Minecraft Books

minecraft books for kids

Believe it or not, games like Minecraft motivate kids to read. To learn to play the game, they're reading Minecraft forums and books. And, there are new fiction books about Minecraft adventures that kids are reading as well. In a recent WIRED article, Clive Thompson explains, "Minecraft is surrounded by a culture of literacy. The game comes with minimal instructions or … [Read more...]

Quandary Game for Developing Thinking Skills #quandarygame

Quandary Game Story

Players aged eight and up shape the future of a new society in a FREE award-winning video game called Quandary. Quandary helps kids recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives. Video games often get a bad rap, but this online and tablet game is one you can endorse for how it builds kids' solid critical thinking, perspective-taking and … [Read more...]

50 Free Educational Apps for Kids

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Believe it or not, there are TONS of free educational apps for kids. Yup - FREE! And all of these apps for kids are guilt-free because kids will be learning! And, like I mentioned, they're free. (We love that.) Here ya go  . . . Free Educational iPad Apps Sushi Scramble  OUR FAVORITE GAME!!! Develops language skills through a multiplayer word-building game … [Read more...]

Sparky Fire Safety App

Sparky The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms Story

Fire Prevention Week is October 5 - 11, 2014 and there's an app for that. (Of course!) I *think*  that I've told my kids what to do when there's a fire. Maybe when they were younger. Better get on that, huh! Here's the scoop, friends. We have to talk about fire safety every year. And, we have to make sure our homes are safe by having up-to-date fire alarms. I have two easy … [Read more...]

23 Best Multiplication Apps for Kids

multiplication apps

Apps make multiplication learning and practice fun for kids. There's just something about technology that is so enticing! I've found 23 multiplication apps your kids can use to practice their times tables. Some are better than others so I've made sure to indicate which I highly recommend. Lumio Farm Factor FREE I like how this shows the multiplication -- that it's … [Read more...]

Innovative Coding Apps for Kids

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With the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the schools, some kids are learning to program (code) right alongside their reading, writing, and math lessons. There's no denying that technology will be a huge part of their future. You'll be amazed at all the inventive games and programs to help your kids learn the basics of coding -- all … [Read more...]

How Tiggly Improves Geometry, Spacial Reasoning, Motor Skills, and Creativity

Tiggly Educational Math App

Tiggly shape toys partner seamlesly with FREE Tiggly educational apps so children engage visual and kinesthetic learning modalities while teaching basic mathematical skills. I was so impressed with the flawless way the Tiggly shapes work with the apps. Press the shape and it zings onto the screen in milliseconds. The app options for Tiggly shapes totally engage my kids (and … [Read more...]

Educational iPad Dinosaur Game and Story App

Dino Dog App

Dino Dog - A Digging Adventure with Dinosaurs ($2.99) from StoryToys (one of my favorite publishers) gives kids both a fun animated cartoon story and a dinosaur game for kids ages 4 to 8. Kids who are budding paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts as well kids who have never before learned about natural history and dinosuars will find this play and learn app to be … [Read more...]