Lego Creations--From Brick Cars to Beasts

I am definitely a fan of creative ideas for kids, and everyone in my house adores all things Lego.

A few years back, we bought the boy the big bins of assorted Lego pieces--no themes, no design booklets, just blocks and blocks of colored squares.  It was his favorite Christmas gift that year and the creations he came up with were amazing.  He searched blogs for new ideas along with YouTube and we were impressed with what he discovered.  How to Build Brick Cars and Beasts From Bricks take Lego building to the next level!

Each book features amazing creations, made from Lego piece you very well might already own!  While we were lacking in some of the solid colors, we had more than enough rainbow pieces to make creative takes on the animals.

In Beasts from Bricks, check out 15 different animal projects, including our favorite, the Giant Panda.  Each project shows the needed pieces and step-by-step directions for building, along with facts about the animal in question.  Make an African elephant, a walrus, a Kemode bear, and more!  The building skill level is definitely on the higher end, but we love the final outcome so much.

How to Build Brick Cars contains designs for 12 different sport, race, and muscle cars, all smaller scaled models of actual vehicles.  Plans are scaled from easiest to hardest by skill set, although the basic models still require skill to complete.  The plans range from 1932 Ford V-8 Coupe to a Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, and include Ferraris, BMWs, Porsches, and more.

Once again, we think these books would make awesome Christmas presents.  Pair them up with a big box of mixed Lego pieces and see what your child can create and what more they inspire.

Disclosure: Quarto Group sent us copies of both books for the purposes of this review.  All opinions are our own.