People love robots. Whether it’s the amazing way they move independently or the dream of having a robot butler to serve your every whim, the fascination is universal. And kids always think robots are cool! If you’ve got kids who are curious or even obsessed, here are some websites and apps to teach and entertain them with everything robot. [Read more…]
Many kids who love animals decide they want to become veterinarians when they get older. Some kids, especially those who have dealt with an ill pet, may even aspire to be an emergency vet. But what is involved in that career? And what kind of education will they need? Are there things they can do now to start working toward that goal? [Read more…]
I’m going to take a wild guess and assume your child is (and perhaps you are) absolutely enthralled with video games.
Whether we’re talking free-to-play apps or AAA blockbusters, video games have become an important part of mainstream culture – for kids and adults alike.
While most of us are rather content playing video games designed by other individuals, some of us yearn to understand what goes into actually developing these games in the first place. [Read more…]
If you’ve been to the movies in the past, oh, fifty years or so, you know one thing’s for sure:
Special effects have come a long way.
From the original Star Wars to…well…pretty much every movie that comes out nowadays, special effects – both audio and visual – have reached the point that they captivate kids and adults alike to the point that they may even forget they’re watching something that isn’t really there.
It’s completely understandable if, when watching a movie or TV show that uses a ton of intricate and mind-blowing special effects, you think to yourself “Jeez, I could never put that kind of stuff together!” However, while special effects experts are, of course, incredibly talented, they aren’t wizards of Hogwarts or anything like that. They’ve simply learned the tricks of the trade that allow them to bring imaginary scenarios to life in a number of ways.
If you purchased a LEGO® MINDSTORMS set for your young child over the recent holiday season, you’ve done well – even if you aren’t entirely sure what the thing actually does!
It may sound hard to believe (especially if you grew up playing with LEGO bricks that – *gasp* – were just simple pieces of plastic), but MINDSTORMS sets actually allow your kiddo to build, program, and use their very own robot.
The best part? Your child will be so busy enjoying their cool new gadget that they won’t even realize how much they’re learning while using it. While physically building their new robot toy, your child will get an introductory crash course in basic engineering. Once they’ve built their new gadget, they’ll then learn some of the basics of computer programming (and even some coding, if they’re ready). Throughout these processes, your child will also strengthen their ability to follow instructions and persevere through trouble spots, and will also have a number of opportunities to think creatively, as well. [Read more…]
One of the best things about Minecraft is that it’s an open-ended experience. Although it seems like “just a game” to outsiders, the truth is that it’s a rich environment that can be molded into an infinite number of experiences. Kids can mine for the materials they need, build structures, grow plants and animals, and protect their creations. Even better, they can do it with friends, either in person or online. They can express themselves, build fine motor skills, develop stronger spatial awareness, and strengthen their ability to communicate. Not so bad for a video game, right? But what if there was even more?
For some kids, mining and building simple structures is as far as they will get in Minecraft. And for the uninitiated, that may be all you can see. But Minecraft isn’t just a static video game where you follow a pre-determined course of actions. In fact, Minecraft offers a few options for kids who want to take their worlds to a whole other custom level. [Read more…]
When most people hear the word “paleontology,” they typically think of dinosaurs. But paleontology isn’t simply about dinosaurs, or even dinosaur bones. Paleontology is the study of fossilized bones and plants in order to understand the way the world used to be. It uses all kinds of science and technology to paint a picture of our planet’s past. It’s just the sort of thing that kids love as it incorporates some mystery, some investigation, lots of getting your hands dirty, and the possibility of cool discoveries.
If you have a kid who is interested in paleontology, or dinosaurs, or science, or where things come from, we’ve put together some great books to feed their curiosity. You won’t find any straight dinosaur titles here as we want kids to understand that paleontology is about so much more. The ages listed are the publisher’s recommended ages for you to use as a guide. [Read more…]
Does your child enjoy looking for clues and solving mysteries? If so, playing crime solving games is a fun and engaging activity!
While playing these games, your child will be working on key academic and soft skills. But, since they’ll be playing at the same time, they won’t even realize they’re learning. They’ll just think it’s lots of fun!
If you’re looking for some crime solving games for kids, here are three for you to consider. [Read more…]
Does your child enjoy drawing?
How about playing with action figures?
Does he or she have a flair for the dramatic?
If your answer to all three of these questions was a resounding “yes!”, you might want to consider introducing them to the world of stop-motion animation.
To be sure, the process of creating a stop-motion video is a bit more involved than the process of, say, creating a comic book full of still images.
However, you certainly can help your child create simple stop-motion animations without breaking the bank – introducing them to a whole new world of artistic expression in the process. [Read more…]
Biology, the study of living things, shouldn’t be boring! From creepy crawlies to magnificent mammals, there is an area that can capture the attention of almost every student.
If you want to set young students up with a sturdy foundation for future biology studies, the way you teach matters. Here are five suggestions for helping them stay excited about biology. [Read more…]