The Cutest Animal Games that You Must Play

It’s the era of animal games. Right from Dragon Slayers to Cut the Rope, everybody has one or another animal game on their mobiles, tablets, and computers. Here are the 3 of my most favorite animal games, thanks to my kid

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World of Madagascar

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This penguin game is my current favorite. I really don’t mind when the kids are on it for hours because this is one penguin game that is as fun as it is educational. Accompany Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private on secret missions to save baby animals from the clutches of the very vile Dave and his henchmen. With packets of Cheezy Dibbles in hand and your math and science knowledge brushed up in the head, embark on the virtual adventure with the classic Penguin characters from the popular movie Penguins of Madagascar. The penguin game is set across Central Park Zoo, the Times Square, Coney Island, Venice, and the Penguins’ Headquarters. While in the game, steer through the canals and gondolas in Venice to explore its history and culture; the information kiosks around Venice will share informative historical facts about Italy with you!

Stella (Angry Birds)

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Get ready for a new adventure in the land of Angry Birds. Stella, the second spin-off from the Angry Bird series, is here and has taken users by storm! With a burst of fruity colors, mostly guava pink, lemony yellow, and kiwi green, Stella has a new story to tell. While the original Angry Birds were out there to fight pigs who stole their eggs, Stella and the company have ganged up to retrieve a few household items that the vile pigs have stolen from their tree house. Stella is all about empowerment and inspiration, without forgetting the entertainment in gaming. Michael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment claims “Angry Birds Stella is breaking the mold by introducing strong, passionate characters who really stand for something, while adding plenty of action and reality into the mix”. Welcome the first female Angry Birds and have them swing their catapults to defeat the evil pigs another time.

Where’s My Water

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Channel water to the fastidious alligator, named Swampy, so that it can take a shower and send you off to the next level in “Where’s My Water”. Even though the success of the alligator game prompted its developers to release “Where’s My Valentine?”, “Where’s My Perry?”, and “Where’s My Mickey?”, none of them have been as successful as the first one. Swampy, who lives in the sewer system, hates staying dirty. Cranky, another alligator who also lives in the sewer, disrupts the water supply to Swampy’s home. The water can be seen either stored in small pools or flowing endlessly from pipes but unable to reach Swampy. Players will have to dig through the dirt, using finger movements on their touch screen phones, and make way for the water to reach Swampy. The challenges along the way make the game as interesting as my last two Bird and Penguin game!


40 Scholastic Books your Kids will Love

Childrens-BooksWhether you read the books to your kids or use them as a way to encourage and practice reading, these 40 Scholastic children’s books are sure to be an investment you won’t regret. Filled with fascinating stories and unforgettable lessons, these books will stay with you forever.

  1. Charlotte’s Web
  2. Goodnight Moon
  3. A Wrinkle in Time
  4. The Snowy Day
  5. Where The Wild Things Are
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  7. Green Eggs and Ham Book
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl
  9. The Giving Tree
  10. Frog and Toad are Friends
  11. Anne of Green Gables
  12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  13. Madeline
  14. The Wind in the Willows
  15. The Dot
  16. Tuck Everlasting
  17. Pat the Bunny
  18. When Marian Sang
  19. Knuffle Bunny
  20. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  21. Bud, Not Buddy
  22. Corduroy
  23. Phantom Tollbooth
  24. The Little Engine That Could
  25. The Giver
  26. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  27. Black on White
  28. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
  29. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
  30. My Rotten Readheaded Older Brother
  31. The Mitten
  32. The Runaway Bunny
  33. The Hunger Games
  34. Swimmy
  35. Freight Train
  36. The Secret Garden
  37. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
  38. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  39. Zen Shorts
  40. Moo, Baa, La La La!

How many have you and your family read from this list?

Reading Activities that will help Your Child Set a Date with Books Very Soon!

Besides its educational advantages, reading has health benefits too. It de-stresses the mind, improves memory, and makes one more creative with the plethora of ideas found in books. So here are a few reading activities those will your child to develop the habit and soon set a date with books!

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Enroll your child in your local library so that she can find a good book after another to read. Since buying books is an expensive affair, joining a library or borrowing books from the school library may ease the pocket-pinch. But that’s not why she should be borrowing! Borrowing has a deadline that prompts kids to read a book faster and therefore have a keen urgency to finish it. If the library has email or text reminder notification, then use it to remind your child of the deadline. If the library doesn’t have a system to notify the borrower of the deadline, then set it on your mobile so that you can remind your child about the deadline coming near.

Audio book

This reading activity is gradually gaining popularity as children are finding it to be an extremely gratifying engagement. Children have loved to listen to stories and anecdotes since times immemorial. Audio books not only help them to develop a keen sense of listening but build an interest in reading too from an early age. If buying audio books pinches your pocket, then you can opt to read out fairy tales and fables with complementary expressions and tone modulations.

Read everywhere

With Kindle gradually replacing our good, old hard bound story books, it’s becoming increasingly easier to carry more than one book with you at all times. Buy reading devices like Kindle for your child and encourage her to carry it along with her everywhere so that she can sneak in a little reading time whenever she needs it. Here are a few places where she can read at all times.

  • At doctor’s appointments if you show up early, during the waiting period
  • During alone lunch time
  • In a long queue
  • In the bathtub
  • In the elevator

The rule of 50

Give it up after 50 pages if the book doesn’t seem interesting enough! It’s not always a good idea to finish book if you start it only because you are liable to do so. Help your child to grow the habit of giving up on books that they don’t find interesting enough even after reading fifty pages.

Keep a track

To stay motivated, your child will have to feel like she’s making progress. So it’s a good idea to maintain a spreadsheet of the books she’s reading including titles, names of authors, date started and finished reading, your rating of the book, and a small review. Encourage her to use social websites like Goodreads to show her friends what she’s been reading and follow their reading lists too – this acts like positive peer pressure too!

So what are you waiting for? Get your child book and encourage her to start following all the reading activities mentioned above to make a life out of reading!