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McNeill Designs has closed doors

April 9, 2015

It is with great sadness that the team at McNeill Designs announces that the company is declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy and has closed doors. Many of our great games are still available at fine retailers nationwide, as well as online. And, for your convenience the “How to Play” websites will remain available at:

http://HowtoPlayYouveBeenSentenced.wordpress.com 

http://HowtoPlayTwistedFish.wordpress.com

Many thanks to all of those great folks who have supported us over the years!

What are the best grammar games for the classroom? eHow weighs in!

March 6, 2015

2011 COMPRESSED You've been Sentenced ImageWe all know that the You’ve been Sentenced!word game is loads of fun. Kids love it. Families love it. And now, teachers love it too!

eHow recently cited the You’ve been Sentenced! word game as a great way to teach students grammar, while having fun at the same time!

A brief snippet of the article Where Can I Find Grammar Games for Students to Play? by Katylyn Joy follows. To read the article in its entirety, please visit eHow.

“Grammar is often the moan-inspiring aspect of language arts instruction. To many, it seems like nothing more than dreary rules often learned by rote and accompanying red marks on papers. To dispel the negative reaction and actually encourage mastery of English grammar, teachers can introduce learning through games. Games may be handmade, board games, online or software games or classroom-type group activities…

Other options include books of games, software or commercially prepared games designed to teach grammar. One board game is Go to Press! A Grammar Game. Others include You’ve Been Sentenced!, Speed Grammar and Grammar 500. Another way to play grammar games is through software. Some software titles for grammar are Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar Rock, Spell It Deluxe + Grammar Games by Davidson, and Grammar Games by Knowledge Adventure.”

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds’ award-winning, educational games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online.

The FREE You’ve been Sentenced! mobile app will be available March 5, 2015 on both ios and Android!

March 4, 2015

YBS Screen Shot, Wild CardsThe winner of 25 national awards, the beloved You’ve been Sentenced! word game is now a FREE mobile app!

McNeill Designs, developer of the multi award–winning card game You’ve been Sentenced! has recently partnered with Island Officials and turned the hit game into a free app for mobile devices. The app will be available for both Android and Apple smartphones and tablets on March 5, 2015.

http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.IslandOfficials.YBSentenced Android

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/youve-been-sentenced/id964688531?ls=1&mt=8 ios

A quick mind and a quicker wit are necessary to score big in this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud game. Game play for the app mirrors the card game; players must create sentences using only a random hand of words, while adlibbing outrageous explanations to earn points.

You've been Sentenced! word game, award winning word card board game, hot pick game 2015, top pick new game 2015, hot mobile app 2015In addition, when players download the You’ve been Sentenced! word game app on their mobile devices, they are not only having fun, they are also helping support an important cause. As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting literacy nationwide, a percentage of the revenues generated via the mobile app will be donated to Success Won’t Wait, the Delaware-based literacy non-profit.

Since 2005, McNeill Designs has donated a portion of sales of the physical card game You’ve Been Sentenced! to Success Won’t Wait. The 501c3 not for profit organization encourages reading, particularly by children, and has provided over 650,000 books to organizations, schools and programs nationwide since 2002.

About McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds

Founded in 2004, McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds launched into the marketplace with a series of innovative board, card, and party games. Since its creation, the company’s flagship product, the You’ve Been Sentenced! word game, has been the recipient of over 25 national awards including: Dr. Toy Best Products, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award, National Parenting Seal of Approval, Mr. Dad Seal of Approval, plus many more!

Success Won't Wait literacy organization non profit Delaware, Susan Conforte McneillAbout Success Won’t Wait

Founded in 2002, Success Won’t Wait is a Delaware-based organization that encourages reading by providing materials to those who need them most. Success Won’t Wait volunteers organize book drives by partnering with schools and universities, independent groups and organizations, and a variety of businesses, calling on residents to donate brand new and gently used books for redistribution in the community. To date, dozens of book drives have been held and over 650,000 books have been collected and redistributed.

Read more about Success Won’t Wait in Family Circle magazine.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!

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Expand your vocabulary! You’ve been Sentenced! Word of the Week: BUTTE

March 7, 2014

Brain Busters add-on deck, McNeill DesignsAccording to the folks at Merriam Webster, the definition of  BUTTE is:

:  an isolated hill or mountain with steep or precipitous sides usually having a smaller summit area than a mesa

Can your students use this word in a sentence? The word BUTTE (and so much more) can be found in the You’ve been Sentenced! word game Brain-Busters add-on deck.

About You’ve been Sentenced!

The multi award-winning  You’ve been Sentenced! word game uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places. Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while also trying to score the most points per round. Sentences also have to be justifiable in meaning, making players use both creativity and common sense.

Since its creation, the You’ve Been Sentenced! game has been recognized by both the gaming and education communities and is the recipient of numerous awards including:

*2013 Family Review Center PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Creative Child Magazine, Seal of Excellence

* PTPA

* Dr. Toy Best Products

* Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award

* Mom’s Choice Award

Family Review Center Award

* iParenting Media Hot Product Award

* FAO Schwarz Toy Auditions, Winner

* National Parenting Seal of Approval

* Mr. Dad Seal of Approval

* George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia magazine, Hot Media for Educators

* MENSA Society’s Parenting for High Potential magazine, Resource Roundup Pick

* Scholastic Instructor Magazine Teachers Pick

* Tillywig Laugh Out Loud Fun Award

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning educational games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Simply visit McNeill Designs for game rules and variations, free printable score sheets, or even order online!

Expand your vocabulary! You’ve been Sentenced! Word of the Week: GAMBIT

February 24, 2014

Brain Busters add-on deck, McNeill DesignsAccording to the folks at Merriam Webster, the definition of  GAMBIT is:

: a planned series of moves at the beginning of a game of chess

: something done or said in order to gain an advantage or to produce a desired result

Can your students use this word in a sentence? The word GAMBIT (and so much more) can be found in the You’ve been Sentenced! word game Brain-Busters add-on deck.

About You’ve been Sentenced!

The multi award-winning  You’ve been Sentenced! word game uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places. Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while also trying to score the most points per round. Sentences also have to be justifiable in meaning, making players use both creativity and common sense.

Since its creation, the You’ve Been Sentenced! game has been recognized by both the gaming and education communities and is the recipient of numerous awards including:

*2013 Family Review Center PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Creative Child Magazine, Seal of Excellence

* PTPA

* Dr. Toy Best Products

* Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award

* Mom’s Choice Award

Family Review Center Award

* iParenting Media Hot Product Award

* FAO Schwarz Toy Auditions, Winner

* National Parenting Seal of Approval

* Mr. Dad Seal of Approval

* George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia magazine, Hot Media for Educators

* MENSA Society’s Parenting for High Potential magazine, Resource Roundup Pick

* Scholastic Instructor Magazine Teachers Pick

* Tillywig Laugh Out Loud Fun Award

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning educational games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Simply visit McNeill Designs for game rules and variations, free printable score sheets, or even order online!

Expand your vocabulary! You’ve been Sentenced! Word of the Week: APLOMB

February 10, 2014

Brain Busters add-on deck, McNeill DesignsAccording to the folks at Merriam Webster, the definition of  APLOMB is:

Can your students use this word in a sentence? The word APLOMB (and so much more) can be found in the You’ve been Sentenced! word game Brain-Busters add-on deck.

About You’ve been Sentenced!

The multi award-winning  You’ve been Sentenced! word game uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places. Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while also trying to score the most points per round. Sentences also have to be justifiable in meaning, making players use both creativity and common sense.

Since its creation, the You’ve Been Sentenced! game has been recognized by both the gaming and education communities and is the recipient of numerous awards including:

*2013 Family Review Center PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Creative Child Magazine, Seal of Excellence

* PTPA

* Dr. Toy Best Products

* Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award

* Mom’s Choice Award

Family Review Center Award

* iParenting Media Hot Product Award

* FAO Schwarz Toy Auditions, Winner

* National Parenting Seal of Approval

* Mr. Dad Seal of Approval

* George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia magazine, Hot Media for Educators

* MENSA Society’s Parenting for High Potential magazine, Resource Roundup Pick

* Scholastic Instructor Magazine Teachers Pick

* Tillywig Laugh Out Loud Fun Award

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning educational games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Simply visit McNeill Designs for game rules and variations, free printable score sheets, or even order online!

Expand your vocabulary! The You’ve been Sentenced! Word of the Week: HARRIDANS

January 23, 2014

Brain Busters add-on deck, McNeill DesignsAccording to the folks at Merriam Webster, the definition of  HARRIDANS is:

  • Plural of the word HARRIDAN, a shrew
Can your students use this word in a sentence? The word HARRIDANS (and so much more) can be found in the You’ve been Sentenced! word game Brain-Busters add-on deck.

About You’ve been Sentenced!

The multi award-winning  You’ve been Sentenced! word game uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places. Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while also trying to score the most points per round. Sentences also have to be justifiable in meaning, making players use both creativity and common sense.

Since its creation, the You’ve Been Sentenced! game has been recognized by both the gaming and education communities and is the recipient of numerous awards including:

*2013 Family Review Center PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Creative Child Magazine, Seal of Excellence

* PTPA

* Dr. Toy Best Products

* Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Gold Seal Award

* Mom’s Choice Award

Family Review Center Award

* iParenting Media Hot Product Award

* FAO Schwarz Toy Auditions, Winner

* National Parenting Seal of Approval

* Mr. Dad Seal of Approval

* George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia magazine, Hot Media for Educators

* MENSA Society’s Parenting for High Potential magazine, Resource Roundup Pick

* Scholastic Instructor Magazine Teachers Pick

* Tillywig Laugh Out Loud Fun Award

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds award-winning educational games like You’ve been Sentenced! and more? Simply visit McNeill Designs for game rules and variations, free printable score sheets, or even order online!

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