For the last several decades, LEGO has been a standard toy staple found in pretty much every home that has kids (or nostalgic adults) in it. They were first created by a Danish carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1934; since then, over 400 billion of the familiar plastic bricks have been made.

Aaaand I’m pretty sure most of them are in my carpet, judging by how often I step on one.

Rather than risk unleashing the stream of obscenities (and intense pain in the arch of your foot) caused by errant LEGOs lying around, put the loose blocks to good use with one of these cool, practical projects! Hey, I bet your kids would even help; they love doing anything that involves building with their favorite bitty bricks (as long as they don’t have to put them away, because we all know that ain’t happening).

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