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Fun Geography Flash Game

Posted by freeschool on November 20, 2007

If your unschooler/homeschooler likes geography, or needs some practice, this geography flash game is just the thing you need.

“This is a fun, fast little game that’ll test your reflexes as well as your recollection of capitals and famous places; and maybe you’ll learn a few things as well. But I’d suggest you practice a bit before you challenge your kids!”

Brought to you by TravelPod.com, it ranks your geography IQ based on how many places you can find and how accurately you find them.  The places get harder as you go along, and include famous places from history, like the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Hanging Gardens.  It can be pretty difficult.

If you get one totally wrong, you might get a snarky comment like “This is Earth. You know that, right?”

via Neatorama

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Blast Off with a Cardboard Rocket House

Posted by freeschool on November 20, 2007

What kid wouldn’t like a play-house rocket?

The Paperpod Rocket is a fantastic resource to encourage role-play and stimulate your child’s imagination. Your young astronauts can decorate both inside and out before zooming off to distant planets to enjoy their own space adventure.

When done, it can be folded flat – an ideal storage solution. Use in the home, childcare setting, or school to create a personal touch. Excellent for children’s parties!

Price: £29.99

via GeekDad

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Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best Kept Secrets

Posted by freeschool on November 20, 2007

Kids of all ages will enjoy Do Not Open (An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best Kept Secrets) by John Farndon, published by DK. It’s got unexplained mysteries, bizarre anecdotes, great escapes, codes, optical illusions, hoaxes, and explanations of secret systems and complexes.

BoingBoing‘s review includes a PDF of the Mary Celeste section.

DK’s site also has a section supplementing the book called Do Not Click. It’s a pretty neat, flash driven website that makes it look as if you’re exploring it with a flashlight. The site teaches you a few things about hackers, spy gear, and surveillance. You can even print your very own secret agent name badge.

They also have some videos:

via BoingBoing

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