A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this game site doesn't have extravagant graphics, videos, or other bells and whistles that some top game sites may have -- but it also doesn't have the shooting, blood, and guts, either. What this award-winning educational site does have are new fun and challenging games and puzzles each day of the month. Kids can sign a "Guest Book," but it requests only first name, email address, state, and age. No other personal information or interaction between players happens.
What's it about?
AGAMEADAY.COM is an award-winning game and puzzle site that's fun for kids of all ages. The site looks rather simple, but don't let that fool you. The complexity's been saved for the thousands of word, trivia, memory, spelling, and other games here. The challenges are doled out in daily doses of one per each of the two levels. But if you're on a roll, click on a previous or future day of the month and keep playing!
Is it any good?
The best part of AgameAday.com is that there's something for everyone. Most of the games are quick-hits, but some even on level one are pretty hard. (Some kids on the lower age spectrum for the site may get frustrated that the final answers aren't divulged in some games if a player doesn't get it right.) Several of the level two games are extra tough and more time intensive -- perfect for budding geniuses. From word searches to trivia games and anagrams to cryptograms, if kids want to flex their brain muscles, this site is the place to go for well-crafted mind challenges.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of kids and adults doing some sort of mind challenge daily. Studies have shown the benefits from memory, critical thinking, and problem solving-type exercises. Why do you think it's a good idea to constantly exercise your mind? What are some things offline that would give you the same challenge? Also, do you mind that all the games are educational? Why or why not?