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Toys are Tools: Review + Giveaway: Coin Clues: Create a Plan of Attack

Toys are Tools: Review + Giveaway: Coin Clues: Create a Plan of Attack | Family Fix-its | Scoop.it

WHAT:  Coin Clues by Mindware
INVENTOR: Evelyn B. Christensen

DOES: uses you and your child's love/obsession/admiration for all things currency to tackle a notorious academic subject: the word problem.
AGES: Book A is for ages 5-8, Book B is for 8+TOOLS: Think Like a Scientist/Engineer; Foment the Love of Language
EXPERT: Tim Swain, Educational Director of Mathnasium of Manhattan (UWS)

GIVEAWAY:  Win your choice of two Coin Clues Books (A, B, or Making Change (8+ yrs.)) and big coupon code below!!!

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"Children often have trouble with math word problems because they don't know where to start," said Tim.  "Helping them create and identify a plan of attack is very important and can be cultivated at an early age."

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Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions

Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions | Family Fix-its | Scoop.it
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another reason why we should play games!

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Toys are Tools: Extreme Motherly Stunts

Toys are Tools: Extreme Motherly Stunts | Family Fix-its | Scoop.it

WHAT:  How to Keep Kids Playing with the Good Stuff? 

DOES: makes them invest in their toys, gives ownership, slows all of us down... in a good way

TOOLS: Fertilize Responsibility and Courtesy, I Can Take Care of Myself, Family Fix-its

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Do you think this is mean to do?  Read what others have said.

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Toys are Tools: Review + Giveaway: Wordless Story Cards: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Toys are Tools: Review + Giveaway: Wordless Story Cards: A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words | Family Fix-its | Scoop.it

WHAT:  My Trip to Mars and Underwater Adventure from Gryphon Design Collective

INVENTOR: Cat Addams
DOES: fall in love with storytelling, embrace unknown endings, improve writing skills without writing a single word, great way to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month
EXPERT OPINION: Susan Schwartz, MAEd, Learning Specialist, Friends Seminary; John Ferrrara, PhD, Child Psychologist, John Ferrara Ph.D. and Associates

GIVEAWAY:  Win My Trip to Mars and 25 % OFF COUPON CODE TOO- see below!

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"It's a great way to scaffold the task," John said referring to how this can help a child learn to tell a story.  "The child doesn’t have to generate it completely from scratch. They have the cards there to help them with their ideas, so they don’t have to think up the characters or even the setting." 

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Toys are Tools: Review + Giveaway: Kiwido and Mikido: Science As Sport

Toys are Tools: Review + Giveaway: Kiwido and Mikido: Science As Sport | Family Fix-its | Scoop.it

WHAT:  Kiwido (with CD-ROM) and Mikido by Active People

DOES: practice your balance, bilateral coordination, and strengthen your upper body! This thing makes you move! Motivation supplied by scientific curiosity... Also, it's an icebreaker in the park!INVEST:  $26.99 Kiwido with CD-Rom (blue package), $24.99 Kiwido Classic with carrying case, and $11.99 MSRP for MikidoAGES: 5+ for Kiwido; 3-8 for Mikido TOOLS: Think Like a Scientist/Engineer, My Body Needs to Move, Social Scene Helper, Express Yourself

GIVEAWAY:  Win your own set of Kiwido (with CD-ROM) mailed to your home!

Jenn Choi's insight:


I am usually not moved by celebrity campaigns but maybe because I am a mom now, I don't know... I think I've changed.  Thus, after I saw Michelle Obama dance with Jimmy Fallon on his show, I promised myself to get me and my kids more active. 

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