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K’NEX Swing Ride Building Set

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K’NEX have always been some of my kids’ favorite toys. They are fun to make and educational at the same time. Over the past few years we have built rollercoasters, Ferris wheels, cars, and just strange stuff. This year K’NEX sent me a set from their Stem Explorations Series, the Swing Ride Building Set to try out!


Make Learning Fun with Katamino and Panic Lab Games

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One of the great things about homeschooling is the ability to make your own choices and try alternative paths for learning. I think learning is fun, and I want my kids to think that too! So I love using games in our homeschooling, such as the games Katamino and Panic Lab from Gigamic. For some games the learning aspect is obvious, like The Presidential Game, which teaches about the electoral process. In contrast, these Giagamic games are Brain Games, designed to help kids (and adults) solve puzzles and reason. These are the kind of games kids play without even realizing that they are learning!

Make Learning Fun with Brain Games

Snake Oil Game Review

Out of the Box Games Review

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My family and I enjoy playing board games together, and the holiday season is the perfect time to add a new game to our extensive collection. We own quite a few games from Out of the Box Games, so we were happy to have the chance to review their game Snake Oil.

Snake Oil is best for ages 10 and up, an retails for $19.99.  This is a fun party game that needs at least 3 players and is more fun the more participants you have!

Out of the Box Games Review
The game instructions say it takes about 5 minutes to learn, and it really is that simple.  Each player takes 6 word cards, and then one player picks a customer card.  All the other players pick 2 of their word cards that would make a perfect product for the customer, and have 30 seconds to try and convince the customer to buy their product.  The game rewards quick thinking and imagination.

K’nex Raptor’s Revenge Roller Coaster Review and Giveaway

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My kids love K’nex, because they are so fun to build and use.  They are toys that provide challenging models to build and play with, and many times the models are motorized, like the Raptor’s Revenge Roller Coaster I received to review recently.


This kit is a challenging one, with over 600 parts including rods, connectors and track.  When it is finished it sends a green coaster car hurtling through over 19 feet of track.  My 15 year old son took on the challenge of putting this together, and he insisted on doing it all himself.  The instruction book is very detailed, with over 43 pages of diagrams!

Knex Building Toys – Zombie Attack

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My kids and I love building with K’nex! These toys are perfect for keeping minds engaged and encouraging creativity. I recently received a bunch of K’nex’s building toys to review.

Knex Toys

K’nex has a whole line of toys based off video games, which I think is great idea.  Kids love video games, so these building sets can encourage kids to move from playing electronically to creating their own story using the characters.  Instead of buying a video game you can buy a toy based on the game, and they will have more hands on fun.  When we got these toys we were immediately drawn to the Football Mech Building Set” Plants Vs. Zombies Football Mech Assortment Set.  Let’s face it zombies are popular right now!

Knex Football Zombie

The Sims 4 – Smarter Sims and Weirder Stories

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Are you excited about the release this week of the new Simsâ„¢ 4 PC game? The new game promises Smarter Sims and Weirder Stories, all of which make for exciting game play.  Sims is one of my family’s favorite games, so you can be sure we were among the first to buy the newest game in this popular series!

The Sims 4 Launch #TheSims4 #CollectiveBias #shop

The game was released on Tuesday, which also happened to be the first day of Back to Homeschool for my son. So after a busy day of school work we headed to Walmart to get our hands on a copy, and picked up the Sims4 Limited Edition.

Steam Park Game Review

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My family and I love to play games together, and we especially enjoy complex strategy games.  So we were excited to review the brand new game Steam Park, in which you design and manage your own coal-powered amusement park.  This is a fast paced game and the goal is to build the biggest and most profitable park, and attract visitors to it.

Steam Park Game Review

The first thing we noticed when we opened the game is how gorgeously designed it is!  The pieces are wooden, not plastic, and the rides are three dimensional, made out of heavy cardboard and look beautiful and durable. It takes a little time to put all the pieces together the first time you play, but the box is designed to hold them all so you don’t have to take them back apart again.

Harry Potter Clue Review

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Clue: World of Harry Potter box

My kids and I are huge Harry Potter fans, so naturally when we had the chance to review the game  Clue – World Of Harry Potter we jumped at the chance.  Clue is a classic game that we have played many, many times at our house, although we have always played the original Clue, not one of the variations.  I expected this to just be the same Clue game we were familiar with, only with the characters and locations changed to reflect the theme.  But they actually made some additions to the game which made it more fun and challenging.  The premise of the game is that a student has vanished from Hogwarts, and you must unravel the mystery of their kidnapping.

BeJeweled Frenzy Review and Giveaway

My family always enjoys playing games together, and card games make a nice change from board games.  We recently had the chance to review a new card game from Hasbro, the Bejewled Frenzy Game.

bejeweled frenzyThis game is designed for ages 8 and up, and can be played by 2-4 players.  Game play is fairly simple, as the players race to match gems and build the largest stack of cards.  It sounds fairly simple, but there are 70 cards with different shapes and colors of gems, so it is more challenging than it sounds.  You receive points for each match, and at the end of the game the player with the most points wins.

Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bounce Game Review

Hasbro has a new game out that combines Angry Birds with Star Wars, the Millennium Falcon Bounce Game.  Putting together two such hugely popular franchises seems like a fun idea, and I knew my son would enjoy testing out this new game.  Hasbro sent us a copy to try out, and we had fun bouncing balls and trying to knock down cardboard pigs.

Star Wars Angry Birds

The game is based around a cardboard and plastic model of the Millennium Falcon.  You set the model up, and then launch balls at the table and try to bounce them to knock down pigs, or land the ball inside the Millennium Falcon.  There are point scoring rules, but my son was more interested in throwing balls around than actually keeping score.

World Series of Yahtzee Game Review and Giveaway

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy family always enjoys trying out new games! We recently had the chance to test out Hasbro’s updated version of Yahtzee, The World Series of Yahtzee.  This variation takes the somewhat slow dice game and turns it into a fast paced game where having good reflexes are key.

My kids never want to play traditional Yahtzee because it takes so long to play.  In our family the pace of the game is made worse because my husband always takes forever to figure out where to score his dice.

Twister Rave Ringz and Skip It Review and Giveaway

I always enjoy trying out new games with my family!  And I recently had the chance to try some fun new active games from Hasbro, Twister Rave Skip It and Twister Rave Ringz.  I like the fact that these games get kids moving while the have fun. Plus since they both have lots of levels they have are fun to play over and over again.

Twister Rave Skip It

Jenga Boom Review

Jenga Boom Game
New Twist on Classic Jenga Game

Hasbro has come out with a new version of the classic stacking game, Jenga Boom.  To add an extra layer of fun this game makes you move fast, because the blocks are stacked on a wobbly platform that is waiting to explode.  Before each turn you start the detonator, and you have to move and reposition your block before the time runs out and the blocks fall.

Favorite Monopoly Token and Game Giveaway

When you think of classic board games the first thing that comes to mind is Monopoly.  The game has been around for over 70 years, and playing it is a great family activity.  It seems like most people have a favorite Monopoly token, and I know in our house we always play with the same ones. Now one of the classic Monopoly tokens is going to be retired, and Hasbro needs your help determining which one.  Up for retirement are: the battleship, iron, racecar, Scottie dog, shoe, thimble, top hat, or wheelbarrow.

Monopoly Game Pieces

Scrabble Catch Phrase Review and Giveaway

catch phraseScrabble Catch Phrase is the new version of Catch Phrase from Hasbro.  This new game is the same basic game as the original Catch Phrase, but the words and categories are changed so that it is like a whole new game.  The motto of the game is the “Grab It, Guess It and Pass It Game," and it lives up to that billing.  In this game you are given a word or phrase on the game screen.  You have to give your teammates clues so they can guess the word or phrase.  Once your team has guessed the word you pass it to the other team, and they take a turn.  This continues until the buzzer goes off, at which point whichever team is holding the unit loses.

Twister Dance Review and Giveaway

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Playing games together as a family is something we love to do. And I recently had the chance for my family to try out the new Twister Dance Game from Hasbro. Now I am sure everyone is familiar with classic Twister, which is a fun party game. But now that I am older and less flexible there is no way I can twist my body into the pretzel positions that game requires! In addition the vinyl mat for Twister never folds up neatly and fits back in the box, so we rarely get it out to play.  This new Twister game doesn’t require impossible body contortions, and it has separate Twister spots, not a huge vinyl mat.