Lego Party Games and Activities

lego party activity placematLego party activities don’t need to be limited to building with Lego bricks. It’s easy to give popular activities and party games a Lego theme. Here are some ideas:

Tall towers
Collect boxes of assorted sizes and shapes, from shoeboxes to larger packing boxes. Cover them in red, yellow, green and blue construction paper or wrapping paper, or spray-paint them instead. Draw Lego knobs on them with a black Sharpie to make them look more like Lego bricks. These colorful boxes are a great way to decorate the room, as well as forming the basis for the game. For the game, give each team a pile of “bricks” of different shapes and sizes, and see who can build the tallest tower by stacking the boxes up. Tell the kids that building the tallest tower gives the team 10 points; but they lose 2 points every time their tower topples and they have to start again. Award each member of the winning team a prize.

Toppling towers
This game can be played immediately after the “tall towers” game. Have a grown-up build two or more towers out of the smaller cardboard Lego bricks. Have the kids line up 10 or 15 feet away (gauge the distance that is challenging for them) and give each one a chance to throw a tennis ball or Nerf ball to knock over the towers, with a prize for each child who knocks over a tower. Alternatively, you can scatter a few Lego boxes without lids or tops, and have the kids try to throw balls into the boxes, with higher points awarded to the boxes that are further away. Add up the points and give the winner a small prize.

Lego relay
Relay races have been a popular party activity for decades, and it’s easy to create a Lego-themed version. Have the kids break into two teams, and break each team into two halves on either side of the room. Each team gets two dessertspoons and one small piece of Lego. Now have each team race, one child at a time, to carry the Lego across the room as fast as they can. When they get to the other side, they must pass the Lego on to the next child by tipping it into second spoon. If they drop the Lego during the hand-over, they need to start over at the other end of the room.

Lego Race Cars
If you have lots of Lego pieces, divide them up before the party begins so that each child gets the same number of pieces, plus four Lego wheels. Tell the kids they need to design a fast car using all their pieces, and then hold races with the cars they’ve built. The racetrack can be as simple as a wooden board tilted at an angle. Have the kids place their cars at the top and let go when you yell, “Ready-set-go!” Award prizes for the car that goes the furthest.

Lego scavenger hunt

Divide the kids into two or more teams and send them on a scavenger hunt. Each team needs to find one piece of Lego in each of four colors—red, yellow, green and blue. You can write down and distribute diffeent rhyming clues for each team to help them find their pieces: “If you need to find a Lego that’s blue, look inside a lady’s shoe!” “If you need to find a Lego that’s red, you might want to snoop around under the bed!” etc.

Prize ideas: Lego sticker sheets (4 sheets for $1.99 at Celebrate Express), Lego adventure books ($3.99 each at Amazon), Lego minifigures ($4.99 at Amazon), small bags of jellybeans or other candies in mixed Lego colors of red, yellow, green and blue, or little bags of Lego-style candy building blocks ($9.97 per pound at Amazon).