Monday, 18 February 2019

Fun Lego Science Projects for Children to Learn

In the ’40s Ole Kirk Anderson designed the Lego construction toys as a series of blocks that could be stacked on top of each other. The name Lego originated from the Danish language phrase “leg godt” which means “play well” and the Latin meaning “I put together”. The blocks were patented in 1958 and to date, about 4 billion blocks have been manufactured. 

The blocks are excellent toys to stimulate creativity and is suitable for learning children of all ages, while they play with it. The value of using Lego to teach children STEM subjects can never be underestimated and must be utilised to kindle interest in the subjects. The great benefit lies in the fun part of learning the different science subjects while using different Lego building sets and here you can find ones especially for girls

The different science projects for children are only limited by the creativity and innovation of their parents or educators. A search on the internet will provide excellent ideas and there are many “YouTube” videos available with full instructions. The following ideas can be used to teach children science using Lego products. 

Explaining Volcanos 

Use Lego blocks to build a base and a pyramid shape around a central tower of blocks, placed in a flat dish to contain the mess. Pour baking soda inside the central tower mixed with a few drops of red cake colouring and pour vinegar over the baking soda which will start the reaction. Bubbles and foam will overflow and the red cake colouring will resemble lava. Explain the forming of volcanoes and the chemistry involved when you mix baking soda and vinegar. 

Build cars powered by chemical reactions, wind or electric motor. 

Use Lego blocks and sets to construct cars that can be powered by different sources like chemical reactions using certain tablets, wind when releasing the air from a balloon or using an electric motor build from Lego blocks and parts in combination with magnets and wire. This can illustrate the different power sources and how they work. 

Building construction. 

Construction of different buildings like skyscrapers to illustrate the effect of wind, shaking during an earthquake and heavy rain on their stability and different foundations used. 

Civil engineering constructions like bridges, zip lines and cranes. 

Design and Build a bridge that can carry the weight of the children, a parent or teacher. Design and build constructions like cable cars, Zip lines using Lego blocks and sets with pulleys and gears. Use the Lego Engineering plans and different Lego sets to build cranes, to which you can add on as the skills level of the children increases. This can range from a manual crane to a motor-driven crane with advanced features. 

Town planning and construction. 

Construct a Lego town to teach children spatial planning, traffic planning and the needs of a community like traffic, etc. Incorporate LED lighting that gets their power from alternatives like solar. 

Lego Digital Designer program 

The great advantage offered by using the program is that it allows children to design their own project and build it with Lego blocks and sets. This program ensures that children learn the engineering design process at a young stage in a fun way.  

*This is a collaborative post 

Friday, 8 February 2019

Blog Book Tour: Live Without You

Today I am joining in with a blog book tour for a debut by Sarah Grace Grzy  called Live Without You. If you fancy You can find the schedule for the rest of the blog tour here.

About the Author:

Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.
A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.
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The Book:

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.
For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

Sounds like a book thar is right up your street? You can head over to Amazon to buy a copy.


Grand Prize ~ $20 Amazon gift card, Signed Paperback of Live Without You, Specialty designed mug.
Second Prize ~ $5 Amazon gift card, ebook copy of Live Without You
3 – Third Prize Winners ~ Ebook copy of Live Without You
Grand prize open to US entrants only, 2nd and 3rd prizes available internationally. Giveaway runs from 12AM 1.21.19 – 12AM 1.23.19. Victoria Lynn Designs retains the right to disregard any entries that they deem bogus or spam. Good luck to the entrants! Click here to enter!


Friday, 1 February 2019

Valentine's Gift Guide 2019

If you have been with your partner long term like Stuart and i have than you probably find it gets harder to know what to even get each other. Valentine's day isn't that important to us like it use to be in the early days of our relationship. It's not about the big gestures and full on romance anymore, so I decided to do a gift guide where I'd include items that are suitable for long term couples. In fact if you are single this Valentine's day you may even find something to treat yourself to after all self love is just as important.

Haribo Heart throbs gift box | price varies

Treat your loved one to a tasty gesture this Valentine’s Day with a Heart Throbs Gift Box from HARIBO. Filled with pretty jelly and foam hearts, this cute gift box is the perfect present for the sweet lover in your life.

Fudge Kitchen | Valentine's slab fudge selections | £17

Fudge Kitchen has been hand making fresh fudge in their seven shops for 35 years; using an authentic 1800s American recipe and traditional production methods. They’ve got rather good at it. Seventeen Great Taste Awards and one Food Manufacturing Excellence Award worth of ‘good at it’, in fact.The secret lies in the texture. Meltingly smooth, no crumbling, no grittiness. This is soft, creamy fudge resulting from cooling on authentic marble counters, while being ‘slabbed and loafed’ by artisans, theatrically turning sticky flourishes of sweet, warm fudge with spatulas to break up any granulation. They put a lot of love into every batch, so that you can pass it on. This year’s Valentine’s offer includes an incredible dairy-free selection to spread that love even further. 

Whipping cream selection … 
• Belgian Chocolate Swirl
• Sea Salted Caramel
• Lemon Meringue

• Raspberry Sorbet (Dairy Free)

Dairy Free Selection … 
• Raspberry Sorbet
• Vanilla Coconut
• Traditional Toffee

• Chocolate Classic

Build a life you love |The Winter Retreat| £17 digital £20 print 

The Retreat is a booklet that is bursting with motivational quotes, puzzles, sensory activities, evidence based self-care, money saving tips and much more to get you through the holidays. The Retreat follows a nine square self-care grid, and when each is nurtured this can help you to feel fulfilled and calmer. This is a perfect Valentine's gift to give your loved one time for a bit of self care.

Matalan | Be Mine Pjs|  £10

Give the gift of comfort this Valentine’s Day with this sweet set. Constructed from soft jersey fabric, this cute duo features a grey short sleeve pyjama top captioned ‘Be Mine’. All-over print cuffed bottoms complete the pair.

Matlan |  Babydoll and string set | £10

Effortlessly sexy, this red babydoll offers a semi-sheer appearance, adorned with delicate lace detail cups, centre bow decoration and slim adjustable straps. The babydoll falls with soft gathers around the bust, offering a slit front detail to show a glimpse of skin. The look is complete with a matching g-string thong, also featuring a lace detail and a pretty a centre bow decoration.

Superdrug/Anma Beauty| Passion Massage Oil| £9.99 

ANMA Patchouli & Ylang Ylang PASSION Massage Oil helps relax the mind and activate romance, leaving the skin soft and silky.This beautifully scented massage oil contains Patchouli Oil, known for its aphrodisiac effects, and relaxing Ylang Ylang Oil.ANMA Patchouli & Ylang Ylang PASSION Massage Oil has been specially formulated to help:
  • Stimulate and activate romance
  • Boost energy
  • Relax tensions

Victoria PlumBaylis & Harding  men's  black  pepper  &  ginseng  weekend  bag|  £39.99

For the men why not treat him to a Bayliss & Harding treat,  this weekend bag contains 200ml shower gel, 150g soap, 100ml hair & body wash, 100ml body lotion and 50ml aftershave balm in the blackpepper and ginseng scent. 

Mainline Mensware | Pretty Green paisley card holder | £30

Another great great gift idea for him is the Pretty Green Paisley Embossed Card Holder In Brown. A classic card holder with the front in smooth leather and the reverse featuring an embossed paisley design incorporating the signature Pretty Green logo. Two card slots on the front with an additional small pocket is situated on the right to hold the yellow Pretty Green branded guitar pick. A central compartment with entry from the top which features multi coloured paisley woven trims on the interior. 

Hello Moon| Personalised and framed Our Song Poster | £40

This 'Our Song' poster print has been designed to showcase the song shared between you and your partner. Perfect as a gift for Valentine's Day or as an anniversary present, you can personalise the details to whatever song you like, and see them live on screen before ordering.Posters are printed on a premium 250gsm silk poster paper, and are available in a range of sizes, with or without frame.

The gift experience  | Personalised set of 4 tumblers | £29.99

Getting a useful gift that both you and your partner can use tends to be our go to for Valentine's gifts. These beautiful set of 4 tumblers are  a great way to enjoy your drinks in style.Each of the personalised set of 4 coloured tumblers can be engraved with a message of your choice. You can choose the same message for all four or pick a different one for each. They feature a unique bubble effect on the base of the glasses. Colouring is within the glass and will not fade.

Prestige Flowers | Classic Red Rose Bundle | £39.99

Make a truly passionate and bold statement with this Valentine's bouquet of 12 Red Roses, complimented with splashes of gypsophila, fragrant eucalyptus and a palm leaf frame. Included in this Valentine's gift bundle is a delicious box of chocs, cute teddy bear and an air-filled heart balloon. Valentine's Flowers are the perfect gift to spoil that loved one with this Valentine's Day! You can even add on some extras such as these delicous luxury chocolates.

So Divine | whole lotta love/ afternoon delight bullets 

So Divine are releasing two new bullet vibrators to their range. The whole lotta love which has 7 functions ( 3 speeds and 4 patterns ) and the afternoon delight which has 10 functions ( 3 speeds and 7 patterns). Both compact and discreet they can fit in your handbag and be your little secret.