Pocoyo for Easter!

 IT’S A FUN, SIMPLE, AND FREE WAY TO CELEBRATE EASTER!
PLAY “POCOYO’S 2011 EASTER EGG HUNT” TO EARN
POINTS AT POCOYOWORLD.COM
 
PLUS OTHER FREE EASTER ACTIVITIES
Throughout April 2011, visit www.pocoyoworld.com to register and play “Pocoyo’s Easter Egg Hunt” for FREE. Colorful Easter Eggs are hidden throughout the site. Locate them all and collect points to participate in a variety of games and activities on the site.
Also available online are additional FREE Easter activities, including Cut Out and Play Easter Eggs; and Pocoyo’s Easter Coloring Sheets (http://www.pocoyo.com/Pocoyo_Easter.html).
Pocoyoworld.com has been awarded a Four Star Review by Common Sense Media (http://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/pocoyo-world) a non-profit organization which has become the nation’s leading organization of its kind, helping millions of parents, educators, and young people make better decisions about the media and entertainment in their lives.
Access to Pocoyo World is completely free of charge. After a simple registration process you will be able to enjoy lots of content in a safe environment. Just by registering you will have access to all Pocoyo World areas, games, activities, and shops, and you will also be able to exchange gifts with your friends.
Users who belong to Pocoyo World’s Premium Club will be able to access lots more content and areas, and get exclusive virtual objects (costumes, vehicles, interactive objects, etc.). In addition, they will receive a monthly report monitoring their activity on Pocoyo World and have the chance to take part in exclusive events and promotions. To celebrate Easter, we will provide you with a code to activate a FREE 30-day membership to review Pocoyoworld. We will also provide a FREE 14-day trial code to one of your followers. Please let us know if you would like to participate.
Following the adventures of Pocoyo, the animated series brings children into the bright world of this inquisitive and fun-loving boy and his animal friends, Elly (the elephant), Pato (the duck) and Loula (the dog).   The multi-award winning series is about curiosity and imagination, tolerance and respect, love and laughter. Packed with color, music and vibrant visual images, the series is both educational and entertaining; Pocoyo is about learning through laughter. This international smash hit series has been broadcast in over 120 countries worldwide.

Watch Pocoyo in the U.S. every day on Nick Jr. at 4:25 pm Eastern; on Univision’s Planeta U on Saturday mornings at 8:30 am Eastern; and on PBS stations and Discovery Familia (check local listings).

Pocoyo toys are available at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide, and at www.toysrus.com and www.amazon.com. The toys, targeting preschool children ages 18 months through three years, capture the vibrant and exuberant world of Pocoyo and his animal friends, encouraging them to “learn through laughter.” Additionally, two DVD’s from NCircle Entertainment have been recently released.  “Super Pocoyo” on January 11, 2011 and “Meet Pocoyo” in 2010.

ABOUT POCOYOWORLD
What is Pocoyo World?
An online environment where you can create your own virtual “me” and enjoy games and adventures alongside your favorite characters, forming part of a virtual community where you can make friends and share activities.

Heirloom Wooden Toys- and coupons

Educational toys – sounds boring, doesn’t it?  Not when they’re designed right and built to last!  Take a look at these beautiful toys created to build vocabulary, motor skills, cognitive abilities and communication: 

This month’s coupon will save you $15 off an order of $100 or more!  Use Apr2011 at checkout.  Good through April 30. 

3-D Feel & Find by Guidecraft3-D Feel and Find  
Guidecraft’s 3-D Feel & Find is a bestseller for us – there are so many ways to play for almost any age level.  Hide the shapes in the bag, then challenge your kids to reach in and find a shape to fit a puzzle board just by touch.  Younger kids can match shapes to the puzzle boards out in the open.  One of our customers has made a video blog of this game so you can see it in action

Balance Bike by Smart GearThe Latest in Bike Technology 
   
Notice anything different about this bike?  No pedals!  These sturdy wooden Balance Bikes let kids learn how to balance for real, without any training wheels at all!  They glide and just put their feet down until they get the hang of it.  A great way to develop coordination, gross motor skills, self-confidence and balance.  Ages 2 & up. 

Guidecraft's Fraction Action Board available at Heirloom Wooden ToysNew Eco-Friendly Manipulative Toys from Guidecraft 
This new line of manipulative toys is made from hardwood and colored using low-VOC aniline dyes instead of paint.  This process allows the grain and texture of the wood to show through while still providing the visual interest of color!  Check out the Fraction Action Board (at left),  Sun Sorter and Fraction Pairs for some other educational ideas. 
Get ready for summer!  We have a great selection of playhouses, teepees, games and building kits to help you fill those long summer days with fun and imagination. 
 
Remember to plan for some lazy days with not too much going on – give your children (and yourself) the gift of having absolutely nothing to do! 
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What could be a better gift than one that makes every day easier and more fun to be a mom?  Save 10% on Kitchen Helpers and Learning Towers through  5/15 with code KHLT2011 and 10% off any teepee through 4/30!     
 
 
 

AFRICAN CATS

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.  Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.  Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”).  An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna.

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ALEX Toys! New (FREE!) App and a toy contest

Fantastic news for iPhone users!  ALEX toys has launched a new, fun, FREE app for the Moody Monster Manor.  As of March 25, the Moody Monster Manor App is  available for download at www.alextoys.com.  You can also get it via the Apple App Store.  
It can be hard for kids to talk about their feelings, and Moody Monster Manor is a great place for your child to go to engage in some fun play that will also help them figure out their inner monster!  (Is there an App for a Moody Monday Pre-K?  LOL) 
Let your child go wild and be creative with this new app from ALEX Toys, who you already know and love for their wonderful  toys, games, and crafts!  
(You can watch the video HERE!) 
Welcome to Moody Monster Manor, a whimsical place for children to learn about dealing with emotions through engaging and interactive games.  Zap Scared Sam’s bad dreams with your magical monster flashlight or whip up a pot of Stinky Sneaker Stew for Hungry Hank!  Help Confused Carl throw a Monsterific party or show your brainy side by breezing through Worried Wanda’s homework.
Create your own monsters, win monster merit badges or meet the 20 playful monsters through the Moody Monster app-solutely adorable audio tour!  Learn about matching, colors and animals, too. 
ALEX® is dedicated to making products that encourage children’s creativity and build self-esteem.  While young children are embracing the iPhone and iPad as much as their parents, it became a natural for ALEX® to introduce its first app with fun and easy games that foster imagination and develop self-confidence.” 
Whether you’re making the monsters a silly snack, rescuing them from a nightmare or helping them with homework, you’re always taking care of your Moody Monster friends and helping them.  Moody Monster Manor encourages problem solving and critical thinking which builds emotional intelligence.
Both the iPhone, iPad and iTouch versions of the app will be available for download at www.alextoys.com.  It will also be available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store.
ALEX® is mad for monsters!  Visit the ALEX® website www.alextoys.com on March 25, for printable monster illustrations to color that accompany the app and enter a contest to win a monstrous prize of 10 ALEX® monster-themed toys including Diving Monster, Tub Target Screaming Monsters, Monster Bingo, Monster Clompers and Monster Mitts! 
 
Now for the giveaway!
All entrants will have the chance to win a MONSTER prize from ALEX Toys- Monster Bubbles, of course!
  • Make Gi-Normous Bubbles!
  • Simply add the bubble solution, switch on the bubble fan and turn the handle back and forth.
  • Tear free bubble solution included 4 oz/118ml.
  • Requires 2 “AA” batteries (not included).
Suitable for age: 4 year(s)
Here is how to enter.  
Mandatory entry
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Leave me your email so I can contact you if you win.  


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Become a “fan” of ALEX Toys on FaceBook.   I’d love you to tell them Have Sippy Will Travel sent you- never required, always appreciated!

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OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends  April 18,  2011.   


(Here are some fun Moody coloring pages as well!)

Dinosaur Train Contest!

IT’S NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH!  DINOSAUR TRAIN CELEBRATES
WITH NUTRITIOUS ACTIVITIES AND A DINOSAUR TRAIN WORLD TOUR DVD GIVEAWAY!


March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, “Eat right with Color,” encourages everyone to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.

A healthy diet is important to us all, just as it was to Dinosaurs many years ago.  With the month of March focusing on nutrition, it’s  the perfect  time to look at some great ideas and resources provided by The American Dietetic Association to eat a healthy diet!    And, we invite you to to teach your child how to prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic filled with great food and fun by visiting Dinosaur Train on the PBS parent’s site: http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html>

To help parents, the American Dietetic Association provides many resources available at www.eatright.org/nnm .  They even have a downloadable PDF (http://www.eatright.org/NNM/content.aspx?id=11421 content.aspx?id=11421> ) listing 25 healthy snacks for kids, including these five great ideas:

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”
3. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy
sandwich.

Next, Buddy can help you and your child prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic. The Have A Brachiosaurus Picnic activity (http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html> ) helps young children to learn what foods fit into an herbivore’s diet (fruits and vegetables); reminds children about the importance of hand washing before eating; and also creates an opportunity to discuss why all animals need to eliminate waste from their bodies (a.k.a. “poop”).

The downloadable PDF file, available at http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/pdfs/picnic.pdf dinosaurtrain/activities/pdfs/picnic.pdf> , provides the ingredients to prepare Brachiosaurus Picnic, with fun food items on the menu, including:

o  Brachiosaurus Super Salad: The kids will have fun tearing up green leafy veggies into bite-size pieces and mixing ranch dressing with green coloring to make a tasty topping.
o  Sauropod Sandwich: With a plastic knife, cut pieces of whole wheat bread in the shape of a favorite dinosaur and spread with cheese spread or peanut butter.
o  Herbivore Herb and Spinach Spread: Mix frozen spinach, dried onion soup mix, sour cream, celery sticks and crackers
o  Green Juice – fill a child’s plastic cup with apple juice and add green food color to make a green beverage fit for an herbivore.

And as we all know, digestion is a very important part of keeping healthy for both humans…and dinosaurs back in the day! Click thttp://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/videos/video-dinosaurpoop-song.htmlto watch the video clip of the song “Every Dinosaur Poops” and talk about why every animal needs to go, and what would happen if the animal didn’t poop out the parts of the food its body didn’t need.

Another fun way to explore “poop” is with Uncle Milton’s new Dinosaur Train Dino Poop Kit, just one of a range of new science themed toys geared to make science more interesting, engaging and accessible for children. With the Dino Poop kit, kids can discover what the dinosaur had for lunch!  Did he have fish or did he eat a plant?  Once kids find pieces of what he ate, they can put them together to create their own fossil imprint to figure it out!  It’s OK parents, it’s not real poop…it’s soft, pliable dino dough!  Available at Toys”R”Us (SRP: $7.99, ages 4+)

The hit television series Dinosaur Train® airs daily on PBS KIDS® (check local listings).

We would appreciate your promoting the following sites in conjunction with this promotion.
Dinosaur Train on PBS: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/ dinosaurtrain/>
The Jim Henson Company: www.henson.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/hensonparents hensonparents>
http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html>

In addition to the television series, there is also a DINOSAUR TRAIN interactive website at PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain. Buddy, Tiny and Mr. Conductor guide children as they discover natural history and the science of paleontology through fun games and activities.  For information on the DINOSAUR TRAIN geocache program—a fast growing adventure game that inspires families to get out and discover treasures together go to www.geocaching.com/dinosaurtrain dinosaurtrain dinosaurtrain> dinosaurtrain >  


One of you will win the new DINOSAUR TRAIN: PTERANODON FAMILY WORLD TOUR ADVENTURE  DVD, which will be released on March 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment and PBS Kids.  

Here is how to enter-

Mandatory entry
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Become a “fan” of Dinosaur Train/Jim Henson on FaceBook.   I’d love you to tell them Have Sippy Will Travel sent you- never required, always appreciated!

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– blog about this giveaway, and link back to this contest (leave me the URL in comment, please)


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– Vote for me on “We’re On The Fence!”  (Just Click the Button to the left that says “We’re On the Fence” until it confirms you voted for your’s truly!)


– enter another one of my giveaways


– comment on a non-giveaway post


OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!


DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends  April 2,  2011.  

SpellQuizzer

 

I recently had the tried out a new piece of spelling software to help parents teach their kids vocabulary words.  This program works in an innovative way.  Instead of a cold program drilling words into your children,  you get to personalize it with your own voice.  This could be good for homeschooling. 
This program was created by a father of two, who saw a need to practice weekly spelling words.  After seeing how much this program helped his children improve, he decided to share this spelling program with the world.

The way the SpellQuizzer works is you give it a list of words, as well as how the words are pronounced in your own voice along with a sentence using the word.  This help the child learn by example as well as keep that personal touch in there for them.   I feel this program could be a big help for parents who just dont have the time to drill through words over and over again.  Especially those of us who are working parents with kids who are having problems with spelling words, and those of you who homeschool.  There is also a quiz segment where the child is quizzed on the list then told the correct way to spell any words missed, as well as a chance to retry the quiz.

I feel this program would work best a supplement to another vocabulary program already in place, be it home school or public school.  SpellQuizzer was not designed with any one spelling curriculum in mind.  It should compliment virtually any spelling curriculum since you create your own custom spelling lists.  If you are a homeschooler, here is a link that may be helpful for you-  http://www.spellquizzer.com/Spelling-Software-For-Homeschoolers.htm.

You can see how it works by clicking HERE to see demonstration videos.
Here are some places for additional information on SpellQuizzer-

– Free downloadable spelling lists (http://www.SpellQuizzer.com/Spelling-Lists.htm)
– Video demonstrations of SpellQuizzer (http://www.spellquizzer.com/SpellQuizzer-Demo.htm)
– Spelling software for homeschoolers (http://www.spellquizzer.com/Spelling-Software-For-Homeschoolers.htm)
– SpellQuizzer community site (http://www.SpellQuizzer.com/Community)


I received this product to test out for free from MamaBuzz.

Monkey Monkey Music- The Videos

Meredith LeVande, whose children’s CD, “What are the Odds” was previously reviewed right here on Have Sippy Will Travel, recently released a children’s musical DVD. Monkey Monkey Music- The Videos with Meredith LeVande.

I put it on for my kids, and they liked it. The two of them sat and watched it quietly for the whole length. Nice! Rare, and nice! I had to bring it to the Pre-K, of course. (If it will quiet loud children, then you KNOW I was going to bring it to the Pre-K, LOL.) For me, the worst days are often those when we can’t go outside. Taking the kids outside, even if it’s only for a little bit, gives them a change of scenery, lets them exert some energy, and burn off some steam. The first rainy day we had, I popped in the Monkey Monkey DVD. Ahhhh…..the sounds of quiet! All those little mouths quieted and ears opened and they sat nicely for 20 minutes and watched. Then I got them up to dance with the music- after all, they are kids, and they do need to wiggle! Music and movement is a great activity for kids. With Monkey Monkey Music, The Videos, you get the bonus of having a professional lead the “movement”, LOL. For example , on “Let’s Fly”, Meredith was flying in her plane all over the country. So, the kids became airplanes and flew all over the “world” (classroom). After the song was done- they each drew a picture about where they had flown, and told me all about it so I could write it down for them. We even looked up some of the places on a map- some of them are unknown to our maps, LOL. A nice rainy day activity, and we were [Read more…]

Monkey Monkey Music Review

So, “What Are The Odds” that you will like the same CD that your toddler will? Pretty good, I’d say, if that CD happens to be “Monkey Monkey Music” from Meredith LeVande.

OK, so, you all know I am a Pre-School teacher, right? (as well as momma to a 3 and 6 year old)
So, can I tell you how much kids music I hear? OK, like, A LOT. And I am sure most of you know that most kid’s music is super, super annoying. And has absolutely no value what-so-ever to the child.
However, Meredith LeVande (who was chosen as one of New York’s best affordable children’s performers by Time Out New York Kids) did a fantastic job at creating music that kids will love, and parents (and teachers!) will too. It is also educational music, which is fantastic. I really prefer that the kids listen to songs with a message, that they can learn from, rather then just noise pumping at them.

(On a personal note- I got to exchanging emails with Meredith, and she is a lovely, sweet, compassionate woman. She truly loves children, and her top priority is connecting with the child on his or her level. Because she loves children, she makes sure that her music is not only pleasing to the ear, but also developmentally appropriate for them. That was not part of the music review, per se. That was for you parents and teachers out there, so you know that she is the “real deal”, because I think you should know. The people who [Read more…]