Lincoln Logs Building Ideas
Get Creative with Lincoln Logs
When I was a kid, I started out with one big bucket of logs but soon added a few more sets to my collection, to build bigger buildings and whole towns. If I ever built what was pictured on the container and the instructions that came with the toy, I probably did that only once. I preferred to let my imagination take over.
Decades later, Lincoln Logs are still the toy I think of when someone asks what my favorite was growing up. And I'm glad to know they're still popular with kids -- and adults -- today. That's why I'm putting together this collection of building ideas and plans. As I find new resources, I'll add them here.
Lincoln Logs Building Plans Book
If your kids -- or you -- are partial to plans and how-to books, this is your go-to guide. As the title says, you'll get blueprints and step-by-step instructions to build 37 different structures, including a farmhouse, a firehouse, a bank, barn and more.
This book comes with an interactive CD-ROM.
Building Ideas: Go freestyle
These are just my ideas. You'll find plenty of others, including PDF building instructions, Lincoln Logs videos, links to cool photos, and more Lincoln Logs ideas and inspiration below.
And please add your own ideas in the guestbook below or any good resources you know of.
Build a replica of your own house. Draw the floor plan and the elevation first, then lay out yourlog pieces and go for it.
Next, if you're in a neighborhood, you might build a replica of other houses on your block. Or even the whole block!
Build log creatures.
Build Lincoln Log cars, boats, trains and planes, or spaceships.
Combine Lincoln Logs with a train set and also with buildings made from other types of toys, like Legos, blocks or Tinker Toys, and build a whole town.
Build a bird house. Here's an example.
Build a skyscraper. Have a lot of Lincoln Logs? Then go as high as you can, adding windows here and there as you go.
Do you have other ideas? Please share them in the guestbook below, and leave a URL if you have a link to a cool image or instructions. I'll add it to the list here.
Videos: Lincoln Logs Building Ideas and Inspiration
The Largest Lincoln Logs Structure Ever Built....
Bizarre Lincoln Log Parts....
The Lincoln Logs Grand Hotel
Combine Lincoln Logs, Legos and Other Building Toys
Ever thought about how cool it would be to build something with a combination of building toys? Well, it's possible with special connectors. But you do need access to a 3-D printer.
If You Don't Already Have the Lincoln Logs
Or maybe you need more to build what you're thinking of....
You can build Fort Lincoln and then use your imagination and creativity to build countless other structures or whatever else you can come up with. If you can imagine it, you can probably build it.
This set includes 156 logs, 10 green logs, 2 green wood slats, 2 red wood roof eves, 1 red chimney, 1 frontiersman figure and instructions for building Fort Lincoln.
More Creative Ways to Use Lincoln Logs
Building with Lincoln Logs Demonstration - The photographer was showing kids how to build with Lincoln Logs at the Festival of Wood in Milford, Pennsylvania.
Lincoln Log Alternatives
- Build Lincoln's Log Cabin ... out of pretzles!
From Free Family Fun
- Paper Tubes as Lincoln Logs
Save up paper towel and toilet paper tubes and make the free, simple "logs," perfect for little hands. See how....
- Make Your Own DIY Lincoln Logs From Scrap Lumber
Lincoln Log toys are expensive, but you can make your own using scrap lumber from your workshop.
© 2012 Deb Kingsbury