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Games are the New Stocking Stuffer with Funnybone Toys

Have you ever had a dinner party or just a casual group of friends over, and midway through the evening you find yourself wondering, "Now what?" The conversation is in a lull, and people begin to look at their watches. Spice up time with friends with a Game Night!

Funny bone Products has a ton of great games for kids and adults alike. Here are a few that might revolutionize your next cocktail party!

DISRUPTUS

Disruptus asks players to look at objects and ideas and use different approaches — as determined by the roll of a die — to innovate. Disruptus™ draws inspiration from the very important practice of ‘disruptive thinking’. Disruptive thinking is one of the most powerful ways to innovate. It has been used to create ideas and objects like digital music, camera phones, and car sharing programs. Disruptive thinking is looking at an object or idea and coming up with an entirely different way to achieve the same end.

So, in the case of car sharing, the innovators looked at the car rental industry and came up with a new approach that ‘disrupted’ the old conventional method.

ARRAZZLES

Arrazzles lets you explore abstract geometrical configurations. Each card has one of five different patterns of slots allowing for countless abstract building and design opportunities. Arrazzles cards are covered in five beautiful, reflective metallic colors, with a different color on each side of the card. As you build and connect the cards, the metallic colors reflect off each other. The hole in the middle of each card allows for further form exploration – it’s sized to perfectly hold a standard plastic straw, so you can connect the cards that way, or string them together with yarn or pipe cleaner, allowing you to build a completely unique abstraction every time you play!

IMAGINE Peek at the sky at night and see the different arrays of stars. Can you recreate one of them?
Look at the patterns of leaves on trees. Can you build the same?
Appreciate the flower arrangements in your garden and how the colors play off of each other. Try that with the Arrazzles cards!
Start with just one card and attach more cards without a plan in mind!

CONNECT Make interesting arrangements where colors branch off from one another by placing cards side by side on a flat surface.
Connect all of the cards with 4 slots and then do the same for 6 and 8 slotted cards and see how the position of the slots changes the three-dimensional geometry.
Connect the cards in specific color sequences.

BUILD Variations in slot position allow you multiple ways to shape your creation.
Flip a card from one side to another for a completely different color perspective and overall look.
Thread colorful objects through the holes like straws, strings, yarn or pipe cleaners.Use all of the cards or a select few – it’s up to you!



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#RealMomGiftGuide Family Play with Smart Games

A great New Year's Resolution? Committing one day a week to quality family time. Maybe it's a special family dinner. Maybe it's a family hike. Or maybe it's a fun and raucous night of games!  Family Game night is one of the best ways to hang out as a family.  

Add to your Family Game Night collection for the holidays! SmartGames has a great selection to add to your growing library of games!

Quadrillion

Start a new challenge in a snap, with no direction required! Just place the four magnetic grids together and start playing. Can you fit the 12 puzzle pieces on the game board you just created?

Quadrillion is the ultimate solitaire game for all ages, with big, sturdy puzzle pieces that are easy and fun to handle.

Can you be your own GPS? Can you navigate the city and guide two travelers to their destination? Place the double-sided puzzle pieces on the game board to create routes from start to finish. This game includes 2 booklets, each with 60 challenges from easy to expert. Booklet A (“On the Double”) has challenges with two different colored routes, booklet B (“Delivery Express) challenges with either red or blue routes.

Find SmartGames on Facebook and Twitter.

Woozworld: Your Virtual World & Social Network

A new social network has hit the virtual world. Woozworld is an unique virtual world and social network for tweens and teens. It’s completely free to join and super easy to play!

woozworld

Once you create an avatar, you can start building your limitless world and create your own look. Hang-out and meet new friends! Design your place, be a trendsetter, throw parties! You can even run your own business. 

Saftey is really important to the creators of Woozworld. It has the highest standards in terms of online safety. Their top priority? Keeping your child safe and respecting their privacy. Woozworld is fully COPPA compliant and participates in the PRIVO® Privacy Assurance Program. Woozworld is also a browser-based virtual world so no downloads are required.

Woozworld also has a chat tool that is safe and supervised. It only allows pre-approved words and is powered by the cutting edge CRISP Thinking™ technology. Woozworld is patrolled by an experienced team of moderators that ensure you child’s safety. All players have to accept and follow the strict Code of Conduct.

Woozworld is on top of their game safety-wise!

Try it our for yourself. Join Woozworld, make your own avatar, play around by making your own world, and see for yourself!

The Birthday Express Thomas & Friends

Birthday Express - Thomas & Friends

This is super exciting.

Boston is a DIE HARD Thomas fan...that's so for sure.

And with his birthday party in 2 weeks-what else can a little boy ask for?

Well... he didn't really ask for it.  Cause it's not even out yet.

BUT... he's gonna love it.

This super awesome movie comes out May 17, 2011... You can pre-order it though. 

It comes with a handy dandy wooden whistle.  PERFECT to annoy enjoy!  The packaged box also comes with 'The Birthday Express' game and a special Roary the Racking Car Bonus Episode!

Cost is about $10.

Michael Jackson The Experience XBox 360 Kinect

Everyone has at least ONE Michael Jackson song they love, right?  Well now you can jam the day away with this fab new much anticipated game!

MICHAEL JACKSON THE EXPERIENCE

After enjoying chart-topping success on Wii, Ubisoft's Michael Jackson: The Experience moonwalks over to the motion-sensing Kinect and PlayStation Move peripherals. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions offer ability to sing as well as dance, allowing users to create the complete concert experience. Other key features are specific to each platform. Kinect owners, for example, can see themselves directly within the game, with body motion tracking that lets players act like the former King of Pop across a number of music video-inspired environments. Both co-op and competitive modes are included for up to four players, and there are multiple difficulty settings as well as a practice mode. In addition to the soundtrack from the Wii version, the Xbox 360 game includes a number of exclusive tracks, from "Blood on the Dance Floor" to "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide

Michael Jackson The Experience

Once Upon A Cookie

Sooo awesome!  I got home from Blissdom and had a wonderful tasty package awaiting me.

Yes.  I'm embarassed to say I INHALED them.  And hid in the corner with the others.

Thank you Once Upon A Cookie!!  You were my knight in shining armour.  =)

 

Joey

Rubik's Cube 30th Anniversary Challenge

The folks at Rubik's sent me a facy box with some awesome goodies inside.

I'm the first to admit that I practically forgot about those little square thingys.

But.. they are making a comeback. And this time they are placing those square thingy's within your kids education.

Seems there is some math disciplines involved in figuring that thingy out.  Good thing I was horrible at math in school.  No wonder I always cheated and plucked the stickers and moved them to make it look like I figured it out!

They have their 30th Anniversary this year.  Man do I feel old now. 

They are empowering youth to try their knack at the cube.

Wanna win one?

**Answer this question:  What is the name of the American man who created the Rubik's Cube?

Leave a comment...and win!

Post to your facebook and share on twitter for extra credit. 

(Be sure you tag me so I know to count you in!  =)