• Story Prompt Tools for Young Writers

    This Christmas, we got a pair of cool story prompt tools for young writers. Both could be good for writing projects or even as verbal party games. Storymatic is a box of 500+ cards with character and story ideas. Rory’s Story Cubes is a set of six dice with different idea icons.

  • Resources for Teaching Chess

    Teaching chess to a home school student can be a challenge. Most parents can teach the moves and maybe a bit of strategy, but then it falls apart. Local chess clubs, co-op chess classes, and private chess coaching are the usual route to continue learning chess. But with some good resources, parents can teach solid […]

  • Blink card game

    Last year I blogged about the card game Blink. It’s been an awesome game to play with both of our kids (8 and 4). There’s no reading required, so the 4 year old plays fine. I just deal him a somewhat smaller pile until he legitimately wins his fair share of games. We’ve gotten a […]

  • Planarity Insanity

    Do you get excited when your yo-yo gets tangled? Does your heart leap at the opportunity to rewind a gnarly skein of yarn? Planarity by John Tantalo just might be your dream come true! This incredible game is a great supplement to the study of planar graphs. The object of the game is to “untangle” […]

  • The Fantastic Contraption

    One of our family’s favorite pastimes is solving puzzles and Fantastic Contraption captivated us from the beginning. The goal of the game is to move a given object into the goal, a designated box. The object starts in a workspace where you build your contraption. There are just so many different possible solutions that we’ve […]