NANOBUGS is an extremely well drawn card game with terrific cartoon characters that give life to the microbes in the world and teach us all how to learn how to live in harmony with them.
These fun cartoon characters are called “nanobugs” and they provide an effective teaching tool for introducing elementary and middle school students to microbiology/virology. The bacteria and fungi are morphologically-correct and the information on the collectible cards is written for this age. The power color and power value were determined based on the virulence, pathogenicity, antimicrobial resistance and treatment. In the future, a set of collectible cards will be developed for health professionals, collegiate biology students, and students in the health professions. These cards will utilize more medical and scientific terminology and will have more detailed information.
Be sure to check out the Infection Information Sheets on the Kids page of the website. These sheets can be utilized as content for health promotion components of the curriculum for elementary students. One school system used these sheets as the content resource for a poster contest focused on infection prevention for their health promotion week.
WHAT’S YOUR COSMO
What’s Your COSMO? TM card game is a new generation of playingcards with a “cosmic twist”. It’s the card game with the most games to play! Choose between seven unique card games using double-sided playing cards, two different wild cards, positive and negative signs, letters, and five title cards. The object of each game involves making triples, straights, equations, or completions. Two games challenge players’ math skills using positive and negative integers. In addition, the COSMO game system provides plenty of space for ingenuity to create and design fun, new games. The possibilities are endless. For 1-6 players, ages 8 to 80, there’s a COSMO for everyone. Enter the galaxy of fun and challenge. So… What’s your COSMO?
MATH WONDERS – CLOCKWISE
Clockwork – teaches decimals and fractions by associating them with the clock face – simply amazing!
ClockWise is a fun and easy way to visualize and compute fractions, decimals, percents and angles on a clock face! All lessons are written in a simple, 1-2-3 format, so it is EASY TO TEACH, and NO TRAINING is necessary. Plus it is TONS OF FUN!
FROM AN EDUCATOR: On a personal note, I have been involved in the field of education for over 30 years, and involved with materials development since 1994. I have grown skeptical of all educational statements that claim to ‘revolutionize’ the industry, because in almost every case, the ‘revolutionary’ concept turns out to be a slightly different strategy with new vocabulary attached. For example, ‘No Child Left Behind’ used to be called ‘Goals 2000’. Before ‘Goals 2000’, it was called ‘Educational Reform,’ which was a new word for ‘Restructuring’. Over the years, I have also grown skeptical of programs that say they are ‘effective with both Gifted and Special Education populations’. And, I’ve always assumed that programs that claimed to be just as effective with each group didn’t work at all. Clockwise, however, does indeed work for all groups, serving the individual learning needs of each. This program has the potential to change the way American students learn fractions, decimals, percents, and degrees, and could shape instruction for the next century.
What makes an educational card game for kids a success? We believe color may play an even more important role in the success of a children’s card game than content.
According to this article on why bright colors appeal to children – games need to be colorful in order to be effective with children and to help them learn more effectively.
One of the obvious ways to infuse color right off the bat is in the packaging. Packaging for children’s card games should be extremely colorful, bright and incorporate a visually attractive layout. Tell the buyer what it is about – but make it look great.
These Syllables Reading Center Educational Playing Cards have colorful and well designed packaging.
This Periodic table of elements card deck is an educational deck of playing cards is an oversized deck that features the Periodic Table of elements. Each individual element is a large card featuring a vivid photo of the element’s representation and information about the element. The bright colors and layout entice the student to learn in a fun and engaging way.
The Packaging on What’s Your Cosmo is a lively and vivid array of colors that immediately engages the user in 10 different card games. The deck is flexible and colorful and can entertain users of various ages and skill levels for hours.
Spanish for Kids is an early language learning system that features DVDs – CDs flashcards and games. This boxed set includes these colorful “custom flash cards” as part of an early learning program. The red and white checkerboard back and colorful faces of this game make it a winner with children who are “studying” to become bilingual in Spanish and English. The brightly drawn images and color coded card borders help children remember the words that go along with the pictures.
So while content really should always be “king” it is possible that without the color the child may not ever fully appreciate the content. Combining color with well thought out educational content is the key to ensuring the success of a card teaching method for children.
These Talk to Me Educational Playing Cards to enhance couples chemistry – involve getting the people in a relationship to answer questions that they might not otherwise pose.
With questions like “Is fighting a sign of a healthy relationship? – these intimate questions bring out points to couples so that they can set boundaries and improve communication. Custom card games have long been used to try to help couples explore their relationship. The game is a twist on the standard in that it involves asking truly intimate questions of each other. Although there are cards that deal with other subjects – the primary focus of this deck is on intimacy and the role of the couples most intimate relations – in other words there is a lot of sex talk involved in this card deck. Some of the questions I can honestly tell you I have never discussed with anyone – so it is a pretty in depth look at a relationship. I would say it definitely has some good questions in there that are certainly worth addressing if you have the nerve to do it.
Educational Playing cards are meant to teach something to someone. At Ad Magic we have made tens of thousands of decks that have educated and entertained. We hope to share these with you here on this blog.