Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review ~ Mayan Mysteries From Dig-It! Games: Interactive History Learning

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Our children love video games but I guess most kids do right?!  I do try to find games that are more educational in nature so I was so excited to have the opportunity to review Mayan Mysteries from Dig-It! Games again.  I reviewed this program some time ago when our oldest daughter was using it.  At that time the game hadn’t been finished so I knew that the kids would love to play it again.

What Is It?

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Dig-It! Games has created a variety of online educational games and apps for the iOS that are fun for the whole family.

The game we have been playing is called Mayan Mysteries gives the player a good look at the Mayan civilization while your on the hunt for a looter who has been digging up artefacts.  In the story Professor Ale Quinn is called in to find the looter.  The professor brings along his niece Fiona and nephew Charlie.  Now it’s time for Team Q to solve mysteries and find the city of Ich’aak. The looters name is Ladrone and he is causing a lot of problems!  Your team has to learn about the Mayan culture and solve puzzles and challenges to stop him.

Mayan Mysteries was created for children in grades 5 to 9 but it’s really fun for anyone!  Since there is an audio option  it opens up the learning for younger children and toughs who struggle with reading.  The challenges you face along the way teach memory skills, map skills, math and history.

 

  • 9 plus hours of gameplay
  • For grades 5-9
  • Interactive learning
  • Online and iPad
  • Encyclopaedia with 450+ entries on Mayan culture and related studies

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How We Use It

I had intended for dd11 to use this program because she LOVES history, any type of history.  So I knew she would like it.  Since the reading selections are really long she was glad to have the audio option.  Unfortunately when it came to the quiz part we couldn’t figure out how to get the audio to play to read the questions and answers.  So she teamed up with her big sister who was happy to play along and they would read the quizzes together.  Dd13 had played this game a while ago before it was finished so she was happy to play it again and be able to work to the end!  Our kids have been playing this game together for at least 20 minutes each day.  They love it! 

What Do I Think?

I have to say that I just love Mayan Mysteries!  It is one of our favourite educational games for history.  The story line is interesting and the format of the story is done like a comic book.  There is a lot of text to read in each section and that can take younger readers or slower readers a while to work through.  Because of that I’ve really glad that they have an audio option!  You can either click the speaker button on the screen or select to have the audio auto play in the game settings. 

The only downside to this game that I can see is that we couldn’t figure out how to get the audio on the quiz pages to play.  There wasn’t a speaker symbol on these pages.  Since the quiz’s can use some large words and have many options I think it would be a good idea to have an audio option here to!  The other possible downside is that because there is so much reading and just so much information in each game section I’m not sure how much will be remembered from playing it.  My kid’s tell me it’s not a problem because they will play it more then once!  But if you were using this as a main part of your history curriculum then it’s something to consider.  Breaking up the lessons might make for more retention. 

What my 11 year old thinks:

I think it’s really helpful with history because it explains a lot in a way that I like to learn.  It says things slow enough to hear well.  The games and challenges are really fun, my favourite is the one when you dig up ancient pieces of coins and pottery.  It shows me how Mayan people did, used and lived.

What can I say this game is a big hit here!  I only wish that their other games were also available online or for the android tablet and not only the iPad.  They look so fun!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Enjoying The Fair, Cooler Weather And Canning

Last weekend the weather was so nice, warm but not to hot.  It was a perfect day to head to the fair!  We headed over later in the afternoon so that baby girl could have her nap first.  Can’t enjoy an outing with a tired fussy baby now can we!

When we arrived we were lucky to find a parking place not to far away.  Then we took a walk around the midway to see what rides and games were there this year.  That gave the kids a chance to think about what they REALY wanted to go on.  Then we headed over to the race track, just in time for the big truck drag races!  Boy did the kids love watching the big rigs race.  Ok well we did to! Smile We were also able to watch some of the dirt bike FX show.  I hope they do that again next year, the stunts were impressive!  I tell you I wouldn’t  have the nerve to do that!

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After watching these and being grateful for the nice shady area to sit in we headed back to the midway.  Dd13 wanted to ride the twirl a whorl I think it was called.  It spun your seat in circles while the entire ride spun around as well.  Umm nope I wouldn’t have the tummy for that one.

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Dd11 and dd9 knew they wanted the Ferris Wheel.  They loved that, it’s much taller then our house is.  They loved they could see the entire fair from the top and a few blocks away.

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Ds6 wanted the truck merry-go-round and enjoyed a long ride on that.  Dd8 decided she didn’t want to go on any rides she wanted to play some games.  So she tried her hand at the darts and won herself a little pink elephant.

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Of course baby girl fell in love with that little pink elephant so daddy had to go and win her a toy to!  The guy running the booth was so nice and picked out a few toys to let her pick from.  She loved the pink hippo (or is it a pig?).

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Before heading home we stopped for another treat.  Some chose candy apples and others wanted something cold, slushies!  I hadn’t had one of toughs since I was a kid.  I always thought the red ones tasted like kool-aid.

That was the last nice day of warm weather.  Ever since it’s been very cool and raining.  A few days we could have lit the woodstoves!  Crazy….  So while the weather was colder I’ve been busy canning.  We picked over a bushel of cucumbers.  I’ve been making a few batches of bread and butter pickles and dill pickles to.  I thought the cucumbers were just about done but I see there is more ready to pick.  What a blessing of cucumbers we have had this year.  Just a month ago I didn’t think were were going to get much.

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One of the many batches of bread and butter pickles we’ve made this week!

Tomorrow the weather is suppose to start turning hot again.  As much as I don’t like the heat and humidity it will help our slowpoke tomatoes ripen.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Free Books On Canning, Pressure Cooking, Cooking With Beans and More!

I’ve found some great books on Amazon that are FREE for kindle right now. 

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Download Home Canning Step by Step.

 

Download Canning Guide For Beginners.

 

Download  Canning Pickles Step By Step.

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Download Cast Iron Cookbook Vol. 2 Lunch Recipes.

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