5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and A Freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

I’m so excited to host another guest blogger on The Mint Chip Mama! Please welcome: Barbara Peters. Barbara Peters is a speech language pathologist and a mother of two. She is going to showcase her awesome customizable video games!

School’s out for winter break, but you can use customizable video games to keep your kid’s brains from freezing over! They’ll never know they’re learning over the holidays! Most kids don’t want to do work sheets or practice flashcards on their vacation, but who wouldn’t want to play a game? Although I created these to use with my students in school, my own kids beg to play these games over and over (I screencast the games from my computer onto my smart TV and it’s like our very own gameshow)!

I Can Put MY Child’s Face In Video Game!?

All of these games come with an easily customizable digital card deck. Replace the images or text on the cards and practice letter ID, decoding, sight words, math facts, speech sounds, vocabulary questions, or anything else that needs practicing… but have fun while doing it!  Copy and paste the card deck from one game to another easily for additional practice! Travelling over the holidays? These customizable video games are perfect for a snow day as well! They are also great for homeschool and remote learning!

Need a little holiday gift for a kid in your life and don’t know what to get? One of these games would be perfect!

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

1. SNOWBALL FIGHT!!!!

No need to spend all your time getting the kids into snowpants, boots, gloves, scarves, and hats… .just so that they can say they need the bathroom right before you head out the door (or worse, 2 minutes after they head out the door). In this interactive game, you can insert photos of your little ones (and all their friends, family members, or favorite tv show characters) right into the game and then throw snowballs at them to your heart’s delight! Just watch out…because someone is going to throw one back at you!!

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

They may run fast, but you’ll catch one of these cookies before he gets away in this interactive game. Practice some winter vocabulary and describing skills to choose your cookie.   See if you can guess which one will be too slow (it changes every time!). 

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

Time to light the menorah! Click a cookie to eat it, and if you find a candle cookie, click on the shamash (the middle candle) to light another candle on the menorah. When the menorah is all lit, the game is over and whoever lit the last candle is the winner!  

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

4. Pop Up Elf

I know he’s hiding behind one of those presents! Take turns choosing a present to shake. If you find the elf, you win!

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

5. Pop Up Snowman

In this customizable game, you can swap out the pop-up snowman to be any favorite character (or even a photo of yourself or your child!). Choose a snowflake and see who pops up!

FREEBIE: Our Holiday Gift to You!

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Customizable Video Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays

Happy New Year Game

Time for the countdown!  Describe which child you want to pick on your turn, and see if they start the countdown. When you find the one who triggers the countdown, you win! 

The Mint Chip Mama - 5 Fun Games to Play (and a freebie) to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Holidays Family Dressed as Harry Potter Characters

Meet Mrs. Peters!

Barbara Peters is a speech language pathologist who lives and works on Long Island. She’s the mother of two children, ages 6 and 9.   When not driving them to their afterschool activities, she can be found choreographing for the middle school musical! She’s been creating digital games and customizable video games to play with her students for almost 20 years, but only started sharing them with the world in August 2020. She’s sold over 1500 games to customers in at least 10 countries! Pretty cool, right? Check out her Instagram, Facebook & Twitter pages or email her at: MrsPetersSpeech@gmail.com.

Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (12, 8, and 5). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member ((including a former & current PTA president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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