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How you can be the ultimate host: Party games that are fun at any age

How you can be the ultimate host: Party games that are fun at any age
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If you were one to think that party games were a.) a thing of the past or b.) for kids and kids alone, you may be vastly mistaken and/or living under a rock. There’s no shame in your game, whatever your game may be, as long as it is a game. Wait, what? Let’s back up, here.

We’re all familiar with games of all sorts. Whether it be a board or card game, we've all played one or the other at some point in our lives, closer to childhood for some. What if there were games that could follow you into adulthood to amplify any casual night into a party? Ah-ha! The joke’s on you, that is . . . if you’re one who finds yourself wishing there was something you could bring to or play at a party.

See, we’re living in an attention span-plagued world where one idea surpasses that of the former in three seconds flat, and goes in circles on repeat, seemingly until the end of time. There’s hardly anything that truly captivates an audience of people anymore. What if I told you that it didn't have to be this way — that there was an answer to this time old classic predicament?

Welcome to the world of party games: a place where attention is brought to focus on one point, and laughs are had by all. You read that right; there are actually a handful of party games that cover an array of ages. Some are kid friendly, others have strict age requirements out of appropriateness.

Either way, the fact that the general population still has the desire to not only purchase, but play, a diverse selection of games is worth noting and is to be taken seriously. After all, there’s money to be made, here, and we can only hope party games continue to multiply at lightning speeds.

Now that we’re all on the same page when it comes to party games and their existence for an older crowd, let’s get into the nitty gritty of it all. Knowing they exist is one thing, and knowing what to get when you're perusing Amazon or the shelves of Target is a whole different story. Fret not, dear friends! Where there’s a will, there’s a way (and all that jazz). Enough of the everyday cliches and onto the fun! Don’t know what to get? Perfect! Allow me to steer you in the right direction with these suggestions.

Cards Against Humanity

This is the party classic that’s been around the block a time or two. Inappropriately fabulous in more ways than one, Cards Against Humanity will leave you questioning the sanity and souls of those playing, even yourself! The goal is to win the most hands, which means battling the morality of right, wrong and raunchy.

Catch Phrase

This is one of those games that’s for all ages, but gets better after dark. It’s not about the appropriateness of the word on the screen, but the humor and hilarity involved in the descriptions of teammates and those of the opposing team. You'll also get a kick and a half out of the answers being shouted out, as well. All in all, this is a great game to rally the troops together and go to game war.

What Do You Meme?

We all love memes when we’re browsing through the internet or our Facebook and Twitter feeds, so why not play the game relative to these laughable images? This game takes memes we’ve come to know and love, and lets players pair captions with them; allowing the ‘it’ player to choose their favorite. The player with the most meme cards wins! As you can imagine, things only get better when alcohol is involved.

Bears vs. Babies

If the name is any indication, this is one hell of a game. Strange, borderline terrifying and yet humorous, Bears vs. Babies is the ultimate test of your imagination and creativity, yet brings out the competitive nature in everyone. The player who eats the most babies wins. What? Yeah . . . you’ll have to play for this to make sense. Plus, this game came out of a Kickstarter campaign, and it doesn’t get more OG than that.

Stupid, Drunk, or High?

This game will leave you in stitches, and also wondering how the human race still exists. Test your knowledge and creativity with this game where players decide what state a person was in when they said, or did, something. It gets more complex than that, but hopefully you get the gist.

Regardless of the game you get, ensure that you yourself are a fan of it before investing! At the end of the day, it’s your money and your time, and both should be spent wisely. 

Technology is rewiring kids’ brains — and it’s for the better

Technology is rewiring kids’ brains — and it’s for the better
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If you have seen your three-year-old niece confidently downloading a game on her mom’s smartphone and wondered how on earth she learned to do that so young, don’t be too surprised. Toddlers as young as two years old are intuitively pressing buttons to watch cartoons, swiping screens to listen to their favorite songs or FaceTiming with their favorite aunt effortlessly! This generation has been so exposed to technology right from their birth that it is natural for them to handle gadgets as a form of play, interaction and learning.

Since toddlers’ brains are still developing and impressionable, there are many parents and psychologists who express concern that this constant contact with technology might be permanently rewiring the brain. What this simply means is that technology can influence a young child’s capacity to reason, perceive, draw conclusions, as well as affect their social, communication and problem-solving skills. However, this isn’t necessarily a negative thing.

For example, YouTube Kids is a great way of finding and watching child-friendly videos. It’s free and available both on iTunes and Google Play Store. Researchers say interactive touchscreens hold a lot of educational potential for toddlers. Another instance is the TABLET Project which was established in the UK to study the effect of touchscreens on a child’s learning ability. Unlike TV or a computer, tablets are different because they result in conditional sensory stimulation as a response to the child’s direct interactions.

Regular toys do not offer the wide range of varied and complex responses that touchscreen devices can. They are so easy to use that even infants intuitively know how to operate them, which also impacts the toddlers’ fine motor skills. Interactive viewing and co-viewing with a parent or other siblings can be a social activity. Depending on the program, the content can improve the child’s vocabulary, creativity, musical talent, numerical cognition and school readiness.

Although there are advocates of both benefits and costs of technology’s effects on children, we need to remember that technology is a part of our life; it is not going to get less but will exponentially make its presence felt everywhere as time passes. Keeping that in mind, is it really bad that children are getting exposed to gadgets and digital media at an early age? Will this not make them more attuned to new tech inventions and help them acclimate more easily to developments of the future society? As long as children have access to such devices in moderation and under supervision, and there is a balanced sensory stimulation by engaging them in physical activities, technology can be an excellent medium and resource for cognitive development.

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