Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Get Rid of Your Stress with the New Networking Site

Are you stressed out? You have a lot of school project that you have only spare time left. Or your boss is too demanding that you don’t have time to have fun. Well, it’s time to let your hair done and join Keek. What is Keek? It is a social networking site where you can updates your status via video. Unlike other social networking sites, you are free to post a short clip of video of your activity or memorable time with friends and families. This booming site has a lot of users from different parts of the world. By joining it, you can get more friends and entertainment to relief your stress. You can access this site from your iPhone, android, and computer.

For your optimum entertainment, you can follow famous celebrity that has more engaging lives than you. One of the most celebrities that you may be interested to follow is Khloe Kadarshian. Follow her on her Keek account on http://www.keek.com/KhloeKardashian. She hosts a very popular show, x-factor. Therefore, you can get updates of her behind the show. Another fabulous girl you can follow is Kylie Jenner. Follow the young model on http://www.keek.com/KylieJenner. This equally famous half sibling of Khloe will surely lighten your days. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Play Some Fun Games Online to Kill Time

You know what may be one of the biggest problems that people have at times? That is when they have time to kill and they have nothing to do. There are times that the boredom will creep in and before you know it, your brain is numb. There are some people who get so bored that they become really antsy and feel like they are slowly losing their minds when that happens. But you know, you do not have to suffer mind-numbing boredom when you have time to kill. There are so many things that you can do but perhaps the easiest way to kill time is to play some fun online games. That is right, these fun online games are really the answer to boredom since they will entertain you and challenge your mind at the same time.
There is quite a variety of games out there and there are some that will really challenge you like the fun puzzle games while there are others that will just keep you busy doing something so that you do not think too much about the time that you have to waste. You do not have to worry that you will not find a game that you like since there are hundreds of games to choose from and really, you will surely find one that you will love. You might not know it but you may even stumble across a game that you will love so much you will play it even when you are not bored. Talk about a major bonus huh?
There are simply so many fun games that there will be something for everyone to play. Those people that like adventure games can play some adventure games and those that like puzzle games can play puzzle games. Why, there are even a lot of games that kids could play.
You have some stuff to do around the house for a couple of minutes? You can park your kid in front of the PC and ask him or her to play game that is child friendly and will keep him or her occupied while you do the stuff that you have to do.
These games are for everyone to enjoy and you need not pay a cent to play them since they are free! All you really need is a computer and an internet connection and you are ready to play some fun games online.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fun Games For Kids Birthday Parties

Fun games to use at your next kids birthday party are right here. Just choose some of these titles and twist them a little bit. Make them match your unique party theme. For example, Simon Says can become the Mummy Says at a Halloween party or it can become The Pirate Says at a kids pirate party. Use these classic fun party games, add a new title and make it unique to your party. Give your party guests a really fun, fun, fun game session at that special boy or girls birthday celebration.
Mad Libs is a fun way to get party guests to open up. What Mad Libs do is make a story...a funny story. And everyone can help to make this story and it should be silly...that is what makes it so much fun. You begin to play Mad Libs with a basic story line. You must leave some words out and put in the kind of word that will fit there. For example, Mary blank her bike...so that blank would need to be filled in by a Verb. Mary wore a blank on her head. That blank would need to be filled in by a Noun. See...how the game goes along? Each child or guest can fill in one of the missing words and then when the words are all filled in read the story....You can find books with party Mad Libs in them or you can make up your own story line using the names of the birthday star and the party guests in it.
Chinese Whispers is another very simple game that is fun to play. Sit everyone in a circle and have someone start playing by telling them the Game Sentence. In Chinese Whispers a sentence or phrase is told to the first player. That player must whisper it to the next player and so on around the circle. When the phrase or sentence is told to the last player, that player must stand up and say the sentence out loud. What is so funny about that? Well, usually by the time the message is delivered to everyone, it has changed a great deal from the original sentence. Make your sentence something silly like "Wet dogs shake and shake to get dry" or "Dogs use umbrellas only when it rains cats and dogs". Now you can also rename your game to fit your party theme. The Pirate Whispers at a pirate party and the Princess Whispers at a princess theme party...and have your phrase match the theme as well.
Musical Party Games are fun for everyone. Freeze Dance and Musical Chairs are two that come to mind right always when we are talking about fun musical party games for kids. With either game you need someone to stop and start the music. To play these games you will need either a dance floor area or chairs set around in a circle. With Freeze Dance when the music starts everyone begins to dance. When the music stops everyone must freeze. If a dancer does not freeze right away they are out. With Muscial Chairs you must have one less chair than you have players. Every time a player is eliminated you remove another chair. Here is how you play. Set the chairs out in a circle and when the music begins to play have all the party guests walk around the circle of chairs. When the music stops each child must sit in a chair. The one who does not have a chair to sit in is out. Let the kids who are out start on a party craft or the next activity. Now to make these fun party games unique, rename them. Royal Ball Freeze Dance or Pirates Freeze Dance will make these simple and fun party games a bit more exciting for your guests.
Pass the Parcel is an entertaining and fun party game for a kids birthday party...and adults will enjoy it too. It is another musical party game so have the music ready. It's one of those fun, fun, fun games that has been handed down through the years because it is enjoyable. This is another game you can rename and give some new life to. To play Pass the Parcel you need a parcel and some music that goes along with your party theme. For a princess party play some Disney Princess songs, for a pirate party play What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor...lol, or for a cowboy theme party use some western cowboy songs. You can name your parcel according to your party theme too. The princesses' package, the pirate's treasure or the cowboys saddle bag are all possibilities for a parcel name. Okay, now, how to play Pass the Parcel. Wrap the parcel a lot. And with each layer of wrapping include a prize...it can be a small prize like some temporary tattoos or stickers, or a lollipop or whatever prize you decide upon. Sit everyone in a circle and start the music and Pass the Parcel. Stop the music and the guest who has the parcel can unwrap a layer of wrapping. Plus they get the prize inside. When a player gets to unwrap the parcel and keep the prize, they must leave the circle. Keep going until there is only one child left and of course, they get to keep the prize in the middle of all those layers.
A classic and very fun party game for a kids birthday party is Pin the Tail on the Donkey. This fun kids game is so easy to change into a new version. Pin the Crown on the Princess, Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate or X Marks the Spot are other fun ideas. Pin the Hat on the Cowboy or the Eye on Muno for a Yo Gabba Gabba party are just a few ways to turn this fun, fun party game into the perfect game for any them party. You all know how to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey...right? Each child gets a tail with two sided tape on it. You blind fold the player who is up, turn them around a couple times and then point them in the direction of the Donkey. They must try to stick the tail closest to where it belongs. The one who does get the tail close to where it belongs gets a prize...of course, you can give everyone a prize for playing. Stickers or temporary tattoos make great prizes for this kind of game...kids love them and they are about the cheapest party game prizes you are going to find.
The Pinata game is fun too. Pinatas are a traditional Mexican game. A pinata is really a breakable container for party prizes and candies. The goal of this fun party game is to break the pinata and gather all the goodies hidden inside. These pinatas come in every theme imaginable so all you have to do is pick one that matches your theme and fill it with good stuff the kids will like. Stickers, temporary tattoos, candies and small game prizes work perfectly as filling. I like the pull string pinatas. This is a game that has strings the kids can pull. One of these strings rips the body of the pinata so the goodies fall out. Then everyone tries to gather all the goodies they can. You can buy a pull sting model or you can buy a pull string conversion kit to make this kids party game very safe. To play you hang your pinata up and blind fold each child as they take a turn pulling a string. You can put the blind fold on, and like with Pin the Tail on the Donkey, spin each child and head them off in the direction of the hanging pinata. Tell them about how many steps they need to take and send them off.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Three Fun Games For Kids

If you are a parent you know that keeping children with a lot of energy entertained can sometimes be a real challenge. And finding a happy medium between indoor and outdoor activities is an even bigger challenge.
If you are a kid reading this then you too are probably looking for some fun new games to play.
So let's cover some games that might be new to you and that you might want to try.
FlingSock
There are a number of games that can be played with a FlingSock. Just what is a FlingSock? It is a Fun Gripper Bean Bag which is attached to a long tie dye nylon fabric tail which has a handle. There is also a smaller version called a Mini-FlingSock.
FlingSocks are easy to throw and easy to catch.
One game that can be played with the FlingSock is called "Drop The FlingSock". In this game everyone gathers into a large circle and someone from the group is chosen as "it". This person goes around the outside of the circle and tries to drop the FlingSock behind someone in the circle without being tagged. Once dropped he or she walks fast or races around the circle into that person's position without being tagged. If not tagged then the other person becomes "it" and the game continues.
Other games that can be played with FlingSocks are: Fling-et, FlingSock or Beanbag Baseball, FlingSock or Beanbag Tag, Pass The FlingSock, Where's The FlingSock, Jump The FlingStock and FlingSock and Beanbag Toss.
Bean Plates
This is an inexpensive game that is good to help your child learn multiplication. Simply get some small paper plates and some dried beans; pinto beans work well. For example use 3 paper plates and place 2 beans in one plate and 5 beans in the second plate. Then ask the child to place the number of beans that is 2 x 5 in the 3rd plate. This is a fun and visual way for a child to learn multiplication.
Whipped Cream Writing
This game is great for helping your child learn to write. Place a piece of wax paper on a play table and then spread whipped cream on the wax paper. Then let your children write their name, numbers or other words in the whipped cream. And with this game you don't have to worry about them licking their fingers.
These are just three fun games that will not only entertain your children they will help them learn to interact and play with others plus have some good educational pluses as well. We'll cover some more games in another article; so stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Digital games are...

Good for learning, developing strategies and skills to solve problems in context and critical thinking.

Autonomous learners.

Motivating for students.

Emotional engagement.

Situated learning, social learning, students become the centre of attention.
As part of European Schoolnet's project 'Digital Games in Schools. A Teacher's Handbook' was published in 2009. The handbook is intended for those teachers interested in introducing digital games in their teaching practice. Therefore, it provides useful information about the benefits of digital games for learning as well as tips on how to use them as educational and motivational resources.



The handbook will be very helpful as an overview of this issue. Nevertheless, if you wish to explore the possibilities of videogames for second/foreign language learning, I recommend you to visit Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer'blog Digital Play. The blog is really easy to navigate and offers a wide range of activities and lesson plans based on digital games to accomplish different language learning objectives while having fun. 


In the following video, Graham Stanley talks about the ways gamification can be used in the English classroom and shares some ideas for adapting games for language teaching. If you want to have access to the full version, click here.



An interesting educational digital game which will be launched next summer is Wikiduca.  This is the project of two creative Spanish young minds, David Anthony and Anton Popovine, who decided to work on this educational browser-game to help children learn English vocabulary through videogames.

Starting from the idea that children love video games, fantasy worlds and solving mysteries, David and Anton propose exciting quests and minigames for them. As children increase their vocabulary words, they gain more powers and new missions within the game. The key point is "learning by playing".

Wikieduca is basically based on a business freemium model, that is, most of the content will be free except a small part of extras. You can read this news in Spanish.


For further reading:

Other websites where you can find useful digital games for your classes:

Video Games and Education

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bond with Your Child

Parents are the best teachers for children. Teach them with learning games. Play educational activities with them. Take this opportunity to bond with our kids and have fun. This positive learning experience will pay off in the long term for your child. It inspires them to continue to be a passionate learner. The good memory of learning with their parents stays with them forever.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Promote Balance Lifestyle and Habit for Our Children

With information technology advancement, internet, television and many modern gadgets have provided lots of educational entertainment for kids. However, studies had shown that too much screen time per day has negative effect on children’s development and behavior.
We need to give our children a balance lifestyle and habit before inappropriate screen time habit kicks in. Educational activity such as kids’ art activities have therapeutic effect and are a good way for kids to reduce stress.
Do you know that garden is one of the greatest learning playgrounds for kids? Include some outdoor activities for kids in the garden. You can keep them learning and physically healthy at the same time.