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A Homemade LEGO® Birthday Party!

We receive many examples of LEGO® themed birthday parties from parents that want to share their experiences. Actually, they are all extraordinary and deserve to be shared, so here is a LEGO birthday party story for all of you. At the end of the article we added some general tips on how to host a LEGO themed birthday party.

One mother (momof3boyz) posted this wonderful example of a true LEGO birthday party on the LEGO message board (http://messageboards.lego.com/). According to her any heart winning LEGO birthday party should always begin with a proper invitation: “We recently had a great LEGO birthday party. We sent invitations with each word on a brick. When they arrived in the mail (in padded envelopes), the children had to put the bricks together to read the invitation. On the back were party details and RSVP info.”

And of course the birthday cake needs to be turned into a LEGO brick and this is how it is done: “The birthday cake was super easy. I used a regular round cake, but used sugar wafer cookies cut in half to form the "bricks." I iced each brick, then using a baggie or decorating bag, I added dots for the "nubs …"

Any birthday party is only as good as its party games and that also goes for a LEGO birthday party – here are some exciting LEGO themed activities to engage your guests in: “For games, we gave each child a bin of LEGO bricks and used real chopsticks to pick out the most bricks in allotted time. We also raced to see who could build the tallest free-standing tower using only the bricks in their bin (tricky part was getting towers to stand).”

Despite the fact that the birthday party had to end at some point, it didn't mean that the fun was all over. So this LEGO parent made sure that the creativity and imagination were kept alive for long time after the party was over: “Finally, rather than goodie bags, we ordered $4 LEGO models and the kids ended the party by building their new models and taking them home.”


GENERAL PARTY TIPS



1. Include a LEGO brick in a padded envelope with the party invitations.
2. Have an activity ready to start as soon as guests arrive.
3. Mix group games with individual projects so no one is left out.
4. Make sure everyone gets to “win” something.
5. Finish up with cake.
6. Send everyone home with a goodie bag.

DOOR PRIZE



Fill a large glass jar with LEGO bricks. As each guest arrives, have him or her guess how many bricks are inside, and write down the name and answer.

At the end of the party, the person whose guess came closest to the real answer wins the entire jar!

LEGO CHOPSTICKS



Use two long, thin LEGO pieces to make a pair of “chopsticks” for each guest. Cross them in an “X” shape and bind them tightly together in the middle with a rubber band. Squeezing the top part of the sticks together should make the bottom halves pinch together. Fill several bowls with an assortment of small objects like big buttons, erasers, crayons and LEGO bricks. Have 3 or 4 kids at a time use their chopsticks to pick up as many objects as they can in one minute. The child with the most objects at the end wins!

SKY HIGH CHALLENGE



Give each child a small pile of LEGO bricks and have them sit in a circle on the floor. Put one brick in the middle. Going around the circle, each child adds one piece from their pile to the top of the growing tower.

How high can they build it before it topples over? The more the merrier for this one!

LEGO MARACAS



Shake up the party with these easy-to-make musical instruments. For each maraca, have kids fill a small cardboard box with a few LEGO bricks. Punch a small hole in the side and insert an unsharpened pencil, taping it in place. Tape the box closed and let kids decorate with stickers or markers.

Shake the maracas to jam!

SCAVENGER HUNT



In a confined area (indoors or out), hide an assortment of LEGO bricks and let the party guests search for them. For younger kids, count the number of bricks they bring back.

For older kids, you can assign scores to the different brick colors.

MIXED-UP MODELS



Have the children sit in a circle on the floor and give each a pile of LEGO bricks. Each child puts four bricks together however they want, then passes the model to the next child on the left, who adds three more bricks and passes it on. After several rounds, each child makes up a name and story for the model that he or she ends up holding.

BAKE A LEGO CAKE



You can transform any cake mix into a great LEGO cake! Bake a rectangular or square cake and 4 or more cupcakes. Turn the cupcakes upside down, place them on top of the cake like LEGO brick “studs”, and frost! You can add blue, green, red or yellow food coloring to white frosting to make one big “brick” or a multi-colored layer-cake stack.


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