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Independence Day LEGO Challenge – Build a Flag

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Happy Independence Day! It’s almost July 4th and lots of families are getting ready to celebrate. I, unfortunately, am in the middle of a full on auto immune flare up so my boys have been getting a bit restless waiting for Mom to feel better. I decided to give them LEGO challenges today as a hands on, screen free activity.

LEGO challenge - build a flagOne (of the many) cool things about LEGO bricks is that there are so many ways to create the same thing. Challenges are fun because you’ll see your kids use the bricks in different ways from the same prompt. Once you’ve done a few they can display their creations for family (or take photos for out of state family).

We were inspired to do some patriotic creations after seeing this time lapse video of the largest LEGO American Flag ever made! It was created at the  National Museum of American History  in Washington D.C. (which is HIGH on my sons “must visit someday” list) to help open their new Innovation Wing. The flag is 8’x14’, 560lbs and 109,200 bricks!

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Did any of our readers help build it?!

LEGO master builder Chris Steininger places a brick while building the world's largest LEGO American flag to celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Washington. More than 15,000 museum visitors helped LEGO master builders create the 9.5-by-14-foot flag using more than 100,000 LEGO bricks. (Steve Ruark/AP Images for LEGO)
LEGO master builder Chris Steininger places a brick while building the world’s largest LEGO American flag to celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Washington. More than 15,000 museum visitors helped LEGO master builders create the 9.5-by-14-foot flag using more than 100,000 LEGO bricks. (Steve Ruark/AP Images for LEGO)
The Colvin family, from left, Adrian, 4, Riley, 7, Jack, 10, and mother Shawna, of Tiffin, Iowa, take a "selfie" after helping build the world's largest LEGO American flag to celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Washington. More than 15,000 museum visitors helped create the 9.5-by-14-foot flag using more than 100,000 LEGO bricks. (Steve Ruark/AP Images for LEGO)
The Colvin family, from left, Adrian, 4, Riley, 7, Jack, 10, and mother Shawna, of Tiffin, Iowa, take a “selfie” after helping build the world’s largest LEGO American flag to celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Washington. More than 15,000 museum visitors helped create the 9.5-by-14-foot flag using more than 100,000 LEGO bricks. (Steve Ruark/AP Images for LEGO)

Whether you’re stuck at home like me or out celebrating we wanted to wish you a very happy Independence Day!

LEGO challenge - build a flag

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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