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Thursday
Sep292011

20 Questions Electronic Game Keeps ME Guessing

How Does it Do That?

Did you ever have someone hand you a toy for your kids and you try it out and you think,

"I'm not giving this to them!"

Yea, that's what happend with the 20Q Artificial Intelligence Game that my friend Leticia handed me a few weeks ago.

Here's how it works.

Think of something that is an animal, vegetable, or mineral.

Then, let the 20Q start guessing.

You press yes, no, sometimes or rarely for the answer.

It somehowbymagicelves guesses your thing every. single. time!

For my kids they needed some help answering the questions but for the most part they could do it all themselves and it occupied them for an entire 3-hour car ride

Here's a short list of some of the things our 20Q has guessed correctly:

  • Dog
  • Whale
  • Ruby
  • Snot

That last one had be really believing in magic.

20Q is available in all sorts of colors and themes including this 20Q Harry Potter version!

You can get more information on the 20Q Facebook page.

Disclosure: I received the 20Q game at no charge. All opinons expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. Some links are affiliate links.

 

Wednesday
Sep152010

Lessons to be Learned in Back to School series of Disney-Hyperion Books

I have been reading to the twins since there were just a few months old. For some reason it always calmed them. It was also something I could easily do with two children on my lap. What I love about children's books is that often, I learn something new.

Recently I had the opportunity to review some really cool children's books that the Disney Book Group put together as part of a Back to School Survival Guide. Here are the three books we reviewed and a little recap of what we all learned.

"Jack's Path of Courage: The life of John F. Kennedy" by Doreen Rappaport

JFK did not become a great president overnight. He was active in extra-curricular activities, he volunteered, he was a war hero, and a published author at a very young age. This book follows John F. Kennedy through his life so we see that sometimes a struggle can make us stronger...and maybe event President of the United States!

"OH NO! (Or How my Science Project Destroyed the World" by Mac Barnett

If the title doesn't grab you, the illustrations by Dan Santat most certainly will. In this story we follow a young girl who is retracing the steps she 'should' have taken when she was building her science project...like maybe she should have given it ears, or the ability to feel pain. At the very least, it's important to have a back-up plan!

"Clementine, Friend of the Week" by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is picked to be Friend of the Week so it's her turn to enjoy being line leader, collecting milk money, and getting a booklet in which all the other classmates write why they like her. Clemintine wants a booklet filled with compliments like her friend Margaret received. But what starts out as a great week, may turn out to be one of the worst and we learn that being a friend is not as easy as you'd think.

What are your kids reading since heading back to school?

Janine

Disclosure: I received review copies of these books from Disney-Hyperion Books. All opinions are my own and this review was not approved prior to posting. Some links are affiliate links.