Robot Turtles: The Computer Coding Board Game for Kids

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My kids and I are wiggling turtles and beeping a lot around here lately. Nothing you should be worried about though; it’s all part of the board game Robot Turtles. This super-cute game was the most backed board game in Kickstarter history and teaches kids computer coding skills without a computer. How is that possible? Well, it’s easy – the goal is for Turtle Masters (the kids) to move their turtles from their starting position to their jewel. In order to do that they have to write code or, play cards showing directional movement, to get their turtle from Point A to Point B. Start With the Basics The game teaches the foundational skills of movement and code writing, using forward movement and left and right turns. Turtle Masters must pick a card showing the movement they want to make to move their turtle closer to the jewel, then lie their cards in a line as they move through the … [Read more...]

PBS Kids and DK Publishing Focus on School Readiness

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  While the school year may be coming to an end, parents know that learning needs to continue through the summer months to make the transition back to school all the smoother come fall. I know that the summer slide is something that many parents are concerned with!  Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. (Source: Scholastic.com).   PBS KIDS and DK Publishing have joined forces to release three new games and books focused on school readiness. Together, PBS KIDS and DK Publishing incorporate everyday items into these educational products to make the learning experience more realistic and relatable for kids. New products include:   “Get Ready For School Games: Color Match” is designed for kids to practice key skills of recognizing colors, matching colors, and more. “Get Ready For School … [Read more...]