Winter is in full swing and many of us are experiencing frigid temperatures. If you're staying indoors to keep warm, these four Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities will keep your little ones entertained. In addition to keeping busy, they'll be learning too! How can marshmallows help you learn engineering and necklaces help you learn code? Read below to find out!
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!
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!
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!