There’s plenty of fun to be had over the Easter holidays. We’ll be posting some of our favourite games and activities over the next couple of weeks. Give the chocolate a rest with our brick hunter challenge. It’s got all the fun of getting outdoors to hunt for eggs without the inevitable sugar rush […]Read More Take on our brick hunter challenge!
A belated Happy World Book Day from Lab Awesome. After the kids had their fun at school and nursery and the costumes had been set aside, I decided to mark the special day the Lab Awesome way. Se here are a few mini-builds based on Wuthering Heights, one of my favourites, partly because it’s […]Read More Telling stories with LEGO®
We had a great time trying this out today. Watch this space! We’ll be posting more about our favourite indoor and outdoor LEGO challenges… For the Build Grid challenge, you will need: LEGO bricks; a Build Grid (download our word doc. Build Grid); a die; one or more Master Builders! How to play: […]Read More Lab Awesome’s Sunday afternoon LEGO® challenge…Build Grids!
Last Saturday our little ninja, Danny and his friend Jamie had their joint 6th Birthday party. Some of you will be familiar with Jamie’s talented Dad, Liam from Thrifty Props (visit his page on Facebook – you will be amazed!); he does incredible things with foam car mats and just about anything else he gets his […]Read More Our crafty LEGO® party
So, of course all building with LEGO® bricks is fantastic for developing our algorithmic thinking. But LEGO have also designed ranges of products specifically designed to develop coding skills. LEGO Education has been working with schools and educational specialists for 37 years, although since its establishment over 80 years ago, the LEGO group has been […]Read More Lab Awesome’s Guide to Coding with Kids – Part 3: the LEGO® products built for coding!
Lab Awesome’s Guide to Coding with Kids – Part 2: Computational thinking and building LEGO® models without instructions
In the second instalment of our Coding with Kids series, Ian explores the basic principles of computational thinking – how we can take a complex problem, break it down to understand it and then come up with possible solutions for it. In this blog, he explains how free-building with DUPLO® and LEGO® promotes the fundamental skills […]Read More Lab Awesome’s Guide to Coding with Kids – Part 2: Computational thinking and building LEGO® models without instructions
Dim the lights and turn on your constellation projectors – February 14th is fast approaching! Here are some of the best STEM-themed gifts we found to spoil your loved one or ones on Valentine’s Day. There’s not a periodic table tie in sight… Picnic on the Moon Blanket, £14.99, Amazon Do I need to […]Read More Lab Awesome’s Top Ten STEM gifts for Valentine’s Day
In this guide, Ian explores why we should code with children; looks at coding toys for pre-schoolers and suggests simple and fun games and techniques to introduce children to coding at home (and outdoors!) without computers. Why code with children? In 2014, the UK became the first country in the G7 to make Computer Science […]Read More Lab Awesome’s Guide to Coding with Kids – Part 1: Coding with Younger Children
When I think of my childhood visits to the London museums, it’s all about the Creepy Crawly-infested kitchen at the Natural History Museum (sorry Dippy!) and the Launchpad. The Lab Awesome team visited the Science Museum last week to see what’s become of everyone’s favourite Science classroom. If you have fond memories of the Launchpad […]Read More Lab Awesome visits…Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery at the Science Museum, London
Unsurprisingly, we’ve had loads of fun with LEGO® in 2017. Below is a quick round-up and countdown of some of our standout favourite days out, toys and TV shows. 5 – Vintage LEGO You know you’re grown-up when you’re bringing home your old toys for the next generation to play with. Last Summer, Ian […]Read More Our best LEGO® bits and bricks of 2017