We Want to Build a House with these Adult-Sized Building Blocks

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Look at these things! They’re adult-sized building blocks!

We are amazed at the simple ingenuity of EverBlock Systems. You can use them to create walls, small rooms, furniture, steps, columns and more.

Founded by Arnon Rosan, the company sells and rents the blocks globally and even has applications for disaster relief and military operations outlined on its website.

The blocks come in four sizes:

  • a 12-inch long full block,
  • a 6-inch long half block,
  • a 3-inch long quarter block, and
  • a 12-inch finishing cap with a smooth side.

Durable and reusable, the blocks can be taken apart and reassembled without tools. And they’re weather resistant.

The concept behind EverBlocks is so simple, the really amazing thing is that nobody thought of this sooner.

People instinctively know how to build with EverBlocks already because everyone has had building blocks as a child. Who wouldn’t want to build something with these things?

Check them out in action in the video above.

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6 Valentine’s Day Activities to Spread the Love!

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that means it’s time for kids to get crafting and parents to get painting! Here are 6 ideas from 5 fun experts for making Valentine’s Day wonderful. 

Kim Stoegbauer – Children’s Party Designer and Blogger – Thetomkatstudio.com 

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  1. Hide construction paper hearts all over the house for the kids to find. The one who finds the most wins a special V-Day treat like a new book.
  1. Go around the table on Valentine’s Day and have each person share five reasons they love each member of the family. Or, you can also write down those five things on fancy notes and pass them around at dinner.
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Erin Finlayson – Editor at Today’s Parent Magazine – TodaysParent.com

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  1. Get some Valentine’s Day temporary tattoos and get temporarily tatted up for V-Day.

Jeanne Field – Content Specialist at Hallmark – Hallmark.com

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  1. Download and print some Valentine’s Day puzzles to solve. Sudoku, word scrambles, word searches, crosswords and cryptograms are all fun, brain-bending ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you’re feeling especially creative, you can make your own.

Katharine Stahl – Writer – PopSugar.com

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  1. Make homemade heart stamps by taking a toilet paper roll tube and press down on it so you get a heart shape. Dip the end in paint and you have your very own heart stamps!
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Jackie Currie – Blogger – HappyHooligans.ca

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  1. Make truly unique Valentine’s Card by using the wax resist painting method.

You simply:

  • Take a white wax crayon and draw a heart (or whatever you want) and a Valentine’s message on a piece of white watercolor paper.
  • Take water color paint and paint over what you’ve drawn. (Your paper will be the color of the paint everywhere except where you drew with the crayon.)
  • Glue the watercolor paper to some card stock.
  • Now you have an instantly unique Valentine’s Day card!

We hope you can find something here to have a happy Valentine’s Day. Share the love! Our favorite activity, of course, is to make Valentine’s creations with Click-A-Brick. See how big you can make the biggest heart or see if you can make a cupid!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 

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How to Make Easy and Fun Tensile Bubbles at Home

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Bubbles are great, aren’t they?

They float, they ripple, they bounce and then they pop!

But, not all bubbles are the same. The bubbles many of us are used to are the round bubbles, and those are fantastic, but do you know what tensile bubbles are?

They’re bubbles that are created by tension. Basically, they’re bubbles created by being stretched between surfaces. Today, we’re going to learn how to build structures that you can use to create tensile bubbles thanks to the Babble Dabble Do channel on YouTube.

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You can make tensile bubbles at home using just three things:

  • Straws
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Bubble solution
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Step 1

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Gather enough straws to make either a cube or a pyramid. They will all need to be equal length. Straws of about three or four inches will make good structures.

To make a cube, you’ll need twelve straws.

To make a pyramid, you’ll need six straws.

(You can also try to make your own shapes, if you like.)  

Step 2

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Make your structures.

To build a cube, make two squares out of pipe cleaners and straws. You can pass the pipe cleaner through the straws and bend the pipe cleaner where the straws meet. Use as many pipe cleaners as you need, twisting them together when you need to connect them and cutting them down if you need to.

Next, connect your two squares together with pipe cleaners and straws at the four corners of each square. This will give you a cube.

To build a pyramid, make a triangle out of pipe cleaners and straws and then connect straws to each corner of the triangle and then connect those three straws at the top. This will give you a pyramid. If you want a pyramid like the ones in Egypt, you can make a square with pipe cleaners and straws and connect more pipe cleaners and straws at the four corners and then connect them together at the top.

Connect another pipe cleaner to your structure so you can dip them.

Step 3

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Make your bubbles! Dip your structure into your bubble solution and watch the tensile bubbles form. They’re strong, you can blow through them to make even bigger bubbles and you can swing them to make big, long bubbles!

Tensile bubbles are super fun to make and play with. Try them today.

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Educational Building Toy Click-A-Brick Thrilled To See True Christmas Spirit In The Adaptive Toy Project

Educational building toy Click-A-Brick is delighted to see the true spirit of Christmas on display with the Adaptive Toy Project modifying toys so children with special mobility needs can play with them.

The Adaptive Toy Project is the brainchild of University of Northern Florida physical therapy professor Mary Lundy and an engineering colleague. It is now in its third year and has recently received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project brings together physical therapy and engineering students at the university to figure out the best way to adapt for children with severe mobility issues, such as cerebral palsy. The toys are generally large toy cars that children can ride in, such as Fisher-Price Power Wheels. Students examine how best to adapt the vehicles to the special needs of the children who will receive them and then they modify the toys and give them to the children for free.

Part of the larger Go Baby Go network that modifies riding toys for special needs children, the Adaptive Toy Project is the only one that employs university students to modify the toys for free.

“Engineering students teach the physical therapy students how to modify basic electronics … and in the process engineers learn how to do people-centered designs, and how to look at their clients differently,” Lundy told USA Today in a recent article about the initiative.

Co-Founders of educational building toy brand Click-A-Brick, Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza say although the Adaptive Toy Project isn’t limited to just Christmas, it embodies the spirit of the holiday and is heartwarming to see, particularly at this time of year.

“We just love everything about the Adaptive Toy Project and reading about it at this time of year gives it that extra special bit of warmth because of the holiday season,” Smith said. “Children with extremely special needs like ones living with cerebral palsy don’t have a lot of toys custom made for them, so it’s amazing to see projects like this giving these kids a chance to play just the same as kids who don’t have these special needs. We’ve seen in recent years where companies are coming out with toys that represent children in wheelchairs and with different levels of mobility, but those kids still might not be able to play with those toys. So, giving them toys they can actually interact with is like the next step and we’re thrilled to see it happening.”

5 Fun Activities to Try with Your Kids in 2017

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It’s a new year and that means looking for fun, new activities to try out with your kids. Here are 5 things to try in 2017 that will not only be super fun, but also educational.

1. Bring a Story to Life

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This is especially important within the first three years of a child’s life. It’s both talking and listening to a child that is important. Reading out loud to children is incredibly important for parents and children and reading together is a great way to do that.

You can take turns reading each page so everyone gets a chance to read. Make up voices for the different characters and talk about the pictures. You can also reference the story later on if you see something in the real world that you also saw in the book (a dog, for example).

And, of course, you can always use your Click-A-Bricks to make things you read about in the story.

2. Build an Indoor Fort

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To build the most amazing indoor fort, you just need some simple building materials like cardboard boxes, pillows, blankets, sheets, couch cushions or anything else you can use to build some kind of fort.

It will help teach them to plan and evaluate their finished product, plus it’s just plain fun to build things.

3. Make Musical Instruments to Make Music With

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Music is good for everyone. Listening to it helps with intellectual, social and emotional development, dancing to it helps with motor skills and practicing self-expression and making it is just plain enjoyable (even if it is more racket than music).

You can make shakers from any old container from the recycling and any dry goods like rice or pasta or a makeshift guitar from old margarine tubs with elastics stretched over them. A pair of wooden spoons makes a great set of drumsticks and plastic food containers or pots and pans make a great set of drums. Try a homemade tambourine by filling a paper plate half full with rice and then taping another one on top.

4. Create Recycling Masterpieces

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Hit up that recycling bin for old cereal boxes, shoe boxes, paper towel rolls, empty egg cartons and anything else that your kids can build with. Get out the glue, clear off a space on the kitchen table and gather any paints you have, old magazines, bread ties, bottle caps and whatever else you can think of that would make a great addition to a recycling masterpiece.

Make sure you put aprons or old t-shirts on your kids and tie their hair back if necessary. 

5. Make Sock Puppets and Put on a Show

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To help kids with their communication skills and their ability to work with props, how about making sock puppets and then putting on a show?

For kids who are old enough to sew, use old socks and buttons along with scraps of material and for the wee ones, you can use old tights and glue along with bits of colored paper.

If your children can sew, have them measure out where they want the eyes and sew on a couple of buttons. Then, make a mouth and sew in a scrap of fabric for a tongue. Other scraps of fabric can then be sewn on for other features. For a funny, big nose, take a small ball of fabric and stuff it in the end of the sock and wrap an elastic band around the sock to secure the ball in place.

The little ones should find it easy to stick the colored paper onto the tights material with glue.

If you’ve never tried any of these fun activities before, 2017 is the time to try them!

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Healthy Roots is Growing Toy Diversity and We Love It!

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Have you heard of Healthy Roots?

It’s a new doll line that is meant to introduce more diversity into the toy aisle by creating dolls of girls with different ethnic backgrounds that will also be used to teach girls of color proper hair care.

Isn’t that great?

College student Yelitsa Jean-Charles started Healthy Roots when she realized there were few dolls that represented girls of color and the ones that did usually had typical straight doll hair, which most girls of color don’t have.

Healthy Roots has four dolls that it makes and sells:

  • Zoe, an African-American bookworm;
  • Dara, a Nigerian website coder;
  • Gaiana, a Haitian musician, and
  • Marinda, an Afro-Brazilian science and sports lover.
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With each doll will come a book teaching girls how to care for and style their hair in a variety of ways.

It’s not just Healthy Roots that is trying to inject more diversity into the toy aisle. There is also:  

  • Mixis’ “Toy Like Me” dolls that come with hearing aids, burns scars, and other characteristics that don’t normally show up on dolls;
  • Lammily, a doll with more realistic proportions than Barbie and that allows kids to add perceived imperfections like acne, stretch marks, and cellulite;
  • the anti-Barbie hippy doll Feral Cheryl, and
  • Prettie Girls!, dolls from South Asian, African, and various other cultures.

And don’t forget Click-A-Brick! We’re introducing animal diversity with Sandy Sidekicks, Bug’s Life, Dino Pals, Feather Friends and Rainforest Rascals

What Yelitsa is doing is great for children of color because they are underrepresented in the toy aisle and these dolls will help to change that.

Keep up the good work, Yelitsa!

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Educational Building Toy Click-A-Brick Thrilled To See True Christmas Spirit In The Adaptive Toy Project

Educational building toy Click-A-Brick is delighted to see the true spirit of Christmas on display with the Adaptive Toy Project modifying toys so children with special mobility needs can play with them.

The Adaptive Toy Project is the brainchild of University of Northern Florida physical therapy professor Mary Lundy and an engineering colleague. It is now in its third year and has recently received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project brings together physical therapy and engineering students at the university to figure out the best way to adapt for children with severe mobility issues, such as cerebral palsy. The toys are generally large toy cars that children can ride in, such as Fisher-Price Power Wheels. Students examine how best to adapt the vehicles to the special needs of the children who will receive them and then they modify the toys and give them to the children for free.

Part of the larger Go Baby Go network that modifies riding toys for special needs children, the Adaptive Toy Project is the only one that employs university students to modify the toys for free.

“Engineering students teach the physical therapy students how to modify basic electronics … and in the process engineers learn how to do people-centered designs, and how to look at their clients differently,” Lundy told USA Today in a recent article about the initiative.

Co-Founders of educational building toy brand Click-A-Brick, Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza say although the Adaptive Toy Project isn’t limited to just Christmas, it embodies the spirit of the holiday and is heartwarming to see, particularly at this time of year.

“We just love everything about the Adaptive Toy Project and reading about it at this time of year gives it that extra special bit of warmth because of the holiday season,” Smith said. “Children with extremely special needs like ones living with cerebral palsy don’t have a lot of toys custom made for them, so it’s amazing to see projects like this giving these kids a chance to play just the same as kids who don’t have these special needs. We’ve seen in recent years where companies are coming out with toys that represent children in wheelchairs and with different levels of mobility, but those kids still might not be able to play with those toys. So, giving them toys they can actually interact with is like the next step and we’re thrilled to see it happening.”

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