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Fun Activity Ideas for a Winter Birthday Bash for Kids

Birthday parties are fun for all, especially kids as they enjoy exciting and engaging activities and are most excited about receiving goodie bags at the end of the event! While it may be all play and no work for the guests, planning, organizing and implementing a flawless birthday party can be quite a lot of work for the parents (the hosts).

While it may be easier to have an outdoor party during spring, summer and fall, it can be quite a task to have on indoors during winter. Children love to be outdoors in the backyard and there’s no stopping them from jumping and running around. Here are some amazing winter birthday bash ideas for parents who get all frantic while planning a party. If the parents’ description fits you, then read on!

1. Hide and seek – One the most famous and well liked games amongst kids, is hide and seek. Instead of having a person hit the base, you can have the person hit the other one with a snowball. This adds more fun, as you’re outdoors and using the snowball as part of your game. Kids will love this for sure!

2. Snow man challenge- Gather kids in groups of 3 or 4, and give them a challenge to build a snowman. The group that succeeds in building a snowman with basic features, such as eyes, nose mouth and hands, wins the challenge and gets a prize. You can have small multiple giveaways for this challenge like chocolates, candies, or stationery.

3. Inflatables – Kids absolutely love inflatables. They enjoy climbing, jumping, and sliding on inflatables. You can have this placed indoors, or have your backyard covered first with a thick tent and place the inflatable there. You can opt for bounce house rentals, dry slide rentals or obstacle courses that are fun for kids of all ages.

4. Craft games – Arrange crafts like papers, markers, paints, crayons, and other child-safe crafts for kids and get them engaged in an activity. You can ask them to make a funny thing and then the one who makes the best can get an extra goodie bag or prize.

5. Scavenger Hunt – Freeze ice cubes with different food colorings. Hide them in your yard and then let the kids hunt for them. You can have groups according to color; such as red, green and purple ice cubes. 3 groups of children look for the color they are assigned. Give them a basket to collect the colored ice cubes. The group that collects all the ice cubes of their assigned color wins the challenge.

These are some crazy fun activities you can have for your kids’ birthday bash in winter. So, the next time someone tells you that you can’t have an outdoor birthday in winter, show them you can!

Kid Icarus: Uprising – Review of the Nintendo 3DS Game

Out of all the great games I play each and every year, it seems there is one title per year that becomes an absolute obsessive/borderline frightening time sink, one that I can’t seem to put down until it gets naturally lost in the shuffle of other games, and gradually fades from memory. One that I look forward to every evening, much like a hot cooked meal or a smooth glass of wine. In all honesty, I really, really didn’t expect the reemergence of Nintendo’s long lost hero Kid Icarus to be that game.

Kid Icarus: Uprising is a polished, wonderful revival of this long dormant franchise. Playing through it once provides a rock solid journey of considerable length, but beyond that initial playthrough, this game reveals itself to be completionist heaven. The entire game is designed to encourage replay, and there are so many goals and so much content in this game, it’s overwhelming at first glance. I have been playing well over 100 hours and my completion rate is still only around 93%. And the content isn’t pathetic filler; in fact, it all feels very Smash Bros, which is no surprise given the game was designed by Masahiro Sakurai.

In Kid Icarus: Uprising, you play as the plucky hero Pit, who is once again tasked with taking down the evil Medusa and her underworld minions. Though it’s not Shakespeare, it is an interesting enough story, and comes off like a children’s cartoon mashed up with Greek myth – that is to say, a wonderful idea. But the story is really elevated by genuine smart writing, occasional dramatic moments and very humorous voice acting, not to mention a carefully constructed musical score, complete with reoccurring themes that tie in to the different characters. The production values are high here.

And that level of care and love can be seen in every inch of this product. No detail was spared. Nothing feels lazy. Even one particular stretch of the game (in which I felt things got off the narrative course and dragged a bit) was still designed and executed to a high standard of quality, when compared to many other games. The final battle is absolutely epic, something that many games stumble with. KI: Uprising might have been hard to have found fault in, were it not for the controls.

Ah, the controls. Glaring as they may be, they are not a deal breaker. While the controls are weird and problematic (and yes, they hurt for extended play sessions) you will grow accustomed to them. You move Pit with the analog stick and use the stylus to aim your weapon, shooting with the L trigger, all while support the weight of the 3DS. It’s an unusual set-up, but the game is otherwise excellent, and worth adjusting to the controls. “The Claw” technique used by Monster Hunter fans on PSP never stopped them from logging hundreds of hours, and the same should be said for this game.

Aside from the lack of Circle Pad Pro support for dual analog control (arguably a grand oversight), I don’t really see how they could have implemented much better controls, given the design of KI: Uprising. And the extensive option menus allow for a deep level of customization and optimization, so don’t hesitate to get in there and fix things to what works best for your hands.

Included with every copy of KI: Uprising is a little plastic stand, and I’m shocked anyone gave it the greenlight, for fear of sheer embarrassment. But ridiculousness aside, it actually works – it takes away the portability of your 3DS, but it also takes away the need to awkwardly support your DS while controlling the game. I honestly prefer lying down in bed or on my couch when I play my 3DS, so I ultimately tossed it aside, but if you are willing to sit at your kitchen table or desk, you will have an easier time when using the stand.

So, it all comes down to this: if you think you can deal with the controls, then buy this game. Like now. Or tomorrow. Because this game is an awesome time sink, with a ton of heart and soul.

And multiplayer. Not that the game needed it for longevity, but it’s there and it works admirably, given the limitations. It’s nothing special, a Kid Icarus take on simple deathmatch with a twist, or free for all. But it’s there, to complete what is a beautiful package, that if not for the undeniable control issues, I would have absolutely no problem giving a solid shining ten out of ten, as it is one of the best games (my favorite) to have been released for the 3DS. But nothing in the world is perfect, so take Kid Icarus: Uprising with all of its flaws, and love it for all that it achieves.

© 2012 Stephen Maxwell. All rights reserved.

Kids Learn Spanish Through Educational Games

It is evident that children can easily learn different languages. Maybe this is because their memory is very active. In this way, kids learn Spanish tutorials can help you teach your children the Spanish language. On the other hand, kids learn faster when there are games involved in the learning procedure. You should not be alarmed by this because you can find educational games that are effective in establishing relaxed minds to your kids.

Effectiveness of Language Learning Through Educational Games

Psychologically, games are associated with relaxation although they require concentration and skill. Seldom will you observe a person who comes home tired from work engage in either indoor or outdoor games. However, they opt to start a game that can relax their mind as well as elevate their well being. This is how Spanish games are involved in kids learn Spanish because the games are mixed with the learning process.

Your children may find it more interesting because while learning the language they are also enjoying the game. This strategy ensures that the learners mind is relaxed and at the same time interested. By using this strategy, the lesson is embedded in the minds and promotes healthy competition. This will also encourage the learner to perform better than their peers thereby they can acquire more new words while learning the language.

Different Spanish Games

There are numerous variations of educational games and activities available online. An example of the site where you can find games is the Don Quijote that offers variations of Spanish games ideal for kids and adults. These games are useful in enhancing your knowledge as well as language capabilities. You can find numerous games over the internet that you can download. In this way, your children will have enough time to view the game and at the same time familiarize the words.

Aside from word games, kids learn Spanish by using sing-along CDs that reinforces the learning process. You can also download Spanish music from the internet and save it in a disc. This would be helpful if your kid is musically inclined and loves to hear Spanish music. In this way, the learning process is made simple yet effective and motivating.

On the other hand, teaching your kids to learn foreign language should not be tough. You should not force them to study if they do not feel like doing. Otherwise, it will just be a waste of time and your child might refuse to continue the learning process.