The LEGO Movie's been out for a couple of weeks and has received rave reviews from children and adults alike. After reigniting a love of LEGO across the generations, we think the film will also be inspiring a wave of LEGO-themed parties.
We love nothing more than to get outside and play, so we couldn't resist coming up with these top x ideas for LEGO party games.
Guess The Number Of Blocks In The Jar Fill a jar / water play table with LEGO bricks, then have each child make a guesstimate of how many bricks are present. To keep it fair, each child should write their guess down on a piece of paper and post it into a sealed box (ideally crafted to look like a LEGO brick). When everyone has made their guess, it's time to put the children's maths skills to the test. Tip all the bricks out and ask the children to arrange them into groups of ten, and place each ten in a grid or ten rows by ten columns. This will make it easy to calculate how many bricks there are in total, rather than counting them one brick at a time.
Slide Racers Have each child build a racing car out of LEGO, then stage knock out racing rounds down the slide.
Straw Transporters Give each child an empty bowl, a straw, and a ten small LEGO bricks. Challenge the children to transport the bricks one at a time to their empty bowl, without touching the bricks with their hands.
LEGO Tower This works best with DUPLO or Mega Bloks bricks. Challenge the children to work as a team, to design a tower that will reach all the way to the top of the climbing frame. It's not as simple as stacking one brick on top of the other, as a tower with a narrow base will be too tall, whereas a wide tower will likely use up all the bricks before it gets tall enough. The ideal structure should have a wide base, be hollow, and gradually decrease in diameter as it climbs - but don't tell the kids that.
Treasure Hunt Use LEGO bricks (that you won't be too upset to loose forever), scatter them round the garden in hidden places, then leave clues as to where they can be found. Create a list of the bricks that are in hiding for the children to tick off as they go.
Memory Board Take around 20 very different LEGO pieces, for example a brick, a hat, a minifigure, an animal, a tree, and so on, and attach them to a LEGO base plate. Give the children one minute to memorize as many objects as they can, then cover the board with a towel and ask them to write down as many as they can. LEGO Spoon Race Who wants to waste good eggs on a spoon race? Not me, I like a dippy egg to much to risk one getting smashed on the floor. Stage a good old fashioned egg and spoon race, but instead of real eggs, use a small LEGO brick instead.
Find more play inspiration on our Wicken Toys blog.
And if you haven't seen the LEGO Movie yet, get to it - the adults will enjoy it more than the children.