Thanksgiving Party Games – Thankful For The Fun!

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for the blessings you have received in the past year, but every gathering is more fun with games, and we should all give thanks for the fun in our lives! The following games are sure to add fun to your Thanksgiving gathering!

Name the Character

As each guest at your Thanksgiving party arrives, a picture of a Thanksgiving related item (turkey, ham, pumpkin pie, bale of hay, Indian, pilgrim, pilgrim hat, etc.) is taped to their back. Throughout the gathering, each guest is allowed to ask questions to help them determine what Thanksgiving picture is taped to their back. A great question to begin with is "" Am I an animal or an object? "" "Simply allow this to continue until everyone has either guessed what the picture on their back is, or they have given up.

Thanksgiving Chairs (a variation on musical chairs)

Having an adult helper for this game makes it go much more smoothly. The game begins with a line of chairs. There should be one less chair than there are players. The first person in line begins with a statement about something for which they are thankful. For example, one could state, "" I am thankful for people with long hair "" (Or "" I am thankful for everyone wearing blue "). Everyone who fits that statement, for example, everyone with long hair, gets up and changes places while a helper removes one chair. The game continues until all chairs are filled. The person left standing is 'out' and the last one to be finished gets a turn at naming something for which they are grateful. One by one, a chair is removed until there is only one person left standing. The last person standing is the winner.

Thanksgiving party games can make the difference between a ho-hum celebration and a Thanksgiving sure to leave everyone giving thanks. …

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for the blessings you have received in the past year, but every gathering is more fun with games, and we should all give thanks for the fun in our lives! The following games are sure to add fun to your Thanksgiving gathering!

Name the Character

As each guest at your Thanksgiving party arrives, a picture of a Thanksgiving related item (turkey, ham, pumpkin pie, bale of hay, Indian, pilgrim, pilgrim hat, etc.) is taped to their back. Throughout the gathering, each guest is allowed to ask questions to help them determine what Thanksgiving picture is taped to their back. A great question to begin with is "" Am I an animal or an object? "" "Simply allow this to continue until everyone has either guessed what the picture on their back is, or they have given up.

Thanksgiving Chairs (a variation on musical chairs)

Having an adult helper for this game makes it go much more smoothly. The game begins with a line of chairs. There should be one less chair than there are players. The first person in line begins with a statement about something for which they are thankful. For example, one could state, "" I am thankful for people with long hair "" (Or "" I am thankful for everyone wearing blue "). Everyone who fits that statement, for example, everyone with long hair, gets up and changes places while a helper removes one chair. The game continues until all chairs are filled. The person left standing is 'out' and the last one to be finished gets a turn at naming something for which they are grateful. One by one, a chair is removed until there is only one person left standing. The last person standing is the winner.

Thanksgiving party games can make the difference between a ho-hum celebration and a Thanksgiving sure to leave everyone giving thanks. …

Application Development: How to Make Sure You Don’t Drive Users Crazy

When you develop an application, sometimes it can be difficult to not fill your product with every feature you can think of, but it’s important to know when to stop. Many applications-most of which are not successful-suffer from bloated designs, and their users often have no idea what to do with half of it. Balance and prioritization are paramount in custom software development, especially in the mobile space.

Instagram, for example, offers a wide range of filters and options, but is simple to grasp, and doesn’t overdo it. Most people stick to tweaking their photos with filters, and leave it at that. What Instagram didn’t do was cram options like those found in the built-in iOS photo editor, which is significantly more robust. Most people won’t use all of the features it has to offer. The average user doesn’t want to mess with horizon lines or black points; they just want to take a photo, choose a filter that makes them look their best, and then upload it to share it with their friends. In this case, less is more. It’s hard to argue with Instagram’s success.

When you add features to your application with wild abandon, you’re not necessarily doing your users any favors. Even if every single one of those features work as intended, the additional weight that’s added with each extra feature can really bog the application down. It can make things difficult to navigate-partly because nobody likes nested menus-and slow to load. Worse, those features may just sit, unused or unnoticed, because your users don’t actually bother with them. That means that you wasted time and resources building part of a product for nothing-something no company can afford to do.

But how do you know when to stop?

Go back to application basics

If you want your application to be successful, you need to be able to identify the core function. Again, to use Instagram as an example, that core function is photo sharing; people use it to share pictures with their friends and followers, and users can comment back and forth on them.

By contrast, the iOS Photos app is designed to manage your photo library directly from your phone or iPad, which invites a deeper level of editing. The complexity of its feature offering is justified because that is part of its intent. Both of these apps have been wildly successful because all of the apps’ features support the core function rather than distract from it.

What’s your app’s core function? If you can’t identify it plainly-not necessarily in a single word, but close to it-then you shouldn’t be adding features.

Add features that will enhance that part of the application experience

Your app may never be “complete.” Facebook has redesigned their whole interface and introduced a range of new features pretty much annually, and that’s not going to slow down any time soon. The same is true, in varying degrees, for many apps.

When you’re designing your application, your features need to be …

The Animal and the Human

Recent DNA analyses have revealed that humans share a majority of our genetic makeup with other animals. Physically speaking, our similarities with our fellow beings far outweigh our differences. In the Western mindset, however, a sharp line is drawn between human beings and other animals. Because they do not communicate in our language, it is thought, we do not have much in common beyond physical structure. For Westerners, only humans have a soul, a wide range of emotions, and the unique capacities of reason, imagination, and the changing of our environment on a grand scale to meet our needs. Despite the division in our thinking, we still have intimate relationships with the animals closest to us and can not seem to resist anthropomorphizing them. There are several societies whose conception of humans' place in the animal world is far different from ours.

Although these kinds of belief systems are widely varied, many see us as more
closely related to other creatures, both physically and spiritually. Here, I will
examine a few of these non-Western ideologies and compare their conceptions of
the human-animal relationship to each other and to Western ideas.

Several cultures which hold traditionally animistic religious beliefs share the concept
of a time long ago during which humans were animals and vice versa. In this
"Distant Time," "Dreamtime" or "Mythtime," as it is variously referred to, animals
were able to take human form. Most animals, it is believed, once possessed human
souls, and some cultures think that they still do, although the average person is now
unable to perceive them. Folklorist Charles L. Edwards hints that this idea may have
evolved out of a memory of a much earlier period in the evolution of the human
species, when the common ancestor of both humans and apes roamed the earth.
This apelike being lived no differently from the other predatory mammals who
shared his environment. Some of his offspring later began the process of change
and adaptation that would produce our species. "In outwitting his foes, instead of
throttling them the diverging elementary man began to make plans of strategy. "As
their thought process grew more complex, Edwards argues, early humans expanded
their thinking beyond their immediate surroundings and contemplated the unseen
forces that governed their world. "[T] hese forces took form in the gods who dwelt
beyond the clouds, and the myths of cosmogony and transformation arose. "Now,
when people belonging to animistic traditions look for ways of explaining the
phenomena around them and of connecting their rituals to the greater processes of
continuing cyclical transformation, they recall the time when myths were formed,
when humans were much closer to other animals than we are today.

Edwards connects the deep sense of spiritual communion with other beings out of
which myth and belief in the supernatural arise to the formative period in the
development of each human being known as childhood. He relates a story of his
own childhood and the time he spent watching ants in his backyard, …

4 Strategic Planning Tools For Business Model Innovation and Business Strategy Design

There are strategic planning tools for pretty much any objective a business executive can conceive of. However, for managers and entrepreneurs wishing to innovate their business model, it can be challenging making the leap from conventional thinking to the sort of creative but realistic thinking from which the next generation of sustainable profits can develop.

Knowing the types of tools you can use for various kinds of business strategy tasks can you get far more innovative results from your strategy development sessions while cutting the time it takes to arrive at good business models.

Tools for Mapping and Dominating Uncontested Market Spaces

1. Strategy Canvas

The Strategy Canvas is a tool first introduced in the book, “Blue Ocean Strategy” by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. It is a chart that plots the positions of business competitors relative to the factors important to the customer marketplace. The horizontal axis plots the factors of competition (hopefully established through customer knowledge), and the vertical axis plots the degree of offering or service level.

Using this chart differences between current and potential business competitors can be graphically portrayed. The primary point of the strategy canvas is to illustrate divergence between market and business strategies as it relates to customer needs. By using a strategy canvas, you can create a new value innovation that breaks the conflict between low cost and differentiation – the heart of blue ocean strategy.

The strategy canvas is also a great tool for USP development.

2. Strategic Control Point Index

This is a tool used to assess the level of strategic control a business has in its industry relative to competing businesses and organizations. It was best articulated by management consultant Adrian Slywotzky in “The Profit Zone” (a book which I highly recommend). The strategic control point index classifies these control points according to the level of “profit-protecting power” they confer to a business.

Simply put, it is a simple description of the path to monopoly power (or at least near-monopoly) in any business design. The profit protecting power of these strategic control points go from “None”, “low”, “medium” to “high”. Some examples of strategic control points given by Slywotzky include:

  • 10 to 20 percent cost advantage in commodity product (low)
  • One-year product development lead (slightly higher, but still low)
  • Two-year product development lead (medium)
  • Brand, copyright (slightly higher, but still medium)
  • Customer relationship ownership (High)
  • String of superdominant market positions (Higher)
  • Management of the Value Chain (Even higher)
  • Standards Ownership (Highest)

3. 6 Paths Framework

This analytical tool is another from “blue ocean strategy” and masterfully gives strategists a way to think across the “six conventional boundaries of competition” to systematically construct new assumptions and stimulate product or business design breakthroughs. The idea is that one of these unconventional ways of looking at the competitive landscape may crack open a strategic breakthrough.

a) Look across industries – Compete with alternatives and substitutes for your product/service rather than those you think are your competition.

b) Look across strategic groups

Playing Doctor For Children 4 to 6 Years Old

It is lovely to see children playing doctor and they will even start when only 4 to 6 years old. By that time they will have seen real doctors in the surgery when they go for check-ups and if any of their siblings are younger than them, they will have also most likely visited their mother in hospital during the confinement.

Playing doctor is a time-held tradition amongst kids. Nobody knows how long playing doctor goes back in time but we would think that for as long as mothers and children have been looked after by nurses and medics they will quite naturally have been playing this game.

Playing hospital is just as much fun as playing doctor or any other role playing game, but it also gives a child who loves dolls the opportunity to set up imaginative situations where the child has complete control to work out some simply daily tasks like eating, washing the doll, and of course playing out a doctor's visit possibly along the lines of a recent visit to the child to the clinic, or watching someone else in the family.

Playing doctor is for kids, and doctor play is simply fun is not it? Playing doctor when there is no authority is also nice for the child as they can take an adult role and one which they will look up to the Doctor figure as a role model.

Playing animal doctor is also something that kids do when they have a family dog ​​or cat. They will lean over the animal to use their make-believe stethoscope It's a natural parallel for exploration.

Kids know what a doctor is, they know what it's like to go get a checkup from a doctor. They can give their doll a pretend tablet of medicine, and mock the doll if the doll supposedly does not take the medicine, and this allows the child to distress the situation many have experienced when asked to take medicine which they do not like the taste of. Parents watching may see themselves imitated by the child when playing doctor and find this highly amusing to watch.

Playing doctor can be made challenging, for the child if the parent gets involved and plays with them.

In additional to traditional imaginative games of which playing doctor is just one example, the new computer role playing types of game are becoming increasingly popular with children. Of course all these games need to be very adaptable to cater for all skill levels, but the newly selectable difficulty levels it one particular game are known to make the game much more accessible to the average player than it once was. In fact, if playing the game with a child you can bump down the difficulty for a tough operation and then raise it back up very quickly for the next one.

Girls will always be more willing to play hospital games, like playing doctor than boys, interestingly these sorts of games both act as indicators …

Children's Educational Games – Playing is Learning

A child's mind is like a sponge that can be soaked with abundant learning and information. The brain is in developing stages during childhood and that plus point for them to learn more. The other factor is that the children are stress-free, which keeps them mentally active to grasp things around them with much ease. Childhood is the stage when it is important for parents and teachers to inculcate the right mode of learning in children. Different education and learning techniques can develop your child into a more smart and intelligent person.

Techniques to improve your child's educational skills

Children are naturally curious and all you need to do is keep this inquisitive nature alive in the child. Any game or toy that penetrates their curious mind will catch their attention instantly and they will show increased interest in learning such an activity. There needs to a certain amount of fun element in the activity you present them so that the learning process proves to be successful. Games that are fun to play activate their positive energy and they learn better. Choosing the right activity or game is vital as that will be the deciding factor in the entire educational process.

Ideal children's educational games

Educational games should involve subjects such as history, science, maths or astronomy. You have access to games that can brush up your kid's memory and improve his / her spellings. Most of the children's educational games are animated and aim to draw the kid's attention at once. Free online brain games are highly resourceful with this regard. Your children will learn new and easy ways of solving math problems or start getting their spellings right by playing these specially devised games. These educational games can prove to be an important technique in the learning program.

Educational games aid learning disability

Educational games cover almost all fields of learning that caters to your child and his learning ability remarkably improves to new heights. The education games are crafted in such a manner that the difficulty level is increased as the child after successfully winning each level. The jigsaw puzzles, spelling games, number games etc available on lumosity.com will help your child direct his mental energy towards positive learning that will benefit them to develop their personality and are also efficient in aiding them academically.

Your child might also be facing learning disabilities such as dyslexia or has poor memory that hinders his educational performance. The brain games available online can be an amazing gift for your child to combat such learning disorders. You can get your hands on these games for free! What more? Guide your child towards better learning techniques for him / her to emerge as smart individuals. …

Top Toys For 5 Year Old Girls in 2010

Finding the perfect toys for five year old girls does not have to be something you dread. With a little help, you can go shopping for toys already having an idea of ​​what you should get. This can make the whole shopping process easier – even if you shop for toys online. If you want to find the must-have toys for 5 year old girls this year, keep reading.

Top Toys For 5 Year Old Girls in 2010

Here is a quick look at some of the more popular toys for five year old girls in 2010.

  • Bank AmeriKid Child's ATM & Savings Bank – This is a cool, working ATM machine that acts as a piggy bank for saving money. Children get their own ATM card and can learn about money management in a fun, high-tech way.
  • Original Sock Monkey by Schylling – This is an older toy, but it's still a classic toy for many reasons. You can find this toy if you look around. Five year old girls love this sock monkey.
  • Victorian Dollhouse – There are many different dollhouses you can get for your little girl, but going the extra mile and getting something like the deluxe Victorian Dollhouse can give them something they will treasure for years to come. If you're lucky, it will be something they pass on to their children some day.
  • Leap Frog Leapster2 Learning Game System – For those little girls that are already into technology – and games – the Leapster2 system is a great way for them to have fun and learn at the same time. Priced under $ 100, there are many different games available for it.
  • Adventure Learning Globe – Made by V.Tech, this is a great, educational globe for 5 to 7 year old girls. If you get it for them when they're five, they will be able to get something out of it for a few years at least. This is a great toy to show that learning can be fun.

There are many other popular toys for 5 year old girls, but these should give you some ideas on where to start looking. The most important thing you want to remember is safety. You should always buy toys that are age appropriate. Also, never forget that learning can be fun if you buy the right types of learning toys. When shopping for little girls, there are many directions you could go in. To get the best give, look at the must-have toy lists, but never forget who is going to be getting the gift. …

10 Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss and Wellness

Contrary to popular belief, snacking is actually very beneficial. It helps to refuel your body, maintain blood sugar and energy levels and control your appetite.

Healthy snacking will help your body get the nutrients it needs and help you avoid overeating at meal times.

Indulge in these guilt-free snacks. Remember we encourage an anti-inflammatory, low-glycemic, paleo-style diet for weight loss and wellness. A body must get healthy before it can lose weight.

1. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.Organic plain yogurt is best. Yogurts with added flavors are higher in sugar. Instead, flavor your yogurt with fruit. Blueberries are an excellent choice as they have a lower glycemic content that will help balance blood glucose and insulin levels.

2. Romaine Lettuce Wrap With Organic Turkey and a Slice of Raw-Milk or Skim Mozzarella Cheese.

Romaine lettuce contains the highest nutritional and fiber content of all lettuce. Turkey is 94% protein which helps you to lose weight by boosting your metabolism and decreasing hunger. Adding raw milk grass-fed cheese not only adds flavor but also adds calcium without any harmful hormones or preservatives. A great source for grass-fed wild meat, game and poultry is at U.S. Wellness Meats.

3. Veggie Sticks With Cottage Cheese Dip. Non-starchy vegetables contain almost eight times the amount of fiber found in whole grains. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system. Fat-free organic cottage cheese makes an excellent low calorie snack.

4. Shrimp Cocktail Shrimp is 90% protein. Try dipping it in some cocktail sauce for a low calorie, high protein snack.

5. A Handful of Nuts. Walnuts are the best choice as they’re rich in protein and fiber but they also contain a high dose of omega 3 fatty acids (good fats) as compared to other nuts. Healthy fats help lower your risk of disease. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, meaning they help prevent inflammatory diseases such as stroke or heart disease. People who are overweight are actually suffering from an inflammatory condition.

6. Celery Sticks and Almond Butter. This is a great combination of protein, monounsaturated fat and energy. Almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter as it contains no added ingredients or preservatives and better fats. (peanuts are a legume not a nut)

7. Deviled Eggs. Eggs are very high in protein which makes them a great snack. My Guacamole Deviled Eggs are a great high-protein healthy snack with good fats.

8. Herring Wraps. Buy a few tinned containers in a few different flavored sauces such as tomato or tangy mustard, herring fillets are high in omega 3 fish oils. Don’t but if they are in soybean oil. Try wrapping them in a few leaves of romaine lettuce.

9. Banana Nut Pop. Dip a banana in plain organic yogurt and roll in walnuts or coconut. Freeze. Yummy!

Bananas are a great source of fiber and potassium. They do have a high sugar content so eat in moderation. Coconuts have anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and are one of the best sources in the world …

Lawn Chair Millionaire – Two Inches From Scam

Within five minutes of being on the "inside" you'll feel like you've been taken! What could possibly make you get involved in the first place? Is the sales letter that good? Probably not. You're probably interested in either making money, or in learning some useful information. In either case, the "Lawn Chair Millionaire" is seriously lacking!

The sales copy for Lawn Chair Millionaire makes it sound like they have a vault of information full of ways to make more money. Far from the truth! Here are the details about Lawn Chair Millionaire and what it's really all about.

Finally somebody is telling the truth, and not selling you with their affiliate link connected.

The Pitch

A splash page tells you how much you can make in a single week (over $ 3,250!) With a rapidly increasing dollar amount waiting for you in the "money pool." You can grab your share if you just get in now.

They also talk about their secret vault, which promises a list of places where you can go that are non-mainstream that you will benefit from great investing options. What the vault really is will shock you!

This much is true – the money pool is a brilliant marketing concept. The share of the money pool is really just a discount for the first three months, but this marketing ploy is designed to keep people involved for at least three months. My money pool amounted to this:

Month 1 = $ 19.52

Month 2 = $ 23.73

Month 3 = $ 28.31

Pretty slick, right? That means for a $ 29.95 a month purchase, I would hardly have any out-of-pocket expense for the second and third month.

Here's the problem, it does not matter how much you pay or could earn if the opportunity is merely a money-shell game. Without real value to the product, all you're doing is exchanging money in hopes to get out more than you put in. No price is worth paying for this program! You can bet people will begin dropping like flies once their three month run is up.

The Signup Fee

One of the most aggravating things about this program is the $ 49.95 signup fee, which is 100% non-refundable. They really soak you before you have a chance to even get inside and look around.

It appears the Lawn Chair Millionaire people are the same group who brought us MyWorldPlus (my review on that was none too friendly). If they told you ahead of time who they were, you might run the other direction. Unfortunately, they cover their tracks pretty well. Only when you become a member do you see the same people involved and by then they have your $ 49.95 fee no matter what you do.

The Vault

Now comes the biggest disappointment of all, their so-called "vault" of useful investing and money-making information turns out to be a bunch of hyped-up fancy talk. Instead of meaningful information, all you get is a simple list …

Dating Game – Get to Know the Person You Are Dying to Impress

Let's be honest – how many times have we been on a date (probably a first date or a blind date) and we just go to dinner and then to a movie? How boring, typical, and uncreative – EVERYONE does that! But, then again, some dates are awkward and you may not know the person very well, thus it is easier to just do activities that do not require any talking or interacting … right?

Well, here is a challenge – for that next date night, try playing a game together. NO – not a video game! It must be a game that requires you to interact and get to know each other a little more. Yes, kind of like a 'getting to know you' game, or 'ice breaker' type game. Below I have included just one of literally dozens that is an extremely FUN game to play. It may seem silly at first, but believe me, when you are done – it will have been a whole lot more fun and entertaining than any movie you could have gone to! And, it may just help you get to know that person you are dying to impress. Have Fun!

I HAVE NEVER …

# Of Players: 6 or more

Objects Needed: Nothing

Everyone playing will sit in a large circle, with one spot less than people playing. One person will start by standing in the middle of the circle, and this person will say: "I have never ________." This player will fill in the blank with anything, but it has to be true (no lying in this game). An example might be: "I have never been skydiving," or "I have never had a child," or "I have never been to Alabama," etc. After this person says what they have NOTdone, all of those sitting in the circle who HAVE done what the person in the middle has NOT done must stand up and run and try to find an empty spot (created by an opening from another person who also got up to run). Upon reaching an empty spot, a player will sit down, and eventually there will always be one person left in the middle without a spot. However, players must move at least two chairs away – they can not sit down at an empty spot created right next to them. The last person, who did not get a chair, now becomes the person in the middle and the game continues by having this new person now also say "I have never _________."

As is obvious, the person in the middle is trying to think of some random or creative thing they have NOT done, but that they think many others will have done. Play repeats until people are ready to play a new game; or to be competitive, once a person has become 'it' (or been in the middle) three times, they are out. Once someone gets out, remove one of the chairs. Then, continue play until …