Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful time with friends, family, or just some peaceful downtime for yourself. If you plan to include LEGO activities in your day, how about building something related to Thanksgiving? To give you some ideas, you can take inspiration from official LEGO Thanksgiving sets. Let’s take a look.
There are two Thanksgiving-themed sets currently available; the #40273 LEGO Thanksgiving Turkey, and the #40352 LEGO Thanksgiving Scarecrow. Both of them are cute sets based on the LEGO BrickHeadz template of blocky, brick-built characters. As these sets contain simple LEGO elements, you will likely be able to build them from the pieces you already own. You can download the instructions here, and see more pictures at the seasonal items section of the Online LEGO Shop.
There are a couple of other LEGO Thanksgiving sets with brick-built characters that are quite cute. The #40091 LEGO Thanksgiving Turkey from 2014, and the #40204 LEGO Pilgrim’s Feast from 2016. The pilgrim, sitting on a pumpkin, is a particularly great figure, as you can build more then one in slightly different configurations to create a whole Thanksgiving scene. Instructions are available at the LEGO Customer Service page.
LEGO also used to have a smaller brick-built Thanksgiving Turkey with slight variations in design. You can look up instructions for the #10090 LEGO Thanksgiving Turkey from 2003, the #40011 LEGO Thanksgiving Turkey from 2010, and the #40033 LEGO Thanksgiving Turkey from 2012 at this page.
If brick-built characters are not your thing and you rather build minifig-centered scenes, the #40056 LEGO Thanksgiving Feast from 2013 and the #40123 LEGO Thanksgiving Feast from 2015 may give you some ideas. Again, instructions are available at the LEGO Customer Service website. Both of these sets depict a small scene with a couple of minifigs enjoying Thanksgiving dinner. If you have LEGO turkey or pie, you are in luck, but even if you don’t have them, you can use other food pieces, or even regular LEGO pieces to represent various food items.
My favorite Thanksgiving-inspired LEGO set is the #40261 LEGO Thanksgiving Harvest from 2017. It includes a more extended scene featuring a couple of minifigures in a harvest setting with a classic-style carriage, a couple of small brick-built turkeys, a brick-built scarecrow, and a colorful autumn tree. The set also includes a bunch of fruits and veggies the minifigs could harvest. I like that the set is focused on harvest rather than just the Thanksgiving feast. It could be expanded into a larger scene, or added to an already existing display that you have. You can download the instructions at the LEGO Customer Service page.
Another idea you might consider is to decorate your current LEGO dioramas for Thanksgiving. This especially works well with LEGO City displays, the LEGO Modular Buildings, and LEGO Castle style setups. You can add trees with autumn leaves, pumpkins, minifigs enjoying a Thanksgiving feast, etc. Use whatever you have to add some festivities!
What do you think? Are you planning any LEGO-related activities for Thanksgiving? Feel free to share and discuss your own ideas in the comment section below!
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