UMIGO Free Math Website

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UMiGO, short for "You Make It Go," is a free math website for first and second graders, kids ages 6 and 7. It's an inventive combination of video stories with games embedded within the narrative. UMiGO calls this "appisodes." The website provides lessons and practice in problem solving and early math skills such as: measurement, addition, skip counting, 2D shapes,and greater … [Read more...]

Compose Yourself: a Music Composition Game for Kids

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Compose Yourself from Think Fun is a music composition card game for kids -- in the key of C. (This is the easiest key for beginners because there are no flats or sharps.) Kids arrange and rearrange the 60 cards and then input each card into the Compose Yourself website. They'll be able to hear their composition in seconds -- it's so easy and lots of fun! Compose Yourself … [Read more...]

Fun, Active Summer Activities for Kids

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School is out for the summer! With the warm weather here, families are looking for ways to keep kids entertained and active during the summer. That means you'll need ideas for fun active summer activities for kids Toys“R”Us, Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up to show you the excitement, energy, and attitude of the Nerf brand, available at Toys“R”Us, and help you find out why … [Read more...]

Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids

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Learning apps for kids are a solid choice for summer learning options. Researchers say that the best educational apps are: ACTIVE ENGAGING --not overly distracting MEANINGFUL to a child's life SOCIAL to include parents and peers Do you agree? Here's a list of new apps your kids might enjoy this summer . . . Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids The Counting … [Read more...]

Summer Math Activities for Kids

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]