Tuesday, 4 December 2007

How to waste time for a good cause...

CLICK on FreeRice.com - What am I saying?! For someone whose up to their eyes in preparations for Christmas, which include craft making for the School Christmas Fair, making bits for a shepherd costume (WHAT - he's not Joseph?!), on-line shopping for the ugly amount of Christmas presents for those I love, making homemade things to send to those who participated in our Pay it Forward, looking away from child trying to twist yet another loose tooth out of his mouth so that he can fleece the tooth fairy yet again. That and everything else that goes with the festive season (quick breathe!) I should not be suggesting that people go on-line to play games. However, this is all for a good cause and spending time playing this totally addictive game felt great. I know one would have to play it for a very long time to donate enough rice for even a small family to eat well but, well, you know...

FreeRice.com It's a simple concept. Play a word game on-line. Advertisers pay money. Freerice donates free rice. The game : they give you a word and a few different meanings. You have to click on the correct meaning of the word. For each word you get right they donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. I'm really sorry if you've got more important things to do, you can't hold me responsible for the amount of time you spend playing.

Please PLEASE click Frequently Asked Questions for some insightful information about the game but more importanly about world hunger. You can also click on their sister site Poverty.com - all really important stuff.

Thanks to Jenny at All Things Edible for posting about this on the Daring Bakers blog. I was very impressed with my word knowledge!! My best level was 40 - not bad at all. Edit: I'm now up to level 41. That half hour sure went fast and with nigh on 4000 grains of rice donated. All together now sing "I feel good!"

It gives a warning on the site that the game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance, and (more).

Just as I'd finished writing this post, the tooth twister has pulled yet another tooth out. The Tooth Fairy will be bankrupt at this rate!

10 comments:

Pig in the Kitchen said...

So glad someone else is swamped in nativity prep, (what? he's an octopus? which part of the bible is that in? Are we doing Noah this year?). It's a good time of year to be thinking about world hunger as we gear up for the annual excess...
Pigx

Quellia said...

I got caught up playing it too - and I admit I used a dictionary to help me with some of the words!

Sara said...

Free Rice is so much fun! Thanks for the link.

Marie said...

Great idea! I am off to play the game! I love Nativity plays. I go to the one down in the village church every year. I think they call it a Christingle? Not sure, but it's always good. They hold it on Christmas eve.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Pig, I'm found one costume enough. I'd have my head in the oven if I'd put my hand up to make eleven.

Hi Jenny, I looked up one of the first go. Second time round I was determined to guess even if I thought I didn't know the word. It's brilliant, thanks for the pointer to it.

Hi Sara, isn't it brilliant.

Hi Marie, enjoy playing. It is Christingle.

Thank you for your comments.
Amanda x

Cynthia said...

You are going to be run ragged this holiday! You have so much to do! You're more than capable, just remember like you suggested, to breathe!

I haven't played yet but I heard the game is addictive. Will give it a go.

Angel said...

Thanks for the fun link. I'm totally addicted, and love the game.

Kelly-Jane said...

Oh that is so my thing! Thanks so much for the link.

KJxx

Nora B. said...

Oh Amanda, I had a laugh about the tooth fairy. I used to think that if I lost a bigger tooth, I'll get a bigger present from the tooth fairy. I genuinely believed in the tooth fairy, can't recall how I found out that she wasn't real...

p/s: Thanks for the game link.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Cynthia, Breathe 123, Breathe 123 - I'm doing it... :)

Hi Angel, I've had to go cold turkey with it...

Hi Kelly-Jane, Enjoy it, it's totally addictive.

Hi Nora, Our tooth fairy gives £1.00 for most teeth, but £2.00 for the front ones. She sometimes forgets and we then have to write her a note to remind her!!

Thank you for your comments.
Amanda x

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