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Star Wars Legos: DIY Classic Bricks

Legos are everywhere at my house. Themed ones, classic ones, it doesn’t matter. They take up a lot of space! But we love them — so I try to let that go.

My kids always want the next big thing in Legos. Usually they want whatever is popular at the time. We have Harry Potter, Avengers, Batman, and Star Wars. I love that they love to build them, and play with them constantly. It really is not a waste at all. It does however get costly. This month my kids wanted the new X-wing Lego for Star Wars, but it just wasn’t in the budget. Instead I did a little googling and found this awesome DIY X-Wing from classic bricks. We have several boxes of classic bricks (for you non-Lego parents those are plain bricks with no theme) just sitting in the bin. So why not use them to create our own X-wing?

I found this super cool YouTube channel called Bricksir. I subscribed, because Legos, but you don’t have to in order to watch. Then I brought my kids in to watch the videos. All of the videos detail how to build incredible figurines, popular characters, cars, etc. from classic bricks.

My kids spent HOURS on the channel building incredible items. The instructions are simple to follow and help your kids along the way. It is very similar to the books that come with Legos as far as instructions go. So kids that can follow the build instructions in paper form should be just fine with the YouTube video.  It was a lot of fun watching them build, and it is nice to know I have more ideas for them for future builds right at my fingertips.

 

STEAM Tastes Good: Science Makes Ice-cream

We have been trying to do learning activities all summer long. I try to incorporate fun activities with learning components that will engage the kids’ minds but also let them be little and have fun. This week I found this fun (and tasty) activity.

When I was a kid I remember helping my mother make ice-cream and make butter as fun little at-home science experiments. I had not even thought to do it at home with my kids until i came across this post at Growing a Jeweled Rose.

This activity is actually the greatest science experiment for summer. The Science Behind Ice Cream in a Bag is that the salt lowers the melting point of the ice. This is why we add salt to roads in the winter. When you shake and move the bag it causes the salt and ice to react creating ice-cream!  Check out Growing a Jeweled Rose for the fun tutorial and recipe. Then try it at home and see just how sweet science actually tastes!

Pool Noodle Planes: DIY Fun

We love a good craft, especially a craft that keeps our kids entertained for hours. This is definitely one of those crafts. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always knowing exactly what we need to entertain those rowdy boys of ours!

Frugal Fun 4 Boys always seems to have the best crafts for kids. They are simple to follow, and always give us a really understandable tutorial. the activities are always fun too, so we just keep coming back for more.

This month I wanted to try something that would get my kids outside, having fun, and I wanted something that could double for pool fun. This was the perfect thing. The pool noodles and foam used can withstand a significant amount of time in water. So we enjoyed making our finished creations fly around the pool while we swam. The kids flew them back and forth to one another in the shallow end for over an hour. That’s a long time to do anything at 6. So thank you again Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for always helping me to find ways to entertain my kids.

Pool noodle planes

Be sure to head on over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for the full tutorial, and be sure to see what other ideas are over there. Trust us, it is worth it!