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Lego games provide fun indoor activities for kids

Lego games bring a new twist to Lego brick play
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Whenever you’re looking for indoor games for kids, Legos are a great choice because there are so many ways to use Lego bricks. Of course, you can build with Legos, but there are also many Lego games that are fun for kids to play.

Try one of the following challenges to bring some excitement to indoor play:

Building each other up

In this game, kids will take turns adding to a single creation. Sometimes, everybody has different ideas and sometimes a common theme will emerge, but it’s always fun to see what each child envisions.

To begin, place all the Legos inside a bag. Starting with the youngest player, he or she should draw five Legos out of the bag and begin to build something in the center of the table. You might want to use a baseplate to encourage kids to spread the bricks out and not just build one on top of another until you’re stuck with a tall tower. Once that child has begun the creation, the next player will draw five Legos from the bag and add to the first player’s creation. One by one, players add to the creation until all the blocks are used or until every player has decided they know longer have anything they want to add.

When you’re done, ask each player what they thought the creation was going to be, and if it turned out differently than they expected. This is a great lesson in understanding that everyone has different ideas, but even though they are different, they can still be good. Take a picture of your finished creation, then start again!

Feeling Blue

Have a parent or someone who won’t be playing the game build a Lego cube or several towers, equal in size. The cube should be built inside a box or some kind of container that will allow you to hide the sides of the cube and only have the top layer of bricks visible.

To begin, the first player removes one Lego brick from the top of the cube. If that player uncovers a blue brick, they get a mark in their column on a score sheet. The next player removes one Lego brick from the top of the cube, again looking for a blue brick. When a player has five marks in their column, they are out of the game.

An entire level of the cube must be removed before a player can remove a brick from the next level. This keeps the bricks below hidden as the bricks on the top layer are removed.

Any players who make it to the bottom layer without five marks can be deemed winners, or you can choose the player with the fewest marks as champion.

If you’re looking for even more ways to have fun with Legos, try the Lego challenges found here.

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