LEGO Mayflower Building Challenge

It will be 400 years this Thanksgiving since the Mayflower ship landed in America carrying the first group of pilgrims.

Celebrate this Thanksgiving for kids with a LEGO Mayflower building idea you can make with basic bricks.  Finding fun and creative ways to play with our LEGO pieces is a must.

Bricks For the ship’s body: – 2 brown 1×4 bricks with knobs – 4 brown 1×2 bricks – 1 tan 1×2 palisade brick – 2 brown 3×3 ¼ circle bricks – 3 beige 2×4 plates – 1 tan 2×4 flat plate – 2 beige 2×3 inv roof tile – 10 brown 2×2 inv roof tile – 2 brown 2×10 bricks

Bricks For the 2 main masts: – 12 tan 1×2 bricks – 8 white 1X2X3 73° roof tiles – 6 white 2×4 plates – 4 tan 2×2 round bricks – 4 white 1x2x3 bricks OR 12 white 1×2 bricks – 2 white 2×6 bricks – 2 brown 1×1 nose cones – 2 red 1×3 bricks with bow – 1 brown 2×2 brick – 1 brown 2×2 plate – 1 tan 2×2 round plates

LEGO MAYFLOWER INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1. To make the body of the ship: There are three levels to the ship’s body. Level 1: Align the two 2×10 bricks. Level 2: 1. Snap the two 2×3 inv roof tiles along the seam on each side of the 2×10 bricks on level one to hold them together. 2. Along the edges of the 2×10 bricks, place five brown 2×2 inv roof tiles on each side.

STEP 2. To make the stern/cabin: There are three levels to the stern/cabin. Level 1: 1. Align the two brown 3×3 ¼ circle bricks and snap onto the stern of the ship’s stern over the beige 2×3 inv roof tile. 2. Attach the 1×2 brick to the studs in the back across the seam of the ¼ circle bricks. 3. On the edges of the next row, place a nose cone on each side.

STEP 3. To make the sails: Stack 3 tan 1×2 bricks. Repeat with the remaining 1×2 bricks, creating 4 total stacks. To create the topsails: 1. On a 1×4 plate, attach a white 1x2x3 brick on the middle two knobs. 2. Directly behind this block, place a tan stack. 3. To each side of the white 1x2x3 brick, place a white 1X2X3 73° roof tile.

STEP 4. To make the bow mast: 1. Attach the two brown 1×1 round plates to one another. Snap this under the 1×1 plate. 2. On the same edge of the 1×1 plate where the round plates are attached, stack the 1×1 brick with knob, and 2 1×1 round bricks. STEP 5. To make the stern mast: 1. On one 1×1 brick with knob, attach the brown stick to the knob and top with the nose cone. 2. Align the white 1×3 brick with the remaining 1×1 brick with knob. Snap the two 1 X 2 X 2/3, ABS roof tiles to hold the two bricks together creating a rectangle sail.