Category Archives: Games

A Fun Chess Tournament, Saturday, May 14th

Leawood Elementary Chess Tournament

Leawood Elementary is hosting a Chess Tournament to promote a fun and educational opportunity for players of all levels. Whether this will be your first tournament or you are a seasoned chess competitor, everyone is welcome!

When:  Saturday, May 14

Where: Leawood Elementary, 2400 W 123rd Street, Leawood, KS 66209

Time: 10:00 am—1:00 pm; First round starts at 10:15; Doors will open at 10 am

Cost: $17 per student   Lunch: not provided

Format: Each child will play five matches regardless of score (not elimination)

Sections: K-1, 2-3 grade, 4-6 grade

GM/15 (each player gets 15 minutes per game)

Supervision:  Parents need to stay with their kids; the waiting room will be in the commons. Playing hall will be the Gym.

Registration: Will be accepted through Friday, May 13.

Click on “Events” menu at top and select tournament. Click reg. individual

You must pre-register online ONLY. No on-site registration. We are taking the first 60 registrations. No more.

Instructions: You do not need to bring any boards or pieces or clocks. Everyone who registers will be paired for first round. No check-in required. Please make sure that participants do know the rules.  We reserve the right to rearrange sections based on attendance

Awards: Everyone will receive a medal for participation. No team awards

Notes: Pairings with siblings are protected. No team protection.

Tournament Director: Tim Steiner  (913) 638-7707;

This event is sponsored by the Kansas City Chess Foundation a 501(c)3 corporation.

Play to Win a Lumosity Lifetime Membership – today only (3/8)!

Still remember the fun online brain game Lumosity? There is a special going on just for TODAY!   For every Word Bubbles Rising   game we complete by 11pm tonight, we will receive 1 entry to win a Lumosity Lifetime MembershipLet’s all play it today!  

Username: shinygemskc      Password: overlandpark2011

Tell us that you played it today!

Let’s Join In the MMXI Ricebowl Challenge Feb. 6 – 12

Hi there! Are you watching Super Bowl XLV right now? We can have a bowl challenge too!  Please join in the MMXI Ricebowl Challenge (Feb. 6 – 12), play intellectual games, raise rice and beat global hunger, and have fun at the same time!

You go to and either:

1) Login as: KS_shinygems2011, Password: kcshinygems2011
Play the vocabulary game. The grains of rice you win will be part of the group total.  No individual totals.  OR

2) Sign Up with your parent’s address, use your blog name as the username on, join our group “KC Shiny Gems Club“. The rice you earn will be included in our group total, and will also show as your individual total.   NOTE: it will ask for your birthday date and require your parent permission.

Our group is in the challenge and competing with other groups in the world.  The screen shot below shows that “Diamond” has signed up and joined the group. We hope to see you there too!  Please tell your parents to allow you because this game is a vocabulary game and has the good cause too!

A Game For All Horse Lovers

Are you a horse fan? Do you like riding horses or collecting pictures of them? If the answer is yes, you should try Trust me – it’s really fun! It’s a free game, and you can take care of horses, train them, enter them in competitions, and do a lot more! By the way, you have to spell the website h-o-w-r-s-e or it will go to a different website. You should try it!

Play Games and still SAVE THE WORLD FROM HUNGER!!

I found this free vocabulary game, it is really fun.
For every word you get right, they donate ten grains of rice to the hungry!! I’ve donated 1010 grains of rice so far!!
Here is the link:
Post your scores and let’s see who donates the most!

Who had fun at the Chinese New Year’s celebration?

It all started relaxed and friendly.

Watch closely of every move ...


It's your turn, buddy!

Let's count the captured pieces.

You better move fast or give it up, buddy, 'cause I want to go find my friends!

Play Fun Games – Please Post Your Scores! (Note: Right Click on the link and Open it in a new window, so you don’t leave your blog site.)

Username: shinygemskc

Password: overlandpark2011

When you are done playing, please post the name of the game you played and your score.  Let us see who gets the highest score by game!

This free account includes a premium trial that ends on Jan. 12, 2011. So don’t miss the “premium” games. 

Let Us Play, Let Us Play ….