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Tweet If you’ve got a kid that always tapping his pencil or can construct an Aztec temple out of Legos you’ve probably got a tactile learner. They’re often the most frustrating type of learner, and schools often cater to them the least. The tactile kids often get the label of misbehaved. Their hands are always […]

Tweet When we at Tandem Teaching set up for Earth Fair 2010, we had no idea how popular our activities would be.  The Exploratorium kept kids, teenagers, and adults busy for hours. One parent grew tired of waiting and had to bribe his son a dollar to finally leave our booth! An Exploratorium is a […]

Tweet You may have noticed our little obsession with non-consumer based play lately. We have been hard at work packing that knowledge into an e-book (which gets more awesome every day).  Today we’re excited to share a sneak peak! Here is an excerpt by Patrick. UPDATE: You can buy it now! All About Inventive Play: […]

Tweet Now this fun multiplication learning game is one kids go crazy for. It’s so easy you won’t believe it. You need four dice to start. 1. You and your kid each hold a pair of dice. 2. Roll the dice. 3. Ask your child to multiply their two numbers while you multiply your two […]

Tweet This is a great game to teach kids a strategy for solving multiplication problems. And the only thing you need is a deck of cards! You pull the first card. You draw that many circles. Draw again and with that number you put tallies in each circle. Count the tallies and you have your […]

Tweet The quality of genius is being able to use simple materials in ways they were never intended. An Exploratorium is a place where your child can store all their open-ended materials. It’s a spot in your home they can go to create projects that the world has never seen before. All it takes is […]

Tweet I had a kid invent this game because she didn’t like the multiplication game we were playing. All she did was take a piece of paper and draw a target. In the middle ring was a 6, in the next was a 4, and the outer ring had a 3.

Tweet When I was five years old I loved to dance. To my mother’s dismay, I loved dancing on tables. Coffee tables, the dining room table, the kitchen counter, and even the bathroom sink! I was a toddler crazed to reach the highest point of the room and move to the beat. So my mom […]

Tweet I stumbled upon what is perhaps the greatest work of literature ever found. It’s better than any self-help book and only takes 10 minutes to read. When life throws me a curve ball and when I’m about to tear my hair out, I turn to this simple beautiful story. It’s changed the way I […]

Tweet One of the easiest tricks to getting your kid to read and keep reading is finding them a series. Once they find one you’re talking about hundreds, maybe even thousands of unexplored pages. So here’s a list of four series that will keep your kid hooked. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The story […]