Category: Age 9

  • Merry Christmas from Kids Bricks

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    In the spirit of the season, my kids worked on some fun Christmas builds to celebrate.

    Enjoy!

    Wishing you and your families a merry Christmas and a happy New Year – may your 2023 be filled with creativity and fun.

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  • Forest Fire

    It’s been a little while since I posted something new on here, but that’s not because my kids haven’t been building LEGO – I’ve just been so busy I’ve forgotten to get their builds up here.

    Here’s one that my daughter built recently – a fire sweeping through a forest. I really like the use of colour and the sense of movement in this one. You can see how the fire has started on one side and is on its way toward the rest of the forest, leaving burnt trees and charred rocks in its wake.

    I wanted to add some minifigures running away and screaming, but we don’t have that many, and all of them have happy faces, which wouldn’t fit the whole vibe too well.

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  • Brick Bending

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    After watching a ton of LEGO Masters and being introduced to new ideas and ways of building LEGO, my kids were keen to try some new techniques. One thing we learnt about was brick bending – a way of layering bricks that allows them to create curved shapes by appearing to bend. You can see some incredible examples at brickbending.com.

    My kids started with a basic example of the technique – using exclusively 2×1 bricks to create curved shapes. The size of the bricks allows them to pivot on the studs to give the illusion that they are actually bending out of shape. It’s honestly very cool, and they did this all on their own.

    This wheel (which can roll and be comfortably squashed into an oval without breaking) uses 1,064 bricks in total:

    This is just the start of these experiments and I hope to see more soon!

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  • Guitar Guy’s House

    After my son built an evil ninja’s lair from his minifigure pick, my daughter took up the challenge to build a house for the character that she selected and dubbed “Guitar Guy”:

    Yes, I know he’s holding a lute, but the name “Guitar Guy” stuck.

    Since Guitar Guy’s defining feature is his guitar, the house my daughter built was themed along those lines. She built a multi-storey abode designed to look like a guitar – body, neck, and all.

    I really love how this turned out!

    Here’s a closer look at the house from the bottom up to the top:

    Just a great build all around – I’m really proud of her work on this one.

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  • Unicorn Riders

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    My kids have been super busy with some impressive builds lately – I just haven’t had the time to photograph and upload them yet, so more will be coming soon!

    In the meantime, here are some neat little unicorns they designed and built recently:

    The next build is going to be much grander in scale…

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  • A Little Bit of Nature

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    This was a team effort from both of my kids. The rainbow tree was a fun one they did together, and the hippo was designed while it was being built. I feel that’s important to point out here, to be honest – these builds are all made up as they go along and not based on a picture, instructions, or anything else. I know I’m biased, but I’m continually impressed with my kids…

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  • A Cozy Bedroom

    Sometimes you need to build from what you know and something as simple as your bedroom can provide great inspiration. I really love this build that my daughter designed herself and I’m so impressed with how well it came together:

    I really just love everything about this – the girl sitting on the bed is great, the little dogs are very sweet, the functional drawer in the bedside table is neat, and the bookcase makes me happy. Just a wonderful build all around.

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  • Some More Micro Builds

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    Some more small builds once again inspired by suggestions from Brickit – some fun little ones that I think came together quite well.

    My daughter is currently hard at work on a pretty cool project of her own design, and we received our first build request – very exciting for the kids! Those will be published soon, but if you want to suggest some builds in the meantime, then please do so from this form.

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  • Dragon in a Cave

    This dragon was created while we were reading The Hobbit – it is modelled after my daughter’s idea of what Smaug would look like (along with his non-canon baby).

    I especially like how Smaug’s tail sticks through the wall of the cave.

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  • A Few Micro Builds

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    These are a few small builds inspired by suggestions from the truly magical app, Brickit. If you haven’t tried Brickit, then you really should give it a go. These builds aren’t exactly what the app suggested as it wasn’t 100% accurate with the bricks it scanned, so these are modified versions:

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