Books/Blogs

Brain Den

LearningRx Reviews the Brain Den Website Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Have you noticed how all the fun brain game websites and apps tend to include an older cartoon professor in a lab coat on their sites? Well, this is another one of those, but it’s forgivable because the site has some fun brain… read more

TED-Ed

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Based on the famous TEDx programs for adults, TED-Ed is a website by and for youth and teachers. The site features a mix of real videos and animation explaining complicated questions in easy-to-understand ways with plenty of visuals. Brain Benefits: These videos are designed to help kids and teens… read more

Funology

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Funology is a website that offers offline activities, such as crafts, science experiments, magic, games, recipes, jokes, riddles, trivia and more. Brain Benefits: visual processing, attention, logic & reasoning, planning, hand-eye coordination What I love: Anything that gets our kids off technology gets a thumbs up. If it also encourages them to… read more

Discovery Kids

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: An online kids’ site based on similar themes from the Discovery Channel (nature, animals, sports, science, etc.). The site is divided into videos, games, explore, shop and “Brave Wilderness,” the latter of which is a channel that introduces kids to animals and various adventures. Brain Benefits: The games on… read more

Fat Brain Toys

What it is: Fat Brain Toys website dedicated to selling quality toys that educate and entertain. Brain Benefits: This online store offers toys to help with a variety of special needs. There’s an entire section called Special Needs Resource Center that offers categories of toys based on the feedback from customers whose children with special… read more

The LEGO Ideas Book

Reviewed by: Wendy What it is: The LEGO Ideas Book From the Lego website: Open the inspiration-packed LEGO® Ideas Book and break out the bricks! With over 500 fan-submitted building ideas, this colorful creation collection is sure to unlock every imagination. Brain Benefits: Using the book to help create pieces with loose bricks (and possibly… read more

Henry and Mudge Book Series Review

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: (from the publisher’s website): Henry and his big dog, Mudge, star in this award-winning series that has introduced millions of beginning readers to the joys of reading. Henry and Mudge do everything together. When Mudge gets scared, Henry stays by his side. When Henry gets scared, Mudge licks him!… read more

FIRST Science and Technology Programs

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a nonprofit offering a collection of programs created to encourage kids and teens to participate more in science and technology. The four main programs are FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8), FIRST LEGO League Jr. (ages 6 to 10), FIRST… read more

Understood.org

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: A website (and blogs) dedicated to learning and attention issues. Brain Benefits: The site offers great advice and resources on all types of learning struggles to help parents determine the best approaches to strengthening everything from attention, processing speed, motor skills, memory, social skills, reading skills, math skills, logic… read more

A MightyGirl Blog

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: “The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.” Brain Benefits: because the site has information across multiple platforms (books, toys, movies, etc.), the brain benefits are nearly endless! What I love: This site is a nice one-stop-shop for “girl-power” parenting advice, book releases, movies, toys and… read more