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Today’s students should be learning more than just the basics–reading, writing, and arithmetic. Twenty-first century learning integrates the 4 Cs of education—Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication. As a teacher, one way I have found to teach these skills in my classroom is through toy and game design. What child doesn’t love to play…
Publisher: Pressman Players: 2 – 4 (best with 4) Ages: 8 and Up Genre: Light strategy Ship of Treasures is an incredibly well-produced game of piracy for kids ages 8 and up. In it, players take the role of pirates searching a pirate ship for treasure. Instead of using a traditional game board, Ship of…
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…
ThinkFun posted an article in their Education Blog about the Benefits of Toddler Play, including a cool little chart showing their “Top 10 Benefits of Play, Toddler Edition.” Check it out at: http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/benefits-of-toddler-games-early-childhood-education
Last school year, L&N Specialties invited teachers and their students to participate in a contest to create trivia questions for the Economics and Inventions versions of their I DECLARE series of games. Congrats to Sontag Elementary for having 14 of their students have trivia questions included!
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.
Guest columnist Jeanette Coleman writes this month about games and people with Dyslexia, complete with game recommendations and guidelines for teachers and parents alike. If someone in your life (or classroom) has dyslexia, you need to check this one out.
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).
Researchers say playing board games twice a week increased brain speed scores of students by a staggering 27 – 32%! http://www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org/play-together.asp