Lego building

4 stars

Here's a quick and easy one to setup. All you need is some Lego, two rooms a little distance apart and three members in each team.

In one room you start with 1 member of the team, a flat green Lego base and a pile of Lego bricks. The second member of the team is outside the rooms. The third is in the other room with a similar Lego base that has several bricks already positioned on it.

The object of the game is to construct the same arrangement of lego bricks on the empty base by relaying information between rooms.

The person outside the rooms is not allowed to see either set of Lego.

Each of the members inside the rooms have to come out to give or get instructions.

Give the teams a time limit based on how many bricks are used.

At the end see how close the two variations are.

  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
  • Short (1-10 minutes)
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We play this with tinker toys too.
- Cody (24 Jan 2010)

I'd love to see the video for this.
- Michelle (28 Jan 2012)

I did this activity last year for our Band council retreat and the kids LOVED it. I added a twist which takes some prep work.
I'm a dad of a 5 and 7 year old and we have tons of Legos at home. Since I had about 30 students going to our retreat, I turned this into a contest between 6 teams of 5 students. Each team had two Zip Lock bags of identical Lego pieces and they had to divide their team into 4 builders and a runner. We had two builders (Team A) from each team stay in one room, and the other two builders in another room (Team B.) Team A had 10 minutes to build something. The Runners stayed outside. When we were ready, the Runners had to go to Team A, look at it and run to Team B and instruct them how to make it without touching the lego pieces. The first Team to make an identical copy won. We did this a few times with different runners for each team and it was revealing to see how the teams adapted each time. Each team improved their time.

This takes a bit of pre-planning. I poured my son's lego pieces on the table and started sorting parts in pairs. Each bag had 30 pieces in it.
- Mathew Schick (26 Jul 2012)

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