Education, Gift Guides

Family Game Night – Break Free and Safe Breaker

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Family Game Night - Break Free and Safe Breaker

When was your last family game night? I remember when my son was younger and we introduced him to board games. He was so enamored and we played games so often with him. Now he is 9 and the games he wants to play involve video controllers. I want to take game nights back and so I needed a strategy…literally. He likes strategy video games so I needed strategy board games. YULU Toys sent me Break Free and Safe Breaker and our game night happened again.

Break Free is so simple yet addicting. First you insert a maze into the main cuff area then everyone puts a handcuff on. Now it is a race to solve the maze in a series of tweaks and turns and whomever solves it first breaks free.

Safe Breaker is similar yet different in that you have a safe instead of handcuffs and you solve number clues and race to not get caught instead of a physical maze. This is strategy in a few versions for a variety in you family game nights.

Break Free and Safe Breaker are part of the Spy Code games series. Take the #BreakFreeChallenge and record and share your race to escape on social media.

Tip: you can come up with different challenges each round, like playing blindfolded or race to escape after a series of relay races, making the game an endless amount of unpredictable and creative fun! Available on Amazon and Target stores.

Back to School 2017, Education, Gift Guides

Become a Scientist with Dr Beaker from Blue Orange Games

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Blue Orange Games has long been a favorite game brand in my home. The games are fun and engaging all while creating a learning environment especially with games of strategy, critical thinking and judgement. Here is a new game called Dr. Beaker.


Dr Beaker will bring out the beaker-stirring Scientist in your child. Your beaker is full of ‘molecules’ and it rotates on a turn table inside the beaker. The challenge is to pick a challenge card and with only the stir stick, you have to move the molecules into the same order on the challenge card. It is harder than it looks.

Skills involved:


  • Visual Perception
  • Focus & Attention
  • Problem Solving
  • Fine Motor
  • Processing Speed

Visit Blue Orange Games and for the complete line of games. The newer games have the NEW logo attached. You can find these games at many retailers including Amazon. Think end of summer learning! This is a great way to introduce science.

Back to School 2017, Education, Gift Guides

Electronic Wordplay Game – Freeze Up! Review

Thank you to Educational Insights for partnering with us for this feature. Opinions are my own

 When I talk children’s play I always feature products with an educational element to them and the entire selection of games and toys at Educational Insights will have your child playing in a way that they hardly remember they are learning. I remember starting out as a parent and I had these ideas of summer workbooks and completed pages before the new school year and after raising 3 boys we have never got past Chapter 1 in a skill book. I am a consistent parent so that isn’t the problem. The problem was they were learning already!

Electronic Wordplay Game - Freeze Up! Review

 I’d see my son running around in a cape with a sword and once I asked him who the ‘evil’ was I suddenly found myself asking if he needs help catching ‘bad guys”. Now we are in a game of pretend play together-full of critical thinking and problem solving. Other times it was to the game shelf for a game of Battleship or electronic games. Again. I find the boys problem solving, counting and critically thinking. And they were doing all of this outside of a book and pencil. It was play and it is the natural way children explore the world around them. Freeze Up! is a game of wordplay that would be a great choice for keeping the brain active this summer break.

In this electronic game that speaks to you, you have to think quickly for words that fit the given category. Choose 1 or 8 players-even have teams. In multi-player mode the first one who runs out of their time loses because that means they weren’t the quickest.  You are given a letter and you must choose a word that starts with that letter in the given category. You can change the letter up at any time. Say the word and hit Freeze fast! This stops your individual time. Features over 170 categories and 2 modes of play with automatic scoring.

I would love to know your favorite learning games you play with in your home? Do you have subject games or prefer imaginative play? Let me know in comments below.

Apps, Easter, Gift Guides, Kids, Spring 2017

Skylanders News: New from The Skylanders Imaginators Game

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Skylanders news from Skylanders Imaginators are some fun new Sensei characters, a new platform to play on and new guest characters. Lets’ take a deeper look

NEW Skylanders Imaginators Sensei Characters

  1. Pain-Yatta: Magic Sensei with a Smasher as his weapon of choice
  2. Grave Clobber: Water Sensei with a Brawler as his weapon of choice
  3. Hard-Boiled Flare Wolf (Easter edition): Fire Sensei with a Bazooker as his weapon of choice

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NEW Skylanders Imaginators Guest Characters

  • Crash Bandicott and Dr Neo Cortex: play a level dedicated to the famous bandicoot, Thumpin Wumpa Islands, which pays homage to be beloved ‘90s video game icon.  

Skylanders Imaginators is on Nintendo Switch

  • Easily load and store your 300+ toys
  • Take your play wherever you want-internal library

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2016 Holidays, Books Reviews

Water Bottle Flipping Games and Stunts

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water flipping book

Flippin Awesome: Water Bottle Flip Games, Tricks & Stunts For Everyone

Has you child reached for that bottle of water and caused you panic when they toss it in the air to let it land on the ground. I had never heard of bottle flipping before my 8 year old son and a friend staying the  night started throwing bottles. They were on the floor throwing bottles of water in the air right at my desk. When visions of water exploding all over my computer and electronics I sent them outside. It was raining so they were flipping bottles on the front porch. What is this? Why are they flipping water that my explode everywhere?

Blame You Tube because in a video they like watching the channel introduced them to the craze. I work at the local High School and in the cafeterias I would see kids flipping bottles. They needed somewhere a little more safe and more sensible to do this water bottle flipping stunt and a game board was the ticket.

In the book Flippin Awesome, there are 12 oversized game boards and more. Variations and how-to instructions, a little lesson in physics, bottle bling ideas, trick shots, creative moves, games, challenges and logs with score cards. The book is made available with Skyhorse Publishing and you can order on Amazon as well.

2016 Holidays, Education

Four New Learning Games from Blue Orange Games

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 Blue Orange learning games

In my home, Blue Orange Games has long been a favorite game brand. The games are fun and engaging all while creating a learning environment especially with games of strategy, critical thinking and judgement. Here are 4 new learning games from Blue Orange Games.


Each card has 5 images on it- one Original image and four with variations. Players use process of elimination to locate the Original by pointing out differences in the other four pictures. Ages 7+ and 1-6 players. Also available at

Pin Point learning game


As the master Builder, you must assemble your tower against the chaotic Onslaught of catapults to try to get the most points. But come next round, you’ll be the saboteur behind the catapult creating catastrophe for your opponent Builder. Will you build multiple towers against your enemies? or will you try for the grand prize and master the Mega tower? Ages 6+ and 2-5 players. Also at

Kaboom learning game


players build their wall to victory with vibrantly colored blue and orange bricks engraved with white x’s and o’s. The first player to ALIGN four of their symbol or color in a row wins the game and claims the wall! but watch out! each brick contains both your symbol and color as well as those of your opponent. So each time you add a new piece, you risk helping your opponent win the game! Ages 7+ and 2 players. Also at

Brix learning game


Flex your mind to build awesome and complex shapes, taking turns snapping on u-shaped bricks to surround one of your dots on the growing, six-sided structure. U-turn will challenge your visual perception, critical thinking skills and thinking ahead, as each piece you add will affect the future shape of the game. Ages 7+ 2 Players. Also at

U-Turn learning game

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