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Breeze Leeds Events Summer 2016

Great News!

Hot of the press, we can finally confirm the dates for this Summer's upcoming Breeze events... and this year we will be appearing at all but one of them (sorry Yeadon!)... WOW!

All these events take place at parks large and small across the city of leeds, starting in the last week of July. They come thick and fast after that until the end of August, so there's plenty to choose from, but of course we expect to see you coming to as many as you can!

This year we can confirm we'll be bringing not only a great box of games for you to try, but also Rory Story Cubes creative writing challenge and a Summer Reading Challenge linked, Roald Dahl Quiz too!

There'll be more details appearing here and on our events calendar, but for now here's a list of the dates and locations of every mini-Breeze and Breeze on Tour event... so get planning!

*** Please Note: All the following Mini Breeze events are from 1pm - 5pm this year, except  the MASSIVE .Breeze On Tour events (BOT) which are from 12pm - 5pm

 

Date - Event

23/07/2016 - Kippax MB
28/07/2016 - Queenswood Drive
29/07/2016 - Rothwell MB
30/07/2016 - Nunroyd Park MB
01/08/2016 - Hyde Park MB
02/08/2016 - Bramley MB
03/08/2016 - Wortley Rec MB
04/08/2016 - Calverley Park MB
05/08/2016 - Morley MB
06/08/2016 - Bedquilts Rec, Adel
08/08/2016 - Garforth MB

10/08/2016 - Roundhay BOT
11/08/2016 - Roundhay BOT

12/08/2016 - Gildersome MB
*13/08/2016 - Yeadon MB (No Imagination Gaming here - Sorry!)
15/08/2016 - East Ards MB

17/08/2016 - Cross Flatts BOT
18/08/2016 - Cross Flatts BOT

19/08/2016 - Tinshill Top MB
22/08/2016 - Middleton MB
23/08/2016 - Armley MB
25/08/2016 - Swinnow MB
26/08/2016 - Hunslet Club MB

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the event's here and on our FaceBook page, and we hope to see you all in Leeds this Summer!

You can check out the Breeze Leeds website for more info too... with everything about Breeze On Tour right here!

 

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Every Penny Counts! Financial Literacy skills with Breeze Leeds

Having recently announced we were to run a series of games based sessions with the Breeze team in Leeds, here's where you'll find out exactly what we've been up to each week and some of the reactions from the children and the staff alike...

 

#BreezeGames and Financial Literacy

The idea is to use and create some games and activities that introduced some basic financial literacy skills, particularly aimed at engaging and educating a group of 8 to 13 yr olds with varying abilities in this area.

The activities are part of a drop-in evening session at one of the many local community centres where Breeze Leeds run regular events for the age group in order to engage them in fun activities outside of school, and introduce them to new ideas and inspirations whilst developing key knowledge and life skills too.

I love seeing kids being able to make their own choices and take their own risks playing these games. Having fun whilst learning - isn't that a youth workers dream?!

Suzi - Breeze Support Worker

 

Key Skills

Financial literacy isn't just about about adding and subtracting amounts of money. Of course that's the important basic, and for many, the key area to work on. Confidence in knowing what you have, appreciating what something costs and most definitely knowing you've got the right change back from the shop-keeper!

Beyond that though, are other skills such as worth and negotiation. Understanding the value of something rather than just the cost is a crucial skill. Not just 'is it worth buying', but, 'is it worth buying now'! Clever negotiation and appreciation of value are the higher level skills we want to be able to explore too. Often in games, just as in life, good money management and communication is about getting a bargain... and that's where all the fun is!

 

What to do then? (and what not to do!)

As always the first thing is it has to be attractive, interesting... fun! You can have the best resources in the world when it comes to teaching, but if it doesn't look good and be quickly put to use, you're going to struggle! Then it has to be appropriate.

 

I thought it was amazing because it was a bit like trading cards - they look cool!

ZacB - 9 yrs old

Of course there are plenty of board and card games out there that blatantly involve the use of money, some very well known. Before you ask, we're talking more Monopoly-esque, rather than Poker or Roulette! It's easy to work out why the gambling games may not be the most appropriate thing here... but hold on, Monopoly isn't really what we're after either, and here's why...

Here you not only have to consider obvious factors such as age and ability, but the number of players, the time you have and the accesibilty of the game, do the players need to understand something new just to be able to start (and if so, can you make that part of the game?!). Now multiply all that by the fact your group is not only varied in these skills but have short attention spans, other things happening in the same room and can come and go as they please... very hard to plan for, so you have to have plan A, B, C ... and be ready to be flexible!

So, we concentrated on using some simple games to start with, not necessarily involving money at all to start with, making sure we grabbed the attention and laid the foundation for more to follow. Some games had money / treasure as part of the game, other times we added a financial element to a game that didn't have one. Sometimes it wass just about value and risk. 

Have a look at what we've been playing below...

 

Games?

The fun bit!...

Zombie Dice

Zombie Dice is a simple and accesible little dice game that's quick to play, easy to understand and all about risk management. This is a great game to get started with and has become a firm favourite at every session, perfect to warm up or cool down with!

My favourite game is Zombie Dice. It makes me a bit sad when I am risking it and get it wrong, but it makes me think more carefully about how to get brains!

Jack - 9 yrs old

The theme is perfect for gaining the interest of this age group, so engagement is really easy. Each player simply has to roll dice and collect brains (it's a zombie game what did you expect?!) After each 3 dice rolled each player must decide whether to stick and keep the brains (points) they have or risk losing them if further dice don't go their way.

Simple, but amazing how it can help to develop a keener sense of risk and probability in younger minds, andbegin to quuestion the value of their short term desires against what is best in the long run!

 

Monster Maths and Mathical Creatures

Monster Maths (above) and Mathical Creatures below are both simple card games from Mathstraks Games, designed by a pprimary school teacher to help with maths. Neither have money or risk as a mechanic, so we brought some play coins and a few rule changes...

The cards in Monster Maths were perfect to associated with coins - with the numbers you have to make being 10, 20, 50 and 100. Normally players use random number cards to create a sum to equal one of these target numbers and get a part oof the monster towards creating a whole monster. We simply rewarded them with the equivalent amount of money for their pot as well, whilst giving them the option of spending money on more number cards to help make the task easier, perhaps! They had to decide  whether it was worth spending money on cards, or even duplicate bbody parts, to make more before someone finished a monster and we found out who had the most money.

We messed with Mathical Creatures a bit more! Rather than making sums to match and collect different value creatures, we gave them each an amount of money to spend. Each time they 'bought' a monster they would have to perform the money transaction and get their change, but more tactically, try and buy a team of creatures to help them win in a final battle against other teams of creatures, where the higher your monster in each battle the more money you could earn / win.

This one became very tactical and after the first game, players were much more thoughtful about how they spent their money!

I thought the game was very interesting, I definitely enjoyed playing it! I love games that make you think and are based largely on logic and tactics. I also think they're great to help kid's maths skills.

Sky - volunteer support worker

 

It's Alive

It's Alive is a game that's been out of print for a few years now, but we use it because it's another one that the kids simply love the look of... and it's a brilliant game about buying, selling and auctioning!

Players have to act as the Mad Scientist while they use their gold and silver coins wisely to try and purchase enough parts to build their 'Frankenstein' monster. You have very little cash and body parts can be cheap and expensive, so thhis one really is about knowing when to buy and sell, but also the worth of selling something at auction, setting the price to make sure you get the most money you can.

A brilliant game that we wish we could get more of!

I loved playing that game (Wildlife Rescue) because it has animals in it... I thought this (It's Alive) was an interesting game because it was gross!!!

Lilly - 9 yrs old

 

Skull

This one  is usually for the older players, but taught in the right way we've found that younger players can absolutely love it too.

Again the artwork is immediately engaging, as is the name! It is a bidding game where players simply play cards in secret before daring each other as to how many of the cards on the table they can turn without finding a skull. A couple of very simple but clever rules make this a very strategic and entertaining game of bluff, with lots of tension and laughter. Until of course you find a dreaded skull. Simply another great game for highlighting caution and judgement as valuable skills, and that diving in isn't alwayys the best way forward!

I quite enjoyed the game Skull because it was quite complicated (at first), but once I got used to it, it kept beng fun!

Joe - 12 yrs old

 

Zeus On The Loose

 

I like this game because I got to steal Zeus and make money!!!

Oliver - 9 yrs old

To come?!

There are still several sessions to go on this project and we will be introducing other games such as Incan Gold, an Indiana Jones style treasure finhing game, a BrainBox quiz and a money based leaderboard for an old favourite with a twist - Take It Easy.
 
So far it's clear the games have left an impression, as you can see from this fantastic quote from one of the team...

It's great to see how confidence increases and the young people get more daring as the games go on! Imagination Gaming brings fun, smiles, independance and spirit to the young people. It's a fab way to learn maths, strategy, tactics and decision making.

Carol - Breeze Support Worker

Clearly we can't wait for the next games session!

 

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Financial Literacy - It's a Breeze!

Yet another new adventure is in the making... and while its going to be lots of fun, competition and prizes, we'll be surreptitiously tackling some financial literacy as we go!

This time we're back in in Leeds, where we will again be working with the fabulous Breeze team who provide a huge range of activities across a massive area for young people throughout the city.

Imagination Gaming have provided a range of regular workshops and schemes for Breeze events for many years. The Friday and Saturday Night Projects, along with Backyard Breeze, have been eve present in youth clubs, leisure centres andd community centres around Leeds providing evening entertainment and support, while each Summer we've taken the games to parks and festivals with Breeze On Tour and Mini-Breeze to make the most of fun in the sun!

More recently we've also supported their Skate Light Project with regular visits to the community centre to compliment opening of the new Skate Park.

Now we've been asked to come up with something to tackle financial literacy skills in a similar environment. Of course we've plentyof games that can help we use them throughout the year in our maths days for schools, but this requires something a bit more special. There'll be a regular weekly session for a couple of months, with running competition and challenges galore... it's sure to be plenty of fun.

So, better stop typing and get the thinking hat back on... apparently we start next week!

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Jane Tomlinson's Run 4 All Events, The Asda Foundation Family Fun Zone!

 

What's it all about?

This year, as part of the Asda sponsored Family Fun Zone, Imagination Gaming are featuring with Breeze Leeds activities at several of Jane Tomlinson Run 4 All events.

Imagination Gaming will be bringing our unique brand of family tabletop games and activities for everyone to have a go at, including a story writing challenge at each of the following events:

  • Nottingham 10k - May 15th 2016
  • Leeds 10k  - July 10th 2016
  • York 10k -  August 7th 2016

You can see the full schedule of events at http://www.runforall.com/ , and find out a bit more about the events once they're done below!

 

Nottingham 10K - May 15th 2016

Last weekend we set up at the inaugural Nottingham 10K event in the glorious sunshine, we can only hope every event starts like this!

The Asda Foundation Family Fun Zone, featured several activities, all under one big marquee as part of the main event, smack in the city centre. Only yards from the start and finish line the place was bustling with runners, supporters and spectators, all ready to enjoy the festivities.

We took along a variety of modern board and card games suitable for just about every age and taste, with the key being to get all generations playing and having fun together. We also brought along our Rory's Story Cubes themed challenge to appeal to those of an even more creative nature.

Here's a few of the games that have proved popular so far!

 

Puzzles galore!

Puzzles are ALWAYS very popular, The Katamino shape builder is one of our favourites, but our only copy of a little known challenge called Colour Magic sent to us as part of last years Imagination Gaming Awards was proving intriguing... and frustratingly addictive too!

 

Of all the games that were played in Nottingham one stood out for particular reason - Brave Rats....

Brave Rats is a 2-player game with only 16 cards in total. Will your 8 rats beat your opponents?!

We hate stereo-typing, but there was one 'typically reluctant' young man, who was only there because he 'had' to be and was 'dragged' along by his family! Not unusual, but seeing his Mum's exasperation we managed to convince him to sit down and give something a go... I'm afraid we do that!

What followed was complete, unadulterated concentration on his part, even laughing his head off every time I beat him at Brave Rats... but that didn't last long. He quickly realised it wasn't as simple as it looked and that to succeed it took not only though on what he had to do and strategy, but also to study what I was doing.

When he did that I was doomed, he was elated and his Mum was overjoyed. I think we were still sat playing on the only table left in the square, long after the marquee had disappeared from over-head!

 

And what about the Story Challenge...

We used one of our favourite games, Rory's story Cubes, to invite a little bit of creative story telling too.

The challenge is to roll 9 dice showing various characters, objects and ideas, to find 9 random things to fit into your tale. The real trick is fitting them in quickly., We only let you use less than 1 side of paper to get your story told, making for hilarious outcomes.

We'll be featuring a few of these stories here soon, and look forward to what we get at the next events!

 

***COMING SOON***

Leeds 10k  - July 10th 2016

York 10k -  August 7th 2016

 

Find out more about Breeze Leeds here http://www.breezeleeds.org/

Find out more about the Asda Foundation here https://www.asdafoundation.org/

 

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