And what I could really use help with is some ideas from you, the collective of genius parents and LEGO gurus, on some activities for the party itself.
We were able to get the LEGO birthday kit from the LEGO store that comes with the invites and a dozen small brick sets. Other things on the list so far is:
A LEGO brick cake (of course).
Conducting a hide-and-seek of the gift bags that will all have the same amount/color/shape bricks as not to create any strife and prepare us for the next event.
Playing a build-and-copy game where one kid builds an abstract shape out of the bricks and everyone tries to copy it, with the first kiddo to get it right winning. Winning what, I don't know yet.
So, that's about all I have right now. With the party a week and a half out, I'm reaching out to my fellow GeekDads for some ideas. There's a good chance I can make it to the LEGO store for extra supplies this week if needed.
Remember, just like any other idea/suggestion/brainstorm, if you have an idea, share it. Even if I can't use it, someone else can (or even modify it).
Hey, instead of a Hide and Seek... you could have a treasure hunt. I like to do that with our kids birthday parties. We set up a system of rebuses / riddles, etcetera and they try and find the gift bags. Usually, we have them break into teams.
I've also had teams not find the lootbags themselves, but find things that lead to the ultimate prize. Like numbers for a code, or different pieces of maps... etc. That way, they all want to find the final prize :D
- Lego pictionary
- Lego car race (if they have wheels, don't know what lego you get or have)
- Lego sorting... Ok, I kid.
Sooooo, the treasure hunt is definately a 'go'. I mentioned that to Mrs. Awesome and got "That's EXACTLY what we're doing. What were YOU planning on?" I may have misunderstood the intent of the game when she explained it to me.
Lego sorting? Brilliant. Last week I pulled a Tom Sawyer on the Dude and his friend and they ended up hanging two of the three rows of shelves in the new shed. I'm sure I can figure out how to make Lego sorting into a game.
Thanks for the ideas, Errol!
Maybe a build your own mini figure? You know like you as a mini figure.
They also make a "lego" candy. If you are into giving out sugary treats.
I dig the idea of a "build me" mini fig. The birthday kit comes with ten of the same mini fig, but with a little creativity, I'm sure we can individualize them. I even have three multi-packs of Sugru we can use for hair, backpacks and accessories on the mini figs.
That sugru looks perfect for that too. Glad I could help out. Good luck.
We did Lego boats, gave the kids the same lego sets (just random pieces), then they see which boat can hold the most weight. It is some cleanup afterwards, but the kids really liked it since most parents don't let Lego and water mix.
We have also tried a "marble run", which can be kind of group activity. You can give a base plate. assign each a starting height and ending height, then try to hook them together.
We also went to a professional Lego party at a store, and they had build two Zip lines to race Legos.
Another activity can be a "blind" build with partners, where one kid is blindfolded and the other has to give instructions.
The Car race is a great idea. At Legoland Windsor they have a 'Build + Test' room, which has a gravity-compensated downhill track with a starting gate and a timer. The idea being that you build a car and race it against the other for the fastest time. You could easily adapt it to just be a sheet of plywood or similar and just have a series of heats instead of the timer.
I did a little Lego club a while back where I got the kids to all build the same model - a train cart - and fill it with their own minifig creations and customise it. I then pulled out a pre-made train engine and we attached all the carts to it and played silly train-related games.