Do you have some LEGO bricks that you want to put to good and fun use for you and your kids? Did you know you could help your kids explore their imagination and creativity by building any LEGO animals that they want? And yes, they can do this with LEGO pieces from any LEGO set that you have.
It doesn't have to be LEGO DUPLO or a set that is designed specifically for building animals, so get that box of LEGO bricks out because it's time to get creative.
One awesome thing that we all love about LEGO is the fact that we can think of an idea, a design, anything awesome in our heads and always count on our LEGO bricks to be there for us when we decide to build.
Your LEGO set may have been designed to probably build a car, a Star Wars space ship, or even a LEGO City. But with a LEGO box containing bricks from several LEGO sets, there are over a hundred ideas that you can build from them.
In this article,you will be getting ideas on what animals you can build with your kids usingyour box of LEGO pieces, I'll tell you what LEGO pieces you'll need and thenyou can explore your creativity from thereon. It would help a lot more to lookat the pictures of the animals when building your own.
Benefits to Build Lego Animals
First of all,let's look at some of the benefits ofhaving your kids build with LEGO.
● It helps them learn more about what they're creating. Whether it's an animal, a car, a movie character, abuilding, or anything at all, building with LEGO will help you easily teach your kids about the creation and how it fits into our own lives and experiences
● It helps to motivate them to solve problems. Every LEGO set or box of LEGO is a new challenge that needs to be dealt with, a new puzzle to be solved, and a new fun experience to be achieved.
● It helps you connect more with your child. One thing LEGO helps you build as a parent is a good connection with your child. You can help them along the building process and help ensure they're on the right track. This helps you get involved in their lives more.
● It helps them learn to multi task. Thinking and building, following directions, and building.
● It also helps them to learn soft skills like teamwork, management, architecture, basic maths, and many others.
Building of Awesome Lego Animals
So you see why you must let them build these awesome LEGO animals. Now let's get to it.
1. LEGO Elephant
The LEGO elephant is one of my favorite LEGO animal to build. Although there may not be a possible way to attach a tusk to the face of the elephant, it still looks amazing anyway. We can just assume that our elephant got in a fight trying to protect his family and lost his tusks, that's cool, isn't it? The elephant is a massively huge animal, but ours is going to be a little version of it.
To build this elephant, we'll need more LEGO bricks with the ash color. That would make it look more like an elephant than when you use a different color like black, white, or red. However, we'll need a few black ones too, just two to be precise. We'll also need LEGO bricks with up to eight studs, but don't worry, you can easily join two or more pieces together to get the desired number, just make sure it forms a rectangular shape. Now you can start to build.
2. LEGO Fish
This one will totally be dependent on your child's creativity level, they have to pull it off with the idea they have in their head. There are several kinds of fishes out in the sea and that makes it even more beautiful because now they have a variety of designs to build. They can decide to build a tilapia, a shark, a big whale, and a little tuna fish.
You also don't need to worry about using a specific color, several fishes come in different beautiful colors, most are even mixed. Some colors, however, that you can mix are ash and black; yellow and red; ash and blue; yellow and black; yellow, blue, and black and so on. Anyone you decide to go with, just ensure that all the pieces are put in strategic places to make your fish look beautiful.
3. LEGO Giraffe
You would expect this one to be really difficult, however, it is not. Just like with the LEGO fish, you're going to also need bricks of different colors. You know the real giraffe is striped, so you have to make it look like it. You can decide to use only one color of LEGO all through, you'd still get the desired giraffe shape but to give it an extra touch of reality, you should mix the colors.
The best colors you can mix to create the stripes will include, yellow and red, yellow and black, black, and red. Building a LEGO giraffe is pretty straight forward, you're mostly going to need pieces with just two studs and some with one stud to create the stripes. It is a really beautiful animal to build with LEGO bricks.
4. LEGO Lion
Who is the king of the jungle? Yeah, you got that right. You cannot build a complete set of LEGO animals without a king to rule and protect them, can you? The Lion is such a majestic animal that your kids would be thrilled to get a chance to create.
Building the Lion should be challenging, but really fun, it would take up more time and creativity. The colors that will be needed to do this are yellow, red, and maybe a bit of black. You can use the color yellow for the main body, the black for the tail and feet, and the red for the mane (if you're making a male Lion, which you should, in order to make it more real),
5. LEGO Horse
Another elegant and prestigious animal that your kids would love to build is the horse. Thehorse is known for its agility and stamina, this is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the heroic nature of the horse and how it was used infighting ancient battles. Other animals that look like the horse that you can build are the donkey, the unicorn (although only in fairy tales, it's anawesome animal that your child would love to build), and then we have the zebra(the zebra is striped so it makes it slightly different but you can still buildit in the same shape.
To build a LEGOhorse, however, you'll need a couple of yellow two-stud LEGO bricks, some whiteor black. You can build a white horse with yellow mane, a black horse with awhite mane, or a yellow horse with black or white mane, just always rememberthat it all depends on your idea and your creativity.
6. LEGO penguins
Penguins are beautiful animals that live both on land and in water. They practically spend half of their lives living inside the water and the other half on land. They're known to live in large groups, so when you want to make your own, you could decide to make more than one so it pushes that idea. Penguins don't fly, so you don't need to worry about making feathers or big wings.
Basically, all penguins have black and white colors on their bodies and maybe an orange-colored beak which you can make as yellow or red if you don't have a LEGO brick with orange color. The white color should be at the belly part (in front) and the black should be at the back. This is a cool LEGO animal to build with your kids, especially during winter.
7. LEGO sheep
Just like penguins, sheep are usually black and white. However, sometimes they could be totally white and totally black. Wherever you decide to fix the colors should be up to you, what is most important to us is to ensure that the sheep looks like one. You don't have to worry about creating the horns, just like with the elephant, we may not have bricks to build that unless we're building a very large one.
Building theLEGO sheep is also straightforward, we'll mostly need two-stud LEGO bricks andmaybe a few others, but majorly two-stud. Your child would definitely bethrilled to learn about the over two hundred breeds of sheep out there and howthey're also useful for our clothes too.
So there you go,some awesome animals to build with a few LEGO bricks. Always remember that these LEGO animals don't need to follow a specific pattern, it's totally up tothe builder to decide the size and color, the shape is what matters the most.Good luck with your exploration.