How to Make Your Own DIY LEGO Instruction Book

You can create your own customized LEGO instruction book for LEGO brick builds that you design. Kids of all ages can follow these simple instructions to make their own LEGO manuals for their original LEGO creations.

These DIY printable LEGO instructions projects also make really good STEM projects showing step by step sequencing and the ability to reproduce a LEGO project.

Homemade LEGO puzzle book or create your own lego brick building instructions plan book for your own LEGO creations - shown is the pdf version of a lego plan and the bricks used in the build.  Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make our own lego instruction books!

If your kids enjoy making their own Lego creations, then they might have fun making their own Lego instruction book so that others can enjoy building those same creations.

It’s a great Do It Yourself project that can keep kids interested in several levels of LEGO building steps and encourage them to think about how they would explain it to others.

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Make a [Do It Yourself] Lego Instruction Book

Materials Needed for Lego Plan Book

How to Make Your Own Lego Instruction Cards 

Step 1

Have your child build a variety of creations using Legos that are different sizes and shapes.

Small LEGO builds on white background ready to be photographed for step 2 of the DIY LEGO Instruction Book for Kids - Kids Activities Blog
Set your LEGO creations on a white background to be photographed.

Step 2

Take a close up picture of each Lego creation on a plain white background.

lego building instructions printed out on a printer - step 3 of making your own LEGO instruction booklet from Kids Activities Blog
Print out the instructions on paper so you can create a LEGO Instruction Booklet.

Step 3

Print out each picture onto card stock or photo paper. My kids liked it best when I made them “life size”, but depending on how complex (or large) your LEGO build, you may opt for a smaller instruction step.

Step 4

Repeat with a simple single project or create each building step of a more complicated LEGO build in this same process.

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To Create Your Own LEGO Build Plan Book

  1. Cut the pages to the size you want (Ours were about 6×8 when we cut them down).
  2. Hole punch the corner of each page and link the pages together using a binder ring (or a pipe cleaner if you are like me and don’t have any rings anywhere in your house).
  3. Keep for yourself or give as a gift to a friend who might want to build the LEGO project you designed.

This Lego building activity is great for teaching kids about geometry and fostering problem solving skills. I always love it when I sneak learning into a fun activity!

What We Learned Creating this LEGO Instruction Book

My four year old and I came up with this quick LEGO activity one afternoon while my one year old was napping. It kept us busy, occupied, quiet and creating. You just need some Legos, your camera, and a few other odds and ends mentioned below.

My son was so anxious to get building that I didn’t laminate our pages first. I ended up printing new copies and laminating them. Next time, that will be one of my first steps once the LEGO instruction book is complete.

Yield: 1

Design a Custom LEGO Instruction Book

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Create a custom LEGO instruction book for your original LEGO builds and creations so that you can re-build the same project later or have a friend build it too. This simple project is full of learning from step sequencing to book design. It is fun for kids of all ages.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost Less than $5

Materials

  • LEGO bricks
  • Card Stock
  • (Optional) Binder Rings

Tools

  • Camera
  • Printer
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • (Optional) Laminating Sheets

Instructions

  1. Create a simple LEGO build.
  2. Photograph it on a white background like a poster board.
  3. Print off the picture on card stock.
  4. Repeat for other simple builds or separate the steps of a more complicated build with individual images.
  5. (Optional) Laminate pages.
  6. Punch holes in the booklet and use binder rings to keep attached.

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How did your DIY LEGO instruction book turn out?

58 Comments

  1. This is wonderful idea! JDaniel is always creating objects and telling them about them. This is great way to record what he made and what he said it was.

  2. I LOVE this – I’m going to have my 9 year old make this for my 2 year old – such a great idea as they both LOVE legos!!

  3. Wonderful idea and great pictures! I’ll have to store this one away for when my baby boy is a bit bigger. πŸ™‚

  4. Kelly krieger says:

    I would love to pin this. Do you have a pin board on pinterest ? If not, you should consider it… This is a great idea.

  5. Thanks Kelly! If you check out my Bio above you can find my pinterest profile. Would love you to check it out!

  6. What a sweet idea Rebecca! If you post about it definitely share it with me. I also used these book pictures for an interactive Lego birthday party invitation.

  7. What a great idea! My oldest loves to follow the photos on the LEGO packaging to try and mimic the objects he’ll love this and perfect for then little brothers to try and match the big brother build πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks friend. Love the idea of writing his own Lego story πŸ™‚

  9. Hi
    What a wonderfully simple and elegant idea.
    Do you mind if I mention this on my blog?
    Cheers
    Inger

  10. Very creative and fun! I too am always looking for ways to create learning activities for my children that are fun as well as made from items we already have in the home. So many possibilities. Great idea!

  11. Thanks Inger! You are welcome to mention this on your blog. Would love you to share the link back once you do so I can come check it out.

  12. Me too Jaimi- isn’t it so nice when that happens? Those are my favorite activities and ones I share tons over on my toddlerapproved.com blog as well. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!

  13. I love this idea! We just bought my son his first set of Legos yesterday, so I’m venturing into Lego world now. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  14. HappyCampers says:

    That’s a great idea!! To have older sibling make one for younger sibling. Not only does it get older sibling thinking, but fostering sibling relationships in the process. Awesome!

  15. RsvlToyMom says:

    Awesome! luv it! So need to do this one

  16. This is great! We are all about Lego’s in our house. I am putting together a post on Lego activities and will certainly include a link to this page, thank you!

  17. Ooo, it is an addictive world Erica!! πŸ™‚ I went to the Lego store at Disney in Orlando yesterday and almost bought out the place!

  18. When your post is up, pass along the link Angela! I would love to see the other ideas you find. We are always looking for new Lego ideas at our house.

  19. Love this idea! I have two wild and crazy Lego lovers at my house! Four if you include dad and I!!! πŸ˜‰ I was even thinking it might be simpler to put the creations on the scanner and just print it out……hmmm…. I don’t know. I’ll have to let you know how it turns out. πŸ˜€ Thanks again for the fun idea!

  20. Oh, great idea! I’ll have to try this one πŸ™‚

  21. Genius! So fun and I know my boys would love this. I love that your mind just comes up with this stuff!

  22. My five year old can’t keep up with my 7 year old in lego building. The 2 year old doesn’t even try anymore. This is a great way for the youngers to improve their skills. We have two days off from school this weekend. I sense a project about to happen. This will keep them ALL busy.

    We keep all of our instructions in a binder with page protectors. I will probably just print the pictures as I take them, stuff them in page protectors, and put them in something similar (folder with prongs?) so they are useful right away. If this keeps the 2 year old busy, I will have a great weekend!

  23. What a clever idea! I used to like doing tangrams as a kid and this is slightly reminiscent of that.

  24. We recently discovered a couple of iPad LEGO games and my boys love to play them! In one they have to drag and drop Legos into a shadow…very similar idea! I can’t wait to make a book like this with Cutie Pie for Sweet Pea and make one of my own for Cutie Pie! thanks for the idea!

  25. Just came across this link passed on from The Toy Bug…I love this idea.
    I am also a past special ed teacher now nanna and love sharing these ideas with my daughter and making up activities for my grandsons. Will definitely be doing this. Also like passing on one of my favourite sites as it is so easy to download activities from here http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/australia/#.T4KYvdWMV8E.
    Looking forward to checking out some more great ideas. Thankyou.

  26. Hello
    I love your idea. I have had a go myself and am linking back to you in December as where i got my idea form. Be sure to pop over and see my lego puzzles inspired by you.

  27. Great idea Kristina!!! We have tons of pics of the kids Lego creations on the iPad already, I’ll need to print them out ASAP! And that Lego store is so fun isn’t it? We sometimes just stop by the one in Orlando just to play!

  28. What a great idea – I can’t wait to try this – my son is SO nearly old enough!!

  29. I adore this idea . . both for home and my preschool classroom. Thanks so much for sharing this with us! πŸ™‚

  30. Fantastic, i did a version linking to you on my blog, thanks for the great inspiration.

  31. Of course, one is never too old for LEGOs, when we mature, we may find it a nice hobby to have to keep our brain’s plasticity active and lively. You are only limited to what you can build out of a LEGO bricks by your own imagination.

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