Back-to-School Guide: Keeping Them Engaged After School!

Kits for Kids After School \ Image: Dakster Sullivan
Kits for Kids After School \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

Back to school season is upon us and what better way to celebrate that than with some new books and kits to keep them engaged after hours. I know… I know… They get enough learning during the day at school, but what about some fun stuff to keep them learning that is so fun they don’t realize they’re learning? Cool right?? That is what this guide is all about, so let’s get started!

Kano Computer Kit

Price: $199.99

Kano Complete Computer Building Kit \ Image: Kano
Kano Complete Computer Building Kit \ Image: Kano

Does your child need a computer for school? Let them build their own with the Kano Computer Kit Complete. My son had this up and running in about 20 minutes and he had a blast doing it. I love how easy it was for him to understand the concepts and get right into programming with the software. There were times he would need to do something on a computer and his father would have the main computer occupied and he would just hop on the Kano to get what he needed to be done. He even played Roblox on it. To say this kit impressed me would be a H.U.G.E understatement. You can buy add-on kits to go with it to expand the abilities including finger reading, motion sensor, and more.

Manga Guides to…

Manga Guides \ Image: No Starch Press
Manga Guides \ Image: No Starch Press

Price: $14 – $16
Do you have an older kid taking a STEM-related course, such as algebra, statistics, physics, or biochemistry? Chances are good that there is a Manga Guide on the topic. This manga series from No Starch Press explains advanced topics in comic-adventure form. Great for college kids, too. – Submitted by GeekMom Marziah Karch

Yoga for Children Yoga Cards

Yoga for Children \ Image: Adams Media
Yoga for Children \ Image: Adams Media

Price: $15.00
Yoga for Children is kind of a misleading name because the tips and tricks in the cards is suitable for any age. The mindfulness activities included are helpful for even adults to do and I found them helpful myself. Have your student take out a card or two before or after school to relax and refresh their mind to get into their zen as a way to balance themselves.

Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science

Big Science for Little People \ Image: Roost Books
Big Science for Little People \ Image: Roost Books

Price: $12.03
Show your kids how much fun science can be with the Big Science for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science, a collection of easy but exciting experiments for kids 4-8. Head off the “science is hard” mentality with projects that will have them convinced that science is cool. – Submitted by GeekMom MJ Kaufmann

littleBits Droid Inventor Kit

littleBits Droid Inventor Kit \ Image: littleBits
littleBits Droid Inventor Kit \ Image: littleBits

$88
Keep your child learning after hours with the littleBits Droid Inventor Kit. It’s a great family evening project that everyone from a galaxy near and far can get into. My son played with one of these on our Star Wars cruise and he said it was a lot of fun. No one is too old to play with one of these kits.

KidzLabs Kitchen Science Kit

KidzLabs Kitchen Science Kit \ Image: KidzLabs
KidzLabs Kitchen Science Kit \ Image: KidzLabs

Price: $28.99
KidzLabs Kitchen Science Kit includes six fun kitchen chemistry experiments for your future scientist. Help your kids master chemistry fundamentals with these easy interactive experiments. – Submitted by GeekMom MJ Kaufmann

I Love Science Journal for Self-Discovery

I Love Science Journal for Self-Discovery \ Image: Ten Speed Press
I Love Science Journal for Self-Discovery \ Image: Ten Speed Press

Price: $10.19
Being a girl is tough enough. Being a smart girl is even harder. Encourage your daughter to pursue her passions with I Love Science Journal for Self-Discovery, designed to evoke critical thinking. Includes basic equations, the periodic table, basic HTML codes, and a measurement converter for quick reference as well as inspirational quotes from notable women who’ve achieved greatness in STEM fields. -Submitted by GeekMom MJ Kaufmann

The Big Fat Notebook Series

The Big Fat Notebook Series \ Image: Workman Publishing Company
The Big Fat Notebook Series \ Image: Workman Publishing Company

Price: $10 per book
The editors of Brain Quest have put together a series of study guides that look like you’ve borrowed the notebook from “the smartest kid in class.” The Big Fat Notebook Series include doodles, highlighted key concepts, diagrams, quizzes, and study shortcuts for memorizing important information on the subjects of Math, World History, American History, Science, and English. The series geared towards middle school students, these are great to keep on hand for any age. – Submitted by GeekMom Lisa Kay Tate

Japanese the Game

Japanese the Game \ Image: UM
Japanese the Game \ Image: UM

Price: $27.99
Is your high schooler taking Japanese? Try Japanese the Game. This game is designed to teach
the grammar mechanics of Japanese. It is not a flash-card deck for memorizing vocabulary,
although each card does contain pronunciation and other information. It’s a great supplement
for Japanese learners! – Submitted by GeekMom Marziah Karch

Do you have any kits or books you swear by for your kids? Let us know which ones in the comments and so we can check them out for our own geeklings!

Disclaimer: Some of the items in this list may have been sent to our writers to be considered for inclusion in this post.