Finally a LEGO Advent Calendar for Christmas that will keep the kids busy! I have always wanted to get my act together and do a LEGO Christmas countdown with my son. However, I always remember a hair too late and then scrap the idea. This year I am on top of it, and I am keeping it inexpensive with Christmas mini-builds using our own bricks and this printable LEGO Christmas calendar. This is a fabulous frugal Advent Calendar idea that everyone will enjoy!
LEGO ADVENT CALENDAR FOR KIDS
LEGO COUNTDOWN CALENDAR
The bricks needed for each build are included right on the challenge card included in the printable pack.
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Whether your kids make it the way it is shown or come up with a new holiday LEGO design, is up to them. The fun is in the challenge, and I am excited to see what my son will build with his LEGO Advent Calendar!
Included in the printable brick advent pack is a fun countdown map. Why not build it out of LEGO to get started! Use a baseplate and basic bricks.
Come up with a design that includes a mini-figure that you can move each day. Get creative! You can do the projects in order, or cross off each project as they do them,
DIY LEGO ADVENT CALENDAR
YOU WILL NEED:
Get started with our FREE printable challenge calendar below.
- Printable LEGO Advent Calendar project cards (Purchase the pack here)
- Small paper bags, gift bags, or stockings, etc to hold LEGO bricks for the projects each day.
- Labels, gift tags, paper cut-outs, and clothespins to seal the bags (optional)
WHAT IF I HAVE MULTIPLE KIDS?
If you have multiple kids, here are a few suggestions to keep the cost low.
Tip #1: You don’t have to buy a specific set if you have plenty of bricks. Simply use the daily card as inspiration for the build. I bet, depending on how long they want to spend on the challenge, your kiddos can come up with an impressive alternative.
TIP #2: Alternate the daily challenge. If you prefer to buy the mentioned sets but don’t want to buy 2 per kiddo, have them alternate the daily challenge and have the other kiddo(s) pick a prompt from the LEGO Christmas Challenge Calendar to build from that same set of pieces (though it may need to get take apart) or from their own collection.
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- 90 Years of Play Set
- BEST DEAL! Classic Bricks and Animals Set
- One of my favorites too! Classic Bricks and Plates
- Too fun to not share (and a really good deal for physics fun): LEGO City Stuntz Suitcase
HOW TO MAKE UP YOUR LEGO ADVENT CALENDAR
STEP 1. CREATE YOUR SETUP
How do you want to present the cards? Here are a few options…
- You can add one card a day to a mini stocking.
- You can hide the card for the day on the Christmas tree.
- You can grab small, numbered gift bags and tuck a card inside and place in a large basket.
- Note: If you plan to purchase the Classic LEGO set recommended for the project as your starting point, you might want to grab a storage container as well.
STEP 2. FILL THE BAGS
The best part of our LEGO countdown calendar is that you can make LEGO building ideas using the LEGO bricks you already have, or you can grab the set listed in the supplies list of you need more bricks. I have a list of suggestions to get you started and will show you the different designs we came up with.
I want this to be as fun and independent (as possible) for kiddos to do each day. The LEGO designs are simple and manageable. Older kids can make their LEGO Christmas builds as complicated and intricate as they wish as well as add more pieces!
Tips for filling your LEGO advent calendar bags:
- Prep. Add the exact bricks for very simple LEGO building ideas such as the ones you will see here like a candy cane, Santa hat, tree, Christmas candle, or snowman.
- Cards. Use the printable cards I created to see the projects completed and the bricks used to make them. They also include suggestions or changes to add to the day’s challenge too!
- Christmas Sets. You could also supplement with a few new Christmas LEGO sets. A larger LEGO Christmas set will have small elements kids can build and place out as a Christmas scene. This is more expensive. However, you will have plenty of supplies for years to come. I will put some suggestions at the end of this article.
- Older Kids. For older kids, adding bricks ahead of time may not be necessary. Instead just have them use the printable building cards or refer to the pictures below.
- Work Together. Leave a LEGO note for a building challenge that you and your young child will do together. This will save you prep work beforehand but make sure you follow up on your offer!
Grab this LEGO challenge calendar to help spark creativity!
LEGO ADVENT CALENDAR IDEAS
— > If you want a full set of done-for-you cards and more fun Christmas theme Brick challenges, you will want to snag the quick Brick Christmas Advent Calendar Pack!
I am by no means a master LEGO builder. These simple ideas will get you thinking and creating! See what you can do with the pictures below.
1. SANTA’S ELF
Santa’s Elf is a great day-one project to get this advent calendar rolling!
2. CHRISTMAS BELL
Ring in the Christmas season with a Lego Christmas bell!
3. CHRISTMAS WREATH
This simple Christmas wreath is such a classic piece of Christmas decor!
4. MRS. CLAUS
Santa gets all his help and support from Mrs. Claus, so we had to include her in this Lego Christmas countdown!
5. GINGERBREAD MAN
This classic Christmas cookie makes an adorable Lego creation!
Crackling fires to roast chestnuts and hang stockings near are the perfect addition to this calendar!
7. SANTA’S REINDEER
This adorable reindeer is a great addition to this Christmas character lineup!
8. POLAR BEAR
Every winter wonderland has a resident polar bear!
9. SANTA CLAUS
The bringer of presents himself had to be included!
This cute penguin is ready for Christmas!
11. CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
Christmas presents come in all shapes and sizes, so these are always fun to build!
This Christmas icon is so much fun to build with Legos!
13. CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
Get creative with the colors on this fun Lego Christmas ornament!
14. THE GRINCH
This Christmas thief is an iconic Christmas character we all know and love!
15. GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Making a gingerbread house is a tradition in our house, but making one with Legos is fun too!
16. CHRISTMAS TREE
There are so many ways you can make a Lego Christmas tree, but this way used up some Legos we hadn’t used yet!
17. CANDY CANE
This simple candy cane build is such a classic part of Christmas!
18. CHRISTMAS CANDLE
Add a bit f peace to your Lego Advent Calendar with this Christmas candle!
19. CHRISTMAS STAR
Make a star from the Christmas story!
Make your own winter wonderland snowman!
21. WINTER SLED
Sing Jingle Bells while you make this cute little winter sled!
22. CHRISTMAS TRAIN
Make a classic Christmas train to add to your Lego Christmas ideas!
23. SANTA’S HAT
Santa just isn’t himself without his hat!
24. CHRISTMAS STOCKING
Finish up your Lego Christmas Advent calendar with an iconic Christmas stocking!
How can you get creative with the bricks you already have in your collection. Here’s how we store all our bricks!
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I know you and your kids will have a blast with this fun hands-on Lego Advent Calendar this year! Reuse it, again and again, each year too!