Learning is always more fun when the whole family can enjoy it together. These education toys for the family offers a valuable opportunity for families to play and learn together.
Kinetic Sand: Construction Zone
Kinetic sand is a three-dimensional construction toy that mimics the physical properties of wet sand.
Kinetic sand was originally designed for sculpting, but is commonly sold as indoor play sand for children. In appearance it resembles light brown sugar. It can be molded, it sticks to itself, but not to most other materials or surfaces, and best of all it doesn’t dry out. If it is spilled onto the floor it can be cleaned up easily, as it is attracted to itself!
Double Visual Perception Card Game
It is a game of speed, visual perception and reflexes. Even adults will enjoy this game. It’s a simple tin of 55 round playing cards. Every card has 8 symbols on it, selected from a possible 50 (heart, bomb, lips, waving hand, car, etc.) Each card shares one, and only one, matching symbol with every other card in the deck. The trick is to spot the matching symbol. Visual perception is the key to this fast paced game. Players race to find the one matching image between one card and another. Symbols may be different sizes and placed on any part of the card, making them difficult to spot.
The Programming Logic Game
The idea that all kids should learn coding skills is a fast growing educational movement at the moment. Code Master is a fun, hands-on way to develop computational thinking abilities and to build the mental skills necessary to understand the concept of coding.
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If you are a teacher, parent, or just a fun loving person who loves teaching games, below is a selection of my favourite educational games suitable for all ages. These are perfect for class activities as well as family game nights.
Qwirkle an addictive strategy game, it is the perfect game to hone player¹s tactical manoeuvres, strategically planning, and forward thinking. The rules of the game are basic: simply build lines by matching tiles based on either colour or shape, and score points for doing so. The ability to build complex combinations will keep children interested and engaged, and challenge them mentally.
Bananagrams is a fast-paced, competitive word game with similarities to both Scrabble and Boggle. The game progresses without turns as in Boggle, while each player builds his or her own interlocking, Scrabble-type crossword. It is packaged in a small bag the shape of a banana, and can be played anywhere and anytime.
Swish is a visual perception card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or ³Swishes.² Players create ³Swishes² by layering cards together to orient coloured balls inside coloured hoops Swishes are made by stacking as few as two or as many as 12 cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same colour. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins.
It is a game of speed, visual perception and reflexes! Even adults will enjoy this game. It¹s a simple tin of 55 round playing cards. Each card has on it 8 symbols selected from a possible 50 (heart, bomb, lips, waving hand, car, etc.) Each card shares one, and only one, matching symbol with every other card in the deck. The trick is to spot the matching symbol. Visual perception is the key to this fast paced game.
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