Category Archives: Games

October 30, 2014

Halloween Book Challenge Bonus

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Happy HalloweenHave you been participating in the Halloween Book Challenge? Every week, we read a different book. Today is Halloween so we have a BONUS challenge for you! It’s a Halloween Party Spell-It-Out Challenge.

Here’s how the bonus challenge works. Think of all the books you read this month for the Halloween Book Challenge. Then think of the perfect Halloween party item (drinks, candy, decorations, etc.) and spell it out using the first letter of words in your book titles.

Example:
G - 
The Graveyard Book

U - Captain Underpants

M - Midnight Howl

Leave yours in the Comments. Have a super-fun and safe Halloween!

 

October 1, 2014

Halloween Book Challenge

Posted by at 1:01 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Happy HalloweenJoin Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!

Join your fellow STACKers and take the Halloween Book Challenge. Here’s how the challenge will work. You pledge to read at least 1 new book every week until Halloween. Every week, it will be a different theme and you will choose a new book to read to match the theme for that week. Tell us in the Comments what book you are reading and then go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to tell us more about your book and chat with other participants in the Halloween Book Challenge.

Weekly themes:

Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover. (OK. I know The Long Haul won’t be out until November but it has such a great orange cover, I couldn’t resist!)

Black and orange book covers for Halloween Book Challenge

Oct 8-14 Creepy Setting
Choose a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .

Halloween Book Challenge: creepy settings

Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.

Supernatural book covers

Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.

Trick or treat book covers

If you are participating in the Halloween Book Challenge, let everyone know by changing your Avatar profile into the book t-shirt, and make it orange! And leave a Comment telling us which book you will read for this week.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 18, 2014

Hello Kitty Crochet

Posted by at 1:59 am in Games, Kid Power | Permalink

Hello Kitty CrochetHello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends

Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!

Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!Hello Kitty collage

Question for the Author: Out of the 25 characters featured in Hello Kitty Crochet, do you have a favorite?
Mei Li Lee: If I could choose two, I would say Hangyodon and Badtz Maru. Hangyodon because I’ve always been fascinated with the character as a child. It always reminded me of a cuter version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As for Badtz Maru, I was really happy with the way he turned out! Some of the Sanrio amigurumi took me a few tries but with Badtz, I had the pattern locked down right away. He was such a joy to make.

What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 7, 2014

Craft Books Giveaway

Posted by at 1:27 am in Games | Permalink

Extra!Attention, all crafty people!

We are offering you a special opportunity for a chance to enter to win 2 free craft books: Felted Friends and Tissue Paper Crafts. So cute, right?

Tissue Paper Crafts and Felted Friends book covers

But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

So right now you may be thinking. . .

YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we send you a newsletter full of games, quizzes, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win those craft books now. How do I enter?

ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until August 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

image from kids.scholastic.com — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

May 22, 2014

STACKS Field Day Games and Activities

Posted by at 1:54 am in Games, Summer | Permalink

Game on!It’s Field Day, STACKS Style!

Does your school have a Field Day? It’s usually a day near the end of the school year where you wear a certain color t-shirt, and play against other “teams” at your school. They have fun games like tug-of-war, kickball, water balloon toss, etc. Well, we have fun games on the STACKS too, so we thought we could have a STACKS Field Day with our games! Just complete the following events to earn bragging rights.

Here’s the lineup:

Make a poster in our Poster Maker Game. You can make it beautiful . . . or ridiculous!!

Build your own robot at the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot site!

Play Beat the Bell. Collect superhero “powers” and avoid junk food. It’s totally addictive!

Help that famous chicken cross the road in (what else!) the Chicken Road Game. It will make you gobble with delight.

Feed the monsters what they want in Goosebumps Monster Feast … or they might end up eating YOU for dinner!

Compete in 1 or all of these events, and let us know your high score in the Comments. Hope you’re having an awesome last month of school! Go team!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 29, 2014

Minecraft Would You Rather Quiz

Posted by at 1:02 am in Games, Would You Rather | Permalink

Minecraft)Minecraft Would You Rather

It’s the game that’s taking over the world and has people totally obsessed. It’s like building with LEGO bricks, becoming an engineer, and a little bit of killing zombies. You know what I’m talking about: MINECRAFT.

If you play Minecraft, you will like today’s Would You Rather Quiz. And if not, these choices might intrigue you anyway! So jump in. Would you rather . . .Minecraft Redstone Handbook book cover

1. Be attacked by a zombie OR fall off a bottomless pit?

2. Drink a sugar potion to run faster OR a golden carrot potion to see better in the dark?

3. Eat a poison potato OR rotten flesh?

4. Start digging a mine OR start building a farm?

5. Get trapped in a dungeon OR burned by lava?

6. Build a secret underwater glass hideout OR build a roller coaster?

7. Play Minecraft OR watch videos of people playing Minecraft?

Let us know your answers in the Comments below. Before nightfall . . . and the Creepers come out.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 21

Posted by at 2:47 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Final Book Clue!

We have come to the end of our week of Reading Bingo. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card, and in this last post, I will give you the final 4 clues all in one go. Look at your Reading Bingo card carefully and double check all the past book clues. It’s still not too late to start today’s game, but this is your LAST CHANCE to get Bingo!

Your final 4 book clues are . . .

Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner

I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis

The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

If you have read any of these books, choose the proper Bingo square and write in the title.

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here. Book clues 123456789, 101112131415161718, 19, and 20 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues.

Did you do it? Did you fill in every single square on your Reading Bingo card? Yell it out in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 19

Posted by at 1:06 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Last Day!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card. If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues  123456789, 10111213, 1415, 16, 17, and 18 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues. Even if you haven’t been playing all week, you can still join the game, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for your next book clue!

Book clue 19 is . . .Swindle book cover
Swindle by Gordon Korman

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title. Check Ink Splot 26 and the Reading Buzz Board all day for more book clues. When you get your entire Reading Bingo card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 24, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 16

Posted by at 1:16 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 4!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a Z-shape on your Reading Bingo card like this:Bingo Z shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues 123456789, 10111213, 14, and 15 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 16 is . . .Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26, the Message Boards, and your Profile shout-outs all day for more book clues. When you get the Z-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 23, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 14

Posted by at 5:43 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Today’s game of Reading Bingo continues with another book clue. Did you get the H-shape on your bingo card filled in?

Book clue 14 is . . . .
Holes book cover

Holes by Louis Sachar

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Remember, book clues 123456789, 101112, and 13 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s new book clue. There will be one more book clue hidden on the Stack Back Message Board today. Go see if you can find it!

If you got it, then yell BINGO! in the Comments. If not, come back for more book clues and a new way to win tomorrow morning.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer