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Best Learning Tools for Kids – Critical Thinking Skills and Problem Solving Skills post image

Critical thinking and problem solving skills are very important for a child's academic and future career, or even life success. How do you teach a child critical thinking skills? How do kids get better at it? There are many elements in critical thinking, assesse, analyze, compare, question, create, ... I find the best way to help kids improve the critical thinking skills is to present age appropriate challenging problems and encourage them to solve the problems in their own ways. Today… Read More

Thinkrolls physics puzzle app for kids

I always liked Avokiddo apps. Recently they just launched a new app Thinkrolls, which is a fun physics puzzle game designed for young children, from preschool age and up. I loved the app for its fun game setting and all the science elements built into the play. I also see it being a great app for critical thinking and problem solving skills. Thinkrolls are 18 cute characters in this educational app. Kids are going to help them roll through mazes… Read More

Millk Hunt Kids Math Game App

Do you have children who like playing games? They will love this app Milk Hunt Kids Math Game. It is a fast paced game app where kids have to solve math problems to move up the levels. The math included in the app are common core aligned. Given the fast pace, all math have to be solved mentally, and all are during the games. It is a good exercise for quick math facts and mental agility. Before kids start the… Read More

Brain Booster Exercises

Brain Booster Exercises is a fun brain training app that is not only good for kids, but also good for grown ups. It is free with options to add more levels via in-app purchase. There are a lot content come with the free download. We actually have not even bothered to add more levels. There are 3 sets of games in the app: Stroop Test, Bigger or Smaller, and Odd One Out. Stroop Test is a set of games that… Read More

Brainbean app

How often do you do brain exercise? I wish I have done more brain training. Just like our body muscles, our brains need regular exercise to stay sharp. With the fact that we are using our brains every day, which are the best exercises, do we still need additional brain training?  The answer is Yes. Just like our body, the daily functions for brains may not be comprehensive enough to ensure a balanced development. You might have done something creative… Read More

Busy Shapes

When I first saw the app name Busy shapes I assumed it teaches kids about shapes, or maybe colors. Once I started playing with the app, I realized it is more than shapes and colors. It trains kids on their reasoning and problem solving skills, with some physics involved. The game play is very intuitive. There are holes of different sizes on different types of surfaces. Kids need move the puzzle objects of different materials into the corresponding holes based… Read More

Dinosaur Chess

Last year my 6 year old daughter started learning chess both at home through playing with us and at school through an afterschool enrichment program.  Learning and playing chess encourage concentration, improve cognitive abilities and rational thinking, it is a great game for kids. Just because it requires concentration and staying power, so it was not necessarily her first choice of activity at home. I was lucky if I could convince her to play once a week, and I could see that… Read More

AplusClick

Today I want to introduce a website to everyone – AplusClick.  It is not an app, but a website.   However, it is a website that fully functions on iDevices.  I found many cool kids learning game sites, but most of those sites don’t function on iPAD.  I am so glad this one does, and I like it a lot.  To use a website like an app on your iPhone or iPAD, you can quickly create an app-like icon on… Read More

Game For Two App

My favorite games to play are the ones that challenge you without you feeling completely overwhelmed. Games where you feel like you are learning with each move but in a watching an afterschool special way not a writing sentences way. The app Game For Two has four games that let you learn and have fun at the same time.  All 4 games are twist of board games, but are on iPAD. They all have different challenges, are great brain games. The app itself… Read More

Blokus

Blokus is originally a board game, and now is available on iPAD.  The game is fairly simple. You link your like-colored blocks to expand your territory.  You have to link them diagonally by their corners, with no sides touched between two pieces.  You want to place as many of your own color while blocking the other players from laying theirs.  Whoever placed more pieces at the end wins the game. You can play by yourself, or by 2-4 players.  When it… Read More

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