Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Parents! Vote Now to Help Kids Have More Fun – One Playspace at a Time #spon

As parents, we spend a lot of time discovering creative ways to nurture our children’s curiosity. Luckily, being outdoors provides the perfect landscape, fueling young imaginations and creating endless possibilities for exploration, discovery and creativity. Children’s Claritin hopes to inspire parents to create innovative play spaces in their backyards, and communities.

Children’s Claritin also believes in the benefits of outdoor activity for children, and wants to help children get the most out of every day! They’re teaming up with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit, to help bring innovative playspaces to communities in need and you can help! By voting, you can help them pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. What’s Imagination Playground™? See imagination at play – watch last year’s winner enjoying Imagination Playground™.

 Be sure to visit where you can place your vote and gather playspace inspirations for creating your own backyard playspace.  

While visiting the Children’s Claritin & KaBOOM! Facebook page, you can also:
·         Learn more about the twelve organizations you can vote for receiving Imagination Playground™
·         Download coupon offers
·         Locate a playspace near you

Vote now and help us pick the four community organizations that will receive Imagination Playground™. You can vote one time per day through 9/26/14Click here for voting rules.

Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kids Academy Educational apps for kids #review

We were given the opportunity to review three apps for kids from Kids Academy....the Kids Academy Learn to Read & Write Kid Puzzle app , the Kids Academy Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Games app, and the Kids Academy Preschool Math app.

I downloaded the three apps to the iPad the youngest two share, they are 4 and 6 years old. 
The installation was simple for each, of course. Once installed the kids were able to locate it by the colors and the famous Kids Academy Owl. They opened and were able to play each one pretty much on their own. All three apps offer great sounds and activities to keep kids entertained. The colors are bright and the pictures are clear. I was impressed with the friendliness of the characters and the detail with them. 

  1. The Kids Academy Learn to Read & Write Puzzle app allows kids to basically learn their letters. The app takes the kids through a maze, which continues through letter tracing, and then being able to write the letters on their own. On each adventure, kids are acknowledged at every stage. The app is for left and right handed children. We are all right handed here but the kids do have friends and family that are left handed. I would definitely recommend this app for younger children that are starting out with their letters. My youngest daughter is 4 and she was able to make her way through pretty much the whole app without too much help from myself or the older siblings. She is a puzzle lover and this is her go to app over the 3 we reviewed. 
  2. The Kids Academy Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Games app was next to try out. The app uses games to hopefully get children interested in reading, math, and writing. This app is recommended for children under 5 so when my 6 year old son was playing it he would get bored with the repetition. My 4 year old daughter enjoyed it and I could see from a few uses that she was starting to really retain some of the things she had seen throughout this app. 
  3. The Kids Academy Preschool Math app was last on the list to review. My son loves math, Little miss does not fully understand it but she followed along the best she could. For the sake of this review, they both love the outdoors and have never really been able to chase fireflies so they liked this one alot. They kept trying to beat each other with filling up their jars. This app is also in the form of tracing so it helps with learning to read and write numbers.  

Kids Academy Learn to Read & Write Kid Puzzles 

  • A proven multisensory approach teaches children to write uppercase and lowercase letters 
  • Kids are encouraged and praised at every stage of the learning process 
  • Dotted lines and arrows guide kids through the letter tracing process 
  •  Left hand and right hand modes 
  • 2 levels of difficulty- tracing a letter with hints and writing a letter independently 
  • Kids build their skills progressively, from tracing to writing, at their own pace 
  • Positive reinforcement through use of audio and visual cues 
  • Kids learn age-appropriate vocabulary and the ways each letter can sound in a word 
  • Kids get stars for their performance: 3 stars - for successful task accomplishment at first or second attempt, 2 stars if they had 3 or 4 goes at tracing and writing and 1 star – if they had more than 5 tries 
  • Clean graphics 
  • Soft and encouraging voice over 
  • Clear voice instructions 

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Kids Academy Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Games
All in One Montessori Based Brain Kid Puzzles
  • Curriculum developed and reviewed by preschool education expert
  • Delightful animations will help your children learn letters and words in a fun and engaging way
  • Frequent repetition designed to help children learn numbers and their sequence
  • Aligned to Kindergarten Reading Foundation skills of Common Core
  • Animated flashcards to teach your kids letters and words
  • A rich, exploratory environment filled with surprises
  • Funny, bright, creative artwork
  • Your children can interact with the app at their own pace
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Kids Academy Preschool Math 

  • Game that make learning numbers a blast!
  • Kid friendly navigation
  • Frequent repetition designed to help children learn numbers and their sequence 
  • Fun surprises and verbal encouragement that keep kids coming back for more
  • Curriculum developed and reviewed my preschool education expert
  • A rich, exploratory environment filled with surprises
  • Audio instructions
  • Kid tested appropriate game

You can download Learn to Read & Write Kid Puzzles HERE!
You can download Learning Games HERE
You can download Preschool Math HERE!

DisclosureI received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Sverve. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic #local

Got plans this Saturday? Now you do! Join Fit4Mom Tampa Bay - Stroller StridesTampa Bay Moms Blog & Tampa Bay Times for a Radio Disney Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic! 

Kids can bring their favorite toy for a check up plus enjoy fun games and activities! The first 150 kids will receive a free goodie bag.

It's time for a check up!

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