Ok, here’s a post for some fun this holiday season. First, I’ll admit it, I am one of those people who really enjoys wrapping presents each year and like to come up with new, fun ways to wrap the presents. At first I started out with different kinds of paper and unique ribbons, bells, or other add-ons. After that, I moved on to a favorite of wrapping smaller presents in bigger, weird shaped boxes with lots of other items in the box to throw off the weight and/or noise of the present, like including weights, bells, loose candy, and more inside the box. In past years, just about all of my wrapping included one present, wrapped inside another present, each being for someone other than the original present said it was for, and some exchanging hands up to five times before the actual present was unwrapped by the right person. This year, I thought I’d take a different twist…
With my kids being teenagers, I thought I would mix it up a little this year and bring in the digital world with Microsoft Tags, the internet, and Windows Phone for wrapping one present for them. After all, if you can’t have fun with the wrapping and opening of the presents, you’re missing out on a lot of fun. Here’s how the fun went down:
As you can see, to find their present, they were required to get their Windows Phones and use Bing Vision on them. The picture on the page above is a cove here in our house that, as you can see, is decorated with fake presents. Well, on Christmas morning, I had placed another present in there that they needed to compare to the picture to see which one was out of place.
Yep, sure enough, what they needed to find their actual present that they were looking for was hidden at the very bottom of the first box they unwrapped, below the packing peanuts they disregarded once they found their original boxes inside the first box. Of course, it was a Microsoft Tag, which led them to one final web page that revealed their present to them. Even in the world of digital wrapping and technology, a child’s eagerness to find their presents can never be underestimated, and how much fun it is to use that as part of the unwrapping fun.
Anyway, I thought I would share this quick story with you about using Microsoft Tag and Windows Phone as part of the holiday fun for the kids in case you happened to find it interesting or if it possibly helped share some ideas with any of you to use in the future for fun. Also, if you have any fun or interesting ideas you’ve used in the past to share, I’d love to hear those as well.
Happy holidays and Happy New Year 2013 to you all.
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You sir, are diabolical! May have to do this to my kids next year! Such fun.