15 Fun Ways to Frolic in the Snow this Winter

15 Fun Ways to Frolic in the Snow this Winter

If you live in one of the northern states, right around this time of year it’s fashionable to start complaining about the weather getting colder.

However, we here at Click-A-Brick feel like there is something much better you can do about cold winter weather … like go outside and enjoy it! Snow is like an annual gift from Mother Nature that is meant for frolicking in (although, admittedly, she does give a little too much of it at times).

So, with that in mind, here are 15 fun, outdoor winter ideas you can do with your kids. (And when it’s too cold outside for any of these, stay inside and play with Click-A-Brick!)

  1. Make snow paint by adding food coloring to water and putting it into a spray bottle. Then go out and paint your yard!
  2. Ice skating.
  3. Build a fire and make s’mores. (Fires are even better in winter.)
  4. Snowshoeing.
  5. Winter camping or rent a cabin or yurt.
  6. Skiing. Downhill if you live in a hilly or mountainy area or cross-country if you live in a flat area.
  7. Attend a dog-sled race. (They’re not just in Alaska. Google it. You’ll see.)
  8. Sledding. It’s like skiing, but you don’t need any skills!
  9. Build a snow fort or an igloo.
  10. Have a snowball fight.
  11. Shovel a circle in the snow with a bunch of lines going in toward the center and play tag while only being able to run along the shoveled paths. Alternately, shovel out a house outline and build furniture in the house out of snow.
  12. Feed the birds by making birdfeeders out of pine cones, peanut butter, and birdseed. Or go birdwatching. Maybe you could participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count.
  13. Ice fishing. (But be warned, catching ice is harder than it sounds.)
  14. Winter picnic. Take blankets, sandwiches and lotsa hot soup in a thermos.
  15. Set up an obstacle course in the yard with jumps, tunnels and other challenges made from the snow.
  16. Shovel the driveway. (Oops! How did that get in there?!?!)

Don’t let the colder weather and overabundance of snow stop you from enjoying the outdoors this winter.

 

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Building Blocks Take Top Spot On Essential Toys List, Click-A-Brick Approves

Building Blocks Take Top Spot On Essential Toys List, Click-A-Brick ApprovesBuilding block toy company Click-A-Brick hails a new list of basic toys that every child should have. The list, from Barbara Danza, parenting journalist of the Epoch Times, places blocks at the top, saying they are an essential part of any child’s toy box and make a superb gift idea for children this holiday season or any other time of year.

While the majority of gift ideas for the holidays revolve around toys that light up, make a lot of noise and feature the latest movie characters, these types of toys largely prevent children from using their imaginations the way they should, says Danza. In contrast to these kinds of toys, simple blocks allow children to develop their creative thinking skills and also play a role in other areas of development.

“These are truly the building blocks of play,” Danza says about stackable blocks. “The youngest of children can benefit from simply handling blocks, and their play will advance with these simple toys as they grow. Long after their motor skills are developed enough to construct a balanced tower, children will continue to turn their blocks into lift-a-bridge on their train set or a wall for their doll’s room, and on and on. The possibilities are endless.”

Danza also lists dollhouses, role playing toys (like kitchen sets or toolboxes), dolls, toy or beginner musical instruments and train sets as her other must-have toys for children.

 

Helping children develop their motor skills, creative thinking and cognitive abilities are all the reasons blocks are an essential part of a child’s toy collection, Click-A-Brick Co-Founders Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza say, echoing Danza’s sentiments about the toy.

 

“Part of the reason we chose to sell blocks is because of their timelessness,” Smith said. “They’ve been a great toy for children for hundreds of years and they continue to play a valuable role in childhood development. We totally agree with Barbara’s assessment of them and her inclusion of them on a list of essential toys that all children should have. We would add that generally they are also an affordable gift that parents can give at this time of year when many of them have inflated expenses due to the holidays.”

With science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) toys being especially popular this year, it can tend to drive up the price of these types of educational toys, Smith says, which makes the affordability of blocks an attractive alternative for children’s gifts when parents want to give something that will stimulate STEM interest.

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Non-Toy Presents Are Some Of The Best Gifts For Girls And Boys Says Click-A-Brick

Non-Toy Presents Are Some Of The Best Gifts For Girls And Boys Says Click-A-BrickA new list of non-toy gift ideas for children have executives at toy company Click-A-Brick praising the novel approach to holiday gift giving, saying the best gifts for boys and girls aren’t necessarily always in toy form.

Washington Post writer Jamie Davis Smith’s 10 non-toy gift ideas for children include simple things like creating a personal space for children within the home where they can read or make art projects undisturbed. Other novel ideas that don’t include toys are to take out a magazine subscription in a child’s name, giving them gift certificates to their favorite restaurants, museum memberships, live event tickets, decision making abilities like what the family should have for dinner or where they should go for day trips (in the form of coupons they can use when they want to make those decisions), mommy/daddy dates (again in the form of coupons they can use) or letting them help in the planning of the next family vacation. The ideas that don’t have tangible items to wrap can be represented by related items that can be boxed and wrapped so the child has something to open on Christmas Day, Smith says.

“There are plenty of alternatives that children will enjoy just as much as new toy but won’t add to the clutter,” Smith said. “Even better, many non-toy gifts lead to enriching experiences, learning, and valuable family time.”

It’s the enrichment to children’s lives that has Click-A-Brick Co-Founders Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza so pleased to see a list like this circulating amid the myriad hot toy lists that crop up at this time of year. Non-toy gifts can help children in their development as much as or even more than educational toys, Smith says.

“We’ve always maintained that we’re not just about selling toys,” Smith said. “We are about enriching children’s lives and educating them, which is why we like to see ideas like this that put children’s development first over the latest hot toy trend that may or may not be beneficial to kids. Letting them have some say in decisions that affect the whole family — even if that is just what to eat for dinner or where to go for the weekend — is just as educational for children as any toy could be. It allows them to use logical thinking and teaches them about decision making. In fact, we’d say a non-toy gift could be one of the best gifts for boys and girls this Christmas. That’s not something you hear everyday from a toy company executive, but it’s true.”

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Educational Learning Toy Click-A-Brick Hails Holiday STEM Activity List As Brilliant

Educational Learning Toy Click-A-Brick Hails Holiday STEM Activity List As BrilliantOne child development expert’s suggestion about how to keep kids interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) over the holiday season has the Click-A-Brick crew smiling with appreciation. The educational learning toy company’s co-founders have given the thumbs up to Melissa Jurist, coordinator of K-12 education in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, for her list of ways to keep kids engaged in STEM throughout the holiday school break.

What makes Jurist’s list of activities unique is that she advocates giving children the actual tools they would find in a laboratory to keep them interested in STEM activities.

For children aged 4 – 6, Jurist recommends things like getting them an actual stethoscope and letting them hear the various heartbeats around them, getting some owl pellets and exploring what’s inside of them to learn about the lives of owls, building things out of scrap pieces of wood with real tools, tearing apart an old appliance to see what’s inside and exploring magnetism with magnets and light with prisms.

And for children aged 7 – 12, parents can do things like dissect a chicken leg with a scalpel, get some balsa wood and try to construct something using just the wood, glue and/or straight pins that can hold five pounds, getting them a pantograph or gyroscope or tinker with technology using Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

Obviously, many of these activities would require parent supervision, which goes along with Jurist’s assertion that parents should be interacting with their children as they learn and explore.

“I tell [parents] to get the tools that real scientists use, guide their children with activities that bring their world and the scientific world as close as possible, and, most importantly, have a blast,” Jurist said. “What makes the most sense, to me, is to provide multiple points of access to STEM — equipment, books and activities. I don’t differentiate gifts by gender, and I don’t think STEM materials need to be expensive.”

Jurist’s holiday STEM activities, which could be done at any time of year, have the Co-Founders of educational learning toy Click-A-Brick, Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza, nodding their heads in appreciation.

“We — and most parents — often think of STEM for children in terms of toys that will stimulate their interest and we still think those are probably best for kids who haven’t shown any interest in STEM yet, as a kind of introduction,” Smith said. “But, for students who have already shown a real interest and aptitude for STEM subjects, imagine how thrilled they’ll be to use the actual tools that people in STEM jobs use in their day-to-day lives. A toy stethoscope is one thing, but getting a real stethoscope and hearing a real heartbeat would be great for a child who is already showing signs of being interested in STEM education.”

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Click-A-Brick Supports Childhood Development Expert Who Espouses Educational Gifts Over What Is Popular

Click-A-Brick Supports Childhood Development Expert Who Espouses Educational Gifts Over What Is PopularThe Co-Founders of Click-A-Brick have thrown their support behind a child development expert who says parents may want to eschew the most trendy and popular gifts this year in favor of educational gifts that will help with a child’s development.

Although many popular toys nowadays are either collectibles or are based on the latest Hollywood blockbuster to come out in the previous year, University of South Carolina Early Childhood Education Associate Professor Angela Baum suggests parents consider how a toy will help their children developmentally and choose toys based on that rather than feeling pressured into just buying what’s popular.

In a news story on Live 5 News, Baum suggested toys like building blocks, Lincoln Logs and puzzles that allow children to think, use their imagination and interact with other children while playing. She added that books are a great gift because they also allow children to use their imaginations.

“We sometimes feel pressure, ‘I have to buy my child the trendiest toy that everyone wants this season,’ and sometimes those are very expensive,” Baum said. “But children can have a lot of fun with toys that don’t cost quite as much. And so I don’t think we need to get caught in that trap of what’s the fanciest most popular toy out there at the time.”

Click-A-Brick Co-Founder Jason Smith says Baum’s words ring especially true this year, with one of the biggest movie franchises of all time leaping back onto the big screen and many old toys reinventing themselves with new technological capabilities, consequently rendering them more expensive.

“We agree with Angela’s statements both from a childhood development angle and a financial angle for parents,” Smith said. “Modern toys, especially ones associated with the major movie franchises can be prohibitively expensive for parents and many of them, while they are often flashy and kids want them because they’re drawn in by the advertising, may not always be the most helpful gift for your child’s development. Not everything a parent buys for their child has to be geared toward making them a smarter person, obviously, but we believe there should be a balance between frivolous gifts that are purely for entertainment and educational gifts that will actually help children with their development.”

Some years, Smith says, parents kind of luck out and the most popular gifts are also educational in nature. That perfect storm has occurred this year, as Lego has found a spot in the lists of top toys Americans plan to buy for boys and girls this year, according to the National Retail Federation. However, he adds, Lego’s popularity has also driven up its prices, putting it out of the price range for many parents who find the holiday season to be an especially trying time of year financially.

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Toy Company Click-A-Brick Celebrated Holidays at Sunrise Children’s Hospital

Toy Company Click-A-Brick Celebrated Holidays at Sunrise Children’s HospitalThe founders of the educational toy company Click-A-Brick celebrated the upcoming holiday season at the Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. The building block company sponsored a charity event on Friday, December 4th, 2015. There were a series of representatives from the company in attendance to hand out Click-A-Brick toy sets and interact with the children. They were also accompanied at the event by a representative from the North Pole: Santa Claus.

The company organized the event in accordance to their founding mission, which is to provide great experiences for children. The aim of the independent toy company Click-A-Brick was to offer an opportunity for children to play with toys and interact with Santa Claus. The Click-A-Brick employees at the event also engaged the children in free play and activities involving the company’s signature line of building blocks.

The Co-Founder of Click-A-Brick, Jason Smith, reflected in the charity event. “We wanted to celebrate the holidays,” Smith said. “And we wanted to do so beyond the boundaries of our company. We wanted to spread the spirit of the season and give all of these kids a great experience. It’s a basic part of our mission at Click-A-Brick. It doesn’t just stop at creating toy sets. It can’t just be a physical thing. The idea of fun and joy might be an intangible but you can definitely see it in the form of a child’s smile.”

The representatives from Click-A-Brick arrived at the hospital with a multitude of toy sets. Alongside them was Santa Claus with a red sack. The employees of the company and Santa Claus proceeded to distribute toys to all of the available children.

Afterwards, the children had the opportunity to interact with the representatives from Click-A-Brick. They engaged in a half hour of free play, assembling items from the different sets and participating in different activities. The Click-A-Brick employees on hand were Javier Hernando and Samantha Cumpton. The Co-Founder of Click-A-Brick, Georg de Gorostiza, was also present to oversee the event.

“It was a fantastic experience,” Georg de Gorostiza remarked. “I think the children had a great time. Which was what we hoped to accomplish from the outset. I believe that’s the purpose of the holiday season, to spread joy and cheer where one can. It can seem so simple, the act of playing, but it really has such profound consequences. It’s what we remember the most from our childhood. So, whenever we can offer these experiences, we will. The laughter of a child can be a joyous thing. At Click-A-Brick we hope to hear it everywhere we go.

The charity event was was coordinated by Click-A-Brick and the Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

 

Fox Five News was on hand to cover the occasion. The toy company can be reached for commentary through their web portal.

 

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Turn Your Child Into a Bird Expert with Help from Click-A-Brick

Turn Your Child Into a Bird Expert with Help from Click-A-Brick

Do your children like birds? Of course they do. That was a rhetorical question.

Here is something that definitely isn’t rhetorical, though: You can totally use Click-A-Brick to teach your bambinos and bambinas about birds.

Much like the Animal Kingdom set can foster an interest in animals at an early age, the Feather Friends set can be used to help children get a better grasp of birds from an early age.

We always try to keep the focus with Click-A-Brick on learning and we don’t believe kids should just be learning about the latest movie characters and franchises. We believe they should also be learning about the world around them and we want parents to keep that in mind when they buy Click-A-Brick for their children.

Kids love learning about animals and birds hold a special place for most kids because they can fly (the lucky ducks … and various other lucky birds).

Here’s what you can do with your Feather Friends set to turn your kids into avian experts.

1. Read books that have birds as characters and build the birds that are in the books.

Even if children can’t read yet, they love listening to stories and looking at the pictures. We encourage parents to try to find books with the birds that are in the set so they can identify them with their children and build them together.

The Feather Friends set has instructions to build:

  • a macaw,
  • a toucan,
  • a flamingo,
  • a cockatiel, and
  • a kingfisher.

2.Research the birds in the set and talk about them while helping children build them.

Relax. We don’t mean in-depth research. We’re not doing a school report, after all. We just mean parents can read a little about the various birds the set can make and talk to their kids about them as they’re making them. Kids love to learn and we believe they learn best when they don’t even realize it.

3. Visit a zoo and identify the birds in the set.

Plan a trip to the zoo and talk about and identify the animals in both the Feather Friends and Animal Kingdom sets. You can either ask your kids to build the animals and birds you’ve seen after the trip, or take Click-A-Brick along and sit down somewhere and build them right there at the zoo.

4. Identify local birds and try to create them using Click-A-Brick.

Unless you live in one of the super tropical states, you’re not likely to see the birds in the Feather Friends set flying around your neighborhood. However, what you can do is identify local birds and ask your kids to build those instead. They likely won’t be as colorful as the tropical birds, but it will still help children learn about the birds in their own backyards.

5. Identify other birds using books or some other source and try to build them.

Whether it’s in books, in movies or even on cereal boxes, parents can point out birds to children and see if they can build that feather friend from their Click-A-Bricks. (Although, we do not recommend pointing to your chicken nuggets and asking them to build a chicken.)

 

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