Building a Judaica project in LEGO with your kids is like getting twofers. Not only do you spend time with them, but you get to impart your commentary on Jewish values at the same time. Perhaps it’s actually threefers because you get an excuse to play with LEGO as an adult!
Building this tzedakah box is surprisingly easy and even the littlest of kids can do parts of it. You will need some of these kinds of LEGO: some flat pieces for the bottom and top, smooth pieces to make it fancy (optional) and nubbin pieces to make the letters. The letters are the hardest part but fortunately they are completely optional. If you have a big kid, they can take on the challenge. Instead of letters, you can also adorn your box with a Star of David like on the LEGO etrog box.
The first step is the easiest and this is where even a little kid can take part. The foundation of the box is just a big flat piece and you build up a wall all the way around it. My wall is using 1x but you can also use 2x thick pieces. Your box doesn’t even have to be square like mine. It can be a rectangle.
About half way up the box, you will want to start putting in the nubbin pieces to hold the letters on. Prepare to do and undo this part as needed to get it just right. The Tsade is the hardest one to do. Dalet, Kuf and Hey are pretty easy. You can use the nubbin pieces that are built into the brick or the ones with the hole. The former are better because they hold the letters on more firmly.
Line the top with some smooth pieces so the lid is easy to lift off.
The lid is a lot of fun and you can make it as basic or as elaborate as you want. I wanted it to be fancy, so I put a raised area in a different color than the rest (maroon). This is totally optional but I think makes the box look swish. The most important part is the bottom of the lid, as seen in the bottom picture below. You will want to build up a guide that firmly holds the lid in place.
And ta-da! The box is ready for use. The hole is big enough for paper money and the lid easily lifts off for emptying.