Category Archives: Games

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


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


  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

September 15, 2013

Phineas and Ferb Giveaway

Posted by at 1:10 am in Games | Permalink

phineasandferb_130Phineas and Ferb Giveaway

All fans of Phineas and Ferb, please pay attention! We are offering you a special chance to win a free Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff Wii game (rated E)! 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 give you a newsletter full of games, videos, celeb news, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win that Phineas and Ferb Wii game now. How do I enter?

ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until October 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?

In the meantime, watch the trailer for the Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff gameFPQ4CS

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

image from — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Images and video courtesy of Disney

August 1, 2013

The 39 Clues Mission 1

Posted by at 1:59 am in Games, The 39 Clues | Permalink

39c_logo_white copyHi STACKS Readers,
Harmonie R. here, one of the agents from The 39 Clues Message Board! I am here to report some exciting news. has been revamped and is now better than before. You’ll notice insanely cool graphics, easier navigation, a Cahill Command Center ticker board, and best of all, an all-NEW Mission 1!
If you’ve played Mission 1 before, get ready for some seriously sweet new stuff:

  • Tour a virtual exhibit of the R.M.S. Titanic with actual artifacts from the ship.
  • Solve new PUZZLES to help you collect evidence & find out what happened to the Lost Clue.
  • Ever wonder what a FIRST CLASS cabin on the famed luxury liner looked like? Check it out in an unlikely place.
  • Explore the hidden depths of Loch Ness and uncover the truth behind the legends.

If you are new to The 39 Clues, Mission 1 is fully equipped to introduce you to The Clue Hunt! Some of the agents on the 39 Clues Message Boards have weighed in, and a couple of their favorite parts of the mission are the Grave Puzzle and the Loch Ness Monster. Intrigued? See what all the fuss is about and play the revamped Mission 1!

—Harmonie, Scholastic Staffer

May 17, 2013

STACKS Field Day Games

Posted by at 4:34 am in Games | Permalink

Game_on_animatedSTACKS Field Day Games

Does your school have Field Day? It’s a day usually at the end of the school year where everybody in school competes in different activities like kickball, relay races, water balloon toss, and other fun games. Well, we have fun games on the STACKS, too, so I thought we could have a STACKS Field Day!

Here is the schedule of events:

1) Play the Cupcake Switcheroo Game. This game is so addicting, I almost can’t stand it, but I can’t stop playing it either.

2) Play Spyfall! Pretend you’re a spy and you’re skydiving to deliver top-secret documents that will save the world.

4) Dress up Abby in the Whatever After DressUp Game.

5) Pretend you’re Pacman and chomp away in the Smiley Chomp Game.

Compete in 1 or all of these events and let us know your high scores in the Comments. Go, team!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

May 7, 2013

Summer Challenge: Clash of the Titles

Posted by at 1:33 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Summer_challenge11_logoSummer Challenge: Clash of the Titles

As you know, summer reading is AWESOME because you get to read whatever you want as much as you want. You don’t have to do homework or write book reports, and you don’t have to get up for school in the morning, so if your parents let you, you can read in bed until way late! Ah, I remember those summer days and nights of endless reading . . .

The Scholastic Summer Challenge is kicking off this week, so you can put all that reading to good use. Log your reading minutes and you will reach reading milestones, have a chance to win prizes, and possibly help break the world reading record.

ClashThis week’s milestone is The Coliseum. It is the ancient Roman stadium where gladiators used to fight for glory and honor. . . and their lives. We are not going to ask you to engage in hand-to-hand combat, obviously. But you can relive the glory of Ancient Rome by voting for your faves in the Clash of the Titles game. 2 books face off cover to cover, and YOU get to pick the winner.

Vote now! And may the best book win!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

March 7, 2013

March Madness Basketball Activities

Posted by at 12:11 pm in Games, News, Reads | Permalink

March-madnessMarch Madness Basketball Activities

The 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament known as March Madness gets started on March 19. This year is the 75th year of March Madness, so here are some books, games, and activities to get you in the spirit.

Which team do you think is going to win this year? Tell us your picks in the Comments!

February 18, 2013

New Monopoly Token Writing Prompt

Posted by at 3:18 am in Games, Writing Prompt | Permalink

MonopolyNew Monopoly Token Writing Prompt: Goodbye to the iron, and hello, kitty!

Fans of Monopoly voted out the iron player token, and voted to add a new player token, a cat. The cat beat out a robot, guitar, diamond ring, and helicopter with 31% of the vote. The lowly iron came in last with 8% of the vote, with the wheelbarrow and the shoe just squeaking through the elimination to remain in the game.


So today's Writing Prompt puts the vote to you. Which token would you choose to eliminate from the current Monopoly game, and which token do you think should be added?

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photos courtesy of Hasbro

February 6, 2013

Game Changers Book #2 by Mike Lupica

Posted by at 9:01 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Game Changers_Cover_130x130Game Changers Book #2: Play Makers by Mike Lupica

Attention, sports fans! For those of you who love a good sports story, the latest book in Mike Lupica's Game Changers series is out now! It's called Play Makers.

Ben McBain and his friends are still riding high after winning their football championship, but basketball season isn’t going as smoothly, especially when their cross-town rival, Chase Braggs, starts causing trouble on AND off the court.

Read an excerpt.

Head over to the STACKS Sports site to play the new Game Changers basketball game! How many shots can you make?  

– Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

January 8, 2013

Deltora Scavenger Hunt

Posted by at 5:18 am in Games, Reads, Trivia | Permalink

Deltora_coverDeltora Scavenger Hunt

Many of you are big fans of the Deltora Quest and the Golden Door series. Full of fantasy, magic, monsters, and more, they are easy series to get lost in. And – cool fact – author Emily Rodda actually said she wrote Deltora based on the structure of a video game after seeing how into video games her own kids were.

Deltora came out around the same time as Harry Potter, and took off from there. If you’re a huge Deltora fan, or just getting started, we challenge you to a Scavenger Hunt! All the answers can be found in the murky depths of the Deltora Quest and Golden Door sites. So explore the sites and see if you can find the answers to our Scavenger Hunt questions.

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