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What's more fun than cool educational toys and games for kids? Geek toys and games for kids! Educational games and toys don't need to be nerdy or boring to inspire learning while providing hours of fun.

Choosing the best toys or games for your child can be daunting unless you have a few good resources. And for double the fun, these educational toys and games appeal to adults, too.

Luckily, kids love to learn and educational toys with a "geeky" side can inspire kids of all ages - including adults - to new heights of creative thinking.

This guide will help you find some of the coolest educational toys and games that kids will love, plus resources for parents who take kids' playtime seriously.

After all, the work of children is play ... so let's make it productive, safe and fun with educational toys and games that boost brain power.

Cool and Nifty Gifts for Geeks of all Ages

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Puppet theater kids play toy
HABA Puppet Theatre/Toy Shop - $130.00

Gift Guide: Brain Building Fun for Kids

Educational Play References and Resources - Food for Thought, for Parents and Care Givers

Experienced parents and teachers know that play is essential to child development. There's plenty of research available on the topic as well as interesting articles that help parents-to-be as well as families understand the importance of letting children play. This isn't a new thought, but it's one that sometimes gets lost in the hectic schedules of modern families.

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" ... it's not a truism, it's a reality.

Microscope Set

A real microscope is a cool gift for kids into science. Learning about biology through microscopic inspection is fascinating and fun.

I had a real microscope as a kid and it was one of my favorite "toys" as a preteen. Getting a close up look at bugs, leaves, even onion skin opens up a whole new world to curious children.

Inspire Young Chemists with Elemental Building Blocks

Simple number, letter, aniimal and shape blocks are fine for most kids, but if you're hoping to inspire a scientist or want to add some fun to home school chemistry lessons, get your youngster started off with anifty set of handcrafted wooden cube periodic table building blocks.

Microscope Kit for students and young scientiests
Economy Microscope Set - 14980 - Science And Laboratory Kits

Rubik's Cube 3D Puzzle

I had one, my kids had them, and we still enjoy working the Rubik's cube 3D puzzle.

There's a method to solving the puzzle, or you can just while away the hours trying to get all the sides to a single color through trial and error.

Keep on twisting ... remember that the center square on each side never moves.

Rubik's Cube Game 21st Century Version

Fascinating touch sensitive graphics respond and move as you manipulate the squares around the cube just as in the old school Rubik's Cube version of this brain building game.

Rubik’s TouchCube blends technology with the world’s #1 3D logic puzzle to create the first completely electronic, solvable Rubik’s Cube game.

Thnik fun pattern puzzles 3D math challenges game
Thinkfun Math, Shape By Shape Creative Pattern Puzzle - 14 Pieces, 60 Challenges

Learning Resources for Parents and Educators

All Work And No Play Makes For Troubling Trend In Early Education
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090212125137.htm

Playtime for children is a "fundamental avenue" for learning. Parents and educators who favor traditional classroom-style learning over free, unstructured playtime in preschool and kindergarten may actually be stunting a child’s development ...

Non-traditional pre-K school teaches self-learning
http://www.sunjournal.com/oxford-hills/story/994558

Laurie Bailey brought her children up with the belief that they know what they want to learn and how to go about doing it. It was her philosophy

Nontraditional Learning Environments: Do They Prepare Our Students for Life-Long Learning?
http://www.wpi.edu/Images/CMS/Outcomes/Non_traditional_learning.pdf

This work investigated whether Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) nontraditional interdisciplinary projects program increased readiness for lifelong learning (LLL) and self-directed learning (SDL) ...


Educational Games For Kids - 1373062 - Melissa And Doug Classic Card Game Set

Traditional vs. Nontraditional Learning
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/aasc/classweb/winter05/aas116/hw2dnv.pdf

Nontraditional learning and teaching comes from shifting the image of the instructor that knows everything to the students having some input and sharing their own knowledge in addition to the instructor's findings.

The impact of teacher-directed and child-directed pretend play on cognitive competence
http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/viewarticle2.aspx?contentId=13234

This is a research digest from the DfES Research Informed Practice Site (TRIPS) that deals with a project looking at the impact of pretend play on young children's cognitive development. The researchers find that both teacher-directed and child-direc


Educational Games For Kids - 1491147 - Hasbro Electronic Monopoly Banking Game; 2 - 4 Players; Ages 8+

 

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