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.
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.
Images courtesy of Beth Levine