The Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Tweens

disco cat puzzle - great for tweens

My 9- and 12-year old kids are way past those 25- and 100- piece jigsaw puzzles. (Although we do have puzzle races with 4 25-piece puzzles at a time. That's pretty fun!) Anyway, I looked and looked for a little harder puzzle that wasn't too Thomas Kinkade looking like the one above. 'Cause no kid likes that. Well, at least not mine. Best Puzzles for Tweens Finally, … [Read more...]

Summer Learning with PBS Kids

PennyBoats

If you are looking for activities and workbooks to keep your kids learning over the summer, check out these ideas shared with me by PBSKids. Carson-Dellosa Learning Books I loved workbooks when I was a kid. My own kids, not so much. So, if I'm going to use workbooks, I use them sparingly and only ones with engaging illustrations, pages that aren't too long, and useful … [Read more...]

It’s About Process, Not Product Says TinkerLab Guide for Little Inventors

TinkerLab book review

Rachelle Doorley writes one of the most inspiring blogs, TinkerLab. Now she's published a wonderful book --TinkerLab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors (55 Playful Experiments That Encourage Tinkering, Curiosity & Creative Thinking.) (*affiliate link) The book celebrates a child's process, the tinkering. It's not about product -- not at all. It's more about what … [Read more...]

Stop the Summer Slide with Educational Apps

summer slide

Are you keeping your kids learning this summer? Beat any boredom blues and keep your kids' minds engaged with educational apps. Educational Apps Grandpa in Space $1.99 Grandpa in Space is SO CUTE with lots of learning! Pick a planet, build a rocket to take you there, watch videos of real astronauts, do math addition problems, learn facts about the planet, play games … [Read more...]

4 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

virtual summer camps

Kids can become virtual campers at online summer camps. Here are four fun virtual summer camps for 2015. Camp PBS Parents Check in weekly for educational activities, crafts, and experiments for you to do at home with your kids. sample activity: Make a Cereal Box Board Game Camp PBS Parents Camp Wonderopolis FREE virtual camp where kids gain extensive science … [Read more...]

NEW Science Activity Book for Summer Learning

Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot Science for Summer

We found a fun science experiment book that is perfect for learning over summer vacation. ('Cause we don't want to see any summer slide around here.) It's Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot, Awesome Science Activities You Can Do at Home by Kendra Muntz, illustrated by Matt Carrington. Get it?-- "molecule"! Cute, right? Science Activity Book And it is cute with … [Read more...]

Download SylvanPlay Educational Apps?

Playing SylvanPlay Apps

Yes! You're going to want to download SylvanPlay's 9 FREE educational apps. Why? Because they're fun, educational, and high-quality. My kids loved the SylvanPlay apps - especially Sushi Scramble - and they're the pickiest testers. I was impressed with the SylvanPlay app's beautiful graphics, the easy usability, the this-is-so-fun-I-can't-stop quality, and the embedded … [Read more...]

10 Pi Day Activities

Pi Bracelet

March 14, Albert Einstein's birthday, also marks the world-wide celebration of the number Pi π. Why? 3-14 is how we write March 14 in the States. 3.14 is Pi! So cool, right? Pi Day Activities (If you need a quick refresher, to get the area of a circle, measure the circle's radius, square it, and multiply it by Pi. Area = π x r2 ) Pi is an irrational number. … [Read more...]