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LEGO Starts Rolling Out Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much lately. As an anesthesiologist/anaesthetist (depending on where in the world you are), I have been spending time, along with my colleagues, preparing our hospitals and ourselves for a threatened surge in COVID 19 patients.

We are fortunate at this stage, to have not had the same devastating number of cases that has been seen in Europe, UK, China or the USA, although I would be naive to believe that we have avoided any significant problem at this time.

There is no doubt that we are anxious about it here, and we have all heard stories from around the world with regard to the importance of Personal Protective Equipment in minimising the impact the disease has on healthcare workers. We have also heard about industry stepping up to the plate around the world, repurposing tools and machinery towards both PPE and Ventilator production.

Therefore, I was excited to see that The LEGO Group have started to roll out face visors, important to as a part of precautions to protect the faces of Healthcare workers, on six of their holding machines in Billund. This was seen in a video to their social media channels.

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Take our 30 Day Master Builder Challenge!

Do you have kids at home during this difficult time?

Our BRICKS 4 KIDZ Community are important to us so we have you covered with engaging resources and fun activities for kids at home!  We’ll be releasing a new set of resources from our favourite workshop themes each week for all our master builders.

Week One

Take our 30 Day Master Builder Challenge!

Have FUN and use your IMAGINATION. Share your creations to our Facebook page or Instagram, tag it with #30DayMasterBuilders and see what others have created!

Workplace School Holiday Activities and Programs for Kids! 😀 🚀 👨‍👧‍👦

Workplace School Holiday Programs for Kids of Employees!

Modern workplaces create unique, fun, and rewarding experiences for their staff.  BRICKS 4 KIDZ creates a fun and engaging work environment with our Workplace School Holiday Programs!  What could be better than Holiday Activities for your kids at your workplace?  The ultimate in peace of mind and convenience!

We have worked with some of Australia’s biggest companies and organisations, including a four day event for Cisco Systems in their premises in Sydney and a similar event for the Sydney group of KPMG Australia, as well as school holiday programs for Dimension Data, Foxtel, Capgemini, Accenture and Biogen!

Modern workplaces focus on creating unique, fun, and rewarding experiences for their staff. Companies such as Google are celebrated for their thoughtful approach to staff engagement. Are you looking to create a dynamic and engaged workforce? Why not consider a fun and educational event aimed at bringing children of staff members into the workplace!

Bricks4Kidz offers Workplace School Holiday programs for companies and organisations to host on their premises. All parents feel the pressure of arranging holiday activities for their kids; with this program, you can relieve that pressure for parents with a STEM-inspired and super-FUN holiday workshop!

STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are essential for careers and organisations in the global economy. We offer combinations of age-appropriate activities, ranging from exciting themes with LEGO® (for younger kids) through to an engaging Introduction to Coding with WeDo® and MINDSTORMS® Robotics (for the older ones)!

Flexible options are available, with one, two and four day combinations possible.

We’d love to bring this rewarding event to your workplace. If you are interested, get in contact with us today to discuss options and make your workplace a fun place!

4 simple brain-building activities that help preschoolers get school ready

Preschool is a foundational time in child development. Kids’ bodies and brains are growing at a rapid pace. Even with long, trying, tantrum-filled days, the first day of the Big K — kindergarten — will be here before you know it.

Before the cute photos and mommy tears, you want to do all you can to make sure they’re good and ready to climb aboard the big yellow bus and face the big day ahead. If your little is progressing at the normal rate, there’s lots you can do today to help them get kindergarten ready. The idea is to focus not on the K, but the pre-K.

Through play and activities, kids’ minds are busy developing the important skills they need to start learning kindergarten things. We’ll walk through the list and offer ideas on what you can do to help that along. Think of it as play with a purpose. If you’re in search of a way to spend a little time together, this list can be your guide.

1. Play, play, play!

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Our little Wizard of LEGO

ISABELLA  started with just four tiny LEGO characters based on the film The Wizard of Oz and turned them into an entire story.

The young LEGO lover from Springfield showed off her creativity at BrisBricks’ inaugural Toowoomba Fan Expo at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre this weekend.

Thousands of people witnessed amazing creation by LEGO architects from across southeast Queensland, with a massive display commemorating different parts of the state. Continue Reading →…

Bricks4Kidz Brisbane-Springfield Newsletter October – LEGO Program out now

Bricks4Kidz Brisbane-Springfield

Brisbane: Newstead, Mt Ommaney, Sherwood, Springfield & Toowoomba

At the Springfield Central Libary, 2019

October 2019

As we enter term 4 of 2019,
we are excited to share with you our latest news
and our upcoming programs.
This term we run 4 After School Classes, starting next week.
Our Spring Holidays Workshops were very successful and just about sold out, we will put on more and bigger programs next School Holidays, at a location near you. Last week, we had an awesome time in the Outback, at School Incursion’s and Activation’s “Fun Place”, all have been done and dusted.Term 4, After School Classes
We will continue to build on the universal popularity of LEGO® Bricks and deliver a high quality of educational play through our hour-long After School Classes that are a fun, enriching experience for your child!

This term’s theme is ‘AMAZING ANIMALS’, a fascinating and mind-blowing science of living things in our world around us! Students will explore animals from the tiny flea to the great blue whale, each animal possesses a unique quality that makes it stand out from the rest.
OPEN NOW FOR BOOKINGS: 
Click dates for more information and bookings.Starting dates:

Lego Birthday
We are offering two Party Venues for our ‘Lego Birthday Parties’ in Brisbane; Sherwood and Camira-Springfield.
Reserve your date today for your child’s future birthday party with us. Book any of our 3 Lego party packages (see our homepage for more details) at either of our amazing air-conditioned venues with plenty of free parking and coffee shop just around the corner.

We can also bring our amazing Lego party to your place or venue. We travel.  There are so many different themes to choose from or we can customize a Lego party to your child’s interest. To secure your date click here: Birthday Parties 
Facebook: Make sure you ‘Follow’ us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on our latest promotions, new programs and where to visit us at School Fetes, Shopping Centres or maybe at your local Library to try some of our builds for FREE.  https://www.facebook.com/B4KLEGO/

Thanks as always for your support

Penny, Carlo and the team
BRICKS4KIDZ Centre Brisbane-Springfield!

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Adults Only Lego Night – Springfield

Adults Only Lego Night - Springfield
30 Aug 2019 – 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Springfield Library celebrates it’s 1st Birthday with an Adults Only night of creating, collaborating and coding with Lego, and a special guest appearance by one of the Lego Master Winners, Cade Franklin!

Relive your childhood by getting creative with Lego free build, Technic project kits and Mosaic Build. Extend your skills with a Lego Mindstorms Battle Bot challenge delivered by Bricks4Kidz Brisbane-Springfield. 

Suits all coding skill levels from beginner to experienced. Free event for adults 18+. Drinks and nibbles provided. Bookings required.

Location note: Level 2 event space
Category: Special Event
Audience: Adults
Age restrictions: 18 years and above

Days till our Winter Holiday starts.

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Our Winter Holiday 2020

Mt Ommaney    Newstead   Virtual Online

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Sherwood     Toowoomba    Springfield

How Lego therapy can be a ‘massive win’ for kids with autism and their families

Seth Lester places the last block of Lego on a Jurassic Park-themed dinosaur, one of the creations he is preparing to display at the Autism Lego Expo in Mackay, north Queensland.

The annual event, which draws hundreds of children and adults alike, is held just before Christmas.  For 13-year-old Seth, it’s the highlight of his year.

“Some people think people like me can’t do that much,” he said.  “But having these people go to the Lego day and see all these people’s creations and being amazed at what these people can achieve, it’s really good.”

After being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder four years ago at age nine, Seth has been attending a weekly Lego group especially for kids with autism.

A girl constructing Lego.
PHOTO: Constructing Lego helps these children build other skills. (ABC Tropical North: Sophie Meixner)

It’s a chance to spend time with kids who love Lego as much as he does, as well as his mum Melanie Lester, who is here every week.

“I don’t really spend time with my family a lot,” Seth said. Continue Reading →…

Bricks4Kidz® students improved in math and science!

New Study Finds Bricks4Kidz® Students Grow on Science and Math Skills

Scientific Research Proven by Dr Bryan Shelley of Advanced Educational Measurement

The importance of math and science education grows with each passing year. The United States Department of Commerce finds that S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) degrees make college graduates more employable and have more successful careers. Throughout the world, parents and educators recognize that children must start to learn these skills as early in their educational careers as possible. Continue Reading →…

The LEGO Group and IKEA announce BYGGLEK

Two Scandinavian giants, the LEGO Group and IKEA, have announced (a little) more about what the companies have been collaborating on – a new range that will be known as BYGGLEK.

In a vague press announcement, the LEGO Group and IKEA stress the importance of play and the challenges adults and children have when perceiving play space differently. This leads to the new product range the collaboration has produced, BYGGLEK – images are not yet available.

According to the announcement, which cites research the companies have commissioned, children want more playtime with their parents and adults to see play as vital to wellbeing – but “Busy schedules and homework are a couple of obstacles, other restrictions like finding the space to play are more evident for adults than for children.

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Bricks 4 Kidz Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary with a Unique LEGO Brick Build and Mosaic

Bricks4Kidz is celebrating their 10th year in business by inviting children around the world to join in the festivities by building a custom model build and mosaic. Owners around the globe will be offering the unique model build to students enrolled in after-school programs, camps, workshops and Kidz Night Out events. With the summer camp season right around the corner, it’s a great time to celebrate and reconnect with our fun and educational programming.

The history of Bricks4Kidz is steeped in exploratory play. Ten years ago, a mother of two saw how much learning took place while building with LEGO Bricks with her son Luke. With each corresponding click of a LEGO Brick, the valuable lessons ranging from math and architecture to engineering and physics began stacking up. Ms. Cote, who had a background in architecture and design, soon began creating CAD models for them to build together. Soon she started offering summer camps and classes in local schools. After seeing how well the initial programs were received, she combined her entrepreneurial spirit with her design experience to create Bricks4Kidz. Continue Reading →…

Lego Masters Australia: Much More Than Just Lego

Nine is set to start in the second quarter of 2019 with Lego Masters, hosted by Hamish Blake, which promises audiences a different type of reality show.

Video on Nine: Lego Masters: Much More Than Just Lego

Speaking about the audience for the new format show, Nine’s Head of Content, Production and Development, Adrian Swift, argued it was important to understand that Lego Masters is more than just children’s entertainment.

Lego Masters is our newest show, and while it’s all about Lego, there’s a whole lot more to it. It’s about people who love Lego and can genuinely tell a story with those little bricks,” says Swift.

“This is not a kids show. It’s for anyone who has ever loved Lego, picked up a brick and built something with it, or even trodden over it in the middle of the night.

“The stories they tell in Lego Masters, the scale they build in and the joy they bring is quite unlike anything.”

Nine announced it would launch Lego Masters in 2019 following its success internationally.

With $100,000 in prize money on offer and 2.5 million Lego bricks at their fingertips, the possibilities for the Lego Masters contestants are mind-boggling. Throughout the show, the participants consistently impress with their creativity and ingenuity, all in an effort to claim the Lego trophy.

Swift says the key ingredients are the participants, who are set to take everyone by surprise.

“I think the audience for Lego Masters will be mixed. What’s really important is for people to understand is that it’s a show for people who really love achievement at its most pure.

“The contestants have skills that very few of us have. What they can do with Lego, the best singers do on The Voice. They’re people with design and building ability, creativity and imagination, and everyone will love it. I think all of us can just stand back and take out hats off to their brilliance.

Swift said Hamish Blake will provide fun and energy to Lego Masters.

“Because he’s so new to this sort of television he brings warmth, charm and humour that we’ve rarely seen on a reality show in Australia. He really sets this show apart as a host who makes you smile.”

Swift also pointed to the involvement of Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught – the only accredited official Lego builder in the Southern Hemisphere.

“What that man does not know about Lego, Mr Lego himself wouldn’t know,” Swift said, noting how McNaught is one of only 14 LEGO certified professionals in the world.

“What I love is the massive scale that these contestants can achieve with something that starts out so small.”

LEGO Lunar New Year

– 8 Facts About Chinese New Year –

let the celebrations begin!

 

LEGO Lunar New Year

– Happy Chinese New Year – 

The LOOONG Summer School Holidays are Coming – BRICKS 4 KIDZ has you Covered!

With the Summer School Holidays and the end of year just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about activities for kids and things to do in the long School Holidays.  With our own unique models of LEGO®Bricks and Robotics plus Creative Play, the kids are always having fun at our BRICKS 4 KIDZ School Holiday Workshops!

Our holiday activities are designed for kids ages 5–12, are staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ instructors, and have the best child:staff ratio around.  We have plenty of super-FUN workshops with themes inspired by Star Wars™, MineCraft™, superheroes, ninjas, dinosaurs and others for kids on their school break!  Or, take it to the next level with our STEM-focused Coding with Robotics workshops using MINDSTORMS® and WeDo®robotics for a super introduction to coding and software programming.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ has you covered for Fun and Engaging School Holiday Programs throughout the Summer Holidays!

Engineer spends two years building Lego Apple Park

 

Roughly a year after Apple opened its long-anticipated Apple Park in Cupertino, California, fans of the tech giants have been rewarded with another inspirational building to marvel at – only this one’s made of Lego.

The new design is a 1.76 square-metre Lego replica of the Norman Foster-designed Apple Park and was put together over a two-year period by Automotive engineer Spencer Rezkalla, who modelled the design on drone footage taken during construction and used roughly 85,000 Lego pieces to build it.

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Queensland-built Lego caravan claims world record

A life-size replica of a 1973 Viscount Royal caravan, built with nearly 300,000 Lego bricks in Queensland, has broken a Guinness World Records title for the world’s largest Lego caravan.

Caravanning Queensland and caravan park group Top Parks beat the previous title holder by 73,472 bricks.

The Lego caravan featuring a double bed, wardrobe and cupboards with sliding drawers, was built by a team of up to 20 people from Queensland and interstate, using 288,630 bricks.

World’s largest Lego caravan makes its debut

A life-size caravan made of 288,630 Lego bricks has broken a Guinness World Records title.

ry with Top Parks.

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Brickman Awesome Exhibition at Dreamworld

Brickman Awesome

Join us for an even more awesome Dreamworld  experience at the new Brickman Awesome LEGO® brick exhibition – now open until 14 October! Access to the exhibition is included in park entry or pass.

Complementing the exclusive LEGO Store at Dreamworld, this dedicated interactive display is an exciting new addition to Australia’s largest theme park. The exhibition contains 39 exclusive LEGO® brick models, totaling more than 2 million bricks and clocking up over 5,000 hours of build-time.

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