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Wii MySims Party Game Review

Wii MySims Party Game Review

MySims Party for the Nintendo Wii will keep your young kids entertained. Play individually or against up to 3 other players. Compete against each other as you play 50 different mini-games. The arcade-style games, like many Wii games, are more physical than typical videogames. For example, one game involves outrunning a robot. Others include flipping bacon and extreme snowboarding. The variety of games will appeal, and the short amount of time required to play a mini-game is ideal for younger children.  MySims … Read entire article »

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Online Education with the All Star Buddies

Online Education with the All Star Buddies

You can make summer a fun, educational time for your kids. Prevent summer learning loss with “stealth” educational activities. If your kids enjoy playing video games and being online, introduce them to the All Star Buddies. Moms Caryn Burns and Cindy Prince started www.allstarbuddies.com in order to close the gap between websites that were created for entertainment and those developed for education. They wanted to seamlessly weave learning into the fun their kids were having online, so … Read entire article »

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Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Day Fun

I received a review sample of the Thomas and Friends Great Race Game several months ago. I finally had a chance to test it on a rainy afternoon when a friend and her children visited. Her 3 year-old and her 5 year-old played happily for several hours. Thomas and Friends Great Race Game teaches counting, sort and color matching. Players earn “coal blocks” by answering questions like “How many red hats are pictured?” My testers loved putting … Read entire article »

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Wii Weight Loss Games: Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009

Wii Weight Loss Games: Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009

My hopes were high when I received a review sample of Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009for the Nintendo Wii. My Nintendo Wii is an essential part of my exercise and fitness program, and I thought it would be fun to add more variety to my Wii Routine. (Click here for my Wii Fit review.) The Amazon reviews of Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 are mixed. Some love the workout, and others pan the poor graphics and slow … Read entire article »

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Family Game Night: Wii Trivial Pursuit Review

Family Game Night: Wii Trivial Pursuit Review

Make family game night even more exciting with Trivial Pursuit for the Nintendo Wii. Play a video version of the classic game or try a new twist by playing in ”Facts and Friends” mode. In this mode, there’s only one wedge available for each category, so it takes less time to play a whole game. But the fun part is betting on your opponent’s ability to answer questions correctly. You can even steal a piece if you know the answer but your … Read entire article »

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Tiny Treasures from Bella Sara

Tiny Treasures from Bella Sara

We reviewed Bella Sara trading cards and online gaming community before. Each card includes a unique code that activates a virtual version of the horse pictured on the card at the Bella Sara website. Girls can feed, groom and play games with their virtual horses as well as read stories. Bella Sara has just released two new products that would be perfect for your little girl’s Easter Basket. The first is the Bella Sara Miniatures Collection ($1.99). Each pack … Read entire article »

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It’s a Wii-underful World: Mom-Approved Wii Games.

It’s a Wii-underful World: Mom-Approved Wii Games.

Video Games aren’t for everyone. Candace makes a big effort to engage in only “unplugged” play. Her little girl watches almost no tv, and I highly doubt she’ll be playing video games anytime soon. While I embrace the unplugged play philosophy in theory, I see a lot of value in video games as well.  I have many happy memories of playing games on the original Atari system with my brother, and I’ve made my living in the dot com … Read entire article »

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I SPY….A Game The Whole Family Can Enjoy!

I SPY….A Game The Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Until second grade, I lived in a historic house with horrible TV reception. The only channel that was fuzz-free was PBS. But we were never bored. Instead of watching TV after dinner, we would spend time together as a family playing games. I loved those family game nights, and I think they are one of the reasons why my memories of those years are incredibly happy.   Game Nights are a fun and low-cost way to spend some quality time with your kids. So turn … Read entire article »

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Go on a High-Tech Treasure Hunt with Your Kids

Looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids? Check out www.geocaching.com. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game for people who love the outdoors, exercise and technology. Think of it as an Easter Egg Hunt that requires a handheld GPS device. There are hundreds of thousands of treasures (called geocaches) hidden around the country in urban, suburban and rural locations. A typical geocache is a small waterproof container with a logbook and some small trinkets/toys. When you find the treasure, you can sign the logbook and take photos. But if you take the trinket, follow the rules by replacing it with one of your own.   To get started, go to www.geocaching.comand enter your zip code. You’ll see a list of geocaches nearby along with notes about the difficulty and the terrain. If you’re trying geocaching with your kids, you’ll probably … Read entire article »

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It’s Time to Bring Back Game Night

It’s Time to Bring Back Game Night

I have so many positive memories of playing games with my brother and parents on rainy afternoons and on family game nights. Our post on “How to Organize Your Board Games” had a lot of reader feedback.  Thanks for sharing all of your favorite games. Your comments got me thinking about how much fun board games are. I think it’s time for me to rediscover my love of games and to bring back family game night! I’m definitely going … Read entire article »

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