Monthly Archives: June 2014

A LEGO® Salt-n-Pepper shaker? Clever design!

LEGO® Salt n Pepper Shaker | Hypebeast | hypebeast.com

The design of this salt-n-pepper shaker is compelling simple and clever!  Intuitive colours for the salt and the pepper, plus a simple brick cap to adjust the amount and ratio of your seasoning: place the cap to one side to eliminate that seasoning, or place it in the top corner to have more of one than the other. Very cool.

Hypebeast is reporting on this shaker and it should be a kitchen must-have for LEGO® tragics but .. no purchasing info? I’d take this post with a grain of salt! 😉

If you’ve got a little master builder LEGO® fan at home in Sydney over the school holidays and you’re wondering what to do, have a look at our upcoming Ticket To Ride two-day school holiday workshop in Willoughby over 9-10 July.  Kids will build motorised rides from LEGO®, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock, and the workshop culminates with the kids building their own amusement park from LEGO® pieces.  Spots are going quick, so jump in!

The image in this post is shared from the original article on Hypebeast – check it out!

 

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A Bus Stop in London, Made Entirely of 100k Individual LEGO® Bricks!

London LEGO® Bus Stop | Gizmodo Leg Godt Blog | lego.gizmodo.comThis is the kind of project that puts my weekend efforts with the kids to shame!

Gizmodo is reporting on a bus stop built of LEGO® in London’s Regent Street – and of course, given LEGO®’s strict adherence to all forms of quality, it is built to Transport for London specifications!

The route signs, the windows, even the seats are made of Lego bricks.  A nice touch though was to use some smooth bricks for the top of the bench – those little studs would be uncomfortable while waiting for any bus 🙂 .

London LEGO® Bus Stop 2 | Gizmodo Leg Godt Blog | lego.gizmodo.com

 

Five of our six upcoming school holiday workshops in Sydney are now fully booked – thanks for your support!

Spots are still available on the Ticket To Ride two-day workshop, over 9-10 July.  Kids will build rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock, and the workshop culminates with the kids building their own amusement park from LEGO® pieces.  Get in quick!

 

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How good is this? Tim Cahill’s Stunning Volley Against the Netherlands, Re-Enacted in LEGO!

 

Five of our six upcoming school holiday workshops in Sydney are now fully booked – thanks for your support!

Spots are still available on the Ticket To Ride two-day workshop, over 9-10 July.  Kids will build rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock, and the workshop culminates with the kids building their own amusement park from LEGO® pieces.  Get in quick!

 

There are three levels of hurt: pain, excruciating pain, and then there is pain from stepping on LEGO®. Why is it so??

Stepping on LEGOs | The Oatmeal | theoatmeal.comAnother great post from the always-excellent Gizmodo addresses one of the questions that have troubled humanity in recent decades. Strewn LEGO® bricks turn floors into minefields for bare-footed parents, and the suffering involved in stepping on a hidden LEGO® mine buried in carpet is up there with having fingernails pulled one by one by cackling oompa loompas. Why do they cause so much hurt?

It turns out that the torture involved turns on a number of factors combining to create a perfect storm for your sensitive footsies.  A big part of it is the quality of your average LEGO® brick – each one can be subjected to approximately 4,240 Newtons of force before it deforms, meaning a single, lowly LEGO® brick can support weights in excess of 432 kilos before it reaches its breaking point and compresses.  Not even Chuck Norris can manage that much force.

Take that detail, combine it with the fact that your feet are among the most sensitive parts of your body, the design of the brick itself with studs and sharp corners, and then the density of bricks on your floor, and BOOM! Inevitable agony.

Gizmodo goes into great detail on the maths involved, taking weight, force, acceleration and applying it to the surface area of the brick to derive pascals of pressure, but frankly, when your husband or wife is standing there with tears in their eyes and a LEGO® embedded in the sole of their foot, it is best not to try breaking that down for them. Take it from me 😉 .

Now, speaking of pain – spots on our Sydney school holiday programs for July are going quick.  One program is already booked out and three other programs have only a couple spots available.  Save yourself the hurt and get your child in before they are all gone!  And, if you’ve booked your child in already, thanks – your support is appreciated.

The image at the top of this post is shared from The Oatmeal, a very clever geeky blog published by Matthew Inman in Seattle.  Check it out!

Keep building, onwards and upwards!

 

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Hornless goats and other excellent LEGO® creations, powered by imagination!

LEGO® Imagination Ad | Artwork by Blattner Brunner | BRICKS 4 KIDZ® SydneyRight now, the cool thing with LEGO® is to go “freestyle” – pick up a bunch of bricks and just build something! Use your imagination rather than slavishly following the instructions. LEGO® themselves deserve some of the credit for the freestyle creativity, with the excellent messages from the LEGO Movie (which you should see, if you haven’t!).

Kids find freestyle LEGO® easy. The other day, I sat down with one of our little girls and we started to build a farm set with animals. We ended up with a horse, cow, goats, frog and a duck, with a little yard for them to play in, along with a farmhouse. To me, the animals looked a bit sketchy! The goats for example didn’t even have horns. But to my little girl, none of that mattered – for her, these LEGO® farmyard animals were *real*.

That imaginative spirit is captured in these brilliant LEGO® ads, showcased in a great post by Twisted Sifter. There are ads from around the world, with the same theme – given a set of bricks big enough, you can create the world.

Recently we announced details of our upcoming programs for the Sydney school holidays – a mix of one day, two day and five consecutive half day vacation programs in July 2014, located in Willoughby. Themes include Mining and Crafting, Ticket To Ride, Space Adventures and the World of Super Heroes.  Send your little master builder onto the program and let their own imagination run wild 😎 . The programs are filling quickly so be sure to book your spot soon!

Here’s another of the LEGO® ads – do you recognise these characters?  More examples on that Twister Sifter post – check it out, and happy building!

LEGO® Ad of Simpsons | Artwork by Jung v Matt | BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Sydney

 

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One day and two day workshops now added to our Sydney school holiday programs! Fun for kids with LEGO®, located in Willoughby

 

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® | Sydney July 2014 School Holiday Programs

 

We had a great reception to the Sydney school vacation BRICKS 4 KIDZ® programs we previously announced, so we’re happy to launch new options for parents seeking something fresh and fun for kids over the winter break. With specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games galore, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun!

We have now added one day and two day workshops, for parents seeking an all-day activity.  Programs will start at 9am and finish at 4pm (LEGO® Creative Play time is available for children who need an early drop off or late pick up – details available on our school holiday programs page).

School holiday and vacation care is designed for kids ages 5 – 12 and are staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors. Children will work and play with designated LEGO® Technic pieces such as gears, axles, electric motors and more! Themes include Mining and Crafting, Ticket To Ride, Space Adventures and the World of Super Heroes.

Children work in small groups to build projects using BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model plans. They also get to make creations of their own during our free play periods. We keep the action going with unique games and challenges using LEGO® Bricks to make sure they get their fill of LEGO® school holiday fun in an open, friendly and team-based environment!

All the vacation programs will be held at 1st Willoughby Scout Hall, 56 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW 2068.  Each child will receive a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt and a custom LEGO® mini-figure to take home.

There are only 20 spots in each workshop. You can download details here, to share with friends – get a group going!

Alternatively, if you are interested in any of the programs announced previously (five consecutive half-days) please note these are filling fast.

 

Here are the new sessions now available for the July school holidays in Sydney:

 

ONE DAY PROGRAMS ($90, INCL GST)

Ticket to Ride

4 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Get your ticket to ride at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® amusement park! Kids will build rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock.  They will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges.  Motorised models maximise the action and fun. The day includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model building and more.

At the end of the day, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Space Adventure 

11 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™, our Space Adventures program is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off! Children will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the day includes LEGO®  Star Wars™ themed models, group games, challenges and more. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Space Adventure provides the spark for imagination and creativity.

At the end of the day, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 6+

 

TWO DAY PROGRAMS ($180, INCL GST)

Girl - DuckMining and Crafting

30 June – 1 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Experience the world of MineCraft® with LEGO® bricks in this creative school holiday workshop! Kids will begin by crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters and tools using traditional bricks and mosaic builds. Children will face new challenges each day building motorised BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models and crafting key elements from the MineCraft® game.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 7+

Space Adventure 

2 – 3 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™, our Space Adventures program is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off! Each day, children will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the program includes LEGO®  Star Wars™ themed models, group games, challenges and more. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Space Adventure provides the spark for imagination and creativity.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 6+

 

Super Hero Academy

7 July – 8 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Join BRICKS 4 KIDZ® for two days building Super Heroes with LEGO® bricks. Explore all the caped crusaders and discover their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all of the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO® bricks.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Ticket to Ride

9 – 10 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Get your ticket to ride at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® amusement park! Kids will build rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock.  They will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges.  Motorised models maximise the action and fun. Each session includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model building and more.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Details

  • Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer.
  • Please note that food is not provided. Please provide a nut-free snack for your child to enjoy during every day of vacation care. If staying for the full day children will need to bring their own nut-free lunch.

 

Check out our cancellation policy, missed classes policy and other notes here.

Get in quick before all the spots are gone!

 

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