HP Canada Brain Training Challenge #1 | Toronto Teacher Mom

HP Canada Brain Training Challenge #1

Friday, August 30, 2013

With September right around the corner, many of us are scrambling to squeeze in just a bit more summer fun before heading back to school. In our home, we are also trying to get the kids back on schedule and help prepare them for a successful academic year. This is why we agreed to take part in the HP Canada Brain Training Challenge by completing a series of Creative IQ™ activities that are fun and engaging. To help us complete these tasks, our family was provided with a brand-new ENVY Rove20 Mobile All-in-One desktop, an ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One printer, an HP Printing Supplies Kit and a copy of Creative IQ™ full of a variety of educational challenges.

For our first challenge, my daughter and I opted to hone in on our drawing and designing skills to give my daughter's bedroom a makeover. We began by drawing her bedroom with a pencil and tracing it in black marker, customizing the layout, wall art, bedding, etc.

Then we photocopied the bedroom design a couple of times with the HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One so that my daughter could experiment with different colours to see which combination looks best.

While she busily coloured to her heart's content, I used the HP ENVY yet again to scan a copy of the drawing using the photo option so I could email a copy to myself in jpeg format directly from the printer. Then I logged onto the HP Rove20, downloaded the email attachment and opened the Fresh Paint app.

I started a fresh project and imported the scanned image of the bedroom drawing by accessing the file in my pictures folder.

And within minutes, I was able to join in the creative fun by using Fresh Paint to colour a digital copy of my daughter's drawing.

Once we were done, I had my daughter point out primary colours then secondary colours and finally asked her to pick her favourite. This was such an interesting task because it was a practical application of design skills and it gave my daughter a sense of pride to be able to design her room however she liked. Plus, it was a great way to spend some family time together. Does anyone know where I could find purple and green striped decorative pillows, by the way?

Hope you'll head on over to read about our HP Brain Training Challenge #2.

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking on a couple of additional tasks in the HP Canada Brain Training Challenge and I invite you to follow along. In the meantime, check out this incredible HP Back-to-School bundle I am giving away to one very lucky reader, courtesy of HP Canada and Creative IQ!

Secret Word #1: CREATIVE

Disclosure: The products to complete the HP Brain Training Challenge activities have been supplied by HP Canada and Creative IQ™. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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  1. Sounds fantastic! Things surely have changed since I was a young girl in school!


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  2. The Creative IQ has me very interested, I think it would be beneficial for young and old :) (Sabrina Tong)

  3. Love that you got your daughter involved in designing her own bedroom. I am thinking about how you could apply math concepts to that too. I do projects similar to what you asked your daughter to create at my school. It's amazing what children can do when they are given the tools!

  4. Wow how neat is this. Things are changing so quick anymore with technology that it is getting hard to keep up. This looks like a great package from HP:) (Judy Cowan)

  5. That's a really neat project that you two did together! I'm in love with that tablet.

  6. Hi, I am Shelley, one of the authors of Creative IQ. If you would like any information about the book or where it is available, please do not hesitate to contact me at creativeiqmedia@gmail.com Thanks!


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