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: 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

NUMBERED PLAYING CARD GAMES

It’s not uncommon to have a deck or two of cards stored away in the house, waiting for a situation to arise to be used. Cards have been a fixture in family game nights, parties, and boring Sunday afternoons for many years, and with good reason. They are an inexpensive and simple source of entertainment that doesn’t require anything else to enjoy. There are literally hundreds of different games that can be played on one deck of cards and they can be enjoyed solo or with friends.

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AGES: 2 - 6 years
Brian Moore

Wooden Lacing Apple Threading

Young children love to explore with their senses. Touch and sight are their primordial way of learning. Toys are their first introduction to learning. It is important that these preschool toys keep children active to help develop their cognitive skills.

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AGES: 5 - 7 years
Brian Moore

A Day in The Jungle

For children to be functional adults in society, emotional intelligence must be fostered just like the intelligence quotient (IQ). Both types of intelligence can be simultaneously developed using games and toys from a young age to build cognitive and social skills.

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AGES: 11 – 13 years
Mary Briseno

LEARNING MATH WITH YAHTZEE

Yahtzee is a game beloved by many, and has shown itself in many different cultures and regions, although sometimes under different names and rule variations. The objective of the game is simple on the surface – to score points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make various scoring combinations, and dice must remain in the box. A game consists of thirteen rounds back and forth rolling the dice with the winner being the player that scores the most points.

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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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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM MINECRAFT

If you aren’t familiar with the computer game Minecraft,it would be understandably easy to pass it off as a simple building blocks game at first glance. Once you take a deeper look, however, you will likely be pleasantly surprised to find that it offers many more educational benefits than what you might have initially anticipated. Minecraft requires the use of important skill sets such as teamwork, competence in resource management, and problem solving through logic.

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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: 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: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

UNO THE CARD GAME

UNO is a universally popular card game with people of all ages. This classic fan favorite is easy to play and great for bringing together family and friends. Another unexpected perk of UNO is the educational benefits it can offer to children who play the game. Players will utilize important skills such as problem solving, strategy, and recognizing patterns. Practicing these types of skills through play will help children apply them in school and learn how to build on this skill foundation throughout their lives. Young children who play this game are introduced to concepts of fair play and working with others.

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AGES: 5 - 7 years
Mary Briseno

The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body

The human body is strong and delicate at the same time. Educators and parents teach to children the importance of taking care of their bodies for them to grow strong and healthy. A child needs to be aware of their bodies so they can be careful when doing physical activities.

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AGES: 5 - 7 years
Brian Moore

Animal Mastermind Towers

An entertaining game to play during study breaks or anytime is Animal Mastermind Towers. Part of the educational games, Animal Mastermind Tower and similar games help develop cognitive skills. Sometimes parents and educators like to integrate these games to the lessons to make learning more active.

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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: 2 - 6 years
Mary Briseno

Benefits Of First 100 Words

The First 100 Words book covers a wide range of different words alongside images that can help children learn through reading at a young age. Reading, spelling, and the use of perception encourages children to develop literacy skills at a young age.

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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
Mary Briseno

Robot Turtles

Coding is a language used for programming. Learning to code from a young age helps children expand their cognitive skills by learning this new language. As part of the STEM programs, coding has made an impact in learning.

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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: 2 - 6 years
Brian Moore

UNITED STATES INTERACTIVE MAP

Maps are a valuable learning tool. A good way to make Social Studies fun and interactive is by letting children play with interactive maps. Studies have found that children are more engaged while learning about history and geography through interactive map than with normal textbooks since lesson requires participation from the student.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

CHESS, A GAME FOR THE MIND

Chess is one of the most played board games historically worldwide. It is played in almost every country and players ranging from small children all the way up to the elderly are able to enjoy what it has to offer. Why is this board game so popular, and for so long? Why do we teach children to play from an early age in schools? The answer is simple, this board game has been proven over time and many studies to be great developmental tool for education and mental abilities.

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AGES: 2 – 4 years
Brian Moore

BENEFITS OF MY BIG ACTIVITY WORKBOOK

Having the Big Activity Workbook around for children to use and play with can be essential for teaching a handful of educational skills that can benefit them for there future. This book partaking in activities such as crossword puzzles, sudoku, spelling and various puzzles introduces children into problem solving, perception improvement, cognitive practice, and the use of creativity.

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AGES: 5 - 8 years
Mary Briseno

THE BENEFITS OF THE ABACUS

Math is one of the most challenging areas in education, and teaching it to children can be difficult at first. Using tools such as the Abacus helps create an easy environment to visually and tactilely understand and learn concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and even division. These are the key elements that form the basis of higher mathematics, and making math more accessible and easier to comprehend at an early age yields obvious and very real benefits.

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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
Brian Moore

String Art Kit

Time for arts and crafts is an important break from long periods of studying or work. Young children need this time to explore and develop their cognitive abilities from a different angle that is not reading or math. There are many activities one can do for arts and crafts, each one helping in different ways.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

PAPER TELEPHONE, THE GAME

If asked, most adults could probably recall at least one childhood memory involving the telephone game. Even if not, it’s often portrayed in movies and pop culture as a universal symbol of childhood. Paper Telephone is a fun variation of this classic game that can be also used as an team building exercise or in helping peers get to know one another. The entertainment factor is pretty obvious, but there are some surprising benefits to these games that people don’t always consider. Players must use communication skills and creativity, while practicing problem-solving and logic.

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AGES: 11 - 13 years
Mary Briseno

MAGIC: THE GATHERING

Magic: The Gathering teaches two very important skills for a child’s development: Creative practice and critical thinking. Playing the game encourages outside-the-box thinking in order to uncover different methods and endless styles of play. This unrestricted style of game play gives players the freedom to set their own game pace and use any card deck of choice.

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AGES: 11 – 13 years
Mary Briseno

APPLES TO APPLES CARD GAME

Card games are a great way to help us connect with family and friends and opens the door to countless hours of entertainment. Aside from being used as a fun way to socialize and pass the time, there are other benefits to playing cards worth keeping in mind. Games like Apples to Apples are an immersive way to help players improve cognition by practicing skills like logic and memory retention.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Brian Moore

Jumping Jack Game

Jumping Jack Game like many other games is designed to help young children learn while they play. Taking carrots from a hill where Jack the rabbit sits is a fun activity to learn and practice numbers. Like many other board games, whoever has the most amount of carrots of the end of the game wins.

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AGES: 2 - 4 years
Brian Moore

Garden Building Toys

We learn a lot from observing nature. Many science lessons focus on living organisms and toys and games are great visual aids for learning about the subject. Gardening Building toys for example break down all the parts of the flower and plants into pieces so children can assemble in the garden.

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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 - 6 years
Mary Briseno

SPIN AND LEARN COLOR FLASHLIGHT

Children at an early age are very receptive to sounds and colors. Incorporating these things into learning tools are a great way to take that curiosity and focus it on learning. The types of toys we give children to play with can have profound influence on the way that they learn skills. Many types of toys for young children can be used as a way to jump start education. One good example of these educational toys is the Spin and Learn Color Flashlight. Toddlers will have fun listening to music and animal sounds while interacting with the lights and colors of the flashlight.

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