Does Your 8 – 12 Year Old Need a Good Book?

good book list for 8- 12 year olds

Newly Published Summer Chapter Books for Kids Ages 8 - 12 I read tons of kid books so you don't have to. Because we all hear our kids say, "I don't have anything good to read," right? That's why it helps to have a list of good books to recommend to those silly kids. (Do they think they can get out of reading with this excuse?!) Something will appeal to them eventually. … [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...]

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...]

Smart Book Clubs for Kids

book clubs for kids!

There's nothing better than hanging around with your friends, playing, eating, and . . . talking about a book! Yes, talking about a book. :) Because it's the social, playing, and eating aspect of a book club that makes reading and taking about a book so much fun. Basically, the purpose of a book club for kids is two-fold: to get social time with friends AND to read … [Read more...]

Steampunk for Kids

steampunk books for kids too

Have you heard of steampunk? I first heard about this new sub-genre of science-fiction a few years ago. Now, children's steampunk books are also increasing. (Both in number and quality.) So, What Is Steampunk? Steampunk is science fiction in which the Victorian era society's technology is powered by steam. In other words, no electricity or batteries or gas. Steam. The … [Read more...]

How to Plan the BEST Family Game Night Ever

family game night!

We're HUGE family game night people. How about you? Toys “R”Us, Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up with me here at Imagination Soup to celebrate family game night. Not only is it lots of fun and a fabulous way to teach kids skills and cooperation, it's a great way to connect with each other away from technology and busy schedules. Now that it's summer vacation, make … [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 Kid Apps

summer slide

Are you keeping your kids learning this summer? Beat any boredom blues and keep your kids' minds engaged with educational (ipad) 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 like match up … [Read more...]