Colour a Happy Holiday Trio!

by Spikey

posted on December 10, 2016 in Colouring Sheets

Are you getting into the holiday spirit yet?

Here's a colouring sheet that might help you feel some of that special wintertime joy.

What colours will you make this smiling elf's jingle-bell outfit?

What about the gingerbread friend and happy teddybear buddy?

Is this a Christmas gathering or just a festive get-together for Laughter, Love, and Light?

You decide!

Have fun!

Your friend,

To download the colouring sheet for printing and colouring, just right-click the preview image and select Save Link As. Or left-click to go to the image and then Save Page.

Colouring sheet copyright © 2016 Marian Buchanan. All rights reserved. Permission granted to download, print, and colour, for personal use only.

How to Play Sudoku

by Marian

posted on January 25, 2015 in Puzzle Games, Sudoku

Sudoku looks like a math game, but it's not really about numbers at all -- no adding, subtracting, multiplication or division. What it's really about is patterns and logic. That's kind of math -- but it's not arithmetic. So there's really no need to have numbers in the puzzle. You can just as easily have shapes, or colours, or letters, or pictures.

Let's just call them "symbols" -- that way, these instructions can apply to all the variations: Foodoku, Moodoku, and of course plain old regular Sudoku.

Here are the instructions for playing the 9x9 grid version of the game:

The puzzle always starts with some of the little squares filled in with whichever type of symbol is used. You complete the puzzle by filling the rest of the squares with symbols so the board ends up like this:

  • each column has one of each symbol -- a column is 9 squares in a line between the top and bottom
  • each row has one of each symbol -- a row is 9 squares in a line between the left and right
  • each box has one of each symbol -- a box is a 3x3 square grid of 9 connected smaller squares, marked by the thicker lines
  • You can’t have more than one of each symbol in any row, column, or box.

To play the puzzle given on this page, right-click it and select "Save Link As" to download, then print it and fill in the squares with a pencil.

If you want to turn it into a Foodoku or Moodoku puzzle:

  • Print it enlarged enough to fill the width of the paper.
  • Print the sheet of pictures (choose between healthy foods, desserts, or moods).
  • Decide which picture will replace which number.
  • Set up the board by covering each number with its corresponding picture.
  • Now you can play!

A Sudoku Puzzle a Day…

by Spikey

posted on January 24, 2015 in Puzzle Games, Sudoku

Solving one Sudoku puzzle every morning keeps Marian patient while her computer is booting up. This is the one she did today. It's a regular Sudoku puzzle, but you can turn it into Foodoku or Moodoku if you replace each number with a picture from the picture sets:

To download this puzzle, right-click on the picture of it and choose "Save Link As...".

If you do use the food or mood pieces, you'll have to print out the sudoku puzzle bigger than it is here -- make it fit the whole width of the page, and that should be the right size.

Is this puzzle too hard, too easy, or just right? Let us know in the comments!

Have fun!

Your friend, Spikey

Colour the Snowman!

by Spikey

posted on November 23, 2014 in Colouring Sheets

Colour the snowman!Have you seen how much it's been snowing in some places these days? There's been enough snow to make a big snowman!

So it seems like a good time to bring out this colouring sheet that Marian found the other day when she was rummaging through her old drawings.

Click on the black-and-white picture to see a big copy of the colouring sheet. Then right-click on that and select "Save Image As..." to download it to your computer. You can print it out to colour it.

Now, you may think that you can't colour a snowman because snow is just white and so is the paper. Right?

But look again. Have you ever noticed how shadows on snow look blue?

Here's how you can make the shadows on the snowy parts: don't put blue everywhere, just near the edges where the shadows would be. There wouldn't be a shadow on the side that the light is coming from, just on the side away from the light, and also underneath. See how Marian made them in the second coloured picture? It's very light blue, just enough to make the snow look a little more like a ball.

Coloured-in snowman Coloured-in snowman with shadows

And while you're at it, why not give the other colours some darker and lighter spots too? How about making the sky be a sunset instead of all blue? And how about giving the fox some black feet and ears and a white patch on its chest? That's what foxes look like, after all -- they're not just one colour. So why not get fancy with your colouring?

Have fun in the snow!

Spikey the Caboodle Kid Your friend, Spikey

In the Mood for Sudoku?

by Spikey

posted on August 13, 2014 in Moodoku, Puzzle Games, Sudoku

Moodoku puzzle 4cHere's another variation on the Japanese puzzle game, Sudoku. This one's called "Moodoku" and it's all about different moods! The puzzle pieces are cute little faces.

Which ones are happy? Which ones are sad? Interesting!...What do you think that green one with the leaves and flower is feeling?

Here's what you need to play the game:

These are all image files, so just save them to your computer, print them out, cut out the little face pieces, and follow the included instructions to play the game.

Don't forget to let us know what you think... and have fun!
Spikey the Caboodle Kid Your friend, Spikey

Foodoku Puzzles #3

by Spikey

posted on February 29, 2012 in Foodoku, Puzzle Games

Well, it was about time Marian got back to making some more stuff for you kids! (These grown-ups get so busy sometimes!) Here are some more Foodoku puzzles for you:

And for those of you who haven't yet downloaded the food pieces that go with the puzzles, here are the links again:

Have fun!

Your friend, Spikey

What in the world is Win-Win Wari???

by Spikey

posted on August 6, 2011 in Board Games, Wari

Hello kids! Spikey here. Marian just made a new download for you! It's a wari board and wari pieces to colour -- or you can print out the pre-coloured version if you want.

But... what is wari???

Well, it's Read the rest of this entry →

More Foodoku puzzles!

by Spikey

posted on July 5, 2011 in Foodoku, Puzzle Games

Two versions of another Foodoku puzzle -- the Sudoku-type puzzle that uses pictures of food instead of numbers! Read the rest of this entry →

What’s a fun puzzle game to do with food?

by Spikey

posted on June 30, 2011 in Foodoku, Puzzle Games

How about "Foodoku"? (!)

Have you ever heard of the Japanese puzzle game Sudoku? It looks like a math game, right? But it's not really about numbers at all -- no adding, subtracting, multiplication or division. What it's really about is patterns and logic. So, yeah, that's kind of math -- but it's not arithmetic. So there's really no need to have numbers in the puzzle. You can just as easily have shapes, or colours, or letters, or pictures.

So that got us to thinking, "Hey! Why not make a Sudoku game with pictures of food?" Marian wanted to make one that helps you remember what kinds of foods make a healthy, balanced meal. She started with 6 pictures, one for each of the 6 Vegan Food Groups. (That's why there's seaweed in the first set of pictures -- one of the vegan food groups is for trace minerals and vitamin B12. The other groups are fruit, yellow and green vegetables, whole grains and potatoes, nuts and seeds, and legumes like peas and beans.) For the other 3 pictures, she just used another fruit, another grain, and another vegetable.

Anyway, I said, "Hey! What about dessert??" So I got her to make a whole other set of pictures, this time all sweet treats! Obviously, you wouldn't eat all of these together, the way you would with the healthy foods from the other set. You'd just have one at a time for a dessert or a special snack or something. But isn't it fun to see them all together there and make-believe you're in Candyland or something? Tee hee hee!

Marian's probably going to make some more picture sets later on, and also some more puzzle boards to use them with. Meanwhile, you can start with the first puzzle in either the "healthy foods" version or the "sweet treats" version. These are pdf files that you can print and cut out so they're like a board game.

I think I'll start a Foodoku Caboodle, too, for kids who want to get tips on how to solve the Foodoku puzzles, or talk about the foods. See you there?

Your friend,

More Foodoku puzzles here.

Spread the Word!

by Spikey

posted on June 9, 2011 in Spread the Word!

Hello, kids! Spikey here.

Kids and Caboodles is still pretty new, so not a lot of people know about it yet. Want to help spread the word? You can tell everyone you know... and even people you don't know! Here's how:

Word of mouth

(Isn't that a funny expression?)

Just tell your friends and family when you see them, like "Hey! I found a new website that's going to have some great stuff on it. It's Right now they have a free Standikin you can colour and cut-out" (and then you can explain what a Standikin is).

Hand it out

If you want to have a piece of paper to give people to make it easier, print out copies of the flyer. (That's a PDF file. It's a sheet of 4 mini-flyers - just print out the sheet and cut in 4 along the dotted lines.) This would be a great way to spread the news to your neighbours, teacher, or homeschool group.

Be a walking billboard!

If you happen to be wearing a Kids and Caboodles T-shirt, you don't even need to say a word, the T-shirt says it for you, wherever you go! Or a hat or tote-bag... or let your dog do the job for you!

Here's some other cool stuff

There are also some other cool Zazzle products you can get with the Kids and Caboodles logo on them: key-chains, mugs, notecards -- even iPad covers and mouse-pads and skateboards! ( -- and a lot more: we have a whole Kids and Caboodles store on Zazzle).

So if you like Kids and Caboodles or its logo and want some cool stuff with that design, there's plenty to choose from. And anyone who sees you using them will be able to find out about Kids and Caboodles too, thanks to you! Isn't that a nice way to share good news?

(Oh, and "Thanks!" if you do!)

Your friend Spikey