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Are you a gamer? No, I’m talking about sitting in front on the TV playing video games or hunched over a hand held device. Do you have a game night?

Family game nights are those special moments when you and the kids spend time together. Picture yourselves gathering around a board game eating yummy snacks and cracking jokes with each other. There is no TV blaring. There are no computers or phones to distract from family time. You are all engaged with one another.

Have you stopped to think about the benefits of playing these types of games? The social skills that are learned are a stepping stone to life’s endeavors. Your kids will learn how to interact with others, how to win and lose gracefully, and even how to apply critical thinking to achieve their goals.

There are plenty of children’s games for those times when they just want to play by themselves or just with friends. Sometimes, you just need to keep your little ones distracted while you finish up more pressing matters. These games provide the entertainment and quiet time needed to complete your tasks.

Make life simple again. Play a board game.

Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set: Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land Bundle – Black 32 GB

Do you like to have the latest and greatest electronics?

Be the envy of all the kids on the block with the Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set.  Nintendo is taking gaming to next level with 3D graphics, high definition and universal play.

 The deluxe set comes with two digital games so you can play as soon as your console arrives.  Play during alone time or with friends or even online with others.  Since the set comes with the game pad, you can play while the TV is in use for other things…like watching television shows.

The Nintendo Wii U Deluxe set is highly popular, just read what others have to say about the amazing gaming system.

This reviewer appreciates they can play games and watch television at the same time…

I love my Wii U for a lot of the same …

December 23, 2014

By Jordan

…The Wii U’s graphics are crisp and it offers a lot of interesting abilities through the gamepad. Being able to play games on the gamepad while my wife uses the TV is a big plus especially if you only have one TV in the house..

Another rave review for the gamepad that doubles as a TV remote…

Wii U is a great console for PC gamers.


February 8, 2015

…Every day im impressed by what the Wii U can do, for example the gamepad can act as a tv remote that can be set up with just a click of a button, its all handled for you. The graphics on all the games are great…

This reviewer is impressed with the safety features for young children…

Solid System, GREAT Family Fun.


January 29, 2015

Great system, improved graphics over the Wii, even better game play.

The main control is amazing and so much fun to use to explore 3D worlds.

Easy to setup and great features to protect your children from playing games that are meant for older children.

Hape – Stormy Seas Game of Balance

The seas are choppy and you’ve got to keep the cargo aboard!

The Stormy Seas Game by Hape is bringing fun for the whole family.  Using strategy to keep all the wooden pieces balanced, you’re sure to have plenty of laughter and fun with this game!

With Hape, you always know you’re getting quality wooden toys and challenging educational pieces.  Read the reviews below to see what others have to say about Stormy Seas.

Loving the Hape company…

Five Stars

October 9, 2014

By wendy

Cute game that the kids love. Another great toy from the Hape company.

Gets the children thinking…

Cute game, great design, fun for young toddlers

June 30, 2014

By Kelly K

This is an adorable wooden game…I love the simplicity of the deign…so kids you aren’t quite at reading level yet can still play.

It’s a great game for young toddlers…The balance aspects really get them thinking, and of course, it’s always fun to see the pieces fall when someone tips the boat. 🙂

A winner in this house…

Stormy Seas Is a Winner!

December 3, 2013


…The wooden pieces are well made, and children quickly learn how to balance the objects as they are placed on the ship…

The adults playing Stormy Seas enjoyed it as much as the four year old. This one is a winner at our house!

Kaskey Kids 5205 Soccer Guys

Sometimes your kiddo can’t actually get out there to play the game but they can’t get away from the sport either.

The Kaskey Kids Soccer allows your child to keep playing when weather, injuries, or other circumstances prevent them from doing so!

The set includes sports action figures, a field and an over-sized ball.

Check out the reviews below for the Soccer Girls by Kaskey Kids.

This reviewers uses it as a toy and teaching tool…

Great for young players and coaches

By Crownan

November 9, 2010

Not only does my daughter play with this toy but it has been a very effective tool to educate my U-8 and U-10 Girls teams….

My daughter likes to see it in action as well.

A way to play when not on the field…

Daughter loves this.

November 26, 2013

By Kevin A. Richardson “krichardson1232”

…A great way to get your daughter into the game when not at practice.

Also used as a coaching tool…


October 27, 2010

By Deal Finder Mom “deal finder mom”

I got this for my husband to help coach his teams.

My son plays with it the most. Absolutely loves it!

We also have the football one. These were my best purchases in a long time

Fisher-Price Triple Hit Baseball

You’re watching your son. He steps up to the plate. He swings. SMACK!!! The ball is going…going…it’s gone! HOME RUN!!

Baseball is still America’s favorite pastime. Why not give a gift that teaches the love of the sport and grows with him, as well?

Fisher-Price Triple Hit Baseball is a sports toy that adjusts to your child’s skill level. It starts as tee ball and graduates to a launcher!

Many parents are loving this toy!  See a few of the reviews below.

This reviewer says it’s a great introductory toy to baseball…

great for teaching baseball

By J. Williams

August 14, 2006

…This is exactly what we needed.

…I now can help him with his form and the machine does all the pitching perfectly.

…He stands in front of the machine with his glove and catches the balls as they pop out.

I recommend this as an introduction to anyone interested in baseball.

This reviewer likes that it develops hand eye coordination…

Hours of Fun

August 4, 2014

By Vera J. Davidson

…Develops the needed hand eye coordination and ability to swing.

Great purchase!

The price was more than fair, too.

And this reviewer says it’s a good learning toy…

Great Fun

June 29, 2014

By Kent Mercer

…They learn from hitting off the “T” and then move to the ball being tossed upwards.

As they progress they use it to pitch the ball at them form a distance.

Great Fun and good learning experience.

Diggin Active Dodge Tag

Run!  Avoid the ball headed straight toward you!  But wait, you’re trying to throw your ball at a moving target…your opponent!

It’s challenging.

It’s suspenseful.

It’s fun!

Active Dodge Tag is a sports toy that puts a new twist to dodgeball! Just another fun game to get moving with your kids.

Read the reviews below to see what others have to say about the Active Dodge Tag.

This reviewer says it’s great exercise…

Very Cool Toy with Loads of Action!

By George Pritchard

July 25, 2009

I bought this…thinking it would be a great way to create more physical activity in her day.

What an understatement!…The very nature of the game requires lots of running, jumping and- yes, dodging… so the players really get a workout and have loads of fun at the same time…

And this reviewer says it provides lots of laughter…

Laughter to the ears 🙂

January 17, 2014

By C. Tarter “char”

…the kids run like crazy and laughter is good for all parents ears!!

This review likes the learning skills for baseball and the indoor/outdoor play…

Fun indoors and outside

May 14, 2012

By A. Oberkrieser

…it will help him as he is learning how to throw and aim at a person (for baseball), and also to help him work on his catching ability.

The game works very well for both of those things…

…I think that it seems overall pretty durable and well suited for inside and outside play.

…holding up great 🙂



Anki DRIVE Starter Kit Smart Robot Car Racing Game

Take race tracks and video games then mash them up!

That’s what you get with Anki Drive.  This innovative electronic toy lets you race robotic cars on the starter track.

Download the Anki app and tweak your car to your specifications. Please visit the Anki Drive website to determine which iPhone and Android systems are compatible.

Upgrade your weapons and disable your opponents!

Anki is taking remote control to a whole new level! Read the reviews below to see what others have to say.

This reviewer raves of the intriguing fun…

Slot Cars Rev Their Way into the 21st Century!

June 19, 2014

By D. R. Jeanclerc “Reader, Listener & Obsessive…

The Anki DRIVE Starter Kit combines the control and leveling up of a modern video game with the physical thrill of slot car racing.

There’s no doubt about it – the entry fee for this endeavor is pretty steep, but enthusiasts of racing, video games or just technology in general will be rewarded with lots of intriguing fun…

And this review says it is hybrid fun…

Melding generations of gaming for some good fun

June 19, 2014

By Richard Aubin

This is not your Dad’s slot racer or your kid’s video game – it’s a melding of generations of gaming into a very fun hybrid.

Yes, it’s expensive and yes, there are still some kinks to be worked out – but it sure is a good time.

Like slot racing, you don’t have to worry too much about steering control of the cars – just tilt to choose your inside/outside lane position and the car does all the driving for you.

Like modern gaming, there are upgrades, achievements and objectives beyond the lapping wins.

This reviewer gives you an idea of the space needed to play…

Very impressive technology — requires TONS of space

June 19, 2014

By J. Nelson

It wasn’t clear from the picture, but this thing is BIG. The track is 8.5 feet long and 3.5 feet wide, and it needs a nice flat space to stretch out without obstructions (or changes in the flooring type – don’t stretch it over a transition between tile and carpet).

…Truly an amazing technology!

Nintendo Amiibo

Be one of the first to own the new amiibo by Nintendo!

This new and innovative way to interact with your favorite Nintendo characters is compatible with Nintedo Wii U.

Touch your amiibo figure to the Wii U and watch how it affects the game!

Nintendo is changing how you play electronics.

Minecraft Papercraft Overworld Deluxe Set, Over 90 Pieces

Minecraft Papercraft Deluxe set is the gift to meet all needs!

Looking for an arts and crafts project? Minecraft Papercraft.

Looking for something for the Minecraft enthusiast in your life? Minecraft Papercraft!

Looking for a fun puzzle? Minecraft Papercraft!!

Looking for a building toy?  Minecraft Papercraft!!!

There are over 90 pieces in this paper craft allowing you to build and construct your own Minecraft world.  Step away from the game and exercise your mind!

Check out the reviews below to see what others have to say about this deluxe set.

This reviewer likes that it’s a project you can do together with your child…

Part of the fun is assembling the pieces together

August 25, 2014

By H. Kim

Part of the fun is assembling the pieces together with your kid.

It’s good to take a video game and add a more tactile element to it.

Just don’t think of assembling the many pieces as “work”.

This reviewer likes the quality…

Great kit!

August 6, 2014

By Andysibirsk

Great stuff! Easy to put together.

Sturdy heavy weight paper.

Good color and true to the look of minecraft.

 And this review reminds you to be mindful of the quantity of boxes you’ll have to store…

Fun for awhile

June 3, 2014

By Momof2

Really fun to put together. Any child who loves minecraft and art type projects will love this.

My 7 year old folded everything himself after I showed him basic instructions. He thought it was great.

The only con is that you have loads of paper boxes everywhere afterwards.

You will need to have a rather large storage bag/bin to store them in if you plan on keeping them.

Sciencewiz Cool Circuits

Are you looking for the perfect puzzle game?

One that will offer you multiple challenges?

Cool Circuits is a visually appealing puzzle that offers 40 different challenges.

This game won Puzzle of the Year for 2013 and is highly popular.  Check out the reviews below to see what others are saying.

This review talks about the increasing level of difficulty…

Interesting Concept…Kids Love It

By T. Emond

December 21, 2013

…The object of the game is to get all of the pieces on to the board in a complete path (circuit).

When a circuit is completed the board lights up and plays a little song. (music can be turned off)

The challenges increase in difficulty and show fewer and fewer piece placements as you increase in difficulty.

My children really enjoy playing this game. It is pretty challenging.

This reviewer says it’s great as an educational tool…

Fun cool toy

May 25, 2014

By lisa schmidt

…A neat learning toy, without seeming too educational for a kid.. Grownups like it too!

And this reviewer likes how it keeps all ages challenged…

Fun Game

February 22, 2013

By smiley

It challenges my 9 year old…My Daughter…13 year old…

It gets increasingly harder to figure out each successive puzzle, but rewards you in the end with lights and sound