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LEGO

Activities

1.  Ole invented a new kind of toy using a simple idea. Now it's your turn!  What kind of toy would you invent? Sketch it out on paper, or make a prototype (a model that shows your idea is possible) out of cardboard or other materials.  You can even use LEGO bricks!  

2.  LEGO bricks can be used for all sorts of learning activities.  Check out these ideas with the permission of an adult!

3.  Go build with LEGO!  You can build a track for cars, a house for your guinea pig, or a spaceship flowerpot.  Don't like what you made?  No problem! Take it apart and try again!  Some of the best learning happens when you make mistakes.

Lego sets have been around for 90 years!  Chances are, you’ve built something yourself or seen something built from LEGO bricks. But how much do you really know about Lego? Who invented Lego? What does the word LEGO even mean? And why should you only say LEGO and never LEGOS? 

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Games and Toys

Transformers

Activities

1.  Draw your own robot and make it climb!  Help your paper robot save the day by adding some straws and string!

2.Robots need coding to tell them what to do.  Coding is usually done with computers but you can learn the basics with patterns and Lego bricks!  Check out these fun coding activities!

3.  What can robots do besides save the earth?  Lots of things!  Check out National Geographic Kids to learn about some pretty cool robots.

Transformers - the cars and trucks that turn into robots as toys, as comic book heroes and in the movies!  Did you know, Hasbro, the toy company that makes transformers, was originally known for making... pencils? So, how did Transformers originate? Who invented them? And could you build one in real life? 

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Chess

Activities

1.  Play Chess!  Challenge a friend or adult to a game.  If you don't know how to play, check out the link below!  And if you don't have anyone to play with -- there are plenty of free Chess apps available to play against the computer at every skill level

2.  Are you more of a chart person who wants to study strategy?  Here are some diagrams and a quick reference guide for how the pieces move.

3.  Want to practice playing Chess?  Check out these chess puzzles to keep your game sharp!

 Did you know Chess is the most popular board game of ALL TIME, worldwide?  But who invested chess? Why do the pieces have such funny/interesting names? And what does it take to become a Grand Master at chess? 

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Daily Life Games and Toys

Barbie vs. GI Joe

Activities

1.  Ruth Handler crated a toy she thought other children would like to play with.  What kind of toy would you like to invent?  Grab some paper and draw your idea of the perfect toy.  Would you play with it inside or outside? Is it something you can share, or is it something you play with by yourself?

2.  What is your favorite toy?  Is it an action figure, a doll or a stuffed animal?  Does it go on adventures with you?  Write a story about the adventures you have with your favorite toy.  It can be real or pretend.  Maybe you want to pretend your toy comes to life at night and saves the world!

3.  Make your own Barbie clothes!  You don't need to buy special fabric for your one of a kind creations.  Ask an adult for an old tee shirt you can cut up and get creating!

Barbie dolls and GI Joe figures are two of the most popular toys of all time - with toys, accessories, and even cartoons made about them.  But, there was a time back in the 1950's when nobody had every heard of them -- because they hadn't been invented yet! Who thought up these toys? How did the success of one lead to the creation of the other?  And how have they both evolved over time?

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Bicycles

Activities

1.  Ask an adult to help you find a safe place to build a bike course!  You can use chalk or road cones to outline the course. Make sure you add in some special turns or tricks.

2.  Go on a bike ride with your family!  Talk about where you want to go and what you want to see.  Do you want to stop at the park half way or try to peddle really fast?

3.  Don't know how to ride a bike yet?  Check with your local parks department.  They often offer classes on how to balance, pedal, and ride a bike safely.

Did you know there are more bikes on the road than cars?  But how were bicycles invented?  How are you able to balance on them?  And how come you never forget how to ride one? 

Listen to the short Who Smarted? episode for kids about Bicycles for free here!

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Board Games

Activities

1.  Create your own board game!  Use things from around the house.  A sheet of paper is a great game board and you can use almost anything for pieces.  What kind of game will you create?  Do you need to do the Chicken Dance every 3rd turn or does the winner have to clean the dishes?

2.  Have a family game night!  Pick a family favorite or grab a new one!  Want to try something new but don't want to buy it?  Maybe you could trade games with a friend and find a new favorite.  

3.  Make a fun snack for game night!  You could pop some popcorn or try making homemade pizza.  Let the kids add their favorite toppings to prepared crust for an easy, low mess dinner.

Did you know the first board games were played between 6000 &10,000 years ago? So, how did the classic board games we all know and love get invented?  And who is the greatest board game maker of them all? 

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Daily Life Games and Toys

Video Games

Activities

1.  Video games are known for their memorable artwork.  You can get creative and try these video game inspired art projects!

2.  Have a dress like your favorite video game character day!  Mario wears a red cape and red hat, Yoshi is green, and the Among Us characters wear a single color with swim goggles!  Get creative and use what you already have at home.  We'd love to see your pictures!

3.  It's time to play video games with an adult!  Chances are good that they grew up playing some type of video games.  If they have an old system in the basement, dust it off and learn how to beat vintage villains!  If you don't, teach your adult how to play Minecraft or Among Us!  Maybe you can even catch them being the imposter!

It might be hard to imagine, but there was actually a time before Video Games existed!  We know...shocking.  As it turns out, Video Games are less than 50-years old. But who invented them and can they help your brain GROW?

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Daily Life Games and Toys

Balloons

1.  No need to wait for your next party, Here is a fun balloon game you can play now!

2.  Have you ever played balloon hockey?  Check this out!

3.  Grab some Legos and make your own balloon powered car!  You could even make a race track or pile up some blocks for your car to crash into.  You can find the instructions here.

Did you know the earliest balloons were made out of animal parts? Thankfully, we use less gross materials now, but who made the first balloon float & why? Why are balloons used at parties & what other uses of balloons are there?

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