Category Archives: School Holiday Workshops

Heads up parents! New school holiday workshop announced: CLASH OF BRICKS, inspired by gaming mega-hit Clash of Clans™!

BRICKS 4 KIDZ Sydney | School Holiday Workshops | Clash of BricksWe are super-excited to bring a BRAND SPANKING NEW theme for our Sydney school holiday workshops – join us for the CLASH OF BRICKS!

Gather your barbarians and archers! It’s time for battle… BRICKS 4 KIDZ® style! Inspired by the gaming mega-hit Clash of Clans™, collect and store gold and elixir to train troops and build villages in this fun workshop with LEGO® Bricks. You must stop at nothing to defend your village from enemy attacks! Experience the thrill of battling barbarians, greedy goblins, powerful PEKKAs, and wild wall breakers. All of this and more at our Clash of Bricks workshop!

In addition to the Clash of Bricks, there are spots available on our January workshops at both our St Leonards and Mosman locations: other themes include:

  • Mining & Crafting (going quick!)
  • Space Adventures
  • Remote Control Mania
  • Superhero Academy, and
  • Amusement Park Mayhem

Get in quick before all spots are gone!

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Spatial intelligence: What is it, why is it important and how to develop it in your child

BRICKS 4 KIDZ Sydney | 8 Ways LEGO Assists Development

Everyone knows that LEGO® is good for kids.  Recently we posted this chart here, outlining eight ways that LEGO® assists your child’s development – one of those is to aid in the development of Spatial Intelligence. But what is that exactly?  And why is that important?

What is Spatial Intelligence?

Spatial Intelligence is the capacity to understand and remember the spatial relations among objects. Simply put, it is the ability to “see with the mind’s eye” – to picture what something will look like, before you create it.

Why is Spatial Intelligence important?

We’ve always associated “intelligence” with people who are highly literate and numerate. However, as noted in a paper by Carmel Diezmann and James Watters from Queensland University of Technology, a careful analysis of highly creative people in the area of mathematics and science suggests that other behaviours broadly identified as spatial intelligence are significant areas of human capability.

This means that people with highly developed spatial skills find success in solving many tasks in everyday life, as noted by Johns Hopkins University. For instance, using a map to guide you through an unfamiliar city, merging into high-speed traffic, and orienting yourself in your environment (as when you are learning your way around a new school building) are all activities that involve spatial ability.

Solar System | Huffington PostSpatial Intelligence is also important for success in many fields of study. Mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, economic forecasting, meteorology and architecture all involve the use of spatial skills: For instance, an astronomer must visualise the structure of a solar system and the motions of the objects in it. An engineer visualises the interactions of the parts of a machine. Radiologists must be able to interpret the image on a medical X-ray. Chemical sum formulas can be viewed as abstract models of molecules with most of the spatial information deleted; spatial skills are important in restoring that information when more detailed mental models of the molecules are needed.

In an age where so much compelling content is found online in the two-dimensional world of iPads and the internet, many kids favour the rich, tailored experiences found online over the messy, harder work of constructing something yourself using your own imagination.

We know that our greater use of technology influences the development of our brains, for good and bad.  An issue is that kids who don’t build things with their hands may struggle to develop their spatial abilities.  How do we create more opportunities to develop Spatial Intelligence in our kids’ daily lives?

How to Strengthen Spatial Intelligence in your Child

This post from Growing With Your Child lists five fun activities that you can use with your kids to aid the development of their Spatial Intelligence.  One of them is building with LEGO®.  In fact, building with LEGO® is also recommended in both the articles from QUT and Johns Hopkins University, linked above! Playing with LEGO® strengthens spatial reasoning and coordination skills, and in so do will enhance Spatial Intelligence.

On Monday 3 November, we’ll be announcing details of our Sydney Summer School Holiday workshop programs, providing kids with fantastic opportunities to dive into new BRICKS 4 KIDZ® creations with LEGO® Bricks.  Look out for the details.  For them, it’s an awesome day (or two) with friends – but you’ll know that it is more than just fun 🙂 .

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Hey Sydney – how are you entertaining the kids this September holidays?

BRICKS 4 KIDZ Sydney | School Holiday Workshops 2 | www.bit.ly:SydHolsBRICKS 4 KIDZ® School Holiday Workshops with LEGO® Bricks are a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their break in Sydney

With specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun. Our school holiday programs are designed for kids ages 5 – 11 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. In addition to our existing location in Willoughby, we’re excited to bring our workshop program to Mosman for the first time!

Our school holiday workshop themes in September include:

  • Mining and Crafting,
  • Teenage Brick Turtles,
  • Remote Control Mania,
  • Superhero Academy,
  • Angry Birdies and Bad Piggies,
  • Amusement Park Mayhem, and
  • the always popular Space Adventures!

 

How do the programs work?

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 creative 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!

 

Details

  • The school holiday workshops will be held at two locations: 1st Willoughby Scout Hall, 56 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW 2068 and 1st Mosman Scout Group Hall, Avenue Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
  • The programs run Monday to Friday and are either one day, two day or half-day workshops.
  • In the July holidays, our workshops completely sold out. Get in quick before tickets are all gone!

 

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