Archive | gaming RSS feed for this section

Educational apps helping young kids learn

16 Jul

If you want your kids studying or learning to do chores without being asked, you might think twice before telling them to put the games down.

Why are games good for learning?

9 Jul

final_infoGames are fun and they can be educational. Even games that aren’t geared towards education can benefit people. Here are some facts from the infographic below:

“A study on surgeons showed that those who played games were 27% faster at advanced surgical procedures and made 37% fewer errors than those who didn’t.”

Whoa! When looking for a surgeon ask him or her how often they play Call of Duty.

Hand-eye coordination is need for some jobs so exposing our kids to games that require good hand-eye coordination could improve their job skills. Guess you don’t need to make sure all the games on your kids’ iPad are educational.

Source :

Summer brain games -Keep sharp with science challenges

2 Jul

Brain Teaser for kids – Fun and get them thinking about something other than the road

28 Jun

The brain teasers get them thinking about something other than the road. It’s a bit of fun and the kids, in particular, love it.

Challenging yourself with a brain-teasing game for just two hours a week may help slow the degree of mental decay associated with the natural aging process, a new study finds.

Android Apps – Free, for children

27 Jun

1, Just Me and My Mom – Little Critter
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Young kids will enjoy the stories of Little Critter

2, The Artist Mortimer
STORE LINKS : Google Play
Mortimer is an artist who more than anything loves to paint. Story written and illustrated by Bo Zaunders.
This is an interactive storybook built with OCG Studios “Do It Yourself” framework

3, Live Puzzle! Forest Animals
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Live Puzzle! is a new kind of puzzle for kids. Forget the static jigsaw puzzles, here children are amazed by cartoon animations never stopping: the scene keeps moving while kids drag and drop the puzzle pieces. This educational game will develop the imagination and the creativity of your kids while having fun.

4, Bo’s Jigsaw Puzzles
STORE LINKS : Google Play
Bo’s Jigsaw Puzzles” offers children great playtime with jigsaw puzzles of the adorable and playful Bo the Giraffe, his friends and the dolls Lulu and Tommie.Another GREAT puzzle app for your OT iTool Kit!” – OT’s with Apps.

5, Picture Book of Cars
STORE LINKS : Google Play
The roads are waiting! Picture Book of Cars is an entertaining and pedagogic app where children will learn the name of our most common vehicles. In text, sound and images twenty different cars and vehicles are presented. The app is easy to use, but harder to get bored of! For children aged 0-4 years.

6, Crabby Writer
STORE LINKS : Google Play
Age : 5-7 years
Teacher developed app. Crabby Writer teaches early writing, reading, literacy and phonics for Preschool, Kindergarten, and first (1st) grade.

7, Kids Shapes
STORE LINKS : Google Play
Age : Pre-school
A hands-on, real-life way for kids to learn shapes.

8, Space Cakes
STORE LINKS : Google Play
Age : 5-7 years
Learn number sense and early math in a galaxy of fun as children bake, decorate, and deliver their very own Space Cakes to Earth!

9, Puzzle Cloud
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Age : Toddler
A cute puzzle game designed for kids featuring adorable human and animal characters and beautiful natural scenes. Each puzzle features different scenes in space, prehistoric earth, fantasy settings, under the sea, snow landscapes, sea and nature. This game features different kind of animals: dinos, dragons, elephants, bears, dogs, rhinos, lions, penguins and many others. Some puzzles include human characters as well, like: an astronaut, a wizard, a knight, a princess.

10, Pandora Radio
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Age : 11+ years
Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music and comedy you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians, or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. Pandora features hundreds of music and comedy genre stations ranging from Dubstep to Smooth Jazz to Power Workout.
In the car, at the gym, on the train – listen wherever and whenever you’re in the mood for great music. Create up to 100 stations so you can easily switch between favorites.

11, Flipboard
STORE LINKS : Google Play, Nook and Amazon
Age : Parents
Flipboard (free) is not a kids’ app, but the app I use the most personally. It turns all your favorite web stuff (web sites, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) into e-zine and just takes just a few minutes to set up. All the news you want, your social networks and favorite blogs all in one beautiful spot. I love Flipboard.

12, Cut the Rope
STORE LINKS : Google Play, Nook and Amazon
Age : 5+ years
Cut the rope to feed candy to little monster Om Nom®! 300 million downloads around the world of this phenomenal puzzle game. 350 levels and more to come!

13, Cooking Game For Kids
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Age : Pre-school
Let your kids try the FREE version of the fun and interactive Dr. Panda’s Restaurant! Cook 3 of the recipes included in the full version. Don’t forget to wash the dishes to make the guests feel happy! Get the full version to unlock more recipes, more minigames, more animal guests, an extra floor, and extra FUN!

14, Toy Story: Smash It!
STORE LINKS : Google Play
Age : Pre-school
Join Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the Disney Pixar “Toy Story” gang in the FREE version of the best-selling puzzle game! Smash through 15 EXCLUSIVE levels not found in the full game!

15, iStoryBooks
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Age : 2-8 years

16, TED, Ideas Worth Spreading
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Age : Parents
Here’s a terrific free app for parents and educators: TED, Ideas worth spreading. Currently the No. 1 free educational app in the Google Play

17, Mathway
STORE LINKS : Google Play and Amazon
Age : 11+
Bring the solving power of to your Android device, no network access required! Get free instant answers to your math problems, or upgrade to a premium membership to also receive step-by-step work and explanations. With tens of millions of problems already solved, Mathway is the #1 problem solving resource available for students, parents, and teachers.
Math subjects covered include Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics.

18, Kids Piano Lite
It’s a Kids Piano.
It’s a Kids Game Friend.
It’s a Kids Music Teacher.
It’s a Mother’s Helper to Keep Children Quiet.
It’s a Music Box to Remind you of your Childhood

19, Kids Math Game Lite
Maths is too DULL to teach Kids ?
No, you are OUT.
Math can be ★ Relaxing ★
Math can be ★ Interesting ★
Math can be ★ Game Rule ★

20, Angry Birds
The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs’ defenses. Angry Birds features challenging physics-based gameplay and hours of replay value. Each level requires logic, skill, and force to solve.

Game based learning is future of education

17 Jun

Bill Gates foundation is working with the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington on a free, online game called Refraction. The goal of the game is to rescue animals whose ships are stuck in outer space. The ships require different amounts of fuel, powered by lasers. So the players have to manipulate fractions to split the lasers into the right amount of fuel.

“Imagine if kids poured their time and passion into a video game that taught them math concepts while they barely noticed, because it was so enjoyable,” Gates said during his speech at the ECS national forum.

As students play, their progress is visible to the teacher on his or her computer, allowing the educator to see instantly what concepts students understand.

Teachers have not had these tools before. Fragmented standards that differ from state to state and district to district have made it hard for innovators to design tools to reach a wide market. The common core will help change that.

In the classroom of the not-too-far-off future, kids will have computer devices with phenomenal interactive content. This will allow teachers to do what they call “flip the classroom.” Instead of learning a concept in class and applying it at home, students would learn the concept at home, on video, and apply it in class, where they can get help from the teacher.

When students learn a concept on video, they can take as much time as they need and learn at their own pace. They can pause the video, rewind it, or just listen to it all over again.

Then the students can use class time to do the problems. The teacher sees instantly on the dashboard which kids are getting it, and steps in if someone is stuck. The students move on when they master the material, and not before. This is very different from the old method where every student moves on to the next topic after the test, whether you got an A or a D.

Now we finally have the answer to the old riddle of education – ‘do you teach to the faster kids or the slower kids?’ This technology will let you teach each child. And often, when the so-called ‘slower kids’ are given the time and attention they need to master a core concept, it turns out they accelerate – and they’re faster than anyone thought.

I hope you’ll do all you can to help speed the adoption of new classroom technology. Teachers have waited long enough. Doctors don’t sit alone in their offices trying to find new ways to heal their patients. They’re supported by a huge industry that is constantly working to provide them better tools. Teachers deserve the same kind of support, and the common core state standards create an historic opportunity to make sure they get it.

Source :

Lego – Smarter child, active brain

14 May


Research proved Legos make kids smarter.LEGOS were great for logic, architectural skills, problem-solving skills, and collaborative experiences.
For smaller kids : colors and shape. For older kids : Creativity and imagination.

A child’s brain is like a sponge, ready to soak up whatever touches it. For this reason, you should surround children with positive, educational experiences. Toys that develop cognitive skills include role-playing activities, like playing house or being superheroes. Building toys, like blocks or Legos are also good for cognitive development. Exploration toys, like magnifying glasses and games with rules also enhance cognitive development in children.
Read more: Toys That Support Cognitive Development | eHow

Check your school, local library for Lego club.

Lego ideas :

Chess – brainpower

14 May

Chess : playing chess is a great way for a child to improve his brainpower. While having a lot of fun playing the game, the child’s mind is also trained to create and analyze strategies, which in turn improves his mental capabilities even for other aspects of life outside the world of chess.

Article Source:

Play for free :

Video learning, how piece move :

I never tried this

Game time

24 Apr

Kind & Bold

A blog for passionate trails

Read... Write... Talk...

Reading, Writing, Sharing is what its all about!

The Frugal Crafter Blog

Groovy craft projects, crafty recipes and other artsy stuff.

Craft and Travel

Travel the world through art, craft, design & fashion.

Savvy n Sassy

For all your Ribbon needs!

Laundry On Sundaes

Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.


how to look spectacular at astonishing prices

You Look Tired!

One Mother's Journey

Educating Sausages

A little story of two home educated sausages

The Library Detective

I call myself the Library Detective because I can find the answers to any question you can think of, or at least I can point you in the right direction. The Library Detective column first appeared in a local Southern New England newspaper called The Woman's Page.

What About Socialization?

Our family's home schooling journey

A is for

A is for Amuseless


a world travel photo blog by Jackie Hadel

Ryan Boren

#ActuallyAutistic parent and retired tech worker

The Gravel Ghost

A Storyteller's View

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog

%d bloggers like this: