One of my favorite sites to visit to find out about new resources is KB… Konnected. The author, Karen Bolotin, has another site that is designed to enrich “students who finish early” – KB…Konnected Kids. This site has a wide range of interesting categories, such as “Build It!” and “Make it Move!” I haven’t had a chance to explore the many links, but I did end up discovering another site through the “Games” button that I know I will be sharing with my Gifted and Talented students. It’s a site called “Smart Kit”, which touts itself as “School-Safe Games and Puzzles”. It has many cute logic games on it that I know my students will enjoy. I want to thank Karen Bolotin, as well as the team behind Smart Kit, for providing some great educational links for our kids.
With the holidays coming up, many parents ask me for educational gifts that I would recommend for their children. “Cart Before the Horse” is one that I would suggest. It is a logic puzzle game that can be played independently or in a small group collaboration (or in a center). It’s for children 8 and up, and comes from www.mindware.com, one of my favorite sources for thinking games and activities. Some other games that I recommend from the site are: Rush Hour, Solitaire Chess, Q-Bitz, Knot So Fast, and Gobblet. These are all games that require logic, strategy, and deductive reasoning – making them great for the classroom or as gifts.