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Memory Squid Game

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If you want to exercise your memory then this Memory Squid Game will give it a bit of a workout.

You’re given a sequence of words and have to click on them in the televisions. Get one wrong and a bunny gets zapped. Get all of the words to move on to the next level.

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April 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

FuseBox – Understanding electricity

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Vic Voltage is the cartoon character set to help primary or elementary school children around the Fusebox site about electricity and its history, using interactive flash games, activities and general information.

There are circuit boards to create using drag-and-drop components. You can see how three common electrical things work in the home. There’s a section on safety, which took me back to a public information film of the 70s. You can also play an electrically themed version of hangman.

The site is created by CE Electric UK who supply electricity to many homes in the UK, so they should know what they’re talking about.

Create Comicstrips online

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I came across a video today that got me interested in creating comics online, and how it can be used to interest children in literacy.

I’ll mention a couple of sites that provide the facility, though there are several others.

I’ve picked on Bitstrips

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and Pixton (click below to view video)

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because they have on open version, but also a (pay for) secure school version that can be used within classrooms; Bitstrips for Schools

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and Pixton fo Schools.

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Both are quite intuitive to get started with, if after a bit of playing around. There’s lots of control over the characters, both body and facial expressions, and you can design your own.

In addition there’s a collaborative element to many of these services, where for example you are able to mix and remix the comics.

Pixton has a very nice Safety Tips section, helping to ensure that the site is safe for children’s uses, with parent supervision.

And here is the video of how Bitstrips is used in class and what children think about its use:

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October 1, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Zoopz – logic games

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Zoopz.com has some interesting logic based maze games for elementary level children.

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September 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Crayola art resources

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Crayola is perhaps best known for making crayons. But their website has some great resources and ideas to help with your kids creative side. There is ‘fun and games’ where kids can drag and drop elements onto a ‘page’ and then print it out for colouring, as well as other stuff.

However, I want to specifically concentrate on two zones, namely ‘for educators’ and ‘for parents’.

The ‘for eductors’ has lesson plans via a search option to enable structured art working. I particularly found the Art Tips and Techniques section in Resources useful.

And ‘for parents’ there are lists of arts and crafts you can try out with your children; colouring activities to do, wordsearches, cursive writing practise sheets to print off, and lots more.

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The site is well worth a visit, either the US site (.com) or other countries, including the UK site (.co.uk).

HowStuffWorks

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This is a fantastic site from the Discovery Channel people. If your kids have questions about all sorts of “stuff”, there’s a chance that a well informed written answer is here, possibly supplemented by a video or some very nice photos.

This really is nice, with a clean appearance to the site, and a category ribbon across the top that splits down into sub-categories without being obtrusive.

Site Link: http://www.howstuffworks.com/

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July 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm