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Some Ideas For Halloween Party Games For Kids

If you’re planning to host a Halloween party for your kids and their friends, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

One of the first things you should decide is whether the party is going to have a specific theme. For example, if the theme was going to be a haunted house, all the guests would have to dress up as something related.

You could set up a haunted house and all the kids would have to go through it to get to the party. Your decorations would tie into the theme, and you could even have some helpers dress up as mummies and ghosts.

Whatever theme you choose, one of the things you’ll need to plan is some party games. Kids love it when they get to act crazy and win prizes!

There are always the traditional games like bobbing for apples. You can always put a new spin on things though. For example, instead of pin the tail on the donkey, you could make it pin the grin on the pumpkin.

Another great game for a Halloween party is gross taste test contest. Take some common foods and come up with gross sounding names for them. For example, gummy worms in pudding could become “mummy guts”.

Blindfold the kids and have them try the food. They have to guess what it is and whoever gets the most guesses right wins a prize. Most kids love things that sound gross (but really aren’t) but make sure you check for any food allergies first.

There are also lots of games you can play with balloons. You could have a relay where the kids run a race with a balloon stuck between their legs. Make sure you get orange & black balloons, or something that fits in with your theme.

You could also plan a costume contest with prizes for the best costumes. This will give the guests an inventive to come up with some really creative costume ideas. Have a bunch of different categories to make sure all the kids win a prize.

Whatever you plan for your party, keep in mind that kids get a ton of candy at Halloween. You might want to make your prizes something a little different.

What Is the Benefit of Jigsaw Puzzle Games for Kids?

Jigsaw puzzle games for kids have many benefits and can have a real educational value. They can be played by all ages: there are puzzles that can be played by both kids and adults.

Games for kids ages 3-6 usually contain large wooden puzzle pieces so that children can manipulate them with their small hands. They help children acquire basic skills such as hand-eye coordination as they learn to manipulate small objects. Younger children can also acquire spatial skills as they have to visualize the puzzle piece rotate it to find the accurate fit.

Games for older children (ages 6 and above) usually include a larger number of smaller pieces and more complex color patterns. They can promote brain development and they can help children enhance their ability to process information, analyze and solve problems.

Jigsaw puzzle games for kids can really have an educational value. For instance, younger children (ages 3 to 6) can play an animal puzzle and learn about animals. There are puzzles that can also teach numbers and the letters of the alphabet.

For older children (ages 6 and above), puzzles can teach about history, geography, arts, science and even literature and astronomy! For instance, there are geography puzzle games that can teach about the geography of the United States or of the world. By playing these games, kids can learn about cities, states and countries. Arts puzzles can help children familiarize themselves with a painting or a piece of art. History puzzles can help kids learn about an important historical event. And as they work on the puzzle, kids become interested in finding out more about a specific historical event or a painting. Generally, jigsaw puzzles can really open children’s minds and increase their curiosity.

Another added benefit of jigsaw puzzles is that they can serve as beautiful decoration in your child’s bedroom. That’s why you should never hesitate to use glue to complete a puzzle game (make sure that the glue is non-toxic). Your child can look at the completed puzzle with a sense of pride. If it is a geography puzzle game, it can help your child memorize cities and countries.

Really, jigsaw puzzles for kids can really have a positive impact on children. They can also provide long-lasting entertainment!

What Do Kids Want for Christmas This Year?

Kids come in all shapes sizes and mindsets. So it’s impossible to write one article that tells you what toys kids want for Christmas this year. But, since I have been tracking the most wished ‘wishlists’ on Amazon I can venture to share with you 5 great toys that you will not go wrong with. Especially if you are gifting children other than your own (and operating on a approx 30 dollar budget).

Just a sidenote, if you are gifting your own kids and you are not sure you know what they want, ask them. Communicate. Merry Christmas!

Coming back to three great games kids want for Christmas in 2010, here are my selections…

First is the Hedbanz game. It’s a quick-question game of ‘What Am I?’ Fast, easy and fun for the whole family, this gem really develops the deductive reasoning skills of 6 year olds and up. Great for sleepovers and school parties also. The only negative aspect is that there are only 72 cards to pick from making the choices finite.

The Loopz game, for 1 to 4 players, is the next great idea. Loopz includes 7 different games that can be played solo or as a head-to-head competition. It presents a mixture of skill and action as the “loops” flash with ever-quickening patterns of light and music which players must mimic. The idea is to stay alert… because if you miss three times you’re out!

The Mindflex game from Mattel moves one level higher in mind development. It combines advanced technology with the power of thought as players compete in the ultimate mental marathon through various obstacles that can be repositioned into many different configurations. This game competed for the 10th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards and has been widely acclaimed for all kids including autistics.

The Scientific Explorer’s Mind Blowing Science Kit for Young Scientists is exactly what the name suggests it is. Tons of positive reviews about this kit confirm that it is great for involving the family with experiments that intrigue all ages. The winner of Parents’ Choice Approved Award and Dr.Toy ‘One of the 10 Best Educational Products Award’, this kit contains a variety of experiments and instruction guide with scientific explanation. There heaps of learning and fun here.

Finally, the Multi Voice Changer by Toysmith is the season’s big hit! It helps you change your voice with 10 different voice modifiers and kids just can’t stop playing with it. Get the most fun voice effects with a huge range of side-lever combinations!

So now that you know what kids want for Christmas, let’s get to work!