September 6, 2018 | agudenburr
For this month, Lego engineers were challenged to build a trap for Newt Scamander to catch a Fantastic Beast! The requirements were;
- Lure: how will you attract the beast to go into the trap?
- Capture: how does your trap contain the beast without hurting it?
- Calm: how does your trap calm the beast so it can travel safely?
August 16, 2018 | agudenburr
Two cats that look alike live in the same building and, when they sneak out to visit one another, worry their young owners by their changed behavior.
Simon, the housecat, points out that he may not roar like a lion or run fast like a cheetah, but he has many other things in common with the big cats.
Mr. Raisin is a bit of a grump. He lives all alone in a little house, and he likes it that way just fine. One day, a mysterious basket appears on Mr. Raisin's doorstep. When he opens it up, it seems there's nothing inside... until he notices a floating dog bobbing along his ceiling.
July 31, 2018 | agudenburr
July's Open Lego Build challenge was to build the ideal Summer Getaway Vehicle. Lego engineers had to solve the following problems:
- How does your vehicle get around?
- What kinds of entertainment does your vehicle have?
- Is there food and drink on your vehicle? If so, what kind(s)?
- Where will your Summer Getaway Vehicle take you?
Hover your mouse over each picture to get information about the Lego Engineer, the title of their creation, and information about their creation.
July 17, 2018 | agudenburr
Honesty is a challenging skill for children to learn. Sometimes it is hard to tell the truth while other times telling the truth can hurt someone's feelings. Here are some picture books that help introduce the concept of honesty for children.
When David gets in trouble, he has excuses right up until bedtime, when he realizes he really is sorry.
Ben has so often tried to convince people he has seen Bigfoot that when a real yeti arrives and borrows his bicycle, no one comes to see if Ben is telling the truth.
June 30, 2018 | agudenburr
The winner for the Tonight Show's summer book club is: Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone. Check out or reserve one of our copies today to follow along with Jimmy Fallon.
Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
June 18, 2018 | agudenburr
One of my goals for summer is to grow a garden with a variety of herbs and vegetables. Gardening is a great family activity that teaches children plant lifecycles and where food comes from. Here are some gardening resources for children to get your family started.
Presents twelve gardening projects using leftover scraps from cooking, including growing celery from stubs, growing a bulb of garlic from a single clove, and growing a ginger plant from a root.
Introduces gardens and gardening, including how a seed grows into a plant, how fruits and vegetables form, and what animals and insects also live in a garden.