Category Archives: Games

Gaming: Got Questions?

I’ve been asked by several people to write gaming posts – particularly, posts about gaming with kids. I’ve got no problems doing this and I already have a few ideas.

But I’d really like to know what it is you guys want to know, what you’d like to see.

Would you like to see reviews? Basic how-to-plays? Do you want things about boardgames, computer games, print-and-plays, etc?

What is it YOU want to see? Please leave a note in the comment section, letting me know, and I’ll see what I can do.


Game: Shut the Box! (Or: How to Help Your Child Learn Math Facts)

I decided I’d introduce you all to one of the math games we play called “Shut the Box”. We actually use a version called “Double Shutter”. But I also talked about how you can make your own, using a pen, two dice, and index cards.

I went ahead and found a few different versions on Amazon. I use the Amazon Associates (affiliate) program, but the main reason I link there is because that’s usually where I find the best prices and we have a prime account, so when I buy from them, I don’t have to pay shipping. I also wanted to be able to show a few different versions without having to come up with my own pictures.

This version looks really neat:

(As an aside: I’ve found that the quickest way to get my cats’ attention is to try to record a video.)

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Video Games, Music, and Kai

People who know our family know that we ALL enjoy playing games. We play a lot of board games and a fair number of video games, whether those are on the computer, on a game system, or on a smartphone. Currently, we’re all in a “Minecraft” phase. A couple of weeks ago, I bought the soundtrack for Kai to have on his mp3 player because I knew he’d like it. And it’s a fairly calming soundtrack. Take a listen. I think one of my favorites is “Mice on Venus” (number 11).

He also sometimes asks to listen to it if we’re doing something else, like playing with playdough (this has always been a big music time for us), doing an art project, or even just “playing”.

This is not the first video game soundtrack we’ve listened to. When Journey came out onĀ  the PS3, Kai and Joe played it together. We bought the soundtrack (I believe we picked that up through iTunes) and listened to that quite a lot. He probably asks to listen to “Journey” quite frequently, still, a few months later – several times a week. Journey has GORGEOUS music. It’s a lovely orchestral soundtrack – the music is beautiful and, at times, very haunting. In the game, your character never speaks, so the music does a lot to set the mood.

Both of these albums are instrumental. What this means is that every single day, without any prodding from us, Kai is listening to albums that are instrumental only – and he’s only 4. I’d say that’s a positive thing, wouldn’t you?