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We will be there at the Teneriffe Festival

Teneriffe Festival  July 1 10am to 4pm

The Teneriffe Festival was conceived after Brisbane’s inner city area of Teneriffe was officially named a suburb, early in 2010.

2017 marks the eighth year for the Teneriffe Festival, in which we will celebrate the suburb’s history, energy, cultural diversity, commerce and beauty.

The Festival incorporates a rich program of events, from street markets, concerts and historical displays. Several of Teneriffe’s main streets will be closed, offering our visitors a magnificent opportunity to discover the best that our suburb has to offer.

The Teneriffe Festival attracts an audience of approximately 50,000 people making it one of Brisbane’s favourite festivals.

Bricks4Kidz® Brisbane-Springfield we will be there with all our LEGO® BUILDING on the day.

Play:

  • Drag racing – Automated Racetrack
  • Kidz Build:  Free build with: Lego – Duplo – Quarto – Giant Lego

Display:

  • AFOL Lego display from BrisBricks
  • World premier on Lego Idea concept from local LEGO Designer.
  • Our New Science Program with LEGO Mindstorm
  • Builds from our After School Programs

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO THE FESTIVAL:

Making your way to the Teneriffe Festival has never been easier with Brisbane City Council’s public transportation services being the most convenient way of getting delivered right to the Festival’s entrance. Take the bus, ferry or Citycat to the Teneriffe Ferry Terminal and walk straight into the Festival.

 

 

 

 

How Lego clicked: the super brand that reinvented itself

By Johnny Davis, Sunday 4 June 2017
A mass of cross-looking Lego figure heads

 Face time: Lego people now outnumber humans. Photograph: Stefan Volk/Camera Press4

From its founding in 1932 until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss. By 2003 it was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it was $800m in debt. An internal report revealed it hadn’t added anything of value to its portfolio for a decade.

Consultants hurried to Lego’s Danish HQ. They advised diversification. The brick had been around since the 1950s, they said, it was obsolete. Lego should look to Mattel, home to Fisher-Price, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, a company whose portfolio was broad and varied. Continue Reading →…

Artist in Residence

DO YOU WANT TO BE BRISBANE AIRPORT’S NEXT ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE?

We’re on the hunt to find Brisbane Airport’s next Artist-in-Residence and this time it’s all about the LEGO® bricks!

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Science project ideas using LEGO® Bricks!

9451415_SWhen you’re brainstorming ideas for a science project – think LEGO®! Incorporating LEGO® Bricks into your experiment will make it more colorful and certainly more fun! They can play a small role or be prominently featured, but either way they’ll be easily recognizable and make the project interesting – for you and for the audience.

When coming up with a science project idea, review the requirements first. Some science fairs allow models, but many require your project to feature a true experiment. A model displays a scientific item or principle, while an experiment is the test of a scientific question. It includes an independent variable that you are changing in order to test your question. Talk with your teacher or science fair coordinator if you need more information about the distinction.

LEGO® Bricks can be used in models or experiments. Here are just a few ideas. Take a look and then see if you can come up with some of your own! Continue Reading →…

How to Build a LEGO Fidget Spinner

LEGO Fidget SpinnerHave you heard of fidget spinners?  Originally introduced as a fidget tool for kids with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder, they have exploded in popularity with kids everywhere!  My boys heard about them from neighbor kids and wanted one of their own.  I’ve gotta say – it’s a fun little gadget that demonstrates some neat properties of physics!

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13 Cool STEM Books for Kids Who Love Science (and More)

13 Cool STEM Books for Kids Who Love Science (and More)

Engaging reads for kids and tweens about science, technology, engineering, and math. By Regan McMahon
13 Cool STEM Books for Kids Who Love Science (and More)

Digital tools that engage kids in the process of scientific discovery get a lot of STEM attention (deservedly so), but reading also hooks kids on science, technology, engineering, and math. There’s a lot more to STEM books than you might think. We found a biography of a 19th-century female inventor, a story about scientifically minded twins that includes gadget-creation projects, and a graphic novel that teaches coding. We’ve selected books that offer engaging stories and tantalizing nonfiction to nurture kids’ natural curiosity about the world and spark an interest in inventions, inventors, and problem-solving.

Take a look at our STEM book picks for preschool through middle school kids.  Continue Reading →…

Awesome LEGO News: HispaBrick Magazine

Welcome all to the website about HispaBrick Magazine®. Here you can find news and information related to this magazine, published in Spanish and in English, about the world of LEGO® bricks.

Forthose who do not know it yet, the magazine can be downloaded as a PDF file from the links provided under downloads. If you prefer, you can also get a printed version through bubok. You will only pay printing and shipping costs as this is a non-profit publication.

HispaBrick Magazine started in 2008 as an initiative of some Spanish AFOLs in order to preserve the best MOCs and articles that were published in their community for ‘posterity’. In addition to the warm welcome from Spanish speaking AFOLs, it soon became clear that there was much interest from people who did not read that language. The second edition of the magazine already contained a number of articles in both Spanish and English and as of issue 003, HispaBrick Magazine has been published in two editions of identical content, one in Spanish and one in English. Continue Reading →…

BUDDING DESIGNER ACES LEGO COMPETITION

5 Apr 2017, Springfield News
By: Emma Caitlyn

NURSERY  DESIGN  TAKES  THE  PRIZE

Picture: RICHARD WALKER

Camira student Isabella with her prize-winning Lego Friends plant nursery design.

 ISABELLA  has been blitzing Lego competitions since she was just 4 years old, but she says her latest win is her best design.

The grade three Camira student was last week named runner-up in the national Lego Friends designer competition for her plant nursery construction.

“I had been encouraging my mother to buy me some plants, so I decided I wanted to build a mixture between a greenhouse and nursery,” Isabella said of her inspiration.

Luckily, her Lego-land fared better than some of the real flowers she planted in a wheelbarrow at home.

By expertly constructing a hinged roof on the greenhouse, Isabella was able to create a shop corner and rows of Lego flowers inside. Outside, birds are in wheelbarrows and barrels full of carrots.

 

 

With “only a tiny bit of help” from Lego-loving dad Carlo, who owns Bricks4Kidz Centre in Springfield, Isabella knocked the entire thing together two days before entries closed.

And while she was stoked to come second, the eight-year-old said the circus design she was dreaming up would be next year’s sure winner.

Dad:  We are super proud of Isabella.  She is an exceptional Lego builder, very creative and knows what she wants.  The only help she asked for was to find a few specific Lego pieces in particular colours and help with submitting her entry online for the world “LEGO friends designer” competition.

Five SUPER FUN Ways to Create Learning Moments inspired by LEGO® Batman

Five SUPER FUN Ways to Create Learning Moments inspired by LEGO® Batman

It’s no surprise that we absolutely love the new LEGO® Batman movie and we’re looking forward to creating some fun inspired by it. But do you know why we use fun themes?  Fun themes create awesome springboards for learning moments.

Such learning moments are vital in a child’s development.  In a recent article, Maryellen Weimer, PhD describes the learning moment as “a moment of insight, often a possibility or explanation that had never crossed their minds, or a set of ideas that come together and create a new perspective on a familiar issue.”  It’s the “Ah ha” moment.  And we can create opportunities for these moments by connecting fun + learning!

We have a few ideas on how the LEGO® Batman movie can inspire learning moments at home. Continue Reading →…

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks @ the Ipswich Art Gallery

 This Easter, we are giving away a Family pass with each whole day booking:

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Be inspired by Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, an exhibition where architecture meets creative play.

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks Awesome Holiday program Easter Ipswich Art Gallery Bricks4Kidz kidsTwelve iconic mega towers from Australian and Asian cities have been astonishingly replicated at 1:200 scale using only Lego® bricks. Get up close to Brisbane’s own Infinity Tower, the Gold Coast’s Q1, Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and the Sydney Tower. Amongst the international towers are Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers and China’s tallest building, Shanghai Tower.

Explore the line-up of astonishing scale-model constructions by Ryan McNaught, one of only 12 LEGO® Certified Professionals worldwide. Continue Reading →…

9 WAYS playing with LEGO® assists your CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT

  • Playing with LEGO® is a CHALLENGE for children (and for adults!)
  • LEGO® AWAKENS your child’s IMAGINATION and CURIOSITY
  • Building with LEGO® helps a child’s brain to PROCESS and ASSIMILATE INFORMATION
  • Building and creating things with LEGO® aids in the growth of CREATIVE STANDARDS
  • Kids develop a sense of ownership of their own creations, building SELF-CONFIDENCE

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Lego-compatible tape sticks your bricks to almost anything

Break free from the restraints of gravity with flexible Lego-compatible tape that can stick to walls, toys and curved surfaces.

Bend it like Nimuno Loops.nimumo-lego-cnn

Lego fans are a creative bunch who know how to take those squared-off bricks and turn them into creations that expand outside the lines. The Nimuno Loops project on Indiegogo wants to put Lego blocks in all sorts of exciting places with a flexible Lego-compatible adhesive tape.

 

It’s easy to see the allure of Nimuno Loops and their ability to connect your Lego pieces to walls, appliances, toys or even ceilings. The tape can be cut, bent, lifted up and repositioned. It will be interesting to see how well the adhesive holds up over time and through multiple sticks and re-sticks. Continue Reading →…

Tips for supporting your child with their homework during school

Bricks-4-Kidz-Brisbane-workshops-with-LEGOAs kids gets older, they gain more responsibility at school and at home. You’ve probably already begun this process by assigning them simple tasks around the house, such as picking up toys, making their own beds and feeding the pets. Now that school has started, your elementary school student may be bringing home homework for the first time. Since homework will be their reality for years to come, it’s smart to set up good habits now.

Embrace the enthusiasm: It doesn’t happen with every kid, but for some, this big-kid task is an exciting shift in status, especially if they have older siblings. Praise them for having a good attitude and for getting right to work. For good measure, “gossip” with your spouse or a family member about your child’s strong start. Continue Reading →…

Launching our amazing April School Holiday Workshops with LEGO®! in Brisbane: Taringa, Mt. Ommaney & Springfield:

Advanced and Junior Robotics or be inspired by the new LEGO® Batman Movie with our Bat League Technic and Creator Workshop.

Awesome Robotics workshops with introductory Coding, PLUS fun workshops with themes inspired by the LEGO® Batman Movie, Mining & Crafting and Ninjas, and MORE!

Starting 3 April and running until 16 April in three locations: Taringa, Mt. Ommaney & Springfield.  Come BUILD with us! We’d love to see you!

ED SHEERAN PORTRET VAN LEGO

On Marts 2, 2017
RTL4 Late Night Show ran a special about Ed Sheeran. As Ed is a LEGO fan, reporter Lauren Fabels invited Dirk Denoyelle and Amazings to create “something” for Ed with LEGO bricks.
Everybody loved the mosaic (96 x 96 nops, for the incrowd). In less than 2 days the mosaic was built, involving about all Amazings co-workers at some point. The mosaic is a sort of combination of Ed’s face and the cover of his latest album “Divide”. RTL Late Night is presented by the very charming Humberto Tan. Also Dutch Celebraty Yolanthe was at the table. Check out Amazings at http://www.amazings.eu.

Lego-based play therapy could help children with autism develop social skills

Author: Jane Kirby, 25 February 2017

Lego (Getty Images)
Lego (Getty Images)

EXPERTS are looking to play therapy using Lego to help children with autism develop their social skills.

A new study at the University of York will use Lego in small groups to help children with autism refine interaction skills and express themselves through play.

Lego-based therapies were developed in America but are now used around the world as a recognised practice.

It’s estimated that about one in every 100 people in the UK has autism, and currently, more boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls are.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie trailer has arrived

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie, the next film in the LEGO movie franchise following The Lego Batman Movie (which is out this weekend). The film is adapted from both the Ninjago product line as well as the successful animated TV series.

The story focuses on teenage Lloyd a.k.a. the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), who must work with a team of ninja friends led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan) to defend their island home of Ninjago against the evil warlord Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), all while dealing with the monsters and mundanities that come with high school. But the black-helmeted, four-armed supervillain Garmadon just happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

 

Lloyd’s squad that helps him save the day against bad guys, giant monsters and robots includes the hotheaded Kai (Michael Peña), robot Zane (Zach Woods), popular and edgy Cole (Fred Armisen), insecure Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and strong-willed Nya (Abbi Jacobson).

 

Jackie Chan also helped with the production beyond just voicing Master Wu. His stunt team reportedly filmed fight sequences that animators used to make the LEGO ninja battles more realistic.

 

 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie hits theaters on Friday, September 22.

 

 

 

Book Review: The LEGO Animation Book

LEGOAnimation PDF-1Stop motion animation using LEGO bricks is a fantastic way to tell stories, and some of the top YouTube channels have massive followings.

It’s no surprise then that there is a lot of interest in learning how to get started with the medium. The LEGO Animation Book aims to be your complete guide to being a LEGO stop-motion animator.

A lot of the previous LEGO books that I have reviewed have been fairly light, easy reading. They’ve either been fun things aimed at kids or informational books with more pictures than text. The LEGO Animation book does start off light but does get very technical.

The book has a great progression from the basics of staging a shoot to some very advanced topics. You can see the trailer for the film referenced throughout the book at the end of the article.

The LEGO Side

If you are expecting this to be a book full of build instructions then you are going to be a little disappointed. That’s not what this book is about.

There are a few builds in the book – creating large “puppets” for your animation, but the rest of the building presented is all designed for a specific function.

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The book talks about building settings for your film and includes tips like not building things that you won’t see on camera (such as the 4th wall of a building) and spacing out your build so characters can move freely within a scene.

Also covered are various scales that you can build at, and how those work in different ways within a film.

The LEGO content of the book is about the advantages of using LEGO as an animation medium and how to build in a way that will achieve the outcome you want. Its not about creating MOCS.

An Animation Guide

You might see the book and immediately think it’s a LEGO book, but if I had to classify it I would say that it’s a book about animation. It talks about all of the fundamentals of animation; the rules and guiding principles created in the early days of Disney.

Each element is expertly covered. They are the sort of things that you don’t notice when they are there, but would make your film look poor if they were missing. Little things like firing a rocket launcher causing a minifigure to move backwards.

The animation principles that are covered are what makes people connect with characters, even if they are minifigures.

Chapter two of the book is all about the key to the majority of LEGO animation – the minifigure. Unlike other ways of doing animation there are limitations to what is possible with a LEGO minifigure. The book breaks down complex topics like points of articulation into easily understandable language.

There are useful tips spread throughout like grouping together your minifigure heads that could be the same “character” in order to get a library of different facial expressions.

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Getting Technical

The later chapters of the book get into some of the more complex and technical side of doing stop-motion LEGO animation, but the information is always presented in an approachable way.

Not everybody is going to understand photography terms like white balance and ISO, but they are presented as an advanced topic. Those advanced topics are presented as an extension of the basic tips, rather than instead of them.

The section on camera selection uses colour coded pages to convey varying complexities. If you want to just use your smartphone then the book doesn’t dismiss that option.

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The tools of the trade section covers everything that you will need from the camera and tripod to lighting, microphones and little things like dust removal tools and tape.

The other aspect of the technical part of the book is a guide to cinematography and post-production. The cinematography section will give you a good understanding of how to shoot your film. The software that you can use and some general tips about actually capturing the frames needed.

On the post-production side, the book touches on using computer generated images to add to your film. It’s a skill that not everybody is going to have, and the book does make it clear that it is an advanced topic.

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Sound design and recording is also covered well.

Being Creative

Chapter 7 of the book does its best to cover what is possibly the hardest part of creating a LEGO animation – being creative. Having a good idea for a story is difficult and this book doesn’t really aim to inspire that. What this chapter does offer is ways to brainstorm ideas, how to create story boards and get that idea out of your head. Lots of general information like standard script formatting.

I would have liked if the book did more to inspire ideas, but having said that I don’t know how it could have actually done that. Like I said previously this isn’t just a LEGO book, or a LEGO Ideas book.

In conclusion

To be honest I have never really had much interest in LEGO animation myself, it’s just not something I aspired to do. Despite that I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s impossible to dismiss the work involved in LEGO animation and getting such an in depth guide really makes me appreciate it more than ever. I enjoy learning the technical side of things and this book is very educational while still being approachable.

If you have any desire to become a LEGO animator or just want to learn more about the medium then I highly recommend this book.

You can read more information about The LEGO Animation Book at https://www.nostarch.com/legoanimation

If you are interested in this book the cheapest place I found to purchase it was UK based online book store bookdepository.com. The price is (at the time of publication) AU$21.88 with free international shipping.

Click here to view the store.

Bricking Around was sent a copy of the book to review. Receiving review products does not guarantee positive coverage – Bricking Around posts will always place honesty above commercial considerations.

This Awesome Bike Helmet Makes It Look Like You Have LEGO Hair

This clever helmet is helping kids stay safer while also making the wearer look like a full-sized LEGO man! Designed to resemble the toy’s funny hair wig, this ingenious bike helmet will hopefully get kids more excited about riding safely.

So far, the helmet is just a prototype. But we think these guys are definitely on the right track. This LEGO Man Hair Helmet is way more fun than the smelly old helmets our moms used to force us to wear.

Spot on Ryan Mcnaught! 96% of our programs are held in Air-conditioned venues. Come and be Cool!!!

This is pretty much how our workshop rolls.

Had a chance to recreate in LEGO a work from my favourite artist in the world A great guy from New Zealand; Glenn Jones

Www.glennjonesart.com

And yes, ice cream is our secret to making awesome LEGO models.

Had a chance to recreate in LEGO a work from my favourite artist in the world A great guy from New Zealand; Glenn Jones

Www.glennjonesart.com

 

 

 

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