What is it: Geckos Slide and Peek is a hidden picture book for young children. The basic idea is similar to that found in “Where’s Waldo” books, but this book is a little easier and the theme is that of cartoon geckos having adventures in Hawaii. Who is it for: I don’t know what the… Continue reading Geckos Slide and Peek: A Look-and-Find Adventure in Hawai‘i
What is it: Flipaclip is a free, ad-supported animation app that is very easy to use, but can be used to create sophisticated animations. Who is it for: Flipaclip is for anyone who wants a free tool to get started creating animations. It’s not a substitute for ToonBoom or other tools used to create cartoons… Continue reading Flipaclip
Flowlab Game Creator – Make games online What is it: Flowlab is a free, browser-based game development tool that requires no coding. You need to create an account to get started, but can begin making a game within minutes. Games can be played in the browser or exported as apps for iOS or Android. The… Continue reading Flowlab
What is it: Uno Flip (technically “UNO Flip!™”, but I get annoyed by products with exclamation points in their names) is basically the classic card game Uno, but with an additional deck of card faces printed on the back sides and an additional “flip” card that, when played, means everyone needs to literally turn their… Continue reading Uno Flip
What is it: Epic is a digital library for kids. It has books for all ages, audiobooks, and read-along picture books. Who is it for: Epic is for all kids, those who are learning to read, those who may not like reading, and kids who do like reading and want access to a library of… Continue reading epic!
What is it: Wide Open School is a free, ad-free, very comprehensive set of lesson plans for all ages, gathered from 75 different educational websites such as Khan Academy, TedED, YouTube, Google Arts & Culture and many others. The lesson plans change every day, including weekends, and are available up to two weeks in advance,… Continue reading Wide Open School
What is it: The Fudge Series is a collection of four books written by Judy Blume between 1972 and 2002 about a relationship between 9-year-old Peter and his little 2-year-old brother Farley “Fudge” Hatcher. The first in the series, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” was published in 1972. This focused on Peter’s experience in… Continue reading Judy Blume Fudge Series
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorry!_(game)#/media/File:Sorry_diamond_edit.jpg What is it: Sorry! is a classic board game based on the ancient Indian game of parcheesi. Two to four players move colored tokens around a board, trying to be the first to get all of their tokens to the “home” base. Who is it for: The game is marketed for kids 6 and… Continue reading Sorry!
What is it: Charlie Bumpers is a series of chapter books about a 4th grader and his problems at school. There are audiobook versions of the stories, read by the author, that are fun to listen to in the car. BOOK 1 Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year BOOK 2 Charlie Bumpers vs.… Continue reading Charlie Bumpers
What is it: “An online strategy game with a focus on automation” bot.land is a free (and ad-free) game where you design robots to fight other robots. The design takes the form of drag-and-drop code blocks, similar to Scratch and other kid-oriented programming environments. The game is multiplayer and allows you to compete against AIs… Continue reading bot.land