Pinterest Roundup: St. Patrick's Day Activities

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Pinterest Roundup: St. Patrick's Day Activities
Looking for some easy, inexpensive, and attainable activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids? Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the best of ideas on Pinterest just for you. Here’s our top St. Patrick’s Day activities to do with your kids this year!

How to make a LEGO Work Station

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How to make a LEGO Work Station
We recently partnered with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada to add to their school library’s maker space. They rolled up their sleeves and did some DIY-ing to build three large portable LEGO work stations. Teachers and students alike are loving the end results! The LEGO work stations feature both the LEGO peel-and-stick baseplates on one side and a white board (made out of shower board) on the other side. They kindly documented the step-by-step process for how they built the three work stations. Keep reading to find out how to make your own!

10 Screen-Free Spring Break Activities

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10 Screen-Free Spring Break Activities
Who else is embracing the ‘staycation’ for spring break this year!? While many will jet off for tropical vacations (lucky you, whoever that is!) the rest of us can ensure that we receive a little rest and relaxation with some thoughtful planning. Do the prep work now for these 10 simple activities to have on hand for when your kid starts whining “I’m bored!”

Make Time Together

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Make Time Together
Make Time Together is our simple reminder for families that time is fleeting. The golden years are now; the time to be the hero in our child’s life is now. The time to turn off the television and to engage in creative, active, imaginative play is now.  We can fret about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, but the only thing we truly can have an impact on is TODAY.

Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 5: Creative Writing and Sentence Diagraming

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Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 5: Creative Writing and Sentence Diagraming

 

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.  

 

Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 4: Symmetry

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Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 4: Symmetry

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.

Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 3: Greater Than or Less Than

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Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 3: Greater Than or Less Than

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.

Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 2: Graphing

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Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 2: Graphing

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.

How to make a LEGO-table in 5 minutes

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.

Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 1: Addition and Subtraction

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Teaching With Building Blocks - Lesson 1: Addition and Subtraction

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).

Make Your Own Comic Book With Your Kids

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Make Your Own Comic Book With Your Kids

 

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.