Kids With Too Much Energy

This last week at Fidgets2Widgets we learned about energy. We talked about where energy comes from, how to conserve energy and be wise stewards of the planet. But on Friday we looked at energy from a little different perspective. We looked at ourselves as pure energy. From the electricity that runs through our bodies, to the calories we burn, we each and every one are energy. This is a concept that every kid understands. They are used to hearing that they have too much energy. But do they really? I think the energy of childhood is what we all wish we had. We miss the never ending supply of enthusiasm, joy and curiosity. So next time you are tempted to chastise your child for having too much energy…..,don’t. Give them a hug instead and tell them just how great they are, high energy and all.

Three Ways to be an Inspired Parent in 2017

Whether your family celebrates during the Holiday Season, or whether you opt-out of the holiday madness, winter is a season filled with family closeness, cocoa and brisk weather. How can you capture the magic of this season and use it to inspire and influence the entire next year? Here are some tips:

  1. Spend stress free time with your child. Pause from the sports and homework commitments to experience your child without pressure or deadlines. Go to the park, read a book together, go shopping. Relax and BE together.
  2. Make a list of your child’s top three strengths. Ask yourself how you might help increase these strengths. What fuels your child and how can you bring more of this fuel into their lives? It is much easier to deal with challenges from a resourced, empowered place. We all need fuel.
  3. Ask questions that inspire deeper communication. Allow yourself to be curious and share this curiosity with your child. Nothing lights up the eyes of a child more than feeling the honest interest of an adult. They love any opportunity you give them to teach you and tell you what they know and feel. Don’t be shy. ASK!

Something that sets the holidays apart from the rest of the year is our generosity of spirit, the time and space we dedicate to family. Infusing everyday with this same generosity and focused family time has the power to transform our relationships and our experience of each other. It truly doesn’t take much effort, only focused intention.

Redstone TIPS

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Redstone is a power source. Torches provide light.  If connected to Redstone, torches becomes Redstone Torches that can power a distance of 15 blocks (1 tick) without repeaters.

Building Repeaters:

Put three solid blocks in a “V” formation.

Put a redstone torch on one side of the bottom block.

Put redstone dust under the other side of the V (on a solid block).

Place a repeater on the middle block, pointing toward the dust.

Pressure Plates can be made of stone or wood

Ingredients for Detector Rail:

Iron Ingot (6)

Redstone

Stone Pressure Plate

Stone buttons can be created by placing a stone block in the center of the crafting menu

Lever is crafted with cobblestone and stick

Pistons and Sticky Pistons are Redstone fueled blocks that can be created by:

 

Piston Cobblestone + Any Wood Planks + Iron Ingot + Redstone
   
Sticky Piston Piston + Slimeball

 

Buzz Words and the 21st Century

Heavy advertising, memes, buzz words and social media have conditioned us. We quickly become immune to the most common phrases. Disrupting healthcare or education or the political system no longer concerns us. STEM focused activities leaves us yawning. Immersive Education, Gamification, Technology or Screen Time barely registers when we see it. But ALL these phrases DO mean something. Disrupting the status quo, immersing our kids in what they are curious about and using gamification to stimulate the synapses is important! Here’s an example of a game that we use at F2W to do JUST THAT! Is it a puzzle, is it music, is it math? You decide……………  http://www.cipherprime.com/games/auditorium/

 

Computer and Technology Give Away

Every year we reward those kids who come to Fidgets2Widgets everyday by presenting them with a brand new laptop or technology of their choice. The keyboarding, coding and 21st century technology skills these kids learn in our program is extraordinary. This year we gave away brand new laptops, Canon wireless/hdmi cameras, top of the line ear buds and gaming mice. Here are a few of our top attendees. Congratulations, Widgetarians!