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The (wonderful) "Let's Google it!!" game in our house ....

Updated on October 30, 2011

Our little game...

Last night as we (me, hubby and children)were sat eating our dinner and listening to the radio, a song came on that we all liked, but nobody knew who the singer was, so we proceeded to try and guess who was singing the song. After a while of guessing nobody had come up with who we thought was the right singer, so one of us said "Let's Google it!" and we do just that...." Google it"

We often play games like this, it could be guessing who a certain person is and what they were famous for or guessing how many great white sharks there are left in the world. It's just our familys guessing game. It probably would never have started with out that wonderful search engine called Google - I'm aware that there are other search engines, but that's the one we use. ''Let's Bing it!!" or "Let's Yahoo it!!" just doesn't sound right, although I'm sure they are just as good as Google.

Books in the childrens bedroom - I daren't show you the piles on the floor too.
Books in the childrens bedroom - I daren't show you the piles on the floor too.


It got me thinking, what did we do before Google? I am a great believer of the humble book and find it sad that a lot of people - more worryingly children - probably don't see the point in picking up a book. A lot of this is due to the internet and the fact that books can be so expensive.....If you have children please teach them the value of reading books for fun, it's a great way to pass the time and improve language vocabulary.

Encyclopaedias aren't so good for our game as they need to be up to date and unless you buy an updated one every year there will be recent facts that will be missing - which works out expensive too - also the facts we're trying to find out can be so trivial that there's a good chance that encyclopaedias wouldn't have the answers anyway. It can be a very sad game at times too - sad as in the type of questions - do we really need to know Katy Perrys shoe size?....According to the children, yes!!.....Now who is Katy Perry?....."Let's Google it!!"....

I'm sure we're not the only ones to play games like this.

Do you play games like this?

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Family interaction....

There are a number of reasons I like our " Let's Google it!!" game and they are....

  • I think that family interaction is important and this game encourages just that, without anyone at any time having to say "lets sit down and play a game". As children get older a family game isn't always their idea of fun. Our "Let's Google it!!" game just starts, at any time and without warning, usually with something one of us has heard and has wondered about. The great thing about this game is that it can be played at anytime, even if you're doing busy something ....Probably not wise if you have to concentrate on the task at hand though.
  • It gets the children interested and thinking and asking questions too. It doesn't matter how silly the question is, believe me there will be some silly ones, it's only meant to be a bit of fun.
  • We learn how to find what we're looking for on the internet, I say we as it's not always the children who need to learn.. Searching for information, using Youtube and playing games on the internet are all very different things. The children maybe whizzes on the computer, but they don't always know how to search for information.
  • It can spark curiosity about a subject, whilst Googling for an answer we quite often find the children looking deeper into it and learning more and that's never a bad thing.
  • Finally, this game often creates good banter. Fun family arguments and discussions that can go on for days, be warned they can do your head in.

Why don't you start playing too...

A lot of people probably use search engines in a similar manner, but if you don't, why not have a go. Next time you hear a question you don't know the answer to or find yourself wondering about something, throw it to the family,you may find that you have a good laugh.


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    • debbie roberts profile image

      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      I remember having a selection of reference books that I loved flicking through as a youngster. You can't beat the feeling of just randomly flicking the pages of a book and on the other hand you can't beat the internet for being up to date with the information at your finger tips.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      It is amazing how we have gotten used to going to the computer to look up information. It's easy and convenient - gone are the days of going to the library, looking up something in the reference books and writing the info on note cards. Those were onerous tasks at times. The downside of looking up something online is losing serendipitous discoveries. Nice hub.

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      Nice idea, I don't know exactly what your Thanksgiving is about, but an educated guess would be that you take time to give thanks for things...If I'm wrong, excuse me as I'm only half way through my morning coffee....Google and other search engines have MADE our lives easier in many ways....More good than bad..

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Yes, this Thanks Giving, i'm naming Google! (I don't think the others come close.) Before google, the muted encyclopedia and the book "Questions Children Ask" were tiny attempts to cure our curiosity.

      One more thing that Google does it bring information to us almost instantaneously. This gives us more time to ask more questions:)

      Thanks for another great hub.