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100+ Ideas to play with LEGO® Bricks

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We‘re excited to share with you with the launch of this wonderful book The Unofficial Guide to Learning With LEGO®!
Here’s a little about the book. A few of my fellow bloggers came up with great ideas to play with LEGO® Bricks and launched their book on July 5th, 2016. The book has a collection of 100 activities using LEGO® Bricks with colorful pictures that will attract kids instantly. It is a great resource for kids to learn Fine motor skills, Problem solving and STEM activities using LEGO® Bricks. The instructions are very simple and easy to read; even my 8 year old was able to follow. There are activities for every age group, right from toddlers to elementary age kids.
100 Lego Ideas for Learning and Playing
100+ Ideas to play with LEGO® Bricks

We were lucky to get a free sneak peek copy to try and my little one couldn’t wait to dive in. Honestly, he wanted to do everything in the book except for the sorting and counting ones .He said “Mom ,these activities are for toddlers .” We tried a couple activities and here I share one of our favorite activity from the book .
The Floating Boat Experiment:
Ideas to play with Lego bricks
Materials Required:
Empty Shallow Dish / Bath Tub
Water
Pennies
Bricks (any variety)
Instructions:
Boat Experiment with lego bricks
Ask your child to build a boat that can hold the most pennies .They can design a boat of their choice using any variety of LEGO® Bricks. My son spent some quality time in designing his boat.

Explore STEM with LEGO
Fill the dish with enough water for your boat to float and later add pennies to your boat.
Now count how many pennies your boat can hold. The more coins we added ,the boat became heavier and sunk in .
Learning with Lego
My son was totally engaged in the process for couple of hours .I thought it was  perfect for Summer time learning .
Lessons Learnt :This activity helps children develop skills in Science, Math, Problem Solving and Engineering.
If you have a LEGO® Fan in your house, I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on these 100 hands on learning activities from the book.

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To purchase the book now through July 12, you can get The Unofficial Guide to Learning With LEGO® ebook on sale for only $11.95 (regular price $14.95 !

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You can also purchase a copy of real book at Amazon for $24.95. If you get it through Amazon, be sure to email one of the authors, Nicolette, a screen shot of your order and she’ll send you your 100 free printables but remember this offer is only until july 12th. (Send your email to nicci @ learnandplaywithbricks.com.) You can do the same with your Kindle order ($14.95), too.

Check out the video showing few activities from the book in action !

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Learning Math and Art using Pokemon Cards

First time, I asked him to show me his Pokemon folder ,
He said “Mom , I thought you didn’t like Pokemon . I said Hmm..yes…but I want to see and learn more about what my son likes and maybe one day I’ll like it too. ”
He opened his folder with excitement and began sharing all kind of stories about each card. So glad I had this conversation with him.
After a few weeks , I got the opportunity to review Pokemon Cards . We were beyond excited and thrilled to hear the news.
Pokemon cards
The delivery was quick through Amazon Prime and we received it within 2 days . The cards came in a plain , plastic bag , nothing fancy like store bought packaging .The Bundle of Pokémon cards from #GoldenGroundhogPKMNLots were in good condition and it included
100 Assorted Pokemon Card Lot with Random 6 Foil Cards! Includes 3 Custom Golden Groundhog Token Counters!
My son started collecting Pokémon trading cards few months back and has close to 80 cards . The 100 cards were impressive new addition to his collection.
I had few activities planned for him using these 100 cards . What better way to learn and enjoy the summer time.
Learning Math and Art using Pokemon Cards
Materials Needed :
Assortment of Pokémon Cards
1 0z Medicine Cup Dispenser
Ruler
Pencil
White Poster Paper
Sharpies
Instructions:
Firstly , We sorted them according to type to see how many of Pokémon cards of each type. Sorting the cards is a great activity to keep themselves busy for quite some time .Sorting Pokemon Cards by type
All you need to do is spread all the cards on a table and sort them into piles by their type.After dividing them into piles we had
Grass : 14
Water : 16
Lighting : 6
Colorless: 11
Metal :2
Darkness:3
Psychic: 13
Fire : 5
Fairy : 3
Dragon :5
Fighting :4
Trainers: 15
Drawing Pokemon Symbols Activity
We used a sheet of white paper to Draw the circles using medicine cup .
Draw Pokemon Type Symbols
In those circles we drew different symbols .
Draw and color Pokemon Symbols
To color the symbols we used Sharpies markers .Adding total Health points of each Pokemon card

Take one pile at a time to count and write down the number of cards next to the symbol where it belongs.
Note : As a added extension to the activity , We even calculated and wrote down the health points of each type card . All the activities weren’t done in one stretch. As my little one was showing so much interest , we worked our way ,each day for an hour for 3 days .
We had around 14 Duplicates but my son was totally happy with the variety of cards he got in the 100 pack . He plans to share the duplicates with his cousin sister and trade a few with his friends.
Learning Math and Art using Pokemon Cards
Lessons Learnt :
Turn your child’s interests into a game of learning without them realizing it !
Art skills : Drawing and Coloring symbols helps observation skills . Objects to sketch related to their hobbies or games are always more likely to interest the children.
Math Awareness & Skills : Working on counting and adding the number of cards in total helps in improving and mastering basic Math skills.
My son thoroughly enjoyed the sorting , drawing , coloring and counting activities. With Summer around , fun to see him sit and play for hours instead of watching tv .
Share your thoughts on where you buy your Pokémon trading cards or how you encourage your children in their hobbies ?
*Disclaimer: I received this product free or discounted for my honest review. All experiences and opinions are my own.
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