MakerStudio, by ThinkFun, is the most surprising building kit to come around in a while. Take a look at our review to find out why!
This article in the Journal of Play takes a look at play’s relationship to language, cultural forms, and transformative politics from a philosophical point of view. This link is to the abstract, which links to a pdf of the whole article.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children spend at least 60 minutes a day in open-ended play. Looking for more details? TheGeniusOfPlay.org has put together a page summarizing some of the benefits. Check it out here!
Can a party game also be educational? Why yes, yes it can.
The idea of combining math-building with learning the flags of the world seems crazy, doesn’t it? Well, sometimes it’s the crazy ideas that work the best. Check out our review of FlagMath, by the 7puzzle company.
The K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge gives students the opportunity to design and build their own math game, film a video of it, and submit it online for everyone to see. Click through for all the details and an entry form.
Every Friday, the Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) opens its doors to the public, and has a workshop to figure out how games can help improve teaching and learning. Sound interesting? Here’s the article.
The title sounds as bizarre as it does fun: Professor of Lego. What the Professor of Lego will actually be doing, though, sounds even better. He or she will be director of the Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning. Here’s the link to the whole story.
The New York Times has an article about how kindergartens are re-focusing to bring purposeful play back into the classroom, an approach that the kids get to play and the teachers get to teach. Check it out!
The Boston Globe has an article about Mary Flanagan and the Tiltfactor lab at Dartmouth. They use psychology and education research to create games for social impact. Interesting stuff!
School is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean the learning stops. Parents are educators, too, and summer is the perfect chance to find out just how much your kids can learn while having fun. Check out this issue’s great articles by Bill Ritchie and Catherine Swanwick!