Preschool dinosaur activities: Ideas for inspiring pretend play

toddler girl playing outside with four different plastic dinosaur toys, including a sauropod, Pachycephalosaurus, and hadrosaur

These preschool dinosaur activities begin with a thought experiment. If you were given a living dinosaur to take care of, what would you do? There are no rules, and kids can use a variety of props to bring their ideas to life. The goal is to learn about dinosaurs, think imaginatively, solve practical problems, and keep a record of your discoveries.

Cooperative board games for kids

family playing a board game - grandfather leaning on the floor with two grandchildren

Cooperative board games have a lot in common with competitive board games. There’s a board. There are game pieces. Individual players take turns. But cooperative games differ in one key respect: Everyone is on the same team, working toward the same goal. What’s the point of this? Isn’t competition a fact of life? Why should Read More »

The effects of video games on school achievement

three boys relaxing on couch, playing video games on handheld devices

What are the effects of video games on school achievement? Studies hint that certain types of frequent gaming can reduce a student’s performance in reading. But video games are linked with positive effects, too.