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Skylanders: The Latest Obsession

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My son is three and when he decides he likes something he becomes obsessed with it. His latest obsession is The Skylanders or as his best friend calls them “sky-lanterns”. He watches the show on netflix, plays the video games, has the board game, and pajamas… He will even just play with the figures themselves.  He has gotten very adept at playing the video game. His hand eye coordination has grown immensely in the past couple of months since learning to play the game.

You may say why are you letting him play video games… he is only 3. Well, he has had a kindle for some time and played educational games up to this point. He loves any type of game we play board and video games a lot as a family and it is a good bonding time between him and his father. They look for new figures when they go to the store and love creating their own with the Imaginators expansion. There are so many customization options and my son goes in several times to change stuff up on his characters.

Even though he loves games he also loves being outside so much of his time is spent doing things outside like jumping on his trampoline. But he often tries to sneak a Skylander or two out with him to play.

Being as he is a toddler his obsessions are fleeting and I’m sure before long he will move on to something else. But I will say as far as games for children go I do like the Skylanders series. There are various versions and we have a few of them but his favorite is the Imaginators. If you are a gaming family it may be something to look into. It is available for all of the major gaming systems. You buy characters which go onto a portal and then appear in the game. He loves being able to pick which character he is going to be and can change his character at any time which is pretty awesome.  It is similar to Disney Infinity. The board game that we have is quite fun as well.

Does your child have an “obsession?” feel free to let me know about it. Also if you have any family game recommendations feel free to share those as well.


Toddler Game Review: CandyLand

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Toddler Game Review: Candyland

My husband and I love to play games. Board games, video games, card games, dice games, role playing games…. you name it. My three year old has also inherited this love of gaming. Unfortunately he is too young to play most of the games we have. So we have been on a mission to find toddler friendly games. We have found a handful of games that my son is able to play. Today we will talk about his favorite game to play currently CANDYLAND. (aff)

Now unless you have been under a rock your whole life you have probably heard of this one. It came out way back in 1949. It is for 2-4 players. The only thing your child needs to know is color recognition. Which even if they don’t know their colors with your guidance it is good practice to learn them. There are color cards that are placed face down which once chosen will determine where you get to move. There are also a few special candy pictured pieces that let you go to a special spot on the board which could be near the end of the board or back towards the beginning. Those cards keep the game interesting. The object is to be the first one to get to the end of the board.

Playing games such as this help teach your toddler how to take turns and good sportsmanship. As stated earlier this particular game also works on color recognition. As for a review of this game let’s just say that the hardest part of the game is getting my son to stop playing it! That’s how much he loves it. He asks to play several times a day. It is a classic game that kids still play for a reason. If you are just introducing your kids to the joy of board games this is definitely a must have. My very competitive husband likes playing it, even though my son often beats him at it! It is a great family bonding activity. Since it has been around so long there are many variations and special edition sets. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite toddler friendly games are so leave a comment and share with us because we can never find too many games for family game night.

How to Make Chores Fun

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How to make chores fun:

If there’s one thing in our house that we don’t like to do its chores. This generally holds true whether you’re single, have roommates, are married, or have a family. This is something that my husband and I struggle with daily. So we were searching out a way to make these jobs more fun.

I stumbled upon a website called “chore wars“. What this site does is allow you to play a role playing game of sorts. Each chore is an adventure and worth experience points, gold, and even treasure. You will even run into the occasional monster and have to defeat them. You have your own character and you can have a party. Although the rewards cannot be spent in game you can come up with ways to spend them outside of the game for fun. Your party can even have NPC’s which could be children that are too young to participate in the game but you can fill in the chores for them. This can be a great incentive for getting things done around the house. Also if you are competitive like my husband and I it’ll make you want to do chores more. My husband and I both love to play games and this is one way to gamify something that we dislike doing. So far we’ve only done this for a few days but it has made our house look better and improved our attitude towards doing chores. Even unwanted chores such as changing the toddler’s diaper or taking out the trash has become easier knowing that you get points for it.

There are some chores listed that you can choose from and you may also add your own and create the experience points and rewards for those chores yourself. You can create one-time quests and you can also have daily things listed. Now we just need to figure out what we can spend our rewards on in real life for fun such as a massage or a night where you don’t have to cook or time alone or whatever sounds most fun. You can make this into a competition where the winner gets a prize at the end of the week or the end of the month the winner can be determined by their experience points and gold. If you dislike chores but love playing games this is definitely something you should try. I recommend going to www.chorewars.com and making an account. You can participate for free or if you want long term records of what was done you can pay a one time subscription fee. I have no affiliation with this website whatsoever I just thought it was pretty cool and worth mentioning. So go out my friends and turn your unwanted duties into a game.


Warcraft for the Horde

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For my birthday I watched the Warcraft movie.  I was an avid player of the World of Warcraft. I played that game for many years. I was even the guild master of a raiding guild. I however did not play the original Warcraft games. My husband has since shown me those games though. I understand that some of the Lore changed in the movie. Since I didn’t play the game before I had to look up some of the back story.  Although it appeared to be a flop in the United States Warcraft actually did very well in the box office worldwide.

View the Wired article here: http://www.wired.com/2016/06/warcraft-and-the-future-of-blockbusters/

Which excites me I hope that there will be a sequel. I thought the graphics were very well done. I feel like anyone who likes fantasy would like the movie even if they weren’t familiar with the games or the books. They spent a lot of time on detail in small things like even hair on the characters was very noticeable. It was very nostalgic for me to see some of the things that I was familiar with in a more real-life setting. It almost made me want to go back and play the game some more. Warcraft takes place before the World of Warcraft but it’s in the same world and there are a lot of similarities and you are introduced to a lot of the parts of the game. And as a bonus the theater I went to had reclining seats which made my experience even better. Recently I’ve been a little busy and haven’t been doing much gaming. I did however watch the E3 2016 coverage from this weekend. A lot of promising games seem to be coming out in the near future. One of my favorite franchises is Zelda so I was excited to see the gameplay demo for that one. It looked like Nintendo really decked out their booth which was cool.  I also saw demos of virtual-reality. It’s amazing how far things have advanced since my childhood. Even the movie Warcraft I watched in 3-D. I don’t know if I’ll go back to playing WoW but I give the movie a thumbs up. And I learned that my son is baby Thrall incarnate. “For the Horde”