Great article I found on http://frugalfun4boys.com/ and wanted to share with you. Awesome for moms of boys!
Got M&M’s? Or Skittles? Even if you don’t do trick-or-treating, it seems like there is always plenty of candy floating around during this time of the year… Add a little creativity to your kids’ sugar high with this fun Lego project!
This Lego candy dispenser uses pieces that are pretty easy to find. We’re hoping that you have everything on hand that you need to build it. If not, maybe your kids can find another piece to substitute, or come up with an awesome design of their own!
When you pull out the brick on the right side of the photo, M&M’s drop down.
Then open the door in the front, and out comes the candy!
Here’s how to build it:
Step 1: Start with a 12 x 12 baseplate or something similar.
Step 2: Add bricks to the bottom of the base plate to boost it up a little.
Step 3: Find pieces that look like this.
Update: If you need to order these pieces, the red and black element is actually two bricks. You will need a 2 x 2 rocker plate and 2 x 1 rocker bearing.
Step 4: Assemble the pieces like this. This will be a ramp for the candy to slide down.
Step 5: Find pieces that look like this. This will be the door that lets the candy out.
Step 6: Attach the ramp to the base plate as shown. Add two 2 x 2 bricks.
Step 7: Add the door pieces like this.
Step 8: Add bricks to the base plate as shown.
Step 9: Add two 2 x 6 bricks to each side. Add one 1 x 6 to each gray piece with holes. Add two 2 x 6 bricks behind the ramp.
Step 10: Add two flat 2 x 10 pieces above the ramp as shown. Add two flat and smooth 2 x 2 bricks. These bricks will allow the arm that lets the candy out to slide back and forth.
Step 11: Add a 1 x 6 brick to the left side as shown. Build the sliding arm as shown – one 2 x 10 flat brick and one 2 x 4 flat brick.
Step 12: Start building up the candy chamber as shown.
Step 13: Add height to the candy chamber. We used some window pieces so that you can see the candy level inside.
Step 14: Fill with candy!
Step 15: Add some flat pieces for the top.
(It’s fun to leave this out on the counter so that Moms can share the M&M’s too… Just sayin’… )