Ready to grab your bricks and pieces and design something new and festive? Why not give this New Year LEGO habitat challenge a try? The best part is you don’t need fancy bricks or a specific set! All you need is a favorite fig and a box of mixed pieces! What are you waiting for? Let’s get started with super simple LEGO challenges for kiddos (adults, too) of all ages!

NEW YEAR LEGO HABITAT CHALLENGE

WHAT IS A LEGO HABITAT?

A LEGO habitat is similar to a diorama. Still, it has a somewhat specific layout and is generally smaller so that you don’t need to have a whole bunch of the same type of bricks or the same color of bricks to make something awesome because we all know… everything is awesome!

NEW YEAR LEGO HABITAT CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE:
STEP 1:
Choose a theme to represent the holiday or occasion, such as the New Year! Alternatively, you can build a habitat to represent your favorite fig instead. The choice is yours.

  • Build a New Year’s wish or resolution.
  • Build a favorite memory.
  • Build a celebration with fireworks.

STEP 2: Choose a favorite Mini-fig to represent your theme or concept.

STEP 3: Grab a pile of bricks and pieces to build your habitat. Think of unique ways to use your pieces to tell a story within your habitat.

Time Constraint: 30 Mins (or as long as desired)

You might also enjoy these Winter LEGO Task Cards!

HOW DO YOU MAKE A LEGO HABITAT?

It’s super simple to make one! Once you learn how to make a LEGO habitat, you won’t be able to stop. If you keep all of your habitats the same size, you can make a habitat stack at the end of the year. Try to make a new one each month! You’ll be creating habitats for all your favorite figs.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: A box of bricks and pieces and a favorite fig

LEGO HABITAT INSTRUCTIONS

GET STARTED: Here’s how to start your mini-fig habitat.

STEP 1: Grab an 8×8 stud plate. Don’t have that size? Use math to combine several plates!

showing plates on the bottom of the habitat building

STEP 2: Build walls on two adjacent sides of the plate to form a corner. The best bricks for this step are wall builders or 1×1, 1×2, 1×4, and 1×6-sized bricks. You can add a window or door if that works for your theme.

showing good pieces used to design a LEGO habitat

STEP 3: Add details to create a dynamic scene! Build furniture, use smooth tiles for a floor, or add accessories and plant pieces. You can use SNOT bricks with studs on the side (see above) and on the top to create more detail. You might also have bricks with hooks coming out the side, perfect for brooms.

TIP: Add one or two of these special bricks while building a wall and then you can hang something to the wall or create a fun look for a window! If your kiddos are familiar with LEGO friends or city sets, they will probably have a ton of great accessories already!

adding a fun minifigure to your lego habitat

STEP 4: Add your fig in a playful pose! Check out the tile plate in the images above with the stud in the middle… this is a great piece to use for your fig to stand, attach a table to the floor, or keep a fruit tote in place!

EXTEND THE LEARNING

Grab the FREE New Year LEGO Habitat Challenge printable with ideas to extend the challenge.

—> Add a literacy component and write a few sentences about what is happening in the diorama or craft an entire narrative essay about it.

download free new year lego habitat challenge sheet

LEGO HABITAT IDEAS

Here are some fun prompts, tips, and ideas you can use for a LEGO habitat in January!

  • Instead of walls to indicate a room or house, create a tree missing its leaves. You can have the tree be in place of one wall, have it coming out of a wall, or turn the wall into a fence. Look for arched bricks to make branches or brown 1×2 and 1×4 plates to create branches. Add white sloped pieces for snow.
  • Add a small LEGO vehicle from past sets if you’re taking a trip, and create a habitat around the car ride or the place you are visiting!
  • Design a scene with any activity you enjoy doing this time of year.
  • Use a fig from the latest minifig series as an inspiration. Check out the holiday ones here (Amazon affiliate link)!
  • Search through the tiniest accessories for any LEGO food items you can find.

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