January 21, 2016
Winter Weather Weekends
Are you ready for the winter weather? Winter Storm Jonas is coming to the East Coast! I am ready with a nice, big pile of books to read, some hot cocoa mix, and all the ingredients needed to bake something yummy.
Here are some other ideas for things to do on a snowy weekend.
What do you have planned for this snowy weekend? Tell us in the Comments. Whatever you do, please stay safe and warm!
October 27, 2015
Ever After High Would You Rather
Let’s be real: who WOULDN’T want to go to Ever After High, a boarding school for fairy tale characters? Yes, please! But not everything is butterflies and rainbows at Ever After High, you know. Sometimes you’ve gotta make some very tough decisions to reach your Happily Ever After! So, we want to know . . . would you rather:
- Have to attend Damsel-in-distressing class for an entire year OR actually sleep through the Beauty Sleep Festival?
- Have snakes rained down on you OR have to spend a semester with your arch nemesis as your roommate?
- Need your biggest bully to rescue you OR have to harm your very best friend?
- Lose all your hair for five days to a Che-myth-stry class mistake OR be turned into a frog for five weeks?
- Find out you’re destined to marry the most arrogant prince you’ve ever met OR find out you are going to be responsible for sending one of your parents to jail?
- Get banished forever from Ever After High OR be locked up for an afternoon in the Uni Cairn with a very angry Jabberwock?
Whew! Being a fairy tale character might be more stressful than I thought . . . not that I still don’t want to go to Ever After High, though! What do you think? Would you YOU rather do? Are you an Ever After High fan? Share your answers in the Comments below!
En-Szu, STACKS Writer
September 7, 2015
What’s Your Minecraft Name?
We know you guys looove Minecraft. (The last Ink Splot 26 Minecraft blog post got almost 500 Comments!) But since we’re living in the real world, and not a Minecraft world, we figured it would be fun to create a Minecraft name generator to give you an alternate reality Minecraft name.
Don’t worry if you’re new to our name generators. It’s as easy as putting a block down. Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your Minecraft first name. Then find the month of your birthday. That word is your Minecraft last name. For example, my name begins with an R and my birthday is in July, so my Minecraft name is Poisonous Potato Creeper. Continue reading
July 14, 2015
This blog post is sponsored by PBS Kids.
Come one, come all to KART KINGDOM!
There’s an exciting new world of adventure and fun waiting to be explored! In Kart Kingdom, the new game from PBS KIDS, you can create your own character and build your very own kart. Once you start playing, you can begin to unlock new worlds, gadgets, and prizes! Meet new friends and explore the world together. If you’re lucky, you might run into some of your favorite PBS KIDS characters like Team Wild Kratts and Odd Squad!
Here’s what our kart looks like. Tell us about yours!
June 16, 2015
Gaming Personality Quiz
Want to know what kind of STACKS gamer you are? Take our quiz and find out.
1. Your favorite thing to do in the summer when you are bored is . . .
a. Pick up a branch, turn it into a sword, and find an adventure!
b. Grab a pencil, and relax while completing a few challenging puzzles like word games or Sudoku.
c. Doodle in last semester’s old notebook pages while listening to music.
d. Grab a basketball and shoot a few hoops with friends.
2. My favorite game console is . . .
a. Xbox One or PS4.
b. Nintendo 3DS XL.
c. I don’t have a favorite.
3. You’re in the middle of playing your favorite game when your mom makes you stop to have dinner with the family. Your thoughts are . . .
a. “Aw man! I don’t want to stop but I guess I can use a break to plot out my next few moves and come up with a strategy.”
b. “I don’t mind taking a break. This game isn’t going anywhere so I’ll just finish it when I get back.”
c. *Growling noise* “Wow, was that my stomach? You never realize how much time goes by when you’re having fun.”
d. “Finally! I’m starving!”
4. If you could become a magical creature, which one would you choose?
a. A fierce, fire-breathing dragon who protects a mountain of gold.
b. A wise unicorn who is humble and gentle.
c. An elf who can build anything.
d. A mermaid who is a natural born swimmer, swift and agile.
5. Which element do you relate to the most?
6. When playing a RPG (role-playing game) game you have never played before . . .
a. you play it until you master it so you can beat all your friends.
b. you first look for secrets online to see how you can complete the game faster.
c. you create your character to make it look like an awesome hero, and then worry about the actual game later.
d. you don’t know what’s going on but you are going to smash all the buttons and hope it gets you somewhere.
7. Which character do you relate to the most?
a. Harry Potter.
b. Sherlock Holmes.
c. Captain Underpants.
d. Abby from Whatever After.
If you picked . . . Continue reading
April 17, 2015
This blog post is sponsored by Star Banks Adventure.
Mysterious planets, an alien mentor, and a robot shopkeeper—sounds like the ingredients to an amazing sci-fi story, right? It’s also the foundation for a new swipe-and-match game called Star Banks Adventure!
Check out the game trailer.
Like all great games, Star Banks Adventure is packed with choices for you to make. But every choice has a consequence, so be careful! You’ll need to partner with Odal, an alien guide, to stop Overlord Zek, the evil mastermind bent on causing financial chaos. Use different Star Banks to collect coins and build space devices to save the galaxy from financial chaos. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
Accompanied by spacey music and a story line that unfolds as you go, Star Banks Adventure is a blast!
This free game was created by T. Rowe Price as part of their Money Confident Kids Program, which focuses on helping kids better understand money. It can be played online or on mobile devices through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
October 30, 2014
Have 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.
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
Join 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.
Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover.
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 . . .
Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.
Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.
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: Supercute Amigurumi 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!
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
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?
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!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer