Playing poker online will be legalized in New Jersey if voters pass a referendum that may be put before them in November. But, I don’t think that is a good idea. Why make it easier for people to accumulate debt when they are probably already in need of money to pay the bills?
We all dream once in a while about that just one lucky moment that could take care of our money problems. How many people do you know that get lucky easily, or at all? Do you know anyone who bets, whether it be for fun or for money, who actually comes out ahead and stays there? Those involved in the business of gaming like it when their customers win because they know most times they’ll be back to make more bets. Once you get a taste of winning with both excitement and money gained, it is very difficult to resist another attempt to relive that one lucky moment.
I live near a race track, just a few miles down the road. We go only once every summer and when we do go, we take only $30 to play with. It is so easy to get into it and hard to remember it is all just by chance and maybe some knowledge…if you follow the horses and understand the odds posted on the board. Most of us can’t do that and that is why we lose more than we win…unless it is that one lucky moment…that most likely won’t return. It just came to mind…what will happen to this New Jersey race track if intrastate gaming is allowed online? More jobs lost…probably.Read more: Free Online Poker Games: Play with Free Money
Help your child learn addition with this fun game. Children learn math best when they are having fun so grasp the opportunity to spend quality time while helping your child learn addition with Math Bingo.
All you need is a deck of cards, a playing grid (drawn or printed), and some markers.
Game materials for 2 players:
- 1 deck of cards, 0 – 10: Use the Joker as 0 by taping a large printed 0 on the face side.
- 1 grid for each player: Draw the grid or use Word, create a 4×4 table with 16 blank cells and print enough for each player for several game rounds.
- About 20 counters for each player: use pennies, M&Ms, or small round markers
- Each player fills in the blank 4×4 grid with numbers 0 to 18. Players may write the same number twice, but not more than twice.
- A player shuffles the cards and places them face down in a stack. Players take turns taking two top cards from the stack. If the sum of the numbers is a number on the player’s grid, that player places a penny, M&M, or other marker on that number. If there is already a counter on that number, the player places another counter on top of it.
- The first player to get four counters in a row, column, or diagonal calls out “Bingo.” If, by the time the cards have all been used, no player has gotten four in a row, then the player with more counters on the grid wins.
- If more than two players want to play and no one gets four in a row before all the cards have been used, they shuffle the cards and continue playing, using the deck again.
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Do you remember the hours of fun you enjoyed playing board games with your friends or family when you were young? It was a big deal and you didn’t even know it. While you were having fun, you were also learning important skills. By playing games with your children and grandchildren, you have a chance to relive your childhood and also help your children. Some families, and schools too, hold weekly Fun Friday Pizza and Game Nights. Not only do these Fun Friday nights provide quality time for families, but they also help children improve their learning and social skills. It’s the best deal in town.
According to a 2008 study published in the journal Child Development, board games can be effective tools for learning. Learning can be emphasized without the children realizing they are actually practicing skills they learned in school! After you’ve played the games, point out the skills your children used. They’ll be excited and very pleased with themselves, too!
Not only popular children’s board games such as Candy Land, Scrabble, Clue and others found on toy store shelves, but also non-board games (Simon Says, Red Light-Green Light, Musical Chairs, and Mother May I) help children learn impulse control according to a 2007 study in Science.
When choosing children’s games as gifts this Holiday Season, look beyond the “fun” factor – does the game allow for children to make decisions, learn cause and effect, and practice social skills. For some children, just having to wait their turn or learning they can’t “change the rules” to win can provide a valuable lesson in social skills. You can’t find a better deal than that anywhere.
- Shop wisely, search for the best game deals (and you’ll probably find many this holiday season).
- Compare the skills used.
- Check the developmental level…if the game is too challenging, the child may become frustrated. Start with the child’s comfort level and build from there.
- Simplify the game rules and directions if needed, changing them as the child becomes more proficient at playing the game successfully.
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Promote the game’s fun while providing your children with the foundation for creative, critical, intellectual, and personal skills needed to be successful in whatever they choose to pursue in their ever-changing future.