Build It!

Design it, make it, construct it.

From awesome LEGO designs to making your own trolley, there is no limit to the things you can build and construct.

For new ideas and how-to instructions, check out these fantastic library books and inspirational websites.

Books to Help You Get Started 

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The LEGO Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination

by Daniel Lipkowitz

The LEGO Ideas Book will keep kids of all ages creating for hours. Take what you already have and make something new!


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The Lego Technic Idea Book 3: Fantastic Contraptions

by Yoshihito Isogawa

Hundreds of simple yet fascinating Technic models that you can build yourself.

Includes working catapults, crawling spiders, and all kinds of gadgets. Check out the other two books in the series too: Simple Machines and Wheeled Wonders.

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Build Your Own Car, Rocket and Other Things That Go

by Tammy Enz

Gather up your tools and get ready to build some speedy projects that will impress your family and friends.

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Mitre 10 DIY for Kids: Book One and Book Two

by Les Kenny

Introduces basic tools, building techniques and safety tips for children. Provides simple to follow plans and step-by-step instructions. Each book covers five construction projects.

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The Billy Cart and Trolley Bible : How to Build Your Own Cart, Soapbox or Go-kart

by Julian Bridgewater

Provides step-by-step instructions for the design and construction of go-carts. Includes simple carpentry and metal work techniques. Have fun building, racing and trying not to crash!

 

Recommended Websites 

 

5 Free Tree House Plans

by Stacy Fisher at About.com

Realise your backyard real estate dreams with one of these free sets of tree house plans.
Brickset

by Brickset ltd

One of the best LEGO databases around. Search current and historical sets, view model plans, brick lists and more.
Nelson Trolley Club

by the Nelson Trolley Club

Find out what it takes to be king of the hill on the Nelson Trolley Club’s website. Photos of the derby, trolley design tips,  trolley club history and much more.
Rebrickable

by Nathan Thom

Built all your models and can’t think of a new design of your own?  This site allows to enter the sets you currently own to see which other sets you can build with the bricks you already have. Includes great user created models.
The Joy of Wood for Kids

by Glenn Miller

A resource of information and encouragement for parents and other adults, to help kids of all ages discover the joy of wood.
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