50+ Christmas Games for Kids

The Christmas season is well and truly here! We picked out and decorated our Christmas tree on the weekend, and we’ve been playing with Christmas gloop and enjoying Christmas cooking. We’ve also been playing some online Christmas games! I’ve picked a few web pages to share with you. Some have games that Pebble has enjoyed playing, and some have lots of games for older children . There are more than 50 games to choose from in the links below – have fun :)

Primary  Games

Lots to choose from here and quite good quality too. Most are suited to primary age children, however Pebble liked the colouring page, Trim-a-Tree and Christmas Match.

The Kidz Page

Another collection of Christmas games. Not much here for preschoolers, but plenty of fun for school age children.

Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure

This game is perfect for preschoolers, it’s an easy mouse roll over game. The Nick Jr website also has the option to search for games by relevance by age group, which is very handy.

The North Pole

A lovely site with LOTS for children to do. Definitely one that young children will need help with, but school age children should be fine.

Santa Games

Another nice collection of games that little ones could play with some help, or for older children to have fun with.

Boowal and Kwala Merry Go Round

This game is perfect for helping young children learn to control the mouse. By rolling the mouse over the merry-go-round they make it spin and play music. No clicking, just moving around the screen – which is a skill that can be very tricky to learn! There is also a similar game with a toy dog, and a trickier darts game for older children, plus lots of other fun things to do.

Decorate a Christmas Tree

A simple tree decorating game which uses click-and-drag to decorate a Christmas tree. Pebble and I played this game together  then used ‘print screen’ to print out her tree.

A Kids Heart

Lots of Christmas games all in one spot, more suited to school age children, but some are good for younger children too. Pebble enjoyed playing the Christmas bells game.

Note: Some of these websites contain advertising. Please remember to supervise your children’s online activity.

Do your kids like playing games online?
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How to shop smart on-line this Christmas

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How to shop smart on-line this Christmas: Tips for Buying Electronic Gadgets Online

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you haven’t even started shopping yet. I am a last minute Christmas shopper – I confess! Lucky for me there are some awesome deals to be had online.  Also lucky for me – some of the most popular gifts under the Christmas tree this year will be gadgets. I love me a good gadget and I can tell you that I’ve included a few in my letter to Santa :)

What gadgets are on your wish list? Perhaps a Tablet-PC for hubby? A smartphone for the teenagers? Computer games for the kids? I’ll be doing lots of my buying of electronic goods online. If I can avoid dragging my heavily pregnant self AND my two year old to the cray-cray that is Christmas shopping, then I will! Here are some tips for buying electronics online:

  • Compare different online shops. Take the time to look at what different retailers are offering. Some throw in extra accessories for free, great warranties or free delivery.
  • Check the trustworthiness of the retailer. Keep your eyes open for trustworthy payment systems and customer reviews. Unfortunately there is plenty of dodgy-dodge going out there on the interwebs – but there are lots of sites that can be trusted too. Ask your friends where they’ve shopped before.
  • Watch out for sales. Electronic gadgets can easily rack up a few hundred dollars (or more!) per item, so it’s worth watching out for bargains and coupons as well. Some coupons offer 30% – 40% off your geek gear! Cha-ching, my friends.
  • Choose the most suitable electronic product. Don’t get sucked into buying something with extra whizz bang features that no one really needs. Skimp a little here and you’ll save a little (or a lot!) there.

What gadgets do you have your eye on to give (or receive) this Christmas? 

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Harry Potter for Christmas!

I am a big Harry Potter fan. I was a little slow to the party though – I read ALL the books this year. As in, 2012. Then I watched all the movies back to back, which was actually pretty awesome! No need to wait for new releases – there’s gotta be some up side to being slow with these things, right?

I am a wee bit excited to see this new PlayStation 3 game, Wonderbook: Book of Spells. It uses Play Station’s latest technology, Wonderbook, to bring new stories by J.K. Rowling to life – watching the video of this game just blows my mind. It’s a long way from my childhood, playing Space Invaders on Atari! Seriously, you have to see it.

There are more videos and pictures at the Wonderbook: Book of Spells web site – I found it really interesting to watch the Developer Diaries, explaining how they created the game.

In the game, you actually cast spells. With a wand! It’s like going to Hogwarts, for real. I know a few kids who would LOVE this game for Christmas. Love, love, LOVE! I remember the days of getting a new game for Christmas and playing it ALL day. And then dreaming about it all night :) This is going to be one of those games.

Do you know someone who’d love to unwrap Wonderbook: Book of Spells this Christmas?

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Halloween Games for Kids

One of my favourite childhood memories is of a Halloween party that we had in our classroom. It was Year 3 and everyone got to dress up and play games. My parents took me trick or treating on the block where we lived and I loved every second of it. Check me out!

{All dressed up for Halloween, circa 1985, with my little brother and sister)

To celebrate Halloween I have rounded up a few online games for kids in the Halloween spirit. I hope the kids have fun with them. Most of these games are suitable for primary school age children. Please use your own discretion to decide whether the games are suitable for your children. I don’t want to give anyone nightmares!

Halloween Hang Man

Halloween Pumpkins

Spooky Sequences – Twos

Find the Brain!

Stacking Pumpkins

Have you got a favourite Halloween memory?

Kids Connect the Dots

kids dot to dot app 3

More app fun for kids this week, with Kids Connect the Dots. We have the lite (free) version, which Pebble loves playing. While it is recommended for four to seven year olds, 2.5 year old Pebble has no trouble thanks to the optional hints.

For example, if the child doesn’t click on the correct number within a few seconds, the next correct number is highlighted, giving them a hint. The hint setting is optional: you can have it set to show hints ‘always’, ‘after three seconds’ or ‘never’.

kids dot to dot app

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The app also counts each number out loud, which is great for reinforcing number and number pattern. Pebble can count count out loud to thirteen, and is starting to know a few other ‘teen numbers too.

If you have an older child who would enjoy a challenge you can change settings so that there is no voice over for numbers. You can also change from a numerical dot to dot to alphabetical (thumbs up for both upper and lower case!).

The full version ($AUD2.88) includes a child lock and all 100 puzzles, including the 25 available for free. This review is based on the Android app, however it is also available from the Apple App Store.

I’d love to know what technology your kids are having fun with right now. Do tell!