Free Star Wars Games on Poki

Thanks to The Force Awakens, Star Wars fever is sweeping the universe, and since you can’t go to the theater every day, you might be interested in some other Star Wars diversions. To help fill the Star Wars void during your free time, take a look at the free Star Wars games available at Poki.com.

Poki has lots of browser-based games for a wide range of age groups. The Star Wars games feature LEGO and Phineas and Ferb characters, to name a few.

Take a few minutes and play some games. Train with Yoda, running through the swamps of Dagobah, or build your own droid in the Jawa Junkyard. Feel like thinking a bit? Try a puzzle game like Sith Assault.

But, wait! You’re not into Star Wars? (INCONCEIVABLE!) That’s okay, I guess. Try one of the Frozen, SpongeBob, Pokemon, or other LEGO games.

Whatever type of game you enjoy, you’ll find something you like at Poki. Just don’t forget to let the kids have a turn.

PS: Have you seen these adorable Star Wars illustrations?

Gamer Gift Idea: Kontrol Freek Accessories and Giveaway

Video gaming can be an expensive pastime, and buying consoles and games as gifts is pricey! With consoles over $300 each and new games over $60, you might be looking for a more affordable gift idea.

Kontrol Freek controller
My controller with KF thumbgrips and hand grips.

I’ve been given some very handy Kontrol Freek gaming accessories, and I love them! The thumbstick grips are textured and provide a great grip for running/sprinting and aiming. They come in a variety of colors and themes. So far, I am not a huge fan of the tall FPS (first-person shooter) sticks, because my hands are quite small, and my thumbs don’t stretch far enough to take advantage of the extra leverage. I need more practice to make the most of that style of grips.

However, I really love the look and feel of the low-profile and medium-rise tops. They don’t stretch over the stick grips like some cheaper toppers do. Instead, they clip onto the top of the existing sticks, and once they’re in place, they don’t slide around – even if your hands get a little bit sweaty.

Kontrol Freek thumbgrips
Kontrol Freek thumbgrips

The textured surface is great for keeping your thumbs in place, and helps prevent accidental slippage when you’re in a tight situation in-game. Of course, they can only help so much, and if you’re prone to gripping too tightly when you get excited, you will probably hit L3/R3 when you mean to turn or aim. That can result in you bringing your melee knife to a gunfight, and you’ll probably lose that battle. Or maybe I’m the only one who does that… haha.

Kontrol Freeks are available at plenty of stores, and thumbsticks start around $11 per pair. They’re available in a variety of styles and colors. There are thumbstick grips, controller wraps, and other accessories.

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or affordable gift for a gamer, these are a great idea! And if you’d like a chance to try some Kontrol Freeks for free, leave a comment here and/or share this post. I’ll draw a winner who will receive a freebie from Kontrol Freek just in time for the holidays! (US addresses only.)

Thanks for reading, Happy Thanksgiving, and good gaming!

International Tabletop Day is April 11

Do you need a reason to play more games? Break out your favorite tabletop games and celebrate on April 11, 2015! It’s International Tabletop Day!

International Tabletop Day was created three years ago, as a way to celebrate and encourage tabletop (board games, card games, etc.) gaming with friends and family. It’s a perfect opportunity to break out an old favorite game, or discover a new one. Get the kids involved, and show them how to have fun without a screen!

Tabletop Day poster
Tabletop Day poster
If you want to meet up with some new tabletop friends, try the event finder feature at TabletopDay.com: http://tabletopday.com/find-event. Nothing happening in your area? Start your own Tabletop Day event! http://eventbritepages.com/tabletopday.

For more information on International Tabletop Day, visit http://tabletopday.com/.

My family enjoys the classic UNO, Munchkin, and Apples to Apples. Do you have suggestions for some fun tabletop games? Let us know!

LEGO Minecraft Food and Potions

Minecraft has been compared to playing with virtual LEGO pieces. Both games are based on cubes and block shapes. It is fun to see physical objects from the Minecraft world, built from LEGO bricks. I’m not talking about the official Minecraft LEGO sets, although those are wonderful, too. These are Minecraft food objects and potion shapes, built from assorted LEGO pieces.

YouTuber ZaziNombies LEGO Creations has built some perfect replicas of Minecraft foods with real LEGO pieces. His creations include a cake, bucket of milk, red apple, golden apple, and assorted potions.

Building Minecraft objects with LEGO bricks would be a fun snow day activity, or a nice break from electronics and screens.

Printable Minecraft Diamond Invitations

Here’s a new free printable Minecraft-inspired birthday invitation! I made two variations of this invitation so you can choose the design that fits your needs. Both invitations have a diamond ore patterned border with a white space in the middle for your party details.

This invitation design says “You’re Invited” in a Minecraft-style font, and has places for you to write in your party information, such as where, when, and how to RSVP.

Minecraft Diamond Invitation
Minecraft Diamond Invitation

This design says “You’re Invited” and leaves the rest of the space open for you to add your own message.

Blank Minecraft Diamond Invitation
Blank Minecraft Diamond Invitation

Feel free to download and print these as needed. If you enjoy them, give them a Pin or Share! Thanks!

Classcraft Engages Students in Learning Game

Classcraft warriors
Classcraft warriors
I love games, and so do my kids. I often wonder how to incorporate game elements into everyday activities, to make life more fun and nerdy. I have just learned about a new game that teachers can play in class with students, and I think this is a very exciting innovation!

It’s called Classcraft, and it’s a live-action role playing game that involves students, teachers, individual responsibility and team work. Watch this video for an introduction to the Classcraft concept.

Classcraft is a role playing game that integrates into any subject class. With the teacher acting as Game Master, students are grouped into small teams and assume the character attributes of a Warrior, Mage, or Healer. Each character class has its own benefits, and the blend of roles encourages teams to work together and help each other. Of course, individual responsibility and achievements are most important to a student’s success in the game.

Classcraft healers
Classcraft healers
Game elements such as earning experience points, leveling-up, responding to random events, taking damage, and even in-game death bring the experience to life. Students earn points for doing classwork, helping each other and having a positive attitude, and lose points for being late, arguing, and poor performance. Scores translate into real-life benefits and consequences, such as in-class snacks or Saturday detention.

Classcraft is free to play, and can be upgraded for an additional cost per class or per school. The game is managed via a website, with teacher/student iOS apps, additional customizations, and other upgrades coming soon.

This is an interesting way to get students more engaged in classroom learning. Teachers can modify game elements to suit their needs, and not every student needs to participate, although I imagine most kids would want to get involved.

I’ve sent a link to Classcraft to the head of our charter school, and I hope you’ll share it, too. I’m supportive of anything that helps kids feel more excited about learning!

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Don’t Minecraft While Sedated

The cartoon xkcd is one of my favorite nerdy comics. For your Friday fun, here is a strip about Minecraft. The moral of the story: don’t let your noob friends into your Minecraft world while they’re recovering from wisdom teeth extraction.

Happy Friday!

Don't Minecraft on Drugs - comic
Don’t Minecraft on Drugs
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