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My Kids’ Video Game Recommendations for 2013

video game recommendations 2013

One thing that we've been doing every year for the last several years is to take an opportunity one Tuesday (for List it Tuesday, formerly Top Ten Tuesday) in the late fall to share some of the video games that my kids recommend.  Not only do I enjoy that they are giving me help on a post, but they really look forward to sharing.  In fact, when I asked them for help with this post, Jack said, … [Read more...]

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Why We Love Calico Critters

Why We Love Calico Critters

Before Molly received her first Calico Critters set, I had never even heard of them before.  Perhaps it was because I was still used to being a Mom to mostly boys.  However, since she was hooked after that very first set, we came to know Calico Critters very well.  While her days of playing with Calico Critters have mostly ended, we still love the sets and the years of enjoyment she got out of … [Read more...]

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10 Toys that Toddlers Love

10 Toys that Toddlers Love

  It's been a while since I've had toddlers around my house.  However, after I was done having toddlers around the house, I spent five years working as an in-home developmental therapist to children under three with developmental delays and disabilities. That gave me a chance to try out a lot of toys and materials with a lot of different kids.  One of the things that I thought was … [Read more...]

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My Kids’ Video Game Recommendations for Christmas 2012

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I have done a post similar to this for the last several years.  My kids always love to offer up their suggestions for which video games would make amazing gifts this Christmas.  They were excited when I told them that it was their turn to tell me what to put in the Top Ten {Tuesday} this week. All of the games included are ones that we own and that they play with regularly.  They tried to put … [Read more...]

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10 Things that Filled My Day Today

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This seems like the hallmark of being unprepared for Top Ten Tuesday this week.  Like it just crept up on me and I said, "Um...let's see...yeah!  I'll just tell them ten things I did today.  That's pure blogging gold." So, it wasn't really so much like that.  It was more like this, "What in the world am I going to write about tonight?  Man - I  can't get this song out of my head.  Hey - I … [Read more...]

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Nintendo 3DS Game Review: Horses 3D

We were recently lucky enough to get to try two games, Funky Barn 3D and Horses 3D, from Ubisoft for the Nintendo 3DS system. Not only were my kids thrilled to get to try them (and keep them) for free, but both were games that they had previously heard about and wanted to try. (Actually, I believe the response was, "YES!" when I told them that were would be receiving them.) I let all of my … [Read more...]

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Nintendo 3DS Game Review: Funky Barn 3D

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We were recently lucky enough to get to try two games, Funky Barn 3D and Horses 3D, from Ubisoft for the Nintendo 3DS system.  Not only were my kids thrilled to get to try them (and keep them) for free, but both were games that they had previously heard about and wanted to try. (Actually, I believe the response was, "YES!" when I told them that were would be receiving them.) I let all of my … [Read more...]

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Are You Ready to Play UNO? Roboto Style!

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My kids love playing games, so I was thrilled recently to be able to review the newer game – UNO Roboto. I wasn’t really familiar with the game, but my kids had loved before when we had played a more traditional UNO, so I was hoping that it would be at least as much fun as that. I was delighted that not only was it just as much fun as a traditional UNO game, but it was much more fun!  We had … [Read more...]

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10 Wii Games My Elementary-Aged Kids Love

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I asked the children again this year, just like I did last year (their Wii game list and their DS game list, both from last year), for their favorite Wii games.  They love the idea of helping other people know how to shop.  I also love that this list ended up containing games from a variety of prices (ranging from around $17 up to $70), with most in the lower range. This represents a list of … [Read more...]

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10 Great iPad Apps My Kids Enjoy

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My kids love to have the chance to play around on my iPad.  And, even better - some of their favorite things to do on the iPad are also educational (though not all of them, as you'll see). 10 apps that my kids just love for the iPad: 1. MeeGenius! Children's Books (free) - This app comes with many children's books and it reads them aloud to the children.  Plus, one of the things I especially … [Read more...]