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Valentine Lego Lantern #1I set my 8 year old Smarty a STEM challenge to build something out of LEGO for Valentine Day, but she was a little stumped. Hearts seemed to be boring to her, so we brainstormed together, and I suggested making a candle holder. Smarty loved this idea, since “candlelight is romantic”, and she was off to the races:
In her usual “optimistic” manner, Smarty didn’t stop to think much about her build until she ended up with a multi-color rectangular box with hardly any openings to let the light through. It was a good opportunity to discuss how this lantern can be improved:
- Measure the candle and use the base that would fit it snugly
- Use same color pieces – luckily, we have a lot of red Lego bricks!
- Think about your side openings to let the light through – Smarty opted for a symmetrical build in the second try
- Try to make it more interesting than just a rectangle.
Valentine Lego Lantern #2
- We used a 6x8 and 2x8 plates connected together to make a base rectangular
- We used a lot of red bricks with a width of 1 to build walls and we alternated the openings on each layer.
- We “bumped out” the top with the bricks of width 2 to give our lantern a castle-like look
- We happened to have special Lego pieces (conveniently, they were red) to use for hanging up our lantern, but you could arrange paper clips to serve the same purpose.
- We “accessorized” the top of our lantern with Lego boy and girl mini figures
- IMPORTANT: we used an electric tealight candle inside. This particular design would not work for real candles, since you would not be able to put a lighted candle into this lantern safely. Besides, I think the heat from the candle would damage Lego blocks.
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