8 Fundraising Ideas for Teens

Most ideas for fundraising centered on teens always require some injection of fun in the right areas. It’s of most importance to find something that wakes up their zeal and gives them a chance to work together with other youths for a wonderful and fulfilling fundraising. As a parent what you want for your teen is a lesson in responsibility and to be inspired positively, particularly while interacting with other teenagers. This is where teen fundraising ideas come in. Of course, there are many ideas teens could run with and raise some money for a cause they are very passionate about. You can also read about some great fundraising ideas for college aged students.

Why Getting Teens Into Fundraising is Important

Teens are the future of our planet, and we need to teach them empathy and other characteristics that have made the human race survive for so long. Fundraisers are also a great way for them to meet new people and get the satisfaction that they had the opportunity of helping those in need. Getting them involved directly in issues affecting our society will also teach them the lesson of responsibility.

Regardless of what your goal is as a parent, getting your teen son or daughter into fundraising will teach them several valuable life lessons. Without further ado, here are the best fundraising ideas for teens:

Teen Help Squad

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Those fundraising ideas that work should get the teens out of their comfort zones and get them working with their minds, hands, and with others. One of the oldest and always effective ways of making extra money for teens has always been helping around people’s homes for all kinds of things. As a squad of teens comes together they can come up with all kinds of services to offer their community, from dog walking, cleaning around, offering child care services, raking and trimming other people’s fences, and many others. If the fences around the neighborhood look worn out and dull you can offer to repaint and repair them for a fee. Bring different teenagers together and give them those tasks appropriate to them and raise the cash you need for your cause. It’s a good way to both socialize and do some good for the community at the same time.

Cookie Event

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Everyone loves some cookie and the jury is out there on the best shape for this crunchy delight. As a group, teens can come together and set up a cookie party or cookie selling event by baking all sorts of cookies in different shapes and sizes, from geometrical shaped, haphazard, large to small cookies, and sell them to everyone, perhaps even with a cup of Joe or some freshly made lemonade for more profits.

Community Movie Night

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After seeking the proper permissions teens can come together and create a movie night perhaps in their church, school, community hall and other areas in the evening perhaps on a Friday or weekend. Before the weekend they can popularize the event all over social media, through flyers or word of mouth and sell tickets days before the event. You can come up with a classic picture people have probably forgotten about, a film that was probably made in your area or an educational or faith based film with lots of lessons and entertainment to boot.

Retro Game Day

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Teens today and computer games are inseparable and most of them have forgotten there were board games before the screen took over. Bring all those board games from chess, scrabble to monopoly and many others and make it a family day out where families play each other or individuals earn special points for specific gifts. Find those games that bring children and adults together, particularly those that no one plays any longer. Ask people to donate prizes and charge a fee as the entry to the great retro game day challenge putting families and friends against each other.

Child Care

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Individually, offering time to babysit a child is the best thing any teen can do. Teenagers rarely have time for small children and this gives them a whole new perspective on things. Individually or as a group, teens can come together and offer two hours of child care on a particular day for a month full of fun and all sorts of activities that kids love at night, during the day or evening when grownups want to go out for a date or have some time alone without the noise and bustle of kids around the house. It’s not a small undertaking and teens need to come up with child friendly games that do not bore children easily and a keen eye to keep them around the place the event will be taking place. Plan accordingly.

Gift Wrapping

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Of course, every person loves gifts and at specific times of the year, there’re lots of them moving around. As a teen, deciding to offer a gift wrapping service at a local store or around the neighborhood at a time such as Christmas or Thanksgiving makes just about anyone happy. As shocking as it might seem, not many people know how to wrap gifts properly. This is where such a talent can come in handy, especially for the holidays.

Come Up with a Marathon

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Possibly one of those ideas you probably don’t have to invest much, a marathon is a long standing way of raising money, creating awareness, and bringing athletes, families, and communities together. If you intend to raise money for Hemophilia or some other condition affecting your community you can incorporate a marathon and come up with a course that will not affect traffic flow, perhaps on a trail around the hills and mountains in your locality.

Talk to other teens, the sheriff’s office for guidance and support particularly with some security, and use as many teens as possible to spread the word around. If there’s just no road or trail for a marathon approach your high school and make it an athletics challenge day where all types of people compete in all manner of disciplines. To participate one would have to buy a ticket including anyone who wants to be involved. Let parents and their kids fight off in relays, sprints, long distant races among other athletic disciplines. At the end of the day, you’ll end up with the funds you wanted and a very happy community.

How Marathons Started

The legend goes that an ancient Greek messenger ran from Marathon to Athens, about 25 miles, to deliver a message about an important Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C.

From that legend, in modern times, the marathon first came to fruition at the Olympic Games in 1896, which were held at Athens. Originally, the Olympic Games organizers never even thought about holding such a long race. Yet, here we are now with one of the most celebrated sports in human history.

Garage Sales like Never Before

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Everyone knows about a garage sale and probably has tried one in their lives. As teens this is one of the most effective fundraising ideas out there, more so if done as a team. The golden rule is that another person’s junk is another guy’s treasure and you’ll never go wrong. As a group goes around the neighborhood asking neighbors, family, and friends to donate those things in their closets they no longer use. Don’t leave anything provided but receive all, run through them, and repair or clean each if the need is to make them very presentable.

You can even ask if you can help clean attics as you rummage through clatter to find things for those neighbors who might be happy about that. Once you have everything and improved them as you deem fit find tables and have all the items displayed in all manner of categories for ease of choice and purchase. You can create posters, flyers, send word around, post on Facebook, and even Tweet about it if the need be. Talk to children and church members about it and create some buzz as much as you can.  Always remember to indicate to everyone you pass the information to that it’s all about raising money for a charity, a cause, or just new equipment for your high school’s drama club.

If you have a lot of items and you’re sure through the commitments you’ve received the crowds will be huge tie the event with another, such as having a soda, fresh juice or water stand to sell to the people who will turn up if the day is a hot one. Take to the local grocery store or supermarket-they might just donate a couple of cookies and drinks.

Final Thoughts

Got any other fun fundraising ideas for teens? Make sure to leave us a comment with your proposal and we might update the article in the future. And don’t forget to share the article with other people interested in this topic. It’s what makes our community here at Fun-Attic so engaging.

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Fun Family Activities

 
 
 

American Flag Beaded Pin

 

 

Required:

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    Red beads, white beads, and blue beads

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    1″ Safety Pins (10 total per craft)

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    Needle Nose Pliers

Each pin will take 9 safety pins and you can use either all gold or silver. Make four of the pins with 5 blue beads on first then add one white then red then white then red then the last bead will be white. Close each finished pin and slightly crimp the head of the pin to prevent the pin from opening.

Make the next four safety pins starting with a red bead then white alternating until you have ten beads the last one should be white. Close each one of those pins and crimp. The last part will take an adult to help you because the 8 safety pins will have to go on the backside on the 9th pin. In order to do this you will have to take the needle nose pliers and slightly pull apart the bottom end of the 9th safety pin – only far enough to slide each of the beaded pins around the loop to the other side. The beaded pins will hang from the bottom loop of the pin. You will start with the red and white beaded pins first. One at a time slide to the other side of the pin. Make sure that the beads face out instead of the inside of the pin. If you slide the beaded pins facing out they should end up facing out. Then slide the remaining blue with red and white pins on and then crimp the holding pin back into place. You can now proudly wear your United States of America Pin. May God Bless America!!

 
 
 

Backwards Day

 

 

Required:

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    Sense of humor

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    A fun meal

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    Desire to have fun

Choose a day that the kids can wear their clothes backward. Most likely a day that you’ll all be staying home or near home. Be creative but not too tacky as to how to look. At dinner, you should serve a backward dinner to top off the day. Start out with dessert first, and then the main course, then the salad and veggies last if you have any room left. See if you can plan out any other ideas for the day.

 
 
 

Box Fort

 

 

Required:

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    Large Boxes

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    Tape

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    Marker

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    Scissors

Find some large boxes to play in. You can either use those leftover large present boxes or acquire a few large boxes from a nearby store. Have the kids figure out how they want their fort to look with passageways to the other boxes. What type of windows? Windows that open up, open down, or open out. Have someone that is knowledgeable with scissors cut out openings, use caution when doing so. Use duct tape or shipping tape to keep the boxes together. Kids can decorate their fort with markers and other ways. Discuss with kids different types of forts that were built in America, Canada, and other countries. Have them do some research on the Internet as to these types of forts. For younger children have them think about different types of habitats that animals use for protection. Whenever your children try a new activity or game, this is your greatest opportunity to tie it into a learning experience. Games can always be a learning process for kids and adults; you’ll learn many things in the process. – R. Scheel, Fun-Attic Inc.

 
 
 

Comic Strip Creator

 

 

Required:

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    Newspaper

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    Magazines

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    Scissors

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    Plain Paper

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    Pencil

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    Glue

Have kids go through magazines and newspapers looking for interesting things to cut out. Instruct them to have a theme or story in mind for this project. Once they have cut and laid out their piece in the order of their story, have them glue them on plain paper in a line or several lines. Make sure they leave room for the caption and storyline. If they have a great story that goes on and on, encourage them to use several pieces of paper. After they have glued pieces in order, have them work on writing the story out based on the pictures above. This exercise will help some children learn to frame their thoughts.

 
 
 

Dough Art

 

 

Required:

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    Frozen or homemade bread dough

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    Food coloring

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    Paint Brushes

Defrost bread dough in a large greased bowl with a towel over it to prevent from drying out; this takes up to 2-4 hours so plan this activity out ahead of time. Once the dough has risen, punch down and separate into large chunks for each child. Provide a lightly floured work area for them and aprons if they tend to be messy. Have them make something out of the dough like animals, plants, cartoon characters, or objects that interest them. Place the shaped artwork on a greased cookie sheet and have them paint with desired food coloring mixed with a little bit of water. Let the finished artwork rise for about 1-2 hours and then bake for about 20-30 minutes at about 350 degrees. For the holiday season, even the parents can do unique bread designs like a braided loaf or braided wreath. You’ll be surprised how creative you really can be if you would only try.

 
 
 

Eat Under the Table

A young and beautiful mother in a blue shirt and apron is preparing a fresh vegetable salad at home in the kitchen, along with her little cute daughters with light hair

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Required:

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    Clean Floor

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    Willing to be different

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    Desire to have fun

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    Fun, easy meal

Once in awhile when mom’s in a good mood and looking for something fun to do with the kids, I’ll plan a unique meal. The meal will usually take place the same day that I’ve mopped the kitchen floor. A good fun meal could be a taco salad or something that your family would enjoy. We’ll pull away all the chairs and sit cross-legged as we enjoy a special time together. Warning, the kids will totally enjoy this and they will bug you until you do it again.

 

Safe Toys for the Whole Family – Even Grandpa Can Play!

 
 
 

Fall Leaf Collection Book

 

 

Required:

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    String

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    Leaves

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    Hole Punch

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    Construction Paper

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    Wax Paper

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    Aluminum Foil

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    Iron

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    Clear Contact paper

Send out the troops on a fall leaf hunt. Have them collect different colors and shapes. Each bookmaker will sort through the collected leaves looking for the best and most unique. You can also make one big book that all can share.

There are two ways to put together a fall leaf collection book.

One way is to purchase clear contact paper and cut it into uniform pieces. Peel back part of the protective paper and place one or more leaves on one half of the paper. Once the leaves are placed peel back the rest on the protective paper and fold over the other half.

Another way is to use wax paper and an iron. If you use this method take several precautions not to damage your iron or other items that might come in contact with melted wax. When using an iron make sure that it never comes in direct contact with the wax paper or you will spread out the melted wax on your iron. (It will come off but you don’t want it on any of your good clothes.) Lay a large enough piece of aluminum foil on your ironing board or ironing surface. Cut out uniform pieces of wax paper and place a leaf or two on one half and fold the other half on top of the leaf. Place another piece of foil to separate the wax paper from the iron. Iron the page together with a medium heated iron. Be careful not to get burned on the aluminum foil. Peel back the foil to check your work; making sure the waxed paper has fused together. Instead of aluminum foil, you can use scrap pieces of cotton material or paper towels.

Once you have all your leaves sealed by some method you can take strips of colorful construction paper to frame each leaf page. This will also provide an area to label each type of leaf. Punch a hole through one corner of each completed piece and tie with a piece of string to form a leaf book.

 
 
 

Icing Skills

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Required:

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    Cake Decorating Bags

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    Decorating tips

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    Powdered sugar

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    Shortening

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    Toothpicks

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    Wax Paper

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    Marshmallows

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    food coloring

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    9″ cake pan

Purchase cake decorating bags and cake decorating tips. The decorating tips that you might want would be the star tip, leaf tip, petal/flower tip, and writing tip. You can make your own bags with wax paper formed into a cone but the reusable plastic decorating bags are your best bet. Mix one box of confectionary sugar with one cup of shortening, separate into two-three containers, and add desired food coloring. This recipe is for practicing your cake decorating talents over and over again it but must be refrigerated.

Take 9 inch round cake pans and turn upside down on wax paper. Get the kids to decorate these pans over and over. To make a rose, push a toothpick halfway through the flat side of a miniature marshmallow to use as a handle. Use your petal tip and while slowly spinning the marshmallow, add frosting to the top edge of the marshmallow with the tip angled sideways. The first petal should look like a mountain peak or roof with the top of the marshmallow closed off. Then for your next petals add an upside-down half moon shapes on both sides of the marshmallow. Turn the marshmallow ¼ turn and add 2 more of the same petals. You can also do this with large a marshmallow and once you master the idea this can be done without marshmallows but they are helpful for beginners. To learn how to make Baby Bootie’s go to our Baby Shower Ideas page for instructions.

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Marble Art

 

 

Required:

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    Small Containers

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    Tempura paint

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    Paper plates

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    Spoons

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    Extra paper

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    Marbles

Place a precut paper onto your paper plate. Pour tempera paints into small containers and place marbles into the various colors. Spoon out marbles one or several at a time onto the paper plate and while using wrist action allow the marble to roll around leaving a very colorful design. You might want aprons on the participants or you can do this project outside to prevent making too much of a mess.

 
 
 

Nature Stamp Art

 

 

Required:

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    Poster Paints

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    Apples

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    Leaves

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    Twigs

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    Paper

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    Plates

Cut an apple in half so that you have a top and a bottom half and you will find something special, a star. Find different shapes, sizes, and types of leaves that will make unique patterns on paper but make sure you don’t touch plants that could cause you harm. Pour different colors of poster paint into small plates and dip the items one at a time into the paint, then press onto paper. You can add different types of glitter and this artwork can be also used for special napkin designs, table decorations, or homemade wrapping paper for a holiday or special occasion.

 

Have Fun! ?

 

Now here are some colorful ideas to liven up play time.
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Later Edit

After some thought and considerations, we have come up with several other activities that you and your family can try out for some fun.

Play a Card Game

There are lots of card games for you to choose from, many of which you can find on our website. From all-time classics like UNO to Go Fish, the options are seemingly limitless. And if you’re creative enough, you could also invent your own personalized version of a game with custom rules.

Optionally, you can combine card and dice games to up the ante and give an even newer perspective on classic spin-off titles. It’s up to you to choose a game that everyone in the family can enjoy as a fun activity.

Go to the Beach

We know that sometimes your kids might not be in the mood for in-house activities or for board games. So why not do something a little out of the ordinary? Yes, go to the beach.

Kids love the seaside and the hot sun will make them even happier than staying inside and playing video games. You can also take this opportunity to teach them how to swim. This skill will most likely come in handy on numerous occasions throughout their lives.

Go For a Bike Ride

Riding a bike is one of the most rudimental and basic ways for your kids to have fun and stay in shape at the same time. Consider teaching them how to ride one at a young age so that they can get the hang of it early in life.

It’s also a great way for you to bond with your children and make some awesome memories. Once they’re good enough, take them through a bike ride on a bike trail or somewhere in nature where the road is good enough to handle the two-wheeled vehicles.

Teach Kids How to Garden

At first, it might sound like a menial task. However, gardening is a useful skill and it can quite fun with the right mindset. Get creative and play some games to help your kids memorize all the gardening techniques.

17 Tips on How To Be Funny [Infographic]

How to Be Funny

Have you wondered how to be funny around strangers? Why is it that some people have a good sense of humor and can easily make other people laugh at their jokes? What makes a person funny? In everyday life, these naturally funny people can throw a good joke or punchline in any given situation. Being funny is one of the most desired traits. But not all people have a sense of humor and can be naturally funny.

Being funny is one of the most desired traits. Below you will find 17 tips on how to be funny. These tips, if practiced, are sure to help you become funny.

Life is too short to be serious. We need some good humor in our life from time to time. So, if you are looking to learn more about how to be naturally funny and make the people in your life laugh, we have you covered. Below you will find 17 tips on how to be funny. These tips, if practiced, are sure to help you become funny.

Determine what makes you laugh – If you want to make people laugh, you can start by examining yourself. What makes you laugh? Take out a notepad and start to brainstorm. When’s the last time you laughed? What caused you to laugh? Spend about 15 minutes making a thorough list.

Observe what makes others laughIf you want to learn how to be funny, it’s important that you become observant. When you are with others, and you find someone laughing, take a mental note, or jot down a note on your phone. Keep a “funny folder.” Here you can keep your notes of things that will make others laugh.

Spend more time with funny peopleAre the people that you spend a lot of time with funny? Typically you tend to take on traits of your inner circle. If your friends aren’t funny, start making a list of people that you find funny. Try to intentionally spend more time with them.

Memorize one-liners One-liners are perfect. They don’t take a lot of effort and they can get the job done. “My fake plants died because I didn’t pretend to water them.

Watch lots of comedy shows Besides being fun to do, watching comedy shows can increase your level of funniness.

Watch funny movies Watch funny movies and be intentional about plucking out some of the funniest parts. Take notes and keep it in your funny folder. Sometimes all it takes is repeating snippets of a funny movie get someone laughing.

Read joke books or joke blogs There is no shortage of funny material. Head on over to Amazon and buy some of the highest ranked joke books. Use Google too and type in different jokes or funny keywords. Find a funny blog that resonates with the type of humor that you want to incorporate.

Do use sarcasm Sarcasm can be extremely funny. Use it but don’t overdo it.

Do use sexual innuendos Use your best judgment on this. You want to make sure that your audience is appropriate. When in doubt refrain from using sexual innuendos.

Self-deprecation can work Use this with people that you know well. Self-deprecating humor is when someone belittles or makes fun of themselves. An example of self-deprecating humor would be someone that is overweight making jokes about their weight. Use sparingly or it will have the reverse effect.​

Do NOT use demeaning jokes Demeaning can make you look like more of a jerk than someone of good humor. Don’t belittle other people or groups of people when trying to be funny.

Do NOT use mimicry Mimicking others is annoying, enough said.

Timing is everything When observing other people being funny, take note of their timing. If you are too early or too late, it might lose some of its humor. Practice makes perfect.

Use jokes sparingly Don’t go overboard with your jokes. Joking too often be more annoying than funny. A perfect example of what not to do would be this guy trying to be funny, using puns at Disney. At the end of the video, you could see how fed up she was with the humor.

Don’t take yourself so seriously In short, loosen up.

Animation and energy are the sense of humor’s best friend Try to incorporate energy and animation into your humor. It’s harder to be funny if your monotone and low on the energy scale.

Smile to be funny Smiling is contagious. If you are looking to make others laugh and smile, start by smiling yourself. It’s important to remember, don’t overdo it. Smiling too much can be creepy and have the reverse effect.

The Science of Being Funny

There are several theories behind being funny. No exact answer will be given by anyone because, oftentimes, humor is subjective. Depending on the type of person you are, you might prefer dark humor or you might be disgusted by it, for instance. However, the following theories give us a glimpse into why people react the way they do to certain jokes:

The Superiority Theory

No matter how much of a good human you’re trying to be, deep down you know that other people’s failures make you feel superior. Even if we’re talking about a mistake that you used to make in the past, you have evolved now. And that’s why the misfortune of others makes us laugh. Think of those “funny fail compilation” videos, as they are a prime example of this theory.

The Relief Theory

Sigmund Freud first came up with a version of this theory. It’s the school of thought that says whenever we feel utterly stressed or after we’ve gone through severe tensions, the mind’s natural response is to cope. Often times, this coping mechanism gets translated through humor. That’s why many of us seem to find old gaffes funny after many years. And it’s probably the reason why many people speculate that the funniest humans are the ones who went through some severe traumas.

The Incongruity Theory

Incongruity basically refers to something completely unexpected. Humans, or at least most of us, have the capacity to notice patterns. When that pattern is broken and something seems out of place, sometimes our reaction might trigger a laugh. For example, we all know how cats look. But what if we were to put a toy lion mane on one? Most people would laugh. See for yourself:

funny cat lion mane

Did that make you laugh? No? Well, we’re pretty sure at least a few of our readers giggled. Or so we hope. Please tell us we’re funny.

The Kick of the Discovery Theory

Ok, so this one has a rather peculiar name. But what does it mean? It refers to the fact that people often find it the funniest when their expectations are completely shattered. When something that a normal person wouldn’t even think of occurring happens to occur. Out of a million people that this theory has been tested on, the joke that got the most votes for being the funniest of them all is the following one:

“How many babies does it take to paint a wall red? Just one, but you have to throw it really hard.”

Too dark? Yes, we agree. But it certainly puts a completely unexpected twist on an otherwise regular question. And that’s what made so many people laugh until they dropped.

Final Thoughts on How to Be Funny

There you have it, 17 tips on how to be funny. Remember, being funny can be learned. The more you practice being funny, the more likely you will become funny. At first, you might want to start by practicing on some people you know really well. Don’t let them know that you are practicing. After you start to see some success with the people you know well, start to venture out. Start trying to be funny with complete strangers or groups of strangers. Practice being funny on dates and in different situations.

7 Board Marble Games

Do you feel like you’ve lost your marbles as of late? Have you sat around feeling bored and wondering what could possibly keep you entertained while challenging our brain at the same time? Perhaps you’ve lost your marbles over the fact that your kids are equally as bored and in need of something to do. Luckily, you can get your marbles back with the help of 7 board games with marbles.

Board marble games are a fun way to pass the time. You can play board games no matter the weather outside, and some board games you can choose to play by yourself or with someone else. The list of board games below can help you choose those that best suit you whether you are looking for a game for you or perhaps your children.

1. Solitaire

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  • Made from solid cherry wood.
  • Each game is finished with a clear non-toxic finish for long lasting durability.

Pass the time away with this single player board game featuring a round wooden board with 37 round grooves and 36 marbles. The goal of Marble Solitaire is to clear all but one of the marbles off the board by jumping one space over a marble using another marble. While that might sound relatively simple, directional movement limitations make this game both fun and challenging at the same time. For an entertaining brain teaser, this marble board game is highly recommended for one person looking to pass the time.Enter your text here…

2. Aggravation

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Aggravation
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Aggravation is a classic marble board game that was first introduced in 1962. The game is fun for 2 people or an entire family of 6. Aggravation challenges players to move their marbles around the board from their base positions to the home area. The first player to get all of their marbles to the home area wins the game. Keep in mind that challenging players can capture your marbles, which makes this a challenging, competitive, and fun game to play.

3. Chinese Checkers

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Of the 7 board games with marbles found on this list, Chinese Checkers is perhaps one of the most well-known. The game offers a natural wooden board that is 11.5 inches in diameter and 60 wooden marbles in 6 different colors, including red, green, white, black, blue, and yellow. Chinese Checkers provides fun and challenging play for up to 6 players, a player for each set of colored marbles. The goal of the game is to move your colored marbles across the board to the adjacent triangle. 

You can move your marbles in any direction you would like, but you can only “hop” one space to an empty adjacent space. You are allowed to hop over the marbles belonging to other players as long as there is an empty space just beyond where their marble sits. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to jump over more than one marble at a time. All-in-all, this class marble game can provide hours of intellectual challenges and entertainment.

4. Mancala

Classic Mancala Game
  • Great game For Counting and Strategy
  • Challenging but simple game for adults and children
  • Wood board unfolds to 5-1/4” x 17-3/4”with storage sleeve

Mancala is yet another classic, yet well-loved, well-received game. The game is played on a wooden folding board with 48 beautiful glass gemstones or slightly flattened marbles. The game encourages strategic and fun gameplay among 2 players. To play, place the board long ways in front of you. You should have 6 holes on your side of the board and 6 holes on your opponent’s side of the board. Take the 48 marbles you have and place 4 in each of the empty holes.

The goal is to move your marbles in a counter-clockwise direction. You grab all of the marbles at once but you are only allowed to drop one at a time into the hole next to your gems. The first player to get rid of all of his or her marbles wins the game. In other words, losing your marbles in this instance is a good thing.

5. Hungry Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Classic Hungry Hippos game has 4 hippo heads and bodies plus marbles for them to chomp
  • 20 marbles included
  • One golden marble, cleanup is a snap with the marble and hippo storage

Most of the other board games mentioned above are for older children and adults. Young children might find the brain-teasing, mentally challenging games above too difficult for their liking. Fortunately, Hungry, Hungry Hippos is the perfect game for young crowds. The goal of this game is to get your designated hippo to swallow as many marbles as possible. Whoever manages to get their hippo to swallow the most marbles wins the game.

Hungry, Hungry Hippos supports up to four players. Each player chooses their designated hippo and the 20 small marbles are placed in the middle of the board. Players then send their hippos into a feeding frenzy in order to swallow as many marbles as possible. This game is great for groups of young children or even a fun, family-friendly game night.

6. Ker Plunk

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Kerplunk Classic Kids Game with Marbles, Sticks and Game Unit, Easy-to-Learn, Makes a Great Gift for 5 Year Olds and Up
  • Ker Plunk! is a blast from the past with a cool look and attitude!
  • Create a "lattice" of sticks midway through the translucent tube and place the marbles on top; players...
  • Players take turns removing sticks while trying to prevent the marbles from dropping through.

For over 35 years, Mattel has used a combination of marbles and strategy to create a fun game known as Ker Plunk. In order to play, players must push 30 of the included thin sticks through the small holes in the middle of a plastic tube. You must then pour the 32 included marbles on top of the sticks. Players take turns removing sticks one at a time, but you must do so carefully. The player who causes the marbles to fall to the bottom loses the game. This blast from the past is a fun game to play for 2-4 players.

7. Screwball Scramble

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  • EASY TO SET UP: This maze game for kids is easy to set up but not easy to master
  • MANEUVER YOUR MARBLE: Use skills and hand-eye coordination to guide your marble through the crazy...
  • BEAT THE CLOCK: Challenge yourself to beat the clock on this time game or challenge a friend to see...

Screwball Scramble might be an older marble game, but it is still a goodie. This fun game encourages young players between the ages of 5 and 10 to race against the cock as they scramble to get their marble through a maze of obstacles. From a moving platform to jumping through hoops, this game can provide hours of entertainment with just one marble and some careful thought process. The game is just challenging enough to be fun and yet simple enough that young children will enjoy it, too.

Fun Facts About Board Marble Games

Marbles have a long history of use for fun. The first traces date back around 1588 according to TIME Magazine. One notable location where marbles have been used for centuries is Tinsley Green, West Sussex, England.

Ever since 1932, the British and World Marbles Championship have been held at Tinsley Green on an annual basis. The first championship in 1932 was won by a team from the Black Horse public house in nearby Charlwood. As history went on, the marbles playing season would go on from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. As you can imagine, people back then were very superstitious. It was thought that playing after Good Friday would bring bad luck.

Professional marble players around the world often tend to collect several types of marbles of different shapes, sizes, and textures. Many people look forward to purchasing scarce marbles from known artisans and producers. A marble’s worth is primarily determined by the type, size, condition, and visual appeal, coupled with the law of supply and demand. Ironically, some ugly but rare marbles are also high on the asking price range. But you should know that this is rather an exception than a rule.

As you can imagine, marbles today are rarely made by hand. That’s why the artisan-made ones are so much more valuable as a rule of thumb. But in the older days, marbles were made mostly by hand, the most valuable ones being produced with stone or ivory. You could also find the more common clay, pottery, ceramic, or porcelain marbles that were made by rolling up the material into a ball and letting it dry over a fire. Either way, it’s outstanding to think about how much a little ball can be worth in today’s currency. For something so simple, marbles are really unique.

Verdict

The list above provides you with some of the most entertaining board games played with marbles that there are. Luckily, you can now use one of the games mentioned to prevent you from losing your own marbles. You can keep yourself, your family, and your children entertained for hours with any one of the games mentioned above.

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9 Icebreaker Games for Adults

Icebreakers are group facilitation techniques which can help people communicate, learn more about one another, relax and enjoy themselves.  They are an excellent way to foster a creative and friendly environment that is ideal for learning or collaboration.

Groups of adults can really benefit from icebreakers, particularly if participants are meeting for the first time.  Icebreakers can be used in a wide range of environments including classrooms, conferences, parties and meetings — wherever you want a group of adults to relax and communicate freely.

This article will share a few reasons why icebreakers are so useful and a few of the best icebreaker games for adults.

Why are Icebreakers so Useful for Adults?

Icebreakers can reduce inhibitions or tension in a group

Many adults are fairly inhibited and reserved when they meet new people. They often don’t communicate freely with people they are meeting for the first time and require a “getting-to-know-you” period.  Icebreakers can speed up the getting-to-know-you process, encouraging participants to start communicating freely with one another.

Icebreakers can make a group event fun!

Many group icebreakers are focussed on helping participants relax and feel comfortable within the group.  This is usually achieved through the use of fun activities that encourage participants to talk to one another.  These “fun” icebreakers can be used by group facilitators to introduce people or to simply give the group a break from a tough activity.  Fun icebreakers can also be used to start a meeting or conference with a few laughs.

Icebreakers can energize and motivate participants

Using an icebreaker at the start of a meeting is a great way to excite and motivate participants.  A fun icebreaker can turn a stale meeting or class into something that participants look forward to.  Icebreakers can also be used midway through a meeting or class to energize participants.

Icebreakers can help a group learn more about one another

If you are working with a group of people who have never met each other before, “introductory” ice breakers may be useful.  They are activities which encourage participants to learn each other’s names and personal details.  It can help create cohesion within a group and familiarity between participants increases user engagement.

Icebreakers can improve the ability of people to learn

Researchers have discovered that adults learn better when they are mentally, physically and emotionally stimulated.  This is because they become fully engaged in the activity and the people around them.  You can use icebreakers in a classroom or seminar environment to really make sure the participants are learning.

Icebreakers help the facilitator learn more about the group

The facilitator can also gain some useful insight from using icebreakers.  In addition to helping you learn the name of participants, you can gain insight into the background, interests and skills of participants.

Icebreakers increase the sense of community within a group

If you are working with a group that is sharing personal details, it helps to foster a sense of community and friendship among participants.  This helps people open up and share intimate details.  Icebreakers can be very useful in fostering a sense of trust and community within the group.

Icebreakers get everyone involved

An icebreaker can help passive participants contribute more to the group and feel more comfortable about expressing themselves to others.

Icebreakers foster creativity

Many icebreaker activities ask people to be imaginative and creative.  Once participants are in this mindset, you can harness it during the class, meeting or seminar that follows.

The Best Icebreaker Games for Adults

People Bingo

This is one of the most popular icebreaker games for adults because it is simple to explain and very effective.  It is ideal for use in classrooms, seminars or meetings.  It can be used for groups of up to 30 people in size.

If you already know a few things about the participants, create a list of interesting facts about them, like “plays guitar” or “always does the morning crossword”.  If you don’t know the participants very well, use more general descriptions that probably apply to multiple people, like “is fanatical about coffee”, “has been on holiday to Europe”.

Now create bingo cards where each number square has one of these descriptions written in it.  These sheets are handed to participants who will then talk to each other in an effort to find someone who matches one of the squares.  When they do find someone who “is fanatical about coffee”, that person signs their bingo square.  The first person to reach 10 signed squares wins.

2-Minute Mixer

This is another common icebreaker for adults that is very effective for introducing people to one another.  Have participants find a random partner and form a large circle, with one partner standing closer to the center of the room.  Each participant will then spend 2-minutes talking to their partner.  They will discover each other’s name and something about their background — where they work, what they like to do, why they are attending the class.

After the 2-minutes has expired, the people on the edge of the circle will rotate clockwise and spend two-minutes talking with the next person.  The session can continue until the circle has done a complete rotation.  By this point, each participant will have met half of the class.

Expectations

This is a simple and fun icebreaker for adults that encourages them to be creative.  Each participant is asked three simple questions:

  • What is your name?
  • What do you hope to get out of the class
  • What could be the craziest thing that could happen if their expectations of the class are met?  Encourage participants to think of a crazy and interesting outcome after completing the class!

For example, a student attending a computer class might say “My name is ted,  I expect to learn how to program computers and understand computer hardware.  If I can learn those skills I will use them to become the next Steve Jobs, marry Charlize Theron and buy the island of Hawaii”.

Two Truths and a Lie

This icebreaker is usually quite popular with adults and can lead to some funny responses.  Each participant in the group says three things about themselves — two truthful things and one lie.  The other participants can guess which one is the lie and give a reason why thick so.  You can elicit some very funny, creative and interesting responses from the group!

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Guess Who

Each participant in the group writes a very interesting or unusual fact about themselves on a piece of paper.  The group facilitator then reads out the responses and the group guesses which person wrote the interesting fact!

All My Neighbors

This is a simple icebreaker that helps people communicate with one another and learn more about each other.  The group is seated in a circle with one person in the center.   The person in the center says “I like all my neighbors who…” then mentions some characteristic like “wears glasses” or “has brown eyes”.

Everyone in the circle who matches that characteristic will switch spots with someone else.  The person in the center will also try to find an empty spot.  The participant who doesn’t find a spot will have to ask the next question!  It is a simple, fun and easy icebreaker for adults.

The Toaster Game

This is a useful game for meetings where participants may turn up hungry!  It requires the facilitator to bring a toaster and a large assortment of condiments.  Insert a piece of bread into the toaster and while it is browning ask everyone in the group to reveal one thing about themselves.  The person who is mid-sentence when the toast pops up is challenged to eat a piece.  The catch is — the group decides which kinds of condiments they have on their toast!  They may decide to have peanut butter, chilli flakes, and mayonnaise!  Just make sure the participants aren’t allergic to any whacky condiment combinations you think of.

Toilet Paper Game

The very premise of this game will get the group laughing.  The group facilitator passes a roll of toilet paper around the room and asks each member to tear off how much they normally use when going to the toilet.  After everyone has their tiles paper, ask them to tell the group one interesting fact about themselves for each piece of toilet paper they have.

Question Ball

Buy a large beachball and write some icebreaker questions on its surface.  Things like “What is your favorite place to go on holiday?”, “What is your perfect Sunday morning?”.

Throw the ball to a random participant in the group and ask them to answer the question that their right-hand index finger falls on.  You can elicit responses from the entire group and help them learn more about one another.

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Bonus Games

Never have I ever

While not exactly known as an icebreaker game, but more of a party game, you can adapt it to fit a certain situation. For example, at a corporate meetup, you could start by stating something along the lines of “Never have I ever worked in Adobe Illustrator”.

If you think your statements through, you can actually learn a lot of stuff about your new coworkers and teammates, and thus learn how to prioritize teamwork tasks in a more efficient manner. You could even write down some statements on the whiteboard to give participants a hint about what they can say in case they run out of ideas.

The One-Word Icebreaker

This is as simple as it gets. Make everyone describe their mood using a single word. You can get creative by saying really cryptic things like “I feel alpaca” or “I feel like Twilight”.

You get the picture. It can be very boring or very cryptic. It depends on the people you’re playing with. It’s definitely more fun when you’re playing with a creative marketing team, that’s for sure.

Online Quiz Icebreaker

Do you know what Google and Salesforce use as their preferred icebreaker game? It’s QuizBreaker. This online trivia-style game gives each user fun questions like “Which dead or alive person would you invite over for dinner?” and much more. Afterward, each user receives answers to these questions in their inbox and they have to guess which coworker gave that particular answer. It’s a fun way to get to know each other when working remotely.

The Logo Love Icebreaker

Hand everyone in the office some blank tags and tell them to write their name on them and draw a logo. Alternatively, if they’re not good at drawing, they can just write the name of the brand. Once everyone’s done, each person must explain why they chose that logo and how they think it represents them. If you’re good at psychology, you can find out a lot of stuff through this simple game.

The Bottom Line

There are many more icebreakers for adults available!  They are a great way to start your group activity or to energize participants.  You can modify any of the icebreakers above to suit your specific group and the participants involved.  Remember to stay flexible and have fun!

5 Best Splitting Maul Reviews and Recommendations

5 Best Splitting Maul Reviews of 2020

In case you wonder what is a maul, let’s start today’s guide with the definition: a splitting maul is a tool made to split chunks of wood into smaller and more portable pieces. Today, we will discuss the best splitting mauls on the market, helping you make an educated choice. 

Splitting Axe vs. Maul: Why and When to Choose A Wood Splitting Maul?

While you can use an axe to split firewood, a splitting maul has more weight and a wider head. This makes it much easier to do the splitting, which is a definite perk. It also causes nearly no part of the wood to go to waste. More wood means less splitting and enjoying that wood in your fireplace for a longer time. Finally, using an axe for a maul’s work or vice versa is dangerous and can cause accidents that you can prevent by using the correct tool. That’s why having the best splitting maul that is high quality is so important.

The Features and Properties of a Wood Splitting Maul

Mauls are typically heavy with an eight-pound maul head being the typical offering. There are some mauls that are a bit lighter that can be used for smaller pieces of wood if you prefer. In addition to being much heavier than a typical ax, the splitting maul typically has a longer handle. The most common length is 36”, but some are available at a bit smaller length. You just want to be sure that it’s long enough that the maul hits the ground after the strike, rather than your foot. Definitely not something anyone wants to experience. If you are aiming for a backpacking experience, like a hiking and camping trip, you should pack a smaller wood maul in your ultralight backpack and have it at hand at all times.

Let’s say you go camping and you want to have a warming fire to gather around and play some fun campfire games with your friends and family.

  • You should bring a splitting maul to prepare the campfire wood with little waste and in full safety.
  • The wood axe you should also bring works best if you want to split around the wood’s edges or if you want to split wood into smaller, sharper pieces, to prepare a barbecue, for instance.

Most experts recommend you take both a splitting maul and a wood axe if you go to a place where you need wood for the fire or for some construction work. In case you go camping or on a fishing trip with the family, having both tools in the trunk is always a good idea.

Best Splitting Mauls on the Market: Comparisons

With that said, we have made a list of the best splitting mauls on the market right now. These are from various companies and have many attributes to them. There is something here for everyone, no matter how experienced you are. We ranked these on a handful of criteria and offer all the information you will need to make a choice. We hope this helps you in ensuring you have the right equipment for you and your needs.

Estwing Fireside Friend 14″ Splitting Maul Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe, 36-Inch Fiskars Garden Iso Core 8 lb Maul, 36″ HUSQVARNA Splitting Maul Gransfors Bruks Splitting Maul
4 lbs maul head 4 lbs maul head 8 lbs maul head 6 lb maul head 6 lb maul head
Steel handle Fibercomp handle IsoCore Shock handle Wooden handle Wooden handle
14 inch 36 inch 36 inch 32 inch 32 inch
Lifetime warranty Lifetime warranty Lifetime warranty 90-days warranty 20-years warranty
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  • Estwing Fireside Friend 14″ Splitting Maul
  • Forged steel construction
  • Shock reduction grip reduces impact vibration by 70%
  • Ballistic nylon sheath for added safety and protection
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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  • Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe, 36-Inch
  • 4 lbs maul head
  • Fibercomp handle
  • 36 inch
  • Lifetime warranty
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  • Fiskars Garden Iso Core 8 lb Maul, 36″
  • 8 lbs maul head
  • IsoCore Shock handle
  • 36 inch
  • Lifetime warranty
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  • HUSQVARNA Splitting Maul
  • 6 lb maul head
  • Wooden handle
  • 32 inch
  • 90-day warranty
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  • Gransfors Bruks Splitting Maul
  • 6 lb maul head
  • Wooden handle
  • 32 inch
  • 20-year warranty
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Estwing Fireside Friend 14″ Splitting Maul

This small splitting maul makes short work of wood chunks with a top-notch, immensely durable design.

Thanks to the single-piece construction, forged in full, this hatchet-sized maul is effectively made to last.

This tool’s head design truly sets it apart from competing options as it is weighted with a sledgehammer second head, allowing you to work a lot less to get wood chopped. The weight drives the head through timber quickly and efficiently.

The grip on this maul is genuine leather that provides a stable and safe hold for working. You can swing away without worrying about this cleverly designed tool slipping from your fingers.

Fine American steel makes up this splitting maul’s form, contributing to its impressive longevity. A shiny blue finish further protects it, while also making it quite a nice cutting tool to have and hold. Reviewers mention just how tough and fine-tuned this maul is for its intended task.

Our Verdict

Complete with a protective sheath, you can rest assured this splitting maul will last you quite some time. This is a must for all people who love to spend their free time outdoors. It is also a great tool to have around if you need wood for your fireplace or the barbecue in the back yard.

Pros:

  • Small size and comfortable weight
  • Fine-tuned design
  • Durable

Cons:

  • May be too small for some uses

Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe, 36-Inch

21Gr5-U6KXL._SL250_The Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Ax is number four on the list of 5 best splitting mauls. This maul axe is made to split medium and large logs with total ease. Balance and power have been perfected in order to increase the speed of your swing, allowing more power to hit the wood. This product is a bit different than others when it comes to weight. It is 36” as is typical but it comes with a 4 lb maul head. However, the weight distribution is great and the super sharp edge makes this less of a problem than it would be on many mauls. In addition, it has a shock-absorbing handle that helps prevent any overstriking.

This maul is available at a great price. That includes a sheath for storage and protection. It also features a great lifetime warranty so you don’t have to worry about what happens if something does break or function improperly. If you are looking for a maul that is a bit lighter than the typical ones, but with the average reach, this Fiskars X27 is the tool for you.

Our Verdict

The price is right, the options are right, and there are very few negative comments about it. This Fiskars splitting maul is the best choice for taller users that want to work with medium- to large-sized logs. The textured non-slip grip reduces hand strain and improves control, while the optimized blade geometry offers better penetration and blasts tough logs apart. Just like most Fiskars splitting mauls, this one also features the brand’s patented IsoCore Shock Control System to absorb strike shock and vibrations.

Pros:

  • The handle is lightweight but strong
  • Ideal for medium to large-sized logs
  • Extra power from advanced bevel convex blade
  • Includes sheath for storage
  • Great price for what you get

Cons:

  • Lower weight means less impact on power

Fiskars Garden Iso Core 8 lb Maul, 36″

31Gd0KaysmL._SL250_The third maul on our list of 5 best splitting mauls is another Fiskar splitting maul. It features a lifetime warranty so you don’t have to worry about problems now or in the future. Fiskars has the reputation of being a great maker of these mauls and this one is a winner.

As far as the specifications of this maul, they are more average than compared to the one above. This Fiskar splitting maul has an eight-pound maul head and has a 36-inch handle on it. What makes this maul even better is the handle. It is made of a patented technology called IsoCore Shock Control System – present on the model we saw above as well – and you can guess what it does from the name. It is going to make shocks and vibrations much less intense, which makes chopping wood so much easier than a typical splitter. In addition, Fiskars features blade geometry optimized for this sort of work. This provides power and penetration that is much more intense than is typical. If you need more reason to check it out, take a look at the riveted head. This technique makes sure the head will never slide down or snap off of the handle.

Our Verdict

This maul is ideal for splitting wood (splitting face) or driving wedges and stakes (driving face). In other words, you have here a multifunctional wood tool to be of help at all times. You will fully enjoy the forged, heat-treated steel finished with a rust-resistant coating. The soft-grip handle features a sculpted profile to fit the natural shape of your hand, which makes this maul even more comfortable and easy to use.

Pros:

  • Blade geometry offers great penetration
  • Insulation sleeve holds the initial shock
  • Riveted head won’t snap off or slide down
  • IsoCore Shock Control System takes away shock and vibration

Cons:

  • Not everyone is a fan of the grip material

HUSQVARNA 32″ Wooden Splitting Maul

21lsA-zGiFL._SL250_This next splitting maul on this list is from Husqvarna and is their most heavy and powerful ax available. This maul looks more traditional with a wooden handle but is not entirely average. Rather than implementing an eight-pound maul head, this one has a six-pound head. It is also slightly shorter than usual as it comes in at 32”. If you’re looking for something a little more manageable for someone smaller or new to splitting wood, this could be a dream. It’s a very sturdy and useful maul without being too heavy or awkward for shorter splitters. The maul comes with a warranty just like the others. The only difference is that the warranty on this product is only 90 days, rather than the year most of them offer. That said, you do get a leather sheath with this one for no extra cost, which is always a good thing. Free accessories are the best bargain of all.

Our Verdict

It is ideal for splitting chunks of wood, while the design of the poll makes it an excellent choice for driving splitting wedges. The product features a hardened striking face in the neck, so you can use it as a sledge or in combination with a splitting wedge. This is probably the best wood splitting maul for beginners. 

Pros:

  • Made for splitting biggest logs and wood chunks
  • Can be used as sledge or with splitting wedge
  • Includes leather edge cover

Cons:

  • May not be as useful against hardwood types
  • Short warranty period

Gransfors Bruks Splitting Maul

21I0DVgBZ8L._SL250_The Gransfors Bruks maul is our priciest option on the list and is a definite contender in the top 5 splitting mauls available. It comes with a 32-inch handle, just like the former maul, and comes with the same six-pound head. This is great for smaller individuals or those new to the practice of splitting wood. The handle is wooden and of hickory, making it the perfect choice if you prefer wooden handles. The blade is ground to a concave blade making it thinner than a lot of splitting mauls on the market. There is also a steel collar to give a great grip. This maul is the heaviest sold by Gransfors Bruks, which is a well-known company.

While this maul is a bit more expensive than others, there’s a good reason for it. Gransfors is known for very quality axes and makes a product that will be worth the money. You do receive a sheath with the maul and it comes with a 20-year warranty. This isn’t as epic as the lifetime warranties of some of its competitors but it certainly speaks toward a quality piece of equipment.

Our Verdict

When you add all of these features together you get a great splitting maul that will last you many years into the future. It is an excellent choice for splitting very thick and knotty chunks of wood. In other words, it makes a great camping companion and you should not leave it behind if you plan a hiking trip. It works great at home if you have a fireplace to tend to or chunks of wood to prep for your backyard barbecue party. You will also enjoy the weight and sturdy poll with beveled corners and its protective steel collar below the axe head and circular grooves towards the end for an extra firm grip. All in all, this is an excellent product to have at hand in all conditions.

Pros:

  • Concave thin blade
  • Great for wedge striking
  • Leather sheath included

Cons:

  • Medium weight head

Best Splitting Maul: Final Thoughts

There you have it, our guide on the five best splitting mauls available. You are now equipped to make an educated purchase. Which is the best splitting maul in your opinion? Are you using other products for your needs? Feel free to use the comment section below to tell us about your favorite splitting mauls. Also, if you have products in mind that you want us to review, feel free to suggest them to us!

15 Fun 80th Birthday Party Ideas to Celebrate Your Loved Ones

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate when someone turns 80 years of age. Of course, if you have never planned or even attended a loved one’s 80th birthday, there are some things you need to know. Some helpful tips regarding 80th birthday party ideas can go a long way. Today, we offer you a curated selection of 80th birthday party ideas for mom, 80th birthday party ideas for dad, and 80th birthday party ideas for grandma and grandpa, together with a short guide at the end to help you plan for your beloved family members an unforgettable happy 80th birthday.

For more inspiration, party ideas, and themes to choose, we also recommend you check out our guide on 70th birthday party ideas, as you can adapt many of them to the current situation. We know that when someone reaches 80, the family and friends have quite a clear idea when it comes to gifts. However, if you want a couple of more suggestions, we recommend you to see our list of best gifts for mom (that you can also adapt for your grandma) and our list of best gifts for men (because you might find there something your dad or grandpa might love).

Now, without further ado, let’s see some of the most interesting 80th birthday party ideas for your loved ones!

15 80th Birthday Party Ideas to Celebrate Your Loved Ones this Year

1. Feature the Year of Birth

Feature centerpieces made of cardstock that display a top 5 list of events or fun trivia facts from the day or year the guest of honor was born. For instance, the centerpiece could list the price of a gallon of milk at the time the birthday gal or guy was born. You can focus on important events that had a political, social, or economic impact (along the lines of “eighty years ago in history….”). If you want a trip down to memory lane with a less serious note but a fun, whimsical, nostalgic one, you can focus on trivia or events that revolve around the guest of honor’s hobbies and interests (“this was the music they loved 80 years ago…”).

Featuring the year of birth as theme – including music, foods, movies, fashion trends, etc. – makes everyone take a moment to remember how far they have come, how much the world has changed, and how amazing their journey has been until this day. This is one of the best 80th birthday party ideas for grandma, who have seen a lot and can tell you some stories you will not forget soon.

2. Tell a Story Through Pictures

Speaking of stories, instead of prompting the guest of honor to re-live moments from his/her life, you can turn the situation the other way around and make them hear stories about them. Ask guests to bring pictures that feature them with the guest of honor. Take the pictures and place them on a poster board. Everyone can have fun sharing their favorite stories behind each picture. Also, the special birthday guest can keep the poster board as a keepsake to hang on the wall. This one makes one of the best 80th birthday party ideas for dad or for mom, as the family, relatives, friends, and even close neighbors cand make a contribution to the poster board. From sweet family moments to spicy honeymoon details, the board is the fuel that can ignite an evening of sharing memories and having plenty of laughs.

3. Add Some Pep to Your Step

When it comes to entertaining 80th birthday party ideas and guests, there is nothing more fun than music and dancing. Get everyone up and grooving to music that was popular during the time the guest of honor was born. For instance, that may entail swing music or jazz. Besides letting mom and dad show you how it’s done on a dance floor, you can create an entire scene and theme following this idea. The young generation can sport some 80-years-ago outfits, bake some trendy cookies that were all the rage back then, and so on.

4. Host a Roast of a Toast

If the elderly person you plan on throwing a party for has a good sense of humor, consider hosting a roast. Make sure the guests know to keep it clean, lighthearted, and fun. The goal is to make sure everyone gets a good laugh without any feelings getting hurt. If you never saw a celebrity roast before, Comedy Central has plenty of examples. However, do not turn into a “queen of mean” or a “roastmaster” on your grandma’s expense. You can have your share of fun without going in too deep and personal on past mistakes, personality traits, etc.

5. Enjoy Photo Ops from the Decades

Starting with the year your elderly loved one was born, select clothing from thrift shops that represent each decade of the person’s life. Encourage guests to dress up for fun photo opportunities using either a hired photographer or a rented photo booth complete with props.

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6. Play Fun, Appropriate Games

Among all the fabulous 80th birthday party ideas are the opportunities to play games. Coming up with fun games for the guests and guest of honor to play is a great way to add fun and enjoyment to the party. One example is setting up a game of picture bingo, which is played like regular bingo, except the board features pictures of loved ones rather than numbers. For more inspiration, check out our guide on the best fun family games to play. If the guests do not have a taste for modern board games or society games, pick a game that you know they used to play when they were younger. Instead of having your mom, dad, or grandparents learn the rules of contemporary games, do the opposite and let them teach you how to play the games they loved – even if it means for all of you to go outside in the yard for that.

As an alternative, the Never Have I Ever game is always an excellent choice. It also makes one of the best 80th birthday party ideas for dad or 80th birthday party ideas for mom, as your parents did do plenty of things and have plenty of “secrets” to share.

7. Choose Live Entertainment

Live entertainment can often spice up a party and make it fun. For instance, a DJ can set the tone for any event, including an 80th birthday party. Another option is to hire a live band to play music, particularly some of the birthday guest’s favorite tunes over the years. If the situation allows, don’t be shy in hitting that dance floor, especially if your mom or dad still have their groove on.

8. Create a Birthday Inspired Video

Before the party, gather all the guests together and have them help you create a video montage that you can play on a big screen TV or large projection screen. Inspire guests to retell their favorite moments with the celebratory guest. Make sure everyone leaves their own personal Happy 80th Birthday message on the video. Take advantage of this idea and call people your mom, dad, or grandma knew who cannot be at the party to also record a message for them. Seeing old friends, colleagues, and relatives who are far away but still by their side is a magic moment.

9. Host a Themed Birthday Bash

Themed parties are great for a loved one no matter their age. However, you should select a theme that best suits the 80th birthday. For example, you can host a Hollywood themed bash featuring photos of actors and actresses from when the guest of honor was young. If everyone is on board with this, you can take things up a notch and try a costume party with a theme.

10. Get Creative with Foods

If you plan on feeding everyone who attends the 80th birthday party, try getting creative with the foods you choose. One idea is to pick foods that were popular around the time the birthday gal or guy was young. For instance, chocolate covered pretzels would work well for someone born in the 1930s since the pretzels were first introduced in 1933. Take a look at our guide on the best 70th birthday party ideas and check out the “Food Throughout the Years” theme. We are sure it will get your creative juices flowing and the kitchen filling up with tantalizing flavors.

11. Take the Party Elsewhere

Hosting a fun and exciting birthday party does not mean you are limited to a specific residence. In fact, it is sometimes better to take the party elsewhere. For instance, if the celebrant has a love of gardening, see about hosting the party in a nearby public garden. You can always invite guests to enjoy the beautiful view while enjoying a luncheon birthday celebration. Of course, a fancy restaurant skilled in organizing themed events is also a great idea, especially if the venue can play oldies but goldies music and come up with dishes originating back in the day.

12. Prep Before the Party

To ensure that your loved one enjoys their 80th birthday party, make sure you prep beforehand. Perhaps take your loved one out where the two of you can enjoy manicures, pedicures, or even a new hairstyle before the party starts. A barbershop for a spiffy haircut and a shave is always an option for men. In fact, consider this as one of the best 80th birthday party ideas and gifts. When did your mom go last time for a mani-pedi-hairstyle session? When did your dad receive last time a full grooming session? Pay for a spa day for your birthday guy or gal or take them shopping for new outfits to wear at the party.

13. Host a Potluck Birthday

Nothing can destroy the fun of a birthday party than having to cook for many guests. Ask the guest of honor to list some of his or her favorite dishes and have your guests pitch in on cooking them all. By asking each of your guests to bring a small dish of the celebrant’s favorite foods, you will relieve the stress off your back and everyone will get to pitch in and have fun tasting different dishes.

14. Add Some Light to the Event

Considering that an 80th birthday is meant to be a time for celebration, consider entertaining the celebrant and the guests in attendance with an incredible fireworks show. Of course, you would need to contact your local city hall to determine if you can light off fireworks. If you happen to get the green light, consider hiring a professional for the job.

15. Hire Professional Dancers

To really throw a birthday party with a bang, hire some professional dancers to come in and show guests some popular dance steps back from when the guest of honor was younger. For instance, a professional could teach you some jazz steps or even how to swing dance. Your loved one will get enjoyment out of seeing some familiar moves and the guests will have fun learning how people back in the day killed that dance floor.

80th Birthday Party Ideas: Bottom Line

If you are looking for 80th birthday gifts, you should know that the traditional gift for the 80th birthday is oak. However, in our more modern times, the gift of pearls or diamonds is an excellent choice. When you are searching for 80th birthday party ideas for mom, make sure you put some pearl jewelry on the list of possible gifts you and the rest of the family plan to buy for her.

When it comes to 80th birthday party ideas for dad, since he doesn’t probably wear pearls or diamonds, you could go with a gift made from oak in case you want to follow tradition. Otherwise, there are plenty of gift ideas out there you can consider. We also recommend you look at our housewarming gifts ideas, party themes, and menu suggestions, as you can easily “steal” a couple of tips from there too.

The 80th birthday is a ruby jubilee, so rubies can also work great if you consider jewelry as gifts for your mom or your grandma.

In addition, for tradition’s sake, you should also know that the agreed color scheme for an 80th birthday party contains black and gold, so you can use these colors for decoration or outfits.

All-in-all, the possibilities for a terrific 80th birthday party are endless. As long as you are creative enough, you can think up just about anything from themes to music and everything in between. In the end, all that matters is that you are there to celebrate an important milestone in the life of someone you care about.

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5 Best Slowpitch Softball Bats to Try This Year

The best slowpitch softball bats have a number of features that favor the players’ physique and overall performance. These bats offer their users the right length, weight, taper, material, grip, and barrel size. Sadly, the market provides a variety of softball bats with various designs, shapes, and characteristics; therefore, it is upon a batter to select a bat that combines the best features.

How to Choose a Slowpitch Softball Bat: Short Buying Guide

When choosing the best softball bat, there are no exact recipes or charts. The choice can be out of personal preference or adaptability to the player’s physical characteristics. Settling on the best bat can be a tad tricky and requires careful analysis of the features that improve a player’s performance. However, both softball fans and players agree that swinging different sizes and styles of bats is the best way to arrive at a purchasing decision. Nevertheless, as we said when we presented you with our guide on how to choose the best softball bats to up your ante when you play, here are some pointers you need to factor in your purchase decision:

  • The bat’s color is not important, but the quality and durability;
  • Your height and weight – as they determine the proper bat’s height and weight. You can consult some dedicated charts when it comes to this choice;
  • The bat’s length is crucial for a good game and your comfort;
  • If your hands tend to shake, you should make sure you choose correctly between an aluminum bat and a composite bat, as the latter are firmer and less shaky;
  • The bat’s weight is crucial, so we will reinforce the idea that you should make sure its weight works in your favor and not against you.

Best Slowpitch Softball Bats to Choose This Year

We have listed five of the best slowpitch softball bats because users love them and recommend them.

The bats will be analyzed based on their:

  1. Barrel Size
  2. Grip
  3. Bat Taper
  4. Weight
  5. Length
  6. Material
  7. Customers’ reviews

1. Easton Rival ASA/USSSA Slow Pitch Bat

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This incredible slowpitch softball bat features an evenly balanced 12-inch barrel, along with 100 percent durable aluminum alloy. This Rival slowpitch bat will give you an incredibly fast swing, as well as fantastic control.

It has a one-piece design. This will give you a stiff feel with impact feedback. You will get the maximum ping possible every single time that you swing!

This bat gives you an incredible value. Don’t let its affordability fool you, though. This bat is available at a lower price point because of its single piece, all-aluminum composition. Other slow pitch softball bats on the market are two-piece and composite, which is why they will cost a bit more. Let’s see one enthusiastic customer review!

I just had my first game with this bat today and I hit an absolute bomb down the left field line. It cleared the fence easily and off the bat I knew it was out. The bat had a sweet ping when you barrel it. Awesome bat!

With its 4.3 stars on Amazon reviews and its excellent features, you cannot go wrong with this bat. In case you want to practice your skills and become better and better at this game, we recommend you take a look at our guide on the best softball pitching machines as well. It is true you need to make some room for them in your yard, but if you or your kids are huge softball fans, such machines, together with the bats will become real game-changers.

Pros
Affordability;
100 percent aluminum;
Incredible control.
Cons
None!

2. Louisville Slugger Slow Pitch Z-4000 ASA End Load Bat

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The Louisville Slugger Z-3000 made its debut in 2014 and did not disappoint. The bat recorded great results and set the slow pitch season ablaze with outstanding performance. It gave rise to the Z-4000, which has been giving ASA league players a cutting edge since its inception.

The Louisville Slugger Z-4000 features a patented TRU3 connection system that is able to lock the handle and barrel together to reduce vibrations. This best-in-class carbon fiber material is manufactured with excellent durability while offering the player the best results. The Louisville Slugger will give its users great confidence as they step out to face their opponents.

If you are a beginner, just let us remind you that a good bat is crucial to your softball pitching techniques, so you should give time, patience, and research to choosing the best bat for your practice.

For improved power and performance, the bat has a half-ounce end load construction. In addition, the bat has a 12-inch barrel with the “Z” series sweet spot, the new ‘15/’16 Grit Blast finish, and a 0.875 inches tapered handle.

The Louisville Slugger Z-4000 features significantly as one of the best slowpitch softball bats. The bat is approved for usage in ISA, ASA, ISF, USSSA, and NSA baseball organizations. You can buy the bat in various weights for very affordable prices on Amazon.

And speaking of Amazon, remember that this product has 4.4-stars reviews and customers have nothing but good things about this product. Let’s see one enthusiast customer review right now.

For a low price, it’s a great fungo, nothing beats the sound feel and handle of a wood fungo. If you want a better longer lasting wood look at a maple(or other closed-grain woods) fungo.

Pros
Made out of high-quality materials.
Cons
Some users claim the bat is heavier than it appears.

3. Easton Salvo Composite Balanced ASA/USSSA Slow-Pitch Softball Bat

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The list for the best slowpitch softball bats would be incomplete without a bat from Easton. To attain maximum performance and optimize the sweet spot, the 13.5- inch barrel of the Easton Salvo is constructed from IMX Advanced Composite.

The balanced weight offers excellent bat control and gives the user more control. The ultra-thin 29/32 handle and Single System Composite Design also enhance control and provide more room for an extra whip. The handle has a gauze grip to increase comfort.

This is one of the best slowpitch softball bats on the market today, although it is pretty hard to find. However, this product comes with 4.1 Amazon stars reviews and a handful of happy customers who vouch for these bats. In other words, you might want to go a step further and find these slow pitch softball bats online to boost your skills and game technique. Here is one customer review to see why people are so hay with this bat!

I get amazing pop with this bat right out of the wrapper. Been playing 10 years in leagues and this is by far the best bat I’ve hit with such big pop with not much effort. I’ve hit juggernauts and borrowed a lot of bats but this has EXCELLENT balanced feel!

Pros
Great pop, well balanced, looks cool, can be utilized by a variety of players, has a great swing, more bat control to aim shots.
Cons
Some users insist the pop is not comparable to the initial salvo, does not have a good grip.

4. DeMarini DXUWE Ultimate Weapon Slow Pitch Softball Bat

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We now have another work of art from DeMarini on this list of best slow pitch softball bats. DeMarini is mainly known for making some of the best softball bats, and it is no surprise seeing another model from the same brand.

This bat stands out from other DeMarini models because it is a single-walled one non-composite bat. The DeMarini DXUWE is made out of C405 alloy, which provides better and consistent performance due to the heat treatment that it receives during the manufacturing process. The C405 performance also maximizes the sweet spot.

The bat mostly comes with a length of 34 inches and has a positack grip to reduce hand fatigue and vibration. The bat can be bought in a variety of weights: 30oz, 28oz, or 26oz. DeMarini DXUWE is approved by USSSA and ASA, for some cases.

In case you want to boost your game and complete your softball attire, we also recommend you to look at some of the best cleats for softball pitching. The proper cleats help you grasp the traction you need to play the game successfully.

DeMarini 26-Ounce Ultimate Weapon Softball Bat (34-Inch) is an excellent product coming with outstanding reviews. It scores a whopping 4.3-star rating on Amazon. Here is one enthusiast customer review to give you a good image of what this bat is all about:

I’m not an “over the fence” hitter, but I have been lining some really good shots that do make it close to the fence and otherwise have been making really good contact with this bat. If you’re looking a good solid bat to place the ball with some occasional pop, then this is a good bat.

Pros
Provides decent pop, has a nice grip and handle, pleasant contact sound, the sweet spot is wide.
Cons
Can be light for batters who prefer heavy bats, not durable, some users hate the plastic nub on the handle, some users claim the bat mostly turns ball down and not up, scratches easily.

5. Miken 2019 DC-41 ASA Supermax Slowpitch Softball Bat

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A Miken bat will easily find its way to the top among the best slow pitch softball bats, and the Miken 2019 Supermax softball bat is no exception. The bat gives a good swing and can significantly improve a player’s performance. This 2019 model comes with the stiffest barrel, meaning it has one of the strongest handles to sustain aggressive hits and to enable players to hit the ball without feeling fatigued.

The bat comes with a 14-inch barrel that is manufactured using revolutionary 100 COMP composite fibers. The composite uses high amounts of carbon fiber to create a high-end product of high quality and performance.

The dish end cap provides maximum stiffness when hitting the ball while the end-loaded swing offers maximum power during a hit. The bat is approved by ASA, ISF, NSA, and USSA baseball organizations.

This 2-piece composite, black and brown camo bat with 2.25-inch barrel diameter and 14-inch barrel length is a superstar among its peers. With its 4.3 stars on Amazon and excellent customer reviews, this is a beast of a bat that will propel you in your league or turn your hobby playing into a work of art. Let’s see what users are saying about this bat!

More teammates are starting to pick this up and are having huge success with it as well. Can’t wait to see what it does when it’s fully broken in. I definitely recommend this bat.

Pros
Provides amazing pop, ideal for control hitters, excellent control, balanced swing, the sweet spot is large, durable, hits both 300/52 and 375/44 balls very well, maximizes bat speed and hitting distance.
Cons
Some users claim the batneeds breaking in when still new, can take some time to break in (around 300-400hits), does not provide sound when hitting the ball (some people prefer to hear some sound), hurts if you do not hit the ball on the sweet spot.

Best Slow Pitch Softball Bats: Bottom Line

Now that you saw our top picks in the best slowpitch softball bats on the market today, it is time for you to share your thoughts! Do you enjoy your current softball bat or are you looking to upgrade? Have you ever used any of the slow pitch softball bats on this list or do you prefer other brands? What are the best slowpitch softball bats in your opinion? We, for example, are huge fans of the DeMarini, Easton, and Miken brands. Share your thoughts in the comment section below and tell us about your experiences with softball bats, cleats, or even helmets!

11 Best Motivational Audiobooks to Boost Your Life and Business

If you are looking for the best motivational audiobooks, you have come to the right place. I am an avid reader and audiobook junky. I love books that motivate and inspire action. This list of audiobooks will do just that. Sometimes, it feels that even staying motivated needs inspiration and a lot of work, so there is not a shame to call the backup from when you feel a little down. If you need an “energy” boost from time to time or hear a new perspective on things, motivational books can help you get out of the rut.

Of course, there are thousands of motivational books out there and some of the best motivational books in the world stand the test of time even if they have considerable age. If you are always on the go and you need to hear the words rather than read them, I hope this collection of best motivational audiobooks will keep you going stronger.


Best Motivational Audiobooks to Listen to This Year

Step Into Your Greatness by Les Brown

Step Into Your Greatness

I’ve listened to this audio more than any other. Les Brown is dynamic in his speaking and motivates you to step out of your comfort zone. My favorite part of this book is where he will not be denied. Day after day he shows up to the same place asking for a job. Every time he gets turned down he just comes back the next day with optimism. Finally, when they realized he wouldn’t quit coming back he’s told “go get me some coffee.”

The premise is to “make “no” your vitamin.” People quit too easily. Get used to being rejected. Each no gets you one step closer to a “yes.”

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

Besides the idea of not taking no for an answer, Les Brown’s book teaches a handful of useful approaches to life, career, and even relationships. Here are some highlights I know you will enjoy:

  • Commit to higher goals you set for your self, raising the bar and trying to reach it;
  • Remove toxic people from your life once you recognize them;
  • Always challenge your fear of failure and challenge yourself to do and be better.

This internationally recognized speaker and CEO of Les Brown Enterprises, Inc. is also a leading authority in understanding and stimulating human potential. He authored other great books, such as Live Your Dreams and It’s Not Over Until You Win.

The audio is short in length at 48 minutes. This makes it easy to listen to over and over again to discover the key to your potential and greatness, while choosing to surround yourself by positive people that nourish you and help you grow better.


The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone

The 10X Rule

I soak up everything Grant Cardone has. This guy has more energy at 50 then most have in their 20’s. The main point of this book is to take ten times more action. The more action you take, the more likely you are to succeed. While this may sound simple in theory, consider it a challenge for yourself, every day. Do you do one thing? Do it ten times better and with more oomph. It is, in fact, a lot harder than it looks, as getting out of our comfort zone and our thinking/behavioral patterns take a lot of work.

Look at more deals. When people were telling him he needed to take it easy on social media he increased it. “Be omnipresent.” Some people use one or two platforms. Grant says you need to be everywhere. When the economy was pulling back he pushed his chips all in.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

While you can apply all the teachings of this book to personal life too, it is essentially a motivational book related to business and entrepreneurial success. So here are some takeaways and highlights that are most impressive when you listen to this audiobook:

  • Shake off fear;
  • Increase your belief in yourself;
  • Eliminate procrastination;
  • Set higher (correct) goals and reach them;
  • Never settle for mediocrity;
  • Become a role model and dominate your competitors.

If you are looking to be motivated this book will do the trick. The book is about taking massive action and that is crucial. What good is motivation without action?

This audiobook is 7 hours and 24 minutes long but it doesn’t seem like it. I listen to mine on 3x speed and you should too!


Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler

Living with a Seal

First I must say this book has a substantial amount of profane language. If you are put off by the F word or if you planning on listening with others around, this book might not be the right one for you.

Want to get motivated? Try having a navy seal live with you, that’s what Jesse Itzler did. Jesse was running a race when he first noticed “Seal.” It was a team race but Seal was running it solo. With double digit miles remaining Seal had broke all the small bones in his feet because of his large frame. If you and I broke one small bone in our foot I think we would say the race is over. Not Seal.  He finished the race. Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that he was peeing blood as well.

Jesse remembered his racer information and looked him up on Google. This lead to Jesse flying out and convincing Seal to come live with him for 31 days. Seal agreed under one condition, “You have to do whatever I say or I’m out of here.” Agreed.

One of the first challenges was doing pull-ups. The seal had him do pull-ups until he thought he couldn’t do anymore. Once Jesse was spent, Seal told him now we are staying until you do 100. Jesse thought it was impossible but he had agreed to do whatever Seal said or he would leave. Jesse ended up doing the 100.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

As you can easily imagine, this book teaches people that nothing is impossible if they put their minds and hearts to it. Stepping out of our comfort zone, achieve greatness in the face of adversity, and become better versions of ourselves are just a few takeaways the book has to offer. Of course, it also helps you know yourself better and understanding what your limits are. It is more than a game of truth or dare, obviously, but in the end, you will understand that you are stronger than you think.

The book is filled with challenges like the pull ups. The book is about us being able to do more than we think we are capable of. Most people stop prematurely when they have more to give. If you are looking for motivation, this book will do it. Start pushing yourself like Seal pushed Jesse.

The audiobook is 5 hours and 18 minutes.


Quiet: Learning to Silence the Chatter and Believing That You’re Good Enough

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This book is incredibly motivating. With this audiobook written and read by Fearne Cotton, we get to explore why so many of us question whether or not we are good enough, or whether or not we ever will be. The book is filled with her own hand-drawn illustrations and thought-provoking activities. These are meant to still your mind, stop you from self-sabotaging, and silence your inner critic. And it truly gets the job done.

The Quiet audiobook includes interviews with those who assisted in helping Cotton learn to accept her own flaws and imperfections. It also provides advice on drowning out misinformation and noise from work, family, and friends that can often increase our doubt and insecurities.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

One of the first and most important takeaways of this book is to listen more selectively what people say and what people tell you in an age of oversharing and public exposure on social media. Quieting the noise has never been more crucial than it is today to find our inner voice and decide for ourselves what is good and bad with the world, not what other people tell us.

Cotton opens up in this audiobook about what it’s like living life in the public eye. Although many of us can’t relate directly to that, she shares her methods and activities that she uses to get through online trolls and negative chatter, which can be helpful to anyone in this age of social media. She even provides statistics and facts that contribute to the fact that social media is linked to rising levels of anxiety, depression, and various other mental health issues.

Stop competing with the outside noise telling you you’re not good enough and start listening to Quiet! You won’t regret it.

This book is 3 hours and 51 minutes long.


Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money- That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad

With over 3,000 five star reviews you can rest assured that this book is legit. I’ve listened to it multiple times and is extremely motivating. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I hear more people mentioning this book as a masterpiece that changed their life.

This book motivates you to think differently about money. Most people’s mindset is to “work for money.” Robert says that this is backward. You should have money work for you. It talks extensively about leverage. How to use other people’s money and talents to make you more money.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

This motivational audiobook is a bit controversial in some circles, as it challenges plenty of things conventional wisdom tries to teach us. For instance, it encourages parents to step in and help their children learn about money and finances, as the system of education will never be able to do it the right way. Moreover, it will help every listener to get a better understanding what an asset and a liability are, once and for all.

There are some great lessons in here and will motivate you to change the way you think about money. Some might say his principles are a little more “risky.” Others say that working 9-5 for 40 years is the most risky thing you can do. You decide.

The book is 6 hours and 9 minutes in length.


The 4 Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris

The 4 Hour Work Week

Next on our best motivational books list is “The 4 Hour Work Week.” This book has over 3,500 five star reviews. I’ve listened to and read this book multiple times. Like the Rich Dad book it will challenge your beliefs around work and money.

If you are interested in starting a business, this book will really help motivate you. In the book, there are a number of great ideas on how to start testing a business idea. Tim talks extensively about outsourcing on the cheap. Learn how to hire virtual assistants all over the world to do the work that you get bogged down with.

In the book he talks about being overwhelmed with the business he had started. He was working too many hours and was getting burnt out. That’s when he decided to unload his tasks and give his workers the freedom to make decisions. He started checking emails at only specific times of the day as well as taking limited phone calls. He fired his headache customers because 20% of the customers were 80% of the problems. His new processes led from working lots of hours to working a “4 Hour Work Week.”

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

Many people reference this book as a game-changer in their life. I would agree. I have learned a lot from this book and the outsourcing techniques are invaluable. The author offers dozens of practical tips and case studies regarding people who reinvented themselves and their businesses after internalizing the advice offered by the book. In this amazing motivational audiobook, you will also get templates to eliminate email clutter from your daily business. You will learn tips and tricks to negotiate with higher-ups and clients, apply simple lifestyle principles to confusing, fear-generating economic times, and living the life of a millionaire even if you are not one.

This audiobook is 8 hours and 18 minutes.


Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Poke the Box

Seth Godin is considered a marketing genius by many. I’ve listened to this audiobook at least ten times over the last five years. If you are looking for motivation to take action, this one will help. This is one of the best motivational audiobooks of all times if you ask the experts, and for all the good reasons.

What I love about this book is that it gives you permission to try things. It gives you permission test things and fail at them. Are the people that make the biggest difference in the world the people that conform? No. It’s the people that persist and go against the norm.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

From this book your mindset on failure with transform. You will feel confident in moving forward with your ideas. Too often you hear people telling you not to try something because it might not work out or it’s too risky. Don’t listen to them, list to Seth. Start taking action today.

According to the author, one of the peoples’ greatest mistakes is to think that everything is static, although everything changes by the minute. What this book teaches us is the fact that we should not only embrace change and adapt to it but provoke it, make it happen. As one great quote says, “Be the change you want to see in the world!”

The book is short at 2 hours and 14 minutes.


The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran

The 12 Week Year

Next on this collection of best motivational audiobooks to help you reach your potential is The 12 Week Year.

Let me preface this entry by saying that I love this book. I’ve gone through it many times.  One of my favorite sentences is “Execution is the single greatest market differentiator. Great companies and successful individuals execute better than their competition. The barrier standing between you and the life you are capable of living is a lack of consistent execution. Effective execution will set you free. It is the path to accomplish the things you desire.” That pretty much sums up with this book is about.

This book will motivate you to take FOCUSED action. The book provides you with tools that will help you deliver great results. If you know what you want and you know how to get it, this book will help you progress towards the obtainment of your goal.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

It talks a lot about how the annual plans are faulty. Too often people set year-long targets but drag their feet until they get closer to the end date. By moving the targets closer it keeps you moving at a faster rate. Set bigger goals with shorter time frames and see what happens. The main idea here is that a sense of urgency and proper prioritization leads to the best results. The greatest advantage of this motivational audiobook is that you can apply its teachings to both business and personal life to some extent. Harness the power of a 12-week year to drive improved results in any area of your life – this is what the author says you can do. The improvement of execution effectiveness is available to both organizations and individuals.

This book is 5 hours and 17 minutes long.


Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School by Andrew Hallam

Millionaire Teacher

Before you ask what this book is doing on the list, hear me out. This book will motivate you to learn about your finances. Too often people feel overwhelmed with learning about money and investing. This book simply dumbs it down to where anyone can understand it.

This book could save you $250,000 over your investing lifetime (depending on how old you are). I read this book and it opened up my eyes. When I started looking into what I was investing in and being told to invest in, I was shocked. We then went through this book as a company. Because of this book, we are moving from one 401k provider to a different 401k provider. The way I invest has been forever altered.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

By reading this book you will know more about personal finance than 95% of the population. When you meet with your financial advisor, you will be equipped to make sound decisions. Although this book might sound more boring than the rest, it will save you tons of money.

This book is not only the perfect instrument to understand the new methods of investing you have now available, but also turn it into a learning game/experience to teach children about savings, finances, and investments from an early age. The philosophy here is that all you need is a different approach to the concept of money and investing to turn into a millionaire.

The audiobook length is 6 ours and 24 minutes.


The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the way

If you are looking to stay motivated in challenging times, this is the book for you. Too often we run into challenges and we retreat. This book instructs that we must continue in the face of adversity.  Ryan says, “The Obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” He talks about the opportunity and learning that comes along with crisis.

His perspective on obstacles and challenges is refreshing. It goes against the cultural norm but it is accurate. This book will help you push through your challenges.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

If you always wanted to know the recipe for success followed by people like Steve Jobs, John D. Rockefeller or Amelia Earhart, this motivational audiobook is one of the best places to start. Turning adversity into opportunity may seem impossible, but after listening to one of the best motivational audiobooks ever made, you might find the strength and resources to do it yourself. After all, an obstacle race is just a game, and you can wit it with the proper attitude and practice…

Ryan Holiday apprenticed under the great writer Robert Greene. It is so well written, and so spot on that I have taken an absurd amount of notes.

This audiobook is 6 hours and 7 minutes in length.


The Laptop Millionaire: How Anyone Can Escape the 9 to 5 and Make Money Online by Mark Anastasi

Laptop Millionaire

This book is legit. If you are looking to get motivated to make money online, this is the book. Mark talks about how he used to be homeless until he met LM (the laptop millionaire). LM taught him ways to make money online from anywhere in the world. If you want to learn to write ebooks, create courses, software, and the importance of building an email list, this book will do just that. It is filled with content on money-making strategies. If taken action upon, they could work for you.

What Other Things Does this Audiobook Teach You?

The problem with making money online and finding the right motivation to do so is that most advice you receive is not actionable or takes decades to turn into something viable. On the other hand, the no-fluff, no-filler strategies provided in this book represent a blueprint – or starting point if you wish – to online success. Depending on what you are good at, this motivational audiobook will help you discover the online entrepreneur lifestyle for yourself.

This audiobook is 9 hours and 1 minute long.

Best Motivational Audiobooks: Bottom Line

It is true that the market of motivational books is very big and one might have problems finding the best title to serve your needs. However, you can sift through the clutter and the noise and find the best written or audio motivational books to help you get your life straight, make more money, or achieve your goals in a more satisfying manner.

There you have it, my list of best motivational audiobooks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. If you have more suggestions on motivational books you want me to review or present, don’t be shy in leaving a comment in the dedicated section below!

3 Fun Icebreakers for Kids

Icebreakers for Kids

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It isn’t only adults who may feel nervous when brought together with people that they don’t really know. The same definitely goes for children too. Much like with adults, there are a variety of different icebreakers that you can use to bring a group out of their shells and have them chatting away and getting to know each other in no time at all.

Getting to know you

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If you have a group of children that don’t know each other, then this icebreaker is an ideal way to get them finding out about one another as well as having fun too. Get the children to stand in a circle and grab a bean bag or a soft ball. Start the game by throwing your bean bag or ball at one of the children and ask them a simple question about themselves. “What is your name?” “Do you have a pet?” “What is your favorite color?” These are all great ideas. The children then take turns throwing the item and asking questions of their own. Play for 5/10 minutes depending on the size of your group.

​”Lets talk! Bridge the gap. Break the ice.” – Debashis Sarmah

There are different ways you can differentiate this activity. For example, you can use a beachball with circular stickers all around the ball. You can have a variety of fun questions on each sticker. The question can include things like “What is your favorite food?” and “If you could be an animal, what animal would you be?” When you throw the beach ball, the child will (hopefully) catch it, and the sticker that is under or closest to their right thumb when they catch it is the question they will have to answer. For even more fun, you can have the kiddos help you create the questions before you start the game as well. The options are truly endless!

The Line-Up

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​If you have older children then you might want to tailor your ice-breakers for their age range. A good game if you have a larger group has to be The Line-Up icebreaker. This works best with around 6 players per team and mixed ages is ideal. You act as the caller of the game; asking the teams to line up in order of age, first name order, height, birthdays, longest hair, most cousins. The list can go. This encourages the children to learn more about one another and will have them laughing and interacting too.

Just like the previous ice breaker, this ice breaker can be tailored as well to meet the needs of different students. For example, you can have the students do the activity silently, or you can have them practice their writing skills by being required to communicate via writing only. If you are a class teacher, this activity allows you to quickly see who the different students are in your class. This activity is known to bring leaders to the forefront and this can be helpful in allowing you to understand how to continue running your class. 

​Funny Faces

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If you have a smaller group of children, then you might worry that there are less icebreakers that you can use. However, there are some icebreakers that are ideal for smaller groups. Funny Faces is one of those. Ask the children to sit in a circle facing each other. One of the children is “it” and he or she needs to make their funniest face to get everyone else to laugh. They get a point for every person who smiles or laughs. After a set amount of time (say 30 seconds) they then need to wipe their funny face off and pass it to the next child. This is great fun and is likely to have even the grown-ups smiling. These are just some great ideas when it comes to ice-breakers for kids; ideally it is important to have them smiling, laughing and learning about each other, all without even realizing it.

These are some of the best icebreakers for kids. Want more icebreaker ideas?