I bought them a tambourine, maracas, bongos and a xylophone. We are going to start a kiddie band this Christmas. BTW, I bought ear plugs for their parents! LOL!
After some thought, one of my friends emailed: "Musical instruments, you gave me an idea... those kids have everything these days.. it's so hard to find something original to buy for them."
I replied: "You can't go wrong with musical instruments. I ordered inexpensive kids' versions via amazon.com. You can teach lots of things with music - math (fractions, counting, etc.), discipline, fun, team work, etc. I know this from personal experience - having played musical instruments since 5th grade."
If you can't afford to buy the musical instruments, you can try making some - a bongo for example. You can make your own. There are instructions on the internet.
Otherwise, America is in big trouble!
This list also includes some heavyweights - linkedin, facebook, twitter, plaxo, youtube, etc.
Watch this math teacher doodle with snakes and graphs!
From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.
Please watch Mr. Wofram's interesting lecture on TED TV.