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.
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!
- Get photos of log homes from the internet or Log Home Living magazine perhaps and replicate those.
- 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.
More Creative Ways to Use Lincoln Logs
- A Vingtage (Mini) Winnebago and Lincoln Logs
A holiday centerpiece -- an idea that could be adapted for any occasion
- Giant Foam Lincoln Logs
A buildable playhouse log cabin for kids (Not the Lincoln Logs brand)
- A Lincoln Logs Birdhouse
From The Bird Forum.
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
Have You or Your Kids Played with Lincoln Logs? If you have any creative ideas for using these, please share them here.
Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on January 24, 2017:
Thank you! I'll update when I can. I appreciate the heads-up.
nannymagoo on December 15, 2016:
your links to the instructions are all invalid as of 12/15/2016
QuizSquid on February 21, 2014:
Brings back memories . . . thanks for the lens!
SusanAston on July 31, 2013:
I hadn't heard of these before - maybe they are not available in the UK.
anonymous on May 13, 2013:
I had them as a child also- used them to re-create the fort on the old "F-Troop" comedy series..
mariacarbonara on May 05, 2013:
Love creative toys like these. Its fun and engages their brain too.
StillPlaysWithT on January 17, 2013:
When I get home I'm going to have to measure my son's Lincoln Log fort and see what it scales to. It just dawned on me that these would work great on a toy train layout:)
seosmm on December 24, 2012:
Brings back memories... :)
avigarret on December 21, 2012:
This looks like a real hobby, and can lead the way to being more prone to being independent and not letting others always solve things for you, thanks for sharing :)