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‘Busy Shapes’ for Busy Minds: Learning Through Explorative Digital Play!

Aug 18, 2017   //   by   //   Community Blog  //  Comments Off on ‘Busy Shapes’ for Busy Minds: Learning Through Explorative Digital Play!

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Busy Shapes by Edoki Academy is hands down, one of the coolest kid’s games I have played to date!  I LOVE everything to do with Children’s Media and will often find myself just browsing kid’s games, books, apps, and tv shows.  The other day, I came across this little game that didn’t look too exciting or familiar but I decided to check it out.

Hands Down, One of “The Greats”

What did I find?!  One of THE best apps for kids that I’ve ever stumbled across; even enjoyed playing this game.  Not only was it incredibly fun, adorable and unique, but it is SO EDUCATIONAL.  Busy Shapes has a Montessori approach to learning and is being called “The First Digital Playground” by one educational app review site.

Since playing this game, exploring the features, and doing my research, I have become passionate about all that this mobile application has to offer and I am excited to share what I’ve learned!  I will explain how this game fits into the section of the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum that highlights innovation and problem solving.  Through examples, I will demonstrate how Busy Shapes inspires innovation, how it explores problem solving and why every parent or adult who is working with children, will love it!

Learning through DIGITAL play: If Jean Piaget had an iPad

So many people think that for children, screen time is “bad”, that games are “addictive”, that digital media is “unsafe”.  While it’s been proven that learning through play is the best way for young children to learn, why wouldn’t that include the digital playground?  I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of children’s media, when it is used as intended.  There is so much for children to learn through the increasing use of technology.


Make Hay Day while the sun shines

Mar 26, 2013   //   by   //   The Parent Perspective  //  Comments Off on Make Hay Day while the sun shines

Hay DayHay Day (iOS) is a kind of Farmville knock off. The premise is straightforward – grow crops, raise livestock, sell the goods and use the coins you earn to build and improve your farm. It starts well enough. In about 10 minutes you’re growing and selling, and zipping through the first level. It’s engaging enough to keep you playing, and it’s fun. It’s also a great lesson in buying and selling…. demand economics if you will.

But by the middle of Level 2 that changes dramatically, and your progress grinds to a snail’s pace. By Level 3 (which came nearly two days later) the motive is obvious; you need to buy in-game currency to speed up the action and you need to click on the link to Facebook so you can sell your virtual goods to a broader audience. That in-game currency comes at various price points from $4.99 to $99. That link to Facebook has no monetary value; all it costs is your privacy and your contact list.


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