Make a LEGO Gift Box

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

Make a LEGO Gift Box

December 22, 2014

The holidays are coming! My kids like to think outside of the box (no pun intended) and use their LEGO items in different ways, so we decided to make LEGO gift boxes for some of our presents. I knew it would take more than ingenuity to pull this off. My boys would also need math to do the job right.

Building a LEGO Gift Box

Grab a small toy and place it on a LEGO platform and then use bricks to build a base around the toy. Be sure to leave a little space for the toy to have wiggle room. If it’s too close to the toy and it shifts around later, it may be difficult to fit the toy back into the box when it’s complete.

As with wrapping presents the traditional way, it takes math to succeed. The base that was built around the toy is the perimeter of the box. Kids can count all the way around the base to determine what the perimeter of this box is in terms of LEGO units. The easiest way to do this is by counting the “studs,” the small cylindrical nubs that stick out of the bricks.

Remove the toy from the platform and use bricks to continue building up the walls. Assuming you’re sticking with basic box shape for your first build, will the perimeter change as the walls rise? What about the area of the box?  When your walls are high enough to fit the toy, fill in the top so that your box includes a lid.

Now that you’ve finished your first build, challenge your kids to see if they can come up with a more creative box design.

Not only can these LEGO boxes be used to hide real holiday presents, they can be the gift itself.

For more awesome LEGO inspiration, be sure to check out the LEGO Balloon Car and The Best of Bedtime Math: LEGO Edition, and be sure to see this blog post for more gift-wrapping fun.

Images courtesy of Beth Levine

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Beth Levine

Beth is a mom of two young boys in the Capital Region area of New York. She blogs at and can be found on Twitter via @TheAngelForever. Beth is a lifelong learner and educator that is always looking for new and fun ways to get kids thinking.

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