Category Archives: Games

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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December 18, 2012

I SPY a Challenge!

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

ISPY_130x130I SPY a Challenge!

'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!

ISPY_Wii_2Click to enlarge the image.

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.


ISPY_DS2Click to enlarge the image.

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


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!”


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