Teachers' Picks: The Classroom Wish List
Make a game of learning with these fun new products.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
The Scrambled States of America $15.95.
This map game makes child’s play of U.S. geography. A new deluxe edition comes with 10 additional cards and a copy of Laurie Keller’s Scrambled States book.
Multiplication Master $16.99.
How many times-table challenges can a player complete in 60 seconds? It’s an electronic multiplication flash-card set with an addictive twist.
LeapPad 2 $99.99.
A self-contained digital tablet for tiny hands, the LeapPad has a library of hundreds of educational games, apps, and e-books—and a camera that takes pics and video.
Players match colors, shapes, and sizes in a surprisingly sophisticated card game that fosters strategic thinking, spatial relations, and visual discrimination. Also, it’s fun.
Recycled Robots $24.95.
Robot expert Robert Malone’s book-and-craft kit has everything a young builder needs (including a battery-operated motor) to assemble 10 distinctive robots.
Sentence Buildings $29.99.
With a building for each part of speech—noun, verb, adjective, etc.—and 300 vocabulary cards that slip inside them, it’s a hands-on way for kids to construct sentences.
These beguiling blocks—each one outfitted with its own rolling magnet—stack together in unexpected ways bound to incite the imagination in new directions.
Players compete to build congruent shapes out of various blue and green pieces, developing abstract and spatial reasoning skills along the way.