How to help children learn about our World while having fun
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- Published on Monday, 03 August 2015 11:00
- Last Updated on 20 July 2015
- Monica Costa
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There are so many apps and games these days for children to learn about our World but the traditional games that don’t involve screen time are personally still my favourite and relaxing. One of my 8 year old son Diego’s favourite for this Summer Break is self-checking learning system Hot Dots® BrainBox® Let’s Learn! About Our World by Learning Resources. He has made this video review to show how to play and learn about currencies, capitals, flags, geography and all those things that are important to understand the world we live in.
This is essentially an all-in-one interactive set of three activity books and Talking Hot Dots Pen similar to those I used to play with in the Seventies and Eighties. The set focuses on geography themes including Flags, Places, Capitals and Currencies.
The Hot Dots Brainbox Let’s Learn About Our World set (£19.95) includes three spiral bound books, each featuring 32 images to study with 96 accompanying multiple choice questions, focusing on key geography topics. After going through all three booklets Diego was extremely knowledgeable on these subjects and when watching the news he could relate a lot more with the discussions. Brilliant!
The way children between 5 and 12 learn about the world is by studying an image before flipping over the page and answering three multiple choice questions. As they learn geographical facts they also develop memory and observation skills.
The set also comes with the Hot Dots Talking Pen which responds to answer choices for self-checking, providing instant feedback, gently redirecting incorrect answers and congratulating correct ones.
As you can see from Diego’s video, he seems to really enjoying the talking pen and its comments. Sometimes he wanted to get the answers wrong just to listen to the various computerised replies.
Flags features different flags from around the world, testing children’s recognition skills and knowledge of the countries they represent, while Places broadens children’s awareness of countries around the world through identifying landmarks and iconic objects.
These sets are small enough to be carried around on train or car journeys to keep children busy out and about.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums