Wading Through the Violence to Find Clean, Fun, Educational Video Games For Kids

Who else is tired – dog tired – of fending off request after request from your children for the newest, hottest, blood-splattering and bone-breaking game? Is anyone else exhausted from explaining why it’s okay for a friend’s parents to give the thumbs-up to “Gorefest 2 – the Splattering,” but it isn’t appropriate for our house? Why we choose educational video games for kids, the same reason we don’t watch R-rated horror films. Or, to wit: why I’m unfair, why I’m a tyrannical goon, why I’m dead set on destroying his popularity.

Why life is unfair.

There’s always second-guessing. Is it unreasonable to deny him a game that, in fact, I’d somewhat like to play? I mean, I’m a gamer as well. I was his age not too horribly long ago, growing up in the infancy of console video games. I can say with little doubt that were the roles switched, were he my old man and I his frustrated son, I’d be begging, cajoling, and manipulating my head off to get the same games he wants. It strikes me as very unfair, honestly, that his friends are allowed to play the games that we don’t allow in our home. It’s unfortunate that parents don’t have some kind of secret pact in place to reach a consensus, a common agreement, on what’s okay and what gets 86ed.

Initially, his mom and I agreed to limit his gaming time to educational games for kids. And, at first, he was happy with whatever we gave him. Arthur was a common sight on the computer, telling a story, increasing vocabulary, encouraging reading. Mickey showed up now and again as well, jumping on numbers, helping reinforce the basic mathematics he’d been learning. He enjoyed the educational video games for kids because he saw himself as a kid. He was happy being a kid; in fact, we all were happy with his situation. Juice boxes for everyone!

Then, we stretched our rules a bit as he stretched out. He talked me into a baseball video game. He didn’t have to work too hard to convince me; as both a huge Mets fan and a at one point shameless video game addict, the idea of playing virtual baseball with my son was an easy concept to buy into. I turned around and sold the idea to mom. That wasn’t as easy. Baseball, as fun as it might be, was definitely not an educational video game for kids. I weakly mentioned something about the game teaching mathematics – division and averages and such – but we both saw the weak argument for what it was.

She frowned, shook her head, and turned back to her book.

Slippery slope, she said.

I took that to mean “okay.”

She put conditions on it, however. Time limits, an imaginary pie chart showing the allowable time with the baseball as compared to his educational video games for kids. This was the beginning, unfortunately, of my son no longer accepting his role as a “kid” any longer. I don’t mean to say that buying him a baseball game caused the change; rather, this was about the time that I noticed him ditching some of the trappings of his kid-dom – the blankey went in the closet, for instance.

And though I have some nice memories of beating the pants off his Yankees with my Mets, this was also about the time that he began preferring to play against the computer, rather than his old man. Both in his educational games for kids and otherwise.

It wasn’t long before he started testing us, asking for games he knew he wouldn’t get. Spiriting in a copy of a game he’d been told he wasn’t allowed to play, and then throwing a tantrum when he was inevitably caught. He’s at the regrettable age where, no matter how entertaining or fun the game is, if it’s an educational game for kids, it’s rejected out of hand. Where before we could bring home anything from the game store, now we’ve given up buying any educational games for kids as they end up dusty and forgotten in a pile near the television.

We’ve come to realize we can’t control what he does at his friends’ houses. We’ve politely asked other parents, whenever it felt appropriate, to keep the violent games from the consoles when our son visits. Unfortunately, there’ve been times when he’s been ostracized by his friends for our requests; his friends sometimes blamed him for his parents’ rules.

I’m gladdened by the appearance of more and more Wii and DS titles that incorporate more fun and innovation into their educational video games for kids. It’s a nice thing to see that some of these recently released learning games aren’t getting the same stigma that learning games of recent history suffered. It’s good that the developers are putting the time and money into making them fun enough to forget that they’re learning while they’re playing. Cosmos Chaos, “Brain” games, and “Think” games are changing the lay of the land.

For now, though, we’re stuck in the the trap that makes good parenting so difficult. Violence in video games isn’t a problem I’d like to see regulated by government – the ESRB works fine for me. Violence isn’t even really a “problem” to most people. It just means that parents continue to hope for a larger stream of fun educational video games for kids, while we watch the river of violent games continue to rage by.

Educational Games and Resources For Kids

Children learn eye hand coordination and mental strategy. Some are even educational and they can learn about history and culture as in the age of empire game. Children are blank slates. It is up to us as parents and family to fill them full of knowledge. Children will themselves work to develop their focus and skills as they develop and these learning games will help.

Children’s Magazines are great for a child’s education and extending their interest over a period of time. The Internet has long been the ultimate magazine index for elementary and middle-school students, but there are some great web sites which are brand new and extend this facility still further! Coverage of one top Children’s magazine indexes reportedly now includes 58 popular children’s magazines and every issue includes citations to carefully selected Web sites.

ChildTopia is a toy/game for children. They will enjoy taking out the chips, shuffling them and re-loading them. The track gives the games a magical quality where new letters appear in the windows by moving the chips.

Children love good educational computer games because they are interesting and fun. What they don’t usually realize is that they get smarter each time they play these games.

But do always ensure that there are plenty of good books available for them to read. Encourage children to read through the many books they have available and to can get help with words they are stuck on. One way is use to use fun gadget called a Tag Pen. Use a Tag Pen by touching the Tag pen to the book page. LeapFrog also has the LeapPad with books organized by experience and difficulty grades to teach reading, phonics, vocabulary, math, science, music, and more.

Childrens puzzles, interactive wooden toys, wooden puzzles, learning games for toddlers, elementary learning games and puzzles can all be found at educational stores.

When you are with children be sure to ask them leading questions about themselves, when they are receptive to discussion. Children love talking about themselves and this is a great way to talk to your child, and help them learn about their own capabilities.

Teachers are encouraged to make their own quizzes for students and get scores by email. Teachers should bring their students by for some online learning and fun. You can even download Funbrain games to your computer so the kids can access them anytime. Teachers are catered for by support material for the objectives of the national curriculum regarding speaking and listening. There is nothing like a good competition to get children motivated, so do dream one up and get them to enter. Some businesses provide monetary support, and one example is supermarket offers of educational grants for computers in schools based upon shop loyalty points schemes. You’ll also find details of the monetary awards which BT makes available to schools on their web site.

Online education that combines instruction with fun learning games for children creates interactive learning and enjoyment. Learning games can help students concentrate on language arts, math, science, and social studies skills through an entertaining online curriculum.

There are even some free online learning games which can be quite good. Search for ‘Great kids online games’ to find some. Free online painting games are also abundant these days, for example to play for fun at Jelideli. Install the program and/or register, and then just choose one of the pictures from the selection, pick a colour and away we go! Free online educational games are the easy way to make learning fun for your children.

The fat is that nowadays for preschool and kindergarten age children there are many free educational games that teach matching and analytical skills.

FunBrain is a site which always has new educational games to try, but their old ones are just as much fun. The free educational games are divided by grade level or by subject. FunBrain features 30 free online, educational games for kids of all ages. In Stay Afloat, kids play a game similar to Hangman by choosing between science, history, or music categories.

Charades – An All Time Favorite Fun Party Game

Charades Party Game: How To Play

Charades is a fun word guessing game, the perfect party game for both kids and adults parties. It is a team based game so you will need a minimum of 4 players, 2 in each team. Ideally 6+ players is best. I like running this game when I have dinner parties, it provides fun interactive entertainment that everyone enjoys. Learn how to play with these easy to follow instructions.

• Divide your guests into two teams. Each team takes turns. 1 player in the first team has to physically act out a word that the other team has selected and written on a piece of paper.

• Phrases can be used instead of just 1 word, but they need to be commonly used, and usually they come from books, movies, songs, TV shows or poetry.

• Since the person acting out the word cannot speak or make any sound what so ever, they must use signals and gestures to make their teammates guess what the word or phrase is.

• They can make non verbal responses like nodding if their team is getting close to identifying the word or phrase. They cannot spell out the word with their finger.

• The team members can ask questions.

• A set time of usually one minute sometimes two, is used so you will need a timer.

• Only when the exact word or phrase, as it is written on the paper is guessed, does the round end. If the word or phrase is discovered within the time frame set, then that team wins a round.

• The second team then has their go. The same rules apply. Each person in the teams rotate until everyone has had a turn acting out the word or phrase.

• Use a flip chart or notepad to keep track of which team wins a round and which one doesn’t. The team winning the most rounds when everyone has had a turn acting out a word/phrase, wins.

Common Signals Typically Used To Play The Game Of Charades

To establish the context of the word/phrase use the following gestures:

Person
The player stands with hands on hips.

Animal
The player pretends to be the animal by making their actions, (hopping like a rabbit, jumping like a kangaroo).

Book Title
The player puts the palm of their hands together, then opens them like a book.

Movie Title
The player pretends to crank an old-fashioned movie camera.

A Theatrical Play Title
The player pretends to pull the rope that opens a theater curtain, or places both hands out, palms facing the audience and touching at the thumbs, and draws them apart like a theater curtain.

Song Title
The player pretends to sing.

Poem
The player pretends to hold a paper scroll and pretends to read a poem.

Television Show
The player draws a rectangle using their fingers, to outline the TV screen.

Quote or phrase
The player makes quotation marks in the air, using both hands and moving 2 fingers on each hand.

Location
The player makes a circle with one hand, then points to it, as if pointing to a dot on a map.

Event
The player points to their wrist as if they are wearing a wrist watch.

Computer Game
The player uses both hands out stretched move thumbs around as if they are using a game pad.

Website
The player holds their hands out, palm down, horizontal to the ground (as if holding a computer mouse). They then move their wrist around as if they are using a mouse.

Sounds Like
The player uses their hand to tug at their ear lobe.

I
The player points to their eye.

Small or Smaller
The player holds their thumb and index finger close together but not touching.

Larger or Larger
The player opens their arms out stretched to the side as far as they can.

The Whole Thing
If the player wants to act out the whole phrase rather than word by word, they put both arms above their head and move them simultaneously down to their sides as if drawing a huge circle.

Have fun playing this traditional party game Charades at your next party, and make it a party to remember.

Fun Sex Games For Couples – Fantasy Role Playing

Looking for some fun sex games for couples? Have you ever delved into the world of sexual fantasy role playing? Perhaps you have role played before or maybe you are a complete beginner, either way sexual fantasy role playing really are some of the best fun sex games for couples to engage in. If you are ready to open up a whole new world of sexual possibilities, please read on.

One of the joys of role playing and a big reason these fun sex games for couples are so exciting is the fact that acting out a fantasy allows you to go into character and release some of the normal restrictions you put on yourself. Before diving in and acting out some sexual fantasies, there are few things to keep in mind to make the best of these fun sex games for couples

  1. Take Your Time: Sexual role playing take time to get prepared. Take the time, whether it is a few days, weeks or even months, and plan your sexual fantasy role playing. Many people are very shy about jumping into a character and acting out their wildest dreams. Take to the time and prepare properly, really think about the way your character sounds and acts and allow yourself to become them. You may even want to practice.
  2. Pick Something That Feels Right: Do your research and pick a character that you can connect with. Nurse, doctor, police officer, it does not matter as long as you can connect. Remember that this is a fantasy and you can push the boundaries. Being a character you can relate to just makes it easier
  3. Be Detailed: Thinking about a fantasy may seem simple, and it is relatively simple to figure out the main parts of your fantasy but the more detailed you can be the better the results. The more details you can put into the fantasy the more “real” it will seem. Not to mention they can also come in really handy when you don’t know what to do next

As always, remember to set boundaries and ground rules with your partner or anyone else you may be playing with. These are absolutely critical to these fun sex games for couples to work. Never put someone into a situation where they are not comfortable.

Family Time – Fun Board Games

In praise of good clean family fun

Ah, the joy of a family night of fun board games played at the dining table!  From Chutes and Ladders to Monopoly, through Tripoly and Clue, to Stratego, Risk, and Battleship, board games are just plain fun.

When we were youngsters, our movies were books and our game consoles were stored in boxes on the closet shelves.  I recently rediscovered this joy with my seven-year-old granddaughter.  We made a decision to watch tv less and spend more time doing things that encouraged conversation and personal interaction.  It was a great decision.  We spent the summer working puzzles, reading books together, and playing games at the dining room table.  I now know which girls in her class giggle too much, which boys will chase you on the playground, and how much homework “they” expect her to get done.  I also had the pleasure of watching my really smart, very funny granddaughter become a card shark.

All of this together time took me back to my childhood.  We never really had to decide to watch less television.  We only got three channels and my father’s interests ran the gamut from the news to football.  Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and Joe Namath pretty well dominated the airwaves at our house.  The Philco belonged to Daddy.  So we played outside in the sunshine and played inside when the rains came or nightfall drove us indoors.  I can still sense the feeling of sitting around the kitchen table on a cold night with my brothers and sister and sometimes my parents, the smell of goodies cooking, the laughter swelling with the ups and downs of game play.  I remember so clearly knowing the warmth and comfort of my place in the family.  And all of this is connected in my mind with the delightful fun of board games. 

Board Games for Adults can be fun!

Board Games for ADULTS???  Okay, “for Adults” doesn’t have to mean “for Adults,” if you know what I mean. 

Seriously, most of us just want to have some good conversation, good company, and good clean fun when we socialize.  What better way to enjoy the company of friends than with a peaceable evening spent playing a game or two.  Put on a pot of coffee, heat up some banana bread or a coffee cake, and pull out a crowd-pleasing board game.

Pictionary is a terrific game.  I have a friend who guesses the picture from a straight line.  Honest.  I have trouble identifying a photograph, so they wait until I’m out of the room to choose teams.  I’m much better at Scattergories.  And Trivial Pursuit.  I am a font of useless knowledge.

How about you?  Are you a brain?  Maybe Cranium or Scrabble are to your liking. If your ability lies in strategy you may prefer Chess or Mastermind.  Backgammon and Yahtzee both utilize a combination of strategy and fortune. There’s always Clue if you’re a sneaky son-of-a-gun or if you harbor suspicions and conspiracy theories.  Old reliable Monopoly lets you practice getting wiped out financially.  And for all of you would-be Kings of the World, it’s hard to beat Risk for world domination.

There are lots more.  Pick a favorite board game or two and call the crew.  The adult crew.  Adults – grown-ups – having fun just playing some board games.  Hanging out. You know you want to.  It’s been too long since the last get-together.

Teens want to have a little board game fun, too.

Fun board games for teens just sounds like you’re trying too hard.  Really.  But you’re not.  Young people are just people.  They have friends.  They like to do things with the people they like.  They get tired of trying to say the right thing, wear the right clothes, hang with the right crowd.  Heck, they get tired of just trying to figure out what all of that is.  They need some easy-going time with no big consequences – just a chance to slow down a bit now and then.  Offer them a board game party.

Risk, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Scattergories, Trivial Pursuit – all of these lend themselves to team play.  Trivial Pursuit comes in a number of variations, so if they’re big Lord of the Rings fans, go with that one.

They will, however, play with a different intensity than their parents.  “Soorrryyy” could take on a whole new meaning at your house.  Player pieces may well be slapped around the board with more energy than one might expect.  The Game of Life could be assigned choices not listed in the rules.  Scene It will cause them to monopolize the television while Monopoly will give them time to take over the refrigerator.  Who cares?  They’re home, at your house, laughing like crazy and having more fun than they ever thought.  No keggers, no missing parents, no car trouble – just friends and food and fun.  Even teens have fun with board games.

And how about the children? Do they have any fun playing board games? Mayybeee.

 The foundation of board games:  children’s board games.  I’m talking heart of childhood, elementary school, make a game out of everything age group.  They make their own board games.  They play board games at school when the weather is bad.  They play board games all summer long in the floor, usually in the doorway to the kitchen.  They just play.  So what do they play?

Old stand-bys are still loved.  Checkers and Chess are easily obtained and only take two people.  Monopoly can take an entire afternoon and even then may not end with a clear winner.  There’s a Monopoly Jr. now that is perfect for beginning readers and only takes about thirty minutes to play.

Sorry and Trouble, with it’s great Pop-O-Matic dice tumbler, remain crowd favorites.  The Game of Life has become pretty convoluted, but kids still like to play it.  Mouse Trap is fun to build and has the added value of a half hour of trapping mice once the game is done.  Upper grade levels have a great time with Clue and Colonel Mustard and the Library – with the candlestick.  Then there are cartoon-based games (think Spongebob) and Junior versions of Trivial Pursuit and Cranium.  And Chinese Checkers and Parcheesi and Operation and Tri-Bond and Mancala and Aggravation and Backgammon and Scrabble and – oh, you get the idea.  The list of children’s board games is as long as your imagination.

Don’t leave out preschoolers. Board games are not just fun. They’re useful.

We don’t always think about board games for preschoolers when we think about their play.  Little ones run and jump and fall and get up and do it again.  We sometimes limit their calm time to television – cartoons and children’s movies are quite good when Mom and Dad need some quiet time.  Still, we miss out on some important training for small ones, as well as missing time spent together in an atmosphere of calm.  More and more, children are losing the art of polite conversation and civilized interaction with adults.  One solution?  Bring out the games!

Pre-school board games help children to develop skills they will need in reading.  They learn to match colors, count, recognize letters and their sounds, think sequentially, win graciously and lose gracefully.  These are pretty important concepts.  Candyland and Chutes and Ladders will wear you out, because your youngster will want to play again and again.  There are all kinds of dominos (I know – not strictly a board game) that allow children to match cartoon characters rather than dots.  There are games that let them match picture cards arranged on a grid and games that require fine motor skills.  You’ll find that all of them are great fun for your four-year old.

Take the plunge.  Board games with your preschooler.  How much fun can you cram into one day?

WHOOHOO! Most fun section.  Vintage board games.

Yep, fun board games of time gone by, making them vintage.  Nice word for old.  Well, maybe not all that old.  Remember these?

Tripoly.  We played this one with the neighbors.  I don’t remember much about it except we used poker chips. There was a big green mat. And it was pokerish. And rummyish, too, I think. That’s it. That’s all I remember. Probably because I had a crush on the neighbor.

Then there was the Game of the States:  VERY educational.

I’m pretty sure this one was a gift from my aunt.  Very sure.  Really.  Aunt Helen. She was always the best at finding “educational” stuff that was pretty fun. Thanks, Aunt Helen. I miss you.

We really did learn all kinds of things about the states.  We learned capitals, state birds, agricultural products, population – none of which I remember now.  Not that much of it would be the same, anyway. 

Now let’s talk about the REAL fun we had with board games. How about Tycoon?  You had to be money-grubbing and free of conscience.  My brothers slaughtered me.  What are some others?  Stratego.  Mystery Date!  Now there’s a great game for a sleep-over.  Surfer dude.  Hmmm.  Remember him? Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, Rook, Payday, Stock Market – all great games.  I wish I still had all of them.  But there was one we played ALL THE TIME:

Square Mile.   This was the game with plastic roads and bridges.  There was a railroad and a swamp.  There were these little bitty buildings – houses, a school, a church, factories, apartment buildings, a shopping center.  This was a cool game.  Square Mile was the best for a rainy day. 

Board games are amazing fun. I recommend their resurrection even if you just pull out the Monopoly game for an evening. Step away from the x-box, look your children in the eye and say,

“That’s Boardwalk with four houses. You owe me $1700.”

Fun Sex Games For Couples – Fantasy Role Playing

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Be Detailed: Thinking about a fantasy may assume simple, and it is almost simple to amount out the capital locations of your fantasy but the added abundant you can be the bigger the results. The added data you can put into the fantasy the added “real” it will seem. Not to acknowledgment they can aswell appear in actually accessible if you don’t apperceive what to do next

As always, bethink to set boundaries and arena rules with your accomplice or anyone abroad you may be arena with. These are actually analytical to these fun sex amateur for couples to work. Never put anyone into a bearings area they are not comfortable.

Make Teaching Your Kids Fun, With Games They Will Enjoy

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