LEARNING MADE FUN

Welcome to Learning Made Fun. A place where you can browse our reviews and suggestions for fun, wholesome and healthy activities for your children to enjoy. We believe that education and development happens when a child is able to focus and enjoy what they are doing and build skills that are the foundation for more formal schoolwork.

Browse around, enjoy what we have to offer, and start spending quality time with your children today!
AGES: 2 – 4 years
Mary Briseno

TEETER POPPER

An important aspect, although maybe not intuitive at first, of every child’s education is taking the time to do physical activities alongside their schoolwork. Studies such as the one conducted by pediatricians in the University of Illinois have shown that exercising after a lesson or homework helps children with retention and to do better scholastically in general. Exercising is a great way to balance schoolwork for any age, especially if you are able to take short breaks between classes. The Teeter Popper is a great toy to encourage that physical activity between breaks as well as playtime, anytime.

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AGES: 5 - 7 years
Mary Briseno

Newton’s Tree

From the moment an apple fell on Newton’s head gravity has been associated with that moment in history. It is the perfect example of how the force of gravity pulls us to Earth. Taking inspiration from the lesson of Newton and the apple there is a board game for children to learn and have fun.

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AGES: 2 – 4 years
Brian Moore

MR. PENCIL ABC BAG PACK

How to teach your kids their ABC’s before they start school? There are many educational toys that teach the alphabet, but the Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack has the National Parenting Product Award for its ingenuity. Mr. Pencil’s ABC Backpack is designed to teach children the alphabet in a fun way through different activities.

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AGES: 2 - 6 years
Mary Briseno

THE BENEFITS OF THE LEARN-TO-PLAY PIANO

Engaging a child with a musical instrument is one of the most efficient ways to develop and enhance their motor and cognitive skills. The piano, requiring time, practice, and dedication, creates an environment of creativity, memorization and confidence for people of all ages and all around the world.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

THE BENEFITS OF DOMINOES

There are many classic board games that can be useful in classroom settings and have been proven to be effective, if unconventional, tools for learning. Games such as Dominoes are great for translating critical thinking and memory exercises into real world settings, with ramifications applied for the decisions made. Children benefit from games like this because they present them with challenges that require creativity and thinking outside the box. Dominoes is a game that requires a high level of strategy and planning in order to win. How the game works, a player analyzes the board to deduct what Domino tiles the other players have left, based on how they played each round.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Mary Briseno

FEED THE WOOZLE COOPERATIVE GAME

Board games, in the right context, can be excellent educational materials disguised as entertainment. It is a great opportunity to pass time and build social skills with the entire family, with the added benefit of teaching children important life skills while having fun. Board games are designed to be played in groups of two or more, which allows people to comfortably sit down and create the space to talk and interact with each other. A fun game that brings everyone together and is worth considering, is Feed the Woozle.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Mary Briseno

Shopping List (Orchard Toys)

Everyone with a little effort and time can make real-life tasks into educational games. This is the case of Orchard Toys Shopping List a memory game based on doing groceries. Like many other memory games, Shopping List works on short-term memory.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Brian Moore

Town Maze Magnetic Game

Toys and games are great introduction for early learning. Town Maze Magnetic Game is one of the educational toys that guide young children to recognize color and numbers through play. Magnetic mazes toys intrigue the child’s attention.

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AGES: 3 - 6 years
Mary Briseno

Benefits Of Straw Constructor

Playing with the Straw Constructor STEM set engages children into creative play that can develop their motor and perception skills. This is done through the fun and play that is made through the toy itself. It engages in problem solving while remaining its ease of use as a toy set.

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AGES: 2 – 4 years
Mary Briseno

THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING MAGNA TILES

As children develop their ability to create, play, and imagine, it is important to nurture those qualities in a fun and scholastic way. Engaging your toddler with toys that encourage them to think, solve and construct their ideas into reality is an effective method to accomplish this while embracing a fun and healthy environment. Being able to take control and make decisions based on what the child’s imagination wants to create is just the start to what can be an efficient way to build cognitive abilities.

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AGES: 10 and up
Mary Briseno

Three Sticks

There are many games that cater to the STEM learning program. They are a fun way to incorporate math or science exercises in playtime. Exercising player skills, the STEM games stimulate the mind. Children benefit from these types of games as they are still developing cognitive skills.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

CAN YOU SOLVE A RUBIX CUBE?

The Rubik’s Cube is a well-known puzzle game that also somehow morphed into a piece of American pop culture. Love it or hate it, the Rubik’s Cube has been around for decades and is here to stay. When this toy was first created, it was marketed as the ‘impossible puzzle’ but is now being used as a tool by educators to teach math and logic stills.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Mary Briseno

Outdoor Explorer Kit

The classroom is not only place to learn, and sometimes it is good to step outside and explore the world. Parents and educators can use the outdoors for an array of activities and lessons. It is a great way for children to learn about biology of plants and insects.

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AGES: 11 – 13 years
Brian Moore

SEE AND SPELL LEARNING TOYS

Introducing children into the world of spelling and grammar may seem difficult and overwhelming, but when paired with a toy that can provide these skills in an entertaining way, learning becomes smooth and natural. Being able to introduce these topics at an early age can create a healthy educational environment for your toddler that will benefit them their entire lives.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

NUMBERS GAMES WITH DICE

If asked to picture a fun, engaging, and inexpensive game that can also be used as a learning tool, playing with dice might not be the first that comes to mind. A long-standing staple of casinos and dive bars, they have also made their way into classrooms and are used by educators as a way to enhance learning and teach numbers concepts. Math isn’t generally regarded as the most exciting subject to study, but introducing games into lessons is a smart way to keep students engaged.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

THE GAME OF CONCENTRATION

Concentration is a classic memory card game that is still widely played all over the world today. The simple nature of this popular game has made it a favorite with young children, but different versions have emerged over the years that also tailor to a variety of different audiences. True to its name, this game will build concentration and focus, as well as memory and recognition.

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AGES: 10 and up
Mary Briseno

Explore the World

Games and imagination are a good way to travel when you are stuck at home. When children are introduced to other countries history and culture in social studies class their curiosity is intrigued. However social studies class can be tedious with the constant lecture format.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

BINGO

Bingo is a popular game that people play all over the world, often at community centers, senior facilities, and church groups. Research has found that the game has more value than for just passing the time and bonding with others. There are some surprising health benefits you can get from playing this centuries-old game.

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AGES: 11 – 13 years
Mary Briseno

THE ART OF ORIGAMI

Origami from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the intricate art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” has expanded to be an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, like the famous paper crane.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Mary Briseno

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus

Listening to music or playing an instrument from early age is great for developing a child’s cognitive and motor skills. Toys such as Fisher-Price Think and Learn Rocktopus are great introduction for the music world for toddlers.

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AGES: 10 and up
Mary Briseno

Spy Alley

There are many types of board games that serve educational purpose. Educators and parents add these games to their lessons or at playtime to help children practice cognitive skills such as reasoning and logical thinking. Playing to develop logical and reasoning skills is a way to keep children invested in learning.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Mary Briseno

Snug as a Bug in a Rug

Snug as a Bug in a Rug is a co-operative game where young children can practice their colors, shapes and numbers. Sparking interest in learning from an early age board games like Snug as a Bug in a Rug are designed to make learning entertaining.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Brian Moore

PRETEND AND PLAY CASH REGISTER

Do you remember how hard math was growing up? How can a person buy seven apples but only need three? For children who are starting to learn about the subject, getting a grasp on numbers and math can be intimidating.

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AGES: 7 and up
Brian Moore

Check The Oven! Math Game

Check The Oven is a fun math game to incorporate to class or playtime. Educators and parents use math games for practice and to sharpen a child’s math skills. Children tend to be engaged in learning when the work is turn into a game. Check The Oven and similar math games are a good way to exercise mental math helping the child to solve the math problems quicker and handle more complex equations.

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AGES: 5 - 7 years
Brian Moore

ICE COOL

Looking for fun ways to stimulate the brain? Board games have always been a longstanding tool in education. Board games are designed to be hands-on activity for developing key skills for learning. For example, Ice Cool is a game designed to enhance a person’s dexterity.

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AGES: 5 - 7 years
Mary Briseno

Parcheesi Royal Edition

Whether it is called Parcheesi or Pachisi, this classic board game is one of the games that can be integrated to class as learning tools. Classic board games have been proven over time by their popularity to be effective in engaging children’s cognitive skills through play.

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AGES: 2 – 4 years
Mary Briseno

SPIN ‘N’ SORT SPOUT PRO BATH GAME

With a little creativity and the right tools, children can turn almost any activity into an opportunity to learn and develop skills. You can even take learning to the bath time with games like Spin n’ Sort Spout Pro and others like it. There are a lot of toys available to just entertain your kids at bathtime, though it does take a little more research to find the right ones to serve as learning tools as well. Spin ‘n’ Sort Spout Pro helps toddlers to learn colors and shapes as well as keep them entertained for hours.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

BUFFALO, THE NAME DROPPING GAME

Card games that are easy and fun to play are a great way to bring people together when hanging out with friends and in many other social settings. Buffalo, the Name-Dropping Game fits into both of these categories because of its’ simplicity in design and the opportunity for many people to play at once. As an added bonus, players will practice valuable skills that can be applied in many other social and educational situations.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

SIMON THE MEMORY LIGHT GAME

Simon the Memory Light Game has been a groovy fixture in family game night since the 70’s. As the name suggests, this game will put your memory skills to the test. Games like Simon the Memory Light Game will help people of all ages train their memory while having fun. This pattern repetition game can especially help young children, as increased memory retention enables them to retain information better in school. Players will have their memory tested by having to learn, remember, and repeat long color patterns that are given by the game. The rounds are timed and players to don’t finish the sequence in time will lose the round.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Brian Moore

Let’s Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game

From the acclaimed storybook collection, The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes a board game for children to learn how to count. Using a familiar story or games to captivate children’s attention, parents and educators insert lessons to playtime.

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