Posts Tagged ‘ Games ’

Geometry Lesson

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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I love spotting an awesome product to then learn that it’s a DIY project from a crafty mom! Case in point, Mer Mag came up with this very easy to make puzzle for her son. Here’s how she did it…

I went to Home Depot and had them cut a large sheet of 1/4 inch hardboard into five inch squares. Just this week I finally managed to paint them into colorful triangular shapes. I used acrylic craft paint and a sponge brush (don’t use a bristle brush, it will just frustrate you). To get the sharp diagonal I took a ruler and made a pencil line from corner to corner before painting. From there I just eyed it (taking advantage of the clean line a sponge brush can give you) but if you are a perfectionist you might want to try taping it off.

My original plan was to apply Velcro to the back of each square and then mount them onto the wall as a movable art piece. However, once I saw the “out-of-the-box” designs that little A made, I knew these were better suited as a floor activity.

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Simple. Affordable. Genius.

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Apps Are For Kids

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

So I just got an iphone (I know I’m late to tspin arthe party) last week. I’m still barely able to type emails, but my 5-year-old daughter has quickly become obsessed with the few game apps that I downloaded for her. Small fingers are clearly an advantage here, but it’s amazing how instinctively she understands the technology. Her favorite is Spin Art (here’s one of her creations), where you use your finger to get the “paper” to start spinning, and then select from the many colors (and sparkles!) to create your quickie (and clean!) masterpiece. Please tell me: What are some of your kid’s favorite apps? Free ones are best, but I’ve definitely already gotten my money’s worth for the $1.99 I spent on Spin Art.

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

23912994_8a0b5eb062 Got a great tip or trick that makes your life easier? Tell us about it and you could be featured in Parents magazine!

Whether it's a surefire way to get your picky eater to eat her veggies, a simple organizing solution, a clever way to keep kids busy on long car-rides, or the perfect go-to present that's a hit with every child, we want to know our readers' best nuggets of homegrown advice! It can be about anything—so go on and share! To add yours, go to our new community site. We can't wait to read your amazing tips!

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Ultra-Hip Ultrasound

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Screen-capture-11 As if seeing your baby in utero isn't thrilling enough, now there's a way to trick out your ultrasound.

Yes, it's true you can download the iPhone app called Pimp My Ultrasound to give your unborn child stylish headgear like bows, football helmets or santa hats, accessories such as sunglasses, a guitar, or a credit card, and then embellish with text bubbles and picture frames.

No, this should not be your first priority when viewing your ultrasound, but it makes for a good giggle. And it not all just fun and games, they donate 5% of their profits to charities that work with babies in need.

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CLINICAL BOX It certainly doesn't feel like summer in NYC yet, but if you're lucky enough to be in warmer temperatures, you may be getting a whiff of the fact that your regular deodorant isn't getting the job done. The latest odor-attacker out there is BAN Clinical Defense Roll-On, $7. It claims to work better than the other clinical-strength deodorants you've seen in drugstores because it uses a technology that eliminates two stress-related odors—spicy odor and s-odor—instead of just masking them. Give it a roll and let us know what you think.

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A Success Story!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

3366541636_9d7624364f A game that is both highly portable and creatively inspiring passes two very important criteria in my book.

Check out this super fun idea from The Toby Show—just get a few simple wood blocks (only 25 cents each from Casey's Wood Products!) and paint or collage each side with a simple, recognizable icon like a tree, house, butterfly, ball, etc. The idea is that Player 1 rolls a die and begins a story about that object. Player 2 rolls the 2nd die, and continues the story, but using her picture. And so on and so on. This would be a great waiting room game or restaurant distraction.

Found via (the ever-amazing) Crafty Crow.

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Solutions for Winter Break Blues

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

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We are well into the second week of winter break, and I'd be willing to bet that many of you are trying to keep the kids from swinging from the chandelier. Don't worry…it's okay to admit that they're driving you a little batty. If you are in need of some fun, inexpensive home activities, check out this list from Destroydebt.com of 20 boredom busters; here are some of my faves…

  • Soda bottle bowling: Raid the recycling bin for empty plastic
    soda bottles. Set them up like bowling pins and roll a ball at them like you're
    bowling. Make the game more challenging by adding some water to
    the bottom of the soda bottles (if you still have the caps!) or by
    bowling blindfolded.
  • Bottle cap Shuffleboard: Create a triangle on the end of the
    kitchen table out of painter's tape, and divide into 3 sections:
    the tip of the triangle is worth 30 points, the center is worth 20
    points, and the larger base of the triangle is worth 10 points. On the
    other end of the kitchen table, place a piece of tape to create the
    push-off line. Use bottle caps and push them so they slide
    from the push-off line toward the triangle. Players can push another
    player's cap off the triangle and the winner
    is the person who reaches 200 points first.
  • Animate a stick figure: Find a pad of paper or a post-it pack.
    Start in one corner of the page and draw a stick figure. Lift up the
    page and draw the same figure on the next page, but move an arm or leg
    just slightly, and continue on each page of the pack. On each page,
    you'll draw your stick figure just positioned a little differently.
    When you flip the pages with your thumb, you'll have an animated stick
    figure!
  • Build an indoor “snow” fort: For some reason, kids love to
    build forts. Give them some blankets to hang on the back of chairs,
    couches and other items to hide underneath. Give each child a box or
    bag of crumpled up newspaper “snow balls” and let them have an indoor
    snow fight. Forts are great for playing house, or any number of
    activities active imaginations can drum up.
  • Find it in print: Gather some books, magazines and newspapers.
    Have the kids go on a “Where's Waldo” type adventure, finding various
    things in print that you call out, try: things that move, things that bark, animals that eat meat, something you find in a kitchen, things that breathe.

If you have any boredom cures you'd like to share, please do! I'm sure your fellow parents would appreciate any help they can get!

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Do You Have Family Game Nights?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

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There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned game night to bring your family together. But do people really have those anymore? I know I do, but maybe I’m just an old-school kinda gal.

So we want to know–do you have family game nights? (We’re talking non-techie games here, so Wii night doesn’t count!) Do you and your kids have a favorite game you play together? Does your extended family have a cool tradition where you play a game at get-togethers or holidays? We’d love to know!

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