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

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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

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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

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Cut out your flowers and flower centers.

Step 4

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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.

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Do the same on the left side.

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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.

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

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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.

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

Step 5

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Cut out your bow.

Step 6

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Glue the yellow circles onto the center of your flowers.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

Step 10

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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

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Bend down the tops of your thin, green strips.

Step 12

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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

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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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5 Places to Get Dozens of Mother’s Day Ideas for Kids

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Mothers Day is just around the corner (well, two corners and just over that little hill) and we wanted to get a head start on the craft ideas that kids can do for the big day.

Obviously, we think you should make your mom something amazing with the worlds greatest building blocks, Click-A-Bricks. But, if you want to make something a little more crafty, you can always check out these sites. They have dozens of craft ideas for Mothers Day. Find something you like and try it out.

1. Buzzfeed

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Not usually known as a place to get crafts, Buzzfeed nevertheless has this list of 17 Easy Emergency Mothers Day Crafts for Kids compiled by Donna Dickens. They all look super easy and super fun.

2. Care

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Over at Care, Jennifer Eberhart provides 27 Mothers Day Gift Ideas Kids Can Make. You can find everything from Painted Bead Bracelets to Pallet Plaques to a Mothers Day Matchbox Locket in this great list.

3. ParentMap

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Not all crafts, but all great ideas, ParentMaps gives you 13 Mothers Day Gifts that Kids Can Make, put together with loving care, no doubt, by Jen Betterley. See how to create a Hanging Family Photo Display or Love Prints to put on homemade Mothers Day cards.

4. Parents

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With crafts like Doily Lace Votives, Baby Photo Blocks and Painted Pasta Pendants, this list of Mothers Day Gifts Kids Can Make from Parents is sure to have something to stir your creative juices.

5. Better Homes & Gardens

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In their Mothers Day Crafts for Kids list, Better Homes & Gardens show you how to make a Decorative Serving Tray, Silhouette Art, a Stenciled Welcome Mat and a Butterfly Family Tree among many other things.

Between all those wonderful lists, youre bound to find something fun and creative that shows your mom just how much love you have for her. We still think you should grab your Click-A-Bricks and make her something super special with them as a cherry on top of the Mother’s Day love sundae.

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10 Coolest Cop Cars from Around the World

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We love us some cars here at Click-A-Brick!

You know what cars are really cool? Police cars! But, if you think all police cars are the same, boy do we have some amazing news for you! They’re not.

Police cars come in all shapes and sizes and some of those cars are super fast. We would love to be the lucky cops who get to ride around in these fabulous rides. These are super cars, but they have the lights and sirens of real police cars, which of course makes them supercopmobiles!

Bad guys can run as fast as they can, but they can’t outrun any police driving these amazing autos. This infographic comes courtesy of rentalcars24h.com.

If you want to make your own supercopmobile, grab your Click-A-Brick Rescue Squad set and start snapping those bricks together.

10 Coolest Police Cars Around The Globe

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https://www.clickabricktoys.net/blogs/news/renting-building-blocks-wha

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When you think about things you can rent, building blocks dont immediately come to mind. Like, you dont pay money just to keep building blocks temporarily and then give them back when youre done playing with them right?

But, you totally can! Its the 21st century, after all. Why not rent instead of buy?

Lets face it: certain types of building blocks *cough* Lego *cough* are a little on the pricey side. Like, were not saying theyre overly expensive or anything, but sometimes theyre as much as a car payment if you want to get one of the sets based on a big movie.

Okay, so were calling them expensive.

But, now some companies are combating the prohibitively expensive prices of the top building block brand by allowing people to rent the blocks for a short time. This way, parents can rent the blocks, let their kids play with them for a month or whatever, and when the kids get tired of them, the parents just ship them back.

No accumulating millions of blocks, no paying crazy prices for a toy just because its associated with a movie, no playing with them for a while and getting tired of them and having them sit around unused forever.

One such building block rental place is the United Kingdoms Build UR Bricks. The website allows customers to rent the latest Lego sets for about 10 or 25 per month depending on the size of the set. They come with the original instructions and are sanitized between rentals.

Ash Jey is a co-founder of Build UR Bricks and he said this about starting the service:

Many parents are happy to fork out for the toy brick sets. However, with new sets coming in all the time, it soon becomes expensive to keep up with. Build UR Bricks successfully solves this problem. Build UR Bricks is set to revolutionize the way children and families play and dissolve the financial pressure parents are under to constantly update toy collections.

We totally agree! Another way you can save money on building blocks is by buying more affordable ones like Click-A-Brick. You get all the fun, but you save money!

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6 Easter Activities that Will Entertain, Educate and Enlighten

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Celebrating Easter is pretty standard, right? You dye some eggs, you hide some eggs, you find some eggs, you eat some chocolate, you have a big meal and theres a bunny in there somewhere.

But, celebrating Easter doesnt have to be standard. It can be super fun and educational, too!

Here are six activities that you can try out this Easter to make it a bit more fun than the usual egg dyeing and hunting courtesy of Leonora Desar and Kate Goodin of Parenting.

Secret Easter Bunny

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This is based on the Secret Santa activity of that other famous holiday (Labor Day).

  • Get some plastic eggs.
  • Pull names out of a hat.
  • Place a small gift inside an egg for the person whose name you pulled.
  • Enjoy the smile you put on their face.

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

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This is a cool twist on a classic.

  • Get some plastic eggs.
  • Get some glow sticks.
  • Wait until dark.
  • Start the glow sticks glowing.
  • Put them inside the plastic eggs with a bit of candy.
  • Hide ’em.
  • Go find em!

Mystery Egg

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Add a little intrigue to Easter.

  • Get some plastic eggs.
  • Put a prize into the eggs.
  • Write three clues to describe the prize in each egg.
  • See who can guess whats inside the eggs.

Lunch Scramble

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Before you eat the big meal, eat a small one with this fun little lunch idea.

  • Get some plastic eggs.
  • Get an egg carton.
  • Fill each egg with a lunch or snack item.
  • Munch away!

Math Easter Egg Hunt

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Math can be fun! (No, really.) Try this one out to inject some mathematical fun into your Easter egg hunt.

  • Get some plastic eggs.
  • Put a small treat in the egg along with a slip of paper with a number on it.
  • Hide the eggs.
  • Find the eggs.
  • After all the eggs have been found, add up the numbers.
  • The child with the highest sum wins a grand prize.

Puzzle Easter Egg Hunt

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If you are looking for non-candy related activities, here is an Easter egg hunt that will satisfy your little problem solvers.

  • Get some plastic eggs.
  • Get a picture from somewhere.
  • Cut the picture up into puzzle pieces.
  • Put the pieces into the eggs.
  • Hide the eggs.
  • Findthe eggs.
  • When theyve all been found, get the kids to reconstruct the picture.

Have some fun with these non-standard Easter activities and dont forget to put plastic eggs on your shopping list.

When youre done with these, build an Easter Bunny out of your Click-A-Bricks.

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3 Spring Time Educational Methods for Teaching STEM

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Its finally here! Spring is in the air and Click-A-Brick is bringing you some STEM:

Spring

Time

Educational

Methods.

And that STEM is all about the other kind of STEM:

Science

Technology

Engineering

Math.

Weve hopped around the web, like a certain bunny who will be making an appearance in a few weeks, and have collected some amazing STEM activities to try this spring.

Salt Painting Poster Board Eggs

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First up is salt painting, where you can create an amazing mosaic by painting individual grains of salt one at a time just kidding. You dont paint them one at a time. Can you even imagine how long that would take?!? It would be winter again by the time you were done. Who wants that?!?!?

This activity is courtesy of Amanda Boyarshinov with The Educators Spin on It. It is meant to teach kids about patterns and absorption.

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What youll need:

  • Poster board
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • White Glue
  • Salt
  • Watercolor Paint (various colors)
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Cut the poster board into the shape of an egg.

Step 2:

Draw four eggs onto the paper and practice what pattern youll draw on your egg with markers. Explain to your child what a pattern is and help them to draw a couple.

You can use lines, squiggles, zigzags, dots and dashes to create a repeating pattern like:

  • Line
  • Squiggle
  • Zigzag
  • Line
  • Squiggle
  • Zigzag

Or whatever pattern you prefer.

Step 3:

When you know the pattern you want on your egg, make the pattern on the egg with glue.

Step 4:

Cover the glue with salt and then gently shake off the excess salt.

Step 5:

Explain that salt will absorb the paint and make sure your kids know what absorb means so they know whats going on when they see it happen.

Have your child tap their paintbrush into some water, then gather up some of the watercolor paint and tap it onto the salt. The color will be absorbed and spread through the salt.

Keep painting until your pattern is complete and let the whole thing to dry overnight.

Real, Working Parachutes

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You wont be able to jump out of a plane with these parachutes, but you can climb up somewhere high (but safe) and drop them and see how a real parachute actually works. You can teach your children about gravity and wind resistance with this activity.

This activity is courtesy of Leanna with All Done Monkey.

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What youll need:

  • Large coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tape
  • Lightweight cups made of paper, plastic or styrofoam

Step 1:

Decorate your cup however you want.

Step 2:

Ask your child to attach the coffee filter to their cup using the materials you have on hand. Little ones may need some help, but its preferable if they can figure it out themselves. You may need several coffee filters and cups for them to get it right, but eventually, they should be able to connect about three or four pipe cleaners to the cups and filters using tape or by punching holes in them. As long as they stay together, whatever works is fine.

Step 3:

Find somewhere that you can safely drop your coffee filter parachutes from and watch them float to the ground. For even more fun, get a lightweight passenger, like a mini action figure, to sit in the cup for a fun ride down.

Chromatography Flowers

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We all know how much fun it is to combine colors to make other colors, but what about separating colors to see what colors they are made of? This activity uses science and a dash of art to create beautiful springtime flowers while also showing kids how some colors are a combination of other colors mixed together.

The activity comes courtesy of Shelley at 123 Homeschool 4 Me.

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What youll need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Water soluble markers in secondary or tertiary colors (not primary colors)
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Water
  • A small pipette or syringe

Step 1:

Flatten out some coffee filters

Step 2:

Draw a circle in the middle of your coffee filter or create a simple pattern. This is a good time to explain to your child what secondary and tertiary colors are and the difference between them and primary colors.

Step 3:

Take your pipette or syringe and drop about 0.5 ml of water at the center of your filter and watch.

As the water travels along the filter, the secondary or tertiary colors should start separating into the colors that they contain. This is because the molecules of the different colors move across the filters at different rates, causing them to separate.

If you want the colors to spread further, add another drop of water. Allow the filters to dry completely.

Step 4:

Make flower shapes with your filters and connect them to the pipe cleaners. You now have a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers made with science!

Get your kids in the spring STEM frame of mind with these three wonderful activities. And, when youre done that, grab your Click-A-Bricks and make a flower out of them!

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