Finding kids birthday party games to work with this great party theme isn’t as easy as finding LEGO decorations and other LEGO themed items to spend your money on. What your LEGO party really needs are good games that you can tweak to fit the LEGO theme- birthday party games that keep the kids busy and having fun. Turning a dozen preschoolers loose on a table full of LEGO’s doesn’t cut it- your LEGO party needs more structure than that if you’re to keep your sanity.Just Google ‘LEGO party ideas’ and you’ll find tons of great decorating and food ideas, so that’s not the focus of this information.Here are several preschool appropriate games that tweak beautifully for a LEGO themed birthday party:LEGO Door Prize: Have a nice sized jar full of LEGOs at your party entrance along with small pieces of paper and pencils. Each party guest (plus the birthday child) gets a guess at how many LEGOs are in the jar, and at the end of your party the closest guess gets to take the jar home. Parents can help the preschoolers write down their guess and their names as they all arrive.
LEGO Ring Toss: Create a narrow tower of LEGOs with a LEGO base that you can duct tape to the floor or rug for stability. Create 3-5 rings by cutting the center out of plastic plates (sturdier than paper plates). Experiment with your preschooler to find the right distance for the ‘stay behind’ line, and mark that out with more tape on the floor or rug. If you use different color plates for the rings, the scoring for each can be different. If you choose to score the game, it can be done either individually or by teams.
LEGO Pitch: This is an alternative to the LEGO Ring Toss. Assemble a variety of different shaped targets such as cut down milk cartons, bowls and boxes, all placed at different distances from a ‘stand behind’ line on your rug or floor. Put a point count number on the front of each target (the farthest away the higher the point count), and give each child 5 LEGOs of different shapes and sizes. Keep score either individually or by teams.
LEGO Drop: From either a standing position or kneeling backwards on a chair, the kids will drop 3 or 4 LEGOs from their nose into a jar or bowl. The wider the mouth on the target, the easier the game for the little ones. If backwards on the chair, have a helper hold onto the chair so there aren’t any accidents.
LEGO Spoon Relay Race – Part 1: Place a bowl or bucket full of various LEGOs a good distance from the kids, and have a ‘stand behind’ line on your floor or rug. Divide the kids into two teams, each with a spatula or big spoon- the spoon is easier because of the sloping sides. Make the two teams implements the same, ie. either both spoons or both spatulas. On ‘Go’, one child from each team races down to the bucket, picks up as many LEGOs as they can on their spoon or spatula- no hands- and takes the LEGOs back to their starting position where they hand the spoon or spatula off to the next team member to repeat the process until all the LEGOs have been retrieved. The winning team will have accumulated the most LEGOs.
LEGO Spoon Relay Race – Part 2: Once all counted up and a Part 1 winning team declared, set each team the task of building the tallest tower with their accumulated LEGOs. Cooperating to build that tower as a team will be a challenge, and that’s the point.
LEGO Bingo: Use this game when the excitability level needs to be brought down a bit. Have these downloadable bingo cards pre-printed and ready:
LEGO Scavenger Hunt: Have your LEGOs well hidden before hand, inside or out. For the youngest ones, just score it by how many they find and bring back. For older ones, you can score different values for different colors and/or shapes. Send them out with a key card so they know what to look for that scores them the most points.
LEGO Lift (for kids too old for the LEGO Drop): Either with a small pile of LEGOs for each child or a big communal bowl of LEGOs, each child is tasked with lifting out as many LEGOs within 1 minute as they can with chopsticks. Give them all a few minutes to practice before the competition. If they’re older, you can increase the challenge by adding other small items in with the LEGOs that they then have to avoid picking out.
LEGO Building Competition: Give each child or pair of children an equivalent number of various LEGOs and challenge your LEGO Lovers to build either a bridge or a pyramid within a 10 minute time frame (the bridge for older kids, the pyramid for younger ones). Working in pairs increases the challenge in this game.You may need or want to add to your existing LEGO collection to have enough for these games, but that can be part of the birthday gifts and if you’ve got a LEGO lover who wants a LEGO party, you know these will be dollars well spent.