Monday, November 7, 2016

365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks

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Published at DK Canada

About the book

365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours.

Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt.

Featuring a timer and random number generator for selecting activities, 365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year.

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness!  I think this book is the best thing out there since sliced bread.   Seriously though if you are looking for a book that will challenge and occupy your children for a whole year, I think this book will be the answer.  Packed with challenges for kids of all ages to do on a daily basis 365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks will allow your child to expand his/her skills in LEGO building by suggesting fun things to build throughout the new year.  It also includes a activity selector and timer which will not only encourage your child to randomly select a project but will allow him/her to race against the clock in order to build it.   The tool possess four buttons – the activity selector which will give a random number indicating which activity to do, the countdown which will allow your child to race against the clock, the stopwatch which allow your child to time the activities done in order to determine how long it will take to make them, and finally the stop and start button which allow to start and stop the stopwatch (for time when a much needed bathroom break is necessary for example…).

As the title suggest it, there are 365 ideas in this book.  However, do not expect to find instructions on how to build each of them.  Because it wouldn’t be a challenge if it would be the case.  You have the finished image and your child has the challenge to replicate it with the blocks you have at home.   Do not have enough beige block to make the burger house?  Encourage your child to expand his/her imagination and make a different color burger instead – at the same time mention that in Japan there is such a thing at a black burger which is made out with octopus ink or the red burger which possess tomato powder to give the red color on the buns.   You do not believe me?  Well swing my the Wall Street Journal article on the new burger at Burger King in Japan.

Through the pages of this book you will find ideas for animals and other creature, tricks and pranks, creepy things, for sports lovers, multi-player games, one-player games, group challenges, solo challenges, stylish storage, festive fun, party planning, brighten up your desk, discover with LEGO bricks, give a gift, how-tos, get arty, make a display, puzzles and brainteasers, put on a show, build in micro-scale, be organized, fun things to do with your minifigures, get snap happy, make it all about you, and on the move.  Trust me when I say that there are plenty of ideas for anything and everything.

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At the beginning of the book you will learn about basics information on hoe to build – making connections, speak the lingo aka learn the proper name of the bricks, know the numbers as in what is a 2x4 brick for example, how to hold it together and keep it steady, think big or small, get technical (which pieces will allow more strength, movement and details), and how to think sideways.  The goal is to be creative and be inspired.  With these challenges you will need to plan ahead and look for solutions on your own since you do not possess the step-by-step instructions to build these.   I love the flowers, the building of a family tree with minifigures, the feed the frog game, making a totem pole which would be perfect for natives studies, creating a tangram made of Lego, pencil tops, a human body  skeleton, birds to build,  explore the solar system (hmmm this would be fabulous for our upcoming study in astronomy!), magic show, a panda paperweight, flags of the world, an cell model (biology!), still life with Lego fruits, an amazing fish tank, and so many more that it would be too long to list them all here.  Some challenges might require some special bricks you child do not own but nevertheless the book is fun and packed with cool activities to do.

This book is definitively the book to get for the Lego fan in your life this Christmas season.   All the challenges will allow the reader to expand their skills with Lego and at the same time will allow him/her to expand their resolution of problems and creativity.   A great book to have in the house at any time of the year. 

365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for allowing me to promote this book. I was not monetarily compensated for this post . Please note that the post was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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