• Aug 01
  • Get In The Game With These 2016 Olympics Activities For Kids

    The greatest athletes in the world compete at the Olympic Games. Are you ready to witness the historic sporting events of the 2016 Summer Olympics? Use Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) to set your own world record, count Olympic medal victories, create a new design for the Olympic rings and explore other fun 2016 Olympics activities for kids!

     

     

    Set a World Record

    Have you ever wanted to set a world record? Great Olympic athletes make international news by being the best in their sporting events. What do you think it feels like to be the world’s fastest swimmer, or the world’s fastest runner? Now is your chance to find out! Visit the “Set a World Record” challenge on Wizard School to learn all about world records, then try to set your own!

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    Cheer on an Olympic athlete

    Athletes all over the world compete for the ultimate victory of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Pick an athlete, country or Olympic event and track the number of medals collected. How many medals did they win? Which type: gold, silver or bronze? Tally the results and cheer on your favorite Olympic champion with a friend!

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    Learn more about the Olympic rings

    The Olympic rings are a famous symbol, but who designed it, and what is the meaning behind the rings? Where does a designer start and what process do they use to complete their vision? Visit the “Olympic Ring Design” challenge on Wizard School to learn more about the Olympic symbol. Then, using d create your very own design for the Olympic Games. Don’t forget to share your new design and the meaning behind it with friends and family!

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    Share your Olympic creations!

    Don’t forget to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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  • Jul 25
  • Fun And Flavorful Activities For Foodie Kids

    Are you hungry? Then it’s the perfect time to join us for Cooking and Food week on Wizard School (formerly WonderBox). Get to know interesting foods from around the world, dive into the science of creating new foods, invent your own restaurant to showcase culinary cuisine, and discover even more activities for foodie kids. Let’s get cooking!

     

    Try bread from around the world

    Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods and is universally enjoyed across many, cultures, countries and religions. What type of bread do you like to eat? Have you ever tried pita bread, bagels, or baguettes? Learn about bread from around the world, and then take a photo of bread and describe how it’s served with your family’s favorite meal.

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    Discover hybrid plants

    Using methods called grafting and genetic modification, farmers have been able to create some truly wacky plants! Farmers are using cross pollination to create fruits that are the genetic combination or “hybrid” of two other fruits. Some of the tastiest discoveries have been Plumcots, Tayberries, Tangelos and Apriums. Did you know that most everyday fruits and vegetables we eat are hybrids? Yellow bananas, grapefruit, meyer lemons, and numerous apple varieties were actually the result of careful plant breeding. Learn about hybridization of fruits and vegetables and then invent your own delicious fruit or veggie!

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    Open your own virtual restaurant

    Eating out is always a treat, but imagine if you could invent your own restaurant. What kind of food would you serve? Would you have a cool theme or decorations? Where would your restaurant be located? Visit some creative restaurants and then share your design with your friends and future customers!

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    Share your favorite food!

    Remember to share your cooking creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you! Then, see what’s next on our Summer of Wonder calendar!

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  • Jul 18
  • Explore The Wild West On Wizard School

    Howdy! Do you know why the western half of the United States was called the Wild West? In the late 1800’s, the untamed territories of the American frontier earned this nickname due to their lack of laws and the wild behavior that took place. Are you ready to explore the Wild West? Open up Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) and let’s get started!

     

    Meet Wild West outlaws and lawmen

    Many legends have come out of the Wild West. Some of them are famous for being outlaws and some of them are famous for being lawmen. Y’all take a trip to the Wild West and get ready to meet all sorts of people. Learn more about these folks in the “Legends of the West” challenge on Wizard School. At the end of the lesson, choose one of the legends and make them talk about the rootin’ tootin’ West.

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    Learn more about bison

    A true symbol of the frontier, the American bison (also referred to as “American buffalo”) are the largest land animals in North America. In fact, these wallowing, bellowing giants once roamed the plains of the American West in vast numbers. Check out the “Talking Bison” challenge on Wizard School to learn more, then help a bison share its dramatic story of near extinction and recovery.

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    Learn about the Gold Rush

    What would you do if you found gold? Where did gold miners come from, and why did so many travel to California during the Gold Rush? Visit the “Gold Rush” challenge on Wizard School to learn about the history of the Gold Rush, from the properties of gold, to the people who discovered the precious metal. Then make a miner talk about discovering gold!

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    Create Native American art

    There are 562 Native American tribes located throughout the United States, each with their own cultural traditions and art forms. Visit the “Native American Art” challenge on Wizard School to learn more about traditional Native American art and meet some contemporary artists. Then, use Wizard School’s built-in design tools to try your hand at decorating a Native American inspired blanket, pot, mask, dream catcher or teepee.

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    Send a postcard from the Wild West

    Explore famous landscapes of America’s Wild West like the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and the Oregon Trail. This vast and rugged terrain set the stage for the American frontier. What do you think it was like to live in the Wild West? Visit the “Postcard from Wild West” challenge on Wizard School to take a tour of the land. Pick out your favorite setting, and send a postcard to a friend!

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    Share your Wild West adventure!

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to see what you create!

    Looking for more fun challenges? Check out our Summer Wonder learning program!

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  • Jul 11
  • Fun Photography Projects for Kids

    Do you love taking pictures? Playing photographer is a fun way to capture memories and express your creativity. Launch your photography career with Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) by making neat props for a photo booth! Or, take pictures within pictures by finding reflections of unique scenes. Having fun? Try building your own scene by using natural materials in artistic ways. Check out these fun photography projects for kids – the options are endless!

     

    Take a reflection photo

    Using reflections in photography can make amazing effects and beautiful images. When light rays bounce off a completely smooth surface, such as a still pool of water, a mirror, or even something like a shop window, we are able to see a very clear reflection on the surface. Once you start looking for reflections, you will find them everywhere! Learn more about this type of photography by visiting the “Take a Reflection Photo” challenge on Wizard School. Then, find a mirror, rippling water, or a glass and try your hand at reflection photography!

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    Explore art and photography in nature

    Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist who has made hundreds of amazing creations. Visit the “Natural Photography” challenge to learn about how he works with natural materials. Then, create your own masterpiece using items you find in nature. The beach is a perfect place for nature art, but your own backyard can be just as good. Even sticks can surprise us when they are arranged in clever ways! When you’re done, take a photo of your natural work of art and share with a friend in Wizard School!

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    Learn how to make a photo booth

    The first photo booth appeared in the 1920s and quickly became a fun way to capture silly moments with friends! Visit the “Make a Photo Booth” challenge on Wizard School to learn how you can design your own photo booth. Create some neat props for taking pictures, and then let your photo shoot begin!

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    Share your photographs!

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to see what you create!

    Looking for more fun challenges? Check out our free summer learning series!

     

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  • Jul 04
  • Explore These Fun Summer Activities For Kids!

    We’ve landed right in middle of summer, a great time for laughter, creativity and play. Let’s make the most of this special season by celebrating all of its remarkable activities. With Wizard School (formerly WonderBox), you can plan a camping trip, invent a new pool jump, log your stories in a journal, learn about the importance of sunglasses, and even design an amazing bridge during your downtime! Learn more about these fun summer activities for kids.

    Go on a virtual camping trip

    Do you love the great outdoors, sleeping under the stars, and building campfires? Then you’ll love camping! What do you think you will need? What is the best wood for building a campfire? Learn everything you need to know about camping by visiting the “Go Camping” challenge on Wizard School, then plan your very own adventure.

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    Write a vacation journal

    A vacation journal is a way to record the details of your trip. It can be fun to remember special places by writing down stories, drawing out the sights, or collecting keepsakes. Visit the “Vacation Journal” challenge on Wizard School and create a journal by logging the details of your favorite trip, or by describing your dream vacation. Then share your adventure with family and friends.

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    Make a splash in the pool

    Cool off by doing some pool jumps in the heat of summer. What is your favorite pool jump? Which type of jump makes the biggest splash, or the littlest splash? Have you ever recorded a pool jump to see it play back in slow motion? Let’s do it! Record someone jumping into a pool and then watch it on camera.

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    Pop on some sunglasses

    Do you think the number one reason to wear sunglasses is to look cool? That’s just an added bonus of the protection sunglasses provide for your eyes. Polarized sunglasses are specially designed to reduce glare off surfaces like glass, water, or snow. But, they don’t do it with a dark tint. Get a crash course in light physics and learn how they work at the same time! Then add some sunglasses to a silly photo of yourself, a friend, or your pet!

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    Learn how to build a bridge

    Every bridge that successfully gets you from one side to the other is a victory of engineering design. Not all bridges have the same structure. Find out about the advantages of different types: beam, truss, suspension, and arch. Learn about different types of building materials, and see some incredible structures in the “Build a Bridge” challenge on Wizard School. Then, create your very own bridge! What type of material will you use to construct your bridge?

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    Share your summer adventures!

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to see what you create!

    Looking for more fun challenges? Check out our free summer learning series!

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  • Jun 27
  • 5 Fearless Shark Week Activities For Kids

    Shark Week has finally arrived, and the Wizard School crew (formerly WonderBox) is beyond excited! All week long, we’ll be learning all about these fascinating creatures. Dive into these fun Shark Week activities to understand why sharks serve such an important role in the ocean ecosystem. Before you know it, you’ll be the smartest shark around!

     

    Learn why it’s important to save sharks

    Why is it so important to save sharks? Millions of sharks are impacted by people every year. Help get the word out that overfishing is a big threat to ocean health. Learn how these predators help maintain balance in the ocean food chain. Then, make a poster telling your friends the truth about these toothy fish, and save a shark!

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    Discover the anatomy of a shark

    Why do sharks have more than one eyelid? How many fins does a shark have? What happens when a shark loses its teeth? More importantly, how do sharks get by without any bones? Discover answers to these questions and more in the “Build a Shark” challenge on Wizard School. When you’re done, use the built-in design tools to design your own shark!

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    Look inside a shark’s jaw

    Did you know that sharks have incredibly unique jaws and teeth? And no, it’s not just because they’re big! Visit the “Build a Shark Jaw” challenge to learn all kinds of interesting facts, then build your very own shark jaw.

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    Explore the ocean

    If you live near the ocean, chances are you have some shark neighbors! Different types of sharks live in different kinds of ocean habitats–shallow, deep, hot, cold—all around the globe. Check out “The Ocean Depths” challenge on Wizard School to discover where certain types of  sharks live, then make an ocean diagram to show what’s lurking in the waters below.

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    Make a food chain

    Big sharks have a critical role in the oceans. They keep the whole system in balance, controlling the numbers of smaller fish, which in turn controls the amount of algae. Visit the “Make a Food Chain” challenge to learn more about how animals, plants and even the sun are connected. Then, make an ocean food chain to show how sharks impact the rest of the ocean.

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    Ready to embark on another adventure?

    See what’s next on our Summer of Wonder calendar! Remember to share your Shark Week creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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  • Jun 20
  • Explore Africa With These Fun Activities

    Have you ever dreamed of going on an African safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or visiting the Sahara Desert? We have! Join us on Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) as we explore Africa and learn more about this fascinating continent through a wide variety of fun and creative activities.

    Discover what it’s like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in northeastern Tanzania, a country in east Africa and is often called the “roof of Africa” because it’s the tallest mountain on the continent. Did you know that Mt. Kilimanjaro is also an inactive volcano? Check out the “Climb Mount Kilimanjaro” challenge on Wizard School to learn everything you need to know about climbing this peak. Then, use the built-in design tools to add yourself to a photo from the summit and send it to a friend!


     

    Create a safari scene

    African safaris give visitors a chance to observe animals like elephants, lions, hippos, rhinos, and gorillas in their natural environments. Going on safari involves riding in an open air vehicle with a canopy for protection from the hot sun. The seats are arranged to allow great views for wildlife photography. Check out the “Safari Scene” challenge on Wizard School to see what it’s like to go on an African safari. Then, use Wizard School’s built-in design tools to create a safari scene and share it with a friend.

     

    Play an African Djembe

    Drum beats are powerful, rhythmic, and pulsing. Learn about the Djembe, a traditional African hand drum that’s one of West Africa’s best known instruments. Then, find something around the house you can use as a drum (or make your own), and take a video of you playing it. Share your beats with a friend!

     

    Visit the Sahara Desert

    The Sahara is the largest hot desert on earth. The Sahara’s combination of sand, stone, heat and wind makes it one of the world’s most rugged and remarkable landscapes. What would it be like to trek across the desert on a camel’s back? Learn more about the Sahara Desert, then use the design tools to draw your very own desert scene.

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    Ready to embark on another adventure?

    See what’s next on our Summer of Wonder calendar! Remember to share your African adventures with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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  • Jun 13
  • Go Green And Learn About Growing A Garden!

    Calling all green thumbs! Are you ready to go green, get dirty, and learn about growing a garden this summer? Let’s start by digging into Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) to learn about planting seeds, creating compost, and crazy carnivorous plants. Wizard can’t wait to grow gardens with you!

     

    Learn how to plant a garden

    Nothing is more rewarding than planting a seed and watching it grow, especially when the end result is a beautiful flower or a tasty vegetable! Check out the “Plant a Garden” challenge to learn some gardening basics, then start your own garden and send a photo of it to a friend.

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    Learn more about compost

    Composting is the process of helping food scraps and other plant waste break down, or decompose, into soil. With the right mixture and conditions, you can produce dirt that will feed your garden the minerals and microbes it needs to grow big and strong. Why not make your own nutrient-rich dirt by composting? Learn more about composting in our “Create a Compost” challenge on Wizard School. When you’re done, photograph your compost station, decorate it, and send it to friends to inspire composting in your neighborhood!

    Discover carnivorous plants!

    Although they sound like something out of a horror movie, meat-eating carnivorous plants are for real. Although they make their own food (sugar) like other plants by converting sunlight, they get minerals by eating animals instead of by using roots to draw nutrition from the soil. The Venus Fly Trap is the most famous carnivorous plant. Check out the “Hungry Plants” challenge to watch them in action as they trap their favorite snacks. Then, use Wizard School’s built-in design tools to make one talk!

     

    Share Your Gardening Skills!

    Don’t forget to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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  • Jun 06
  • Fun And Unique Ways To Express Your Creativity On Wizard School

    Who says that creativity has to come in the form of traditional arts and crafts? In fact, there are many ways to express your creativity! The options for artistry are endless, and we love to dream up new ways to express our creativity on Wizard School (formerly WonderBox). Check out these three unique ways to express your creativity this summer. 

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    Learn how to create a tablescape

    A tablescape is the artistic arrangement of a table, including the centerpiece, tablecloth, and dishes that are chosen to complete a place setting. Tablescapes vary based on the season and occasion. Is your event formal or informal? What types of dishware, glassware and cutlery will you use? Open Wizard School to see examples, and then design your very own tablescape!

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    Make food art

    Who said you needed pencil and paper to make art? Did you know that food can be used as an art form? People use food to create models of people, animals, and many other things. Some also present their food in a unique design that not only makes food enjoyable to look at, but even more fun to eat! Take a photo of your edible art and then share it with a friend.

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    Write an acrostic poem

    Poetry is a great way to express yourself! Did you know that poems don’t always have to rhyme? Acrostic poems are fun because they don’t always follow poetry rules. An acrostic poem uses the letters of a word to make a full poem. Acrostic poems are fun because the word written vertically is the first word in that line of the poem. Learn all about acrostic poems and then write your very own!

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    Share your artwork!

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to see what you create!

    Looking for more fun challenges? Check out our free summer learning series!

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  • May 30
  • Health And Safety Activities For Kids

    Having to stay indoors and heal after getting injured or coming down with a cold is no fun, especially during the summer. Thankfully, you can avoid both by being wise and well-prepared! Join us on Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) as we learn all about safety gear, germs, and how to create an emergency plan with these health and safety activities for kids.

     

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    Learn how to create an emergency plan

    Do you ever worry about being caught in a flood or an earthquake? You never know when natural disasters or severe weather can strike, but it’s always possible to make their effects less dangerous by planning ahead. Learn what you can do to be ready, then make an emergency plan to share with friends and family.

     

     

    Learn about fire safety

    Fires can start and spread quickly. It is important that you learn how to be safe. Have you ever wondered about the science of fire and fire safety? Learn why the words “stop, drop and roll” are so important in fire safety. Then, record a message featuring your favorite fire facts or safety rules and share it with a friend.

     

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    Discover how to fight germs

    Germs are tiny, nasty, and relentless, and they’re all around us. But, if you know what they are and how they spread, you can stop them in their tracks in order to keep yourself and others healthy! Make a poster to teach friends how to win the battle against those pesky germs.

     

     

    Design a cool helmet

    Whether you are biking, skateboarding, skiing or riding on a scooter, helmets make great sense, as they are super important for protecting your head. Learn more about why helmets are important and check out some cool helmet designs. Then, photograph your helmet and give it a makeover with updated colors and awesome stickers.

    Share Your Knowledge!

    Remember to share your helmets, plans and posters with the Wizard School crew. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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  • May 13
  • Fun (And Free!) Summer Learning Activities For Kids

    This summer, open the Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) for hundreds of free teacher-created activities designed to boost summer learning. Our daily learning adventures help kids discover new topics about the world every week.
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    Wizard will post a new educational Challenge on Wizard School every day. To participate in the activities, simply read Wizard’s latest message and click “Do This” to get started.

    Here’s a peek at what’s ahead!

    May 16-22: Camping on Google Android 6.0.1 Get Outdoors Week
    Get ready for summer by learning about national parks. Look up at the sky and create cloud art. Then, design a bicycle to enjoy the great outdoors!

    May 23-29: Volcano on Google Android 6.0.1Scientific Wonders
    Take a journey to a black hole in outer space, then look back and identify erupting volcanoes to better understand the geography of our planet.

    May 30-June 5: Ambulance on Google Android 6.0.1 Health and Safety
    As summer heats up we learn how to fight fires, create an emergency plan, and design our own safety gear.

    June 6-12:  Artist Palette on Google Android 6.0.1 Create and Make
    The magic is in the making as we lay out a tablescape, create food art, and design a product!

    June 13-19: Sunflower on Google Android 6.0.1Garden Week
    Time to get our hands dirty by planting a garden, creating compost, and making a super salad.

    June 20-26: Elephant on Google Android 6.0.1 Africa Week
    Get set for a summer safari as we visit Africa, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and explore the dunes of the Sahara desert.

    June 27 – July 3: Fish on Google Android 6.0.1 Shark Week!
    Open wide as we peer inside the jaws of a shark! Then draw out the food chain and design your own shark.

    July 4-10: Beach With Umbrella on Google Android 6.0.1 Summer Fun!
    Pools are a blast. Let’s see who makes the biggest splash with our pool jump challenge. Don’t forget your shades!

    July 11-17: Camera on Google Android 6.0.1 Photography
    Be a pro photographer and perfect your action shot while zooming through sensational summer adventures.

    July 18-24: Horse Face on Google Android 6.0.1 Wild West
    Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy as we venture out yonder into the Wild West!

    July 25-31: Spaghetti on Google Android 6.0.1 Cooking and Food
    Cook up a picnic, discover breads of the world, and pack a sustainable lunch to stay energized all summer long.

    August 1-7: Sports Medal on Google Android 6.0.1 Olympic Games
    Set a world record for being the youngest person to redesign the Olympic rings, map the torch relay, and support your favorite country by tracking their Olympic medals.

     

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    Bookmark this calendar on Pinterest or add to Google Calendar!

    Getting started with WonderBox

    With new teacher-created activities posted every day, parents can depend on Wizard School to inspire and educate kids in a safe environment. In addition to participating in one of our daily summer learning activities, kids can also search by topic, watch and learn from educational videos that are hand-selected by teachers, or head straight to the creation tool to make their own multi-media masterpieces. There are no in-app purchases, and everything kids make can be shared with parents or pre-approved family and friends in a safe environment.

    We’re wacky for summer – let’s make it sensational with Wizard School! We can’t wait to create a whole season of learning with you.

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  • Apr 21
  • Make Fun Emoji Messages To Share With Friends

    Wizard is exploring emojis, which are those cute images used for sending digital messages. Join us on Wizard School (formerly WonderBox) as we discover how emojis were created, and then make your own message using your favorite emojis!

    Wizard’s Emoji Challenge

    Make Emoji Messages!

    Emojis are digital pictograms. Much like the hieroglyphics used by the Egyptians, emojis are used to communicate between people electronically. It’s like talking without using words or letters! Challenge yourself to see if you can send a message to a friend just using only emojis and other stickers and symbols and see if they understand what you were trying to tell them. Ask your friend to send you emoji messages in return! 

    *Get to “Emoji Message Maker” challenge now:  Open the Wizard School app to the Challenges tab (bottom right of menu) > Drawing (swipe menu at top) > “Emoji Message Maker” (scroll down in Drawing category).

    Learn more about emojis

    Don’t forget that every Wizard School challenge has more to explore! You will find videos that explain the early history of symbols, where emojis come from, and how emojis can be used to tell stories or explain exciting topics. Discover these fun facts by tapping “Explore More” or “Inspiration” once inside the challenge.

    Share your creations

    Remember to share your creations with the Wizard School crew. Wizard loves hearing from you – and remember to include your favorite emoji! 

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