Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks Review

Brain Blox is the name of the game and we are learning with Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks. Incase you were wondering these are simple 100% natural wooden building blocks that don't require connectors of any kind. Brain Blox are designed to inspire creativity in your student. They can use Blox to lean math concepts, physics, engineering, problem solving skills and much more.  The sets come in a couple of different sizes with 100, 200, or 300 planks per box. With the set you get a booklet with some building ideas in it as well as an ebook and if you go to the link they have you will find building idea videos. We received the 100 plank set for this review. 100 planks allows you to build quite a few project depending on the size and difficulty level of the project. We never ran short on planks but if you had several children creating at the same time you would want to get a larger set of planks.

We mostly used these for building fun. I challenged the girls to think creatively and come up with some different builds. all on there own. Snoopy built a bed for her dog eraser and a table for her Barbie. Although I am not sure if Barbie would actually fit on it. I am sure her Poly Pocket doll would fit more comfortably. 

Gabby built this funny looking building and this nifty little gazebo. She also worked on building a bridge over the weekend but she has not quite got the structural engineering part down yet and the bridge keeps collapsing. 

The Online building guide is great it offers so many great projects for your child to build. It offers step by step instructions and even includes pictures to help them along. We discovered free building cards on the website. We printed these and then shuffle them and draw one to use as a building challenge. The first one to complete the item on there card wins.  There is a variety of other projects on the website to help your kids get started. The difficulty level varies so there is something for both younger and older students. We also spent some time on the youtube channel which you can find here If you have a visual child the youtube channel is a great place for them to learn. 

We don't always use one of the building guides. Some times we stack them like a jinga game and see how many we can pull out before it falls over. Some times we set them up like dominos on the kitchen floor and see what kind of patterns we can make when we knock it over. They would make excellent counting blocks for smaller kids learning how to count. You could use them to help a child learn shapes or multiplication tables. The possibilities with these blocks are endless. 
Click the banner below to see some of the great projects the other reviewers have made and how they used Brain Blox Wooden Building blocks in there homeschools. 

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Homeschool art class

Homeschool students take art classes too. We found some really great art videos on YouTube

Saturday, October 5, 2019

I have half a subfloor in my bathroom. Tomorrow we lay the other half then put the furring strips on the wall and insulation. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Check her out!!! (the board is 1/2in thick the equivalent of breaking human ribs.) #IamaWarrior 

Break Boards

Most little girls ask for dolls or games dresses etc. My little girls how ever ask for break boards. These nifty plastic foam padded board are used for martial arts training. Basically it replicates a set of human ribs. There are different colors, each color takes a different amount of force to break, representing the amount of force it takes to break different bones in the human body. Instructors use them to teach students how to follow through with a punch or kick. It teaches them how much force they need to use to be able to effectively protect them selves. You would be amazed at how much confidence a student builds when they learn to break one of these re usable practice boards. This nifty little reusable board cost around $35.

In our association when kids turn 15 they can begin participating in board breaking during tournaments. 

Disclaimer: Board Breaking takes a lot of training and should always be supervised by a qualified instructor.