Tag Archives: Fun Friday

The Box Lover

This week’s Phun Phriday post appealed to me for a few reasons:

  1. I have a bulldog that has this exact personality (and level of intelligence),
  2. It shows that perseverance is pretty useless when you keep doing the same thing,
  3. I have been feeling like I am this bulldog lately…

(This might not necessarily be a video to show kids as the humans do call the poor dog, “Dummy” which I think is unfair, and keep telling him to “go potty” which seems like it should be a small priority given the circumstances. Of course, you could always mute the sound and have a nice discussion about the difference between stubbornness and perseverance.)

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Is String Art Making a Comeback?

String art fascinated me as a child.  Creating circles out of straight lines of thread seemed so delightfully oxymoronic that I would mesmerize myself for hours doing it over and over again.  Since the only string art projects I did came from kits bought at the local hobby store, there wasn’t a lot of creativity embedded into my “art.” Like most people, I confined myself to following instructions, and never considered constructing my own designs.

I'm pretty sure this exact masterpiece used to hang in our living room.
I’m pretty sure this exact masterpiece used to hang in our living room. Image from: Darwin Bell on Flickr

In the last week, however, I’ve found articles about three different artists who would scoff at my string art portfolio.

Julian Saluud makes "cave paintings" using fluorescent string.
Julian Saluud makes “cave paintings” using fluorescent string.
Zenyk Palagniuk used 13,000 nails to make a portrait of a famous entertainer
Zenyk Palagniuk used 13,000 nails to make a portrait of a famous entertainer.
Son Lux animated the video for "Change is Everything" using pins and thread.
Son Lux animated the video for “Change is Everything” using pins and thread.

Now I realize just how unimaginative I’ve been all of these years.

If I was really creative, I  would have made a wall-sized owl with big lips using fluorescent string.

Another missed opportunity for fame and fortune.

Kid President and Steve Martin

In case you haven’t heard the news, Kid President is now an uncle! He’s a bit concerned about this new responsibility, so he consulted Steve Martin for advice.  This week’s Phun Phriday offering is the link to the video of this interview – and don’t miss the “Butter me up, and call me a biscuit!” secret link at the end of the video 🙂

from: Kid President and Steve Martin: Together at Last!
from: Kid President and Steve Martin: Together at Last!

Science by the Dull Eyed Llamas

For today’s Phun Phriday post, I am sharing a Rube Goldbergian feat by Ariel Llama.  Set to the music of “Science” by the Dull Eyed Llamas, you will see an elaborate set-up designed to open a door. Here is part of the summary on YouTube:

“This Rube Goldberg machine took almost 1 year to build, and 2 weeks of intense troubleshooting and filming to finish. It’s amazing what one crazy musician can build in his living room.

I wanted to show my students that you can make a pretty fancy machine out of cardboard and popsicle sticks, straws and dowels, found objects, duct tape, and perseverance. Et voila!”

I think perseverance might be the understatement of the year!

from Science by the Dull Eyed Llamas
from Science by the Dull Eyed Llamas

Rush Hour Shift

As regular readers may know, my students and I are big fans of ThinkFun games in our classroom.  The logic and problem-solving skills embedded into each one equal the entertainment value, which makes teachers and learners happy.

ThinkFun recently sent us one of their new games to review – Rush Hour Shift.  This name may sound familiar to you.  Rush Hour has been one of the most popular games in my classroom for years.  It’s meant to be a single-player game, though my students usually work in pairs or small groups to solve the increasingly difficult challenges of sliding a car through lanes of traffic to the exit.  The new version, Rush Hour Shift, is a 2-player game – and I predict it will be the new favorite in my classes.

Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun
Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun

In Rush Hour Shift, there are 3 interlocking plates that make up the traffic grid.  Each player is trying to slide their car to the opposite end.  Different challenges direct you on how to set up the “traffic” on the grid before starting.  Each player is dealt a set of cards, and can only make the moves that are on the cards.  These moves include sliding the other cars around or shifting one of the interlocking plates.

My daughter (12) and I tried the game first.  She beat me two out of three times.  (Spatial reasoning has always been one of my weaknesses.)  I was addicted – but I think my daughter was getting frustrated with playing against someone so obviously beneath her level.

Yesterday, three of my 5th grade girls tried the game out.  They had earned the privilege of  “testing” a game and went into the empty classroom next door to play.   The rest of us were trying to solve some wicked sudoku-like math puzzles, and were soon finding ourselves distracted by the uproarious laughter coming from the game-testers.

I peeked in on the girls, and they were having a great time.  They had easily figured out the instructions, and were taking turns playing each other.  When I asked them if they would recommend the game to others, they vigorously agreed.  Jokingly, one of them commented,  “But not if you want to keep your friends!”  Apparently Rush Hour Shift has the ability to spark some friendly competition.

One thing that we all agreed on was the potential for many hours of fun with this game.  For each of the 10 game set-ups given, there are endless ways the game can be played based on the cards that are dealt and the choices each player makes for using them.

We did receive Rush Hour Shift free to review, but I would definitely choose to purchase one for a birthday gift in the future.

If you find this game interesting and would like to see some other products that I have recommended in the past, check out this Pinterest Board.

Lego Stop-Motion of Back to the Future Clock Tower Scene

For this week’s Phun Phriday post, I am directing you to a recent article on Laughing Squid.  If you have ever tried to make a Lego stop-motion film, you will definitely appreciate the artistry of this “re-make” of the Clock Tower scene from Back to the Future.  (Warning: there is a short expletive around 1:19 in the video.)

image from Lego Back to the Future
image from Lego Back to the Future

The Attention Test

I know what you’re thinking.  It’s Friday.  For some of us, it’s the Friday before Spring Break.

And you want to test us?!!!!

Yep.

But it’s not your ordinary kind of test.  No bubbling required.  All you have to do is pay close attention.  Hence, the reason it is called

The Attention Test

I promise, you don’t have to tell anyone how horribly you performed on the test.

But you’ll probably want to make other people take the test, too.

So you can laugh at their extreme lack of attention.

After all, this is a Phun Phriday post.

And you’re probably tired of looking at that stupid gold and white dress anyway.