12 of the Best Dragon Toys for Kids with Imagination and Fire In 2021

12 of the Best Dragon Toys for Kids with Imagination and Fire In 2021

From Smaug in Lord of the Rings to Falkor from The Neverending Story, dragons have captured the imaginations of children throughout the ages. Now I understand that most parents may prefer to keep their kids away from giant ferocious monsters, but it turns out these reptilian rascals come in all shapes and sizes. There are…

10 of the Best Marble Maze Toys for Developing Creativity and Logic

10 of the Best Marble Maze Toys for Developing Creativity and Logic

Marble mazes are designed to test your child’s critical thinking, visual perception and spatial reasoning skills. Unlike a straightforward marble run, where the object of the exercise is to construct a structure for marbles to tumble down, a marble maze is far more mentally stimulating. A marble maze is a logic game. A child has…

7 Stop Motion Animation Kits to Fuel Creativity

7 Stop Motion Animation Kits to Fuel Creativity

Stop motion animation kits are a fantastic way for kids to explore their creativity while actively using technology. Using a camera, set, and software, young animators produce stop motion films from just a few seconds to longer, more complicated movies with sound, different characters, and exciting digital effects. It’s important to consider your child’s age…

Using Eurogame Board Games for Teaching Social Studies

Using Eurogame Board Games for Teaching Social Studies

More and more classroom teachers are using video games and simulations as part of their instruction. We’ve seen students using text-based games to teach medieval Japan and teachers integrating PC based simulations to highlight economic impacts. Educators are incorporating video game cut scenes into instruction, using game specific wikis to build content knowledge, and finding…

10 of the Best 3D Puzzles for Kids Who Love a Challenge

10 of the Best 3D Puzzles for Kids Who Love a Challenge

Tablets, phones, and computers offer a seemingly endless amount of entertaining puzzle games to keep children entertained but nothing can replace the feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing actual, tactile puzzles. Fun 3D puzzles for kids offer not only mental stimulation but also give children the opportunity to work with something hands-on, in the…

13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids Who Are Reluctant to Read

13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids Who Are Reluctant to Read

Not since Pacman has a single game captured, the minds, hearts and imagination of kids (and adults) the way Minecraft has over the past few years. From pixelated pigs to nocturnal nasties, Minecraft has become such a cultural phenomenon it has spilled into the real world in more forms than anyone could have imagined. Costumes, meetups, parties and of course the…

3 Easy Ways to Gamify Your Classroom with Kahoot

3 Easy Ways to Gamify Your Classroom with Kahoot

One of education’s hottest buzzwords these days is gamification: the integration of games into classroom instruction to enhance student learning. Purposeful gamification can allow for personalized learning, increased student engagement, and greater creativity. (For more information about why you should integrate gameplay into your instruction, see this Fractus post by Rebecca Davies) But what if you’re new to…

Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun

Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun

Overview Much more than just a video game, Minecraft is being used by thousands of educators to tackle difficult learning concepts in an amazingly fun and collaborative digital environment. Students are exploring, crafting and making in 3D virtual worlds where their creativity and imagination can run wild. No matter what your discipline, the many different elements of…

Creating Interactive Lessons and Games with TinyTap

Creating Interactive Lessons and Games with TinyTap

Overview Interactivity is a key ingredient in involving students in the learning process, and the TinyTap app is a magnificent and free way to start building that interactivity into your lessons. TinyTap is a simple but immensely powerful concept where static images and photos can be combined with recorded audio and digital hotspots to create fully interactive games and lessons….

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