My kids are being put to the test this week. A fantastic week to be challenged as they head back to school. Over the summer the amount of time they spend actively learning has slowed down to a simmer, and it’s time to kick-start their brains and get them ready for a successful year in school.
HP Canada has chosen a selection of challenges from Creative IQ, and have sent them all the tools they’ll need to accomplish their tasks.
The first challenge was for my oldest boy. Ben.
My Dream Bedroom- Ben was challenged to draw a picture of his dream bedroom. After it was complete, together we photocopied it using the ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One, Then with colored pencils in hand, he colored several of the copies in different color schemes. Throughout the process, I asked him which colors were primary, secondary or tertiary. He was confident with his primary selections as well as secondary. But when it came to tertiary we had to help him learn which colors fall into that category.
As you can see I have a tech savvy 8-year-old. He could care less about the furniture…as long as he has his big screen TV, Computer, Wii, DS, Xbox and SNES. (I promise, you won’t find all of these in his room…just a select few).
First we worked with colored pencils. As I mentioned above we talked about the different classes of colors…primary, secondary and tertiary. To be quite honest, Ben didn’t know tertiary at all. So we showed him to color wheel and the diagram in Creative IQ. Having that visual helped him to realize the difference between colors. Even though mixing colors is a primary lesson, naming those groups seems to come at a bit of an older age.
With his papers colored by hand we then moved to the computer. The HP Envy Rove 20 with Windows 8 mixed ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One makes it unbelievably easy to upload your kids hand drawn art and save it to a file (perfect idea for storing all the artwork they are about to start bringing home from school without the mess of papers around!)
We scanned and saved his original drawing to file, then opened it in FreshPaint. With that program Ben was able to paint his room what ever color he wanted.
Ben’s favorite color has been green for a very long time. His ideal room would indeed have green walls. But if you actually let him design the whole thing, it would also have green curtains, bed sheets and blankets… heck, half of that child’s clothes are green!
I think Ben did very well with his first challenge. Next up, William! I’m interested to see just what I can get my 3-year-old to do with a machine like this! (He already knows how to download apps and play games, watch his favorite YouTube videos and loves FreshPaint!)
Disclaimer: The products to complete the HP Brain Training Challenge activities were supplied by HP Canada and Creative IQ™