Original post 05/21/18:
We are planning on building a Lego wall in our library this summer. I have
done research on building a Lego wall and have found some good DIY
information. I am not a Lego aficionado and have a question (or two..)
about Lego brick sizes vs Lego wall, base plates, etc...
We are looking at purchasing the 10" x 10" base plates to build the wall. I
am guessing that this is a standard base plate size for creating a Lego
1) Is the 10" x 10" base plate size the way to go with building a Lego wall?
2) Does the 10"x 10" size base plate use standard Lego bricks?
3) Are the standard Lego bricks the way to go with creating a Lego wall?
4) Any suggestions on purchasing a starter amount of Legos for the wall? I
am going to suggest to my principal to hold a "Back to School Lego Drive"
to get kids excited and to allow them some ownership in this. However, I am
thinking we probably want to have some Legos on hand just in case......
Any tips / words of wisdom / information on building a Lego wall, or about
Legos in general, are welcome.
I bought 10 x 10" self-adhesive base plates online (Amazon) that are LEGO
compatible and they work great. We also tried to get LEGO
donations by having a drive at the high school but people do not want to
give them up! You might try garage sales??? I ended up buying some during
Black Friday and got them half-price at Wal-Mart.
I built a lego wall this year in my library and in my opinion it turned out
wonderful!! We put up Plywood on the wall and used liquid nails to put the
base plates up.
Yes use standard lego bricks!
I bought almost everything off of Amazon. I used the generic 10x10 plates-
I have lego brand legos and off brand legos and they all work on the board
the same. I bought my lego brand legos at wal-mart, my off brand legos I
bought on amazon-link: http://a.co/4iOb7z7
The one thing I liked about having the lego brand legos, is they came with
a lego separator tool, which is really helpful when removing legos off of
My lego wall is 9 plates x 7 plates (63 plates total)
When putting the base plates on the wall, make sure to put legos on the
seams as you build it so you can build seamlessly across the wall, it helps
keep the plates spread evenly apart. Connect at seams on all sides and in
the corners where two-four connect.
I used a level to make sure the plates were level, every time I put a plate
up I made sure it was level on all sides.
After it was built, we waited 48 before removing the legos that connected
I think it’s a great idea and your students will love it, but be
forewarned: LEGO’s are expensive!!
Also, if you are getting a bunch of them, you may want to try some
literacy-based activities with them. I was amazed (and praised by teachers)
when I tried it in K-5….
Let me know if you want more info…
I created one last school year which was grant funded. It might be the
single most popular part of my library program! The contractors used
regular Lego base plates, I think mine were 12x12. They used regular epoxy
to attach them to my cinder block wall. As part of the grant I received 3
of the following kits, which were dwarfed in the bin that they purchased
for me. I also had a giant bin that I stole from my own children (they had
outgrown them!). I have since been supplementing as I can. The best
source that I've found so far is Goodwill. They have Ebay type auctions on
lots of Legos - by the pound! I'm in a Title I middle school, so my
population might be different from yours, but I think your idea of a
start-of-the-year Lego drive is excellent!!! I'm including a picture of my
wall, just in case that's helpful to you! Good luck! :0), Barbara
We built a Lego wall in our makerspace three years ago and it has been a
huge hit! Here are my answers to your questions (although others may have
1) We used the 10X10 base plates and they are perfect. The green pops out
against the industrial beige walls. Be sure you have some sort of base to
attach them to (we used plywood and had that attached to the wall). We used
Gorilla glue to attach them. One word of advice: as you are gluing them on,
use regular Lego bricks to attach the plates to each other so they are
evenly matched. You can remove the Legos when the glue is dry.
2) Yes, the 10X10 plates take standard Legos.
3) Yes, absolutely! Use the standard blocks as Duplos are way too large.
4) I have at least 40 large shoeboxes of Legos (sorted by color) and I
never purchased one Lego! We had a drive and had a raffle. Local businesses
donated items and students received one raffle ticket for a small ziplock
bag of Legos. We also had a family donate three large garbage bags of Legos
(i guess Mom was trying to make a point to her kids by getting rid of their
I built a teeny tiny Lego wall in my teeny tiny media center. Here are a
few things I'd share about it.
I used the 10x10 base plates and affixed them with caulking compound
directly to the wall! The thing is, the kids prefer to play on the two
used lego tables I purchased on ebay. They also just take the extra base
plates and build directly on them.
I am at a Title I school. I was sure I was not going to get any lego
donations! But I got so much that I still have a huge box of lego pieces in
my back room! The first student came in the very next day. He brought me
a box of Minecraft Legos and I actually was refusing it, thinking his mom
would not want him to give those away. But he also gave me a form I asked
parents to sign saying they agreed to let their children donate legos.
Also I took a photo of the 7 students who donated to the wall and it hangs
I have no management issues: everyone who wants to gets to play, they have
The most popular legos are wheels and car parts and windows. They also like
duplo cars and people/animals.
Some of my creative students made Beyblades (tops) out of legos and have
battles on the tables as well. I let them write their names in a dry erase
marker on the beyblades and keep them in a box for them.
Finally, SLJ asked me to write a story about my experience.
Thanks everyone for the great input!
*Evelyn Reakes, MSLIS*
*School Library Media Specialist*
*Epiphany Catholic School (PK-8)*
*Lake City, FL*
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