I’ve recently had friends and family ask me for resources for their geeky kid, whether it be for math, science, or programming. Here is a compilation of music, games, websites, and activities you can provide for your intellectual child.
They Might Be Giants- “Here come the 123s” and “Here comes Science.” These two children’s albums from the famous alternative band teaches kids to count and add, defines words such as meteorite, all while providing catchy tunes that both parent and kid enjoy. Below is one of my favorite songs:
Classical Music- Studies have shown some correlation between classical music and math scores. Starting your kid early to enjoy classical music can open them up to matching patterns and even motivating them to take up a orchestra instrument. I highly suggest Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart. Trans Siberian Orchestra also has done a Beethoven tribute for those that like more electric music.
Equate: Think Bananagrams with Math, great for training kids (and adults) for quick, simple arithmetic.
Blokus: Fantastic visual-spatial game. Place your polyominos matching at least one corner to another piece. Try to block others while still being able to place your pieces in an efficient manner.
Pandemic: For older children, Pandemic is a co-op strategy board game where you work as a team to stop a virus from destroying the world. Good for teaching biology of viruses and how they can spread, while also teaching how to work together as a group.
Author’s note: I am a believer in moderation. While video games can be a great teaching tool, too much of it can hinder children’s imagination. Use sparingly for education.
Minecraft: It goes without saying that Minecraft is a digital world of legos. Can be great in teaching kids how to build and create without spending the cost of Lego sets. However, video games can’t replace touching and feeling objects in the real world.
Math Ninja: Available on iOS, Math Ninja puts you into a world where you must solve math problems to beat waves of enemies, while also being able to throw ninja stars and flames at enemies.
Khan Academy: Amazing resource for children who are self motivated. Compilation of videos that teach math, computer science, history, and more. Highly recommended for homeschoolers or public schoolers that want an extra challenge.