Magna Color – Awesome 3D Creativity Station

Disclosure: The MagnaColor from Creative Magic was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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With all the technology we have, sometimes I fear that the kids are losing their creativity. However, that is not the case with the Magna Color 3D. With the Magna Color, kids are able to be creative and make their own creations. After they have created their creations, if you have a Smart Phone or Tablet, you can then create an Augmented Reality Aquarium.

About Magna Color:

The Magna Color 3D’s newest draw, scan, and play format is priced at $24.99 and is great for kids 4 and up. The Magna Color App for iPad is free and very user-friendly.

Your child can use the Magna Color pens to draw along the Magic App stencils. Parents then can download the free Magna Color App into their iPad. You can then launch the colorful marine designs and watch as the fish jump off the screen.

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Turbo Video Game by D3

 

Disclosure- The products below were provided to me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

Video games can be difficult to gauge on the surface, especially ones which are franchises.  The gems of these are usually few and far between, but in recent years there have been some notable exceptions.  These include Toy Story and the popular Batman: Arkham series.

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To be a gem, the game has to tie into the move/cartoon/character while also being fun and interesting.  Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is the newest game by D3 featuring characters from the movie Turbo.  This game is a stunt based game.  Think the popular skate boarding games of yester year minus humans and skateboards and instead super speed boosted snails.
Initially there are a few levels open.  Each level is based on a  human environment, but from a snails perspective.  These settings include a kitchen at a fast food establishment and a nail salon.  In each level there are collectibles and upgrades which unlock new abilities as well as open up new portions of the level to explore and conquer.
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Bunny Peek A Boo-Great Kids Game

Disclosure: The below mention game was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

20130822_192223In our house, we are all about games. My kids will seriously do just about anything if I make it into a game, which is absolutely wonderful for me. We even love when we get to have our special game nights. I am always on the look out for new games that we can add to our wonderful game nights. Bunny Peek a Boo will be a new regular for us, even if it is meant to be a 1 person game.

About SmartGames:

SmartGames is the company that makes Bunny Peek A Boo, as well as many other games.

  • 1 Player Games
  • Multilevel
  • Easy Storage
  • Durable

The SmartGames company has a large variety of games for your children. They are great because they can all be played with just one person, or you can easily adjust for more people to join you.
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Vtech Go!Go! Smart wheels Airport Playset Review

Disclosure: The VTech Go!Go! SmartWheels Airport Playset was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

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I was lucky enough to be able to try out the Vtech Go! Go! SmartWheels Airport Playset. I must say that since we recieved it, my daughters have not stopped playing with it.

About Go!Go! SmartWheels Airport Playset:

You can watch the airplane (included) or other Go! Go! Smart Wheels vehicles (sold separately) interact with the airport’s six SmartPoint locations. Each location responds with phrases, music or fun sound effects. The airplane teaches letters and sounds, while the airport strengthens fine motor skills and builds your child’s imagination through pretend play. The learning fun doesn’t stop here! The tracks can be reconfigured or connected to other Go!Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage your child’s creativity.

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Scanimalz Review & Giveaway

I received the Scanimalz Purple Bear plush character, in order to facilitate her review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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I am always on the lookout for a new, creative iPad activities for myself, my students, and my daughters. I was very excited to give Scanimalz a try. Not only was it a creative app for kids & adults, but it also comes with an adorable plush character.

About Scanimalz:

Scanimalz are the cute, cuddly plush characters with QR codes on their adorable soft bellies. Scanimalz, from Wicked Cool Toys, capture what kids love – cuddly toys, technology, and playing games on smart phones and tablets! There are more than 30 plush Scanimalz characters to choose from. Kids will love to collect each and play this app.
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Super Duper Publications Review & Giveaway

Early Classifying

 

All of us I am sure love to interact with our children. We love to help them learn, as well as spend wonderful time with them. I was sent All About You, All About Me Fun Deck, TopicTalk Conversation Card Game, and MagneTalk Early Classifying all from Super Duper Publications to review.

About Super Duper Publications:

SuperDuper Publications is an online store that used to only be open to educators and therapists. It is now available to everyone. They have a wide variety of products. They range from workbooks to software, to games and even iPhone Apps. It is true that a lot of their items are geared towards school, they also make items that are perfect for parents to help get their kids involved in a fun way!

Super Duper Publications was started 27 years ago by a speech-language pathologist with just two lesson plans. They have a wonderful range of products on topics from auditory processing to phonics and many more in between.

About MagneTalk Early Classifying:

In this game, they combine real photos with magnetics.

This game helps your child improve their classifying, vocabulary, critical thinking, and fine motor skills.

The Classifying activity has 5 categories:

My Thoughts:

My daughter is only 3, so she is on the young end of this game. She thoroughly enjoyed playing this game with me. She was getting very good at it and was wanting me to begin timing her! We definitely enjoyed playing this game.
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Spring Travel with Nintendo 3DS

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I can remember all my vacation memories growing up started with a long car ride. These car rides would drag when we were younger and would lead to angry parents and uppity children. Then my parents found the magic charm that is the original Game boy. The grey brickish, green screened dot matrix and stereo sound emitting wonder was the first time one could bring Mario and Tetris with you everywhere. Only drawback was Mom would want the Game boy for Tetris too.

Fast forward a few decades and now the handheld of choice is the Nintendo 3DS. Instead of big and grey they are now sleek and brightly colored, with two screens and a stylus. With bright, vibrant colors and graphics that are in 3D, long gone are the black and green screens of yester year. Instead of carrying around a case of games, an entire library of stellar games are now available with a few clicks and downloads directly onto the 3DS through the Nintendo eShop.

This Spring Nintendo is releasing quite a few gems to catch your attention. We are going to take a look at two of the ever expanding online library of 3DS games.

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First up we are going to look at HarmoKnight. HarmoKnight is a music/rhythm platforming action adventure game. Yes, its a mouth full but there is one more important characteristic you must know. This game is made by Game Freak. Game Freak is the developer best known for the always fun Pokemon series. HarmoKnight follows a little boy named Tempo and his friend Tappy the rabbit as they try to vanquish the evil Gargan and the Noizoids who are invading. Along the way, he meets a few friends like Lyra the archer and the warrior Tyko. Tempo also meets hoards or enemies to smack with his staff. The game has the simple control scheme of jumping and swinging your staff. If done correctly you jump and swing to the music gaining more notes, which unlock more features of the game. This is a game where you will need to have the music on so make sure you either have some headphones or everyone should be ready to hum along to the catchy tunes. Even though the game play may seem simple and a breeze to master, this is far from true, without an understanding of each level and the ability to keep in rhythm the game can be very difficult. But with practice and trial and error each level goes from an incredible challenge to a rewarding experience.
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Wii U Review

nesNintendo has a history of making big leaps in digital home entertainment. Some great successes, like the NES, SNES, and Wii, while some have been innovative but never really taken off, like the Virtual Boy. The consistency across all of their consoles has always been innovation, ‘game changing’, well built, and timeless. After a bit of cleaning and the proper cables even an NES can be plugged in and played today, some 28 years after being released. Most importantly the games are still fun!

WiiUThe next step in the history and future of video games is the Wii U. The Wii U is the sleek new console made by Nintendo. The system itself has next generation graphics, comparable to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Textures are sharp, sound is clear and the characters in the games look like they will hop right out of the screen at you. Speaking of screens, the innovative game changer with the Wii U is its touch screen controller. The controller has two analog sticks, the mandatory 4 buttons to the right and a few important buttons as well, home, start, select, etc. The middle of the controller is a touch screen which not only displays game play/video/etc but also acts as an input source itself. Some examples of this are an in-game map, flinging ninja stars, a different perspective of the environment. The possibilities are only limited by the designers’ imaginations. As of now the Wii U is available in 2 sets. One the basic which includes a white system with 8 GB of internal storage, the Wii U Game pad, stylus, Sensor Bar, AC adapters for both the game pad and the console as well as an HDMI cable. The Deluxe includes a black system with 32GB of internal storage, as well as all the accessories of the Basic Set AND game pad stand, charging cradle, Console stand, and Nintendo Land game. The Basic retails for $299.99 and the Deluxe retails for $349.99. The Deluxe is a great deal, for the extra $50, there are 24 GB more of data, a game, easy way to stand up the console AND a charging cradle.
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