## Lego Math – Building, Graphing, Multiplication! (Rebuild Challenges)

Hey, we checked out Christina’s Lego Math Unit Studies post from November 8th and decided to use some of the ideas.  Of course, one of the favorite things that the kids love to do is build sculptures using LEGO, and cars are an absolute favorite; so we decided to start at the beginning of the list and do the unit study with added work.  This is what I came up with.  Each child was to build one car and one monochromatic masterpiece (if they don’t know the term it is a great opportunity to start bringing out the dictionary so they can look it up!).  Then, we took pictures so we could offer a rebuild challenge later.  Check them out below.  I plan to use this challenge for them to read each other’s graphs and rebuild using graphs and pictures at a later date.

Car Build

Monochromatic Build

Their directions were:

1. Choose two projects from the list and create.
2. Create a bar graph of the # of each color of block used.
3. Create a bar graph of the specific size pieces (i.e. 6 pegs {6×1}, 8 pegs {2×4}).  Did you notice anything about the correlation between the numbers that were listed and the total of pegs on the piece?

Tomorrow we will be trading graphs to see if we can interpret the findings.  These are the questions they are going to answer:

1. How many blocks total were used in the project?  Double check.
2. What was the most popular color?  Size?
3. What was the least popular color?  Size?
4. How many more blocks were used in the project that used the most blocks compared to the project that used the least blocks?
Check out many other Lego learning options here and a Lego learning unit here.
Have a blessed day!
Brandi

## Cheeseburger (Bacon Cheeseburger) Soup

Ingredients:

1 onion

3 Tbsp garlic (minced)

2 Tbsp butter

Turkey burger (I used just under 1 lb which was very little meat in this HUGE dish)

1 cup of squash powder (optional)

3 whole carrots

1 Tbsp of peppercorn (to taste)

1 Tbsp of olive oil

1/4 cup of mozerella

2 green onions

1 pint of fresh tomatoes

1 can of diced tomatoes and juice

3 handfuls of spinach

1/4 cup of cream

7 russet potatoes (diced)

1/4 cup of worscetershire sauce

1 tsp chili powder

1/3 cup of mayonnaise

Topping options:

Bacon

Dillweed

Cheese

Sour Cream

lettuce

chips

mayonaise

Sweat: 1 onion (diced), garlic, and butter).

Fry in the burger with the above mixture.

Steam cauliflower.

Blend cauliflower with squash powder (optional), carrots peppercorn, olive oil, mozzarella, and green onions.

In a stockpot, put diced tomatoes, and all ingredients and warm 🙂

To easily chunk the spinach, I freeze the box of organic spinach that I pick up from Sams and then when I got to use it, it is brittle enough to break 🙂  Quick and delicious soup that everyone loved and got filled up on quickly.  Just a forewarning, this makes an insanely large amount of soup.  Fed my family of 6 four meals and there is a little left in the freezer.  Warms up great in the microwave or oven 🙂

## Fried plantain – breads, crackers

Simple, easy, low carb, gluten free, and primal substitute that will work well as a bread, crust, or cracker!

Procedure

Open plantains

Heat oil (coconut or olive)

Drop in about 1 inch sections of plantain

Fry until gently browned, then remove and smash all of those pieces

Drop back into pan and fry on each side until browned

Pull out of the grease and blot dry with a towel.

These are delicious and can be served so many ways!  They are a part of the banana family, but they are considered a vegetable and have a relatively low carb content!  Serve in soup or topped with other garnishments.  Serve with sandwich ingredients, or serve as miniature pizzas!

## Carnitas

2 lb. Pork (pork but, shoulder or loin)

12 oz. Beer (or gluten free alternative like Woodchuck 802 *my choice)

½ tbsp. Cumin

1 tbsp. Chili powder

2 ea. Garlic cloves

2 ea. Bay leaves

1 ea. Jalapeno

1 ea. Onion Yellow

1 qt. water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Procedure

• Julienne onions and place in the bottom of crock pot, add garlic, chopped jalapeno, bay leaves, chili powder, cumin and a pinch of salt and pepper.
• Place pork in crock pot and add beer.
• Add water until pork is covered
• Place lid on crock pot and cook until pork falls apart.
• Season with salt and pepper and serve.

## Tomatillo Salsa

4 ea. Tomatillos

2 ea. Garlic cloves

1 ea. Jalapeños

1 tbsp. Canola oil

2 ea. Limes juiced

1 bunch Cilantro

Salt and Pepper to taste

Procedure

• Place tomatillos garlic and jalapenos on baking pan and brush with a little oil and place in hot oven 375o – 400oF and roast until flesh is tender.
• When roasted, remove from oven and peel leaves off tomatillos and place in blender with remaining ingredients.
• Puree and chill for service.

## Creamy Chicken Soup

Creamy Chicken Soup

1 ea. Whole Chicken (aprox. 2 lb)

1 bunch Celery

9 ea. Carrots, Medium

3 ea. Yellow onions

2 ea. Garlic cloves

½ lb. Butter

2 ea. Bay leaves

3 tbsp. Italian seasoning

2 c. Cream

Salt and Pepper to taste

Thicken as desired with coconut flour and/or flax seed

Procedure

• Place chicken in stock pot over medium heat and cover with water season with salt, pepper and  bay leaf.
• While chicken is cooking, chop carrots, celery, onion and garlic
• Place vegetables in stock pot and sweat in butter until translucent over medium heat
• Add some of the broth from the chicken to the soup and stir, continuing to stir to keep from burning.
• When chicken is cooked, remove chicken and cool until touchable and add broth slowly to soup stirring well to disburse the roux evenly.
• Allow soup to come to a simmer for 15 minutes  and stir often
• Pull chicken from bones and shred into bite size pieces and add to soup
• Finnish with cream and season with salt and pepper

Hint, you may add chicken base or chicken flavoring packet to soup to increase chicken flavor (or add in more ginger, garlic, and onion powder)

## Chicken Soup

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts (trimmed not cut)

9 carrots (peeled and chopped to your preferred size)

1 stalk of celery

1 onion

4 tablespoons of minced garlic

water

ginger (as desired)

curry (if desired)

black pepper (to taste)

squash powder (I add this as a filler, it’s not essential)

I combined all the ingredients and simmered on low for 6 hours.  The chicken will just fall apart.  For those who are just gluten free you may want to make rice separately and add it in to keep it from getting too mushy but add substance.  If you want the broth thicker you may want to add something.  Ground flax seed works well and adds that awesome boost of omega 3!

Generally, my daughter hates carrots in all forms; however, she loved the carrots so much in this soup that they were all gone first 🙂  I love happy endings!

**If you cannot tell, I am not much for being exact.  I rely heavily on the scent of food to determine if it is where we want it to be… and our family likes food with a love of flavor.  Our family is also big on adding “hidden” ingredients to boost the nutritional value of food and keep it filling.

## Granola Bars – Protein packed!

Preheat oven to 275 (will cook for about 70 minutes).

Ingredients

About 2 cups of oats (steel oats or rolled oats work best, but all I had were old fashion oats, and they worked just fine)

About a half a cup of agave nectar

2 tablespoons of butter

Almond meal

Spirulina powder

Protein powder (I had hemp on hand)

Pistachios

flax seed

cinnamon

nutmeg

Chocolate chips

Honestly, I just went through the pantry and grabbed anything I had to add in.  I would have loved to have added sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and many other things, but these turned out awesome!  I mixed it all together after softening the butter, then spread it out over the parchment paper I placed on a cookie sheet.  I baked it let it cool and they are delicious.  I am not much for measuring, I just adding the items until the batter was similar to oatmeal cookie dough.

## Lego Math

Lego Math

If you are homeschooling, I bet you have children learning math.  While you could easily go out and spend a little more money to purchase math manipulatives, you probably already have a lot of things on hand to use instead.  If you check out the link above, it demonstrates just one way you can use Lego to teach math.  Lego is a great way to use manipulatives to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, patterns, colors, geometry, and many more other core math principles.  Even the act of playing with Legos independently helps to develop spacial awareness, ergonomics, design, stability, force, and much more.

A few years ago I took a developmental course teaching child-directed play and using it as a great learning and bonding experience.  They taught parents to let the children explore play in their own time and at their own level to learn and to provide them with undivided attention during that play.  The course strongly focused on the benefit of using words to describe exactly what the child was doing and learning about so that they could begin to make those connections along with having that one-on-one bonding experience.  Lego tends to be a great way to work with this.

My daughter and son have been exploring the way that they can use Legos to build cars that can be air powered by balloons.  They have developed many versions and it has given us a chance to discuss things like resistance, force, design, pressure, and much more.  In addition to that interesting look at Lego, my son began building tops (they actually work quite well), and we have used these to show the importance of balance and symmetry.  These principles were things they were already working with on their own, but when we began to discuss the terminology behind it, it gave insight to what they were already independently adjusting and learning from without the full understanding of the concepts that they were working with… very encouraging to an “unschooled” approach to homeschooling!  Hopefully I can get back on here to get some pics and video clips up so you can see how we are doing this!

Another Lego math concepts video!

**Please note, I would not allow kids to search youtube for lego math lessons, while there are some great materials available on there there are also many graphic and unusual endings on random videos 🙁

Check out Pascal’s triangle with Lego video!

Lego for all subjects, check out this awesome Lego teacher!

Legos for learning ideas!

Looking to add to your Lego collection?  Check out the LEGO education pack!

LEGO engineering K-College!

Pythagorean theorem from the mouth of a child LEGO!

… And of course, checkout my friend’s new content page about LEGO Unit Studies!

## Duct Tape Purses and Wallets

Well this was a fun project; however, I must say that it was certainly above what the kids could really do alone.  It was great for building on the importance of patience, planning, and listening.  We used plain duct tape to spare the expense on the interiors.  I love the way this project was able to demonstrate planning and working to improve (for my perfectionists these skills are important).  We used clear plastic shower curtain from Dollar Tree to make the ID slot.  That works far better than the suggested packing tape we had heard before.  If you notice the small imperfections, they stand out far more in pictures and are due to getting impatient 🙂  BTW the decorative tape seemed stickier to us than the regular tape, and the more pieces you have cut in advance the harder it is to keep from sticking them together by accident.  My husband enjoyed the project so much he ended up making himself one too, LOL – my biggest kiddo!

Wallets should be precut to about 9 inches then trimmed down to 8-1/2 inches.   We just eyeballed the size for the purse, and lucky us it is perfect for her to add her school supplies to as well.  These are probably way more durable and affordable long term for groceries… not to mention super cute!

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