Archives For Recreation

Quick and Fun, Ratuki!

Heather —  February 1, 2011

With my crew, I am always on the lookout for games that might be fun and also don’t make the kids fight. When my family humors me and plays a game or two, we have a great time.

And Ratuki is fun! The game play is fast and simple, a good game to pull out in a small group and just play a few rounds. No big board to pull out and serious game to interrupt…The kids enjoyed it, and even put up with their baby sister who obviously got it that when you win, you shout RATUKI!

The game includes 170 cards, 5 reminder cards and instructions.

Ages 8 and up, for 2 to 5 players. Game retails at approximately $9.99

To buy, or find out more, visit Ratuki on You can also find Ratuki and other family games on the Family Game Night Facebook Page

I received the Ratuki game from Hasbro for my review. I have given my honest opinion.

Wits & Wagers Family

Heather —  December 19, 2010

wits n wagers family

Looking for a fun party game to play with your kids? I just got the chance to try out a game called Wits & Wagers Family Edition, from North Star Games. My husband and I got the biggest kick out of this game. It is actually a trivia game, similar to the popular Wits & Wagers, but from what I gather, made a bit easier for families. You can play with individual players, or groups with kids 8 and up (although we let Emma on a teamJ

The game surprised me, in that I expected the game to be more verbal—while it IS a trivia game, each answer is given using a number! This threw me a bit, but my boys loved this. You can work in teams and even win without knowing the exact answer…because you can also score points by placing your piece (Meeples) on a teammates guess. Whoever comes closest to the correct number, without going over, wins the points.

I liked the game parts and pieces- everything is simple, not lots of stuff to piece together or lose, but well made scoreboards that you use w/dry erase markers and lots of question cards. The little wooden Meeples, are people shaped playing pieces—my kids loved those.

This is a fun addition for game lovers for the Holidays. You can find Wits & Wagers Family at  Toys R’Us and I just saw this at Target…I also saw Wits & Wagers Family on sale right now on Amazon (sign up for Amazon Mom and get in time for Christmas with free shipping!)

See what my crewmates have to say about  Wits & Wagers Family!

I received materials from North Star Games for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Knot So Fast!!

Heather —  November 2, 2010

73626_165003200191559_100000456390392_412649_48801_nI admit it. I’m a homeschool mom. I think like a homeschool mom. When I look at things, I think…what will we learn from this? What’s the educational angle?

Which, occasionally is a little over the top. On the other hand, why not learn a new skill? What’s wrong with a challenge…where you use your brains?


Anyway, that’s what I was thinking when I asked to review one of Timberdoodle’s educational games.

When we received Knot So Fast….I got a bit more than I bargained for! I thought the game was seriously hard. My boys didn’t have as tough a time with it, but they agreed that some of the cards were challenging.


Personally, I think this is a great game to play with family. The cards do vary in difficulty, so little ones can enjoy as well. In all, there are 40 challenges, with levels from Beginner to Expert. Although we only played two at a time, you can play with up to four people.

The Game Includes a:

  • Tug-o-war Scorekeeper
  • 4 Ropes
  • 4 Rings
  • 30-second Timer
  • 40 Challenge Cards
  • Instruction Manual

To Play:

  • Select a Challenge Card from the deck.
  • Race to tie the knot.
  • The first to tie the knot scores a point.
  • Track points on the Tug-o-war Scorekeeper.
  • Pull the rope to your side to win!

My boys had a good time with it—of course, they had to go right to…expert level…


Now, just be sure that you don’t have one child who “maybe” studies all the knot cards and then asks his siblings to play…

The game does foster manual dexterity and spatial awareness…and, sometimes knots DO come in handy. And, then, they totally have it. How cool is that? I know who I want to move or go sailing with!!

logo2Check out Timberdoodle for wonderful games and homeschool curriculum. I have such fun just looking through their catalog!

I received a free copy of Knot So Fast as a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team. I have given my honest opinion

Go Play!

Heather —  October 8, 2010

It’s Cool! Time to Get Outside and Play!

I love Fall. We live in the Shenandoah Valley and we have so many great opportunities to do things like camping, cycling and hiking as a family. With many of our children in their teens, they are always coming and going…participating in sports, getting dirty, having fun.

As a homeschool mom who loves field trips and learns so much herself, I know play is an integral part of learning. I see my children learning while they run around on a nature hike—I love to watch their delight when they first see a butterfly close up, or wade through a creek and learn about tadpoles.

Play helps develop so many skills, and allows children to develop at their own pace, working through problems, learning to cope with setbacks, learning how to get along with one another. And, yes, good play can get messy–it seems to be almost a mathematical formula–the more fun they have, the dirtier my kids can get!

When my children were younger, I used to worry about them getting hurt and their clothes getting ruined–now that I realize how fast they grow up and how easy it is to clean up–well, now, I am much more relaxed.

So what got me thinking about this? Well, the cooler weather gets me outside more. And, I received a fun “Go Play” pack provided by Shout.

In honor of “Go Play,” Shout and Growing Tree Toys partnered on the pack. Growing Tree Toys offers many great learning toys, and the 52 Nature Activities card set is a perfect fit for Fall activities. We also got some great clean-up supplies, with products to handle our messiest play clothes. Personally, I had not heard of the color catcher and I like that, and I can always use the advanced stain remover.

When I took my daughter on a nature hike—she brought along her Nature cards and set to work making a Nature Crown. To be honest, she’s just not as messy as her brothers!

After a day of hiking and collecting flowers, she is tired and happy. Here is her finished product. She is so proud!

I think it is great that Shout has a Go Play initiative. Check out their facebook page to get some great play ideas for your family! I agree that “play can get messy” and parents should not have to worry about their clothes!

Thanks to Shout and Growing Tree Toys. I received an assortment of Shout products, along with the card set “52 Activities is Nature” from Shout for this review post.

End of Summer…

Heather —  August 23, 2010

Summer has been gorgeous! I really enjoyed a surprise Anniversary trip to Monticello last week. Now, that’s a great way to end the Summer:)

Summer Fun!

Heather —  June 22, 2009

I just got a note that someone over at Parenting Pink liked my siesta idea for the summer:) Thank you! Having a rest during the day has made my life easier…therefore the children are happier, too!
We have been having a good summer. We enjoyed a Lowe’s “Build & Grow” Clinic recently. My little one built a Daddy’s Day present with her Dad:) I recommend this fun, free activity–check here or with your local Lowe’s for more info. I think they have a “Build a Pirate Ship” coming up–You do need to pre-register, but you can do it online. (I think the experience probably does vary by store, but if you’re out and about on a Saturday morning, this is a little treat for the kids)

I also got a kick out of just letting our little one play with the legos at the lego store. Who knew that could be so fun? When I was younger, I would hurry my kids through. Now, I just get a cup of coffee and watch them:)

Well, this week will be all about Vacation Bible School for us, but if I hear about any little fun things to do I will post them here! Oh…speaking of which–the rebox code rbxthxu6 should be good through tomorrow for a free redbox. Thank you, uh oh. I cannot find where I got that tip from! But, I did use it today & it worked.