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Being on winter break doesn’t have to mean you have to stop training your brain! To give you a boost this holiday season, we’re providing a list with a variety of brain games for all ages. These games are fun, challenging, and bring loved ones together. They won’t fit into a stocking, but they will certainly look pretty sitting underneath a tree! Keep your mind sharp this holiday season with some of our favorite brain games!

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November 16, 2017
Sheldon Soper

Using Card Games to Teach Basic Math Skills

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, Girls & STEM, STEM, Brainteasers

Sheldon Soper is a ten year veteran of the teaching profession and currently serves as a junior high school teacher in southern New Jersey and as a writer for The Knowledge Roundtable, a free tutoring marketplace. His primary focus is building reading, writing, and research skills in his students. He holds two degrees from Rutgers University: a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. He holds teaching certifications in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Elementary Education. Thomas has also worked as a tutor for grades ranging from second through high school in a wide variety of subjects including reading, writing, calculus, chemistry, algebra, and test prep. His core educational beliefs stem from the notion that all students can be successful; it is the role of educators to help facilitate growth by differentiating and scaffolding student learning on a personal level.

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September 30, 2017
Alana Hackes

Top 7 Strategy Games for Little Learners

Learning Through Play, STEM

There are several benefits to playing games with kids but it's important that kids play games that are appropriate for their age range. This means the best games are the ones that kids will be able to internalize the rules and be able to follow them while still having fun. According to Scholastic, encouraging kids to play games and follow the rules can help children "become more self-confident and ambitious and to enjoy playing with others." The challenge then becomes finding age-appropriate games that can be fun for kids but also fun for the whole family. We've developed our list of the top 7 strategy games that the little learners in your life will love, as well as players of other age ranges!  

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September 25, 2017
Alana Hackes

The Electrifying Science of Lasers

STEM

There are many intense, exciting, and visually appealing moments that happen in the Star Wars movies. One that especially grips viewers is from Return of the Jedi, in which Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader stand opposite to each other, with green and red lasers, better known as “light sabers” in that universe, in hand. Within moments, they engage in a duel that is like a sword fighting match, and the colors red and green swirl all around the screen. While there aren’t any lasers in our universe that operate like this, the fact of the matter is that the laser is a fascinating invention. Whether you’re a Jedi locked in a duel with your adversary, playing laser tag with friends, or logically executing challenges in Laser Maze, it’s hard to deny that lasers are exciting!

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September 04, 2017
Rachael Tom

Turn Off Your Device and Read These Tech Books!

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

 These fantastic technology-themed books will not only entertain your family, but teach lessons in using devices in moderation, safely. Our list of 11 books (sorry, we just couldn't cut it down to ten) includes tales to combate cyberbullying, real-life stories of female computer heros, and modern renditions of our favorite classic children's stories. We hope this list with a modern twist will encourage your family to power-down and learn a bit about computers! Your unplugged digital adventure awaits!

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August 28, 2017
Kacey Templin

Robots: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

STEM

Optimus Prime, WALL-E, C-3PO. What do these all have in common? They’re all robots! Robots are helping humans perform surgery, build cars, and even explore space. They can resemble humans in shape, intelligence, and sometimes both. Some people think they’re cool, some people think they’re scary. What’s irrefutable is that they’re here to stay, and every day technology is enabling us to make them more sophisticated.

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August 21, 2017
Kacey Templin

The Science of Ice Cream

STEM

Summer is winding down, but we still have a few hot days left. And when it gets hot out, people turn to ice cream to cool down. Did you know that people have been enjoying icy-cool desserts for centuries? Ice cream actually has a long and storied past, but it didn’t always look and taste the way we know it today! In honor of National Spumoni Day, we’re taking a look at this tasty treat!

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