Office Depot Foundation Donates 100,000 Sackpacks With School Supplies In 17th Year of Its National Backpack Program!
For the past 17 years, the Office Depot Foundation has donated more than 4 million sackpacks to children around the world as part of its National Backpack Program. This summer, the Foundation, which is the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc., will be donating 100,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally.
If you are a lover of science or know someone that is, you’ll want to know about these cool offerings. That’s right, I used the word cool to describe products created for all the geeks and nerds that embrace and adore everything related to science. If being honest, most will admit that there’s a little bit science love in all of us. Oh come on, you know you’ve watched an episode of Myth Busters and been in awe of all those sweet mentos and soda rockets going around on the internet.
Students of all ages are headed back to school and as exciting as that can be, it can also be daunting! Aside from the challenges of learning new things there are days when everything seems to be just crashing down and faith seems lost. On days like these, just a small reminder to reach out to God in prayer can do wonders in fixing our eyes back on the initial goal and remember that God loves and wants the absolute best for us in all areas of our life!
If you are looking for some fun as well as educational media to back up as well as introduce certain learning concepts, you’ll want to check out NCircle entertainment! The following DVD’s are perfect for children age 2 to around 6 years old and range in numerous differences. There’s music and dancing, science, exploration, ABC’s, travel, and more!
The Wiggles: Apples & Bananas – On this DVD, The Wiggles feature many nursery rhyme songs. My kids are 6 and nearly 4 but still love the Wiggles though the group is geared more toward the younger crowd. Most of the songs my kids knew already but still enjoyed seeing each sung and acted out. The DVD is 65 minutes long and there are 22 songs total on it. Special features include a photo gallery and a episode from the Wiggle! TV Series about washing your hands.
Our favorite songs on this collection are This Little Piggy Went to Market, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and This Old Man! Overall it’s a great collection of songs and kids can learn numbers, reasoning, problem solving, communication, and literacy skills in fun musical way!
Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission – On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they explore the hidden depths of the Midnight Zone! Peso must conquer his fears to treat a Vampire Squid! Dashi and Inkling go head to head with hungry Gulper Eels! Then, Barnacles, Kwazii and crew must rescue sea creatures before an underwater volcano erupts!”
My son and daughter ages 3 and 6 years old totally adore the Octonuats! My kids really like all the exploring, rescuing, and seeing their favorite characters doing their part in protecting all sorts of animals found in the sea! They make the dark somewhat unknown of the ocean a lot less scary for kids to learn about and that’s real winner. I love the take away due to the fact my kids will start spouting off random ocean creature facts throughout the day.
This DVD is 70 minutes long, you can easily sit and watch all the episodes or break it up and watch one at a time. There are a total of six episodes and a bonus feature teaching kids more about the marine life in six Creature Reports.
As a mom and home educator, I’m liking the educational value of this DVD quite a bit! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend not just this DVD but the entire series!
Cat in the Hat: Show & Tell Sure is Swell! – My children ages 6 and 3 years old, girl and boy, like the Show & Tell Sure Is Well DVD! There’s a Spanish language option as well as English and runtime is 60 minutes.
I like that you can choose to play a couple of the adventures one day and save the others for later. We for the first time sat and watched the DVD with five episodes from start to finish and later discussed the seasons of the year, migration, growing up and changing, and how we see with our eyes! I know they are learning because my kids are always going around telling people facts they’ve learned!
Animal Atlas: Animal ABC’s – This DVD is a bit beyond my nearly 4 year old and 6 1/2 year old. It definitely has a good educational value though. Children not only can learn their ABC’s but will learn facts and be able to recognize specific animals. There are recognizable songs played throughout with lyrics pertaining to ABC’s and about the animals as well as insects. The imagery and animal scenes are interesting and the video quality looks good.
After going through the alphabet, simple words are spelled out and taught. So children will learn simple spelling too! My kids did enjoy seeing the animals but I’m not sure how big the returning playability will be for my kids but imagine it would appeal to kids who are still learning the things specified. Runtime is 60 minutes.
Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb – Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb – On this DVD, Sid teaches kids all about how to create charts, gather data, and much more in a fun and interested way. Not just scientific facts are learned about but the tools most scientist use as well such as rulers, magnify glasses!
There are four episodes which are The Sticker Chart, The Rolie Poliee, Enough with the Seashells, & The Whale Episode. DVD runtime is 115 minutes with additional bonus content. There’s a bonus music CD that has 9 songs from the series! My 3 1/2 year old son was very interested in watching this DVD and has asked to see it numerous times. He really liked the episode on charts and wants to make one for himself!
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Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back to School combo, has been keeping us organized during a pretty busy time of year. I know for a fact that things get lost but are more likely to be returned if properly labeled. I must state that not just any label will do either. Long lasting labels such as these will ensure no fading, peeling, or rubbing off long after each is applied. Spending more for the better quality label is going to keep not just your kids happy but your budget too in not having to replace cheaper labels constantly or your child’s things.
The Ultimate Back to School combo includes the following:
- 40 Skinny-Minis™
- 50 Tag Mates™
- 16 Shoe Labels
- 2 Teeny Tags™
These labels can be customized to personal preference quite easily when ordering. You’ll first need to write out the name that you’d like to appear on the labels, decide upon an icon, and chose whether you’d like your labels to be multicolored or solid. While ordering a set for my daughter, I asked for her icon and color choice. Overall, she was pretty happy with the results and was excited about labeling all her back to school things. Things we’ve labeled are jackets, rulers, pencil pouches, water bottles, backpacks, shoes, and a few other things. This great combo pack comes with enough labels to label most things with a good amount leftover.
Applying the labels is extremely easy. Simply peel and stick. That’s it! The Skinny-Minis are Dishwasher/microwave-safe. The Tag Mates are washer & dryer safe and it’s recommend to place these on a clothing care tag. The Shoe Labels and Teeny Tags are waterproof as well as UV resistant. These labels still look as great as when we first applied them. My daughter also stated that the clothing and shoe labels didn’t bother her in the least bit and she couldn’t even tell they were there.
I would highly recommend Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back to School combo to everyone with school aged kids. We are completely satisfied with quality and quantity of this fantastic combo pack! The last day to order these is September 30th until next season. There’s a design here for both boys and girls. If you’ve got tweens or college students there’s some great label sets available for them too!
Deal Alert: Right now every order of over $65.00 you’ll recieve a free set of “Write Away” labels!
Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. 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.