<![CDATA[NN Bean's Educational Toy Reviews - Home]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 02:29:46 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Are iPads A Good Educational Toy for Children?]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:50:00 GMThttp://nnbeans.com/home/are-ipads-a-good-educational-toy-for-children
Throughout the decades, parents often fret and worry about what’s good for their kids. In the old days, parents worried about their children staying glued to the TV for hours on end. In today’s world, tablets are now the main concern. So parents constantly ask: are iPads good for children?  Despite the simplistic nature of this problem, the answer isn’t really a simple yes or no. It’s a bit more complicated than that. 

For Kids and Parents, iPads Can Be a Good Thing

Playing with iPads and other types of tablets isn’t an absolute evil, just like the game console and the TV. You can actually use the iPad to do some good as it can help kids develop. It all depends on how you use it, and how much you use it.
  • It can be a good thing because in today’s world, kids need to grow up knowing how to use tablets and smartphones. They’re an intrinsic part of adult life, and they can know all about tablets so that as these things become more advanced they can adapt to the new technologies more quickly. 
  • It can help parents calm down children who have nothing better to do. This is especially crucial in very long car trips, because nothing can be as grating as the constant refrain of “Are We There Yet?” while you’re driving. 
  • You can use educational apps with the tablets to help your very young kids learn about simple words and arithmetic. They can learn about the alphabet, basic shapes, and colors. Unlike books, tablets can even show kids what noises animals make, such as barks, meowing, and the moo sounds of cows. 
  • You can also use tablets together with your kids. So you can bond with your children as you also help educate them. 
The key is to make sure that playing with the iPad isn’t the only thing they do. That’s because a child’s development should be more rounded. 

Don’t Let Tablets Become Overused

This can be a problem, because there’s more to childhood than simply fiddling with a tablet. Place some firm time limits. This sort of limit can then help encourage kids to do other things like:
  • Play with other children. One of the main problems with tablets is that overusing them can prevent kids from learning important social skills when they interact with other people, such as other kids. These include knowing about sharing toys, cooperating with kids, and competing with proper manners and sportsmanship. They can play with kids and learn how to settle differences without fighting. 
  • Running around. It’s also important that kids play with a bit more vigor by running around. It’s good exercise for them. 
  • Children can also learn how to amuse themselves without an iPad. If there’s no iPad and they’re alone, they should learn what they can do so they don’t get bored. This makes them a bit more independent and proactive. They can play with action figures and dolls, and this will exercise their imagination. 

So are iPads good for children? Yes, but only up to a point. They can use an iPad to learn simple reading and arithmetic, but don’t forget that they need to learn much more than that!
<![CDATA[CASHFLOW For Kids Board Game Review]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:21:11 GMThttp://nnbeans.com/home/cashflow-for-kids-board-game-review
​An essential part of life is learning to master our financials. It is a topic that unfortunately is not taught in grade school. Some people aren't taught these valuable lessons at all until they have already made grave mistakes with their money. Learning about assets, liabilities, investments, accounting, etc. can be a little daunting but in this innovative game, becomes a family fun experience.

CASHFLOW for Kids is an interactive board game designed to teach your children about making money. They will learn real world skills, exercising different financial strategies to get through life and what we call the "rat race." Rest assured the information is valuable to your children and something they will be able to apply immediately to their lives. It's eye opening features are all thanks to the guru and businessman himself, Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. 

I have to say that the Cashflow (the original) board game inspired my teenage daughter to open up her own Oahu pet services business. So, I highly recommend the Cashflow For Kids an essential board game for your child.
​In reality, we make financial mistakes all the time. It is how we learn to be better and not do the wrong things again. We tend to make bad investments, purchase doodads, etc. but what better way to learn about these costly things than to play a board game, right? No money to lose, only valuable financial experiences to gain. This board game is the safest way to teach kids real life lessons without taking actual risks. 

As parents, we can still learn so much from this game as well. You may have heard a thing or two, but a refresher in the area of money never hurt anyone. Start them young learning skills in the real world and help them to strategize and navigate through obstacles such as assets and liabilities. Recommended age for this board game is 7-14, but you can start your child at any age you think, will be able to comprehend. 

As a firm believer in CASHFLOW games, my husband and I initially bought the regular game for us to play together. We introduced it to our daughter at the age of 6, and she grasped the regular game pretty fine. But, the CASHFLOW For Kids is much more suitable for children and from our family to yours, we highly recommend this game. 
​The result of purchasing CASHFLOW for Kids is much more than fantastic family time; this allows your children to equip themselves with a weapon. Knowledge is their defense which will keep them able to take on the world as they grow older and wiser. The skills and attitudes they gain from this game are truly invaluable. It will help them to survive the rat race.

Whoever says learning about money and financials is easy, is a liar. This board game makes learning these topics fun and being in this type of mindset can make it possible. Don't take just our word for it. Try it out for yourself. Or give this game to a child for Christmas, a birthday, or just because you care. They will thank you for it in the future. The rat race can be a scary place, but with the right tools and knowledge, we can ready our children for anything the world throws at them.
<![CDATA[A Global Game the Whole Family Will Love]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:18:58 GMThttp://nnbeans.com/home/a-global-game-the-whole-family-will-love
Learning for yourself or teaching a child (or anyone for that matter) about the world, its oceans, continents, countries, capitals, population, and currency can be, say the least, a challenge. It sounds quite overwhelming if you ask me. Some students have such a hard time remembering all of the worlds continents, oceans, etc. How can we help with that growing problem?

Did you know learning something new can be a lot easier if it's centered in a playful environment? When the pressure is off, and it's more about fun and games, learning this new thing gets shown in a different light. Playful moods also increase creativity and insightful problem-solving.
The Smart Globe Discovery is the perfect educational, fun and unique gift you could give especially to a young child. Openly explore the world through 19 different learning activities. The talking Smart Pen interacts with the globe to teach you about great topics. Challenge yourself, your family, and friends and explore the world like you never have before. 

Manufacturer recommended age is 2-6 years of age, but anyone can learn to love this toy. Anyone with a SmartGlobe Discovery can travel the world without packing a single bag or be purchasing a plane ticket. This fun toy has 3 activity panels, packed with 19 essential and invigilating activities. Not to mention the hours of super informative audio content. It's endless educational entertainment and facts about planet earth can keep a toddler occupied for hours just as it would an adult.
It's as easy as pointing the smart pen anywhere on the map. Play games alone or with family or friends trying to find capitals, states, and continents. It's a challenging game but one that you will learn to love. Explore more than 250 countries. Discover the world, its continents, geography, population, and so much more. The Smart Globe Discovery will be a toy, not just your kids will love but the whole family.