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Author: M Scott Anderson

Scott’s Toy Box: Keep It Simple

My friends and I recently got together for a game night. We played a board game that neither of us had played before, and it was a little complicated. Though we all enjoyed the company, the game wasn’t as fun as it could have been. This month I found in the Toy Box three games that are simple enough to not get in the way of the fun. Scribblenauts Showdown The new Scribblenauts is a party game for up to four players. In versus mode a group plays many rounds of mini games. There are two types of mini...

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Look What’s New!!!

Parents & Kids Media is proud to launch our newly redesigned website, www.ParentsAndKids.com  We have redesigned it with you in mind, streamlining article to feature content parents want to read, simplifying navigation, building a responsive layout for all platforms and providing more resources and information on our products and services. We’re still working out a few technical issues that you’ll probably not even notice, but we just can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on! But don’t worry. Our old URL will direct you straight to our new site. In the coming days, look for lots more...

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Scott’s Toy Box: A Hero’s Odyssey

In high school I took a class called Mythology. We mainly read and discussed Greek mythology. It was there that I first heard about The Hero’s Journey while discussing Odysseus and his Odyssey. The Hero’s Journey is basically a storytelling template, a bullet point list of things that happen to a hero in a story. It can be used to map out your own writing or to analyze other stories like The Odyssey. This month the Toy Box will start with an Odyssey and end with a Hero, so let’s start our journey. Super Mario Odyssey First, we have...

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Scott’s Toy Box: New Year, New Finds

A new year has started, and it’s time to pick out your New Year’s Resolution. This past year, I resolved to celebrate a national holiday every day, since there is at least one each day. I am very thankful that’s over but I haven’t yet decided on what I should resolve to do this year. This month in the Toy BoxI have found some great items to go along with some very common resolutions to help me decide.  If your resolution is to go outside more, you might want to get a Tentsile Tree Tent. This tent is suspended...

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Scott’s Toy Box: My Favorite Toys and Games 

When I first started working at Parents & Kids, some action figures came in the mail. After looking them over and telling my boss how cool they were, she encouraged me to write about them. That was the very first “Scott’s Toy Box” and this month’s column is my 100th! I want to celebrate by reviewing my favorite toys and game. When you take one of my favorite video games and mix it with one of my favorite board games you would end up with Clue: The Legend of Zelda edition. This game is the modern version of Clue but the suspects, weapons, and locations are all from Zelda, specifically The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Along with Link and Zelda, four of the six sages comprise the suspects (which in my opinion is missing a Zora) and you are trying to find out who is supposed to beat Gannondorf, with which weapon, and where. The board is excellently laid out the same way it appears in the video game, even with accurate secret passages. Like in the modern version of Clue, there are cards you can get that when you roll a question mark or land on a question mark space. These cards have bosses on them and when you draw one, you have defeated that boss and have gained a special power, unless you draw Gannondorf....

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