Tugie – Fun Coordination Game for the Family

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Tugie, a new game from the always inspiring Marbles the Brain Store, is a quick and fun fine motor skills game for the whole family. We found it to be a great family game night choice, good for lots of giggles. Tugie - Fun Coordination Game for the Family Start with the pieces on the tower. Make sure the gray is on the very top when you start. Roll the die to see which … [Read more...]

40 Coding Classes, Websites, Games, and Apps for Kids

coding for kids

If you're looking for coding or pre-coding classes, games, toys, and apps, for your kids to learn to code, you'll find everything you need here. But first, let's define terms. Coding is learning a foreign language -- a machine foreign language. Just like any language, the ability to read and write it is a literacy of it's own. The biggest benefit of learning to code is … [Read more...]

Build Your Own 3D Toy with Potatoyz App

review of Potatoyz app and toy

I didn't think my kids would get to try 3D printing before me but it happened with POTATOYZ,  a brand new interactive app and toy created by the animators of The Lorax and Despicable Me. Children create and customize a toy in the app which can be sent to a 3D printer, made for real, and sent to your child. It's totally cool to see your imagination come to life! And, where else … [Read more...]

WackIt Ball Backyard Game Review

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WackIt Ball is a new backyard game for one or two players. My kids think it's totally fun. I think it's loud (don't play it when the neighbors are still sleeping) and great for hand-eye coordination! WackIt Ball Backyard Game Review To play, thread a wiffle ball through the cable. You can attach the cable to poles, trees, fence posts, etc. We used a post on our back porch … [Read more...]

These Learning Card Games Will Make Kids Think

Super Genius Educational Card Games for Kids

Blue Orange just released a new learning card game series called Super Genius. The card games remind me of Spot It! but are harder and more educational. They'll make your kids THINK! And by think, I both reviewing known concepts and learning new ones. For us, it's review and practice of multiplication facts. (Those darn facts are tricky to remember!) But it could also be … [Read more...]

Compose Yourself: a Music Composition Game for Kids

Compose Yourself review

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...]

4 Surprising Coloring Book Activities for Kids

coloring activities for kids

You're going to love these four coloring book activities for kids (and you) to do at home. Get in quality time with your child, entertain a sick kid, display your work, and create your own inspiration! 1. Mom and Me Coloring Time My daughters and I love coloring. Sometimes we just want to spend time together. Coloring is one of the best activities because it's easy even if … [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...]

Review of Osmo Gaming System for iPad

Review of Osmo

Of all the Osmo Gaming System game apps, we loved Words best of all. (Go figure. I'm a writer, what can I say.) Osmo sees something physically on your table and instantaneously recognizes it on the screen. Choose from four apps about math, words, drawing, and invention. It's amazingly innovative and like that it provides the interactive experience parents want … [Read more...]

10 Art Activity Books for Kids

Usborne art books

Have you heard about the new fad sweeping the nation? It's called coloring therapy. Ok, it's not really called that. I made it up, but it IS true that more adults are taking to art activities as a way to de-stress. If it helps adults unwind, then it's definitely good for kids too. Here are 10 art activity books you and your children will love! This post contains an AWESOME … [Read more...]