Cool Stuff

Easy LEGO® Ninjago Cake and Decorations

Looking for simple, easy birthday cake and decoration ideas for your LEGO Ninjago fan?  Here are some pictures of a super easy Ninjago Birthday Cake that I made for our son’s 6th birthday a couple of years ago.  Ask your local bakery to make the biggest round sponge cake they can, make some coloured green and yellow butter icing and buy black icing from a tube from Woolies for the eyes!

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Party Decorations – use a black texter to draw eyes on yellow paper.  Cut out and glue onto balloons.

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More than play: How block play builds your child’s mind

2016-09-01-15-49-25When you give your child a set of LEGO Bricks to play with, you are doing far more than giving them a plaything, something that will occupy them for awhile. Several studies show that child growth and development take place when they engage in block play. So whether your child is a preschooler making a basic wall, or your tween is designing a model cityscape, there is a lot happening in the brain, and that can help them both socially and academically.  Read more here…

Spatial Intelligence

What is Spatial Intelligence?

Spatial Intelligence is the capacity to understand and remember the spatial relations among objects. Simply put, it is t he ability to “see with the mind’s eye” – to picture what something will look like, before you create it.

Why is Spatial Intelligence important?

Spatial ability plays an important role in creative thinking and innovation, especially for STEM disciplines in the future (David Lubinski, Vanderbuilt University).  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 highly significant to one’s success.  Read more here.

Parenting Insights

Five Basic Principles to Foster a Love of Learning! ?

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We all know the drill.  Multiplication tables in the car on the way to school, each morning.  Fifteen minutes of reading, every night.  Projects that need to be done over the weekend that you hear about on Sunday night (or on Monday morning!).

We know these common activities help children learn critical skills by reinforcing their learning at school.  And, every parent knows the frustration of getting a reluctant child to complete these tasks on time, or worse, to start a task in which he or she has absolutely no interest!

That’s because when learning feels like a chore, kids are going to resist.

Academic experts agree that play can be a great tool to help kids learn, especially when it is related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.  When kids have fun, they love to learn. And when they love to learn, education happens naturally.  Read more here…

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