My Best List of Nonfiction Books Ever

nonfiction books

Nonfiction book reading is so important for kids -- and not just because Common Core says it is best. Kids need to be able to read for information as well as for story. Not only that, nonfiction builds essential background knowledge that help fiction comprehension. But most kids spend four minutes or less each day reading nonfiction. I think that's because they haven't found … [Read more...]

Cool Tech Gifts for Kids

tech toys for kids

If your kids are like mine, they're enticed by technology. So I've found tons of cool tech gifts for kids that are (mostly) educational and will make great gifts. See for yourself. Tech Gifts for Kids 1. Kindle Fire HD & Tablet  My 12-year old daughter reads way more now that she has a Kindle. (Most of her ebooks are borrowed from the library!) The Kindle has a … [Read more...]

Remarkable LEGO Fusion Building and Tech Toy

Lego Fusion

Combining the best of building and technology, the LEGO Fusion Town Master Kit became our new favorite LEGO toy. Both my kids loved creating their town and even better, both could use one kit. The kit gave them opportunities to be creative, inventive, and play for hours. What's not to love!?       The kit includes 256 LEGO pieces. You don't need many bricks because all … [Read more...]

Building Toys for Kids

gifts for kids

These building toys make great STEM / STEAM gifts for your kids because they not only are tons of fun but they improve fine motor skills, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and problem solving. Building Gifts for Kids 1. Jumperrobot (ages 8+) Build seven bouncing robots that use an electric motor and a spring-loaded mechanism to jump forward in a … [Read more...]

Introducing Stop Motion Animation for Kids

animate it kit

We love how fluidly OGOBild's Animate It! Stop Motion Animation Software and Constructive Play Kit blends STEAM* education and PBL, or project based learning, both totally necessary for our children to build a 21st century skill set. Anyone interested in the Maker Movement will want this kit for their children. * STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and … [Read more...]

Gravity Maze: a Marble Logic Game

Gravit Maze

We love Gravity Maze, a new 2014 brain game for kids from Think Fun, because it gets kids using logic and visual-spatial skills. The goal of Gravity Maze is to figure out how to build a working marble run using the colored translucent plastic towers and a starting grid challenge. It's meant for one person, or one person with a friend to help. Gravity Maze Logic Game for … [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...]

Science Kits for Kids

Science Kits for Kids

Let's talk about the best science kits -- kits that make good gifts for kids. How do I know these are the best? These science kits are award-winners from either Parents-Choice, Creative Child Magazine, Dr. Toy, Mensa, Family Fun Magazine, or Oppenheim Toy Award. Discovoer a science kit to get your kids enthusiastic about learning science. Best Science Kits for … [Read more...]