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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!

DIY chess set

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!

Toddler Games: Lego Duplo Ring Toss

My littlest is home with me all day long. When his siblings are away we try to find a little time each day for just the two of us. I do not spend the whole day entertaining him, but I try to find little chunks of my day to dedicate to him.

Sometimes it is just reading a book, or coloring, sometimes we do craft. But sometimes we like to have a little fun. When I was perusing Pinterest the other day I found a bunch of little ideas for playing with his Lego Duplo blocks.

We love Legos. My oldest is even in a Lego Robotics League at school. So we try to stay creative with our Legos and not just build the same things over and over. When I saw this fun little game that uses the Lego Duplo blocks I knew we had to try it.

It was great fun, my little man even got to build the towers as tall as he wanted before we began playing. All I needed was a few pipe cleaners to use as the rings. Luckily I usually have more than a few lying around. I really enjoyed watching him get so excited every time he tossed the rings. He was even more excited when he hooked the rings! This fun activity can also help build your little one’s motor skills and improve their eye-hand coordination. Give it a try, it is a simple and fun way to play. Checkout Stir the Wonder for the full tutorial and be sure to check out their other fun ideas!

Math Games: Fun Learning for K-2 and Middle School

School is back, thank goodness right? Back-to-school nights have been attended, supplies have been bought, first day pictures have been taken, and teachers are assigning homework. Our work is done, right? Yea we wish. Parent involvement doesn’t stop when school starts, as much as we wish all we had to do was drop the kids off every morning and pick them up every afternoon we know that our kids learn and work better in a school environment in which we are involved in the learning process. That is why we spend so much time looking at books, checking on websites, and talking with our fellow mom friends. We know how important it is to you to be able to help your children learn and grow. So we took some time to look at a few special ways to help your kids with math. Since math is often a difficult subject we found two incredible websites that offer fun learning games that help to teach math to two important age groups; K-2 and middle schoolers.

K-2: First Grade Smiles

This incredible teaching blog is written by Melissa a teacher, and mom. Her incredible blog ideas are perfect for K-2. Not only does she share incredible games and fun learning ideas for young learners she tries to make them adaptable for children that learn better kinetically. We want to share the incredible way she teaches math to kinetic learners with skip counting. This hands on learning game is perfect for young learners struggling with math. Check out all the other incredible learning games offered on Melissa’s blog when you. Are there learning how to play the incredibly fun and educational game of skip counting.

Math Games

Middle School: Middle School Math Moments

Middle School Math Moments is an incredibly helpful blog written by a mom and teacher of 22 years. Geared towards middle school kids it features activities and games that help middle school kids learn. This fun factor game features a way to teach kids how to practice their factoring skills in fun and interesting ways. Be sure to check out some of the other incredible learning activities and games when you are learning the rules for the factoring game.

Math Games