August 29, 2013
Little white lies were invented for sticky situations. Right?
OK, maybe not. But sometimes we find ourselves between a rock and a
hard place and we really just wish we could, you know, summon a
rock crusher or be magically airlifted out of Dodge.
What are we talking about? Well, we've been sort of obsessed
with our newest partner, the creators of Scribblenauts a magical game that takes
wishful thinking to a whole new level. If you've never played or
watched your child play, imagine yourself in a world where words
can save the day, literally. They had us at hello.
Maxwell is our protagonist and he finds himself in peril and all
manner of sticky situations as he navigates the world. In the
newest version, Scribblenauts
Unmasked - A DC Comics Adventure, we take Max on a quest
through the DC Comics universe. He's facing off with evil villains
and you're armed only with your vocabulary and a vivid imagination.
If an industrial-sized slingshot will hurl you out of harm's way,
ask for one. Ride to safety on the back of a stegosaurus. Pelt your
enemies with giant Cheez Balls. Whatever works.
And your goal? To navigate your way through the adventure.
There's no right way. Or really, there are countless ways to solve
the puzzle. We love the idea that gaming your way through
Scribblenauts is practice for the game of life, if you prefer to
look at it that way. It's not all fun and games, sure, but the idea
that your imagination can take you anywhere is the stuff of great
innovators. It's Resilience 101 for the real life explorer.
And it turns out that resilience can be taught, it's a learned
behavior. Just ask Lynn Lyons, LICSW, a psychotherapist and author
who recently shared 10 valuable tips for
raising resilient kids. One takeaway: "We have become a culture
of trying to make sure our kids are comfortable. We as parents are
trying to stay one step ahead of everything our kids are going to
run into. The problem is life doesn't work that way."
So conjuring up a pick-axe, parachute or extra place setting on
screen might just prepare your kids for something much more
important. And besides, bombarding enemies with a giant bowl of Cheez Balls sounds
kind of awesome.
Oh, one more thing: you can
conjure up an extra $5 simply by buying a Wise
24- or 50-Count Variety Pack and one of the Scribblenauts series videogames.
Details and Mail-in Rebate form can be found in your Wise Variety
Pack. Now where's a pen when you need one?
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