Skylanders Games Teach Problem Solving…And Addiction Behavior.
If you have a child over the age of 5, you’ve likely already heard of Skylanders. The video game/action figure hybrid has been a home-run for game-maker Activision.
The basic idea behind Skylanders is innocent enough: there are action-figures, or ‘Skylanders’, that you put on a portal and that toy becomes a living character inside the video game. Each Skylander has its own microchip to keep track of stats.
Only certain characters can perform certain tasks, so in order to get a more complete video game experience, your child needs to collect more and more toys.
This helps your child learn problem solving skills. Ask him which Skylander he needs, and he’ll tell you. And he’ll tell you what part of the game it will unlock.
But I bet you can tell the problem with this business model: it teaches your kids to collect more and more Skylanders. They can become addicted to the idea of buying them, because the game itself will reward that purchase with more entertainment.
And these aren’t cheap. They retail for about $10 USD each, which in itself isn’t that bad. But when you consider that there are 30 or more characters to choose from (as well as limited edition versions that can cost hundreds of dollars!), these costs add up. And that’s … Read the rest
The Mission for the New KidsIndoors.com:
Our mission is to provide parents everywhere with simple, entertaining and educational activities for kids of all ages. With more than 50% of new families living in heavily urbanized areas, having activities for kids to keep them physically and mentally engaged is more important than ever.
Of course, you could have your kids run wild at your local zoo. Since cities are a potentially more dangerous place for your kids to go outside and play (hazards include traffic, unsafe construction areas, more un-savory characters, etc.), having your child indoors is becoming the norm for most urban families.
But there are limitless possibilities for stimulating your child’s mental and physical abilities with indoor activities. There are tons of physical videos games that require your child to move in order to use them. There is Netflix, which has a child-friendly version of its site that you can load up on your tablet for hours of entertaining and educational videos. There is Facetime, where your child can chat with his friends after-school without either of them having to leave the comfort of their home.
We’re going to give advice for children of all ages, from newborns straight up until the more autonomous teenage years. We hope to become the go-to guide for parents looking for ways to mentally and physically … Read the rest
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Keeping Kids Indoors and Having Fun!
Having a group of elementary school-aged kids over for a party sounds like every parent’s worst nightmare. Especially if you want to keep them all indoors for the duration of the party: these kids have energy levels that even Olympic athletes couldn’t hope to match. Luckily there are lots of cool games you can play that require minimal effort on your part, but maximum fun for them!
1. Simon Says
This one is quite a hands on game…if you’re the narrator. But there are apps you can play on your smartphone that will operate the game for you. All you have to do is run the app and let the kids play the game themselves.
View ‘iSays’ in the app store (iOS).
Upside: – hands off, but will keep kids occupied.
Downside: – some kids will inevitably cheat, leading to accusations that parents will likely need to break up. The game also only lasts about 20-25 minutes before the kids start finding it repetitive.
2. Treasure Hunt
Kids love going on treasure hunts, especially if there’s a sweet reward at the end. Set up a list of things that the kids need to find and hide them around your home. Set clear limits (so the kids don’t start looking through your bedroom!) for the hunt, and watch them scurry … Read the rest