Letter Up: Word Game for Kids and Adults

If you think that word games aren’t fun, you’re wrong. I have had hours and hours of fun playing board games with my siblings, cousins and friends. Playing Scrabble and Word Factory are our most favorite past time then after doing our homeworks.

Word game is a great way for families to spend quality time while building kids’ learning skills at the same time. Now that kids are spending more time in front of the computer and communication is increasingly less face to face, kids can still enjoy word game. I found this app Letter Up, a real-time multiplayer crossword game and I highly recommend it.

I must admit, I had a hard time constructing some words
(time to play again after so many ears and sharpen my
vocabulary) and I was beaten badly by someone named Mhariez (lol).

I like the game interface. It has very easy to follow instructions and helpful icons as well as notification tones. You actually know what to do with the game even without a tutorial. One more thing that I like about the game is you can choose players and options.

The game is perfect for kids in the primary level as this will enhance their vocabulary. Kids will also have a subtle interaction with other people while playing thus, it is a great opportunity to learn social skills such as civility, patience and being a good winner and loser.

I would let my daughter play this word game since she can choose her opponents. She can choose a specific room to meet her friends and play. This way, I’d be confident that they’re all her friends, not those cyber lurkers.

It’s interesting to note that this game was actually created by dads under www.heysnails.com who want only the best and safest virtual game experience for their sons and daughters.

Keeping Children Active in Mind and Body with Games for Kids

It is so convenient for parents nowadays just to let their kids sit in front of their computer or television screens to give them something to do. Child studies and researches have found that this is detrimental to the child’s development. There are other more worthwhile games for kids that they can engage in for fun and entertainment. These games would depend on the age of the children. Of course, it would be a lot better if parents also take part in the activities.

Educational board games like Scrabble might be a great game for learning new words, but they can also be boring for younger kids. You can actually modify the rules to make it more interesting for your little ones. This game can teach your kids both reading and math skills.

games for kids

Other games that have been around for a long time like dominoes, pickup sticks, and barrel of monkeys are also fun games for kids that parents can also enjoy. Your children’s motor skills will be developed through these games. A game of charades or Pictionary can also stimulate creativity. Just like Scrabble, however, you have to scale these games down to a level that your kids can successfully manage. Not knowing what the words are or having difficulties drawing their clues could make the games frustrating for young ones.

More active alternatives help improve your child’s physical development. You can actually engage in a sport that both you and your child love. A father and son tandem can throw some hoops or go out to the football field to practice their tosses and tackles. Playing team games is also a great way for bigger families to share quality bonding time. A game of tag in the backyard is also a fun and simple way for kids and parents to get some exercise.

There are also games for kids that you can play on the road. Singing games and guessing games are great for keeping your kids from getting bored during longer road trips. Play a game of movie trivia by thinking of famous lines and having your kids guess the character who said those lines and the movie where it was taken from. Take your cues from your children. Be creative and be ready to switch things up to keep them interested. Active minds and bodies will have less time for mischief or tantrums.

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Cool Summer Activities for the Family’s Beach Bonding

Yes, it is still summer and summer spells FUN for almost every kid in town. This break gives them more time to play and take up activities that they can’t do while the school year is ongoing. Summer break also provides wonderful weather for family vacations, road trips and beach bonding. This time, why not take the whole family for a couple of days of sun, sand a surf? Unlike what many families think, there are actually a lot of other summer activities that you can do on the beach than just wade in the waters. Here are some suggestions that you might want to check out.

build sand castles

Build Sand Castles!

Challenge everyone in the family with these fun summer activities, to create sand castles and sculptures that are photo op-worthy! Don’t settle for the shapeless mounds that you used to make, with tools such as a small bucket, a small shovel and carving tools to help you, you can create a fortress that all of you will be truly proud of!

beach camping
Beach Camping

For a change, opt for a beach camping rather than the usual hotel resorts that your family usually book and reserve. The kids will have the grandest experience setting up and sleeping inside a tent. You may also use camping stoves and cook set to prepare your food. You can teach your kids to be more conscious about the environment as you tell them to collect the garbage and to dispose them properly too. These summer activities can make your kids’ vacation exciting and worthwhile.

Treasure Hunting

For a kid’s wild imagination, the sea and the sun can be synonymous with pirates and treasure hunts! While at beach, give your kids a special mission to find the most unique shells or draw up a treasure map that they can easily follow. Cap the day with a reward and a sumptuous feast of fresh and yummy seafood!

star gaze
Stargaze at Night

Down at the beach is the best location for stargazing and catching falling stars for a wish! Take advantage of the wide open sky that’s perfect for sky watching and star gazing. Point out constellations and try to name them in a contest. Catch falling stars and make wishes before they’re gone.

beach sports

Try Out Beach Sports

The fine weather and the time you have could be the best combination you need to try and learn new sports that you will enjoy. Frisbee, beach volleyball and beach soccer are just some to name a few that could interest you. If the beach you’re heading has really nice waves, it could be the perfect setting to learn surfing, no waves? Try skimboarding!

Christmas Family Game Ideas

Only 51 days before Christmas but I haven’t heard any Christmas carol yet unlike before wherein Christmas carols can be heard anywhere as early as September. It’s so unlikely for the country that has the longest Christmas celebration. However, I can still feel that Christmas is approaching because of the cold breeze most especially in the morning and dusk.

Christmas is the most awaited festivity of most Filipino families because aside from it is full of family oriented activities it is also the time for reunions. In fact, my families, both maternal and paternal side, have Christmas reunions every year. But this year, I want our reunion to be little different from the previous years. Instead of dress code, I want to order customized matching funny t shirts for the whole family. I find family matching shirts cute plus it would be a one-stop shopping for me.

Of course every family gathering wouldn’t be fun without games. Below are Christmas family game ideas and activities that can liven up family reunions:

1. The all-time favorite parlor games

•Trip to Jerusalem
•The Boat is Sinking
•Newspaper Dance
•Charades (guessing games)
•Bring me

2. Field Games

•Sack Race
•Tug of War

3. Family Showdown

•Each family can prepare a song or dance number that they can present during the reunion. The family with the best performance will be the winner. Prizes can be cash or grocery items.

4. Family Bingo

•This simple yet famous card game can make family reunions more fun. Only one card per family. Prizes can be cash or grocery items.

Wait! Is it Christmas song that I am hearing right now?

♫ ♪ ♫   Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
Well I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer   ♪ ♫ ♪