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Genius Hour
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Giveaway: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” {Closed}
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{ CONTEST CLOSED } Watch for our next Monthly giveaway!  As strong advocates for hands-on and maker education, we at The Wonder Nook want nothing more than to inspire the next generation of makers and problem-solvers. That means cultivating confidence, resilience and creative risk-taking. What better way to celebrate that spirit than with a giveaway of the wonderful book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, by maker advocate Andrea Beaty (illustrated by David Roberts)? Enter for your chance to win a free copy of this delightful tale about an inventive little girl who gets things done! This giveaway is open to anyone through…


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Make & Tinker
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Mini Makers: Cardboarding for Kids
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A learn-by-doing skill for growing makers Cardboard has entertained kids for decades, and the youngest generation is just as smitten as we were (ahem, are). The concept isn’t new, but have you ever considered its educational value of this inexpensive standby? Cardboarding for kids is an excellent intro to 3-D building for even the littlest makers. Building cardboard forts, castles, bridges and rocket ships introduces young children to design-thinking, supports budding tactile skills, strengthens a growing foundation of physics awareness, builds confidence, and encourages imagination and grit. What is Cardboarding? I feel a little silly describing cardboarding to readers who…


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5 Facts and Myths About Dyslexia
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My background is in journalism, so when my son was diagnosed with “visual processing disorder” and, eventually, dyslexia, I started a research frenzy. I expected to build upon my scanty knowledge of dyslexia. What I didn’t expect was to walk away with a whole new perspective–and, in some ways, appreciation–of dyslexia. Dyslexia is perhaps one of the best known, but least understood learning challenges, publicly speaking. The National Center for Learning Disabilities published a report stating that a full 91 percent of people have heard of dyslexia. Chances are you know a few people with dyslexia. Perhaps you are one of…


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Kids Coding
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Review: Sketch Nation Create – Kids Coding & Game Design App
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Tested: Sketch Nation Create Available On: iOS, Android, and the Web Cost: Free Age Range: Simple to advanced play, suitable for all ages (including parents) Series: Kids Coding & Game Design Apps We recently decided to cover kids coding and maker education more prominently here on The Wonder Nook. Research emphasizes how important these skills can be, and not just because coding skills are in demand. Coding and game design nurture creativity, design-thinking, computational logic, and more. Most schools don’t teach kids programming and, as one coding expert told recently told NPR,  those that do don’t do so in an engaging…


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In Defense of Dirt: Why Kids Need Mud
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I like clean floors, but are we really ready to raise a generation that has never experienced the squishy joy of making mud pies? Here are 5 science-backed reasons to let your kids wallow in muck (or, you know, dig in some dirt).


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