Ubisoft is having a big spring sale on downloadable games right now! They have some great family friendly games Like Rayman and Sims. But the sale only goes through March 31, 2013!
It isn’t shocking that math skills are built by repetition. It is also well known facts that we remember having fun and if we are learning at the same time, we remember that too! In that spirit here are some fun math games to play with your kids! All you need is a standard deck of cards. You will have learning and quality time! Can’t beat that!
1)Multiplication Math War: Flip cards and who ever yells out the multiplication fact first wins the cards!
2)Guess my number: Basically 20 questions. Are you a factor of 10? Are you higher than 3?
3)Make the highest number: Deal out 4 cards. Who ever can make the highest total (using addition or multiplication) wins.
4)Go Fish Add Up/Subtract Down: This is great for preschool kids. If you have a four you could ask for a 5 or a 3. Teaches number orser.
5)Largest pile: Come up with a total goal (say 20) then deal out cards evenly among the players and who ever can get to 20 with the largest amount of cards wins. You can chose addition and/or subtraction.
6) Addition Math War: Flip cards and who ever yells out the addition fact first wins the cards.
7) Factor Family: Deal out 5 cards and the first person who can make a factoring relationship with all 5 wins. Say you get a 2, 3, 5, 10 and 6. You could go obvious and say 1800 (all multiplied together) or go a bit smoother with 60. 10 time 6 is 60 and 5, 3, and 2 are factors. The lowest number wins because that is the best factoring relationship.
8) Skip Series Rummy: Like regular rummy but instead of runs (1,2,3) or groups of 3 you are looking for skip runs (2, 4, 6, or 1, 3, 5).
9) Sum 10 memory: Instead of looking for boring pairs you are looking for pairs that add up to 10.
10)Make up a math sentence: You are dealt a card. You must make up a math sentence that results in that number. Round 2 is to deal out 2 cards. 1 card is the answer to the math question and 1 is in it.
It is winter and around here that means rain and cold. But my kids are all still kids and they are homeschooled so that means I am stuck with the wiggles and all that energy. So what is a parent to do??? One of my answers is video games (or if they are really honery they get to do jumping jacks). There are some great activity based video games out there right now for all platforms. I only have experience with the Kinect and Wii platforms but I have hear the the Playstation Move system is pretty good too. But not all types of movement based games work for everyone so here are 8 games (separated out by game type) to keep your kids moving. Better yet, go join them and get some exercise too!!!
1)Wii Sports: This was kind of the original motion game that came with a lot of Wii systems, at least it came with ours;).
2)Wii Get Moving Family Fitness: This is made by Jumpstart and a ton of fun! We have played for hours and still haven’t tried everything! (Read move of my thoughts here)
3)Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection: This is a huge collection of sports all using the fabulous Kinect!!!
4)Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 : This is a real trainer system for honest to goodness workouts. It can totally fill in for the gym but the kids enjoy the activities too! (Read some of NerdDad’s thoughts)
5)Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth: Once of my favorites! It gives your kids all the thrill of fighting each other without touching! It is also quite a workout!!!
6)Kinect Party Base Game: It is free and is a download from the Xbox Live Arcade. There are paid add ons but my kids really enjoy the base game. It has things to hit like Fruit Ninja. In one scenario your are King Kong in the city with buildings to step on and airplanes to swat at!
Dance Themed: I am conservative as to the dance games both on moves and lyrics but these 2 I love for all ages!
7)Just Dance Disney Party: This is a great game with both old and new Disney songs!
8)Smurf Dance Party: Great songs with fun dance moves! It is only available on the Wii and DS so no Kinect on this one. (Read more of our thoughts here)
Here are 8 great options to keep everyone moving when the weather doesn’t want to work with you;). Here in Fresno we also need this list when it is 100 outside so don’t limit yourself to the winter;).
Ok, I admit it. My name is Jacqueline and I have a internet game problem. The problem is that I love them and if I am not careful I only play them instead of doing everything else;). So as to further my addiction I was introduced to Gamesville .
Gamesville has a ton of fun games that don’t inherently take a ton of time. Your desire to sit there and play all day is a while separate issue;). But there is a free membership and a gold membership option. The Gold membership means no more ads!!! And you get/buy GV tokens to play with and win. (If you sign up through the links on this post you will get 10,000 to start with!)
One of the games I looked at was Reel Cash Critters. It a fun slots game with some twists. To start with you can actually win real, cash money in addition to GV’s! Like a normal slots game you choose your bet and of course the higher the bet the higher the payout. But you also choose how many rows to play. You can choose diagonals, v-shape, etc. And that definitely adds another dimension. Something else I like is that you can choose awesome and normal modes. The awesome mode just has brighter colors and it is nice to be able to turn that off if you are on a laptop battery instead of wall power.
There are a ton of other games on Gamesville too! I am a huge Big Money fan! There are all kinds of poker games, solitaire and so much more. There are also a bunch of cool puzzle games that I wasn’t familiar with too!
I will be spending many, many hours in the future on Gamesville .
This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a Gamesville Gold Membership and compensation for my time investment and work on this campaign.
One of the most addicting aspects of Facebook has to be the games. I mean, I am not the only one right? I fall into the copious amounts of free, fun games that are all over Facebook. But with so many games you really only hear about the ones your friends play and there are so many more to choose from. The developers of these Facebook games have gone beyond developers that only develop for Facebook and apps. Now real game companies like Ubisoft are designing these Facebook games!
One such game is House M.D.: Critical Cases! This is based on the ever popular show House M.D., which I have loved for years! You come in as an intern and become part of House’s team. That means you will get all the dirty work! Be it searching through garbage, wheeling patients to tests or running a code blue! There are speed tests and logic games as tasks to help get information to help heal your patient. You earn money to pay for the treatments and gain experience to climb the ranks.
It is one of those great games that you can play for just a little bit or play for quite a while. I must admit, it is a bit addicting… The graphics are cute but detailed and the game play is very smooth. Everything you need to know is on one screen and it even has a map set up on screen that you maneuver through. All and all it is a neat little game. I haven’t played for hours yet but it does seem to be missing the most annoying part of many Facebook games, you don’t need to get or give gifts to your friends in order to play!!!
So what are you doing here still reading? Go, play House M.D.: Critical Cases and relax!!!
Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #UbiChamps #CleverMD
Through March 31, 2012, Discovery Bay Games will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every person that takes the Play Together Pledge on Discovery Bay Games’ Duo Facebook Page, with a maximum donation of $10,000.
I love this company’s interactive games and I love this idea. Playing with your family isn’t just fun but has also been proven to be great for your kids! The kids learn more and respect you more after actually having fun with you!
So pop over to the Facebook, take the Pledge and help out Make A Wish!
If you are here from my segment on Central Valley Today welcome! My tip on A Chemical Free & Clean Microwave is over on NerdFamily Food and I have a giveaway for a great blanket that ends today so make sure you enter!!! You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook too! And thank you for dropping by!!
On Central Valley Today I highlighted Coffee Talk by Pressman Games. It is a fun, social game that is all about word associations! Once a topic card is drawn from the super cute coffee bag you get 45 seconds to write down as many words relating to that topic as you can. Then you go around the room if someone else got your word you cross it off your list. Then you get the amount of points equal to your unique word count. The first person to 30 wins! It is that simple! You can get this as a last minute gift at Toys R Us for $17.99 or order it from Amazon for $15.99! It is great for the coffee lover or any fun person you know!
(I was provided a copy of Coffee Talk to evaluate)
Do you know what I love? I love it when I can give my kids something they view as a reward but I know is a tool to get what I really want;). That is what I got with the Smurfs Dance Party video game!
I gave this to my kids as a back to school gift but they only get to use it when their homework is done. So when their homework is done they get to have the physical education that they dread so much. Oh wait, no they get to have a dance party!
As a mom I love this game even beyond the manipulation aspect;). I have had a really hard time finding dance or music games that are truly family friendly. The Smurfs Dance Party truly is age appropriate! The music and the movements all seem really G rated. I have kids at all levels so the fact that each dance is rated for both effort and difficulty is great. You can find some easy dances that really get them moving. That really gets the wiggles out. I also love the fact that all 4 kids can dance all at the same time!
And here is my confession, I love to do it with them! Yes, I feel just a touch silly but the kids absolutely love the fact that I dance with them. It is amazing how special it can make them feel when you take 3 minutes out of your day to play.
I highly recommend the Smurfs Dance Party! It would be a great gift that a family would love to receive!
Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this UbiChamps blog post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.
There are some awesome game and video coupons! And most of them would be great Easter Basket gifts too! I don’t know how long they will last so I would print them out now just in case you want them later!