Do you remember Tangrams, where you made shapes out of other shapes? I used to love that game. My fifth grade science teacher always kept a set in her classroom, and my friends and I were constantly challenging each other. Riddle Cube is kind of like a 3-D version of that, taken to the next level. Instead of having…
Before I start writing about Compose Yourself, I need to make something clear. It is not a traditional game. It’s also not a puzzle or a toy. In fact, it’s not any of the things that you’d expect to see reviewed on this site.
It is, however, transformational.
When was the last time you heard someone talking about a child learning “with joy”? Now that’s a great idea! Read the full article at TheAtlantic.com
Forget History Books — Bring on the Board Games! Classrooms have long used games to teach history, but some education experts say today’s board games are maturing rapidly, allowing designers to tackle unprecedented subjects. Read more on Ozy.com (warning: pop-up ads).
The Wall Street Journal is running a story connecting the decline of play with the rise of sensory issues. You’re probably familiar with kids who have sensory issues, even if those issues haven’t been identified. It’s a growing problem that is difficult to identify/diagnose, even for experienced teachers. Children with sensory issues are often labelled as troublemakers or defiant or overly sensitive, so instead of getting the treatment they need, they get discipline.
Issue 77: A New World
To go with the changes to our newsletter, this issue is all about what’s new – new ways to help people with autism, new ways to think about education, and a new tool to help kids with writing. Enjoy!
File this one under things I wish were at my local library: kids at the city library in Palmerston North had a chance to play giant board games. Looks like a ton of fun. If you’re a library or a school, this would make for a fantastic event! Click here to learn more.
Jennifer Choi has a great article on Forbes listing her top ten toys to help turn this summer into one that’s both a ton of fun and a needed change for the kids.
The American Journal of Play has an interview with Thomas Henricks, professor at Elon University about the importance of play.
Summer is here. Time to play! With summer here, it’s time to get down to some serious fun. This month’s issue features three reviews of products that are both fun and educational, as well as a look at play in Colonial Williamsburg. We hope you enjoy it! Feature Articles Educational Games: a Historical Perspective by Lindsay…