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5 Unique Games for Family Game Night

2 Feb

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Games not only bring out fun and friendly competition but it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with family! This is also a great way for kids to exercise their critical thinking, problem solving, and fine motor skills. Need some new game ideas? Us here at Kaplan Toys got you covered with these five unique games that are sure to be a hit for your family game night festivities!

Soggy Doggy Board Game

Enjoy a kid-friendly, anticipation-filled game that will leave you on the edge of your seat! The Soggy Doggy Board Game is perfect as you move your players around the board and take turns giving the pup a bath but be careful. He loves to shake himself dry! At any moment, Soggy Doggy will shake all over you. Just wipe yourself dry and go back to the start. The first player around the board wins!

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Exit Games

Become a team and work together as a family by playing exciting strategy games! You and up to five other players must race to beat the clock and try to escape the locked room before its too late with Exit Games: Secret Lab, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and Abandoned Cabin or Exit Games: Polar Station, Forbidden Castle, and Forgotten Island. Use a series of clues, riddles, and codes to navigate through the imaginary trap scenarios and discover the exit before time runs out!

Are You Dumber Than A Box of Rocks™ Trivia Game

Put your smarts to the test with trivia games! Do you think you can outsmart a box of rocks? Find out by playing the hilarious, fast-paced trivia game: Are You Dumber Than A Box of Rocks™. You will compete against three rocks that are numbered 0, 1, and 2. The answer to every included trivia question will always be one of these numbers. Just draw a card, pick a category, shake the box and open the top, and see if you or the rocks have the correct answer.  Win the game by being the first person to outsmart the rocks and get the correct answer three times!

The Parent Quiz

Have a good laugh during game to encourage family bonding! Kids can put their parents, grandparents, or guardians on the spot with The Parent Quiz® After Dinner Trivia Game. The parents, grandparents, or guardian picks a card and reads a series of multiple choice questions about themselves to reveal a funny fact. For every answer correct, receive a point and keep the card. Try to collect five cards first to win the game!

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Yeti in My Spaghetti®

Add a new fun game to your collection for family game night! Yeti in My Spaghetti® is an exciting and wacky game that is fun for the whole family. Simply lay the noodles across the bowl and then sit the Yeti on top of the noodles. Challenge yourself by removing the noodles one by without letting the Yeti drop into the bowl. If the Yeti falls into the bowl, you lose!

4 Ways to Focus on the Family

4 Nov

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Celebrate the start of November by spending quality time with your family! Toys not only provide entertainment for children, but they can also encourage engagement in the home by bringing families together as they support learning in children. Here are four educational ways to spend your family time plus the toys you can use to carry them out:

1. Keep Table Talk Interesting!

Some of the most stimulating conversations can be had at the dinner table when everyone slows down from busy schedules to spend time together over a meal. To make these conversations more productive, Around the Family Table offers pages full of conversation starters that can lead to a child’s deeper understanding of the world around them. From social norms to goal setting, children can be inspired by thought-provoking questions for the family.

2. Build Something Wonderful

Whether it’s understanding how Lincoln Logs fit together, learning how to balance one block on top of another, or learning color coordination with LEGOs, block play is a great way for children to strengthen fine and gross motor skills. Building and construction also stretches kids’ imaginations as they realize creations are only limited by how ambitious their building goals are. Here are two tips to keep in mind as you build:

  1. Build together, not separately. Teaching your child to adapt their building style to meet yours will help them understand cooperate play. It will also encourage sharing and communication as you talk through the structure you’re going to create!
  2. Build with purpose. What function is the tower going to serve? Will the bridge be used to get toy cars from point A to point B? You can challenge your children to even greater depths of thought by setting a goal to go along with their architecture. One great idea is trying to build a home for one of your child’s toys. Space perception is needed when setting building parameters, presenting a great learning opportunity for kids.

3. Encourage Engineering

Have you heard of the STEM movement? Encouraging science, technology, engineering and math in the home is just as important as pushing them in the classroom. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to explain real-world applications around the house as children test out small versions of real-world concepts. To explain how things work and why, here are some engineering toys you can’t miss out on as you teach your child about the world around them:

4. Start a New Tradition

Finally, simply starting something new in the home can rekindle everyone’s excitement over spending time together. Starting a new tradition, whether for the holidays or simply in the home, can be a great way to bring fun back to family ritual. Whether it’s strategies to keep chores engaging or acting out bedtime stories, the Book of New Family Traditions has some great ideas on how you can change things up for a more refreshing family time.

Our Suggestion: Family Game Night!

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Board games are the oldest trick in the book for getting families to gather around for a night of fun! Pick a night that works for all of your family members and set aside time for some friendly competition. Check out these new board game selections to add to your game night:

Have your own ideas for livening up family time? Feel free to share them with us by commenting below or on our Facebook page with the hashtag #familytime.

Fun for the Family: Board Games!

29 Aug

August may be wrapping up, but it’s still Family Fun Month! With school starting this month (or next month, for you lucky September starters), things are probably hectic, with homework and sports practices and dance classes, so we’ve come up with a handful of games for you to play as you relax with your family. And who needs a designated month to have fun with their family, anyway? These games are good year-round–not just in August. 🙂 And as an added bonus: they are all games that will help your kids develop key skills, from spelling to deductive reasoning.

Bananagrams

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A classic favorite! This word game encourages players to create words in a crossword format! Whoever is the first to use all of their tiles wins. It’s great for beginning spellers, as well as more advanced players, and you don’t need anything extra to play–it’s all in the bag! [18010 (Spanish), 18011 (English); $14.95 each)

Clue Junior

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A more child-friendly version of the murder mystery game, Clue Junior asks the players to discover who took the prizes, and when, to win the game. This game will help your child develop their deductive reasoning skills while having fun. The game board is two-sided for two levels of play, so as the children get older, they have another option to play. Included in the box: game board, plastic tray, 5 movers, 6 “who” cards, 6 “where” cards, 6 “when” cards, 1 all guess card, 18 guess tokens in five different colors, 3 gold tokens, a detective sheet, truth envelope, die, and instructions on how to play! (17177, $15.95)

Memory

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Encourage your preschooler’s natural curiosity with this simple and fun game that helps strengthen their short-term memory. Playtime is extended with Memory’s simple and easy-to-use (and clean up!) format. The box includes 72 picture cards, plastic tray and instructions. (9114, $13.95)

Jumping Frog Math Game

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Match the lily pads to the pond by the correct shape or number, and watch the frogs jump. This game enforces a child’s learning of numbers 0-10, and your child will also learn counting, number recognition, sequencing, sorting, and number combinations. Each soft, plush frog has a number on its tummy and a corresponding number of spots on its back. Includes activity guide with loads of game ideas, lily pads, and pond, all in a vinyl storage bag. (47598, $59.95)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game

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Complete a beautiful butterfly by “taking a bite” from the colorful fruits included in this game based on Eric Carle’s beloved book. Reinforce your child’s color and shape matching skills with this game, as well as language and cognitive skills. Reading the book is an added bonus, but there is no reading required to play this game! (Book not included.) (30443, $17.95)

Let us know what your favorite games to play with your family are!