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4 Virtual Meeting Icebreakers

Virtual meetings are becoming more common in business environments.  For some staff members, the only time they see their colleagues is on a screen!  Even when participants are in different geographic locations, you can organize icebreakers that help them learn more about one another and become better collaborators.  Here are some of the best virtual meeting icebreakers!

How's Your Social Life?

Ask participants a simple question about their social life so everyone can learn more about each other.  Participants can share funny stories and get to know one another.

Ask questions like:
  • What was the most enjoyable thing you did last week?
  • What is your favorite place to go on holiday or your dream holiday destination?
  • What do you love or hate about social media?
  • What is your favorite meal?
  • What music or television show do you love that most people hate?

Take a Picture Why Don't You!

One of the difficulties with collaborating online is that the other participants don’t feel as “real” as a person in the same room.  One way to overcome this is by learning more about the person’s workspace and the objects that they have around them.  You can ask participants to take a photo of a specific object that is nearby and share it with the group. 

Some ideas for photos include:
  • Their favorite coffee cup
  • Their favorite gadget
  • Their desk
  • Their favorite t-shirt
  • The nerdiest thing in their office or home
  • Any pets that they may have

This helps participants learn more about each other and helps to “humanize” one another!  You can also ask participants to share some photos of the town where they live.  This helps the group understand the part of the world where other participants live.

Eat Lunch Together!

Traditionally, people working in the same workspace often get the chance to share lunch with one another.  During lunch they can have a chat and get to learn more about each other.  Why not have a weekly lunch day where everyone eats lunch at their computer and talks about what they have been up to.

Participants can show others what they are having for lunch that day!   Some subjects to talk about include any movies people in the group want to see, what books everyone is reading and what plans everyone has for the weekend.

The Best of the Web!

Because you are all in an online environment, it’s a great opportunity for the group to share the websites and online resources they absolutely love!  The facilitator can ask the participants to share some of their favorite websites and explain why they love them so much.  In many cases, the group shares some really useful online resources which are very beneficial for collaboration.

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15 Fun Dice Games to Play with Friends and Family

What with all the latest technology such as video game consoles and smartphones taking over the interests of children and adults alike, it can be easy to forget things of a simple nature such as dice gamesDice games are not only simple, but actually a lot of fun, regardless of whether you’re a child or an adult.

What’s more, dice games very rarely need a huge investment. Although there are a number of dice games you can buy for both children and adults, there are many games that can be played without any purchase, simply using spare bits from around the home.

Of course, for those who are slightly more invested in dice games, there are a series of games that you can purchase, some are more novelty-based, whereas others are modern-day versions of dice-based games introduced many years ago.

Dice games have been staple of many homes for a number of years, and it’s not hard to see why. Dice games may not seem very exciting to the younger demographic of today due to the pace technology evolves at, but once introduced to the excitement and competition a dice game can bring, children are soon enjoying the many benefits that many dice games introduce into a household.

Dice Games for Adults

There are many games that can be enjoyed by either adults or children, depending on how a particular game is tailored. However, those new to the world of dice games may prefer to have a selection of games they can jump straight into. In this regard, the following dice games have been split into separate categories.

The following dice games have been designed with adults in mind, although there are some that can be played with the rest of the family.

Dice games for adults are generally those that have been around for a number of years, although some have seen the popularity soar when popular games have licensed the game and marketed it in a particular way. An example of this is ‘Yahtzee,’ which while seen as a popular dice game of today, it’s actually a game that has roots that span back a vast number of years.

BUNCO

Bunco is a dice game played with nine dice, and a lot of luck. The game is often played by 12 people, who will be split into teams of four. Less or more players can join, but the overall number of people playing must be divisible by four for the game to be played.

Players must try to roll a number that corresponds with the round being played. For example, if players are up to round 3, then they should try and aim to roll three 3’s. Similarly, in round 5, players would need to roll five 5’s. Each time a successful dice roll is made, this is known as a Bunco, and a point is awarded each time a Bunco is claimed. The team with the most points is declared the winner.

The somewhat bohemian rules associated with Bunco are what makes the game so addictive, very few rules and a ream of excitement is what makes Bunco one of the most popular dice games played in the US today.

Mexico

Mexico is another game with simple dynamics. The game is played with two dice for rolling, with each player being given an additional die. The die will dictate how many lives each player has after each round, so will start on a six, and deplete accordingly.

After each game, the lowest dice roll will be considered the losing roll, and as such, that particular player will lose a life. The winner of Mexico is the player left standing after all players have rolled their dice and lost their lives.

Shut the Box

Hey! Play! Shut The Box Game - 12 Numbers (Includes Dice)
  • This is a new game that is becoming more popular by the moment
  • It can be played for fun or for money
  • Stained finish wood and green felt and comes with complete with dice

While the aforementioned games are something of a straightforward affair, ‘Shut the Box’ encourages players to really apply their brain power, which is what makes it so much fun.

Generally played within a wooden box that displays the current numbers, each player will roll dice and use the combinations made to reach one of the numbers displayed on the wooden display. As each number is matched, the numbers within the wooden display will be flipped over. If the number 1 is the only number left showing, then players will only need to roll one dice in the hope they can reach the final number.

Once a player is able to successfully match all of the numbers, they are declared the winner, thus having to ‘shut the box’ as a result. Although played by many adults in a gambling capacity, ‘Shut The Box’ is also a brilliant family game that can easily be transported on holiday or even used for days out.

Yahtzee

Hasbro Yahtzee Dice Game
  • Yahtzee is the classic dice game with a unique combination of luck and strategy. Every game is an exciting challenge to...
  • The classic dice game comes with 5 dice and a shaker.
  • Take your 5 dice, take your 3 rolls, and fill in your score card to find the high rolling winner.

When looking at popular dice games, Yahtzee is a game that needs little introduction. The game has roots that connect to a series of dice games from yesteryear, with one of the most important predecessors being called ‘Yacht.’

There are thirteen categories that can be used for the dice rolls, although when a category has been used, it cannot be used again. Each category will have its own scoring system. Five dice are rolled to allow for various combinations, with players allowed to re-roll the dice an additional two times. The dice can be saved, with players choosing to re-roll any other dice should they so wish, although there is no requirement.

Although seen as an adult game, the clever marketing of Yahtzee has seen the game become popular among many families. Ideal for family bonding times or those gloomy, rainy days.

Liar's Dice

‘Liar’s Dice’ found a flourish of interest again once it was featured in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie series. The game is played with each player having five dice, plus a cup that conceals their roll from the other players.

Players roll their dice at the start of a game, should any dice land on top of one another, then that particular roll needs to be taken again. Once all players have rolled their dice, they must be kept concealed, thus the use of the cup. Players than make bids on how the value of dice as a whole. For example, a player declaring that there are ‘two 3’s’ is stating that there at least two dice showing a 3. The player can either continuing playing, or challenge that particular player. Should they have the dice described, or more, then the player who made the initial challenge will lose a die.

Only the current bid can be challenged, and can you can only challenge players during your turn. The game continues until only one player remains.

The game is popular because of the deception involved, often leading to much hilarity when played at house parties.

Left, Center, Right

LCR Left Center Right Dice Game - Blue Tin
  • Lcr/left center Right is a fun, fast-paced dice game that you won't be able to put down
  • Game includes three LCR specialty marked cubes, 24 chips and instructions in a special tin
  • For 3 or more players

When detailing adult dice games, it makes sense to include one of the best-selling dice games of all time. This particular dice game is a little different to others in that offers custom-made dice designed exclusively for this particular game.

Each player is given a series of chips. How many really depends on how long you wish to play the game. For a short game, then the player should be given at least three chips, although more can be given if you wish to span the game out for some time.

The dice used in ‘Left, Right, Centre’ are labelled with ‘L,’ ‘R’ and ‘C.’ The remaining faces of the die has a singular dot, which results in no action being taken by the player. The following rolls will determine a particular action by the player.

L (Left): The player must pass a chip to the player on the left.

R (Right): Players must pass a chip to players on the right.

C (Center): A chip is placed into a pot in the center, meaning that no other players benefit from that particular chip. The player with the most chips left over is declared the winner.

Although this particular dice game is purely a game of chance, the excitement that can be garnered from its simplicity makes this unique dice game a worthy purchase.

Farkle

Farkle
  • It's the classic dice-rolling, risk-taking game!
  • Roll the dice, hoping for scoring combinations!
  • Be safe and take your points, or keep rolling for more and risk losing them all in a Farkle!

Do you have friends and family that like to push their luck? Then why not introduced Farkle into their lives, as the whole game is centered around players pushing their luck to achieve the highest score possible.

The game of Farkle is somewhat a straightforward one, although it does require someone to keep track of the scores.

In order to determine who starts the game, each player must roll a singular die The player with the highest roll is the player who goes first. In the event of a tie, then players who tied with a particular number must roll again to determine their starting position.

Once it has been decided as to who will start the game, players are given six dice to roll for their turn. Each dice rolled will have either a point tally, or be worth nothing at all. The following rolls determine the number of points earned for each die.

  • A roll of one is worth 500 points to the player.
  • A roll of five is worth 50 points to the player.
  • Three dice rolled at the same time that contain the same value are worth 100 times the face value. For example, if a player was to roll the 5’s, the score would be 500 points.

In order for a player to enter the game, players must roll a total of 1,000 points or more. The rules applied here are similar to that of the main game, in that players can set aside scoring die, but risk losing everything should they choose to roll again.

Once the main game has started, each player will take it in turns to roll six dice. When a player has rolled the dice, they must set aside any dice that are bankable (ones, fives and three-in-a-row.) The remaining dice can then be thrown to try and acquire additional points, or the dice can be passed onto the next player.

Should a player roll the dice and there are no points whatsoever, this is known as a Farkle.As a result, no score will be recorded and the dice must be passed to the next player.

In order for a player to win a game of Farkle, they have the to be the first to reach 10,000 points. If a player scores more than 10,000 points that other players will look to beat the score. If no-one does, the player with the highest score is declared the winner.

Children's Dice Games

While adult dice games can involve a lot of luck and manipulation, dice game that are created for children are much friendlier, although there can be a healthy element of competition still present. Dice games can also be used to help children further their education, while having fun.

There is a vast selection of dice games available for children, and not all of them involve a huge investment. In fact, this can be one of the most appealing aspects of board games, because there are times that parents simply don’t have the budget required for a day out at the theme park or the movies.

The following children’s dice games can be played without having to invest a huge amount of money.

Beat That!

Beat That is a fun game that can be played by children aged 5 upwards. The number of dice used within the game can vary depending on the age of the children. For example, younger children may be fine with two dice, whereas older children may prefer more of a challenge, so potentially up to 7 dice could be used within the game.

All that is needed to play Beat That is dice and a paper and pencil for scoring. Children are passed the dice and have to come up with the largest number possible combining the dice thrown. For example, if a child was using two dice and came up with a 6 and a 7, the highest number that could be achieved is 76. Similarly, if a child was using three dice and the numbers rolled were 4,6 and 8, then the highest number possible would be 864.

Once players have come up with the highest number they think is possible, the dice are then passed to the next player with the invitation of ‘Beat That!’

Children play in rounds, with a winner being declared at the end of each round.

If attempting to score the highest number becomes a little repetitive, then why not consider changing the rules round, like attempting to reach the smallest number possible.

Tenzi Dice

TENZI Dice Party Game - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family - 4...
  • AWARD WINNING: TENZI is a fast, fun dice game that encourages fast reactions and is super easy to learn. That’s why it...
  • FAST ACTION: TENZI is fun because it’s fast. To play TENZI you must roll your 10 dice as fast as you can which makes...
  • MORE WAYS TO PLAY: There’s not just one way to play TENZI, that’s why we’ve included instructions for 8 other...

Sometimes children are dissuaded from playing any games that are dice-based as they feel there’s purely not enough excitement. However, Tenzi Dice looks to break the illusion with ease.

Tenzi Dice can be played with dice you already own, or you could invest in a set for as little as $14.00. If you invest in an Tenzi Dice set, you will often find that the dice come in different colors.

The aim of the game is for children to roll their dice and try and match the same number. The process is simply repeated until the one player has matched all of their dice, and as such, is declared the winner.

The game can be played in rounds, and due to the nature of the game, each round only takes around a minute to complete, meaning children aren’t waiting too long for their turn. The game also doubles as a brilliant family game for those at a loose end.

Going to Boston

Parents who are looking for a fun game that educates as well as entertains should look no further than ‘Going to Boston.’ All that is needed for this fun-filled game is 3 dice, a pencil and some paper so scores can be recorded.

Each player is given three dice. The dice will be rolled three times, with the highest number set aside each time. At the end of the player’s turn, the three numbers must be added up to give the final figure. Each player takes a turn until they have three numbers each. The winner with the highest overall number will be declared the winner.

What’s more, ‘Going to Boston’ can be adapted for those looking for more of a challenge. For example, older children may enjoy multiplying the numbers, as opposed to adding them together.

Pizza Party Game

Dicecapades - Pizza Party - Fast and Frantic Dice Games for Two People
  • A fast and frantic dice game for two
  • Roll your dice to match the toppings on your slice
  • Keep rolling until they all match

Although something of a novelty dice game, that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun. Pizza Party is a fast-paced dice games where children must match the toppings on the dice with the toppings shown on their pizza piece.

To play Pizza Party, children are given five dice each. They are then required to pick a ‘slice card’ from the shuffled deck. Players then have to roll their dice and attempt the match the toppings show on the dice to that shown on the card.

Whether you’re looking for a dice game for a rainy day, or something can be played while mobile, Pizza Party Game can be a worthwhile investment that won’t break the bank.

Mountain

Mountain is a game that is known by many names, and is probably one of the simpler dice games for younger children, as well as being adaptable for older children. All that is needed to play Mountain is two or three dice, a paper and a pencil, and some printouts that are normally easily available online.

A mountain is shown on a piece of paper with a series of number showing them leading up the mountain, and descending down the other side. In order to climb the mountain, children must roll each number that is shown on the mountain. So if the first number is a 1, then a 1 must be rolled before the climb can start. Each number must be attained in order, so there can be no fast forwarding when it comes to rolling a number that appears later on.

The winner is the first person that is able to claim the mountain with a number of a successful dice rolls. They can be tailored for different players. For example, you may want to increase the size of the mountain, or introduce more dice.

Run For It!

This particular dice game is not only a lot of fun, but it can also help encourage children to build on their five-times table. All that is needed to play ‘Run for It’ is six dice, paper and a pencil.

The aim of the game is to roll dice that have sequence numbers, such as 1-2, or 1-2-3. Each sequenced number is worth 5 points, but a sequence cannot be minus any numbers. For example, if the hand thrown was 1,4,6,6,6,3 then no sequence can be recorded, and as such no score is recorded.

The winner of the game is the first person to reach 100 points.

Boggle Junior

Boggle Junior, Preschool Game, First Boggle Game, Ages 3 and up...
  • WORD GAME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: It's a Boggle game for younger kids. This first game for preschoolers grows with your child...
  • MATCH LETTERS AND PICTURES: Kids as young as 3 can play this simple Boggle Jr. game. Players match the big letter cubes...
  • SPELLING AND MEMORY: In this kids' version of the popular Boggle word game, players are introduced to letter and word...

Boggle is a game that has been popular for a number of years, but now preschoolers are able to join in the fun, thanks to the introduction of ‘Boggle Junior’ There are two-word matching games contained within the game, the look to encourage children to match the words shown on colorful cards showing bold pictures.

The game is not only a lot of fun, but also encourages word recognition and associations, which can benefit preschoolers who are just starting out reading.

Although we have been through a series of dice games, these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dice games, for both children and adults.

What’s more, tabletop games such as dice games have a list of benefits that just aren’t possible with other pastimes, such as gaming. As well as the fun and bonding time that can be achieved with a simple pair of dice, you can also expect the following benefits.

  • Improved social interaction.
  • Greater problem-solving skills.
  • Gain techniques that promote visualization and innovation.
  • Great stress relief.
  • Improved communication skills.
  • An increased sense of achievement.

If you’re looking for an activity that encourages interaction from everyone, then you could do a lot worse than considering some of the dice games shown here. Dice games can even be collectable, making them the ideal substitute for trading cards and figurines.

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5 Romantic Picnic Ideas

The picnic is one of the most romantic ways to spend your time, without any additional ingredients needed.  Two people, sat together, by a trickling stream, alone but for the butterflies that flutter around like tissue paper in the breeze and the odd cow chewing cud in the corner.  But, how can you make sure your partner is alive with love over your picnic blanket.

Location is Key

The location of your picnic can make or break your romantic picnic, so choose well. Look out for ant hills and wasp nests. There is nothing more likely to ruin a romantic picnic that an insect bite in a compromising place. You need to create the perfect scene.  You need to be somewhere isolated but somewhere where there is the sound of water and the chance of sunshine with a cooling breeze.  You need the backdrop of beautiful wild flowers and the privacy that tall grass can offer. Remember to let nature be your soundtrack – with a river or the sea to serenade you.

Just Like in the Movies

Photo by Tim Collins on Unsplash

Find an old oak tree, that has lived through many ages before yours, and carve your initials into the bark and surround it with a love heart.  Take it in turns to carve each other’s initials.  Make this your place, the place where you had that picnic that was so romantic.  Then, in years to come you can come back to this tree and remember this moment and the romance will return.

Don't be Shy

Sit on the same side of the picnic blanket.  Come on, you say, surely this is obvious.  Well, for those who are romantically awkward it is sure to be news to them that they sit the same side as the one they love.  Normal human rules suggest we sit facing each other to eat… but not at a romantic picnic… surely you chose the picnic over the restaurant so you can sit side by side…You will begin with a small gap and then hands will touch and then you will lean into each other.  The picnic is the most amazing way to get close and to relax in each other’s company without the formality of a restaurant and the darkness of the cinema.

Watch What You Eat

Photo by Thomas Martinsen on Unsplash

Avoid onions and garlic in any of the food in the basket… unless you have some handy mints in your pocket, the smelly breath could kill off any romance!  You never know what message you are sending by snacking on food that repels – avoid thoughtless food errors!

Romantic Picnic Foods

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Include strawberries and champagne in your basket.  Strawberries bring out the taste of champagne… surely you saw Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and her carpet picnic in Richard Gere’s penthouse suite.  Clinking two champagne flutes together and holding out a strawberry for your partner to bite… Also, the champagne will add that moment of luxury and a feeling of warmth rising from within…

The perfect picnic with a loved one needs planning.  You need to cover each detail to make sure it is as romantic as possible.  Except, there are those relationships were an impromptu picnic is possible – you bundle each other into the car with some hastily bought food – sit in your favorite spot and just sit together, outside, enjoying some warm weather.  These too can become the moments of legend without any thought whatsoever – just because you are both there.

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8 Family Picnic Ideas

You want your family to go on a picnic together.  The weather is lovely, there is nothing on the TV and you have managed to drag the kids off the computer games.  How can you make sure your picnic is memorable?

Here are some ideas:

Have a picnic in your back garden.  

There is no need to travel.  Just throw down a blanket and decorate with balloons and throw around some cushions.  This is quick and a clever way to grab an hour or two with your kids.

Ban all devices and just sit and talk as a family for a short amount of time.

Have your picnic on a boat.  

Take a boat to the middle of a river or lake and eat as a family as you bob about on the current. There is nothing more calming than being in the middle of a body of water.  Also, Dad will become an expert in currents and how to get the most out of the boat – which can be funny to watch.

Encourage the Kids to Organize the Food!

Give them the freedom of the kitchen and the picnic basket.  Leave when they tell you they are happy with what they have made for you all to eat… potentially a disaster… always interesting.  I would suggest this might not be the option if you are trying to control the calories.  There is likely to be a strong emphasis on cake, chocolate and crisps… but you know you have taken this option because you want to have a day of eating this stuff too.

Colorful Jars of Food.

Cut up different fruit and vegetables as brightly colored as you can and fill up jars with a good variety.  These jars look awesome and are excellent to dip into as you are eating the picnic.  It really is an interesting way of getting kids to eat healthier and it keeps the food fresh and easily protected from the wildlife.

Make a Campfire.

Make yourself a camp fire… even though you are not camping you still want to roast marshmallows and bake potatoes at the base of the fire.  It also lovely to sit and watch as the light dims.  It will keep people out talking late into the night.  Make sure you dig a pit to build the fire it and ensure that it is completely doused with water before you leave.

The Snack that Smiles Back!

Give all your picnic foods faces… when you are making your sandwiches and cakes use salad and fruit to give all the food eyes, a nose and a mouth.  You could make it a competition to see who can make the funniest of faces and maybe give food names… it gets a bit brutal when you start chomping down.

Hide Mini Treasures

Hide mini treasure in amongst the food so that people find surprises as they eat.  I wouldn’t put these things in the food, otherwise the dentist will be busy, but in the packets.  People will have moments of excitement or feel special, even if it is just a little love note.

Sit and Talk

Just sit and talk and eat slowly.  This shouldn’t be unique… but in today’s world eating slowly and gently chatting is as rare as it comes.  Sit quietly and enjoy each other’s company.

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5 Fun Cooperative Games for Kids

Through cooperative games kids learn to think and work with one another as they apply skills learned to accomplish the goals of their group or team. These games are always fun to develop and play and have the effect of bringing children together. While competitive games focus a lot on losing or winning, cooperative games are all about the success of the whole team.  They give all children involved a chance to be winners.

What's in a Name?

(for kids in grades 1-3)

While kids at any age or grade can play the game, there’ll be variations. For kids in grade one through three this game is effective to help them bond together at the start of a new school year or term.  In this cooperative game the pupils are grouped in pairs or with partners where one has to talk about the surname or first name of their partner. It starts with one of the two in a pair telling the other what their name is and its meaning. After sharing names and meaning, the kids should be allowed to share a little more about their names. Kids should be encouraged to talk about their unique names, how they are spelled, whether they hold any special symbolism, why they were given the name, the meaning of the name in other cultures/languages and whom they were named after.

One individual should tell all this information in two minutes before allowing the other to do the same. They should be encouraged to pay as much attention as possible throughout the game. After the two have shared names, two pairs should be joined together to form a team of four kids; each partner in a pair has to introduce their partner to the other pair until everyone knows each other.  Kids should be encouraged to tell as much as possible about the name of their partner.

"MAX" - A CO-OPERATIVE GAME

Max (Cooperative Board Game)
  • We must co-operate to help get the little Creatures safely home before Max, the Tomcat, catches them. In an exciting...
  • An important issue to discuss is also raised: we don't like Max catching those Little Ones, yet we recognize that he is...
  • Includes: 12 inch x 12 inch board, special dice, 4 movers, 4 cat treats.

A cooperative game available for sale, it’s great for kids 4-7 years of age and accommodates 1-8 players. The kids have to learn to work as a team to ensure the creatures have arrived home safely before they are attacked by Max the ferocious cat. The game calls upon the mind of the kids to make cooperative decisions, consult and use logic in the most exciting ways. It’s made using child safe paints, water-based glues, soy-based inks, recycled papers and boards.

Capture the Flag

Among elementary kids Capture the Flag is one of the most popular games. In this game the idea is to have players from one side making way into the territory of the opposing team to take their flag and make way back to their own space without being tagged in the process. Pylons and a flag are required materials and best played outdoors. It can be played for 10 to 15 minutes every time or until a given team/group has accomplished a specific score. In the game the playground is divided into two with each team on either side. The kids need to create two teams, each team on their zone. Every team should have a flag, made from a light material such as fabric and easy to carry around by one kid. Each flag has to be placed at the back of the zone of every team where it’s visible to the opposing side. On a part of their zone each team should create a ‘jail’.  The game starts by having all kids lining up at the periphery of their area.

Once a whistle is blown they should go to the zone of their opposing side and try to take their flag while avoiding being tagged. Those tagged while in the opposing side’s zone are put in the jail and only get out if tagged by a teammate. If the flag is taken and ferried to the other zone next to the other team’s flag the team has either scored some points or won. However, the rule of the game is that while defending their flag a team cannot remain standing around to guard it. The defending team has to be a minimum of five meters from the flag at any time.

Race to the Treasure!

Peaceable Kingdom Race to the Treasure! Award Winning Beat the Ogre...
  • WE WIN TOGETHER: Build a path with your team and collect 3 keys on a race to beat ogre to the treasure! It's a game...
  • FUN CHALLENGE: Kids love working together to beat the ogre. Players strategize, cooperate & build the path together....
  • BENEFITS:Cooperative games cultivate emotional development, shared decision making, positive self esteem, creative...

This award winner is a cooperative game for 2-4 children from five years old and above. It offers a chance for kids to lean the art of strategy, grid mathematical concepts and critical social development tenets and skills with zero reading needed.  The game involves players working as a team to reach the treasure before the ogre by developing a path from the beginning right to the end.   If the kids are successful the victory is celebrated as a team.  The game has a Play Advances Learning approval seal and won the Oppenheim Portfolio Toy Platinum award.

15 Seconds

One of the most entertaining and fun way of letting kids know about one another, this cooperative game helps everyone to learn how to think fast on their feet. You only need a list with specific questions and a timer. Essentially, every kid should sit down, forming a circle. A question is picked and every person has to answer it within 15 seconds. Everyone has to be silent and if a kid answers early the person manning the timer should read out the remaining seconds.

The questions can be favorite food, favorite movies, favorite pet animal, what you do every Sunday or Saturday morning, and favorite color among others. In case you’re handling a huge group, break the kids into groups of six. You can also have a long list of questions and have one person answering their own unique question. Make the game fun by asking the kid who has just spoken to choose the next person and the question they’re to answer.