MyFamilyBuilders is a Delightfully Different Kind of Building Block (and we Love it)

You know we here at Click-A-Brick love us some building blocks, and you know what one of the best things you can build with building blocks is? A family!

A new building toy that is specifically meant to teach children about racial diversity among families and to be more representative of various family makeups has us thrilled.

MyFamilyBuilders is a building set that contains either 48 or 32 magnetized pieces that consist of heads, torsos and lower bodies that can connect together to form various combinations of people. The set is meant for children to be able to create families that look like their own, but also to consider how other families may have different makeups than the traditional families usually represented in toys.

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The building set was created by a man named Ez Karpf when he became frustrated at the lack of diversity he saw in toys when he went to buy a toy for his friends daughter that reflected her multi-racial family, but could not find any.

There is a distinct lack of less traditional families represented in toys like families with same-gender parents or parents of different ethnic backgrounds. With MyFamilyBuilders, children can create their own interpretations of what a family looks like and can build a family that looks like their own if they are part of a multiracial family or their family has two parents of the same gender.

Karpf wasnt alone when he developed the toy. He had partners that included a child psychologist and an education specialist. The family building blocks come with a set of cards that are meant to help educate children about different types of families.

Weve seen several different toys introduced recently that address the lack of diversity in the toy aisle, but most of them do it on an individual basis The beauty of MyFamilyBuilders is that it gets kids to look at diversity from the perspective of a family unit and it educates them about diversity within family units.

Although Click-A-Brick teaches children skills related to the science, technology, engineering and math fields, which is hugely popular right now, we appreciate any toy that is educational in nature and learning about diversity and the different family makeups is just as important for kids as learning about science or engineering.

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5 Places to Find Perfectly Patriotic Fourth of July Crafts Ideas

The Fourth of July is practically here and that means getting patriotic. This is the perfect time to get out your red, white and blue Click-A-Bricks and have some Fourth of July fun. When youre not playing with your Click-A-Bricks, why not make a craft?

Here are five places online where you can get so many craft ideas for Independence Day, you wont even be able to count them all!

All Kids Network

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With crafts like a Patriotic Windsock, Patriotic Pinwheels and an Uncle Sam Clothespin Magnet, the All Kids Network has the Fourth of July covered. Download one of their easy-to-follow instruction pages or just use the instructions right there on the site.

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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The descriptively named Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds site teaches us how to recycle a plastic water bottle by turning it into a Red, White and Blue Discovery Bottle. The site also shows us how to Paint Fireworks using straws and how to make Straw Sparklers. Check it out for amazing Fourth of July craft ideas.

The Crafty Crow

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With crafts like a Confetti Launcher, a Duct Tape Fourth of July Banner and Fourth of July Sun Catchers, The Crafty Crow has this holiday covered. These crafts will get you cawing with delight.

Danielles Place

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Head on over to Danielles Place to learn how to make a USA Rocks craft or an Unfurl the Flag craft with craft sticks or even an Aged Declaration of Independence craft. Theyre all easy and super fun to do.

Enchanted Learning

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At Enchanted Learning, you can learn how to make a Stand Alone Star that can stand by itself, or you can create a Craft Stick Flag or a Cascade of Stars for the Fourth of July. Choose from dozens of craft ideas for the holiday.

We hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July. Get outside, have a barbecue, watch some fireworks, make some crafts and grab your Click-A-Bricks to create some memorable Fourth of July fun for your whole family.

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Make a Necktie Father’s Day Card to Give to Your Fantastic Dad!

Remember when we made that amazing 3D Mothers Day card a few weeks ago? Were back with another great card, but this time its for Fathers Day, which is coming up soon. Making things for dad is a fantastic idea for dads day and you can get creative with your Click-A-Bricks and make him a whole bunch of different things.

No matter what you make your pop, you can give it to him with this necktie card, which comes to us courtesy of the Happy Crafty YouTube channel.

What Youll Need:

  • A piece of colored paper
  • A piece of white paper
  • A piece of colored paper of a different color
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • A crayon or marker
  • A pencil

Step 1

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Fold a colored piece of paper in half lengthwise.

Step 2

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

About an inch or so down from the top folded corner, draw two lines so they make a triangle with the folded edge.

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Draw another line at the bottom of the paper so it makes a triangle with the folded edge and the bottom edge of the paper.

Step 3

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Fold the paper in half again lengthwise.

Step 4

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Cut along the lines and unfold the paper. It should now have a necktie shape and when you open it, it will look like two neckties beside each other.

Step 5

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Take the hole punch and punch some holes in the white paper and your other piece of colored paper.

Step 6

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Take a pencil and write your Fathers Day message on the front of the card. If you make a mistake, simply erase it and write it again until you get it the way you want it.

Step 7

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Take a crayon or marker and trace the message you wrote in pencil so it shows up nicely.

Step 8

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Make little dots of glue on the card. You should just need to tap the glue onto the card to make them. Create a pattern if you want or just do it randomly.

Step 9

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Stick the dots of paper you punched out with the hole punch onto the dots of glue. You can make a pattern if you like or just do it randomly.

Step 10

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Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEAM learning toy for boys and girls

Cut a rectangle out of one of the pieces of paper and glue it into the inside of the card. You can write another Fathers Day message on this paper.

Your Fathers Day card is done! We bet hell love it!

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Grab your Click-A-Bricks and make him a car or a robot or an animal or a bug or even a flower. And make sure you give him a big hug, too!

Happy Fathers Day from Click-A-Brick!

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Have Some STEAM Fun Learning About Flowers

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Its spring and that means flowers are everywhere! They are popping up out of the ground seeking sunshine and rain. While flowers look pretty, they are also full of learning opportunity. Today, thanks to an infographic from Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies, we take a look at some flower science flience!

For some STEAM fun (that’s science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, of course), have a look at the infographic below that shows you the parts of flowers and then grab your Click-A-Bricks Rainbowland set and make some flowers of your own and then make a bee and a butterfly to visit your flowers.

And when youre done all that, go outside and look at all the beautiful flowers you can see. Give them a sniff. Do they smell wonderful?

Learn about flience:

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Have Some STEAM Fun Learning About Flowers

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Its spring and that means flowers are everywhere! They are popping up out of the ground seeking sunshine and rain. While flowers look pretty, they are also full of learning opportunity. Today, thanks to an infographic from Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies, we take a look at some flower science flience!

For some STEAM fun (that’s science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, of course), have a look at the infographic below that shows you the parts of flowers and then grab your Click-A-Bricks Rainbowland set and make some flowers of your own and then make a bee and a butterfly to visit your flowers.

And when youre done all that, go outside and look at all the beautiful flowers you can see. Give them a sniff. Do they smell wonderful?

Learn about flience:

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Project Mc2 Attracts Girls to STEAM and We [Heart] That!

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Have you heard about Project Mc2? Its a great Netflix series aimed at girls that gives them role models in the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) fields. Its meant to get girls into STEAM and it seems to be working.

Now in its fourth season, Project Mc2 follows the exploits of four teenaged girls who are recruited by a secret spy agency to help solve crimes of significant importance using their STEAM skills.

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The characters and actresses playing them are:

    • McKeyla McAlister, played by Mika Abdalla,
    • Adrienne Attoms, played by Victoria Vida,
    • Bryden Bandweth, played by Genneya Walton,
    • Camryn Coyle, played by Ysa Penarejo,
    • Devon DMarco played by Alyssa Lynch, and
    • Ember Evergreen played by Belle Shouse.

The series also stars real-life mathematician Danica McKellar, who starred in The Wonder Years television show.

There are plenty of camps and workshops aimed at getting girls interested in the STEAM fields and they all deserve a lot of credit, but this is another avenue to reach that target market and Netflix is a platform that basically everyone is familiar with. It gives girls heroes they can identify with and emulate in a fun little show where the girls save the day using their intelligence and STEAM skills. Hopefully it will lead to more media like it.

You can also get dolls based on the show that come with science experiments. Netflix has posted YouTube videos that show the actresses in character walking viewers through the experiments.

The dolls give girls something tangible to associate with the show and we love that the dolls each come with a science experiment kit. Theyre more akin to action figures, really, but the action here is outsmarting the bad guys using science. We think its a great message to send to girls and a great way to possibly get them interested in the STEAM fields.

You know what would go great with the Project Mc2 dolls? Click-A-Bricks! You could build a robot and have the robot team up with the Project Mc2 girls.

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Make a 3D Mother’s Day Card to Give to Your Amazing Mom!

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Its almost here! Its almost here! Were talking about Mothers Day, of course. Its the time of year that everybody loves because they get to give something special to their mom. The most special thing you can give to your mom is something that youve made yourself. We think the best things you can make are all made from Click-A-Bricks, but we also love us some crafts around here.

We looked high and low for something amazing to make for Mothers Day and we came across this easy Mothers Day card from the Art for Kids Hub YouTube channel.

Just follow the simple steps and youll have a 3D Mothers Day card that any mother would love to receive.

What youll need:

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  • Construction paper in blue, yellow, pink and green
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 1

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Take a half sheet of blue construction paper and draw four flowers on it. For simple flowers, draw the letter U five times connecting in a circle.

Step 2

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Take a little bit of the yellow construction paper and draw four circles that are small enough to fit into the center of the flowers you drew.

Step 3

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Cut out your flowers and flower centers.

Step 4

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Take another half sheet of blue construction paper and draw your bow. Start by drawing a square in the middle of the paper.

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Then draw two lines coming out diagonally from the corners of the square on the right side.

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Do the same on the left side.

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Connect the lines on the right side by a line that curves slightly outward. Do the same with the two lines on the left side.

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Draw two short lines beside the square on either side. These will be the wrinkles in the bow.

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Draw two lines coming out of the left side of the bottom of the square curving to the left. Connect these two lines at the bottom. This will be one of the tails of the bow.

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Do the same on the other side to create the other tail of the bow.

Step 5

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Cut out your bow.

Step 6

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Glue the yellow circles onto the center of your flowers.

Step 7

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Take a full sheet of pink construction paper and fold it in half.

Step 8

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Take half a sheet of green construction paper and cut four long, thin strips off of it.

Step 9

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Put glue on your thin, green strips of paper, but leave an inch or so unglued at the top.

Step 10

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Glue your thin, green strips to your pink construction paper lengthwise. Make sure the opening of the card is facing to the right when you glue your green strips on.

Step 11

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Bend down the tops of your thin, green strips.

Step 12

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Put glue on the bent down portion of the green strips. Make sure you only get glue on the strips and not on your card.

Step 13

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick STEM construction toy for boys and girls

Put your four flowers on the bent down portion of the green strips where it has glue.

Step 14

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Put some glue on the back of your bow and put the bow over the four green strips. This is your bow on the flower stems.

You now have a cute, little bouquet of flowers to give your mom! If your stems hang over the bottom of the card, you can cut them off the bottom. Write a special note inside and give it to your mom on Mothers Day!

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When youre done with that, grab your Click-A-Bricks and make something super duper special out of them for your mom.

She deserves it!

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