Summer Math Activities for Kids

math activities and games for kids

I hope you've downloaded my free summer learning printables -- Brain Camp -- and seen the math options from which your kid can choose. If not, here's the link. Today, I want to make sure you have all the resources you'll need to help your kids in elementary (primary) school with these fun summer math activities. Summer Math Activities for Kids 1. … [Read more...]

Best Activity Books for Traveling with Kids

activity books for kids

At home, in the car, or on vacation, give your kids entertaining activity books that will keep them busy for hours of brainy fun! These are the best activity books for kids ages 6 - 12. Happy traveling! Activity Books for Kids Easy Mazes by Shinobu Akaishi, Eno Sarris This book of mazes should be just right for your younger kids who aren't ready for the more … [Read more...]

Encourage Play Building Social Skills Kits

monthly playdate kits

It was one of those days. I anguished over social issues with one of my kids. It felt like nothing was improving. But then, a most amazing thing happened. Janine Halloran, blogger at Encourage Play and licensed mental health counselor, reached out to me based on a comment I made on a group thread in FB. I didn't even know her at the time, but her words of encouragement … [Read more...]

Pyramix Game of Strategy

pyramix game

You'll learn Egyptian symbols as you strategize how to win Pyramix, a game of strategy for 2 to 4 players ages 8 and up. It's a Mensa select game, Parents' Choice Silver Honor and Dr. Toy's Best Game of the Year from Gamewright. We've found it to be a fun family game that is easy to play in a short amount of time -- about 10 to 15 minutes.   Pyramix Game Play Each … [Read more...]

The Best Card Games for Kids

best card games

My family loves family game night which is pretty much every night for us. We buy and test games regularly -- for us and for you. Here are our picks for the best card games for kids of all ages. For those small hands, try a chip clip to hold all the cards, or just allow your kids to put their cards on the table -- even though they will be visible. Also, the recommended … [Read more...]

Using Education Games in the Classroom

education games

We teachers love engaging children in learning. Education games are one way we can do this. Staples offers a wealth of educational games (among other things) that will provide opportunities in your classroom for enthusiastic and engaged kids. In fact, this post is sponsored by Staples. Using Education Games in the Classroom Here’s what you need to remember when using … [Read more...]

Educational ColorKu Logic Game

colorku logic game

Logic games stretch kids' thinking, improving their deductive reasoning, organizational skills, and concentration. The Sudoku-like game, ColorKu, challenges kids to use the colorful marbles on a wooden grid to solve puzzles. The object of the game is to only have 1 of each color per each row, column, and 3x3 box. Where Sudoku uses the digits 1 - 9, ColorKu uses 9 … [Read more...]

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi the Ultimate Family Night Game

Tenzi is one of those games that works for almost all ages (except the ages 0 - 3) which is why it's one of our top recommendations (aka. ultimate) family night games. Have you played it yet? How to Play Tenzi Tenzi is a very simple dice game for 2 -4 players. It's fast pace and lots of fun. The object: Get all 10 of your dice to show the same number. (Yes, it can be any … [Read more...]

Kids Drawing Idea: Seek and Find Game

DIY seek and find

My daughter thought of a fun drawing idea for kids that she wanted me to share with you: make your own seek and find puzzle! Kids Drawing Idea: Seek and Find Game 1. Think of a theme: food, faces, animals, buildings, monsters, flowers, cupcakes, or whatever strikes your fancy. For ideas or drawing techniques, visit these Pinterest boards: how to draw and kids drawing … [Read more...]

Best New Learning Games for Kids 2014

Top New Game Gifts for Kids

From card games to board games and dice games, here are the best learning games for kids from 2014. We're huge family game night people and it's important to me that we play educational games that make us think, use strategies, solve problems, and improve other skills. Best New Learning Games for Kids 2014 1. Spot It Holidays (ages 6 - 15) From snowmen to candy canes, … [Read more...]