Gifts for Kids: Morphology JR Game

I love the idea of kids getting board games for Christmas. When I was a kid I loved board games and card games. I have so many memories of playing these types of games with my sister, cousins and friends. We had a Nintendo, which of course we enjoyed, but board games are more personal and interactive, they allow kids to connect with the the other players face to face rather than on a tv or computer screen.

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Morphology and Morphology Junior are games that give a creative spin on Pictionary. Players “build” words (like “airplane” for instance) using the included items of string, wooden sticks and beads, other payers must guess what they have built. To make it even more fun rules like “eyes closed” and “string only” are thrown in and have everyone laughing out loud!

morpholgy board games

Morphology is designed for those 13 years of age and up and was TIME Magazine’s Number 2 Toy of the Year in 2009. Morphology Junior, made for kids 8 and up, was the Creative Child Magazine’s 2012 Game of the Year. Both games can be purchased online and are also sold at the following stores: Barnes & Nobles, Books-A-Million, Marbles, Scholar’s Choice, Indigo! and Timberdoodle Co.

Morphology Price: $24.99

Morphology Junior: $29.99

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November 16-30 you will have a chance to win your choice of one of the 2 Morphology games, as a part of the Jingle Jubilee Giveaway Event. Be sure you are connected with us on Facebook and Twitter so you can see our announcements.

 

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Cradle of Rome 2 Nintendo 3DS Game Review and Giveaway

cradle of Rome 2

You may have noticed that I’ve been a little absent from the blog for the past couple of days…that is because we got a new 3DS game that I’ve become highly addicted to. It is the newest game of the Jewel Master Series, Cradle of Rome 2. I actually never play my daughters 3DS and this game was intended for her but I had to see what this game was all about so I played it, too…and really enjoyed it. It reminds me of a game I used to play on the computer when I was a kid, super fun, easy to learn and challenging at the same time.

About Cradle of Rome 2
Cradle of Rome 2 challenges players to race against time by swapping tiles in an intense match-3 game. With a 100 levels available, players must earn enough gold and materials to return Rome to its former glory and ascend to the position of Caesar. Providing simple, yet addictive, game play on both the 3DS and DS platforms, Cradle of Rome 2 lets players use their earnings to build houses and magnificent palaces as they develop their small settlements into flourishing empires. Games are rated “E for Everyone” and  available at retailers nationwide.

cradle to rome game

Features
  >>All 100 levels redrawn with widescreen HIRES artwork
  >>Fully interactive 3D game board
  >>New mini-games during construction of every new building
  >>Fully animated unlock-able tools to aid your progress
  >>Return Rome’s glory and become Caesar

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Win It: 1 person will win 1 Cradle of Rome 2 game (either one (1) Cradle 2 Rome Nintendo DS game OR one (1) Cradle 2 Rome Nintendo 3DS game)!  This giveaway is open to US residents, and will run from August 22 – 27th at 11:59pm EST.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post presented by Mami Innovative Media and on behalf of Nintendo Games.
However, all opinions expressed are my own

Online Reading Games for Kids: Reading Eggs

reading eggs reading game for kids

My daughter has been staying busy this summer with her school’s summer program and other activities, but in her down time she has been enjoying an online learn to read program for kids called Reading Eggs. Reading Eggs is a great educational game that is based on the most up-to-date research on how children learn to read.

online learn to read program for kids

What she and I, both, really like about this reading game is that she can do it all by herself. A lot of other games require a person to read instructions in order to play, even kids games. This game talks to her and tells her what to do and how to play. There are activities for kids of all ages, ranging from 3 to 13 years old. Whether they are just learning to read or already  know how to read and want to further develop their skills Reading Eggs has levels for both and all in between. I like that this program has a comprehension placement test that puts kids on the reading level they need to be on. We found that the placement test accurately put my 6 year old where she needed to be on the program, it wasn’t too hard, but it wasn’t too easy either. The interactive animations, fun actives and rewards system of the game hold her attention helping her to stay focused, which can be hard to do sometimes.

Here is what my daughter has to say about Reading Eggs:

“I really like the game, it helps me read. I’ve learned new words and have lots of fun playing the games.”

Reading Eggs has the following subscription plans available, including a free 14 day trial:

>>Monthly recurring subscription – $9.95
>>6-month subscription – $49.95
>>12-month subscription – $75
>>Free 14-day trial

Learn more at ReadingEggs.com

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LB Games- A Review

Last night, my family played a game called Praise Champion, from LB Games. It was one in a bundle sent for review. I didn’t do so great- I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but my daughter, who has an incredible voice did fantastic, and as a family, we really enjoyed playing.
We did have to put the dogs in another room- they kept trying to join in with their own vocals (they sounded better than me, but still.) Praise Champion lets you unlock venues, clothing and other features as you
try to move from singing for family and friends to shopping malls and more, towards a world tour. The game includes a microphone, and
you can play around with different effects. The song selection is really nice, and some of our favorite songs were included. A definite hit.

My son played Keys of the Kingdom- a logic game. I asked him to tell me what I should say about it.
Did he like it? Would he keep playing it? Answers: “Yes and yes.” Thanks, hon for your input! He did say it was fun, and that it kept him interested and that some puzzles were too easy- but then some were tough so it evens out.
We also received King  Solomon’s Trivia Challenge. We haven’t opened that one yet but according to the description- it looks like a game show styled competition. We are going to try it out this weekend.

I’m pleased with LB Games. It is nice having some fun, family friendly choices out there. I appreciate their commitment to family values and giving kids some options that are entertaining, and even more, can help reinforce their faith.
From the website:
According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau, more than 75% of Americans identify themselves as Christians.  We believe that our products are quality interactive and entertainment experiences to perpetuate positive values and appeal to mainstream and faith-based audiences. We intend to complete version 2 of our new social network, MyPraize, for release in September 2011.

You can connect with LB Games on Facebook and on Twitter.


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