Category: Product Reviews

Review: Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta HITS for Growing Families

 

Have I got a fun new children’s music album to share with my blog readers today from Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music, called #1 Hits- Music for Growing Families. This is a fantastic collection of greatest hit songs from 1993 to 2011 from Children’s music writer and singer Katherine Dines. Her songs have even been featured on Grammy Award winning albums and she’s also received many other awards.

How do we like this particular CD? We are pretty happy with it! There are fifteen fun songs featuring everything from Dadddy Being on Diaper Duty, OoeyGooey Stew, and The Goobaws! There are songs that are fast and slow, and I’ll have to say there’s a good mix of the two for sure.

I love that these songs are like story full of rich lyrics that are easy for children to understand and enjoy. My daughter thinks the song Ooey, Gooey Stew is a riot. She tells me that the stew is so gross and she doesn’t like it. Another song my daughter likes is Sheet Shakin’ Bed Quakin Belly Achin’ Wide Awake Blues. I am sure she can relate too because quite often she’s up much longer at night than she should be!

My favorite song is We Don’t Ever Have to Say Goodbye which features the word goodbye in numerous languages. A great song to prompt discussions with your child about other cultures and languages different from our own.

I totally recommend parents and teachers to check out this fun filled CD. I think it would be a fun listen at home and on the road the Spring and Summer season!

You can find Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music #1 Hits: Music for Growing Families  at Katherine’s website where you can listen to song samples from this collection. You can also find her other albums on Amazon.com.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my opinion of them. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

 

Review & Giveaway: Learning Your ABCs Felt Board Set by Betty Lukens

I’ve been very excited about finding products that my daughter can completely engage herself into when learning. Some of the hands-on products I love to present her with are from Betty Lukens, a company that offers over 30 fun felt sets geared to children of all ages. Themes include animals & nature, science and learning, dress up dolls, bible stories, and so much more!

I’ve been using the Betty Luken Learning You ABC’s Feltboard Set to help my three and half year old daughter learn her letter sounds. This 13″ x 15″ set comes ready to use with over 60 pre-cut shapes, and it’s easy to store away at home or to bring along when traveling with it’s included plastic storage bag.

The board itself has the letters A-Z printed on it. The included full color pieces have images such an Apple to place on the letter A, Butterfly to place on B, and so on. What’s neat is that there is also the word for each image and each vowel has an image of it’s long and short letter sound!

This set has been a wonderful aid to begin teaching my daughter letter to picture matching as well as phonic sounds! I’ve even been working with her to start sounding out the words for each image. Some days I let her play with the set by herself and she’s been matching all the images to the correct letter and has been so proud of herself for getting everything correctly. There’s so many ways to learn and use this set, I say just let your imagination take you.

There’s nothing I don’t love about Betty Lukens products. They are toys and tools that are not just fun but educational too. These products are also very durable and will last for years and years to come. If you check out the website, you can find a fun free interactive felt set for kids to play with online!

If you are interested in purchasing a Betty Lukens Feltboard Set like the one I reviewed note that it cost $16.95, which I find to be a real deal! This is a set that will played with over and over again! Be sure to check out all the other products offered to find something perfect for use with your own children or church/school classroom!

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Review & Giveaway: Primary Science Mix and Measure Set by Learning Resources


Teaching preschool science to my daughter has been an absolute blast. She like most preschoolers learns best by doing so any thing hands-on is a must to incorporate into educating a child. Science is a great way for children to explore with minimal instructions from an adult. It’s an exciting and meaningful way to help children better understand the world around them teaching problem solving, basic elements, and scientific reasoning such as testing and seeking solutions and answers.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the Primary Science Mix and Measure Set from Learning Resource’s latest line of 2012 products. You can bet I was pretty excited to delve deeper into science with my children with this fun looking set!

The Primary Science Mix and Measure Set from Learning Resources contains a scale, a large bowl with a lid, 3 measuring spoons, 4 measuring cups, 2 liquid measuring cups, and 10 scientific activity cards. The set itself is very colorful making it enticing to children and the tools are shaped in a way that are perfect for little hands. The activity cards are a great way to get you and your child started in learning fun scientific things though you aren’t limited to just that. Some of the activity cards you can find in this set include recipes for puff paint, slime, clay, bubbles, and more!

My daughter whom is nearly four year old really enjoyed using this set. I gave her the opportunity to play with it freely and explained to her what the names for the pieces included were. And then we opted to scientifically create and explore Mystery Goo and what fun that had been. She got to investigate and discover that when she put her had slowly into the mixture that it was all smooth but if she tried to pull her hand out quickly or punch the goo her hand would get stuck! She’s been very eager since playing and learning with this set to explore the world of science again.

We really enjoy using the Primary Science Mix and Measure Set and are looking forward to trying more of the suggested projects found on the included activity cards. The only thing I wish was included in this set would be an apron or two because science can get a bit messy and maybe a little booklet in basic terms that mentions what exactly is going on with each of the projects included in scientific terms. Overall a great product and we highly recommend it!

BUY IT:  Learning Resources Primary Science Mix and Measure Setretails for $29.99 and is available at www.LearningResources.com, other online retailers and specialty stores such as Amazon.com. 

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Review & Giveaway: Scholastic Storybook Treasure’s Stellaluna DVD

Take flight with a heartwarming tale for the whole family!

Based on the beloved children’s book, this fun-filled animated feature follows a spirited young fruit bat who finds friendship, love and acceptance in the most unexpected places! Brimming with music, laughter, warmth and excitement, Stellaluna is sure to capture your heart! When the adorable fruit bat Stellaluna is separated from her mother, she is adopted by a family of birds, but soon finds that she just can’t fit in. Her playmates like to sleep at night; she wants to fly. They whistle and sing; she doesn’t even have a beak! But just when it seems like she’ll always be an outsider, Stellaluna makes an amazing discovery. Now she’ll learn to cherish the things that make her different from everyone else. And she’ll see that an open mind and an open heart can lead to the greatest gifts of all.

Bonus Features:

  • On Screen Read-Along
  • Sing-Along Feature
  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • PLUS: Stellaluna Activity Booklet

AWARDS:

  • Parents’ Choice Recommended Award
  • iParenting Media Award
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Family Entertainment Award

My Thoughts

The story of Stellaluna  has been quite the hit in our home. I remember first hearing this story being read by Anne Jackson on an episode of the Reading Rainbow as a very young child. When I found out that Scholastic Storybook Treasure’s was releasing a brand new fully animated DVD feature of  Stellaluna on the 21st of February 2012, I was extremely excited to view it myself as well as share it with my two young children!

The Scholastic Storybook Treasure’s version of Stellaluna does not disappoint! The animated feature follows very closely to the book and even adds a few songs to the mix. The runtime is 41 minutes long which isn’t too long or too short. I for one really enjoyed the included bonus features such as the read a long and sing a long!

Children can learn about accepting who they are, discover the differences of others and themselves, and making friends. Key things displayed are friendship, compassion, love, and being obedient. Your children will also learn a few things about bats and birds!

Being geared toward children ages 2-8, my 3 1/2 year old daughter has asked to watch Stellaluna several times since she has first seen it! I’m incorporating the feature into our homeschooling as we plan to spend a week learning all about bats and other nocturnal creatures. I also liked that with the DVD, a Activity Booklet was included featuring a maze, word find, and two coloring sheets!

You can learn more and purchase Scholastic Storybook Treasure’s at Newkideo and at Amazon.com .

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