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Rainy Day English Games

Rainy Day English Games

Rainy days can be fun, but they can also be long. Once you’ve put on your raincoat and boots, splashed around in puddles, and maybe built a dam or two in the flowing water, it’s back in the warm house for the rest of the day. If you can’t stand…
Bring ‘Operation’ to Life With These Human Body Games for Kids

Bring ‘Operation’ to Life With These Human Body Games for Kids

One of kids’ favorite games is Operation. This game, which teaches anatomy by having players “remove” damaged organs with tweezers, has been around over fifty years and been released in numerous versions. It is, however, a bit hard for younger kids to play because it requires well-developed, fine motor skills.…
Fun Games and Activities to Learn How to Use a Dictionary

Fun Games and Activities to Learn How to Use a Dictionary

Adults might think that poring over a dictionary wouldn’t be the most fun way to spend an afternoon, but many kids find dictionaries to be fascinating. Dictionaries contain an abundance of information about words, including: Definitions Origins The part of speech the word is How to make it plural How…
Learning the States of Matter: Fun and Interactive Ideas

Learning the States of Matter: Fun and Interactive Ideas

Ice. Water. Steam. Finding out that these are all the same substance is a “Wow!” experience for kids. After the initial wonderment, they often ask: “How can they be the same thing?”Learning that there are different types of matter all around us is an important science lesson kids will repeatedly…
Out of this World Space Activities for Kids

Out of this World Space Activities for Kids

With the big splash the latest Star Wars movie has made, interest in space is again surging. Movies like this trigger kids’ imaginations as they picture themselves zooming through space in an X-wing fighter. Such interest creates a teachable moment, a time when parents and teachers can capitalize on kids’…
Teaching Kids Colors With Fun Animal Coloring Pages

Teaching Kids Colors With Fun Animal Coloring Pages

Coloring is a favorite activity for many preschool kids. For the parent who wants to make the most of learning opportunities, coloring provides numerous ways to expand a child’s early education. Most parents are aware that coloring helps kids to develop fine motor skills, patience, and concentration, all of which…
Hop on Interactive Games to Learn the Frog Life Cycle

Hop on Interactive Games to Learn the Frog Life Cycle

The frog life cycle is fascinating to both kids and adults. It’s amazing to watch the eggs hatch into tiny tadpoles that swim around like fish, then slowly grow legs and lose their tails until they finally hop out of the water as frogs. Witnessing this metamorphosis in real life…
Sight Word Activities

Sight Word Activities

Learning sight words is an important step to building speed and fluency while reading. Sight words are simply those that are frequently used, and are the foundation to building a strong vocabulary. Below are seven easy sight word games for kids to improve recognition: Bingo Simply print out a Bingo…
How to Teach Kids Upper and Lowercase Letters

How to Teach Kids Upper and Lowercase Letters

As most parents know, developing strong literacy skills starting at a young age is essential for future academic success. The first step in preparing your child to read and write is, of course, learning the alphabet. Extensive research has shown that a child’s grasp of the alphabet in addition to…
3 Fun Ways to Learn About the Butterfly Life Cycle

3 Fun Ways to Learn About the Butterfly Life Cycle

With their varying shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, butterflies have long captured the interest of children. Equally as captivating is the transformation, or metamorphosis, each butterfly endures to become the delicate and graceful insects we love. The butterfly life cycle is comprised of four different stages, each of which differs…
Online Math Games To Keep Your Child Excited About Learning

Online Math Games To Keep Your Child Excited About Learning

Math has a bum rap in our society. Almost universally, students dread math in the upper grades, college, and beyond. But typically, preschool and elementary school kids don’t share that attitude. During these early years, they are wired to learn and are as excited about learning math as they are about…
Games to Help With Number Recognition

Games to Help With Number Recognition

Teachable moments in which we can help children learn popup at the most unexpected times. Our everyday world is constantly presenting opportunities to teach once we make the commitment to look for them. A great example is number recognition. Once you and your child start looking for numbers together, your child…
Kindergarten Word Searches to Begin Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Kindergarten Word Searches to Begin Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

As most of us know, helping our children build strong language skills starting at a young age is incredibly important for their future academic success. One major component of these language skills is vocabulary. Among the many benefits to possessing a rich vocabulary are: improved comprehension when reading, the ability…
3 Unique Gravity Experiments to Try with Your Kids

3 Unique Gravity Experiments to Try with Your Kids

Simply put, gravity is the force of the earth that pulls objects towards its core, preventing them from floating off into space. For many adults, explaining the concept of gravity to a child can seem daunting. However, through the use of the following gravity experiments for kids, children will gain…
Using Pre-School Games to Help Kids Learn the Alphabet

Using Pre-School Games to Help Kids Learn the Alphabet

During pre-school, much of the focus for learning is on the alphabet. It takes time for a young mind to learn to identify all 26 letters — plus, they have to do it twice, once for capital letters and the other for small letters. That’s a tall order for a…
Exploring interactive nature science games

Exploring interactive nature science games

There’s nothing like being out in nature for hands-on learning. But on rainy days, sick days, or days when it’s just too busy to spend time together outdoors, children can learn a great deal about how our world works by playing science games for kids. In fact, that learning is…
Two Activities to Help Kids Understand the Solar System

Two Activities to Help Kids Understand the Solar System

Kids love learning about the solar system. It’s no coincidence that one of the most popular science fair entries is the solar system mobile made of paper mâché and coat hangers. There’s real value to this type of hands-on learning that is an effective supplement to textbooks, videos and interactive…
Teaching Kids the Steps of the Water Cycle Through Video

Teaching Kids the Steps of the Water Cycle Through Video

Learning about nature is something that is really exciting and fun for kids, and getting a good understanding of basic climate and biology principles is a fundamental part of science for any elementary school student. Using videos really makes the weather, climate and habitat information come alive for kids, giving…
Making Grammar Fun Through Simple Sentence Worksheets

Making Grammar Fun Through Simple Sentence Worksheets

Writing doesn’t have to be a struggle! Through the use of tools like a simple sentences worksheet, quizzes and games, kids can get the practice that they need to build a strong foundation in writing in a fun way. The reason that it’s so important for children to learn to…
Letter Recognition Games for Long Road Trips

Letter Recognition Games for Long Road Trips

Road trips offer a unique opportunity to visit national landmarks and natural wonders unique to a particular state or region. However, the travel time in between attractions can leave kids in need of entertainment. While movies and handheld video games serve as fun distractions, they don’t always offer the most…
150 Examples of Compound Words for Kids

150 Examples of Compound Words for Kids

What are Compound Words? Compound words are formed when two or more words are joined together to create a new word that has an entirely new meaning. For example, “sun” and “flower” are two different words, but when fused together, they form another word, Sunflower. These words are formed by…
5 Creative Ways to Make Rhyming Fun Through Games

5 Creative Ways to Make Rhyming Fun Through Games

Kids just love to tell stories, recite poems, and sing songs. Once they start, there’s no stopping them. Let them do it. It might seem to be just for fun but it can work to develop their skills too, especially phonetics and syllables. These two skills are an essential component…
Interactive Games to Teach The Water Cycle

Interactive Games to Teach The Water Cycle

  As a new school year begins, teachers and parents once again have the opportunity to introduce their students and children to new and exciting topics. Summer rain, hot days at the beach, and water sports on the lake make for an easy segue into one such topic on the…
5 Ways to Help Your Third Grader Master Verb Tense

5 Ways to Help Your Third Grader Master Verb Tense

Verb tenses might be the most difficult of all English grammar skills to master. And for good reason – there are so many rules to learn and so many guidelines to follow. Do you know that Chinese language doesn’t have any tenses? Seems incredible, right? But English grammar doesn’t offer…
Our 5 Favorite Math Games for Second Graders

Our 5 Favorite Math Games for Second Graders

Parents often claim that they have difficulty helping their kids with math. It’s no wonder – if you think back to the subjects that you had trouble with in school, chances are that math is at the forefront. You probably began experiencing problems as early on as second grade math.…
The Shapes All Kindergartners Must Learn

The Shapes All Kindergartners Must Learn

As kids get older, it’s important to start teaching them how to identify basic shapes. In real life, they’re going to see circles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, and more. There are several questions surrounding this topic. For instance, where do you start teaching basic shapes to your kindergartener? What’s the importance…
Homophone Challenges and Worksheets for Your Mastermind Kid

Homophone Challenges and Worksheets for Your Mastermind Kid

Teaching kids the importance of pronunciation is itself a difficult feat. Their young minds might not be able to comprehend the level of information you are teaching them. On the other hand, if the same information is disseminated in a fun and easy way, the kids will not only enjoy…
Creative Ideas for Teaching Children Nouns and Proper Nouns

Creative Ideas for Teaching Children Nouns and Proper Nouns

Nouns are used to designate people, places, things, objects, and concepts. They are, quite simply, the building blocks of our language. Children are sometimes confused as to how nouns are used, and if they’re very young, they may use nouns as substitutes for complete sentences. They may, for example, say…
5 Fun Ways to Work on Beginning Sounds With Your Pre-K Child

5 Fun Ways to Work on Beginning Sounds With Your Pre-K Child

If you have a young child, then you know it’s important that he or she learns the letters of the alphabet even before entering kindergarten. It’s quite simply the foundation for all words, both written and spoken. So, how do you help your child learn the sounds that apply to…
Long Summer Days? Interactive Educational Games to the Rescue

Long Summer Days? Interactive Educational Games to the Rescue

Although children are starting to head back to school, summer is still in full swing. The long summer days challenge parents of young children with the task of keeping them busy and involved. It can be difficult to find activities that are both enjoyable and entertaining while also constructive, beneficial and…
Four Exciting Ways to Teach Your Child about Animals

Four Exciting Ways to Teach Your Child about Animals

As summer winds down and school is around the corner, you may be looking for new topics to teach your kids to ease them into the new school year. Try stimulating their natural infinity for discovery with animals! Large or small, farm or wild, animals can be great objects of…
5 Fun Educational Games to Play Instead of Watching TV

5 Fun Educational Games to Play Instead of Watching TV

It’s summertime, and there is nothing more exciting than being a kid during the summer. However, no matter the number of pools and parks there are to play in, you may find during these summer months that your child is a magnet to the couch, finding relaxation in front of…
Must Read Online Short Stories for Kids

Must Read Online Short Stories for Kids

As a parent, you likely take pride in passing on the traditions of your youth. You smile when you see your child playing the same games you used to enjoy, vicariously reliving a fun-filled adolescence. Unfortunately, children do not play outside nearly as much as they used to, and I’ll…
Turtle Diary’s Recommended Math Games for Kindergarteners

Turtle Diary’s Recommended Math Games for Kindergarteners

The traditional class room learning styles are rapidly being replaced by ‘smart’ ways of teaching. Today’s technology has enabled us to enhance our child’s learning process through progressive and interactive programs. Research at John Hopkins University suggests that math skills are genetic and may be passed down by our ancestors.…
10 Difficult Spelling Words for Kindergarteners

10 Difficult Spelling Words for Kindergarteners

You may be looking at your 4 or 5 year old’s writing and wondering, as you attempt to decipher what resemble letters from a ransom note, if your child is developmentally on track to be a good speller. Not to worry, kindergarten is the time in which you will see…
Best English Worksheets for Practicing this Summer

Best English Worksheets for Practicing this Summer

With so many ways to use the skills learned in English class in real life, it‘s no wonder that we want our little ones to do well in this. If your child has been struggling with English throughout the year you may be looking for ways to boost their skills…
5 Lessons Color by Number Teaches Your Child

5 Lessons Color by Number Teaches Your Child

Kids love activities that allow them to be creative, and coloring is arguably one of the most popular artistic pastimes for young children. Research has shown that children enjoy numerous developmental benefits when they participate in arts and crafts, and while coloring on its own can lead to a variety…
5 Tips for Teaching Your Child Decomposing Numbers

5 Tips for Teaching Your Child Decomposing Numbers

From budgeting to determining a proper tip amount, numbers are relevant to our everyday lives. Though we now have technology to perform essentially every mathematical function, you will want your child to have a personal comprehensive understanding of numbers. As in any other concept, numbers must be broken down (or…
Learn to Count With Interactive Counting Games

Learn to Count With Interactive Counting Games

Sometimes it’s hard for kids to develop good number skills.  When that’s the case, learning can be fun with interactive counting games that they can play online. TurtleDiary.com has a variety of interactive counting games that will help your child develop the numeracy skills that will get them through the…
Learn Fractions With Online Fraction Games

Learn Fractions With Online Fraction Games

Let’s face it, fractions are difficult for a lot of kids. For that matter, adults have trouble with fractions too. At TurtleDiary.com, We have devised a number of math games that are designed to teach kids about fractions and decimals in ways that are easy and fun. With our online…
Learn Fast With Online Maths Games

Learn Fast With Online Maths Games

Where don’t we use maths? When you think about it, every day we deal with quantities, shapes, structures and arrangements, so it’s very important that kids know the mathematical principles involved. At TurtleDiary.com, we want to help kids learn about maths in ways that are fun and friendly, and that’s…
Learn Different Shapes With Online Geometry Games

Learn Different Shapes With Online Geometry Games

Learn Different Shapes With Online Geometry Games When your child plays with shapes using online geometry games, that’s building a foundation for math skills that will last a lifetime. At TurtleDiary.com, we’ve devised a number of geometry games for kids that will help your child with the skills that are…
How Are Online Games Helpful for Easy Learning?

How Are Online Games Helpful for Easy Learning?

What kid doesn’t love to play games online? At TurtleDiary.com, we have tons of interactive online games for your child – games that are designed to help them build the skills they’ll need to be successful in school. Learning doesn’t have to be a huge process that no kid enjoys.…
Enhance Your Child’s Mental Ability with Elementary Maths Games

Enhance Your Child’s Mental Ability with Elementary Maths Games

If learning isn’t fun, your child isn’t going to learn. It’s just as simple as that. What child doesn’t love playing games on the computer or tablet? They can learn while they play with elementary maths games from TurtleDiary.com. Math Story is a game that’s based on counting exercises. It’s…

Boost Your Child’s Learning Skills with TurtleDiary.com

In today’s academic environment, it’s a sad but true fact that kids are going to have to be competitive and get a leg up on their peers if they’re going to succeed later in their academic career. At TurtleDiary.com, our goal is to help your child learn easily and quickly…
Save Water

Save Water

Water is a very important part of our environment. It is found covering nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface. It is fun to splash in and it is also needed for life. In fact, we can survive much longer without food than without water to drink. Every living thing…

How to handle difficult children

Every child is unique and has different needs.Some children are easy to handle and some are difficult to handle.Different techniques need to be implemented in order to handle difficult children.Parents play an important role in handling such children. Every child has a set of expectations from their parents. Parents require…