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Scholastic KidQ App

With school in the air, it's hard not to think back to my own childhood. I still remember the school days I enjoyed: math, reading, gym class, lunch, music. It was so fun, and it's encouraging to see my boys feel the same way. One of the most magical places in an elementary school, though, is the library. Even as a little girl, I knew that a new adventure was just a few pages away. 

Scholastic has been a part of my life as a reader and continues to be one of the leading resources in literacy now that I am a mom. I love that their tagline is, "Open a World of Possible." How inspiring is that!  Today, as I work to support my boys in their love of reading and learning, Scholastic is putting out some of the best books and resources out there.

And, we are lucky that they are forward-thinking and up with technology. Did you know Scholastic offers apps for kids? THEY ARE AWESOME. These educational apps incorporate our favorite storybook characters in games that build reading skills. I recently checked out the Scholastic KidQ app.  And let me tell you: it was fun for both my boys AND for me:

The KidQ app for iPhone and Android facilitates conversation via fun Q&A's about the things that kids (and parents!) are the most curious about, like Why do we get goosebumps? and How do the bubbles get in soda? Each day, users receive a playful question that serves as a conversation starter along with the official answer. Families will have a blast as they compare their explanations to the facts!

 This app is a great way to interact with your kids and a safe way to let them use your devices.  I felt good about handing over the iPad to the boys because Instead of playing a video game, they were enjoying a learning experience. We used the app on our trip to the shore.  It was really fun to get my 6 year old's reaction to some of the questions.

I may be a boy mom, but I'm still a girl. And let me tell you, some of the facts we were learning blew my mind (and maybe made me react with a girly scream). For instance, we got the Question, "Why do mosquito bites itch?"  Are you ready for this? The Answer:  When they bite you, they inject their SALIVA into your skin!  EWWW!  The saliva prevents your blood from clotting so they can suck your blood.  EWWWW!  The saliva makes your skin itch.  EWWWW!

Ok - girly moment over.

I was even able to be a cool sports mom when I knew the answer to why they freeze hockey pucks before games!  (So they don't bounce!!)  But did you know what the 1st hockey pucks were made of?  FROZEN COW POOP. 

You'll learn this and so much more with the KidQ app.

This app is FREE to download.

For more on Scholastic, visit their website at

I am a contributor to Scholastic.  All opinions are my own.

Get Ready for School Connecting Cards

Get Ready for School Connecting Cards

The kids are heading back to school this week! If you are like me, you worry that yor child will do well and think of all the ways that you can help them at home to help them succeed. Even at a young age, I worry that he will fall behind (a normal worry).

Get Ready for School Connecting cards will help! Each title in the series reinforces essential, age-appropriate skills, recognized by educators nationwide, through fun and engaging activities and worksheets. The Get Ready for School series builds confidence and skills so that kids feel prepared on that scary first day of school.

Each set contains 36 sturdy, double-sided, full-color cards in a bring and fun case built for little hands. The cards are designed with tongue-and-groove notches at either end so they can connect together in any combination a child can imagine.

Get Ready for School Connecting Cards are available for Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second Grade.

7 in 1 Rechargeable Solar Transformers

7 in 1 Rechargeable Solar Transformers

This is such a great way to get your little one intrested in Science! Not only does it open the door to learning about solar power and robotics, but it encourages creativity! Your child will have a blast choosing which vehicle to create. There are 5 choices:  Solar Car, Concept Car, Bulldozer, Dump Truck and Concept Racer!

Product Description: An innovative solar science kit that encourages children to exercise their sense of creativity and imagination. It features all snap together plastic parts (no screws, tools required), solar panel and accessories. It is incredibly easy to assemble the 7 different modules: 2 power charging stations and 5 different vehicles. The transforming rechargeable station has 2 output plugs, one for solar recharging and the other for battery recharging. Amazingly, the battery charging station can bring the selected unit to full power in about 5 seconds and the solar recharging station will fully recharge in approximately 120 seconds. The fun time - run time is approximately 50-80 seconds. Similar to OWI's other mini solar kits, if you have sun, you have power. 

Price: $26.95

Planet Dinosaur

Planet Dinosaur: Meet the Monsters You Never Discovered Before

Does your kid LOVE dinosaurs?

Mine is HUGE in them.  And proudly my 4-year old can name all their 'big dino names'!!!

Check out this fab video out for your dinosaur lover:

Planet Dinosaur: Meet the Monsters You Never Discovered Before

You will be transported to locations across the planet and back through hundreds of millions of year. Planet Dinosaur brings to life the most amazing, surprising and strange prehistoric creatures that ever lived. Discover the jaw-dropping prehistoric world of the most terrifying reptiles! The mysteries of the dinosaurs contine to be unearthed every day. More dinosaur discoveries have been made in the past two decades than in the past two centuries. Planet Dinosaur introduces us to this whole new cast of monsters far stranger than you ever imagined. From predators larger than T-Rex to feathered dinosaurs, these new creatures not only revolutionize our understanding of prehistoric life but life on Earth today.

This groundbreaking series uses the latest CGI and cutting-edge research to reveal the secrets of these newly discovered giants, weaving a dramatic story of survival laced with scientific developments. 

Run Time: 180 minutes

Price: $19.96

Puppets on a Stick

Puppets on a Stick

Who doesn't love a puppet? The puppets from Educational Insights are fun, engaging, and educational. There are many uses for the puppets beyond dramatic play!

Product Description:

With silly faces, movable mouths, and endless possibilities, these three oversized puppets on sticks inspire dramatic play!

Ages 4-10 years.

Approx Retail:  $23.99

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game

If you are looking for a fun and educational game for your child, this game is it! The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game from Educational Insights teaches children great habits to live by. Add this to your next family game night!

Product Description:

A playful way to introduce, practice, and promote 7 kid-friendly principles of personal happiness. Share thoughtful, personal responses, and really listen to each other in this family-friendly game that includes game board, 7 character pieces, 7 token holders, 7 sets of tokens, 12 Wild Ernie tokens, and 1 pair of “Ear-Resistable” Jumper Rabbit ears

Ages 6-10 years.

Approx Retail:  $29.99

Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game

Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game

Product Description:

Dabble is a great learning tool for kids and fun for the entire family. At the core of the game lies a fast-paced word game that will help children and adults develop many useful skills - including vocabulary, spelling, and quick thinking.


Dabble has won the following awards: Dr. Toy's 10 Best Games 2011 Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children Products 2011 Creative Child Magazine Word Game of The Year 2011 2011 Top 10 PAL Award Winner - PAL stands for Play Advances Language Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award 2011 Parents' Choice Gold Award 2011 The Washington Post Great Games for 2011 The Noise on Toys Award of Exxcellence

Ages 10 and up.

Approx Retail:  $24.99

Math Slam

Math Slam

Read the question, jam to the beat, scan the possible answers, and slam the one that’s correct Better move quickly, though, each game of 10 questions is timed – the faster you get through the questions, the better your score! Incorrect responses are recycled until they are correctly answered. Three levels, flashing lights, and fun sound effects keep players interested. Ages 6+ (works on number order, addition, subtraction, algebraic addition, triple number addition and subtraction)  Retail:  $30


Ok-so this thing is SERIOUSLY cool.  I mean, I CAN USE IT!!!  Trust me when I tell you my math stinks.