Hooray for Shay: Meet Our New Colorado Manager

“I’m passionate about LEGO, working with kids and coming up with creative ways to teach,” says Shay Shinnott. Shay is our new manager for the Boulder & North Denver areas. Her background as a LEGO brick specialist, a private school public programs & communications specialist and rock climbing instructor make her one incredible new team member here at Play-Well. She is a recent transplant to Colorado from Massachusetts. Her foray into rock climbing inspired her to take risks and step out of her comfort zone which led to her cross-country move. Only a month after she landed in Colorado Shay found Play-Well and joined our staff of LEGO-fanatics in September. She lives by the mantra, “you can’t say can’t” which is something her mom always told her.

A climb at a gym back in Massachusetts that was perfect for Shay! Each hold was shaped like a LEGO brick!

Aside from her love of LEGOs and teaching, Shay also enjoys everything fantasy including Disney, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Marvel. Her favorite color is blue, and her friends in Massachusetts even threw her a “So Blue Without You” going away party where everyone dressed in blue to celebrate her.

Shay really enjoys making STEM accessible for all kids. “When I was little I didn’t know anything about STEM,” says Shay. During her childhood, she was told that girls are good at english and history and not good at science or math. Shay is excited to break these stereotypes. “I think telling girls they can be engineers and their brain can work like that is going to change the future.”

One of Shay’s life goals is to visit every Disney Park…so far she’s been to 3! Disney World in FL, Disneyland in CA, and Disney Shanghai in China.

Shay is a part of our new Girl Scout STEM initiative at Play-Well. Our goal is to support the Girl Scouts by hosting hands-on LEGO-inspired STEM workshops that will enable scouts to get their “Think Like An Engineer Badge.”

We are very excited to have Shay join our Colorado team. We can’t wait to see how her teaching, skills, and passion will cultivate the next generation of engineers and scientists.

On her drive across country, Shay stopped at the Badlands National Park. It was the most beautiful place she’s ever seen!

Playing At UNDISCOVERED SF

We collaborated with UNDISCOVERED SF, a monthly curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the SOMA Pilipinas District in SF.  We built the Pilipino Flag and parts of San Francisco out of LEGO® Materials.

Celebrating Mom Through Play

Every year, Mother’s Day comes around and a few days before many of us scramble to get her the perfect gift at the last minute.

This year, we are encouraging our Play-Well students to plan ahead and through play, create an amazing gift for your mom that she will truly cherish.

We have provided below ideas and tutorials on a few gifts that you can build out of LEGO® materials.  And if you need an added incentive to start building now, if you share what you are able to make with us, you could receive a LEGO® gift for your efforts.

Feel free to share your creations via one of our channels:

Check out the projects below for ideas:

A LEGOLAND Master Model Builder shows you how to make the perfect picture frame.

Here are some helpful LEGO® creations you can make to help around the house from Householder Hacker.

Layla Mom Created This Amazing Photo Pen Holder

Little Bins For Little Hands created this cute LEGO Candy Box

Super Bowl Champion Eagles Host Huddle Up 4 Autism

We were lucky enough to be a part of Huddle Up 4 Autism, an event created by the Philadelphia Eagles, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Center for Autism Research.   Families got to build souvenirs out of LEGO® materials, including Goal Posts, MIni-Eagles, and new this year…Super Bowl Trophies.  We created a video tribute to celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles Historic Win.

Major Play-Well Announcement & New Curriculum!

After so much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce our new teaching curriculum based on the popular, Pooparoos Surpriseroos by Mattel.  Now, kids can learn potty training all while playing.

OUR NEW POOPAROOS CURRICULUM

EVEN BIGGER ANNOUNCEMENT

With LEGO® materials becoming increasingly more expensive every year, we have had to come up with a unique solution to supply our teaching kits.  So, we are excited to announce our partnership with these amazing “LEGO-Like” Partners.  They will be supplying us with “LEGO-Like” Products for the foreseeable future.  Check out some of their amazing stuff below:

And by the way…April Fool’s!