Category: Giveaways

Night Night, Zoo By Amy Parker {Book Review}

Night Night, Zoo written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn, is a sweet story that aids in lulling children to bed!

This story takes place in a Zoo once the keepers have gone home for the night. The animals are all planning to stay up late before going down for the night. Oh, what could they all be doing?

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Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30-Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects {Review + Giveaway}

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I’ve loom knitted, needle knitted, and have taken up crochet but the world of arm knitting has been completely new to me! If you like me had never heard of it before, know that just about anyone can learn! The late 2013 to early 2014 trend of arm knitting mimics needle knitting but instead of using needles, you’ll form the stitches with your hands while the work hangs from your arms. It’s quite fun and can be learned in a day I believe by those of all ages! Mainly using multiple strands or very bulky yarn, the quick and attractive knits are very stylish and can vary in so many different ways depending on the yarn used! Who wouldn’t love to whip up a scarf, cowl, or another item in about 1/2 hour of time? These quick arm knits can make some great last minute gifts for someone else or a treat for yourself! Continue reading

Learning Resources’ Riddle Moo This Game {Review & Giveaway}

prod3772_3_lgAs a family that loves to play games of all kinds, we are always on the look out for those with very big playability factors. And as a homeschooling Mom, any game I can use in the classroom to educate my two children is usually a winner! This year Learning Resources released the game Riddle Moo This! and gave us an opportunity to try it out and I couldn’t be happier with the result of that.

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Riddle Moo This is a game recommend for children ages 5 and up that focuses improving and enhancing vocabulary as well as reasoning skills. The game itself is very appealing to my kids ages almost 5 and 2 years old. My kids are pretty keen on games and sometimes really surprise me with how much they already know (especially my two year old whiz of a son). They totally loved the farm animal theme and the quick pace of Riddle Me Moo and have asked to play it over and over again!

The contents of this game included four generously sized different colored buzzers that each make their own sound such as a dog, horse, cow, and a rooster. The sounds ensure when you play you’ll be able to recognize who buzzes in first with the correct answer! Do note that each buzzer takes 2 AAA batteries that are not included. Also these buzzers can be pretty loud if not placed directly on the table! My kids tended to love the buzzers a lot and were pretty excited about using them during game play and even when it was over!

There are 150 double-sided riddle cards featuring 300 word clues total. There are two different colors of cards, the blue for a harder level of play and the red for easier which features more age-appropriate common nouns . You can choose to just use one color set or you can mix them to make things more interesting. There’s also an advantage to any player that picks up a Barnteaser card which challenges a child even more by making up their own riddle by excluding one of the clues on that card! Goal is first person that correctly answers 10 riddles correctly wins but if you wanted too, you could mix things up to your liking.

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This game is a total of four players and there will need to be reader of the cards which could be a parent, teacher, or another child. The kids could even take turns being the reader. Storing this game is a breeze. The box is very durable and the buzzers and game cards sit snugly inside without shifting around. Just be sure not to turn the box upside down or you might have a mess of cards when you take it out to play again.

Overall, we really enjoy the game and are looking forward to lots more use of it. Any brain boosting game that my kids can excited about and can be challenged by in improving their vocabulary and thinking skills is a total winner!

Want it? You can purchase Riddle Me Moo at Learning Resources or on Amazon.com for $27.95.

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Review & Giveaway: Learning Resources: Smart Toss™ Math Sports Game

I’ve learned by watching and observing both my nearly two year old son and four and half year old daughter that they learn best by doing. For example there’s much less frustration in carrying out a physical activity instead of watching it demonstrated or listening to it being explained. I personally learn the same way myself. If you are familiar with learning styles, you’ll know that this is called learning kinesthetically.

If you have a child much like my own, and are on the hunt for tools to help with teaching Math, you’ll want to know about a product I recently was given the opportunity to review through the company Learning Resources. The Smart Toss™ Math Sports Game has been a wonderful way to make learning math fun for both my son and my daughter.

In this beanbag toss set, you’ll see that it works around a sports theme. The sports spotlighted on the colorful child friendly board are baseball, bowling, golf, and basketball. There are 10 canvas bean bags, handy storage pockets inside, an easy-carry handle and an activity guide full of several different ways to play together. The vinyl surface wipes clean so that’s great for outdoor or indoor use. It folds flat to 20”L x 18”H and takes up a minimal amount of space, perfect for any school supplies storage areas.

The activity guide is great if you are looking for suggestion on how to start some games with the Smart Toss Math Sports set but you can also do you own thing. We’ve been doing our own thing working on simple addition and subtraction since my daughter is just 4 1/2. My son whom is almost two really just loves to throw the beanbags in the holes building up his fine motor skills.

Overall, I really like this set because it’s unique. It works great for my children that learn best by doing. The durability is top quality and it’s easy to clean. I like there’s an activity guide and that we are also free to let our imagination take us and make up our own way to play while learning together.

My whole family has enjoyed using this set together and imagine it will get many years of use when learning about addition, subtraction, and multiplication. I would highly recommend this set for any school or home use.

Buy it: You can purchase the Smart Toss™ Math Sports Game  for $36.99 on the Learning Resource Website and it also can be found on Amazon.com

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