Category Archives: Games

February 18, 2013

New Monopoly Token Writing Prompt

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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.

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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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December 18, 2012

I SPY a Challenge!

Posted by at 8:32 am in Games, Trivia | Permalink

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'Tis the season for games! Video games are on many holiday wish lists (including mine)! Some of you may even have a couple I SPY games on your lists. If you do, Scholastic has a special treat for all the I SPY gaming fans out there. For the first time ever, Scholastic has released I SPY game packs on Wii and Nintendo DS that offer double the fun with two complete I SPY games in one. The Wii game pack includes Ultimate I SPY and I SPY Spooky Mansion, while the Nintendo DS pack includes I SPY Fun House and I SPY Universe (all rated E).

Did you know that the covers of all the I SPY video games are designed so that you could play I SPY on the cover? It's true! There are numerous objects hidden within each I SPY cover and you could play I SPY on each one. So in honor of the game packs and for some fun (not to mention extra challenge), we've developed two I SPY riddles to solve across the Wii and DS games. Are you up for the challenge?
Yes? Alright! Ready, set, go!

I SPY CHALLENGE #1 
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I spy a horseshoe, a cymbal, a bell, a little red bug, and a brown pot that fell; a tower, a diver, a rocket, a hat, a hidden sailboat, a key, and a rat.

I SPY CHALLENGE #2

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I spy a jack, two balloons, a drum, a plane, a ringed planet, and a little candy cane;
Two ice cream cones, a dog with a hat; a letter, a snake, two balls, and a cat.

Did you find all the objects? Let us know in the Comments below. And, for extra fun, get creative and write an I SPY riddle of your own using these covers!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

November 27, 2012

LEGO: The Movie Contest

Posted by at 3:35 pm in Games, Writing Prompt | Permalink

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LEGO: The Movie Vehicle Design Contest

Imagine you’re playing with your LEGOs, and you build this crazy awesome thing, and you’re like, “Whoa, this thing is so crazy awesome it should be in a movie!” And then the directors of LEGO: The Movie come and take your crazy awesome LEGO thing and actually put it in their movie! Like, actually in the movie in the movie theater on the giant screen for the whole world to see! Just imagine that for a second. Pretty sweet.

Now, go build your crazy awesome LEGO thing because that dream could be possible if you enter the LEGO Vehicle Design Contest. There are some rules of course. Be sure to watch the video with the directors telling you what kind of crazy awesome LEGO thing they want. “The crazier the better!”

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The deadline is December 1, so get started now! What are YOU going to build? Leave a Comment with your crazy awesome LEGO ideas.

September 18, 2012

SPONSORED POST Hotel Transylvania App

Posted by at 12:07 pm in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

HotelTblogThis entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Hotel Transylvania App

Help Dracula run a lavish 5-stake resort for lovable, quirky monsters, in Hotel Transylvania Dash! As Dracula, you’ll book rooms, deliver room service and luggage, and attend to your guests’ needs. Mayhem ensues when human Jonny stumbles into the hotel – the first human ever to discover the monsters-only retreat! The game is available in the App Store.

This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Images provided by Sony Pictures Animation. © 2012 Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved.

September 5, 2012

SPONSORED POST Hotel Transylvania Games

Posted by at 9:37 am in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

HotelTransylvaniaThis entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

 For these free Hotel Transylvania-themed games, it’s a race against the clock!
When you get the chance to peek inside the cobwebbed halls of this new movie from Sony Pictures Animation, you’ll become well acquainted with a handful of spooky creatures that have been lurking in the shadows for centuries. For a little taste of online monster fun, check out these FREE Hotel Transylvania games now.

Match Game: It’s the Monster Match
Where have I seen this face before? Test your memory and match your wits against these crafty creatures!

Suitcase Sort
Time to get (bell) hoppin’. Snag these suitcases and see that they get to the right room. Or else!

Monster Quiz: What Monster Are You?
Got fur? Got fangs? How about a favorite monster meal? Take the quiz!

Dracula’s Maze Game
This one is tricky! Move your mouse to tilt the floor under the Count’s feet. And do it quickly, will you?!

This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.
Images provided by Sony Pictures Animation. © 2012 Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved.

February 3, 2012

Beyblade Official Handbook

Posted by at 4:37 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

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Does the sound of a spinning top make you cheer? Do you dream of Beyblade battles in your sleep? Is your Beyblade collection the most organized thing in your bedroom?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you’ve got the true heart of a Beyblade Blader. We’ve got the perfect book for you.

In the Beyblade Official Handbook, you’ll meet the heroes and rivals of Beyblade. You’ll get info on your favorite Beys — and maybe even meet some you didn’t know existed. You’ll also get advice on how to become a master competitor, just like Japan’s number one Blader: Gingka Hagane.

So what are you waiting for? Check out this sneak peek, and you’ll be ready to let it rip!

November 1, 2011

SPONSORED POST: Nintendo Kirby’s Return to Dreamland

Posted by at 9:22 am in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

Kirby_Tout_130x130Remember Kirby™, the tough pink puff made popular by Nintendo? Well now he’s back in a new game for the Wii™ system! If you were a fan of old-school Kirby, there’s plenty of his cute butt-kicking charm in this latest game.

When a spaceship crashes into the otherwise peaceful planet of Popstar, its pieces are scattered. Players have to help Kirby retrieve the ship’s parts to help an alien return to his home planet.

Up to four people can play the game together as Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede or Waddle Dee. (Additional accessories required. Sold separately.) Kirby has his famous Copy Abilities and new Super Abilities. He basically inhales an enemy and gains their abilities. . . but amplified! He has Ultra Sword, Monster Flame, Flare Beam, Grand Hammer and Snow Bowl Super Abilities. They’re pretty cool and involve things like summoning giant fire monsters and collecting snow to turn into an oversized snowball and plow over enemies.

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This entry is sponsored by Nintendo of America.