When I was in grade school I hated when my mom tried to keep me “sharp” during the summer breaks. I had to read the newspaper every day and pick 3 articles to summarize and then write a couple of my own news articles. It always felt like work and I hated it. I would have loved for that work to be fun! Luckily with where we are in the digital world right now, this is possible! There are so many great resources out there that allow kids to keep their brains active and their creative juices flowing while they’re out of school.
MyStorybook provides children with a space for them to express their creativity and share their own stories with each other. It’s a free story writing tool where you can write and design your own storybooks with your own personalized characters and if you purchase the high quality eBook, you can print your book or share your story online with your family and friends. It is also a great tool to make unique gifts for the special people in your lives.
ParaPara Editor is a great website where kids can create their own stop motion animations for free. It provides kids with a blank canvas for them to express all their creativity. Once they have put together a few screens, they can click the play button and watch their animation come to life. Once they are done their whole project, they can save or send their animation by email.
FunBrain is a website where kids can play educational video games, from math to spelling. This will provide children with an activity that’ll feel like a treat but will help exercise their brains! FunBrain also offers comic books that your kids will love and know, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and much more.
CrunchZilla provides kids with a space for easy and fun coding all for FREE! Learning to code can seem daunting, however, kids can pick it up a lot easier than you may think. It also teaches them great problem solving skills, digital confidence in a digital driven world and the importance of innovation. CrunchZilla offers two different levels, Code Monster (for preteens) and Code Maven (for teens and adults).
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Author of the Month for April: Winners!
This month we've chosen 3 winners! Congratulations to the authors of 'Mommy's Choice', 'Your Dad, My Dads' and 'The Spirit Behind Cystic Fibrosis'.
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