From fixes for fidgeters to DIY electronics, check out these awesome innovations to teach our next generation in body, mind and manners.
Health For Kids
We all know about the benefits of exercise and to help our children get off to a good start, we should inculcate healthy habits from an early age. One exercise that is especially good for children is Yoga. Here’s why:
- It is great for the brain’s cognitive function, especially memory.
- It helps children manage stress.
- It improves mood.
- It reduces anxiety.
How can we introduce yoga to our children? This adorable fall yoga book encourages children to explore the signs of fall outside, while stretching into the shapes they discover around them. It includes a list of yoga poses for kids and a parent-teacher guide to help you get your stretches in while you encourage your child’s health and learning.
Learn more about the brain benefits of practicing yoga.
A Fix for Fidgeters
Do you have a child who just can’t stop moving? Does your child look like he has ants in his pants? Is she finding it hard to keep her bottom on the chair? If you said “yes” to any of those questions then this clever tool is for you. It provides fidgeters with a quiet, non-disruptive way to keep their feet moving while their eyes, ears, and hands stay focused. And it’s not just for learning time – if you have a family occasion or a dinner out, this tool can be your saving grace.
Lights, Motors, Action: DIY Electronics Kit
Imagine a world where your curious builder doesn’t have to break open your cell phone or radio to enjoy a “let me figure this out” experiment? From simple to more complicated experiments, this DIY Electronics kit has all the experiments for your tinkerer:
- glowing LEDs
- beeping buzzers
- controlling lights & motors
- automatic night lamp set up
- robotics motor-driver
…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg contained in this amazing kit. There are more than 50 different activities with step-by-step instructions waiting to be prototyped, tested, and built! Beam me up, Scotty!
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Math Games for Rainy Days
Who doesn’t love a game? Research shows that play encourages creativity and cognitive development. Since math can become a struggle, removing some of the heft of this “serious” subject by making it a game works wonders! These math games encourage play and math learning in one fell swoop!
Give your kiddos the gift of having fun with math to build up their confidence! Whether your child is learning about fractions, perimeter, multiplication or division, this awesome Seller on Educents has a game for every level of math learning. The games are colorful, and plenty of fun for the entire family.
Not a Lost Art: Handwriting Visual Workbooks
The art of writing by hand may be in danger of extinction by technology but there are some very good reasons why we should still encourage our children to learn to write by hand. Here’s why learning to write by hand is still important for children in this generation:
- It helps them learn to read.
- It enhances brain development and changes the way they learn.
- It activates more areas of the brain (compared to typing).
- It makes them smarter.
Whatever the level of your child’s handwriting, Channie’s Visual Handwriting Workbooks is a terrific resource for their handwriting practice. Super cute and less than $10, they’re great preparation for writing Thank You notes for Santa, birthdays and any other special occasion.
More about handwriting:
- Why writing by hand still matters
- Do we still need cursive?
- Mark Making and Emergent Writing: Supporting Children’s Writing at Home
- The Art of Writing by Hand is Still Relevant in the 21st Century
- Learning to Write – Getting Ready, Posture, and Pencil Grip