January 28th - Featuring Lego Freebies!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 28, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: Lego Blocks, by ta98mori on Pixabay

January 28th is... Lego Blocks Patented (1958), Challenger Remembrance (1986), National Blueberry Pancake Day, Sesame Street's Ernie's Birthday (1969), Pop Art Day/Jackson Pollack's Birthday (1912), We Are the World Day (1985), International Serendipity Day, U.S. Coast Guard Birthday (1915), Live Your Fantasies Day (1978), National Kazoo Day (1840s), Fun at Work Day, Thank A Plugin Developer Day, Data Privacy Day/Data Protection Day, Gone-ta-pott Day, National Daisy Day, Rattlesnake Roundup Day, National Pediatrician Day, Rubber Duckie Day, Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas

MORE (4th Monday): Better Business Communication Day, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (1957), Community Manager Appreciation Day, Australia Day (Australia)

PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.

Want more Holidays to celebrate? Click for our Index of Holiday Freebies

Image: The LEGO Book, New Edition: with exclusive LEGO brick, by Daniel Lipkowitz (Author). Publisher: DK (October 2, 2018)Lego Blocks Patented (1958)
-- One of the most successful — and simplest — toy brands in history received a major boost on January 28, 1958: founder Ole Kirk Christiansen received a patent for a new design of his interlocking plastic bricks. When the blocks debuted on the market a few weeks later, it began a decades-long obsession with the toys for children all over the world. Source

Read: The LEGO Book
-- Take a dazzling visual tour through all the groundbreaking moments in LEGO® history, from the company's humble beginnings in a carpenter's workshop to the invention of the iconic LEGO brick and LEGO minifigure, through to the stunning toys, video games and movies of today, including LEGO® Star Wars™, THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™, and LEGO® Dimensions. Go behind the scenes to learn how LEGO bricks are made; find out how amazing fan creations become real-life LEGO sets and marvel at how LEGO bricks made it to the computer screen and the big screen. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group, The LEGO® Book is a treasure trove for LEGO fans of all ages.

Image: The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination, by Daniel Lipkowitz (Author). Publisher: DK Children (September 19, 2011)The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination -- Divided into six themed chapters—transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure, and useful makes—each section contains basic templates of key models to inspire you to create your own. Hints and tips from Master Builders can help you turn your classic car into a race car or add a bridge to your castle. Don't be concerned if you haven't got all the bricks you need: this book also shows how to simplify details, making this a user-friendly guide for any building ability.

LEGO Ideas Pop-up Book Building Kit -- The first-ever buildable pop-up book in LEGO history, this advanced LEGO set opens to reveal the famous scene of grandmother's forest cottage featuring opening door, bed and kitchen area. Recreate the scene when Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf or swap out grandmother's cottage for the scene of the giant's castle in the clouds. This collectible toy features enough LEGO bricks to build both scenes. Or you can even build a scene of your own with this cool toy for even more creative play. This LEGO box includes a booklet with a short history of pop-up books, a condensed history of each fairy tale in the set, as well as information about its fan designers and LEGO designers.

LEGO Coloring and Activity Books

Image: LEGO Marvel's Avengers Game Guide - Complete Guide/Tips/Walkthrough/Cheats, by Jordan Studio (Author). Publication Date: January 14, 2019
LEGO Marvel's Avengers
Game Guide
Amazon Freebies:

Free LEGO ebooks. No Kindle? Download a FREE Kindle Reading App

Read LEGO ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited

Free LEGO apps

Free LEGO games

Listen to LEGO LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited

Watch LEGO Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime

Listen to LEGO Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

Free Alexa Skills | LEGO

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:

Free Printable Lego Party Game: Guess the Number of Legos

36 Lego Batman pictures to print and color

LEGO® City - Downloads - LEGO.com

Free Printable LEGO Challenge Game

Make Your Own LEGO® Book Printable Pack

LEGO Math Printable Challenge Cards

LEGO Printables for Colors and Patterns - I Can Teach My Child

Free LEGO Game Printables

Lego Board Game Printable

Lego City coloring pages

Lego Batman coloring pages

LEGO Treat Boxes Printable Template

Awesome LEGO Bingo Game

Free Printable Lego Challenge Cards

Printable Reading Tracker – LEGO-Inspired

Five Little Lego Pumpkins Project + Free Printable

Create Your Own LEGO Minifigures Printables

Super Hero Lego Memory Game

9 Free Lego Movie Printable Masks

LEGO DC Super-Villains Printable Coloring Pages

FREE Harry Potter LEGO Challenge Cards Printable

Top 40 Ninjago Coloring Pages

LEGO Valentine's Downloads | Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom

Creating the Alphabet with Building Blocks

30 LEGO Learning Activities

Many Ways to Play with Lego Duplo

Never LEGO: Celebrate Valentine's Day With Our Printable Movie

10 Lego Party Favors

Free Printable LEGO Wrapping Paper

Free LEGO Printables and 70+ LEGO Learning Activities

Challenger Remembrance (1986)
- Perhaps no tragedy since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 had so riveted the American public as did the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, which killed its seven-member crew. The horrific moment came seventy-three seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and was captured on live television and rebroadcast to a stunned and grieving nation.

National Blueberry Pancake Day
- Blueberry pancakes are wonderful any time of the day! Nutritious enough for breakfast, yummy for a snack, or perfect for a quick and easy dinner. Make a batch today to celebrate!

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (1957)
- The story begins in 1957, in a garage in Hawthorne, NJ with two engineers, Marc Chavannes, and Al Fielding. Marc and Al were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. Surprisingly, this product didn't take off. They realized, however, their invention could be used as a cushioning packaging material.

Sesame Street's Ernie's Birthday (1969)
- Ernie has been one of the stars of Sesame Street since its first episode in 1969. Ernie and Bert form a comic duo which is one of the program's centerpieces, with Ernie acting the role of the naive trouble-maker and Bert the world-weary foil.

Pop Art Day/Jackson Pollack's Birthday (1912)
- Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

We Are the World Day (1985)
- In 1985, 30 music superstars, including Michael Jackson, gathered together to record We Are the World

International Serendipity Day
- You know how sometimes you meet someone and there's this instant, amazing connection? Serendipity is a propensity for making fortunate discoveries while looking for something unrelated.

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday (1915)
- On this day in history, in 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard was created as President Wilson signed into law a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set.

Live Your Fantasies Day (1978)
- Fantasy Island premiered on January 28, 1978. Ricardo Montalban starred as the prescient guide, Mr. Roarke, with Hervé Villechaize as his faithful assistant, Tattoo. Each week, guest stars played characters eager to live out their fantasies in camp splendor.

National Kazoo Day (1840s)
- Celebrates the joy of this musical instrument. Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840s. Actually, he conceived the Kazoo and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German clock master make it to his specifications.

Fun at Work Day
- A day to have fun at work for once. Ideally, work should be fun. But normally, work is not intended to have fun. It's intended to get work done. You're a very lucky person if you can get work done and have fun doing it. The lucky souls in this situation, love their job.

Thank A Plugin Developer Day
- To celebrate take a look at the plugins you use and love, visit the author's site, find their contact form, and drop them a note thanking them. (Or Paypal!) Look for the links in the plugin directory to author homepage and also to donate directly if they have specified a Paypal address. Thank you to everyone who has ever written a plugin for WordPress, and here's to the next four thousand.

Data Privacy Day
- An international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information. In this networked world, in which we are thoroughly digitized, with our identities, locations, actions, purchases, associations, movements, and histories stored as so many bits and bytes, we have to ask – who is collecting all of this – what are they doing with it – with whom are they sharing it? Most of all, individuals are asking How can I protect my information from being misused? These are reasonable questions to ask – we should all want to know the answers.

Gone-ta-pott Day
- If something has gone to pot, it has gone wrong and doesn't work anymore. A day where nothing has gone right. A day full of mishaps. A day where everything you tried to do ended up with no success. A day where one thing right after the other went astray. A day when trying to meet deadlines and everything got in the way. A day which should of been a day of success turned out to be a day turmoil.

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