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Monopoly

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: (Amazon description) “Build your fortune as you buy, sell and trade the world’s most famous properties. It’s classic Monopoly fun! Take a ride on Reading Railroad, build a house on Baltic Avenue, or buy up the whole neighborhood — it’s your turn to get rich! You’ll take a spin… 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

LearningRx Reviews the 2017 Smart Mom’s Toy Box – the BEST Brainy Toys for the Whole Family

What it is: 2017 Smart Mom’s Toy Box Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning, visual processing, attention, auditory processing, memory, processing speed What We Love: Every year this annual list of brain-boosting toys helps parents mine some gems from the thousands of toys lining the shelves at the big-box stores. This year’s list is particularly fun because it contains… 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

Word Cookies App Review

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: The aim of this word puzzle game is to find all the hidden words. They can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal or backwards. Simply swipe your finger over a word to select it. Brain Benefits: attention, sound blending, visual processing, memory, phonemic awareness What I love: My 12-year-old daughter loves… 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

PBS Kids

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: An educational but fun website for young kids (ages 3 to 5 or so) offering more than 150 games, plus storybooks, printables, videos, recipes and activities. The site offers some of the most popular PBS cartoon characters as themes throughout the various activities. Brain Benefits: Numerical fluency, problem solving,… read more

Parcheesi

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Billed as “the royal game of India,” Parcheesi is old family board game that is still sold today. Supposedly, the game was first played in the United States in the late 1860s, but I remember it being really popular during my childhood (1970s and 1980s). The object is to… 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

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: [Amazon Product Description] “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” is a children’s book packed with 100 BEDTIME STORIES about the life of 100 EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 FEMALE ARTISTS from all over the world. Each woman’s story is written in the style of a… read more