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DIY Chess Set: Legos to the Rescue!!

My kids have just decided to start learning the game of chess. I blame Harry Potter — but no matter the motivation they want to play. I don’t really want to run out and by some large expensive chess set that my almost 7 year old will surely break, so instead I have chosen to go the DIY route. Cue the Legos. Not only is this the perfect project for my 7 year old to do alone, it also ensures that when it breaks (and we all know my 7 year old will break it) said 7 year old can also rebuild it — score one for Mom Y’all!

My kids have become very obsessed with Legos recently. I know that most kids do become obsessed, but I feel as if it is all we do or think about anymore. So why not combine their recent love of Chess with their perpetual love of Legos.

There is an excellent tutorial at Teach Beside Me. There you can see detailed images and instructions on how to create the perfect chess board out of Legos. This tutorial is ingenious. They even have an awesome link to learn how to play chess. SCORE! It has become my one-stop shop in Lego Chess information. I hope that your kiddos find it as inspiring as mine have!

Toobeez Building Toys

My kids love Legos. Therefore, we spend probably 85% of our time indoors building legos. So when a friend recommended these toys I knew I had to check them out. Toobeez are like oversized K’nex toys. Like Legos they teaching critical thinking, spatial understanding, nurture creativity and working together.

Toobeez comes in sets of 50 or 150. Toobeez consists of long, medium, and small poles that connect with ball joints. Also, you can put sheets, or cloth coverings on them (each set comes with a few) to create tents, forts, etc.

We purchased one set and were gifted another set. Since then my kids have been in building mode for days. We have already perfected the fort, and we have fallen in love with the airplane. My daughter, who’s current obsession is Moana, did find a way to create a sailboat. The building possibilities are endless. Kids can create and build all day long. It is fairly simple to begin, and the more you do it the adept you get at putting the pieces together and taking them apart.

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Check out Toobeez for a fun building alternative, and be sure to see some of the interesting building ideas. Also, you can look Toobeez up on Pinterest for dozens of building ideas.

Christmas Ornaments: Build Your Own!

Do your boys love legos? If so come really close, be very quiet, and don’t let anyone see your computer screen for the next few moments.

If you need some new ideas for gifting fun holiday items this season, look no further. We have found lego Christmas ornaments. Your boys will love building their own Christmas decorations and hanging them from the tree. Chris McVeigh has dozens of fun Christmas ornaments that are going to make your boys gas this year when they open their presents. Each kit comes complete with directions and a kit to hang the ornament from the tree. You can choose from their many different series including Geek, Gingerbread and More, Plate series, and Christmas Trees.

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Your boys will love interacting with their new toy/Christmas decoration, and it will be fun for the whole family. The incredibly cool part is once the holidays are over you can disassemble it and pack it away for next year. Unlike most ornaments that need to be protected while packed away this will be perfectly safe. And unlike most gingerbread houses which need to be eaten or thrown away. At the end of the holiday this one can be kept and enjoyed for years to come!

Check out Chris McVeigh and his incredibly cool building kits now. It is the gift that will build memories for years.