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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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Get Inspired by These Cool Old-Timey Military Logos and Your Army Defenders Set

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Do you know what Airborne logos are?

In World War II, different military units started identifying themselves with logos. Some of these were even drawn by Walt Disney, who was an ambulance driver in World War I. The Navy asked Disney to draw them a logo for a new ship and soon after, a whole bunch of military units were coming up with their own unique logos.

The logos would be painted on the sides of airplanes and other military vehicles to give a sense of identity to the various units and boost moral. They mainly consisted of cartoon characters.

The ones pictured below (courtesy of Print Magazine) come from a 1943 Army Officers Manual.

For a fun activity, get your Army Defenders Click-A-Brick set and make one of the military vehicles and then draw your own logo for it.

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Click-A-Brick construction toy for boys and girls

Click-A-Brick construction toy for boys and girls

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5 Places to Get Hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Kids

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St. Patricks Day is so great. You get to wear green, there are parades, there is much celebrating and youre five times more likely to catch a leprechaun on St. Patricks Day than on any other day throughout the year according to a study done by the International Gold Finders Association and published in Totally Not Made Up Science Weekly.

We all know that adults like to celebrate St. Patricks Day with quiet and dignified reflection about St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and the man credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

But, how can kids celebrate St. Patricks Day?

Too many ways to count! There are so many crafts, so many activities and so many ways for kids to celebrate St. Patricks Day.

We, of course, suggest building fun St. Patricks Day stuff with Click-A-Brick. The Rainforest Rascals set has many green blocks you can use and we all know youll need green for making St. Patties Day stuff.

Here are five places where you can find hundreds of St. Patricks Day ideas for kids:

1.DLTKs Crafts for Kids

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DLTKs Crafts for Kids has many links to St. Patricks Day crafts, coloring sheets, games, recipes and worksheets.

2.Activity Village

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Activity Village also has crafts and coloring sheets, as well as fuse bead patterns and worksheets.

3.Family Education

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Family Education has a whole host of activities and games, as well as a St. Patricks Day Party Planner you can use to have your very own celebration.

4. Playdough to Plato

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Playdough to Plato has various PDFs you can download filled with activities crafts, literacy activities, math activities and science activities to keep your St. Patricks Day educational.

5. No Time for Flash Cards

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No Time for Flash Cards gives you 15 easy St. Patricks Day activities meant to help kids develop and learn as they have fun.

With hundreds of activities to choose from, you can make this St. Patricks Day fun, educational, inspiring and fun wait, did we say fun already?

And if you are looking for something that will help children continually develop and learn as they have fun, Click-A-Bricks are great for that!

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Make Super Easy Building Block Crayons for Your Next Party

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You know whats amazing? When you can combine two things that you love to make one even better thing. Peanut butter and chocolate, for example. On their own? Great. Together? Spectacular!

Or, how about cake and ice cream? Fries and ketchup? Chips and dip?

Is anyone else here getting hungry?

Anyway, the point is putting two things together can create something incredible and in this post were going to combine two things to create something that will make everyone at your next birthday party go wow!

Were going to combine building blocks with crayons and make building blayons! Okay, the name could use some work, but its totally fun and easy.

Check it out:

What youll need:

  • A bunch of wax crayons
  • A knife or something else for cutting
  • Two building block baking molds
  • An oven

Step 1

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Cut the paper coverings off of a bunch of crayons.

Step 2

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Break each crayon into three separate pieces or more.

Step 3

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Fill a building block baking mold with the broken pieces of crayon.

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You can combine whatever colors you like, but its best to keep similar colors together. You can also make one solid color if you like.

Step 4

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Bake in the oven at 250 F for 15 – 20 minutes.

Step 5

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Put another building block mold on top of the baked mold while the wax is still warm.

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Push it down until it is snug in the warm wax.

Step 6

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Let the wax cool completely.

Step 7

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Extract the building block crayons.

Step 8

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Color!

You see? Combining two different great things to create one stupendous thing is so much fun. Now, go and combine your Click-A-Bricks together and see what you can come up with.

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Have Fun Making (and Using) These Click-A-Brick Challenge Cards

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This idea comes from The STEM Laboratory.

Its educational, it involves Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM), its creative and it includesbuilding blocks, so you know we love it.

Click-A-Brick Challenge Cards

This is similar to the Click-A-Brick advent calendar we told you about before.

Lets take a look at how to make these challenge cards.

What youll need:

  • Card stock
  • Colored pencils
  • Click-A-Bricks

Step 1

Cut out as many cards from your card stock as you want. The more ideas you come up with, the more cards youll need. If you are creating cards that will be used a lot, you should consider laminating them so they last longer.

Step 2

On each card, write down a building task to perform with Click-A-Bricks. You can decorate them however you like.

Some suggestions for building activities are:

  • Draw a rectangle and write Fill the rectangle without going over the edges.
  • Build a Click-A-Brick Tic-Tac-Toe board and play a game with it.
  • Build something that flies.
  • Build a triangle that is the same length on two sides.
  • Make a boat that really floats in water.
  • Build something with just four Click-A-Bricks.
  • Build your favorite fruit and see if your friend can guess it.
  • Make a pattern with Click-A-Bricks.

    Step 3

    Have fun creating with Click-A-Bricks!

    We hope you enjoy this fun STEAM activity.

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