5 Card Games To Play With Your Kids Before They Head Back To School

This summer has flew by. I spent July mostly playing chauffeur driving the kids back and forth to all the activities they were signed up for which happens every summer but August I try to spend as much time with them where it is just us because once school starts I lose them to activities and homework and my own job. Quality time is so important to me. Maybe it is because I am an older mom and know just how fast my life has gone but I want to spend every moment with them. We go to the pool, do puzzles, read, watch movies, and just hang out together. I am thankful that they love doing this with me so I was so excited when I got the change to try out some new card games with them.  Hoyle Kids Cards is produced and distributed by The United States Playing Card Company and is one of the world's premier playing card companies. 
 With “play for a purpose” being a popular buzz phrase within the toy industry, more toy companies are developing games that are engaging and educational.  Hoyle is helping drive this trend through their games including two new ones, Super Me! and Monkey May I?, which help promote emotional intelligence, self-awareness and empathy in children ages 4 to 6. 

The games are available starting this month through Bicycle 
So far we have played Sharks are Wild which is perfect for ages 4+ and loved it. It was really easy to learn teaching sequencing and number identification. We loved it! We even love that there is a shark fin on the top of the box and think kids will love collecting the gold coins every time the make a sequence winning the round. There are two levels of playing as your child masters the first you can add things like the Octopus card where you can steal your opponents card to add to your own sequence BUT stop the steal if you have a dolphin card. Will have already played this 4 times in the past two days.

The next game we tried was Catch N' Fish which is such a fun add or subtract game. We did both ways and thought that kids 6+ would love this game a lot. 
Each player gets 7 cards, spins and tries to make a "catch" based on the number spun. Like if you spin a 4 you would put two cards together equaling 4. 3+1, 2+2, 4+0 and so on. You can also ask your opponent if they have a card you need like Go Fish.   

The last game we played was called Piggy Bank. It is an easy to learn counting game also good for ages 4+. I am not sure why we don't have picture of us playing. We must have just jumped in after the pool yesterday and were feeling tired.

We must have read the instructions 4 times before we got it. Not sure why. Maybe just tired like I said. The game was fun and easy once we started playing. Kids learn skip counting and keeping track of a running total. 

Our next game, which we will be playing today after the kids finish their chores is, Monkey, May I which focuses on making good choices.

Super Me will be played on the weekend and focuses on helping others. I cannot wait to play.

Giving your children your time is one of the most important things you can do for them.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered and all opinions are my own.

How to Get Your Child to Do Homework Without a Fight By Carol Tuttle, Author of The Child Whisperer

When it comes to your child's homework, do you beg, plead, or bribe? Do you threaten consequences? You can make homework easier for both you and your children with some simple tips that honor their natural energy.

Every child has a dominant Energy Type that determines the way they move through life. It affects everything they do—playing, talking, eating, sleeping. And yes, it even shows up in the way they do homework!

Ready to take the struggle out of homework? Here are homework tips for the 4 Types of children:
Homework Tips for the Fun-loving Type 1 Child. These bright-minded children think quickly and like to move. Their thought process works like snapshots of ideas, so engaging in a linear experience can be challenging for them.
  • Pre-homework playtime. If your child attends a traditional school, they need time to do something light and free before jumping into homework. Let them come up with ideas of what they’ll do—that will give them something to look forward to during the structured experience of school.
  • Homework jumping. Allow them to jump from one activity to another. That’s how their brain works anyway. Extra movement of things going on in the background is actually helpful for them because it allows them to disconnect from their homework and then connect again.
Homework Tips for the Sensitive Type 2 Child. These subtle children work methodically and are great with details. They are naturally quieter, so speaking up about what they might need can be a challenge for them.
  • Planned routine (one that they plan). These children do best when they have a plan that they have made themselves. Which steps will they follow to get things done? You can ask this very young (5 or 6 years old) as Type 2 children are already thinking this way.
  • Invitation to connect. Type 2 children often want their parents to recognize the work they’re doing without knowing how to ask for it. Take a second to connect with them while they’re working and invite them to share with you.
Homework Tips for the Determined Type 3 Child. These active children move swiftly and like getting things done. Their natural speed can be a challenge when it comes to detailed tasks they feel are tedious or pointless.
  • Help them see the point of it. These children will do homework when they see the point. If they don’t see it, they’ll try to get around it somehow. They’ll pick the grade they want and do as much as they have to do to get it done. Help them see the practical purpose.
  • Make homework part of the extracurricular fund. Money is a great motivator in the Type 3 world. If you plan to pay for extracurricular activities, you could attach a money value to finishing homework and that money goes to a sport or lesson they really want. You’ll be spending the money anyway and they’ll enjoy the feeling of accomplishment as they work toward an activity they really want.
The More Serious Type 4 Child. These focused children are self-motivated. But if they’re not respected for who they are at school, they’ll buck the system. It will look like rebellion, but it’s really just their attempt to stay true to their nature.
  • The respectful phrase. These children feel offended when you tell them what to do because they’re aware of their responsibilities. Try this phrase: “Looks like you’re doing great. Let me know if you need help.” Let them come to you, which they will, if they think they need help.
  • Ownership of a space. Set aside one consistent place that they can take ownership of at the same time every day to do their homework—not the kitchen table. If possible, get them their own desk or a place that’s separate from where everyone is moving around.
Parents: here’s your homework assignment to end the homework struggle for good:
Set the intention that you and your child are experiencing ease and enjoyment as you support them in their homework. It’s possible and you can start today.

Carol Tuttle is the CEO of Live Your Truth, LLC and author of the best-selling parenting book, The Child Whisperer: the Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, Cooperative Children, which has sold over 75,000 copies worldwide. She also hosts an immensely popular parenting podcast, that hits weekly on important parenting issues commonly experienced by families of all backgrounds. For more information, please visit, www.thechildwhisperer.com

Down A Dark Hall Hits Theaters, On Demand And iTunes August 17th - My Review - Hint: I LOVED it #DownADarkHall

Welcome to Blackwood, where lost girls find their way...

From the producers of The Twilight Saga comes the new trailer and poster for DOWN A DARK HALL. Starring AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer, The Carrie Diaries) alongside Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Victoria Moroles (Teen Wolf), Noah Silver (The Tribes of Palos Verdes), Taylor Russell (TV's Falling Skies), Rosie Day (Outlander), and Uma Thurman. DOWN A DARK HALL follows Kit (Robb), a difficult young girl sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School run by eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Thurman). While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal. Catch DOWN A DARK HALL in theaters, On Demand, and on iTunes August 17th!

The 411:

As I was getting ready to write my review I noticed that Stephanie Meyer (writer of The Twilight Saga) is one of the producers as are two other producers from the Twilight movies. I find this Interesting that it reminded me of Twilight even though it was nothing like it.  

Down A Dark Hall is about a group of troubled girls sent to stay at the Blackwood Boarding School. Kit is our main girl and by far my favorite character. I remembered her face from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Bridge to Terabithia. As paranormal things start happening to her new friends, Kit makes it her mission to figure out the secrets of Blackwood and there are many.

The movie is based on a YA book of the same name by Lois Duncan which I now feel like I need to read because the movie definitely was interesting to me. I must have loved it because I keep thinking about it. 

There were times where I felt that AnnaSophia Robb went to the Kristin Stewart school of acting and that Madam Duret's son was very Edward Cullen but other than that the movie moved quick. It is the perfect 13+ Horror movie. 

I cannot wait to watch it again but this time with my daughter. I think she will enjoy the paranormal part, roll her eyes at the sometimes weird girl issues but will love it just as much as I did.

To Purchase the book for $1.99 head over to Amazon for a Kindle book:


I received a complimentary screener for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

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