Summer Learning with PBS Kids

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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 Books 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, steampunk books for kids 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 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...]

5 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

virtual summer camps

Kids can become virtual campers at online summer camps. Here are five fun virtual summer camps for 2014. 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...]

Recommended Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

good book list for summer reading

Need some recommended chapter books to stop your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read? (Or is that just my kids?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of middle grade chapter books that I highly recommend. Recommended Beginning Chapter Books My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (7-10 years) Hysterical … [Read more...]