Parenting

8 Free Lego Projects That Your Kids Can Build This Summer (and Stop Driving You Crazy)

Turn that tub of bricks into an hours-long distraction.
Photograph by Flickr user Andrea.

It’s not possible to have the kids outside on a lot of summer days. But keeping your energetic tykes indoors can quickly turn your house into a hellish pressure cooker. You need to find a way to keep them engaged–and fast.

Rather than plunk them down in front of the television to watch a non-stop stream of Paw Patrol episodes, break out their box of Lego bricks and print out these fun projects for them to tackle. If they don’t have the exact piece or a brick in the correct color, tell them to be creative and find a substitution. After all, building with Lego is all about using your imagination.

You can thank us later for keeping them occupied while you do what you need to get done.

Fidget Spinner

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Dragonfly

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Pickup Truck

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Octopus

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Robot

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School Bus

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X-Wing Fighter

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Space Shuttle

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Parenting writer

Nevin Martell is a parenting, food, and travel writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Saveur, Men’s Journal, Fortune, Travel + Leisure, Runner’s World, and many other publications. He is author of eight books, including It’s So Good: 100 Real Food Recipes for Kids, Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America’s Favorite Rural Bakery, and the small-press smash Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip. When he isn’t working, he loves spending time with his wife and their six-year-old son, who already runs faster than he does.