slopes (30 degree) for the roof.

If you don’t have the white brick with bars (2 x 2 plate modified with octagonal bar frame) you can substitute a 4 x 4 round plate.

Project #2: Cacti

Build a cactus, or several! They even look cute as a centerpiece for the table on taco night.

Project #3: Mini Planes

These were constructed by my 9 and 11 year olds, and I think they’re so cute!

Here’s how to build the red one.

Step 1: Find these bricks.

Step 2: Use a 1 x 1 plate with one stud on top to attach the two 2 x 3 wedge plates. Then attach the rest of the plates to the underside of the 1 x 4 dark gray plate.

Step 3: Turn the 1 x 4 dark gray plate over and attach it to the wings. Then add a tail – a 1 x 3 plate and a 1 x 1 slope (30 degree).

Step 4: Place a 1 x 2 black plate under each week. Then add a 1 x 3 black plate and a 1 x 1 clear slope to the nose of the plane. So cute!

Project #4: Beach

Use a tan baseplate to create a beach scene! Use blue plates for water, and then build some sand castles with tan bricks.

The minifigures can “swim” with their legs removed, ha!

Here’s a better view of the sand castles.

Project #5: Mini Pirate Ship

This one was created by my 11 year old. I asked him if the 1 x 1 white slope would look better in brown, and he said no because it’s part of the sail. So if you want it to be part of the ship you can make it brown, and if you want it to be part of the sail it can be white. 🙂

Step 1: Here are the bricks you need to build the pirate ship.

Step 2: Build the bottom of the ship with a 1 x 4 plate, a 1 x 2 brick, and two 1 x 2 inverted slopes.

Step 3: Attach the 1 x 2 plate, the 1 x 3 plate, and the 1 x 2 tile.

Step 4: Attach the 1 x 1 cone and then slide in the black bar to make the mast. Attach the sail and a 1 x 1 plate with a clip to be a flag.

Step 5: Then attach blue plates to make some ocean water under your mini pirate ship.

Project #6: Shark

This one is my second favorite! (After the lighthouse!) It’s so easy to build, but the tail is posable and the face is just so cute.

Step 1: Grab two 2 x 4 white plates and a 2 x 6 white plate.

Step 2: Attach them as shown.

Step 3: White on white background is a little hard to see! There, that’s better. From front to back, add a 2 x 3 dark gray slope, two 1 x 1 bricks with a stud on the side, a 1 x 2 brick, two 2 x 3 wedge plates (one right, one left), a 2 x 3 plate, and a 1 x 2 plate with a ball on the side.

Step 4: Attach the eyes. Then add a 2 x 6 dark gray plate.

Step 5: Add a 2 x 4 plate and then grab the bricks shown.

Step 6: Place the 2 x 4 plate over the eyes and back. Then add a 1 x 2 behind that, and then the 2 x 2 curved slope. Use the two 1 x 2 plates with one stud on top to hold the fin. Grab the pieces shown for building the tail.

Step 7: Attach a 1 x 2 dark gray plate and a 1 x 2 light gray plate with a socket on the side to one of the 2 x 4 wedge plates. Then add the other wedge plate on top.

Step 8: Attach the tail to the body and the shark is complete!

Have fun building! If you need more LEGO® building ideas, you can browse all our project ideas here: LEGO® building projects


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  1. Eve Webb Jun 1, 2018

    Thankyou for all your great projects! We are just starting winter in Perth, Australia, but there are few wet and cold days, so outdoor projects are ideal. The above Lego building will keep the littlies happy on rainy days. Your pool noodle planes were a hit with the boys at the park....made by my grand daughter (6) and much enjoyed by her schoolmates during our regular hour at the playground after school. I have a task translating requirements, nickel, Hexbugs, liquid starch...but we get there.I have passed your site on to several new mums and a few of us grand mums, including a couple in the U.K, so the ideas are spreading.The Hexbugs are not available here, so had to get in quickly with Amazon U.S , as they will not be sending goods to Australia after July.Toysrus Australia are also about to close, which leaves us with little in the way of toy and craft outlets.If this email is published please don't include references to retail outlets, as I'm sure it will breach some rule or other and is for your information only.


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