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Monday, April 2, 2018

Writer's Brick Contest

What is Writer's Brick?
Do you want to motivate kids to be excited about writing? Writer's brick gives you a piece of a short story and rewards students for completing the the story. Each month you can build on a writing prompt published by Fun with Jay and Harm.  The writing prompt may include a small piece of the story, describe key characters, or list other criteria that your story must include.

Connect with Writer's Brick
The best way to be notified when a new competition opens is to follow us on social media.  We are most active on YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.  Your fully assembled story must be received before the deadline to be considered in the competition.

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CURRENT CONTEST DEADLINE: May 31, 2018



MAY 2018 WRITING PROMPT VIDEO

May 1, 2018. I was on the open ocean searching the seven seas for treasure and new mateys. A storm came up suddenly which tore my ship in two and threw me into the sea. Naturally my wooden leg kept me afloat until I reached an island. As parts of my ship came floating ashore I wasted no time in exploring the island and realized that I was stranded on this small island. If I was going to live here I would need shelter so I set to work building what I could from the pieces of ship that washed ashore. I finished my shelter just as night fell and was asleep in no time.
May 2, 2018 I awoke and to my surprise there on the beach I found _____________________________.
You finish the story. What did Pirate Bob Eyeball find? How did he use it?
Try writing your story in first person. (Optional for younger participants).




PRIZES
There are multiple ways you can win prizes by participating in this competition.
  1. Animation: At least two winning stories will be animated and posted on YouTube.  For May 2018 we will select our favorite story(s) to animate. (Available to All Ages, Worldwide.)
  2. Student Participant Drawing: Participants in the contest who reside in the USA and are enrolled in grades K-8th grade will be entered into a random drawing to win a prize. Contestants receive 5 bonus entries in the drawing if a parent posts their story on social media and tags one of the Fun with Jay And Harm social media accounts listed above. The May 2018 random drawing prize options are:
    • A Fingerlings Monkey
    • OR, four rolls of lego-compatible tape.
Contestants must have a parent's permission to participate or must submit stories through their teacher.  Prizes that require shipping are only available to residents of the United States.   Official rules are posted here.

Don't miss the winner announcement or future contests.  Join us on these social media websites: YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.

RULES
  • Anyone is welcome to participate.
  • All submissions must use age appropriate grammar and spelling.
  • The story length should also be an age appropriate length using a minimum of 20 words and a maximum of 400 words.
  • Your story must not include death, profanity, or other content inappropriate for a young audience.
  • Students must have the permission of a parent or teacher before submission.

HOW TO ENTER
K-8 Student Entries: To enter, send the completed story to Fun with Jay and Harm.  The entry may be written on the optional worksheet or may be typed in a message.  Submissions should be made using one of these methods:


Participants older than 8th grade: Your entry must be typed into the entry form. Please click the "Enter Now" green button above.


SHARE
If you'd like to see Writer's Brick stay around then it will need to grow. Please share this contest with others. You could share this page on Social Media, on a bulletin board, or in an email. Once you've shared the contest let us know so you can be entered for the Starbucks gift card giveaway. Our email is Fun@JayandHarm.com.


PAST BRICK FILMS
Here are some examples of LEGO animation that we have done in the past. Your story could be animated if you win this monthly competition.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Don't be an Egghead, Buckle Up!

Newton's First Law of Motion says an Object in Motion tends to stay in motion and an object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. We explored the basics of this physics concept. In this video we crash a remote control car loaded with raw eggs to demonstrate Newton's first law. We also learn that seatbelts are designed to help us stop with a car rather than continuing to move because of our momentum. Although the car comes to a near-instant stop, the momentum of the unrestrained egg allows it to keep moving. The results are messy!

We even invented a seat belt safety slogan "Don't be an egghead, buckle up!"

Check out the RC Car.

Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Makeup done wrong!

Here are some ideas of what you shouldn't do for your makeup on Valentine's Day 2018 (or any other day for that matter). In this video the girls attempt to do their makeup for the first time ever. They apply the makeup without any instruction on how to use the cosmetics and demonstrate what not to do.


Here are the products from this video:



#makeup #Valentinesday #Valentine #MakeupMistake

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Bat Alphabet




INTRODUCTION
LEGO Batman and Batgirl take a tour through the alphabet in this stop motion video.  A bat-themed word is associated with each letter.  Harmony and dad created this video after building letters out of blocks to help learn the alphabet. This project involved over 1,250 individual photos and we lost track of the number of hours. We hope you enjoy the video.

ABC GAME
As you watch the video look for another item that starts with the letter being displayed. If you find one leave us a comment telling us what you found. We hid something extra in most, but not all, of the letters. For example, A is for Alfred but if you watch closely it also could have been for Apple.

DOWNLOAD
To download the worksheet shown in the video, Click Here.
Free download ABC Worksheet

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Canoe Conundrum - LEGO Stop Motion

DESCRIPTION
This short story follows a misbehaving boy's nightmares after he ruins his sister's toy bear. Several of the LEGO models you see were created by kids following along with the Booster Bricks story.  To see the model building in action watch here: https://youtu.be/r0v_oPLIfyc 
This fun story is based on the November 2017 Booster Bricks LEGO subscription box.  Check them out at http://www.BoosterBricks.com 

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SPECIAL THANKS

Most of the voices were provided by the Brickhead Family.  Check them out at on YouTube

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How Are Laws Made?

Summary
From the steps of the United States Capitol Building Jayden explains how a bill becomes an act and then a law along with some of the obstacles that can trip up the process. As part of the explanation Jayden borrows the song "I'm Just a Bill up on Capitol Hill from Disney's Schoolhouse Rock. 

Most bills start as an idea that someone shares with their congress person.  The congress person introduces the bill to congress for consideration and debate.  If the bill is voted on favorably in the House and the Senate sides of Congress the bill becomes an Act of Congress and goes to the White House for signature.  If the president signs the Act it becomes law.  If the president gives the Act a veto it usually dies.  In some cases Congress will vote again and can pass a vetoed act into law with a two-thirds favorable majority.   Law can be challenged in the court systems of which the Supreme Court is the highest authority.

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