Minecraft Camp for Kids

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure every parent will be aware of Minecraft by now… If you were concerned about how much your children want to play this game, it might be somewhat of a consolation to hear that Minecraft can be very educational and that there are many ways to extend the learning throughContinue reading “Minecraft Camp for Kids”

Getting the Most Out of Your Brain Training

There are many ways to sharpen the brain and keep it finely honed – methods that have consistently proven time again through research to be effective. But let’s face it… in the rapid pace of life that we live in, it can be difficult to fit one or two of these activities in. Given the limited commodityContinue reading “Getting the Most Out of Your Brain Training”

Thinking Games to Challenge the Mind

Why we should encourage children to play games that challenge the mind: Critical Thinking is vital in the age of the Internet Critical Thinking is one of the 7 essential life skills that every child needs Bright children don’t necessarily develop good thinking skills – it must be taught Logic and Reasoning is one of five important things thatContinue reading “Thinking Games to Challenge the Mind”

Math Resources: Mathbreakers – Math Video Game

Struggling to get your kids into Math? Try Mathbreakers – a 3D exploration game for mathematics, covering core foundations for kids aged 6-12. In Mathbreakers, kids can enter a realm where math is their superpower! About Mathbreakers Mathbreakers is a revolutionary approach to grade-school mathematics that encourages children to learn Math through play. There are no worksheets or flash cards,Continue reading “Math Resources: Mathbreakers – Math Video Game”

Osmo – Where the Screen and Physical Play Meet

Osmo – transforming the way children play. Devices like the iPad have really transformed the way children learn but there has always been one aspect of it that troubled me – the lack of true physical manipulation. For example, you can play “tangrams” on the iPad but it will never ever replace the full experience of manipulatingContinue reading “Osmo – Where the Screen and Physical Play Meet”

Right Brain Education Resources: The Brain Buddies

What is Right Brain Education? Right Brain Education is a learning program designed to help children utilise and boost both sides of the brain — the logical left brain and the creative right brain. When both sides of the brain function seamlessly, true genius and intelligence — both intellectual and emotional — can shine. TheContinue reading “Right Brain Education Resources: The Brain Buddies”

Gamification: Using Games to Learn

Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. Badgeville Gamification is not a new idea. In fact, it has been around longer than the term has existed. Anyone who has ever learned geography playing Carmen Sandiego can attest to that. However, it isContinue reading “Gamification: Using Games to Learn”

Learning Statistics with Risk – the Board Game

Playing board games can be beneficial for our children’s development, and games like chess offer extra benefits, like academic enhancement and brain development. Some board games, such as Risk – the board game – can help children learn about Math, in particular, statistics. It can be difficult for some children to get into Math when they don’t see the real-life benefits to allContinue reading “Learning Statistics with Risk – the Board Game”

Why Minecraft is Beneficial for Children

For some time now I have heard a lot about the educational benefits of playing “Minecraft” but I didn’t introduce it to G1 because I have also heard a lot about how addictive it is to play and I didn’t want him spending any more time on the iPad than he already was. I decidedContinue reading “Why Minecraft is Beneficial for Children”

10 Cool Thinking Games and Brain Toys

When it comes to toys, I confess that I like the ones that offer the most mileage. I like them to be appealing to look at, nice to play with, and educational. The toy design should also offer children room to grow alongside the toy so that they can be played with for years toContinue reading “10 Cool Thinking Games and Brain Toys”