Welcome back! It is still LEGO week at Toddler Approved and I've been so inspired by some of the LEGO Building Ideas that have been shared! We started with something really basic when we put together our DIY Removable LEGO Wall but you should see some of the inventive ideas out there! I love all the cool ideas over at Frugal Fun for Boys, like this awesome LEGO Racetrack for Hotwheels and their cool LEGO Catupult Ideas! Today's LEGO idea, however was fully inspired by an awesome kid-made camping lantern featured in ULTIMATE Backyard Summer Camp eBook! It's a LEGO Camping Lantern!
Now this was a bit more intricate than our LEGO Wall but if you are already a LEGO fan you are totally okay with that! (Note: Affiliate links are included in this post, thank you for supporting this blog at no cost to you!)
Also, as with any LEGO creation, if you or your kids go whipping it around of course it may very well shatter into a hundred tiny pieces. But if you and your child spend the time to make this hopefully everyone will know to treat it with care, just like you would a real camping lantern!
Related: Free Printable LEGO Challenge Cards
That said, here is all it takes to make one!
LEGO Camping Lantern Materials
LEGO Bricks and Small Base (I used the LEGO Creator Small Cottage 3 in 1 set)
Yarn or Twine
LEGO Camping Lantern Directions
Build your house- I made mine pretty much based on the instructions in the small cottage set, especially the roof. This set allows the walls to hinge open which is cool and handy for when you want to turn the lantern on and off but mine is just four regular walls. Really you just need a basic house with a sturdy roof and doors or windows on all sides- you can use the bricks you have if you don't wish to purchase the same set.
Trim your parchment- Cut a rectangle of parchment that will fit inside your house.
Add light and string- Remove the roof of your house, insert the parchment paper to line the walls. Switch on the tea light, set it in the center of the house. Cut a length of yarn or twine to use as your handle and lay it across the top of the walls.
Put it all together- Replace the roof of your house and press everything tightly into place. Tie your handle with a tight knot and you are all done!
Want more LEGO building ideas, party ideas and activity ideas? Check out my LEGO and DUPLO Pinterest board!
This is part of a week long celebration of all things LEGO over at Toddler Approved. She and a group of us bloggers will be sharing LEGO ideas on our blogs and Facebook Pages all week long!
Are you a big LEGO fan? Have you made your own LEGO Camping Lantern before? What are your favorite LEGO Activities? Let's hear about it in the comments below!