Saturday, March 27, 2010

Homemade Gift: Lego Book

We attend a lot of children's birthday parties
for various school friends,
neighborhood friends,
and family friends.

All of those kid parties start to 
add up, especially when 
you need a gift to bring for each child.

I prefer homemade gifts 
whenever possible.
I think they're more thoughtful,
heartfelt, appreciated, and creative.

But what do you do when you
are running out of time, ideas,
or you just aren't that crafty?

We came up with the "Lego Book"
as a solution for one of "E"s friends recently.

She noticed that he enjoys 
playing with Legos 
during indoor recess (so do we!)

We love collecting our Lego building ideas
in a three ring binder that I keep in our block center.

We made this little boy, his own book
out of a three ring binder
with a custom cover 
typed on our computer.

We printed out lego construction ideas/instructions
on card stock (to make the pages sturdy)
and slipped them in protective covers.  

We got the directions from the Family Fun
and Lego website and packed his 
book full of ideas!

Simple and fun. 


Christy said...

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

katy said...

What a great idea!


RootsAndWingsCo said...

These are the best books! I just made one for my Son's Lego Birthday Party and we LOVE it! We also have blank page protectors at the end to slip all of their Lego instructions into, as they get new sets! Perfect!
Rebecca of the R&W Gals

Rebecca said...

Wow, this is such an awesome idea! Im bookmarking this one!

Jen said...

This is an AWESOME idea. I have wondered for years why there isn't a book that gives instructions for all of those pieces. Obviously, i just wasn't looking hard enough! Thanks for sharing.

TMCPhoto said...

how fabulous! and something that can be added to as well.

teachmama said...

love it! I hope the Easter Bunny's reading...maybe he'll bring one for my kiddos!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

You know, that is so great. Why didn't I think of that one? Love it! Thanks for posting. I'm going to DO that!!!

Elissa said...

Love it! I'm filing that one away for sure!

Donica said...

omg! too cute!

kristin said...

you've just made my son's day! i don't know why i never thought of looking for building instructions.

i was the kind of kid who just built, but he LOVES following a plan.

i'm printing them out this morning.

thank you again.

The Sunshine Crew said...

Thanks for sharing about this! I blogged about the Fun with Lego idea and linked to your post for everyone to see your awesome idea for a homemade gift.


Genevieve said...

LOVE IT!!! Just finished printing and can't wait to assemble! This is going in my son's Easter basket! What a fab gift or birthday favor idea! TY
I'm a follower now! So glad I found your awesome blog!

Ticia said...

I love this idea! I'm going to the sites you've linked to now.

Jen said...

What a thoughful gift!

Creative and Curious Kids!

Rebecca: said...

Fantastic idea! Thank you!!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful gift! It would fill hours with fun!

Demarcus Family said...

can't wait to make this for my nephew!

Nicole said...

Fabulous idea!!!

amy@flexibledreams said...

We totally made this!! I even cut out all the pictures from the Lego Advent Calendar and taped them onto card stock to go in the book. We've been using it for two and a half years and the kids still love it.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Amy, That's awesome!! So glad you're enjoying your book -- ours still gets quite a work out in the lego corner of our family room!! : )

-Pink and Green Mama,

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Dude. You are brillant! Seriously! My kids would love love LOVE this. :) Christmas is half covered.



April said...

Help!! I once read in your blog about a fabulous and adorable gift idea for a baby shower or new momma. It was made with a wooden recipe box and had red letter stickers on top. Inside you could put memories etc. of your children(s)...Can you help?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ April - I would love to help out but unfortunately that wasn't my blog, you must have seen it somewhere else. Sounds like a cute project!


Christi said...

This is awesome, thank you so much!! Both of your links point to the same site, though, are they supposed to?

Patty said...

I tried to check on your links to look for the lego instructions but the pages are gone!!
Can't find instructions anywhere :(

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Patty, I just checked and it seems as if Lego has removed the links. I'm so sorry, I can't find the printables on their site. : ( Poop!

The Tiffany Studio said...

Patty and pink and green mama they have them again they are under customer service! There is 3300 different instructions now for this mama to find some easy ones!

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