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

Click-A-Brick STEAM toy for boys and girls

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

Click-A-Brick STEAM toy for boys and girls

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

Click-A-Brick STEAM toy for boys and girls

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

Click-A-Brick STEAM toy for boys and girls

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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