Category Archives: Games

April 21, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 4

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Reading Bingo Reading Bingo Day 1

We are playing Reading Bingo on the STACKS all week long, and we want YOU to join! If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues 1, 2, and 3 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus book clue 4. It’s not too late to start playing, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for a new book clue!

Book clue 4 is . . . .Time Warp Trio book cover by Jon Scieszka

The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

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 Message Boards all day for more book clues. When you get 5 in a row, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

April 21, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 3

Posted by at 10:45 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 1 Continues!

Oooh, we’re at clue 3 already!

BINGO, is just around the corner (sort of)!

Here’s clue 3 . . .
Dear Dumb Diary: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim BentonDear Dumb Diary book cover
Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square that it fits in and write in the title.

Stay tuned–we’ve got two more clues coming your way today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards throughout the day for more clues. See ya in a bit!

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

April 21, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 2

Posted by at 7:42 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 1 Continues!

Woohoo, Reading Bingo! Ready for clue 2? Here it is . . .

The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry book cover Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square that it fits in and write in the title. Stay tuned–we’ve got three more clues coming your way today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards throughout the day for more clues. See ya in a bit!

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

April 21, 2014

Reading Bingo Starts Today!

Posted by at 1:03 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 1

Here is everything you need to get started playing STACKS Reading Bingo.

Rules and Procedures:

  1. Print your Bingo card. You can print as many Bingo cards as you want.Reading Bingo card
  2. Easy Bingo: If you have read any books that fit in any of the squares, you can write them in. For example, A1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You will have to report the titles for each square to prove that you have Bingo.  If you want an extra challenge, skip this step and go to step 3.
  3. CHALLENGE Bingo: When we announce a book title on the STACKS, check your Bingo card and see if that book fits in any of the squares. Write down the book title in the proper square. This is harder because you can only use the books that we call out.
  4. Each square must be a different book title. No repeating the same book!
  5. You must have read the book OR are currently reading the book.
  6. Every day, the way to win will be different, so you could get Bingo every day. The way to win today is to get 5 squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Tomorrow, it will be different!
  7. When you get Bingo, yell it in the blog Comments and tell us which books you put in which squares. (A1: book title, A2: book title . . .)

The first book clue is . . . .The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm book cover

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

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 Harry Potter Message Board all day today for more book clues. When you get 5 in row, yell BINGO! in the Comments. Good luck!

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

March 23, 2014

Reading Bingo

Posted by at 6:06 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoAnnouncing Reading Bingo!

I’m sure you all know the game Bingo, where you have a card and someone yells out numbers like, “B-53!” If you have that number on your card, you get to cross it off. Well, beginning Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, you can participate in STACKS Reading Bingo. Instead of numbers, we will be calling out book titles. If you have read that book, then you can cross it off your card. Keep reading for the instructions that tell you how to play . . .  Continue reading

March 13, 2014

March Madness!

Posted by at 1:47 am in Games, News, Reads | Permalink

March Madness BasketballMarch Madness Trivia and Basketball Activities

For those of you who love basketball, March is obviously the highlight of the year–the next three weeks are all about watching, eating, and breathing basketball! We’re lacing up our sneakers, dusting off our pom-poms, and rounding up our favorite basketball books, games, and activities at the STACKS.

Which team are you rooting for this year? What are you doing for March Madness? Share in the Comments below!

January 25, 2014

Super Bowl

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

SuperbowlGet ready for the biggest football game of the year!

The Super Bowl is almost here. The big game will be played on Sunday, February 2, so I thought we could round up some of the best football facts and fun from the STACKS. Here are a few things for you to do to get ready for the big game next week.

  • Take this Super Bowl quiz.
  • Play the Game Changers football game.
  • Get the latest football books from Scholastic.
  • Leave a Comment telling us which team you are rooting for in Super Bowl XLVIII!
  • Or if you prefer animal sports, will you be watching the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel, or Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet?

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puppy-bowl

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Hallmark Channel and Animal Planet

December 13, 2013

Roominate Building Toy for Girls

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Alice&Bettina130Our new obsession: Roominate!

Roominate was created by Alice and Bettina (in the photo at left), two super-cool young engineers who realized that there aren’t enough girls in science. They wanted to create something that would be fun and also introduce girls to science, and that’s when the idea for Roominate was born. Roominate is a wired dollhouse building kit. You can design your own dollhouse and furniture, decorate it any way you like, fill it with your favorite dolls, and—the best part—add electronic elements.

roominateRoominate comes with an electric motor that can be used to do just about anything. Here at the STACKS we had a lot of fun trying out different options: a fan, a windmill, and even a (very silly!) spinning Christmas tree.

The building units of Roominate are really easy to put together, so we built all kinds of furniture and even created our own little doll to hang out and read Harry Potter. We loved giving our Roominate room a seasonal makeover (which included our spinning Christmas tree).

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We’re so excited to have such a fun toy to play with, and even more excited that it’s entertaining AND educational. Roominate girls have been building some really amazing stuff: from replicas of their own bedrooms to the Golden Gate Bridge! They’re proving that science is so totally not just for the boys.

What would YOU build with Roominate? Share your ideas in the Comments below—we just might try them out!

– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

December 10, 2013

Minecraft

Posted by at 12:05 pm in Games, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Minecraft book coverGET MORE OUT OF MINECRAFT!!

Have you just discovered the magical world of Minecraft? Or are you an expert who’s been at it for months? Either way, this is the book for you.

Minecraft: Essential Handbook is the only official guide available, and it includes tips and secrets that will help players whether they’re beginners or experts. For instance, do you know how to look at an Endermen without getting attacked? Or how to build a roller coaster cart system? You can find the answers in this book . . . and so much more—including exclusive interviews with Notch, the creator of Minecraft, and Jeb, Minecraft’s lead developer.

Check out the pages below (or click here for the pdf). Each has an essential tip to help you excel at Minecraft.  Continue reading

November 19, 2013

Autumn Pine Cone Owl Craft

Posted by at 1:33 am in Games, Kid Power | Permalink

FallProfile130Don’t you love this adorable pine cone owl?

Fall is the perfect time for an outdoor nature walk. It’s also a perfect time for an indoor craft session. This Pine Cone Owl craft comes courtesy of the Scholastic Teachers site, and combines both in one happy, autumn craft. You can take a nature walk to gather the pine cones or buy them at a craft supplies store.cottonowl

Materials:

  • 1 large pine cone
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Feathers

Instructions:

  1. Gently pull apart a few cotton balls to make them fluffy.
  2. Stuff pieces of cotton into the grooves of the pine cone.
  3. Near the top of the pine cone, glue on two googly eyes.
  4. Fold a piece of orange construction paper in half, and cut a triangle on the crease. Glue it onto the owl, below the eyes, for the owl’s beak.
  5. Glue a few feathers on the sides of the owl and on its head.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer