Icebreaker Bingo

 Icebreaker bingo is a game that can be used for any newly formed groups to become more familiar or comfortable with each other. It is almost virtually a free resource for groups to use in order to become closer. This game can be employed in many different settings and institutions, such as schools, sports teams, and other various instances where icebreakers can be useful. The steps in playing the game are also very understandable and easy to do.

Here, I am going to discuss the steps that Icebreaker bingo takes in order to be one of the most successful icebreakers game for a group.

Step One

The first thing that the game needs is for the leader or leaders of the game, the people that want to implement this to a new group, to make a five by four grid on a piece of paper.

Step Two

You will then have to fill in the squares on the grid. These squares are to be filled in with certain facts or interesting information from different members of the group. It is very important that some of these facts be exclusive to just a few group members. It is also important that every group member has at least one square that applies to them.

Tip– Examples of some of the things you can put in a bingo square are stuff like, ‘Has brown eyes,’ or ‘Knows a foreign language.’ It can be a physical characteristic, a hobby or a skill, as long as it relates to at least one of your group members.

Step Three

The next step is easy, and is the part the requires the most materials. The game leaders will make copies of the finished grids, so that each group member receives a ‘bingo card’.

Step Four

Now comes the part where the actual game begins. The group will get together with their bingo cards, and each individual will talk to other group members in order to find whichever grid fact they need to cross out. If they find a person that relates to a certain square, they have that person sign off on the square.

Step Five

Give the group around ten minutes to complete the activity and cross out as many squares as possible. Then have them all come together to share some of the interesting facts that they found out about each other.

If you follow the instructions above, the game should go smoothly and act as an excellent game to break the ice within newly forming groups.

Make sure you check out the rest of the site for more great icebreaker ideas.

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7 Gold Panning Supplies You Can’t Pan Without

 “Truth (like gold) is to be obtained not by it’s growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”

-Leo Tolstoy, Author of “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”

Nearly everyone would love to try their hand at panning for gold. It’s the stuff of any treasure hunter’s dreams to get their hands on some gold they found for themselves. If you want to go gold panning, you need to check around for some legal waterway locations to try panning for gold and you need gold panning supplies.

#1: A GOOD GOLD PANNING PAN

The most important tool you will need while panning for gold is a pan. The Green Plastic Gold Pan with Two Types of Rifflesfrom Amazon is one of the best pans you can use for your gold seeking. The 1/8 inch round base of the pan helps to better trap gold particles. The two riffles included with the pan are small and large. The small riffle removes smaller sand particles and the larger riffle removes big gravel particles.

#2: A HANDY SCREEN


SE Patented Stackable 13-1/4″ Sifting Pan, 1/4″ Mesh Screen – GP2-14

  • Top diameter: 13-1/4”
  • Mesh screen size: 1/4”
  • Wire thickness: 0.95 mm

A good screen can help you sift through the contents of your pan easily to see what the contents are without dumping out the entire pan. This allows you to also remove the dirt and gravel you don’t want in the pan. The Patented Stackable 13-1/4 inch sifting pan with a 1/4 inch Screen from Amazon is a handy and simple screen to use.

#3: A PROSPECTOR’S SCOOP


SE Prospector’s Black Scoop – GP3-SS22BK

  • Color: black
  • Overall length: 12-½”
  • Heavy-duty plastic material

A prospector’s scoop allows you to dig through the contents of your pan while you are gold panning. It should not have holes in it. It should be a solid spoon-like scoop.The Black Prospector’s Scoop from Amazon is one of the highest rated and helpful prospector’s scoop around. You can additionally use the scoop to do gardening work or for treasure hunting with a metal detector on land.

#4: SNUFFER BOTTLES


Stansport Snuffer Bottle, 4-Ounce

  • Gold panning snuffer bottle
  • Suction even the finest gold particles from pan or sluice
  • Fine spout targets individual flakes

With an excellent snuffer bottle, you can suck up even the tiniest fragments of gold particles into the bottle with the snuffer tip on a snuffer bottle. The Stansport Snuffer Bottle, four ounce sold from Amazon is a durable, useful little bottle. Most panning experts will tell you to bring a few snuffer bottles along with you while out panning.

#5: GLASS VIALS FOR COLLECTING GOLD PARTICLES


Glass Vials, 2 Dram, Pack of 12

  • Borosilicate glass vials
  • Screw-on black phenolic caps
  • Capacity 2 Dram (1/4 fl oz)

Glass vials are needed for any gold pieces or particles you come across while you are panning for gold. You don’t want anything to get lost, so the glass vials will keep them safe. Glass vials can be fragile, so you may want to select something else to store your particles. Glass vials just make a better looking final container for your gold particles. They also allow you to display your gold to show others easily. The Glass Vials pack of twelve from Amazon is a good fit for any novice gold prospector who needs to start gathering some glass vials for their future panning excursions. The bottles are stylish, simple glass vials with a nice black topper.

#6: A STRONG PAIR OF TWEEZERS


MABIS Stainless Steel Tweezers, Thumb Dressing Forceps, Serrated…

  • PERFECT THUMB DRESSING FORCEPS for removing surgical dressings, or other highly detailed work requiring a precision…
  • MADE OF DURABLE, LONG LASTING STAINLESS STEEL, designed with the highest quality demands in mind. Size: 5 and 1/2…
  • SERRATED FORCEPS ARE GREAT FOR medical applications, electrical repair, crafts and more

A strong pair of tweezers with a good grip are important for any panning outing. Tweezers allow you to pick through the gravel and sand on your pan for any pieces of gold. You can use your tweezers to also set gold particles into your glass vials.The snuffer bottle or the tweezers can be used to pick or snuff up the bits of gold in your pan. The MABIS Precision Thumb Dressing Forceps Tweezer from Amazon may be one tweezers option for you to check out for a panning trip.

#7: A GOOD BAG TO STORE YOUR GOLD PANNING SUPPLIES


Stansport Musette Bag

  • Made of heavyweight canvas duck
  • Main compartment features a buckle down cover
  • Outside pocket has snap closure

You should find a bag that is large enough to carry your gold panning supplies and can be easily carried around. It should have strong straps and good storage areas within it to keep your equipment safe. The Stansport Musette Bag sold from Amazon is a perfect fit for anyone who wants space, style and slight cushioned interior for their panning equipment. The bag is a simple brown color, with one long strap to go over a shoulder or a torso and is easily sealed up. The bag somewhat resembles something Indiana Jones might carry around while out on an archaeology dig.

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The Secret to Raising Smarter Kids

We all want better for our kids. With so many articles and antidotes out there it’s hard to know which one to choose. What if I told you raising smart kids was easier than you could ever imagine? The other night I was reading a book titled How Will You Measure Your Life and I came across an interesting study by Todd Risely and Betty Hart.

Have you ever read something and thought you just uncovered something so important, yet you have a feeling nobody knows about it? That’s how I felt. Here it is 1030 at night on Labor Day and I stumble across this research that is just blowing my mind. So I followed the rabbit trail and before you know it I’m sleepless. My mind is racing. Will I be able to implement this? It just seemed way too easy. I asked myself, if it’s really this easy, why is it everybody doing this?

The Importance of Talking to Your Baby

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The study discussed the correlation between smart kids and amount of talking the parents did to the baby. That’s right, talking to your baby. The study discussed how more talkative (usually more educated) parents talked upwards of 2,150 words per hour to their babies, where as less talkative parents talked 600 words per hour.

The babies that heard more words in their first thirty months performed better in vocabulary and reading comprehension tests. Can you see why I was so fascinated with this study? Who doesn’t love talking to a baby? When a parent is engaging the baby in a conversation, the synapses of the babies brain are being exercised. The synapse’s are structures that allow signals to get passed from one neuron to another. The more synapses that get created the faster and easier your little baby will think in the future. Even though it might not seem like your little on is engaged and listening, trust that they are.

The average person talks approximately 150 words per minute. If you want to speak 2,150 words per hour to your baby, you will need to speak to them for roughly 14 minutes consistently.

Compound Effect

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In the book “How Will You Measure Your Life” the author talks about the compound affect. The parents that spoke 3.7 times more to their baby won’t have a mere 3.7 times more connections. Each brain cell can be connected by as many as ten thousand synapses, making the compound effect “exponential.” Think of this like that of a busy city. If there is one main road for it’s citizens traffic doesn’t travel fast. Increase the number of roads and traffic flows more freely. If you want your baby to think quicker, make quicker associations, and have greater recall, build more roads (synapses).

How to Talk

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Not just any talk will do. Telling your kids what to do has little affect. Telling your infant “time for a bath” or “finish your food” does not cut it. Instead you must engage them in fully adult, sophisticated language. Ask them questions such as “what do you want to eat today” or “what do you want to do today?” Talk to them as if you were talking to another adult. Ask them thought provoking questions even if you feel like they don’t understand you, their brain is working. Make sure that you are encouraging them as well. The children of professionals heard twice as many encouraging words and twice as many unique words. In short, encourage and use big words.

Future Factors

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As I was thinking about this article, I couldn’t help but wonder about the future. Were cell phones ever around when this study was done? This made me think of the adult that is bouncing their kid on their knee while looking at their cell phone. How many words is technology stealing from our babies? Will kids in the future be less smart?

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Greedy Dice Game

Greed is a dice game that is also known as Tora. It is a great game for the whole family. It is also a great way for kids to learn advanced concepts of addition and multiplications. Greed uses a point system that reaches 10000 points or more by Rolling 10 dice. You may throw dice in groups for instance of 3 and whatever they land on is x 10 you could then for instance for the remainder of the 10 die and multiply that score by 10 as well. By adding each individual toss of the die together the object of the game is to exceed 10,000 points. Once a player exceeds 10000 Points each other player gets to roll at least one more time to try to exceed the points of the winning player. The strategy of the game ball groupings of numbers such as 3 of a kind in multiplying them. You may keep the total from the first roll and put it aside and then keep the total from each subsequent roll and multiply them together to get your total.

If a 1 is rolled out of the 10 then you get 100 points, and a single 5 is worth 50 points. Doubles don’t earn points.Triple 1s are worth 1,000 points. Triple 2s are worth 200 points,triple 3s are worth 300 points, triple 4s are worth 400 points,triple 5s are worth 500 points, triple 6s are worth 600 points.

If you roll four of the same number, then it’s the score is three times the digit of the roll. So if you end up with four 3s, then you have 300 points multiplied by three for 900 total points. If you end up with five of the same kind, then you would multiply the three scores of the roll by a multiple of four no matter what you are left with on the dice. If you get six of the same numbers on the dice, then you take the three scores you have and it would then be multiplied by eight. If you roll six 1s then you will get a total of 8,000 points. If you happen to get a single roll with three pairs then you will get 800 points. Finally, if you roll the same on six or more of the six-sided dice then you will earn 1200 points.

Variations to Greedy Dice Game

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The great thing about Greed is that it challenges you to make decisions and see just how far you are willing to go to win. Hence, the name Greed. Greed is a wonderfully fun way to spend time with friends and family while also being incredibly entertaining. You can have an exciting evening get together based around this dice game. All you need is a little bit of space, a pencil paper, and ten six sided dice.

There can be different variations on the way that the game is played too. You can have each person take a single turn and work your way around in a circle. Each time everyone takes a turn it is referred to as a round. Players take turns from the left. You can play taking multiple turns and only throwing part of the dice per throw. If it is decided that everyone will play using one single throw, all ten of the dice should be thrown at one time.

The basic factor that really outlines this game is the fact that when a single person wins by reaching the predetermined amount of points, all of the rest of the player will throw the dice one more time and add whatever they throw to their total score. If someone gets more points than the winner, then they become the new winner. No doubt, this games takes planning and strategy and can be a whole lot of fun.

If you enjoyed this game, make sure you check out our list of fun dice games.

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43 Funny Crossfit Team Names

Crossfit is all the rage lately. Everyone wants to jump on the band wagon and get in shape like they never have before. If this sounds like you, then crossfit is definitely the place to get started. Across the United States there are crossfit teams forming so they can compete against one another and challenge their strength, endurance and ability. Joining a crossfit team is as simple as signing up on the proper webpage and filling out all the required registration. With this done, you are now ready to join a crossfit team, or grab a couple buddies and make your own team. Now is where the real work begins. This is where you challenge yourself, as well as your teammates to give all they have and make your crossfire team the best it can be. You do, after all want to dominate the competition and be known for being the best!

Why Do You Need a Crossfit Team Name?

Part of competing in the challenges involves having a great crossfit team name. This could possibly be one of the more important aspects of competition. Your crossfit team name is what your competitors hear first and what makes them weak in their knees or laugh out loud when your team comes to compete. Having funny crossfit team names can really add a bit of humor to the challenges faced when competing. Lets face it, crossfit is challenging and not for the weak. They challenge your endurance, as well as your strength. But if you are up for the challenge get ready to be in the best shape of your life! When looking for crossfit team names remember to try to find something that will inspire you and your teammates or just make them laugh when the task seems to difficult. Make it a names that incorporates all the hard work and challenges your team has faced. There is really no bad team name out there, but quit a few funny ones!

List of 43 Team Names

If you are looking for a little inspiration for your team, or just something to make help encourage you to put your best foot forward, check out some of these funny crossfit team names that could be used for your team.

  1. 1

    Jacked in the Box

  2. 2

    A Teague of their Own

  3. 3

    Drop It Like A Squat

  4. 4

    Stop Drop and Squat

  5. 5

    Bumpers and Bacon

  6. 6

    Pistols and PVC

  7. 7

    Barbells and Bros

  8. 8

    Dumbbells and Donuts

  9. 9

    Boxers and Beers

  10. 10

    Keep Calm and Squat On

  11. 11

    Meaty Divas

  12. 12

    My Pistols Are Clean

  13. 13

    Buns and Guns

  14. 14

    Paleo and Pukie

  15. 15

    Donut Droppers

  16. 16

    Flex Appeal

  17. 17

    Dirty Dealifters

  18. 18

    Perfect Posture

  19. 19

    Blood Sweat and Beers

  20. 20

    Beast Mode Babes

  21. 21

    Temporary Pain

  22. 22

    Lunging Ninjas

  23. 23

    2 Fit 2 Quit

  24. 24

    Rowing Pains

  25. 25

    Band of Mudders

  26. 26

    Mudder of All Hangovers

  27. 27

    The Mudstaches

  28. 28

    The Dirty Mudder Funkers

  29. 29

    The Slim Pack

  30. 30

    Pain Killers

  31. 31

    Baby Got Track

  32. 32

    Get ‘Er Run

  33. 33

    Between a Walk and a Hard Place

  34. 34

    Team Spanks

  35. 35

    Bringing Up the Rear

  36. 36

    Twister Blisteres

  37. 37

    My So Called Legs

  38. 38

    Nerd Herd

  39. 39

    Gym Class Heroes

  40. 40

    Dashing Divas

  41. 41

    Buns on the Run

  42. 42

    Go Go Passer

  43. 43

    Sole Mates

  44. 44

    Sole Train

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5 Fun Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Bounce houses have come a long way in recent years.  They now have elaborate designs with slides, obstacle courses, tunnels, splash pools, and even basketball hoops!   Kids can do much more than simply bounce up and down — they will have years of fun inventing new games to play inside their feature-packed bounce house.

Bounce houses are available in a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes.  You can find the perfect bounce house to suit your backyard and the types of games that your children enjoy playing.  This article will list the reasons why you should buy a bounce house, provide some information for choosing the right one, then highlight 5 of the best obstacle course bounce houses on the market!

Why Buy an Obstacle Bounce House?

Some of the best reasons to buy an obstacle course bounce house include:

Obstacle course bounce houses are the ultimate party activity!

An obstacle course bounce house can provide hours of entertainment for your children and their friends.  If your home is often the location for children’s parties or family get-togethers, the bounce house will regularly be in use and be a highlight for visitors.  Your children’s friends will love coming over and spending time playing in your bounce house — your children will be the most popular kids on the block!

An obstacle bounce house has many activities on offer​

Modern bounce houses are designed like activity centres and have many games to play.  In addition to bouncing around, children can have races through the bounce house, use the slides, use the pillars like punching bags, hang off the ceiling, playing in a ball pit, set up the bounce house like a stage to perform a concert, add a sprinkler to cool off and much more.

Bounce houses are great for exhausting your kids!​

Do you have some very energetic children who are constantly running around at 100 miles per hour?  If you buy an obstacle course bounce house, they will have hours of fun while expending their seemingly boundless energy.  That means you get to enjoy some peace-and-quiet while watching them happily exhaust themselves.

You can reposition and store your bounce house very easily​

Unlike bulky swing sets and playhouses that constantly take up room in your backyard, you can deflate the bounce house to make more room in your yard.  This is handy if you want to have a party in the back yard or the bounce house is only used in the summer months.  You can deflate it and pack it up very easily.  It is also simple to move a bounce house around the back yard.

A very cheap form of entertainment​

An obstacle course bounce house will provide your children with hours of entertainment over many years.  They provide excellent value-for-money!

They keep your kids fit!

Your kids will be very active when they are playing on the bounce house, which helps them stay fit.  Playing on a bounce house is a much better past time than being glued to a television screen or spending hours on the Internet.

Tips for Buying an Obstacle Bounce House

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Buying an obstacle course bounce house can be quite confusing because there are so many choices on offer.  The build quality, size, durability and value-for-money of different bounce houses varies greatly. 

Here are some important bounce house buying tips:

Buy a bounce house that is the right size for your backyard

Is it a residential bounce house or a commercial bounce house?

Is the bounce house as big as you think?

Double check the weight

Get a bounce house with a good warranty

Double check the slide stoppage area

Check the country of manufacture, materials and craftsmanship

Ask the kids what kinds of games they want to play

Consider safety

5 of the Best Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Here are a few of the best obstacle course bounce houses currently on the market.  They can provide years of fun for your children and their friends!

Inflatable Obstacle Pro-Racer Bounce House


Bounceland Bounce House Inflatable Bouncer Obstacle Pro-Racer Combo…

  • [Specification] Inflated size: 19’Lx9’Wx7’H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes, repair kit and…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

19’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H

Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars

This is a well-constructed obstacle bounce house featuring heavy-duty puncture-proof materials and double to quadruple stitches.  It is an excellent choice for households with small children because it is lower to the ground than many other bounce houses.

The obstacle course is set up to allow two children to race one another.  They crawl through tunnels, hang off a beam, run between pillars then fly down a slide.  The powerful 0.7 HP UL blower can inflate the bounce house in less than a minute, which makes it a great choice if you need to transport it to parties or move it around the yard.  The blower has a long fill hose, so you can safely secure the mechanical components well away from the bounce house.

This bounce house has 9” ground stakes to firmly secure it into the ground and comes with a large carry bag.  Up to 4 children weighing up to 100 pounds each can use this bounce house simultaneously.

Ultimate Combo Bounce House


Ultimate Combo Inflatable Bounce House

  • [Specification] Inflated size: L 12 ftxW 10 ft xH 8 ft, Package includes: bounce house, blower,30 colorful play balls,…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple stitches 2) Half way velcro opening…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

12’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H

Features: 

Huge slide, pillars, secure bounce area, ball pit, basketball hoop

This bounce house is perfect for kids who love going down slides!  The Ultimate Combo Bounce House features a massive curved slide with a long landing pad and high rails for safety.

This bounce house is made from PVC coated Terylene/Laminated Oxford Terylene, with mesh segments surrounding the main bounce area.  The Ultimate Combo Bounce house comes with 30 plastic balls, a basketball hoop, a UL certified blower, repair kit and carry bag.

Inflatable HQ Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper Slide


Cloud 9 Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper Slide 100%…

  • Approximately 17 x 16 x 15 feet total inflated size
  • Complies with the Lead Free Toys Act
  • A 2 HP blower is required for use and not included

Manufacturer: 

Inflatable HQ

Size: 

16.5 L x 16’ W x 15’ H

Features: 

Castle design, slide, pillars, huge secure bounce area, climbing wall

This is one of the largest and most durable residential obstacle course bounce houses on the market!  It features a large bounce area with mesh windows and two seperate ramps — a small one for the toddlers and a large one for the bigger kids.

It is constructed from high-quality 100% PVC vinyl and is capable of holding up to 8 children, weighing up to 100 pounds each.   The super-thick PVC, heavy-duty stitching and reinforced stress points ensure that this bounce house will deliver many years of fun.

Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer


Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer

  • [Specification] Inflated size: 15 ft W x 13 ft Lx 8.3 ft H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes,…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

15’ L x 13’ W x 8.3’ H

Features: 

Stage area, 7ft slide, basketball hoop, secure bounce area

This is a fantastic bounce house for children who like to put on a show!  In addition to features a large bounce floor, slide and basketball hoop, it can be used as a stage.  The kids could have some fun acting out movies, singing songs and much more.  The bounce floor is toddler friendly, with mesh windows and a closable velcro opening.

Yard Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer Obstacle Course Super Combo


BESTPARTY Obstacle Course Inflatable Bounce House Castle with Large…

  • Approximately 18’x8.2’x7.2’H(in), total inflated size
  • Features 3.5’H large slide available for two racer, two crawling tunnels, two climbing walls
  • Bright and colorful Tall walls with mesh netting surround Easy to set up and store

Size: 

21.5’ L x 9.3’ W x 7.9 H

Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars, climbing wall

This is a large obstacle bounce castle that is set up for races!  It starts with two tunnels that go into the bounce area, onto a climbing wall then finally down the slide.  The bouncing floor and slide surface are made from commercial grade PVC that is guaranteed to deliver years of fun.

The YARD inflatable bounce house includes ground stakes, a powerful blower and extra long blower fill hose.  Being a larger bounce house, it has a bigger capacity and is capable of accommodating up to 8 children.

So what are you waiting for?  Buy your kids a quality obstacle course bounce house and watch them have the time of their lives! Make sure you check out our adult obstacle course ideas as well.

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Balloon Popping Games

Have you ever tried to host a party, whether for children or adults, only to find that you have no way of keeping everyone entertained? As a party host, you should find a variety of games that you guests will find both fun and entertaining. Of course, if you are working on a budget, you need to make sure the supplies you need for your game do not cost too much. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun balloon popping games that both children and adults will love and the cost for supplies is cheap.

1. Balloon Darts

Balloon darts is a fun game for both adults and children. You will need a package of balloons, a package of darts, thumbtacks, and a large, thick poster board. Blow the balloons up, tie them and secure them by their “tails” to the poster board using thumbtacks. Make sure you space the balloons out a bit so they are not pushed up against one another.

Stand the poster board up by leaning it against a tree or placing it on a chair. Mark a spot on the ground so everyone knows how far back they need to stand when throwing their darts. Ask your guests to line up and give each person three chances to throw a dart. You can opt to give children more chances if you wish.

Make sure you keep score whenever someone pops a balloon. Tally up the scores when the last balloon pops. The person who popped the most balloons wins the game. If you really want to make things fun, award the winner with some sort of prize. For kids, you may want to have some sort of grab bag full of cheap prizes they can pick from.

2. Balloon Pop Game: Stomp the Balloon

Stomp the Balloon is yet another hilariously entertaining balloon pop game for both children and adults. For this game, you will need balloons, string, and ground chalk. If you choose to play this game indoors, you will not need the ground chalk. For outdoor play, draw a large circle on the ground to designate as the play arena.

Give each person the same colored balloon. For instance, if you have four children, you can give one child all red balloons, the other all blue, and so on. If you have a large group of children, or adults, you can assign teams. Each team member gets the same color. Once you assign colors to each person or team, blow them up so they are nice and large and tie three balloons around each person’s ankles.

You should have three balloons on one ankle and three balloons on the other for a total of six balloons. Have everyone enter the “battle arena” and instruct them to stomp as many of their opponent’s balloons as possible while protecting their own at the same time. The person or team with the least popped balloons at the end is the winner.

3. Balloon Pop Game: Water Balloon Toss

Water balloon toss is a fun outdoor game to play no matter how old you are. It is also a great way to cool down on a hot day. Make sure you let your guests know that you are hosting water games so they can prepare themselves and dress properly. To play this game, you will need water balloons. Split your guests into teams of two and fill enough water balloons so each team has one balloon.

Have team members line up so they are facing one another. Hand a filled water balloon to the players lined up on one side and instruct them to toss the balloon across the way to their team member. To begin with, team members should stand a little more than arm’s distance away from each other. The teams will continue to toss their balloon back and forth, taking a step back from one another between each toss.

As the distance between the teams begins to widen, it will become harder and harder to keep the balloon from breaking. If a team breaks their balloon, they are out of the game. The last team standing with an unbroken balloon is the winner. If guests seem like they are having fun, you can always play a few rounds as long as you have enough water balloons to go around.

4. Water Balloon Piñata

When it comes to water balloon piñata, there are no winners. Instead, everyone gets to have fun and enjoy the game. This game is best suited for children rather than adults. To play this game, you will need at least 12 feet of thick rope, water balloons, and a decent sized stick. Secure the rope between two trees if possible or string it up like a clothes line.

Fill the water balloons – but not too much – and secure them so they hang from the rope. Line children up, hang them the stick and have them take turns whacking a balloon. A good enough whack will pop the balloon and send water splashing down onto the laughing children below. If you have enough trees and string, you can hang several balloons up for even more water fun.

5. Water Balloon Crush

Water balloon crush is a fun party balloon pop game game for kids of all ages. You will need plenty of water balloons and a kiddie pool to play. Fill the water balloons full of water and place them in an empty kiddie pool. Instruct children to stomp on the balloons so they can pop as many as possible. If you choose to play it this way, there is no winner, which makes it a fun balloon popping game for small children.

If, however, you are playing with older kids, you will need a package of water balloons for each child in attendance. Have children enter the kiddie pool one at a time. Give each child the chance to pop as many balloons as possible in a given amount of time. For instance, you can give each child one minute. Make sure you remove all broken balloons and refill the pool with a package of fresh balloons for each child.

Keep score so you know how many balloons each child broke. The child who managed to break the most balloons in the allotted time is the winner. You may choose to celebrate the winner with a prize or perhaps a homemade crown depending on the age of the children.

6. Back-to-Back Balloon Pop Game

Back-to-back balloon pop is a fun game for young and middle-aged children. Older children might find this game a bit too immature, however. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Have children split off into pairs of two and blow up enough balloons so that each pair has one balloon. Stand the children back to back and place a balloon between them.

Instruct children to squeeze against one another in an attempt to pop their balloon. The trick is that no child is allowed to use their hands. If the balloon falls, the pair will have to begin again. The first pair to break their balloon wins the round. You can continue playing, if you wish, until there only two teams remaining and have them square off together in a balloon pop.

7. Blow Up Balloon Race

The blow up balloon race game is yet another game that is best suited for children rather than adults. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Hand each child and deflated balloon and instruct them to blow up their balloon until it pops. The first person to pop their balloon wins the blow up balloon race.

If you have a large group of children, let them continuing blowing up their balloons until only two children remain. Let the last two children face off against one another to see who can inflate and pop their balloon the fastest. Keep in mind that children may become very winded so it is likely better to avoid this game if you have small children in attendance.

8. Balloon Pop Face-Off

Balloon pop face-off is a great game for middle-aged and older children to play. It requires a large playing area so it is best played outdoors. Split children into two teams such as a red team and a blue team. Hand the red team an inflated red balloon and the blue team an inflated blue balloon. Set a base for each team and have them secure their balloon to their base, such as tied around a tree.

The goal is for one team to try to get to the other team’s base to pop their balloon while protecting their own. This game is a great icebreaker since children must work together. Children can use stealth to sneak to the other team’s base in an attempt to pop their balloon. However, they must also designate at least one person to keep an eye on and protect the balloon that is on their base.

The first team to pop the opposing team’s balloon wins the game. If children appear to like the game, you could always opt for different rounds. For instance, children can play a best out of three or best out of five game. For additional fun, play the game at night with some white Christmas lights to provide minimal lighting so kids can sneak around to the other team’s base in the dark.

9. Hop and Pop

If you are looking for a fun balloon popping game for small children, hop and pop is what you need. You will need enough balloons and enough chairs for each child. Secure one balloon to each chair using string and tape if necessary. Instruct children to stand with their back to the chair as though they are about to sit down.

Tell children to sit on their chairs to try to pop their balloon without using their hands. Children may have to wiggle and squirm to get their balloon to pop so they can use their hands to steady themselves. However, children should not try to pop the balloon with their hands or pull themselves down onto the balloon. The first child to pop their balloon wins.

10. Balloon Treasure Hunt

Kids are sure to enjoy balloon treasure hunt. For this game, you will need plenty of balloons and a few packages of candy or other small treats of your choosing that will fit inside of a balloon. Place a couple of treats inside of each balloon and blow them up. Make sure you do no blow them up too large since you will need to hide them.

Hide the balloons in various places inside and outside if the weather permits. Instruct children to find the hidden balloons and pop them so they can claim their treasure. Keep tally of what child finds and pops the most balloons if you wish to declare a winner. If you have smaller children playing, every child is a winner since each child will have the reward of receiving candy.

11. Pin the Diaper

Pin the diaper is a fun game to play for a baby shower for both men and women. Supplies you will need to play this game include enough balloons, cloth diapers, and blind folds so each person has one, and plenty of safety pins. Blow up the balloons and hand one to each guest in attendance. Give each guest a few safety pins and a cloth diaper, too.

Instruct guests to tie a blindfold around their eyes. Once their blindfolds are in place, ask them to pin the diaper on the “baby,” which is the balloon in this case. If a person pops their balloon, they are out of the game. The first person to secure the diaper to the balloon without popping it wins the game.

Each of the games mentioned above will keep your guests laughing and entertained. In return, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a great party host without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, there are plenty of other fun balloon popping games you can play as long as you have the imagination to do so.

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Cool Gifts for Yogis

It can be tough to find the best gift for everyone on your list. You want to show that you understand the person and who they are. You also need to make sure you do not spend a long time looking for that perfect item. Then there’s the task of paying the right amount. You have to find the best way to wrap the gift. There is also everything else that comes with giving an excellent present. This can be hard when you are not sure what to buy someone, but you want to make a great impression.

In this article, we will help you with finding the most amazing gift for the yogi in your life. All thirty-one of the presents we provide here will surprise your favorite yoga lover. We showcase products that help with the actual yoga experience, items that deal with the health aspect of the hobby, and more. You can be sure you will find the greatest gift for the one you love by reading list. We make it easy by providing a link to each one so you can look at more detail and easily purchase it if you like.

Peace Yoga Mat

Carrier Tote Bag


Peace Yoga Yoga Mat Tote Bag – Henna Design

  • 1 – Peace Yoga Adjustable Gym Workout Yoga Tote Bag (MAT NOT INCLUDED) / Dimensions: Bag: 29.50″ x 7″ x 12.50″ / Strap:…
  • DURABLE & CONVENIENT: Features two shoulder straps that allow you to easily access the compartments while on the go….
  • FITS STANDARD MATS: The spacious bag fits any standard yoga or exercise mat – up to 0.5in thick and 24in wide.

This yoga mat carrier is a great option for any yoga participant. It includes adjustable straps and comes in many colors, one of which is sure to be perfect for the recipient. The size of the bag is large enough to carry any standard mat with no problems. It also features zippered pockets to hold your keys, phone, or whatever else you need. On top of that, it is machine washable so you can easily clean it up if you have a spill.

The Yoga Bible


The Yoga Bible

  • Walking Stick Press
  • Brown, Christina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

This book by Christina Brown is one that is a staple for yogis. It has over 150 moves and positions from all of the leading schools of yoga. It has step by step instructions that make it just as useful for a beginner as it is for a more advanced yogi. In addition to poses, it also has information on breathing, meditation, and much more. You won’t go wrong with this book.

Gaiam Grippy Toeless

Yoga Socks


Gaiam Grippy Toeless Yoga Socks, Small/Medium, Heather Grey

  • TOELESS TRACTION: Open-toe design allows for a better tactile feel and balance
  • HYGENIC ALTERNATIVE TO BARE FEET: Protects feet from exposure to foot fungus while the sock also prevents feet from…
  • USE WITH OR WITHOUT YOGA MAT: A great option for travel to toss in an overnight or carry-on bag or as a yoga mat…

Yoga can be a slippery form of fitness, especially when you are not using a mat. These grippy toe socks fix that problem. They give you incredible traction in the areas that you most need it. They are also comfortable and more hygienic than going with bare feet. A great gift for anyone who practices, especially away from their home.

Natural & Organic

Yoga Mat Cleaner


ASUTRA Natural & Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner (Uplifting Eucalyptus…

  • UPLIFTING EUCALYPTUS AROMA: The Uplifting Eucalyptus aroma is derived from eucalyptus essential oil, which has…
  • ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS: The Asutra 100% natural and organic yoga mat spray was created by yoga enthusiasts dedicated to…
  • NON-TOXIC & ECO-FRIENDLY: This natural yoga mat cleaner completely disinfects your mat by deep cleaning dirt on contact….

Every yoga mat is going to get icky sometimes, it is just a fact of the practice. However, you can avoid this issue by buying your yogi the gift of yoga mat cleaner. It comes in lots of different scents, so you are sure to find one that is fitting. This stuff cleanses your mat in a natural way and gets rid of sweat, germs, and other nasties. A must have for anyone who does yoga regularly.

Sunyik Tibetan Buddhist

Mala Bracelet


SUNYIK Blood Sandalwood 108 Tibetan Buddhist Mala Bracelet Beaded…

  • Style:Tibetan Buddhist Mala 108 Natural Wood Prayer Bead Wrapped Bracelet Necklace
  • Size(Approx):Total Length:86cm/33.9″;Bead:8mm;Material:Naural Wood;Quantity:1 Strand;Weight:10-60 Gram
  • Ps:Measured with a caliper; The size may vary due to the nature of the seeds;package comes with a free buddha card by…

This beautiful mala bracelet will impress the yoga participant in your life. Malas are used for keeping count when meditating, chanting, or reciting mantras. A 108 bead mala is typical, and that is what you receive here. These beads are polished natural wood, and the bracelet itself is unisex so makes a great gift for anyone.

Essential Reiki


Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art

  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Stein, Diane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Reiki is an ancient healing that is derived from Tibetan Buddhism. This book gives information on the practice and provides all the knowledge a healer or teacher of this system will need. This book is written by Diane Stein who is a respected author with an emphasis on metaphysical healing, women’s spirituality, and alternative health.

DragonFly Yoga

Round Bolster


Dragonfly Yoga Round Bolster

  • 28 X 10 Inches
  • Cover 60% Cotton, 40% polyester
  • First Quality Cotton Insert

This yoga bolster is round and comes in 28 inches by 10-inch dimensions. A bolster is used to provide support for many hard yoga poses. The bolster is sturdy enough to support but also offers comfort as well. This bolster is made of a cotton insert wrapped up with a cover made of cotton and polyester. This is a great example of perfect gifts for yogis.

Gaiam Yoga Mat Band


Gaiam Yoga Mat Band (Sold Individually with Assorted Colors)

  • 1-Inch wooden bead with elastic and toggle closure
  • Functional and economic alternative to a mat bag
  • Allows mat to breath and air out after practice while keeping it securely rolled

This yoga mat band by Gaiam is a great alternative to the typical yoga bag. It features a one-inch wooden bead with an elastic toggle closure. This product lets your mat air out while keeping it rolled and easy to move. It is also quite cheap which makes it more affordable than a typical carrying bag, while still looking stylish and neat.

Magnetic Poetry – Yoga Kit


Magnetic Poetry – Yoga Kit – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and…

  • A meditative collection of words about the ancient practice of movement and breathing.
  • CONTAINS – over 200 themed magnetic word tiles in a cute, colorful, giftable 4.75 x 3 inch box. Rearrange the words to…
  • MIX AND MATCH WITH OTHER KITS – Tile height is 0.375 Inches, compatible with nearly all other Magnetic Poetry sets. With…

This magnetic poetry kit is fun and unique, sure to be loved by the creative yogi you know. This package comes with over 200 words that are themed to refer to yoga and meditation. Many of the words deal with movement and breathing. This is a great stocking stuffer and won’t break the bank.

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat


Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat, New Moon, 1.5mm,…

  • The 68”x 24″and 1.5 mm thick eKO SuperLite Mat is a superior travel yoga mat that provides excellent grip.
  • Wherever your practice takes you, the eKO SuperLite is the best yoga mat for yogis on the go!
  • Folds to fit in any travel bag or purse.

This travel yoga mat by Manduka is made from natural tree rubber. It is 99% latex free, and it is ideal for those who have sensitivities to the material. It also does not use PVC or any harmful plasticizers. It is said to be the most durable rubber mat on the market. It comes in a bunch of different colors so you can toss it up.

Dharma Objects Tibetan Relaxing Om Singing Bowl


DharmaObjects Tibetan Relaxing Om Singing Bowl/Cushion/Mallet (Yellow)

  • Relaxing Tibetan Yoga Meditation Singing Bowl
  • Approximately 350 Grams 4″ Diameter and 2″ Depth.
  • HandCrafted in Nepal By Tibetan Refugees

Many of those who practice yoga also enjoy the practice of Tibetan meditation. This singing bowl is just perfect for anyone who partakes in that practice. This set comes with a bowl, a mallet, and a cushion for the bowl to rest on. These bowls are made in Nepal and are hand-made for use in spiritual healing. The sounds coming from the bowl promote relaxation.

Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice


Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice

  • Parallax Press
  • Nhat Hanh, Thich (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Thich Nhat Hanh brings this book Making Space. The contents focus on providing easy instructions for setting up a breathing room, sitting, breathing, practicing walking meditation, and even more. It features beautiful illustrations that had to the relaxing feeling of the writing.

Lavender Eye Pillow


EYE PILLOW LAVENDER + Flax Seed Filled + Carry Bag. Silk Fabric – Use…

  • Luxurious silk eye pillow conforms to the contours of your face to block out the light. Luxurious design makes it a…
  • Natural lavender & flaxseed provides calming aromatherapeutic benefits; great sleep mask – no uncomfortable straps. Also…
  • Doubles as a hot therapy pad for reducing tightness in the neck, shoulders & elsewhere

This eye pillow can help with sleep and relaxation when it matters most. This is great as one of the gifts for yogis. It has many health benefits while being comfortable and relaxing to use. Use it to relax your eyes, turn it into a heat pack, or simply enjoy the scent as you doze off. It is a great product for anyone who wants that extra help getting some shut eye.

Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights, Bubbles, and Heat


Conair Active Life Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights and Bubbles, Blue

  • 3 toe-touch push-buttons activate bubbles, waterfall and heat
  • 3 attachments: scrub brush, pumice stone and soft-touch massager
  • Exfoliating loofah discs soften skin and provides rejuvenation

Enjoy the warmth, lights, and bubbles as you wash away pain from your latest yoga session. This will soothe aching feet and offer a massage when you need it most. It’s a great product for relaxing after a long day, for a yogi or anyone else.

Moleskine Wellness Journal


Moleskine Passion Journal, Wellness, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″)…

  • MOLESKINE PASSION JOURNAL: Whatever your passion, plan your next steps & track your progress with a Moleskine Passion…
  • DURABLE COVER & ELASTIC CLOSURE: From tracking your workout goals & plans, to a reading log, recording recipes, or…
  • GIFT QUALITY NOTEBOOKS: Moleskine planners, journals and notebooks come in hardcover or softcover and colors like black,…

This Moleskine wellness journal is themed to help keep track of both mind and body. It offers sections about games, diet, exercise, goals, health, and inspirations. It’s a high-quality journal that will make a wonderful gift to the health fan you know best.

Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards


Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards: The Complete Spiritual Toolkit for…

  • Watkins Publishing
  • Hartman, Tori (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Chakra Wisdom cards focus on the colors and energies of the main Chakra centers to offer divination. It is intended to help you understand the energies in your life, as well as how to change them. It is a fun set of cards that will be a special treat for whoever is gifted them.

Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat


Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat, Purple, 5mm

  • EXTRA THICK YOGA MAT: Lightweight PVC backing, durable and extra-thick for additional cushioning
  • CLOSED CELL CONSTRUCTION: Mat works to seal out germs, odor and bacteria
  • GREAT FOR HOT YOGA: Stay-dry top coat wicks away moisture for ultimate grip

This one-of-a-kind yoga mat consists of a PVC material that keeps out odor, bacteria, and germs. It is a great yoga mat for any yogi but especially comes in handy for those who have allergies to latex. The mat has a cushioning layer to make it more comfortable. It is built to pull moisture away and provides a fantastic grip. In addition to that, it is free of many harmful phthalates which make it a green product that keeps you and the earth healthy.

The Wisdom of Yoga


The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living

  • Bantam Books
  • Cope, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Stephen Cope writes the Wisdom of Yoga. He gives information on yoga that will be loved by beginners and experienced yogis alike. Everything from modern stories, helpful direction, and ancient texts comes together to paint a picture of modern yoga and how it can work in your life. A great book for a complete look at yoga. A great example of gifts for yogis that is useful.

Keep Calm and Carry Om Meditation T-Shirt


Keep Calm and Yoga On Unicorn Meditation T-Shirt

  • Featuring a cute Unicorn in a meditation pose – Keep Calm and Yoga On!
  • Great yoga and meditation gift idea. Keep calm and yoga on shirt makes a perfect gift.
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

This cute t-shirt comes in many different colors. It features an Om graphic along with the text in the title. It is a lightweight and well-made garment that can be machine washed. Sure to be a favorite for whoever you gift it to! They are going to love it.

Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel


Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel – Non Slip, Sweat Wicking with Patented…

  • ANTI-SLIP BOTTOM: Patented Skidless Technology, which utilizes silicone nubs to grip your mat and keep you in place….
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Ultra absorbent, quick drying, sweat-wicking to prevent slipping and injury during your practice….
  • MULTIPLE USES: The Yogitoes towel is durable enough to take anywhere: the beach, the gym, pilates, or even traveling….

The Yogitoes towel is made to give you a layer between your mat and your body. It is slip-free and absorbent, so there are no worries about sweat hitting your mat. This is a great gift for anyone who does hot yoga. Just wash and go, you won’t even have to rinse off your mat after a session.

My Zen Home Organic Kapok Filled Dhyana Meditation Cushion


Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Meditation Cushion, Buckwheat Zafu Oval…

  • Great for meditators and yogis of all skill levels and styles, or simply sitting and relaxing
  • Meditation pillow with modern, round design with removable outer cover for easy washing
  • A GOTS Certified organic cotton inner liner holds the buckwheat pillow fill, making it easy to remove and replace to…

The Dhyana cushion is intended to be used during meditation sessions. It supports your ankles, knees, and lower back with its unique design. This one comes with a bright cover that is available in many different colors. It gives you perfect posture for long meditation sessions. It is a great product to help someone get more regular with his or her yoga and meditation practices.

Up Circle Seven Yoga Wheel


UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel – Strongest & Most Comfortable Dharma Yoga…

  • STRONGEST WHEEL ON THE MARKET: Able to withstand a WHOPPING 550lbs! Lower quality yoga wheels are made of PVC – which…
  • ULTIMATE COMFORT: Surpassing competitive products in both quality and thickness, the UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel features…
  • SWEAT-RESISTANT: Free of moisture accumulation, thanks to its superior padding, you can use your new prop during the…

The yoga wheel is used to perfect your poses and add balance to your yoga. This wheel is the strongest available and is made to last. It has a layer of comfortable padding that cushions you where you need it most. In addition to that, it is resistant to sweat and eco-friendly. It also comes with a 100% quality guarantee. If your favorite yogi does not like it, you can send it back. Help your friend spice up their yoga sessions and improve their flexibility, whether they are new to yoga or a professional.

Blessed Yogi: A Coloring Book by Shades for the Soul


Blessed Yogi: A Coloring Book by Shades for the Soul

  • Trivedi, Anna (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 66 Pages – 09/15/2015 (Publication Date) – Shades for the Soul (Publisher)

The new craze is adult coloring, and that goes for yogis and others. This coloring book; however, is great for those who love yoga. It includes nature and spirituality into its artistic illustrations. These designs vary in detail and will be great for yogis of all ages. Relax with a pack of crayons and Blessed Yogi and your creativity will be given a chance to roam for a while.

Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer


Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer (Blue)

  • FIND STRENGTH THROUGH BALANCE: Drastically improve your balance skill, coordination and stability, all while getting a…
  • BUILT TO LAST: Both the 101 board and roller feature a lightweight yet heavy duty composite construction, and are built…
  • DURASOFT GRIP: The top of the 101 is cushioned and comfortable to use with or without shoes. Doesn’t scratch you or…

The Revolution Balance Board Trainer is perfect for anyone who plays sports. It offers a strong construction, sleek finish, and great design. It makes it fun to improve your balance and control while you strengthen core muscle groups like stomach, waist, legs, and hips. The board is ideal for all body sizes and provides a smooth rolling sensation that is comfortable with or without shoes.

Infuser Water Bottle


Live Infinitely 32 oz. Infuser Water Bottles – Featuring a Full Length…

  • FREE RECIPES INCLUDED –Enjoy our free infused water recipe eBook with 20 delicious & refreshing ideas
  • RESPONSIBLE- Our Fruit Infusers saved over 128 MILLION bottles from landfills last year alone!
  • BOOSTED WATER INTAKE- Industry first full length infuser ensures every drop is deliciously fruity

Make drinking water fun with an infuser water bottle. This is perfect for anyone who cares about their health and fitness. This bottle allows the addition of fruits, vegetables, or tea to your water. This allows you to get hydrated while enjoying a nice taste while you do so. It is perfect for bringing with you to yoga class. The bottle is leakproof and has a lifetime guarantee which makes it a bargain at its price. Grab one of these for your favorite health and fitness buff.

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga


Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

  • Anchor Books
  • Gates, Rolf (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Rolf Gates brings us Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections. This book includes reflections for every day of a full year. Each day includes a quote and information about a particular aspect of yoga and its philosophy. These daily reflections pull from real-life to show what meditation can do for someone who keeps up with it. A great gift for someone who is into yoga and interested in trying meditation.

Sivan Health and Fitness Six Piece Yoga Set


Sivan 6-Piece Yoga Set- Includes 1/2″ Ultra Thick NBR Exercise Mat, 2…

  • Package includes: 1/2″ NBR Yoga Mat/ 2 Yoga Blocks/ 1 – 68”x24” Yoga Mat Towel/ 1 – 30”x20” Yoga Hand Towel/ 1…
  • 1/2″ ultra thick yoga mat with specially designed memory foam – Ribbed surface on one side with a smooth surface on…
  • Provide support and balance with our durable foam yoga blocks and deepen your stretch with our 6.5ft yoga strap that…

The Sivan Yoga Set comes with six different items to make your yoga easier and more comfortable. It includes a memory foam yoga mat that has a ribbed surface to grasp the floor and a smooth surface for your postures. It also includes a yoga mat towel which will soak up sweat and bacteria, rather than letting it ruin your mat. It is soft to the touch and easy to wash. In addition to these items, the set comes with a yoga strap which can aid in poses and stretch exercises. The last two items included are a hand towel and a pair of yoga blocks. These can make many activities easier and more comfortable.

InnoGear 200ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser


InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Wood Grain Ultrasonic…

  • Natural Wood Grain Look: This aroma diffuser is a great addition to your workspace or home. It’s natural and classy look…
  • Perfect size with Adjustable Mist Output: This essential oil diffuser holds up to 200ml of water, neither too big nor…
  • 7 Colors Mood Lighting: The diffuser comes with 7 colors of lighting. You can keep them rotating or fix one of your…

This gift from Innogear is enjoyable for anyone who likes aromatherapy. This diffuser can be filled with any essential oils that the receiver enjoys. The design of the diffuser is sleek and modern, with a subtle wood grain pattern that makes it fit nearly anywhere. This diffuser has four different options for timers as well as two mist options. You can choose to have a weak or heavy mist depending on your preference. This diffuser also has seven mood lights which can be left on or turned off. The product is silent and relaxing, and the great scents only complement that.

Entryways Namaste Hand Woven Coconut Fiber Doormat


Entryways 1077S Namaste Handmade/Hand-Stenciled/All-Natural Coconut…

  • Entryways’ “Namaste” doormat lets you welcome all of your visitors with the customary and respectful Hindu greeting…
  • Greet your visitors with this eye-catching door mat
  • Handcrafted of 100% all natural coir with fade resistant dyes.

This doormat is hand made with the word ‘namaste’ and a lotus flower graphic. The mat itself is made from all-natural coconut fiber which is great for trapping dirt and debris. It will make a great entrance piece that will have visitors talking. This is a lovely gift for the yogi who has everything.

Om Symbol Upcycled Vintage Dictionary Art Print

This piece of wall art is meant for the artistic yogi. It features an Om symbol and is adapted from an upcycled dictionary. Each print is handmade and high-quality so you can be sure you are giving a gift that will be loved. A great unique gift for that yogi who likes to frame and display artwork.

Yoga Journal Magazine Subscription

If you have looked at all the other options and still aren’t sure, consider a magazine subscription. Yoga Journal is well-known and will keep your favorite yogi busy for a long time. It has great information and articles to keep your giftee up on the newest techniques and products. Excellent gift for a modern yogi.

This should give you some great options for gifts that a yoga lover will enjoy. Enjoy browsing the products and choosing something that will be perfect for your loved one. We hope that the perfect gift is just around the corner.

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Lawn Games for the Entire Family

Summer can pose a problem for families in search for new and fun things to do. So much free time can lead to boredom. Finding fun, inexpensive, and innovative ideas that keep everyone interested is hard to do. Lawn games are a perfect way to get the family outside and to spend time together. With so many options, there is a lawn game for everyone to enjoy.

Lawn Twister

To set up this easy game, begin by painting a “twister board” onto the lawn. It is best to cut a template of a circle out of some leftover cardboard. Use ground marking spray paint on the grass because it washes off easily.

Tug- of-War​

This classic game includes the entire family as well as friends or neighbors. Get a long and sturdy rope, and either some colored tape or marker to mark the center of the rope. Split into two teams and begin pulling. One fun twist to the game is extending the rope across either a stream or water sprinkler. Tug-of-War is not only about strength, but it is also a lot of fun, and there are many variations of the game that can be played.

Frozen T-Shirt Race​

This game is easy to set up and even more fun to play. To start, grab a single t-shirt for each player and soak it in water. Once it is thoroughly wet, squeeze out any extra water and fold it up. Place all t-shirts in a plastic bag with wax paper in between the different shirts. When they are completely frozen, distribute the shirts. The winner is the first person who can completely unfold their t-shirt and put it on.

Badminton​

This is a traditional lawn game that the whole family can play together. The net can be set up in any open space. The only materials needed are the net, racquets for each player, and a shuttlecock.

Water Balloon Toss

Grab five different buckets. Set them up in a line on the driveway or pavement. If different sized buckets are used, place the larger ones closer to the start and the smaller ones at the end. Label the closest bucket 25, then the next 50, 75, 100, and 500. Use filled water balloons to toss into the buckets. The winner is the one that can score the most points.

bucket of green water balloons next to legs of small child wearing shark shorts and crocs

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Bean Bag Ladder Toss​

For this game, all that is needed is a step lapper and some bean bags to toss. To start, label each rung of a step ladder with different points. Normally, the top rung will be the highest number. Throw the bags between the rungs to score points.

BAGGO

BAGGO is a classic lawn game that is loved by the whole family. Design a BAGGO board that has a theme that represents the interests of the family. To start, set up the boards opposite from each other. Split the players up into teams of two and give each team four bags. The opponents will alternate the tosses until all of the eight bags are thrown. The team that reaches 21 points first wins the game. Ask friends and neighbors to bring their portable BAGGO boards and set up a BAGGO tournament in your yard.

Jenga

This game requires a little more preparation, but it will last for many summers to come. Buy several 2×4 boards that can be cut into 48 ½ inch pieces. The boards can be cut by hand or at a local lumber yard. After the pieces are cut, sand the edges so each piece is smooth and can be easily slid across the other pieces. To add some creativity and color, paint the ends in different colors. There is no need to seal the wood because it may cause the wood to stick and the pieces will not slide as easily. Once the project is complete, you can begin playing the game. Store the pieces in a garage during wet weather to prevent warping.

Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag​

For fun after the sun goes down, try a different take on a classic game. Divide up family and friends into two teams. Use different glow stick colors as the flags for each team. Give each player two glow bracelets which match the color of their flag. The objective is to find the opposite team’s “flag” and bring it back to their side. The winner is the team who successfully captures all of the other team’s flags.

Outdoor Bowling​

Fill 2-liter soda bottles with water or sand, and use a rubber ball as the bowling ball. Adjust the length of the lane according to the ability and age of the players.

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Slide and Toss

Slip and Slide is a yard activity the whole family has enjoyed for many years. To make it into a game that involves scoring points, gather a tarp, duct tape, and Frisbees. To set up the game, cut different shapes into the tarp and reinforce the shapes with the duct tape. Give different point values to the shapes and then hang the tarp at the end of the slip-n-slide. To play, slide down the slide, stand up, spin around four times and throw Frisbees to gain points. The winner is the person or team with the most points at the end of the game.

Blanket Run​

This easy and fun game only requires blankets to play. Simply have one person sit on the blanket while the other stands and holds the other end. The winner is the one that can pull their partner across the lawn to the finish line first.

Playground Games​

Playground games such as jump rope and hopscotch are fun, too! They can provide hours of outdoor family entertainment and require very few materials.

Final Thoughts

Summer is an exciting time for creating lifelong memories. Summer entertainment does not have to be expensive and should include the entire family. It can be as simple as making bubbles and hula hooping, to creating competitive games. Whichever activities your family chooses to participate in should be fun!

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Lacrosse Nets

Lacrosse is an exhilarating sport that is become more popular each year in the USA.  Not only is it a fantastic way to increase your fitness, it is incredibly fun to play and a great way to make new friends.

If you are interested in competitive play or want to play lacrosse more often, buying your own lacrosse goal and lacrosse net is a great idea. Having your own lacrosse net will allow you to practice shooting, defending, and winning 1-on-1 matches in your own backyard.  You can also organize games with your friends or neighbors — providing you with hours of lacrosse fun!

You might already have a lacrosse goal, but the net is starting to fall apart and needs to be replaced.  If you are sick of chasing your lacrosse balls around the yard, it might be time to upgrade your net!

This article will share some tips for purchasing a lacrosse goal and a lacrosse net, then share some of the lacrosse drills that you can use to improve your game.  After that, we’ll highlight a few of the best lacrosse nets on the market!

Choosing a Lacrosse Goal or Lacrosse Net

Here are a few of the factors you should consider before buying a lacrosse goal or net.

Are the lacrosse goal and net the correct size?

If you are purchasing a lacrosse goal with the goal of improving your game, you should make sure its size matches the official lacrosse specifications.  Some of the lacrosse goals and nets on the market are slightly smaller because they are designed for indoor play.  An official lacrosse goal should be 6 feet wide, 6 feet high and the net should extend back 7 feet.  Indoor lacrosse nets are 4 feet by 4 feet.

​Brand names aren’t that important

When shopping for a lacrosse goal or net, remember that brand names aren’t that important.  Instead of looking at the branding of the product, look at the quality of the materials.

If you are buying a goal — Is the frame solid metal?  What diameter are the tubes?  Is it a steel alloy or aluminum?  Are the welds high-quality?  Official lacrosse goals must use 1.5 inch frames (outside diameter 1.90 inches) that are made from metal.  They must also be painted orange.  If you are getting serious about lacrosse, consider choosing a goal that matches these specifications.

If you are just shopping for a lacrosse net — what diameter is the netting?  Lacrosse most often uses 2.5 mm or 3 mm netting that is made from polyester or cotton.  Does the netting look durable?  You will usually get better value-for-money by looking at the quality of the product instead of the branding.

Rounded corners or square corners?

Official lacrosse goals used in tournament play will have square welded corners on the top of the goal, thicker frames (up to 2-inches in diameter) and are usually very heavy.  Practice goals will have rounded corners, thinner frames and be much lighter.  Because of the different shape of the goal, can require different nets.  Make sure you buy the appropriate net for your goal. 

Where will you store the lacrosse goal?

If storage space is an issue, consider getting a foldable lacrosse goal.  You will be able to keep it in the garage when it is not in use, which will extend its lifespan.  If you know you will be moving the goal regularly, considering purchasing one that is also lightweight.

Useful Lacrosse Drills

Once you have your own lacrosse goal and net, you can begin to practice some drills at home.  Some of the best drills include:

Midfielders shooting drill

Set up a row of lacrosse balls (10 or more balls) approximately 25 yards away from the goal.  Run at full speed, pick up a ball, run to the left or right of the goal and take the shot.  Concentrate on landing all of the balls in the same part of the goal.  For example, do a run where you land all balls in the bottom right of the goal.  Perform the drill quickly, using all of the balls — you are trying to shoot accurately while moving at high speeds and breathing hard.

One vs one shooting drill

This one requires a friend.  They are defending the goal while you try and attack.  You must be past them before you can shoot — testing your evasiveness and speed.

Net Targets

Place cones or other objects in the net.  Shoot from the 25 yard mark while moving and attempt to hit the targets in a specific order.

Run, Fake, Shoot

Run from the goal to a ball 25 yards away, then turn, fake a shot, then take a shot.  You can also set up some cones or obstacles that you must run around before taking the shot.

4 of The Best Lacrosse Nets

These 5 nets are all well-made, durable and guaranteed to provide you with many years of lacrosse fun.

Gladiator Lacrosse 6 mm Heavy Duty Replacement Lacrosse Net


6mm Heavy Duty Replacement Lacrosse Goal Net (Round Corners) 6’x6x6”…

  • Heavy duty, collegiate level 6. 0 mm lacrosse net
  • Fits 6’x6’x7′ standard sized backyard goals and collegiate level goals (please note this net is made for rounded…
  • Durable square polyester netting

Color: 

White

Material:

90% Polyester / 10% Cotton

Thickness:

​5 mm

This 90% polyester and 10% cotton lacrosse net is classified as “high school grade”.  It is designed for practice goals and has rounded-corners.  It uses thick 5 mm string and includes lace cording for attacking to lacrosse goal posts.

Predator 5mm Black Lacrosse Replacement Goal Net


Predator Sports 3mm White Lacrosse Replacement Net

  • Predator 3mm White net
  • triple stiched welting
  • includes lacing cord

Color:

Black

Material:

Polyester

Thickness: 

5 mm

This is another lacrosse net from Predator sports.  This net is made from thicker 5 mm polyester, with triple-stitched bindings and a generous amount of lacing cord.  The netting material is highly durable, UV resistant and weather proof.

Predator Sports 3mm White Lacrosse Replacement Net


Predator Sports 7mm White Lacrosse Replacement Net 6 Feet x 6 Feet

  • Predator Sports 7mm Lacrosse Goal Replacement Net
  • Fits goals thats are 6 Feet Wide x 6 Feet Tall x 7 Feet DeepTriple stiched welting
  • Triple stiched welting for stronger seams

Color:

White

Material:

Polyester

Thickness: 

3 mm

This is a very affordable, lightweight net for backyard practice goals.  It features triple stitched welting and includes a lacing cord for the goal.  A great choice if you are on a budget!

CrankShooter 4 mm 1000d White Replacement Net


CrankShooter 4mm 1000d White Replacement Net for 6’x6’x7′ Goal – New…

  • Netting is 4mm UV/Weather proof 1000d hi-strength Polyester
  • Triple stitched reinforced edge binder to make an already strong net, stronger
  • 4 quick ties to secure key points of the net while lacing the net to the goal

Color:

White

Material:

Polyester

Thickness: 

4 mm

This lacrosse net is made from a high strength polyester string that is both UV resistant and weather proof.  The net has a triple stitched edge binding with 4 quick ties to easily secure key points of the net to your practice goal.  It is a durable net that is great value-for-money!

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