DIY Happy Pokemon Families Card Game

G2 has always been my distracted boy. He is the boy who would put the milk carton in the sink (still full of milk) instead of back in the fridge. With his head in the clouds and rarely on what he was doing, he is the child I worry about when I think about his […]

The Pokemon Trading Card Game Teaches Children Many Skills

G1 has a new craze – the Pokemon Trading Card Game. I thought at first that it was just another ridiculously expensive hobby until G1 learned how to play the game properly and taught it to me. It turns out that there is actually quite a lot a child can learn from this game. The […]

Playing Mahjong is Good Exercise for Your Brain

My grandfather lived until he was 100 years old. For a large part of his life, he was physically and mentally pretty fit for a man his age. I think I have always taken it for granted that long life and good health ran in his family until I learned that he was a very active […]

The Benefits of Playing Board Games

Why Play Board Games? They are a great way to spend family time together by: strengthening the emotional bonds between parents and children improving communication between family members helping children do better at school reducing behavioural problems with teenagers They provide screen-free time for the kids. They support the development of younger children by teaching them to follow […]

Activities and Games for Developing Executive Function

Executive Functions help children succeed academically and in life. It is a better predictor of success than IQ. So I’ve been thinking a little harder about ways to help the children improve these skills. There is an old proverb often mistakenly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but it goes like this: “Tell me and I forget. Teach […]

Computer Hacking Game Teaches Users About Online Security and Staying Safe from Hackers

A version of a PC game that has players fill the shoes of a computer hacker is being developed for use as a training tool in schools and workplaces. Originally released in August 2015, Hacknet has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times on the internet-based distribution platform Steam. It was created by Matt Trobbiani, a 25-year-old University of […]

Math Resources for Learning the Times Tables

There comes a time in Math when your child will need to memorise the multiplication tables. Here are 8 resources that will hopefully help make that process a little less painful… Introducing Times Tales DVD The Times Tales DVD is a two-part video series that has taught hundreds of kids their times tables in an hour. […]

Educational Puzzles Extend the Benefits of Jigsaws

We know that jigsaw puzzles offer numerous benefits to children. Jigsaw puzzles are great for developing: Hand-Eye Coordination – Kids have to use their coordination in order to get the pieces to fit together. Language Skills – By working with others, kids discuss shapes and ask for certain pieces. Fine Motor Development – Maneuvering puzzle pieces around can really build […]

Exploring Careers with Kids: When I grow up, I want to be…

G2 is working on a new topic at school – “When I Grow Up”. To support his learning, it was recommended that we take him to Kidzania so he can see the different types of jobs that exist. To further that experience, we found the following resources for children exploring the different careers available… When I Grow […]

Brilliant Science Board Games

What do you do when you need to keep the kids indoors, but you don’t want them tearing up the place or being glued to a screen? Play board games, of course! And what better way to entertain them then with Science Board Games that will make a fun family experience an educational one as […]