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Airecon 2019 Inter School Tournament

So, we have just spent a weekend away in Harrogate as part of the terrific Airecon Games Convention, a friendly open gaming event that's rapidly growing in popularity.

Accompanying us on our first day were 47 local school children, who along with their teachers, came to compete in our Inter-School Games Tournament.

A competition with something for everyone! We ensured we had a range of games that would appeal, irrespective of the sort of games you enjoy.

We had a super maths game “Savvy” where prediction and probability plus a bit of luck could earn you points to win the game. Do you play or do you pass and give the next player something to think about?

We had the wonderful word game Bananagrams Junior. Be the first to use all your letters in a connected word grid without a spelling mistake, proper noun or abbreviation?

We also included the fantastic and mesmerising shape game Polyssimo, to test patience and concentration. 

Our final game was Grabolo, a game to test those reflexes and perception. Who has the best eyes and the fastest hands?

The schools that took part were, Rossett Acre, Coppice Valley, Skelton Newby Hall, Woodfield Primary, Staveley Community and Kirk Hammerton all of which had selected a couple of teams to represent their school. Yes, there were prizes to be won but the aim of the day was to have lots of fun!

The competition was close but in the end this year’s winning team came from Rossett Acre School who came out on top and took the winning trophy. Max W from Rossett Acre took the title of highest scoring individual player. Congratulations young man!

 

The sea of smiles was a sure sign that everyone involved had a great time. Here's just some of the other teams: 

After such a fantastic day, we look forward to returning to Harrogate and working with the Rossett Acre teams and their friends soon...

... and of course if you would like more information on how to go about organising your very own Inter-School Games Tournament, get in touch!

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Animal Ailments - New Game Alert!

Check out Animal Ailments - a brand new game that we'll be using an awful lot over the next few months!

In this game, players take turns to mime or act without speaking (no noises allowed!!) The other players have to guess what you are miming. First you mime a green animal card and then a red ailments card...

Will you be a hedgehog who's a gaming addict or a gorilla with a wobbly tooth?! Anything is possible with Animal Ailments!

Click here to look at our events page to find our Animal Agents themed game workshops this summer -  a great range of games themed with animal antics!

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Back to School for Imagination Gaming!

Over the last couple of weeks, we've been back in schools again and it's been an absolute joy to see all those familiar faces after a good long break. So...what have we been up to and where have we been?

We've been back at some fantastic schools around Sheffield and Barnsley:

  • Arbourthorne Community Primary School
  • St Theresa's VA Catholic Primary School
  • Joseph Locke Primary School

For this new school year, we've dedicated ourselves in finding the best, shiny new games to build up a variety of skills for something a bit different in the classroom. We're also working hard behind the scenes on some rather exciting new activities and days! Watch this space and all will be revealed in due course...

So... onto the fun part. The games! Here are a few of the fantastic companies we've worked with to bring you a tailored experience in the classroom this week!

  • Thames & Kosmos - this company have an absolutely huge range of games including our newbies Lagoonies, Monster Trap and Jungle Party!
  • Tactic Games UK - after meeting these guys in Harrogate, we've been able to bring you the likes of Dragonia, Word Rush and X Tiles!
  • John Adams Games - another company with an endless range of fantastic games, including Linkee, Othello and Rubik's Race!

If you didn't get the chance to play any of these games this week, don't panic! We'll be regularly swapping and changing so you too will have the chance to play - we have so much to show you!

If you're interested in a games day in your school, drop us an email at interest@imaginationgaming.co.uk and we'll be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

 

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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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Children's University Tournaments Arrive!

As I type we have just completed the first of three games tournament's as part of our on-going Games compendium project with Sheffield Children's University... and it was brilliant!

Today's event concentrated on Key Stage 2 pupils (7 - 11yr olds) from 10 schools across Sheffield, and in the coming weeks we have events for Key Stage 1 (5 - 7 yr olds) and Key Stage 3 (11 - 14 yr olds) pupils too!

It all started back in November when we delivered our own, specially tailored, boxes of games to schools across Sheffield who are members of the Children's University. The idea was to give them the ability too realise the social and educational benefits of this type of activity and the opportunity to set up their own games clubs.

As further motivation we set up these inter-school games tournaments to giive them something to look forward to and extra reason (if they needed it!) to get on with the games.

Today proved to be a fantastic event and was thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, teachers and the Imagination Gaming team too, so we can't wait for the next tournaments and we'll make sure to tell you all about them, the competition involved and of course all the winners on our blog in a couple of weeks time!

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Ecclesfield Library Dates Confirmed

Like to plan ahead?!

After the success of August's monthly games session at Ecclesfield Library in Sheffield, we can happily confirm the next 7 dates... diaries at the ready.

Each of the following is a Saturday and sessions are planned to run from 10am - 3pm. Each one is drop-in, so come along when you can, bring a friend and join in. Dates and event poster below...

*NEW UPDATE!!!* More monthly dates have been confirmed below... we will now be running these sessions until June at least. Great stuff!

2016:

Saturday, September 17th, 10am - 3pm

Saturday, October 15th, 10am - 3pm

Saturday, November 19th, 10am - 3pm

Saturday, December 17th, 10am - 3pm

 

2017:

Saturday, January 14th, 10am - 3pm

Saturday, February 18th, 10am - 3pm

Saturday, March 18th, 10am - 3pm

 *NEW* Saturday, April 15th, 10am - 3pm *NEW* 

 *NEW* Saturday, May 20th, 10am - 3pm *NEW* 

 *NEW* Saturday, June 17th, 10am - 3pm *NEW* 

 

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Ecclesfield Library Dates Extended!

Great news... yet more games sessions confirmed for Ecclesfield Library!

Yes that's right, turn out has been steadily growing over the recent monthly games days we have been hosting at Ecclesfield Library in Sheffield, and we can confirm more dates have been added. This means we will be running these free, drop-in workshops for all the family until at least June 2017.

For more details on times and dates, you will find it all here... Ecclesfield Library Blog

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Emmanuel Junior Academy Inter-School Tournament

 

Our latest IST, inter-school tournament was held last week at Emmanuel Junior Academy in Sheffield. The 3rd tournament in just 3 weeks, this was a chance for Year 6 students and a few Year 7 students to shine, after the success of the infant tournament held for schools in the same area just a week before.

We were ready for 8 teams of four students representing 4 different school, but this time, rather than competing for their own little team, everyones points went towards a school total for a little added spice... which team would be victorious today?!

 

Of course it's not all about the winning (apparently!), and as always the morning session was focussed around students getting comfortable in their new surroundings and learning to play games they had never seen before. Remember lots of children come to these days perhaps never ever having played a board game before, so getting everyone on the same playing field is crucial... but easily done.

 

At this tournament we had invited some children we knew would find this particular environment challenging and, while it took them a little time to find their feet, once they did they were flying so to speak. To see such a range of children manage to be able to sit in a new environment, with new challenges and pupils they had never met before, and excel is simply a fantastic feeling... and by the end of the day the smiles were universal.

Thanks for a brilliant day

Samantha Bell, Westfield School, Sheffield

The games used required a mix of skills to conquer, meaning that there would always be something to suit everybody. From maths skills, to logic, memory and even drawing and shape handling, there was a chance for everyone to shine and challenge themselves, and perhaps taste a bit of success and failure in equal measure... both good for the soul!

We played Doodle Rush from Brain Games, Take It Easy from Burley Games, Ubongo from Kosmos, Brix from CoiledSpring and BlueOrange and Lost and Found.

 

As always, the teams were competing for a trophy to take back to their school by each pupil contributing points from all the games they played against children from the other schools, but as always there was a trophy for the highest individual scorer too!...

 

So... WHO WON?! Well you can see our individual Champion at the bottom but first here's all the teams, proudly holding their certificates of achievement below, see if you can spot the trophies!

Firstly here's Emmanuel Academy, fantastic host's and a credit to their school...

 

Next up the Y7 students and staff from Westfield School who competed fantastically well...

 

Another brilliant team here from Mosborough Primary school...

 

But here they are... our latest winners... Brook House Junior School.... Yeahhhhh!!!!!...

 

And last... but definitely most impressively, the Individual Highest Points Scorer of the day, leading her team to victory was... SOPHIE. Big well done Sophie!

 

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Essen 2017 - Game and Company Highlights

Well Essen is over for another year, but things aren't all bad! We had a fantastic time chatting to our friends in the companies we know well and making friends with new ones. There were so many exciting new games on show, (a few of which we'll tell you about at a later date) but there were definitely some that are worthy of a mention!

Dream Catchers - Play Nation Studios

Dream Catchers is a cooperative casual game where players are dream catchers - they visit children in their sleep to collect sweet dreams and remove nightmares to help them sleep for the night! This one is for the older kids, but is great to introduce cooperative play and definitely has strategic elements to it!

Worm Party - Queen Games

In Worm Party, players attempt to escape the nibbles of Charly the chicken by hiding their wormlike fingers below the proper mounds. This one looked like fun and was definitely great for dexterity building! 

Coaster Park - Pandasaurus Games

In Coaster Park, you are tasked with building the biggest, baddest roller coasters. To do this, you must assemble a killer crew to help you outbid and outsmart your fellow builders to gain the choicest track pieces. But don’t forget about physics! This one is another great one for dexterity and really brings something different to the table.

Queendomino - Blue Orange Games

From the creators of the extremely popular Kingdomino, here comes Queendomino! This is a game completely independent from Kingdomino, while offering a choice of more complex challenges. Two to four players can play Queendomino independently, but also in connection with Kingdomino, allowing for games with 7x7 grids for four players, or for up to six players if you stick to 5x5 grids! As with Kingdomino, a great tile placement game with strategic elements!

We have plenty more to share with you, but we don't want to give too much away too soon...watch this space!

Did you attend Essen this year? What were your highlights from the show?

 

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Essen Spiel 2014 - Launching our 2015 Game Awards

This weekend Imagination Gaming is in Germany for Essen Spiel 2014. This is one of, if not 'the', largest  annual gaming convention in the world. Every year we spend four very hectic days looking for the newest and most excting games to add to our collection for use in our game events, and where possible, to make some very hard to get games available to you through our store!

It is also an opportunity for us to start talking about next years Imagination Gaming Family & Education Game Awards! It is here where we usually begin to collect interest and submissions even though the 2015 awards are still 8 months away, and this year we expect to find some real gems.

 

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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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Greenfield Primary 7th Inter-School Tournament Needs BIGGER Venue!

Greenfield Primary’s 7th Inter-School Games Tournament found a new location!

With so many Barnsley Schools wanting to take part we found ourselves in need of a bigger venue. An obvious choice was Kirkbalk Academy who very kindly agreed to act as host for the day. Not only did they provide a fantastic venue, we were also supported by 6 of their students and they made amazing mentors, so special thanks goes to: Dylan Atkinson, Lewis Graham, Emily Davey, Lewis Burrell, Cassie Wilson and Georgie-Leigh Marsden.

It was a fantastic day...

Mr. Hardy, Hoyland Common, Barnsley

Find out which schools took part and the final results below!

 

What Happened:

As always we used a variety of different of games which required lots of focus and skills Our pupils had to be quick and able to process things visually at a fast pace! The games played were; Rings Up, Crabz, Doodle Rush, Pass the Bomb and Whoosh

The morning was spent practising the games in schools teams, plenty of encouragement, lots of discussion about the rules and tactics. Dinner time was spent chilling out, during which they enjoyed some 3D jigsaws.

But of course... afternoon was competition time and the atmosphere was electric, the children and adults taking part had oodles of fun!

At the end of the tournament we had prize-giving, with certificates for everyone and trophies for the winning school and highest scoring individual player. . 

 

The Final Result!:

·         Winners            Hoyland Common                              

·         Second             Birdwell Primary 

·         Third                 High View Primary 

·        Fourth (joint)     Greenfield Primary & Tankersley St Peters 

.         Fifth                  Jump Primary

.         Sixth                 The Mill Academy

.         Seventh            Joseph Locke

.         Eighth               Hoyland Springwood

 

Congratulations to Hoyland Common for coming out on top again this year. Mr Hardy, Hoyland Commons' Play and Sports Leader said "It was a fantastic day and we are super proud of our team for coming out on top but we got a lot more out of the day than just a winners medal"

Well done Kate Berridge from Hoyland Common on winning the trophy for the highest scoring individual. You were on fire!

We have to say all pupils that took part were fantastic and a real credit to their school. The interaction between children and staff involved was enthusiastic and positive and they all thoroughly deserved their Certificates.

Inter-School Tournaments are a great alternative to sporting events and give those children who are not as interested in sport something to represent their school in. We like to think of them as a “Mind Sport Activity” We simply cannot wait for the next!... it could be at your school...

 

Why should you take part in an Imagination Gaming Tournament?

·        Our Tournaments are a great way of bringing different schools and backgrounds together.

·        Test your brains to problem solve and be the quickest!

·        Make new friends and take on new challenges.

·        Win trophies and certificates for you and your school!

 

For more information about School Tournaments and how you and your school can get involved, click here:

 ...Imagination Gaming Inter-school-tournaments...

 

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IG Game Awards 2016 Have Arrived!

The Imagination Gaming Family & Education Game Awards 2016...

...are here!

That's right, it's back, as big and as bright as ever. (We know because it says so here... IG Awards!)

The awards are now in their 4th year and we just can't wait to see this year's games and give everyone else a chance to not only see them as well, but actually play them!

Like last year we will be accepting entries from companies (and individuals) large and small, from all over the world, over the coming months in a bid to find what's new and great out there for you to have a go at. As always we expect to see a wide range of games for all ages and we're sure to find plenty that we'll be adding to the Imagination Gaming box of tricks, ready for our schools and events nationwide.

A handy reminder of some of the categories... and what gold, silver and bronze looks like.

 

Games new to us since last year's awards have a chance to be recognised in 5 categories with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards going to the cream of the crop. There are also 2 more categories in which we will bestow recognition on 3 games that have been stand-out hits in our work in schools and education, and 3 games that have had families visiting our workshops constantly coming back for more!

Our 'Hall of  Fame' badges, or should that be 'Hall of Game'? Here there's no first, second, third, just a great set of games.

 

You'll be able to see all the games as they enter the process in our dedicated section of the website, IG Awards here, and of course we'll mentioning them on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages... so make sure you're following along and having your say too!

We will be accepting entries until the 29th April this year, but the earlier they arrive the more chance we have to get familiar with them, with the judging process in full swing through May. Again we will be assembling a panel to make the final decision on most of the awards, representing a cross-section of the Imagination Gaming audience of gamers and educators in equal measure to find the games that have something for everyone.

Of course there will also be UK Games Expo 2016... a chance for the public to play and vote on the submissions we receive in our Family Zone. This runs from the 4th to the 6th of June and this year we will be in the NEC itself... wooooo!!!! This means more space, more games, more everything really, a fantastic opportunity for everyone to play these great games and showcase the games on a big stage.

Of course, once we have recovered from the mayhem and madness of UK Games Expo, we will set about announcing the winners to the world! So just one question remains... are you game?!

 

All the information you need about the awards, categories, games, judging and past winners can be found in our awards section here.

If you would like to submit a game for judging, please see our submissions page here and contact us directly at interest@imaginationgaming.co.uk

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IG Game Awards Launched

This week we have officially launched our 2015 Imagination Gaming Family & Education awards!

These awards are open to games from companies and individuals worldwide as we look to find the best of this years new games for families and education, as well as celebrate some of the 'classics' that we have been using to great effect in schools and events throughout the years.

You can read more on our awards 2015 launch blog here, but even better we now have a beautiful new area of the website designated just to this annual event. Visit the awards website section here for everything including categories, news, submission details, judging and of course... the games!

The process will include pplenty of social media activity with announcements, releases and competitions for all our followers to get involved with, and we hope that includes you too, so make sure to follow us for the most up to date information.

As with the previous year's competitions, this will be an exciting (and demanding!) few months culminating in a our massive Family Zone at UK Games Expo where we will take all the games submitted to this years awards to demonstrate to the games industry and its followers. That usually means 100 new games to llearn on top of what we already take with us... an unrivalled menu of games for anyone visiting to enjoy!

All in all this is a fantastic period for us and all our fans to enjoy accessing a world of games that is pretty hard to come by anywhere else... we hope you enjoy it too.

The IG Awards Website...

The Blog....

 

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Imagination Gaming & Science?!

We pride ourselves on giving the best possible service, and definitely the most fun! Saying this however, we want to make what we do even more exciting and engaging than ever before.

Without giving away too much information just yet, we're currently looking at expanding our services to make what we do even more beneficial. Our friends at Thames and Kosmos have some of the best science based activities and puzzle around and we were very lucky to get our hands on some!

I wonder what we'll come up with...watch this space!

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Imagination Gaming Expands Into The Wilds Of South-East England

Imagination Gaming 'south-east' kicks-off at Freemantles School

 

As a new member of the IG team, I have been looking forward to my first day running games – and on Wednesday 7th February, Freemantles School in Woking couldn’t have been a better place to start!

 

Freemantles is a school for students with complex social communication needs, may of whom also have autism. I spent the day working with pupils aged between 10-18 running a games day with groups with between 5 and at one stage 20 people plus adults in the same classroom.

 

 

I used a range of games, allowing the students some freedom of choice and guiding them when necessary. It was great to see everyone working so well together and watching children enjoying themselves, sometimes making up rules using the games as a starting point. Highlights of the day included Zeus on the Loose and Kingdomino.

 

Upon seeing Katamino, another big hit, one child commented that Tetris was a boardgame as well as a computer game!

 

 

The staff were helpful and friendly, getting stuck into the games too. Their hard work and obvious good relationships with the students helped the day go so well. What a great start to my career as a professional games player – many thanks to all at Freemantles for making me feel so welcome!

 

 

Imagination Gaming south-east is now well and truly underway and looking for more bookings across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and further afield. Get in touch to organise your games day or enquire as to how we can help deliver a boardgames experience tailored to you.

 

Barry Pollard, Imagination Gaming 'South-East' !

Contact me at Barry@imaginationgaming.co.uk if you are in the area, or the nationwide office at interest@imaginationgaming.co.uk and we'll get straight back to you!

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Imagination Gaming Go To Essen, 2017

Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, or otherwise known as the Essen game fair is talking place from 26th - 29th October, and gamers from all over the world are getting ready to see what this year's show has to offer... including us!

So...what is it? The event is held in Essen, Germany and it's the world's biggest consumer fair for gaming. People travel far and wide for the event, which is held over 8 different halls. (If you've ever been to the UK Games Expo, think of that, but eight times as big!) As you can guess, it's always a very popular event and is also very beneficial for gamers and companies in the field.

Four days of fun, meeting friends, playing and testing thousands of games and novelties together with gamers from all over the world. 

As fun and awe-inspiring as the event is, we don't just sit around for four days playing games, (although we do try out a fair few!) The main reason for us being there is the chance to catch up with our favourite companies and to see what exciting projects they're working hard on and in turn, what new games and activites we can bring to you in schools and in the many events we run each year. It's also a great way for us to know about new games for our Imagination Gaming Awards held each year.

Our schedule is filling up nicely, meeting up with the likes of:

  • Lucrum Games (Red7)
  • Gigamic (Katamino, Imagidice, Quoridor)
  • Lifestyle Boardgames (Macroscope)
  • Haba
  • Mosigra (MindMaze, Nightmarium)

Plus many more!

So, a very exciting time for us! We'll have more information to splash about after the event, so watch this space!

 

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Inter-School Tournament at Huddersfield Libraries!

This week, we held an Inter-School Tournament, but instead of holding it in our usual Primary School setting, we ran the event at Huddersfield Library!

So...what happened at our Tournament? 

We split up our 2 school participants into teams, who'd compete for the most points in rounds of different games. A special thanks to all the staff for keeping an eye out and looking after our teams!

Our wonderful school teams who participated, named by the children themselves, and their results were:

1st - Springer Girls, Spring Grove Junior, Infant and Nursery School

2nd - Gaming Girls and Wizard Winners, Lowerhouses CE JI & EY School

3rd - Imagination Dabs, Spring Grove Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Once the introductions were complete, it was time to get down to business...

We used a variety of different games which required strategy, problem solving and some quick thinking to really get those brains in gear!

  • Rainbow 35 - a fast paced mathematical game in finding correct numbers!
  • Storyline Scary Tales - create to spookiest tale imaginable to win points.
  • Monster Trap - trap monsters by working together to control movements!
  • Top That - observe what is missing but think quickly...
  • Rings Up! - fast paced observation game!
  • Dobble - be the first to match icons with other players cards.

A huge congratulations to the winners of the day, Spring Grove and overall winner Jennifer Nguyen! They grabbed themselves a trophies to show off at their school with pride. Well done!

All teams were amazing participants and team players, and we couldn't be more proud of everyone. Thanks for making the day a great one!

Why should you take part in an Imagination Gaming Tournament?

  • Our Tournaments are a great way of bringing different schools and backgrounds together.
  • Test your brains to problem solve and be the quickest!
  • Make new friends and take on new challenges.
  • Win trophies and certificates for you and your school!

For more information about School Tournaments and how you and your school can get involved, click here.

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Inter-School Tournament at Keresforth Primary!

Last week, we held an Inter-School Tournament at Keresforth Primary!

So...what happened at our Tournament? 

We split up our school participants into teams, who'd compete for the most points in rounds of different games. A special thanks to all the staff for keeping an eye out and looking after our teams!

Our wonderful school teams who participated this week and the results were:

1st - Gawber Primary

2nd - Keresforth Primary 

3rd - Summer Lane Primary 

4th -  Joseph Locke Primary (2)

5th - Wilthorpe Primary/Burton Road Primary

6th - Holy Rood Primary

7th - Shawlands Primary

8th - Joseph Locke Primary (1)

 

 

Once the introductions were complete, it was time to get down to business...

We used a variety of different games which required strategy, problem solving and some quick thinking to really get those brains in gear!

  • Rainbow 35 - a fast paced mathematical game in finding correct numbers!
  • Anomia - Flip cards until symbols on two players’ cards match. Matching players must race to give an example of the category on their opponent’s card. 
  • Rat-A-Tat-Cat - A game of suspense, strategy, and anticipation. Get rid of the high cards (rats) and go for the low cards (cats). Sneak a peek, draw two, or swap cards for an added twist! A low score wins the game. (A poker face helps!)
  • Zeus on the Loose - Play cards strategically, adding numbers as you climb up the mythic mountain. Grab Zeus when the total reaches a multiple of 10.

 

 

A huge congratulations to the winners of the day, Gawber Primary School and overall winner Charlie Senior! They grabbed themselves a trophies to show off at their school with pride. Well done!

All teams were amazing participants and team players, and we couldn't be more proud of everyone. Thanks for making the day a great one!

 

 

Why should you take part in an Imagination Gaming Tournament?

  • Our Tournaments are a great way of bringing different schools and backgrounds together.
  • Test your brains to problem solve and be the quickest!
  • Make new friends and take on new challenges.
  • Win trophies and certificates for you and your school!

For more information about School Tournaments and how you and your school can get involved, click here.

 

 

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Inter-School Tournament at Royston St John's

Last week, we held an Inter-School Tournament at Royston St. John's! This one was the 3rd SMAT tournament - last year's winners were West Meadows Primary. 

So...what happened at our Tournament? 

We split up our school participants into teams, who'd compete for the most points in rounds of different games. A special thanks to all the staff for keeping an eye out and looking after our teams!

Our wonderful school teams who participated this week and the results were:

1st - Royston St. John's

2nd - Mill Academy & West Meadows

3rd - St. Mary's

4th - Queen's Road Academy

5th - All Saints Academy

6th - Darton Primary

Once the introductions were complete, it was time to get down to business...

We used a variety of different games which required strategy, problem solving and some quick thinking to really get those brains in gear!

  • Rainbow 35 - a fast paced mathematical game in finding correct numbers!
  • Chattabox - a shout-out word game where players need to be the first to shout out answers to different topic questions.
  • Think Words - another speedy game of matching words and categories - all in 10 seconds!
  • Ubongo - a fast geometric puzzle game where players solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes. The quicker it's solved, the more gems you gain!

The tournament ended with a three way play off for the individual winner between:

Hannah - St. Mary's

Oliver - Royston St. John's

Isabel - Royston St. John

A huge congratulations to the winners of the day, Royston St. John's and overall winner, Isabel! They grabbed themselves a trophy to show off at their school with pride. Well done!

All teams were amazing participants and team players and we couldn't be more proud of everyone. Thanks for making the day a great one!

Why should you take part in an Imagination Gaming Tournament?

  • Our Tournaments are a great way of bringing different schools and backgrounds together.
  • Test your brains to problem solve and be the quickest!
  • Make new friends and take on new challenges.
  • Win trophies and certificates for you and your school!

For more information about School Tournaments and how you and your school can get involved, click here.

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Inter-School Tournament at St Mary's, Maltby!

This week, we held an Inter-School Tournament at St. Mary's, Maltby!

So...what happened at our Tournament? 

We split up our school participants into teams, who'd compete for the most points in rounds of different games. A special thanks to all the staff for keeping an eye out and looking after our teams!

Our wonderful school teams who participated this week were:

  • St Mary's, Herringthorpe
  • St Mary's, Maltby
  • St Joseph's, Dinnington
  • St Patrick's, Harworth

Once the introductions were complete, it was time to get down to business...

We used a variety of different games which required strategy, problem solving and some quick thinking to really get those brains in gear!

  • Rainbow 35 - a fast paced mathematical game in finding correct numbers!
  • Animal Auction - a game of placing bids to win collections of cards. Who will bid the highest?
  • Dragonia - a game to test motor skills (be careful not to wake the dragon!)
  • Fast Flip - a quick observation game - be the first to find the correct number/fruit!
  • Skiwampus - mathematical problem solving
  • Rings Up! - fast paced observation game!
  • Macroscope - can you guess what the image will be when certain parts are revealed at a time?

A huge congratulations to the winners of the day, St Patrick's, Harworth! They grabbed themselves a trophy to show off at their school with pride. Well done!

All teams were amazing participants and team players and we couldn't be more proud of everyone. Thanks for making the day a great one!

 

 

Why should you take part in an Imagination Gaming Tournament?

  • Our Tournaments are a great way of bringing different schools and backgrounds together.
  • Test your brains to problem solve and be the quickest!
  • Make new friends and take on new challenges.
  • Win trophies and certificates for you and your school!

For more information about School Tournaments and how you and your school can get involved, click here.

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Inter-School Tournaments a Winner!

Over the last 12 months we have had the opportunity to do something new in schools. Inter-School Games Tournaments. And they've proved a massive success...

We've always known that kids (and grownups!) love a bit of healthy competition. That's one of the reasons our school games days and programmes are so successful. The engagement of competitive fun on a level playing field for all means that we can get all kinds of students and teachers navigating educational and social barriers, whilst having a great time. It's easy to do that in a single school (though 5 years ago we wouldn't necessarily have said that) but how to make it something that can easily be introduced to neighbouring schools to help integrate wider communities. I suppose the fact that we even tried it was a sign of how far we'd come.

We have had the opportunity to try this out in a few different scenarios... and it has been an instant hit... we now have schools involved in regular, Inter-School competition, and always eagerly anticipating the next one!

 

Earlier in the year, thanks to our association with the fantastic Sheffield arm of the Children's University, we were able to start something new with a large number of schools in that area. Essentially, each school were given a box of games specifically designed for the key stage appropriate to them, a gruelling training session* (fun gaming with coffee and biscuits that is!), and some of our own quick-play instructions to help them along. Back at school they introduced regular games clubs and got ready for their age group's inter-school tournament, each of which was a resounding success.

Across the county in Barnsley, with the help of some very impressed headteachers, we also now have plenty of schools involved in various interschool tournaments. The games have become an integral part of many of their school days, not just in clubs, but in the classroom and in family learning worshops too. They are always eagerly anticipating the next tournament and it's truly fantastic to see all the different schools having something to get excited about together, that they can benefit from individually every day too.

Each tournament has involved presentations of trophies, certificates and prizes, and the teachers have a great day too. Split between several schools, the cost becomes almost negligible making it that much more valuable and accesible and best of all, if you host the day, you don't have to pay anything at all!

There'll be plenty more info and examples of Inter-School tournaments appearing soon, but if you want to get ahead of the game and make the first move you can ask for more details right now. You'll find our contact details right here!

 

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International Games Day @ Your Library

Ever heard of International Games Day @ Your Library?

Amazingly, somehow, we hadn't.... until now! If  you're wondering it's the 19th of November... that's next Saturday!

Granted it started on the other side of the planet (!), but it's in it's 9th year now and there seems to be plenty of places you can get involved in the UK too now... 

We'll be doing our bit, visiting 3 different libraries across Sheffield with a whole host of our new and classic games, and for the first time we''ll be unveiling games from our all new 12 Days Of Gaming promotion too!

All the events are free to attend, and as usual there will be something for everyone. Check out the times and places we'll be on our Events page right here...

You can get an idea of what the history of the event is and all the locations you can get involved this year (including in the UK), on the ILG@YL official website here , so if you can't join us in Sheffield, we of course encourage you to get involved wherever you can!

Of course, with our events being in Sheffield, it's yet another opportunity to get more Children's University credits too, as we are an official Learning Destination!

We hope to see you there

 

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Kirklees Inter-school Tournament at Dewsbury Library

So, one week on from our event at Rawthorpe Library, it was Dewsbury Library's turn to play host, in the latest of our Inter-School Tournaments in Kirklees Libraries. This time we had a whopping 7 new schools come to try their hand at Imagination Gaming!

An open plan library, we set up in the children's area for the day, and rather than interrupt regular proceedings, library visitors and staff remarked on what a wonderful atmosphere it created, plenty of energy, laughter and plain old good fun!

A really enjoyable day. All of the children loved it... ...lots of opportunities for reasoning and problem solving.

From the local area we welcomed Paradise, Westmoor, Boothroyd, Carlton, Thornhill, Eastborough and St. Paulinus Primary Schools, each bringing 4 eager and intrigued children and staff, all of whom had never experienced Imagination Gaming.

 

Lets Play!

After a few games for the early arrivals, introductions were done and we quickly set to concentrating on the games for today's tournament, with a few new ones to last week. This week we concentrated on Savvy, Storyline, Wildlife Rescue and Shaperise.

One main feature of a lot of the games we use, is the ability to teach the games quickly and simply, this does not however mean they are easy. Often games with just a few choices to make can leave much more room for invention and creativity!

Savvy is an incredibly simple looking game but very effective. Players simply eveluate the likelyhood on whether or not the next card will be higher or lower, whilst carefully managing the result of getting it right, wrong, or whether not to play at all. 

Shaperise is a real challenge for the memory. We use it in lots of different ways but today it was up to the players to try and memorise a prescribed pattern of up to 10 different blocks and then reproduce that image as quickly and as accurately as they can. This was a really tricky one!

Wildlife Safari (shown here as Botswana) is a strategy challenge, and a classic we continue to use because of how good it is! The aim is to lay your cards to try and control the value of the animals, so that when the game ends, the animals you have collected are worth the most points. Something for the strategists... and the slightly devious!

Finally we used Storyline, both the fairy tales and the scary tales versions. This one is a little bit more random as you try and influence the story's narrator to choose your plot twists... but that's the fun. A brilliant story-telling game.

 

The Competition

So, once everyone had a chance to study the games, hone their skills and share any tactics with their team-mates, we took a well-earned break to recharge, and then headed into the tournament.

Now all the children were split from their teams and each of them joined a table of 3 other pupils, all from different schools. (NB It would be easy to assume that this may be a daunting prospect for some children, perhaps it is testimony to the way the tournaments are structured that this has never been an issue)

They then competed at each of the 4 games they had learnt, all vying to accumulate points for their teams and for themselves... which they all did admirably!

 

 So Who Won?!

Well this weeks individual highest points scorer was... Matthew Lofthouse, from Thornhill Junior School. Here he is with his certificate and trophy!

 

As for the winning team... congratulations go to... Paradise Primary! Here they are looking suitably chuffed with themselves!!!!

Big well dones also go to all our other teams

Carlton Junior

Boothroyd Primary

Westmoor Primary

Eastborough Primary

St. Paulinus

Thornhill Junior

 

We had lots of interesting feedback from the children and staff, but in particular I love this quote from one of the children...

My day was fun but I really wanted to win... I lost 3, but I won 1! YAY! Today was cool because it was competitive, just as it was fun.

I think it says it all!

Did this sound good to you? Well get in touch to see how we can sprinkle a little Imagination Gaming in your direction soon!

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Kirklees Inter-school Tournament at Rawthorpe Library

Yep, 2019 has only just begun and its time for more Inter-School Tournaments, with today's being the first of 3 in 10 days!!!

Today's games marathon wasn't held in a school, but at Rawthorpe Library in Kirklees. All part of our efforts not only to bring games to more communities and schools, but also to promote the libraries to schools, and demonstrate another good use for these centres of the community.

This venue was smaller and featured just 3 teams, as opposed to next weeks extravaganza at Dewsbury library with room for a whopping 8 teams from primary schools in the area... but that's next week... what happened today?!

Well, pupils in years 5 and 6 from 3 schools, Hillside primary, Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School and Netherhall Learning Campus, turned up for therir first ever taste of Imagination Gaming and were thrown straight into it!

As always, the morning focussed on getting to learn plenty of new games, all with different themes and styles, gaining confidence, developing skills and honing the required tactics for each challenge. On arrival  we experimented with some puzzles and activities, and when comfortable, together we all set about trying lots of different games, knowing that we would choose a selection to form the basis of the afternoon's competition.

All the teams were impressive in their drive to experiment and succeed with the games, easily overcoming any trepidation or 'fears of the unknown'! The games covered a range of skills too, and would challenge their numeracy, literacy, memory, logic and strategic thinking, whilst always being easily accessible. A game doesn't have to be complicated to learn, to be challenging to be good at!

 

So what happened?!

Today we chose 5 games for the tournament - Quoridor, Wildlife Safari (Botswana), Froggy, Word Bits and eternal favourite Zeus On The Loose! 

The teams were split so each table had one representative from each school on it, and then moved around the games scoring points to add to their own personal tally and the teams total of course. Competition was fierce, after all, trophies were at stake!!!

 

So who won?

It was certainly close in the team competition, but there was a stand out winner in the individual battle. With a fantastic 19.5 points earned out of 20 for his team, massive congratulations and his very own trophy went to... Amarion, from Netherhall Learning Campus. An astonishing score across the board. Well done young man!

Congratulations in the team event went to 'The Protagonists' from the victorious Hillside Primary School. It was the one of the narrowest margins of victory I've ever seen in a brilliantly close battle, but very well deserved.

Congratulations also to 'The Gamers' from Our Lady of Lourdes'...

... and also to Netherhall Learning Campus.

All students were a credit to their schools and had some fantastic things to say about the day...#

 

Another succesful day, and we look forward to next weeks tournament... will you be taking part in one soon? Contact us to find out how!

 

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Local Recognition for Imagination Gaming

No matter how far we travel, or how more well-known Imagination Gaming becomes, it's always nice to get some local recognition! 

Got a mention in the local paper recently. Its always nice when you get a little recognition but it is certainly not a one man band. We have been in to an awful lot of schools over the last decade and worked with some amazing teachers and children alike.

However, I couldn't have come this far without my partner in crime, Chris Standley, my nagging conscience Nicola Gray and a host of people who've helped out at Expo and other events throughout the years.

Big thank you to all those who have helped and volunteered their time in various ways along the way, volunteering at events, singing our praises to new customers or even just some timely advice... it has all been very much appreciated!

Nigel

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Monthly Games Day at Ecclesfield Library

Great news if you're in the Sheffield area (or even if you're not but you don't mind travelling!)...

We are happy to announce some regular games sessions, one Saturday each month for the next 8 months, and free to attend!

Thanks to some great work and support from Ecclesfield Library, and some Big Lotttery funding, we'll be there for the first session next Saturday, the 20th August, from 10am to 3pm. We have pencilled in the third Saturday of each following month for now and these dates will be absolutely confirmed soon.

For now here's some details and get yourself along!... (and don't forget your Sheffield Children's University Passport to Learning if you want some credits too!)

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New Activity for Shakespeare Week Rolling Out!

We have a fantastic new activity and competition, designed specifically to support upcoming Shakespeare Week and creatively engage young readers. 'SHAKEspeare Stories' gives players an opportunity to choose a creatively abridged plot-line from one of his famous tales of their choice, and recreate the story with characters and a setting randomly generated by 'shaking the story', with a new range of the worldwide phenomenon that is Rory's Story Cubes.

 

'SHAKEspeare Stories' with Imagination Gaming

Before Christmas we were approached by Sheffield Libraries to see if we had any activities to help support and promote Shakespeare Week 2016. We replied with a resounding - 'ERM?!...' ! 

I must confess this was a new one on me, even with everything we have done in schools for years and a son of school age myself,  it was something I hadn't come across before, but it's a big thing. Shakespeare Week is a national, annual celebration that aims to give primary school children a fun, engaging and inspirational first encounter with the man and his work. Thousands of schools, families and organisations took part last year and the number contnues to grow.

In 2016 it's the 400 year celebration!

Back to the conversation with Sheffield Libraries - I think it went, 'Sure, no problem, give us a couple of days... we'll get back to you ASAP!' If you know us, you'll know we love a challenge, usually us giving them to you. We do pride ourselves on coming up with fresh ideas though, and this was, well, an opportunity shall we say.

It's relatively easy to come up with ideas that contain the relevant content, but making it appealing, accesible and understandable to the your audience, that's the crucial bit. If an activity doesn't hit those 3 markers you're going to struggle. The biggest perceived barrier between Shakespeare and todays generations is undoubtedly the language. As I recall there's plenty of mirth and festivities and not an awful lot of L.O.L and smiley face icons!

 

So we came up with 'SHAKEspeare Stories'

Regardless of the language used, the stories of Shakespeare are rich in plot and timeless. We simply needed to be able to get these across simply so that newcomers to Shakespeare could quickly appreciate them and realise they were still relevant in todays world, and then inspire them with an opportunity to get creative with Shakespeare as the starting point.

So we went back to an old favourite, the mighty Rory's Story Cubes and our previous story challenges. These simple story cubes have taken the world by storm in recent years and are great for developing communication and creativity from a young age. We use them regularly in our literacy games days and workshops in schools and libraries nationwide to great effect.

With 'SHAKEspeare Stories' we have found a fun way of introducing Shakespeare and getting players to write their own stories based on a similar theme. We provide participants with a menu of extremely abridged versions of his more famous works, just 2 or 3 sentences that get the essence of the story across and no more. This enables players to quickly recognise the basis of each story and from that they can decide the basic arc of their tale. They can then 'SHAKE' the story cubes and introduce random elements to their story, knitting them together however their imagination sees fit.

 

For example!

Imagine taking the plot-line Romeo and Juliet: A young couple fall in love, their friends and family try to keep them apart but they continue to meet whenever and wherever they can. They manage to escape together but there is a sad ending when something unfortunate happens to both of them.

Players then write their own short version including the content on the dice they rolled, which include characters, animals, objects, emotions and settings. What if Romeo was a lonely tortoise and Juliet is a beautiful fish?!!... and the events and emotions and other characters on the dice they have been given would help form the rest of their very own story.

There are also sets of themed Story Cubes that would be authors can use to give their story a specific feel, such as mythic, enchanted, prehistoric... or even set in space!

 

What else?!

In addition, in larger projects, young Shakespearians will be invited to submit their short stories and have them exhibited on Imagination Gaming's website and shared by the libraries, promoting their success and the event itself... and there will be prizes for the judges favourites too!

This is an excellent and easily accessible way for newcomers to Shakespeare, old and young alike, to get creative, have fun, and begin to appreciate the fantastic story-lines at the heart of his work and their timeless appeal... and dig a little deeper.

This will be available as part of Imagination Gaming's popular games workshops, full of exciting card and board games with a cool twist for all ages.This offers a range of inspirational activities for children and families to participate in at a level to suit everyone.

 

If this or any of our other activities inspire you, contact us here and we'll see how we can help you too!

 

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New and upcoming from Imagination Gaming!

Over the next few months, there will be a lot of rather exciting things happening over here at the Imagination Gaming HQ! In order to make sure we engage more with the online community, we’ll be creating a number of blog posts to share with you, giving you a closer look at the games we use and the people who make them. As well as this, we’ll dive into the depths of the web to bring you some interesting articles and videos that we think will benefit our gaming friends and education professionals. We might even throw in a few gaming competitions, where there will be some great gaming prizes up for grabs; watch this space! Here is a breakdown of what you can expect to see from us on different days of the week in the near future.

We will be researching and keeping our eyes peeled for some interesting articles that may be of interest to schools, parents and children alike. When we see something we absolutely must share with you, we will post these on Monday’s. These articles will appeal to wide audiences so don’t worry about being left in the dark.

Wednesday means one thing; midweek blog! These will include write ups of events and conventions we attend, as well as giving our expertise in the games we use in education and those you can play at home. You may even see the odd interview with game creators and distributors, which is even exciting for us! We’ll include lists of top games in Literacy and Numeracy from the 2016 Imagination Gaming Family and Education Awards and those we think would work great for EAL and SEN children. There will definitely be something of interest for everyone so feel free to share them.

Every Friday we will post a game review, explaining the ins and out of gameplay and our own personal experiences of playing. We have a very long list of games that we use in different settings and we have so much to share with you. Ever wanted to know how to really play a game of Take It Easy, or want to know the highest score we got in Quiddler? We aim to please!

At the weekend, we’ll post our recently trialled Name the Game posts and challenges. These are just for fun but will wake up your brain on those lazy weekend days!

If there’s anything you’d like to see, why not let us know? We’ll do our best to include information about any specific games and to let you know about the most suitable games out there that will benefit your setting. Keep a look out for our next post!

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New from HOT Sports and Toys

We had a great time at this year's UK Games Expo and met loads of our friends at a variety of companies, new and old! We met the team at HOT Sports and games and had a demonstration of some of their range, including Qango and Virus! Here's a bit more info about these games, which we have available to play!

Qango

Qango is an abstract, strategic boardgame for 2 players that plays quickly and can be explained very quickly! Players place their discs on a square multicolored board and try to either get 3 of their discs in one group of the same colour, 4 discs in a square shape, or 5 discs in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row to immediately win the game. Players place one disc at a time and aren't limited in how to place the disc after the first move. The game includes 2 boards: a beginner board with 6x6 squares and an advanced board with 7x7 squares to really up you game!

Gang-Up!

Gang-Up! is a criminally fun cardgame. Your aim is to try it out as a criminal to gain the highest possible status. Sometimes together, sometimes by arresting the other players! How will you get on? This one is suitable for 3 to 5 players.

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New from John Adams!

 

Over the last few weeks, we've begun to use a range of games from John Adams, a company who stocks a huge range of fun family games as well as science and craft kits! Here, we've picked out a few of our favourites for you to feast your eyes on... you may have even spotted these games if you've been to our events recently! Which have you tried?

Linkee

This one is a super simple, shouty-outy quiz game. It's nice and easy in the fact that it only takes 2 minutes to learn, but it's one of those games that you can enjoy for hours on end with a high replayability factor! The game is played by simply answering the four questions on a card and spotting the link between the answers faster than the other teams. When you're the first to get an answer correct you win a letter, and the first to spell 'Linkee' is the winner of the game!
 

Othello

If you prefer games that really make you think, then this is the one for you. Othello takes a minute to learn but mastering it isn't as easy! With abstract strategy and a little bit of luck, you can beat your friends and impress new ones! To play the game, you trap and capture your opponent by placing your disks on the board. "Sandwich" at least one of your opponents pieces to turn their disk to your colour. However, look out...your opponent will try to do the same to you! The lead can change with the flip of a disk!

Think Words

This one is a fast paced category word game that challenges players to think quickly! The way you play this one is simple. You choose a category card and press the timer to start. The first player has ten seconds to say a word matching the category, press the correct letter on the wheel and reset the time for the next player. The game will get more and more difficult as the letters get used and the pressure will mount! If you can't think of a word, then your out. A really good game to get your brain into gear and for helping with vocabulary too!

Rubik's Race

Based on the good old fashioned Rubik's Cube, here is Rubik's Race! This one is the ultimate face to face challenge and it's pretty simple to get your head around (although it might take a while to solve!) Each player slides their tiles trying to recreate the Rubik's pattern and to be the first to drop the divider frame on their completed side of the board. This one may take a bit of patience, but as with the original Rubik's cube, it'll be very satisfying when completed!

There are many more fabulous John Adams games that we'll be using more of over the coming weeks, so keep a look out! Which of these great games have you tried so far?

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New From Tactic Games!

We met up with Tactic Games in Harrogate last month and we now have 3 brand new games to test out at our events! You may have even played them already if you've attended any of our library sessions around Sheffield, Rochdale and Kirklees across the summer!

Dragonia

The dragon has fallen asleep whilst protecting its golden eggs. The lizards are trying to steal the golden eggs. Take it in turn by using the pinchers to remove the lizards, without the eggs falling, which is easier said than done. Whoever has the least amount of eggs at the end of the game is the winner!

Word Rush

Place nine letter cards on the game board, turn a category card and set the timer in motion. You have to come up with words using one if the letters, but the longer you take, the more time the next player will have. 

X Tiles

Try to get rid of all your tiles by placing them on the table! Just remember the X-Tiles do not behave as you might expect... Comes with a set of unique X-shaped colour tiles. This is a simple but captivating game for the whole family! 

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New Games from Big Potato!

Our friends at Big Potato had a chat with us a couple of months ago and showed us a few of their new games. They were also very kind and sent us a few so we can show you just how good they are! We’ve already awarded The Chameleon a Family Silver Award in this year’s Imagination Gaming Awards, so let’s see what else they’ve got up their sleeve….

Qwordie

Qwordie is a cute little word game and what makes it even better is the platypus! The game is a quiz and word game blended into one. You use your letter tiles in the game to build the answers to simple quiz questions. Steal tiles, block your opponents and race to the finish line! We love this quick to play and easy to learn gem!

OK Play

According to Big Potato, 'OK is the world's most understood word, so makes the perfect name for the world's easiest to understand game' and we couldn't agree more! We think this game is a little bit like Connect 4 in the way that it plays, only that it's played on a flat surface instead! All you need to do to play is to choose a colour stack and proceed to put down tiles to try and get a line of 5 before your opponent does. That's all there is to it - a great and easy to play game, but you need a bit of strategy to win.

Rainbow Rage

This angry rainbow is in a mixed up mess and its your job to fix it! In Rainbow Rage, you really have to observe the colours of the rainbow carefully. You flip a card which will reveal a rainbow image with something not quite right...your job is to be the first to grab the colours that have switched places, so having a good knowledge of the colours of the rainbow may help you in this one! Watch out for traps, but observe carefully and you'll be victorious!

Colourbrain

Here's super new one which we really like! Do you know your colours? Probably. But do you know colours of things/object just from a few words? As simple as it seems, it can get a little tricky! In this game, you start will 11 colour cards and you have to choose the right colour to answer the questions. To get more points, you need to hope and pray the other players get the answer wrong. You really need to get your brain in gear for this one, but a great mental challenge!

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New Games from Cheatwell!

We're very lucky to have some great new games to try out from Cheatwell Games!

Chattabox

Chattabox is the wacky word game that will keep everyone talking for hours!

It's a helter-skelter race in which you must get rid of your cards by calling out answers to teasing topics. Once the topic has been announced you'll have to think quickly, calling out examples that start with the letters on your cards. Try not to panic - do your best to keep the momentum going whilst playing out the cards in your hand... but don't delay... pause too long or fail to play your cards and you'll pick up a penalty!

Caveman

Do you speak caveman? No? Well, here's your chance to learn!

Shout out one of the caveman words so that everyone knows what to look for next... it's a rapid race to get rid of your cards before your megalithic mates!

It's simply prehysterical!

Silly Safari

How exciting to be on safari, trying to spot all your favourite animals... but, hang on, one of them has wandered off!

Be the first to find the missing animal in this fun, frantic card game of matching and observation!

Lift Off

Are you ready for lift-off?

In this starburst of a space race, players place sets of cards to form launch pads. Get the right combination and you can blast off leaving your opponents stranded!

Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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New Titles from Brain Games!

If you've been to any of our events lately or you joined us at the UK Games Expo back in June, you'll have probably seen us shouting about these games from our friends at Brain Games!

King Frog, Woo-Hoo! and Reef Route are the three brand new titles released at the Expo this year, and what's even better is that each game won at least one award in our Imagination Gaming Family and Education Awards this year! Here are the games in all their glory...

King Frog (Family Silver Award)

King Frog is a fast-paced game about frogs moving around the pond. Players try to stay in the game for as long as possible and to land on the right spot, because today the new King of the Frogs will be chosen. Spatial thinking, clever planning and a bit of luck make King Frog an engaging game for two to four players aged seven years and up. King Frog takes about 15 minutes to play. The game is artful, fun and develops strategic thinking, so it is a must-try for all young players. 

Click here to get a copy of the game!

 

 

Woo-Hoo! (Family Bronze Award, Young Einsteins Silver Award)

The moon is shining brightly and it’s a fragrant summer's evening in the park. The children have left and gone to sleep, but many of their toys have been left behind. Now, something is stirring. Four small garden gnomes have emerged from the foliage. They have gathered by their favorite elephant slide to admire the colorful toys that will soon be theirs. But first things first — it’s time to ride the slide!​

Woo-Hoo is an adorable roll and move game for two to four players aged three years and up and takes about 20 minutes to play. Woo-Hoo stands out with its trunk slide that little players can assemble themselves. This incredibly fun game helps kids learn counting and tactical skills.

Click here to get a copy of the game!

 

Reef Route (Young Einsteins Gold Award)

One moment, you’re a happy tropical fish, swimming with your friends in the beautiful coral reef, then suddenly a rip current picks you up and flings you far from the safety of your home. Taking in your new surroundings, you notice something approaching you from the distance... A group of sharks has appeared in your path! ​

Reef Route is a thrilling game about life in the ocean, in which players help small tropical fish travel to the reef and escape from predators. The game is for two to four players aged five years and up and takes about 15 minutes to play. The movements of the little fish teach kids to think strategically – after all, nobody wants to be eaten!

Click here to get a copy of the game!

 

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New Trophies!

Thought you might like to have a peek at these beauties!

Every time we do an inter-school tournament, which is pretty often these days, at least one of each of these trophies is handed out. And that's on top of all the certificates and any other prizes that may be up for grabs!

The shiny, reflective one goes to the student with the highest individual score on the day. We present it, the school and their mates can be impressed by it, and they can take it home to wow their family and friends permanently.

The  chunky one is for the winning team. Something solid they can display proudly at school to make sure everyone visiting can recognise their success.

Can you see your school celebrating with one of these?...

 

Why not host an interschool tournament yourselves, invite your local schools and get your hands on our new trophies too!...

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Our New Green Board Games Collection!

As we hinted a while back, our school activity plans are expanding and the drawing board is looking a little more full! We're very excited about our new activities, but there's a company that we really need to thank...

Our friends at Green Board Games have been absolutely amazing and have sent us a huge pack of games for our team members. Our team has expanded (more on this later!) so we're able to showcase these games all across the country in true Imagination Gaming style. 

Here's a few of our favourites so far...

BrainBox collection!

Of course, the BrainBox collection is definitely up there in our top 3... we've used these so many times over the years we've lost count! Thanks to Green Board Games, we now have a more extensive collection, including BrainBox Dinosaurs, Animals and Nature! The object of the game is to study a card for 10 seconds and then answer a question based on the roll of a die. If the question is answered correctly, the card is kept, and the person with the most number of cards after 5 or 10 minutes is the winner.

Jigsaw Alphabet/Numbers

A simple but fun and effective way for the younger ones to get their alphabet and numbers in the correct order! These are great as they can be used for an independent task as well as team building activities.

Fast Flags

Flags and countries seem to be a difficult one, but Fast Flags will get you learning the countries in no time! 

We've already begun to use the games in our school activites day to day and we can't wait to get started with our new activities! 

Watch this space...

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Reignhead Primary Inter-School Tournament

Today's Inter-School Tournament was for Y2 pupils and held at Reignhead Primary School, with 24 children from 3 different schools in the area. Next week, in the same area, will be an even bigger event with 5 schools each sending 2 key stage 2 teams to play... but that's next weeks story!

Our team's this time were from Reignhead, Beighton and Waterthorpe primary schools. Waterthorpe had already had their very own Imagination Gaming Games Day, and they came ready to show what they already knew, that our games were great fun to play together and competitively. The fact that they had continued to play the games we had left them was clearly evident, with impeccable manners and helpfulness, even though they knew there were trophies up for grabs... good thing I'd deliberately chosen games they'd never played before! Beighton and Reignhead were equally ready to prove themselves, and together everyone did a brilliant job of representing themselves and their schools.

 

 

Key Stage 1 tournaments are great fun. Of course they differ greatly in the games we play and the methods we use, but the concept is still the same. Bring your friends and team-mates, meet other children you wouldn't normally, play together, compete respectfully, learn something new and most importantly... have fun!

As always, the morning was about meeting the other children and teachers, and of course learning the games for the day, ready for the afternoon's competition. The schools had also made sure to get the most out of the day by including a small games pack for each team to take with them at the end. This meant that rather than just having a fantastically fun day, the schools involved were all getting some games to use every day... and some 'Games Wizards' ready to teach all their friends how to play them.

 

 

As the children were that bit younger, the challenge to them all was to stay focussed... and they did it superbly. We taught them 6 different games this morning, in a couple of hours of intense fun, and they knocked it out the park! 

Today's games were Folanimoes from Djeco, Lost and Found, 10 Up and Froggy from BrainBox and Green Board Games, Pass The Bomb from Gibson Games, and a very classic version of Hey! That's My Fish... (a long time Imagination Gaming favourite)! All of these games have previously featured in our Imagination Gaming Game of the Year awards or IGGY's.

 

 

Meet the teams... and the winners!

So, without further ado... congratulations go to everyone involved, with a big thanks to all the teachers too, and Reignhead for being fantastic hosts... but who got the trophies?!!!!

....Waterthorpe did! Here they are with their certificates and trophies, one for the winning team and one for the individual points scorer Harry, who helped lead his team to ultimate glory!

 

Well done to Beighton...

...and also a big congratulations to Reignhead too...

 

Who will win next time?! I feel sure there'll be plenty of competition and more teams joining us when we return.

So, one question remains. When will we be at your school? Get in touch and let's arrange something special just for you! Email us here or give us a call...

 

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Rossett Acre Primary win a Bright Sparks Day!

Airecon 2019 was another successful event for the Imagination Gaming Team. Our Family Zone was kept busy with lots of families attending and taking time to learn and play some incredible games.

Following on from 2018 we decided to run another School Tournament and this year we had the pleasure of meeting and working with 47 local school children, who along with their teachers took part in our competition and had lots of fun!

Every child left with a huge smile on their face and an Imagination Gaming Certificate. We had trophies for the winning school and the individual winner.

Our main prize was an Imagination Gaming Games Day, and this prize went to Rossett Acre Primary School. Congratulations!

We had the pleasure of delivering this “Bright Sparks” Games Day recently involving 2 Year 4 Classes and our mixture of tabletop games had the children engaged from start to finish.

Utilising the electronic white boards found in schools we were able to also include, problem solving, puzzles, memory games and much, much more. Each class was split into two, giving everyone plenty of time to experience several different games, helping to teach each other as well as working together. We also had children working together in pairs to puzzle out the problems put before them.

 

Games can make a tremendous difference to learning, engagement and enthusiasm. Bringing excitement and wonder, they really do compliment the classroom.

A huge thank you to everyone at Rossett Acre for making Imagination Gaming so very welcome.

We hope to see you all real soon!

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Sneak Preview! - UK Games Expo 2016

The Family Zone is Back...

...of course!!!!

UK Games Expo hits 10 years this June, and for the umpteenth year in a row we've got even more space. We must be doing something right. In fact preliminary plans look like we'll have pretty much the biggest demo area run by a single company. We're going to need it

Bits have been blurred to protect the innocent and we promise to use the space a bit more adventurously than this plan suggests, but it's all a bit hush-hush!

It may be 6 months away, but now Christmas is done and dusted we are cracking on with this years plans and we've already got something new up our sleeves. You'd expect no less I'd hope.

All the favourites from previous years will be there - hundreds of games, all 2016's Imagination Gaming Game Award submissions, the Creative Zone and Super-Size Gaming... and of course plenty more besides.

We'll let you in on this years new ideas in due course, but just to let you know the Family Zone will be back bigger and better this June, we hope you will be too. See you there?!

Remember the Family Zone is completely free to UK Games Expo ticket holders. You can find out more of what it's all about on the UKGE2016 website here and get your tickets booked quick!

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St. Theresa's Inter-School Tournaments - Locality C

On Friday the 7th June, St.Theresa's Catholic Primary hosted the first of 2 seperate Imagination Gaming Inter-school Tournaments in a week!

As a school that uses Imagination Gamings team to deliver activities in the classroom every single week, they were keen to show the schools in their local communities what it was all about. What better than inviting them for a bit of co-operative and competitive fun with a games tournament!

Who came?

Todays event welcomed schools from Locality C in Sheffield, with teams from Phillimore, Oasis Don Valley, High Hazels Academy, Gleadless and of course St Theresa's. There were a couple of unavoidable last minute no-shows, but that didnt spoil anything, and there's always next time... but look at what they missed...

Very good games all using different skills. Interesting to see the children engaging, using strategies and being competitive with teamwork. Some games surprised the children when they thought they weren't good at them.

Mrs Bond, Phillimore Primary School

 

The Morning

As we waited for the teams to arrive and get settled, we played a few different games from this years Imagination Gaming Family and Education Game Awards, a great way to get comfortable in new surroundings.

Games such as the new cooperative memory game Farm Rescue from Brain Games, and the fast moving Cobra Paw (pictured above) all about quick thinking, oibservation and coordination were just 2 of the many popular pre-tournament tasters.

 

Get Ready

Once everyone was settled it was time to learn some games that they may face in the afternoons tournament. (Of course we chose some new games, we didnt want the experienced game players from St Theresa's to have any advantage!!!)

We spend the morning learning a few games as a group together, then taking those games back to our teams to practice together. It's at this point the teams can perfect their strategies and help each other be confident with the task ahead and share their ideas.

Again more new games when it came to the tournament! Along with the serious, we put in plenty of the silly too, including the brilliant Who Did It? (pictured above) ! Here competitors battle to pass the blame for their pets misdemeanors, but it takes a very good memory to make sure you don't end up with your foot in it, so to speak!

Q-Bitz, above, is a fabulous puzzler, where players have to race to be the first to recreate a pattern using cubes, with challenges ranging from simple to downright devious!

Fletter, (and Fletter Fuse) above, is another simple letter game which can easily be adapted ... so we used that too!

 

So What Happened?

Well some excellent gamesmanship happened, thats what! In the afternoon all the children were seperated from their teams (and comfort zones) and put on a table with children from different schools for a carousel of competitive gaming.

It's fantastic to see just how they work together in this environment. A perfect mix of social integration as everyone battled to do their best, but still supported each other to succeed, even in combat!

We managed to get through 5 different games in the afternoon's competition... Mosquito, Fletter, Q-Botz, Savvy and Who Did It. By the end the children had learnt and played games all day and their focus was truly remarkable... that's games done right for you!...

What a brilliant day!!! I think the games are absolutely fantastic. The kids loved playing them and so did I!

Jayne, Gleadless Primary School

 

But who won?!

Well, without further ado, here are your competitors and winners!

Firstly, massive congratulations to Evie for achieving the most individual points of any of todays players, a whopping 21 out of 25... amazing! Here she is on the left, with the rest of the team from Gleadless, and as you can see she was gob-smacked...!

 

Here's the host team from St. Theresa's...

 

The team from High Hazel's Academy...

 

The team from Oasis Don Valley...

 

and lastly... but certainly not least because they were the eventual...

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!!!

Phillimore Primary

 

Congratulations indeed to all the schools that attended, both children and teachers for their enthuasiasm, and extra thanks for all the wonderfuk comments we received... we'll leave you with this one.

I think it was good because we all met new people as well as being very competitive against other people. It was also a bit confusing in a good way because it made my brain jog or even sprint sometimes!

Evie (before she knew she had won!), Gleadless Primary School

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Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Each summer in association with the Reading Agency, libraries and schools nationwide take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

The SRC is an annual event dedicated to encouraging children, particularly 4 - 11 yr olds, to continue reading throughout the summer holidays. This can be a period where their interest and thus their reading development can take a significant turn, one which is not necessarily easily reversed when they go back to school in September.

Every year there is a new theme, with recent years focusing on Space, the Olympics, Dinosaurs and Mythical Maze. Each one has a large suggested reading list of associated books to complement the topic, and specially chosen as content to particularly excite and intrigue.

As part of our ongoing relationship with libraries in numerous areas, we are asked to provide games sessions and activities to support the current theme and this year is no exception...

 

2016 The Big Friendly Read

This year's theme is The Big Friendly Read. As the name implies, the focus is on a Roald Dahl style of imagination and story-telling, but there is a wide spectrum of titles on the 2016 reading list... and of course, we have a specific activity to suit!...

 

'ROLLED DAHL!' with Imagination Gaming

celebrating the work of Roald Dahl with games and story-telling for the Summer Reading Challenge 2016

As part of our ever popular games sessions, Imagination Gaming are offering a new activity session to support and promote this year's Summer Reading Challenge and specifically the theme of the work of Roald Dahl. The sessions are anticipated to run across a series of locations and offer both creative and competitive activities to suit everyone.

  • 'ROLLED Dahl'  - A Roald Dahl themed story-writing activity using story cubes, with the opportunity to have prizes for the winners and chosen stories featured on our website.
  • A range of our ever popular games to pick up and play, focusing on imagination and adventure in the spirit of the theme.
  • A Roald Dahl themed BrainBox 10 minute challenge and leaderboard!

This games session is available to both libraries and schools as part of Imagination Gaming's popular games workshops, full of exciting card and board games with a cool twist for all ages. This offers a range of inspirational activities for children and families to participate in at a level to suit everyone.

Note: Games and 'ROLLED Dahl' is typically suitable for 8 and up, 5 and up if accompanied by an adult depending on ability.

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