I remember when I was a kid – I LOVED learning and educational games. Heck, I still do. Anything that exercises my busy brain and is fun at the same time is a win win in my books. My daughter is 16 months now and is like a walking and babbling learning sponge…you can practically see the knowledge being absorbed! I recently discovered a really cool online store that specializes in learning tools, resources and games just for kids: Educents. I have already found so many neat ideas in the Pre-K section for my daughter and it goes all the way up to College so I’m looking forward to checking out each section as she grows. If your child is interested in Minecraft, butterflies, space, architecture, traveling…you name it, or you do home schooling, Educents probably offers a way to turn your child’s interests into a fun lesson. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to check out Educents’ new freebie at the bottom of this post!
16 Educational Games and Resources You Need to Know About:
3D Animation Course – Kids will learn key 3D character animation concepts in this year-long online course as they create animated movies using their favorite Minecraft characters. Kids will learn all the necessary skills to create fun animated shorts, laying the foundation for a future career in animation, or simply giving kids a productive outlet for their love of Minecraft! Recommended for ages 8 to 14.
Beginning Architecture Course – Frank Lloyd Wright never had it this good! This three-part series of Beginning Architecture e-courses is the perfect gift for young Lego® and Minecraft® enthusiasts. Recommended for ages 7 to 12.
17 Activities for Number Recognition and Counting – This bundle includes a variety of games, worksheets, and activities for practicing number recognition and counting. Recommended for ages toddler to 7.
Tegu Blocks – Tegu blocks are finely crafted magnetic wooden blocks that are just the right size for on-the-go fun. Perfect for travelling. Recommended for ages toddler to 7.
WILD Math Uno Card Games – Who doesn’t like to play games? Students will love to play these UNO style card games and you will love that they are reinforcing key skills while doing so! They are great for math centers and home schools too! Recommended for ages 5 to 8.
Life of Fred Elementary Math Books – Life of Fred is a series of math books that break of the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Children actually want to read these books. Recommended for ages 6 to 9.
Ultimate K-12 Homeschool Package – I have a few friends who choose to homeschool their children and boast about this curriculum package. It covers grades K-12 and puts a twist on problem solving that makes it relatable to the real world. One parent said: “I’ve tried a LOT of homeschool curriculum products over the years, and quite frankly this is the best value available in a secular curriculum package and it’s easy on the parent. I’m homeschooling two kids and it’s very easy to have them read the lesson and complete the assignments independently, then later the teacher’s guides make it easy on me to review their work and correct it. The content is interesting and relates to the real world in a way that makes sense to the kids, especially the math problems. You also can’t beat the price. I’m shocked that this curriculum isn’t better known. You will pay a lot more for comparable products that won’t have the quality this one has, and I’ve done the research and spent the money to be able to say that with authority.” -Judith A.
Wooden Standing Art Easel – Thanks to my amazing daycare, my daughter loves sensory play, especially painting. The Melissa & Doug children’s easel is a great addition to any play space – and the us parents get great “masterpiece” keepsakes 🙂 This double-sided, adjustable-height, kid-sized art easel includes a dry-erase board, chalkboard, and locking paper-roll holder for painting. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Math Wall Decals – Turn math into fun with these fun reusable wall decals. These fun and colorful decals help teach difficult concepts in a new, real-world relatable way! Perfect for visual learners. Recommended for ages 6 to 11.
Online Language Program – Children have a much easier time learning a second language than adults so starting early is a great idea. Choose from Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian or ESL English Videos, songs, and games help learners become bilingual FAST! Learn on the go and access your course on your tablet or phone. Recommended for ages 5 to 9.
Magformers 30 Piece Set – Magformers are square and triangle shapes that connect on every edge with magnets. Build simple forms from houses to rockets that spin freely to ensure that every side attracts to other pieces. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Science Themed Wall Play Sets – These durable fabric PEEL, PLAY & LEARN sets can work for younger children and older children alike. Whether you are homeschooling multiple aged children or looking for something to challenge kids in the classroom, our interactive wall play sets will fit in perfectly. Recommended for ages 7 to 12.
Guitar Beginning Pack for Kids – The eMedia My Guitar Beginner Pack is a great guitar package designed to get children started learning the basics of music in a fun way. Recommended for ages 7 to 11.
Zone Cleaning for Kids – Any parents who want to teach their children the importance of helping with household chores – here’s the answer!
Learn to Code with Minecraft – Don’t just play…Learn to modify the Minecraft game with this year-long online course that teaches kids programming with Java™. Code their own Minecraft mod from start to finish and watch as the end result becomes a unique, shareable Minecraft mod that they built from scratch. Perfect for young aspiring program and game designers! Recommended for ages 8 to 14.
Understanding Health Challenges Lapbooks – This package includes FOUR lapbooks designed to teach children about some common health challenges that they may have or may encounter with siblings or peers. Recommended for ages 8-13.
Toca Life Town App – You rule this Town, a play world where anything and everyone is welcome! With different locations and many classic Toca Boca characters, the everyday adventures in Town are infinite. Free download available until June 30, 2016.