Mar 072014
 
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I was provided a Scrabble Board Game to facilitate this post. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

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The 2014 National School SCRABBLE Tournament Is April 26th and 27th, and the 1st prize winner will walk away with $10,000!

Since 1992 Hasbro has worked with teachers and the National SCRABBLE Association to bring this popular game to schools through the National School SCRABBLE Program. Since then, more than a half million kids have SCRABBLE in over 20,000 classrooms nationwide.

Scrabble Game Night

This program offers teachers a specially-priced School SCRABBLE Kit at a cost of $95. It includes 6 specially designed wooden SCRABBLE boards, 12 racks, 6 sets of tiles and 6 tile bags plus the most current word source, The Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary, Fourth Edition.

In addition, National School SCRABBLE Program has a tournament for grades 4-8. Teams from the USA and Canada are invited to participate in the multi-day event that includes 8 rounds of competition and fun on-site events. For more information about the tournament visit schoolscrabble.us.

Scrabble Game Night

Thanks to Hasbro, my family also got an opportunity to enjoy the game. We were sent our very own Scrabble to play, and facilitate some fun quality time together.

Scrabble Game Night

This was actually the first time my kids had been exposed to this game, and my hubby admitted that he had never played before.

I have been a fan of Scrabble for years and like how it requires strategy, is challenging, and educational all at the same time. I was happy to introduce this classic to my bunch.

Scrabble Game Night

We split up into 2 teams, Team M for Mom and Team D for Dad. I then gave everyone a tutorial on how to play, and we went right to it.

It did not take too long for my husband to catch on, and he was racking up the points. My daughter isn’t quite spelling yet, but that didn’t stop her from trying and cheering on Team D.

Scrabble Game Night

However, my son and I were sitting with a Q and X in our row of 7 and we ended up pulling in some large points. In the end Team M won, and my son now has another game that he likes to play.

I look forward to playing again and trying out the Power Tiles, they look fun.

Do you have a Family Game Night? What is your family’s favorite board game to play?

Scrabble Game Night

Scrabble is intended for Ages 8 and up and is for 2-4 players. It retails for around $14.99 and can be found at stores nationwide.

To learn more about this Hasbro game and the National School Scrabble Program visit hasbro.com/scrabble.

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Mar 042014
 
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Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

Easter is right around the corner and it is always fun to do crafts with the kids according to the season. After looking at the supplies I had on hand, I decided we would work on a milk jug upcycling craft.

My daughter and I ended up transforming our containers into Easter Bunnies.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

To make this craft you will need:

A Milk Jug

Markers

Utility Scissors

2 Fuzzy Sticks AKA Pipe Cleaners

A Screwdriver

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

To recreate the craft you will first need to draw the ears.

Tip: To remove the label from the milk jug, tear as much as you can off and then soak in water for a couple minutes.  Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

An adult should then cut the ears out. Safety first so you may want to wear protective gloves as well.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

Next, poke 2 holes on each side of the face for whiskers, and run 2 pipe cleaners through the holes.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

Finally, decorate the bunny’s face with markers. I actually drew part of the face for my 5-year-old and she filled in the eyes, nose, and ears.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

This craft is super easy and can be done in one day.  What is really awesome is it can be displayed immediately!

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

My daughter also wanted to put eggs in hers, so we picked up grass and decorative eggs at a Dollar Store.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

I decided to turn mine into a Milk Jug Planter for previously rooted geraniums, (I poked about 6 holes in the bottom to create drainage) and put it by the front door as an Easter decoration. It is cute and practical.

Have you made a similar craft with your own family?  Do you do anything different?

If you make this with your children, have fun, and ENJOY!

FFM

Feb 232014
 
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St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

I wanted to do something fun for St. Patrick’s Day for the kids, so we took 2 containers and transformed them into a Pot of Gold Craft.

Keep in mind the fun doesn’t end with the project though, it continues until the actual holiday.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Here is what is needed to recreate this craft:

-1 Coffee Ground Container or Peanut Container
-1 piece of Black construction paper
-1 piece of Green construction paper
-1 piece of Yellow or Gold construction paper
-Scissors
-Paste
-Pencil

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

FYI, I made one in advance as an example for my 5-year-old daughter, and then prepared the parts by cutting them out for her.  She was in charge of the pasting. Depending upon your child’s maturity they may be able to do less or more.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Here is the step by step:

First, clean out the containers and dry. Second, line up the black construction paper and cut the extra paper off.  Paste this to the container.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Third, trace a 4 leaf clover from the green construction paper and cut it out. I made sure it was taller than the container. 

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Use this to cover any gap from the black construction paper or place anywhere on the side of the container. Paste this on as well.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

Finally, use the top to trace a circle on the yellow or gold construction paper.  Discard the tops.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

After you cut it out, you will need to shave off additional pieces to make it fit into the lip of the container.

This will just lay on top so it can be easily removed.

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

As a reminder, the fun doesn’t end with the craft. The night before, I am going to put goodies from the Dollar Store inside the containers along with some coins.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the kids open up their Pot of Gold and get a surprise!

St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Craft and Activity

My daughter has already told me that she wants me to dress up like a Leprechaun when I put the goodies in!

Do you do anything similar for your kids? How do you set up your craft? If you make one, let me know how it goes!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

FFM

Feb 012014
 
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Starting February 1, 2014 a portion of purchases of Purex 75oz+ bottles of  detergent, and Mountain Breeze and Sweet Lavender Classic and UltraLines Fabric Softener will be paid to Make-A-Wish. The minimum payout guarantee is $250,000, however with continued purchases they could donate a total of $400,000!

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Wishes granted by Make-A-Wish give children enriching moments that bring them joy and hope, which in turn strengthens them and their entire family.

Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, that serves individuals with life-threatening medical conditions. They help children in the United States along with its territories, and have more than 25,000 volunteers. Since 1980 the organization has granted more than 226,000 wishes to children, and grants a wish somewhere every 38 minutes.

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Have you volunteered in the past or donated to Make-A-Wish? What organizations are close to your heart that help children in need?

I am so happy to hear that Purex is supporting this worthwhile cause. Please feel free to share this information on your Twitter and Facebook pages as well to help them reach the donation goal.

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Jan 112014
 
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CampusBookRentals.com and all opinions are 100% mine. Product and organization details photos are from CampusBookRentals.com and Operation Smile.

Operation Smile Making a Difference in children's lives

Since 2011 CampusBookRentals.com has partnered with Operation Smile to help improve the quality of children’s lives through effective facial reconstructive surgeries. 

When a company reaches out and tells me that they are helping children, I am excited to read about it, and ready to share the good news. I am happy to report that CampusBookRentals.com is keeping with their continued partnership with Operation Smile, and has committed to donate a minimum of 80 additional surgeries between June 2013 and June 2014.

Campus Book Rentals and Operation Smile

Operation Smile is the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries to children world-wide. Since 1982 they have provided more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft and one in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday.

Operation Smile reaches individuals in some of the poorest areas of the world by training local doctors and strengthening healthcare systems.  Through this, they are providing children access to proper treatment who otherwise might not be able to eat, speak, socialize or smile.  This organization is giving them a chance at a better quality of life, and truly making a difference. 

Operation Smile and Campus book Rentals

Have you heard of this organization before? What worthwhile organizations do you support through donations and purchases?

To learn more about Operation Smile visit operationsmile.org. You can also follow on Facebook at facebook.com/operationsmile and Twitter at @operationsmile.

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CampusBookRentals.com is a textbook rental company that serves thousands of customers on more than 5,000 different college campuses in the USA.  Saving clients save 40-90% off of bookstore prices, they provide free shipping both ways, and flexible renting periods. 

Visit CampusBookRentals.com to check out their pricing and their newest service called RentBack.  It is a new initiative allowing students to rent the textbooks they own to other students making 2 to 4x the money as compared to buyback options.

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Dec 042013
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of Kid’s Academy Company. Details about the 123 Tracing app were provided, and opinions expressed are that of my own.

123 Tracing Children’s App! Download It For FREE and Teach Writing Skills!

Kid’s Academy Company, a developer of apps for kids, has released a new learning game called 123 Tracing.  This app teaches fundamental math concepts that are critical for preschoolers like identifying numbers, one-to-one number correspondence, and reading number symbols.

Young students like my preschooler will use math and writing skills for the rest of their lives, and this app provides great practice and reinforcement.

Learn Montessori 123 screenshot

123 Tracing engages children with a game requiring them to fill up a jar with fireflies. This Montessori based program has been designed to teach the forming of numbers through tracing.

Screenshot of Learn Montessori

The app shows them the direction to trace each digit with an arrow along with fireflies lining the number. As they move along the lines correctly, they accumulate the bugs. If the child struggles a bit with a number, hints and encouragement are provided to support skill building. 

Learn Montessori 123 numbers Tracing

This app definitely kept my 5-year-old interested and engaged. She keeps repeating the numbers over and over again trying to master the movements. Once she started, she did not want to put my phone down.

123 Tracing encouragement

123 Tracing provides an activity that fits in perfectly with the math work we are doing at home and my daughter just sees this app as a game and challenge. I asked her why she liked playing and she said, “I am learning and having fun at the same time”.

Learn Montessori 123 tracing number 5

The 123 Tracing APP also features:

* Kid-friendly navigation
* Frequent repetition designed to help children learn numbers and their sequence
* Curriculum developed and reviewed by preschool education expert
* An exploratory environment
* Audio instructions
* A kid-tested appropriate game

This FREE app can be downloaded at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Learn Montessori 123 numbers Number 5

The free version of this only goes to the number 5.  As your child plays, there will be an option to upgrade as well as pop ups for other Kid’s Academy Company APPS. For additional numbers, individual profile settings, and an option to keep track of your child’s progress, there is an upgraded version available for $3.99.

Is your child currently learning to write numbers and letters? How do you think this application would or would have benefited their progress to learn this skill?

123 Tracing tracking

Kid’s Academy Company is an early childhood education start-up specializing in development of apps for major mobile markets. The company provides valuable educational programs for children ages 2 to 6.  These apps teach numbers, upper and lower case letters, word-letter associations, phonics, and spelling. For more information about this app and Kid’s Academy Company visit kidsacademy.mobi.

You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/KidsAcademyCompany and Twitter at @Kids__Academy

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Oct 212013
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of PlayTown: My Story Maker.  Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Screenshot Intro PlayTown

I was asked to review a NEW App for kids called PlayTown: My Story Maker here on Frugal and Fun Mom. This FREE App intended for children ages 3-9 allows kids to create, personalize, and narrate stories.

PlayTown: My Story Maker begins by having your child select an Adventure Play Set. These play sets can range from traveling to playing sports or even exploring outer space. My kids played with the Pirate’s Treasure Hunt, Travel Around the World, and Princess Party Adventure Play Sets.

PlayTown My Story Maker App adventure Play Sets

Next, My Story Maker will invite your child to create and build adventures, select their own stages, props, accessories and cast of characters. These can be princesses, pirates, children, monsters, and much more. Your child can even use personal photos and drawings.

Screenshot PlayTown

Once they have set their scenes up, they will then create their own dialogue by recording their voice for each character. They can then set their story to music.  Once they finish the story, it becomes live with a play back feature and this can then be shared with family and friends within the app.

Screenshot PlayTown Monster

My son took right to this and started creating a story.  He told me that he liked the Pirate themed one the best, and I got to listen to him making pirate sounds and sentences for his adventure. He also figured out how to customize the various characters and starting changing out their clothes.

Screenshot PlayTown Pirates

My daughter is really into Mermaids, so of course that is one of the primary characters she ended up creating. Then, she decided that she would sing her stories.  She proceeded to do this over and over again, and then she would bring it over for me to listen. She keeps doing this, and it is SO CUTE!

Screenshot PlayTown Mermaid

My children continue to amaze me on how quickly they figure these applications out. They both got into this app and I can tell it is a a hit since they both want to continue to play with itI asked them why they like it, and they both said, “It records our voices!!!”. I like it because it is FREE and it encourages them to use their imagination.

PlayTown My Story Maker App Creating Mermaid

I also asked my kids if they had any advice for other children playing the program and they said, “Speak up so your voice can be recorded.” and my son said, “Make sure you tap each character when you are recording so they can talk to each other.”

Mermaid in PlayTown

Have your children played this application before? What did they think? If not, what aspects of the App do you like?

PlayTown is FREE to download for Android and iOS and includes 3 Adventure Play Sets. Additional play sets can be purchased for $1.99 each. For more information visit PlayTownforKids.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/playtownforkids.

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Aug 082013
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of PowerMyLearning.org. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Child at Powermylearning.org

I was asked to give my open and honest opinion about a FREE educational website called PowerMyLearning.org and the math games it has to offer.

Before I get started with my opinion of the site, I want to mention a couple of things. When you go to the page, it does give you the option to set up an account for the parent and then administer your child’s account. I did this. FYI, I did have some initial difficulty setting up and found that I needed to go into Internet Explorer.

In addition, my son’s school was not listed, so I was advised to pick a school in my area to finish registering. If you are not interested in having a parent account, your child can just set up an account of their own.

Power my learning

PowerMyLearning.org is said to be “Your destination for the best free online learning activities from across the web!”.

Because this site is beneficial to the child as well as the adults, I decided to let my son who is entering the 2nd grade weigh in on this review. By asking him a couple of questions, I feel his responses fill in some of the important answers that would be of interest to parents.

What do you like about PowerMyLearning.org?

“Finding games from different websites that I have never seen before. They are FUN games.”

Have you learned anything?

“Yes, I learned about fractions and odd and even numbers.”

Is it easy to log in and is the website easy to use?

“Yes.”

Does this website make learning fun?

“Yes.”

What are your favorite games so far?

“Cross the River/ Fractions, Jet Ski Addition, and Odd or Even Monkey Drive.” (These are found in the 2nd Grade Geometry and  Operations Algebraic Thinking tab.)

Odd and Even Monkey Drive

From a parents perspective, I like this site because it has so many games and eliminates the need for me to go out and search.  This saves me time and money since it is FREE.  I can also go in and see what games my son has been playing and for how long.  Plus, if my son’s school was set up, he could access homework assignments through the account.

I do want to point out that it does show ads from the original game sites. It also allows the child to go off-site if they expand the window. My suggestion is to monitor the child’s internet usage and explain to them why they should not click on anything other than the game itself.  There is a link at PowerMyLearning.org that discusses Family Internet Safety.

Do you use on-line games to teach your children? What type of games do they like to play?

FFM

Aug 042013
 
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The following is a sponsored post for Coppertone. I was provided free samples of product to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Coppertone Sunscreen Products for Kids

Summertime is in full swing here in Florida, and even with Back to School steadily approaching, there is still plenty of warm sunshine left for my kids to play in.

Thanks to Coppertone, I was sent 3 of their sunscreen products to review with my family here on Frugal and Fun Mom. The three items I received were the Kids Wacky FoamSensitive Skin, and Wet n’ Clear. I have used all of these, and they work great. They are easy to apply, are water-resistant, and last up to 80 minutes each.

Recently, we went to a pool party and I used the Kids Wacky Foam with Broad Spectrum SPF 75+.  I’m happy to report that it went on easy and there were no burns.

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My daughter swimming with Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam Sunscreen on.

My youngest son who is 1, can only use Hypoallergenic products due to a skin condition. The Sensitive Skin formula has been perfect for him.  It goes on thick and provides Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This product is made with naturally sourced Zinc Oxide.

Coppertone Sunscreen and Pool Time

My son swimming with Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam Sunscreen on.

The one that has really come in handy is the Wet n’ Clear. My kids love the water, and this has been great when they have been playing in the pool, sprinkler, and at the kiddie water table. Even though they have been wet, it has gone on just as well as the others I used. Wet n’ Clear offers Broad Spectrum SPF 45+.

To learn more about these products and to print a $1.00 off coupon for a limited time, visit coppertone.com or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/coppertone. You can find these products at retailer near you or online at drugstore.com.

There is also a $2.00 off coupon available for print for a limited time, visit $2.00 off any Coppertone product 4 oz. or larger.  

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