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It seems like at least once a day my kids would come moping up to me and say with the saddest puppy dog eyes ever and say, “I’m bored.” It’s kind of funny that they ask the guy who is categorizing expenses in Quickbooks for entertainment advice. Most often, the truth is, they aren’t really bored at all. They’re simply being lazy.
We are SO excited to announce our first ever 30 Day LEGO Challenge this month! With soccer practices starting, the Easter Holiday and spring arriving we know it'll be a busy month ... but there is ALWAYS time for LEGO's! Print this image off and stick it to your fridge. Your kids will love jumping in on the fun and having some creative, go-to play ideas will make your life a whole lot easier.
It’s no secret that Adam and Dana Sue are passionate about fostering imagination in their five children. A key to encouraging their active imagination is developing a love for reading. Today, we’re sharing the Hinkle’s very favorite books for toddlers and young readers.
With Easter just a few weeks away, it’s not too early to start rounding up Easter Basket goodies. Here is a list of our favorite basket stuffers this year!
Stuck inside on a rainy weekend day? Grab a cardboard box, some markers, crayons, stickers, scissors and set your kids loose to build a fort, time machine, airplane or anything else they can create!
A few months ago we partnered with Jill at the blog,a Mom with a Lesson Plan, and she built these darling LEGO display shelves using our peel-and-stick baseplates. We thought we’d share her simple tutorial with you all today!
At the end of a long day, sometimes the last things kids want to do is talk at the kitchen table. Having a go-to-list of interactive questions to get your kids to talk over dinner is an easy way to build memorable family conversations. Here is a round-up of some of our favorite resources for family-friendly dinner time topics
We’ll be the first to admit that we are not education or learning gurus and that we’re often googling jargon to ensure we’re keeping up with our friends in the teaching profession. So, if you’re unfamiliar with the ‘makerspace’ craze that has swept the education world the past few years then you’re not alone. We have long been fans of makerspaces and hope it’s a craze that lasts awhile. So, what exactly is a makerspace?
We are so excited to introduce to you the newest Creative QT product: the Funfield Play Rug!
Specifically designed with your child’s play in mind, this rug features a circular design and a whole city to explore. Roads, a fire station, a police station, a store, pool, playground and much more … this play rug is sure to keep your kid’s entertained. While many rugs come in square or rectangular designs, we intentionally designed ours in a circle to encourage circular play and so that kid’s are not constantly driving their toy cars “off the road.”
In this post, we literally build a sentence.
Sentence building is a lot like building with blocks. You have the foundation which is the subject of the sentence. Then you can make the building do things with the verbs or embellish the subject with adjectives. You can also build on the verbs with adverbs.
Symmetry is a concept that kids naturally pick up on their own but practice can go a long way toward nurturing it. Along with learning patterns, symmetry helps kids understand dimensions, design, classification and observation. All of these concepts are important to learn for math, art, reading, and science.
Greater than and less than concepts are great activities for young kids giving them concept of value differentiation as well as will help them with estimation skills.
Building blocks offer an awesome opportunity to teach kids abstract concepts in a very visual way.
Graphing is all about making a visual representation of number concepts. Blocks are a great tool to help kids see those concepts in 3 dimensions.
The table in the above post was made in less than 5 minutes using Creative QT Baseplates
Creative QT is the creator of the Peel-and-Stick LEGO® compatible baseplates which make it super fast and easy to apply a LEGO building surface to any table or wall in minutes.
Check out the video below to see them in action and click here to see prices for making your own play surface.
This product is not associated or endorsed by LEGO® or LEGO® Group of companies.
Addition and subtraction is a perfect starter lesson for the younger kids.
A great activity for a wide range of ages since you can make it as complicated as you want (insert sinister villain laugh).
If they are going to be playing with cameras anyway, let’s show them how to do some cool stuff that will allow them to be creative and perhaps practice some writing while they are at it. today, I want to talk about how you can make a comic book with your kids using their toys, a smart phone, and your normal old word processor.