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Games to Give this Holiday Season

Games to Give this Holiday Season

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When you are an employee for an awesome board game company, such as Blue Orange Games, holiday gift shopping is made a little bit easier! Blue Orange team members share their top gifts that they will be giving this holiday season!

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“I’m giving BraveRats to my cousin Meghan because it is light, portable and offers multiple styles of play–perfect for when she is waiting in line anywhere. Plus, who wouldn’t want to own a game featuring plaid wearing rats? I’m obsessed!”
Teresa, Customer Service Rep

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                      “I am giving Doodle Quest to my
nephews because they like to draw
and it is something that we can
play together!”
Renaud, Regional Sales Manager

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“I am giving Battle Sheep to my
friend’s niece because she loves
games, but mostly because she
has always wanted sheep of her
own!”
Michelle, Office Operations Associate
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                                   “I am giving Bendomino
to my Best Friend
because we have played dominoes
together  since we were in junior
high–plus I know that I can win!”
                                     Keyva, Accountant Assistant 

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“I am giving Gobblet Gobblers to
my brother because I know that
I will beat him every time.”
Jonas, Sales Trainee

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“I will be giving WuzzIts to
my friend because she has
a wacky sense of humor.”
Stephanie, Art Director 

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“I will be giving my son
Tell Tale Disney/Pixar Toy Story
because he is obsessed with
Tell Tale and with Toy Story!”
Viyada, Marketing & PR

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                 “I will be giving Spot it! Camping
to my mom because she does
not like to go! But I know that
she will if Spot it! is there!”
Francois, Sales Trainee

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“I will be giving NIYA to
my girlfriend because it is
in such a pretty tin that fits
in your purse to play anywhere
and is such a clever game!”
Corinne, Marketing Manager

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“I will be giving Fastrack to
my friend because I am the
best at this game–I will get
guaranteed bragging rights.”
Yann, Regional Sales Manager

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“I will be giving Pengoloo
to my nephew because he lives
where it snows and the theme
of the game is so wintry!”
Kinga, Operations Manager

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“I will be giving Fastrack NHL to
both of my brothers! They love the
Pittsburgh Penguins and air
hockey was one of our
favorites to play together as kids!”
Rachel, Marketing Intern

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“I will be giving Longhorn to a friend
who introduced me to my favorite two
player games and I wanted to return the favor.”
Brandan, Marketing & Product Development Associate

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Fun Native American Games and Facts

Fun Native American Games and Facts

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to honor Native American cultures and their history as they make up an important part of our nation’s heritage. Native American tribes left behind a rich tradition of games, which were played ceremonially, or to demonstrate fitness, to teach, and of course, for entertainment. Exploring Native American games with kids before the food coma sets shows them that despite the gap in time and culture, Native  American children liked to have fun just like kids today!

1. The Butterfly Game

The Butterfly Game is a hide and seek style game. Stealth and discipline are needed to play properly! The Anishinaabe believed it was good luck if you were quiet and still enough for a butterfly to land on you. To play, one child covers their eyes and chants, “Butterfly, butterfly, show me where to go.” During this time, the other kids playing quietly and quickly hide. The singer repeats this chant a few times and until “the air becomes still.” Then, they must find the other players without saying a word. It’s a game of observation and skill- fun for all to play! Also some momentary peace and quiet for the parents too! Double bonus!

 

2. Where’d it Come From?

Here’s another fun game you can play with kids to help them learn where the food they see on the Thanksgiving table comes from! Save the image above to your computer and print it out for the kids to play! Notice that Indians ate a lot like many of us try to eat: organic, local and gluten free! The answer key is posted at the bottom of this blog

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3. Dream Guessing and Wishing

This game is very important to the Iroquois people and to this day is often played at celebrations and festivals in the form of riddles. Someone would begin to tell their dream as a story and those listening would try to guess the meaning behind the dream. To play the game, start a discussion about dreams and how the subconscious is a beautiful portal to where our imaginations give us the power to be anything we want to be. Ask the children to think of a dream or a wish that they have had, then have them draw a picture of their dream. Once completed have the kids go around in a circle and share their dream or wish, or for a little more fun, have them pantomime their dream while the others try and guess what it means!

4. Plant seeds, Respect Earth

What better way to say thank you for the bountiful meals and the warm fire we continually sit comfortably by through praising the land which we live on. This is a year long call to action for families and children to give thanks everyday to the Earth, their ancestors and community. Whether it’s going out and visiting a farm, starting a garden in your backyard or just planting a seed in a cup of soil and watching it grow indoors. Here at Blue Orange Games, we hold this practice close to our hearts as we make all our products as eco-friendly as possible. Did you know that we even plant two trees for every tree used in our products? You can help by planting seeds this Holiday season!  Giving thanks to the land everyday is something Native Americans have always done even before the first Thanksgiving. What better legacy to leave for future generations than treating our local and global community with respect!

 

 

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Answer key for food search: All the foods origins come from Native Americans!