Have you struggled to come up with the perfect family keepsake for your kids to make for a beloved family member? We came up with a fantastic idea that turned out beautifully and resulted in some great discussions around our family and what makes us special. Check out how to build a Lego family keepsake.
OUR LEGO FAMILY
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It can be so hard to come up with something special and unique to give your loved ones for mother’s day, father’s day, birthdays or holidays. After some time, kids hands get too big for all of those cute hand print crafts. We all want to give our loved ones something unique and special that represents us and our love. My kids took on this challenge recently and came up with an awesome gift idea for their dad!
We created a Lego family keepsake!
Now the building of this was relatively simple but the process resulted in some great discussions and insights into our family and what makes us special.
The first thing we needed to do was build ourselves out of mini-figs. As a family with many skin tones my boys immediately noted that all our minifigs were yellow. So going to the easy step of skin colour to represent each person wasn’t going to work. They would need to dig deeper to find a way to represent each person in our family.
First up the boys decided to make me. I have red hair that is quite long, plus I’m the only girl in the family, so the boys found my character pieces and built me pretty quickly. I love tank tops, so you will notice my character has no sleeves!
Next up the boys dug through the thousands of minifig parts we have to find things to represent themselves. They ended up using pizza to represent Preston who thinks pizza is the greatest food ever invented! Plus he wears a baseball hat all the time and red is his favourite colour.
For Jackson they went with messy hair, which is really quite funny and fitting as he is growing out his hair and it’s crazy most of the time. He loves rocking crazy hair. He also has a plaid shirt that is his favourite.
Finally the boys had to find something to represent their Dad. It took a long time as they wanted this character to be extra special. They found a bearded face that had a nice thick beard like their Daddy’s and as the final touch gave him a hammer to represent their Daddy’s love of blacksmithing (you can see some of his creations here).
I thought they might be done at this point but the kids insisted that we had to represent our dog and cat too in our family!
Once we had our Lego family, we created a display for them.
We used a plate that was just big enough to fit our Lego family and built a simple frame to finish the piece. The idea was that it’s like a 3D picture with a frame.
Finally, we used a pipecleaner and some letter and heart beads to create a banner.
Overall I think our Lego Family turned out wonderfully and the process of creating the piece and exploring what makes each of us special was a great experience.