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With just a smidgen of creativity, most games can become useful tools to help a child grasp a difficult concept. Games can be used to help teach math, English, geography, and other subjects. Ninety-nine or Bust is a math game in which basic skills are repeatedly used. Deer in the Headlights is a regular game where cards are discarded but this game can be easily converted into a math game. Buying games like these do not have to cost a fortune.

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August 01, 2019
Ashley Coblentz

5 Fun Brain Games to Foster Learning

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Games are a great way to trick your brain (or your kids) into some sneaky learning time. While you think you’re spending some time just having fun, your brain is still getting a lot out of everything you’re doing. Time spent playing a game is not really time wasted at all.

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July 22, 2019
Jessica Ann

Six Benefits of Outdoor Playtime

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Kids love playing outdoors. When you were a kid, you probably loved it too. However, with the advent of technology, the trend might have started changing a little. Children these days spend more time in front of a computer or mobile screen instead of heading out to the nearby ground and running and playing like a bunch. What they don't realize is what they are missing out on. Playing outdoors is so much fun and you gain a lot in the process as well.

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July 18, 2019
Lina Awshee

5 Travel Activities for an Action-Packed Summer

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEAM

Summer is here and travel is on the rise! As a school-based Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L), I often get asked at the end of the year what types of activities are recommended during the summer. Specifically, parents often ask me for activity recommendations for travel during the summer months. 

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July 04, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Keeping Brains Active in the Summer

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

There are many articles that give dire predictions about how much learning kids lose over the summer months. There are others that claim these statistics are exaggerated. A quick Google search turns up a multitude of articles with lots of common sense ideas like joining library summer reading programs and educational camps or limiting screen time. No matter what, it is probably safe to say that keeping kids brains engaged over the summer can be beneficial. But summer should be FUN! So how can we gamify learning activities to keep young minds active while they have a good time? What follows are some fun logic activities parents can take with them on the go. The materials are simple: toothpicks and coins. It's easy to throw a roll of coins or some round game tokens and a box of toothpicks in a beach bag or “car kit.” You can play these games while waiting at restaurants or with a little “lap desk” in the car. Included below are some numbered photographs of puzzles which I hope you and your kiddos will enjoy. Numbered solutions are shown at the end of the article.

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June 06, 2019
Annabelle Short

How to Improve a Child's Concentration During Homework Time

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

“Stop fidgeting and finish your homework.”

This is a statement that we may have repeated a dozen times when our kids are doing their homework. Kids are fun-loving, they talk a lot, are exuberant, curious and very energetic. Granted, it becomes challenging to get them to settle when they are studying.

Children have short concentration spans, and with the advent of technological devices, their concentration has been significantly reduced. When the task at hand is not fun, children get bored and shift their attention to more exciting activities. However, there are several techniques you can apply to improve their concentration.

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May 09, 2019
Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Gamification: What It Is and How It Really Works

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

Gamification is a buzzword that you’ve probably heard a lot lately. It’s become a popular method for increasing the enjoyment and interactivity of learning and shaping behavior in many different environments. We’re seeing it pop up in schools, businesses, and our personal lives. With so much focus on gamifying our activities, it’s worthwhile to take a step back and see what it is and how it really works.

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