Books, Children's Books, Education, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, STEM Learning

Rocket: A Journey Through the Pages Book

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Rocket: A Journey Through the Pages Book

By: Mike Vago

Need more ideas for the kids this season? How about a book that will take them on a journey through space. Follow the rocket with each turn of the page, around comets and planets and learn while they explore.

Rocket: A Journey Through the Pages Book

The book is for ages 4-8 and you can actually manipulate the rocket. It is 14 pages long and makes a great gift idea!

Education, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Utopia 360° 4D+ Augmented and Virtual Reality bundles

I was sent sample for feature of the Utopia Space bundle

Utopia 360° 4D+ Augmented and Virtual Reality bundles

It is STEM and fun built into 1 box. For the space, dinosaur and animal lovers comes an augmented reality experience to enjoy on your tablet and phone. See images in 4-D from your tablet and then take a 360 virtual reality tour with the included VR glasses and your phone. This means that if the phone isn’t handy, you can still learn and explore with a tablet. Just download the app and have a space to set your cards down on a flat surface. Let’s explore our space set a bit….

The bundle includes the Utopia 360° VR glasses. We can even use the included glasses for other VR apps we have from watching 360° movies to playing games.

You also get a set of 26 interactive cards. These cards explore space, missions and vehicles related to exploring the planets. Use the tablet to get that 4D view and use the glasses to learn more including stats and facts as you choose a planet or product to view.

You can even take a 360° tour of the International Space Station. Use your camera button to snap screenshots too and see your real life objects in space photos.

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With the 4D+ Animal Zoo you can use food cards beside animal cards and watch the animals find the food and feed. There is an interactive spelling quiz and learn the alphabet and animal names & sounds. With the 4D+ Dinosaur Experience you can capture photos with dinosaurs, use the glasses to walk with the dinosaurs and learn facts and explore 3D archives. You can find all of the ReTrak sets at retailers and online at Amazon too.

Education, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Parenting

Q Wunder Helps Children With Social and Emotional Skills

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Q Wunder Helps Children With Social and Emotional Skills

Q Wunder is an entire system of products by EQtainment that is here to help parents and professionals make children happier by working on the social and emotional skills that every child truly needs help with at some point in life. Whether you have a special needs child or a child who experienced trauma or a life changing event has occurred these are great tools to help your child cope.

Edit: Right now you can find Q Wunder prizes will be featured in Chick-fil-A® Kid’s Meals. While supplies last.


The Q Wunder Tools

Q Wunder uses episodes to watch, music and games all along the same theme and continuing story and topics your child will relate to. Q is a monkey. Q is very intelligent but he can use some help at times learning the right way to talk to people and can let his feelings and emotions get away from him sometimes. The tools of the Q Wunder system allows us to go alongside Q and learn and grow.

  • Q-Time Buddy: He is the lovable monkey plush that when held and played with can offer children a simple way to develop focus and attention span with a simple breathing exercise they will learn about
  • Q’s Race to the Top (Board Game): help Q race to the top of his tree house by answering questions and performing fun actions. The questions are designed to promote feeling identification and verbalization, manners, social skills, creative thinking, balance, and coordination
  • Q’s On-The-Go Pack: 90 question and action cards in a convenient carrying case
  • Q’s Wild Ride CD & Book: Q races to the ballpark on his hovercraft but he will learn some lessons along the way and your child can follow along too
  • Q’s Coloring Book: Just some added fun about Q’s journeys
  • Q Wunder App: there is even more to do within the app as well as see your child’s progress through the shows and games

How to use Q Wunder

First, I would start by downloading the app and creating an account. A story at bedtime and some cuddling with the Q-Time Buddy then some game play and coloring make for a well-rounded lesson on those social and emotional skills.


The app has an interactive kids show, fun games, fun songs and bonus features including some celebrities you and your child will recognize. Parents will find podcasts with well-known guests, parenting resources. Start with a short quiz about your child so that their app world is set up right for them and start playing and growing. The books, board games and plush are the fun additions to complete this system.


More fun with Q Wunder

“The show episodes and app feature Sofia Dickens, Chief Creative Officer of EQtainment and former video correspondent for the Emmy Award–winning quiz show, Jeopardy!, and anchored the nation’s largest youth news source, Channel One News, along with her celebrity guests, such as Michael Strahan, Nick  & Vanessa Lachey, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David  & Christina Arquette, Willie Robertson and many more!”

Education, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, STEM Learning

STEM Building Kit for Kids

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STEM Building Kit

With toy and educational products focus turning to the incorporation of STEM play, none have quite the features as the Brixo building blocks kit. The STEM building kit for kids makes a fantastic gift idea. Why?

STEM Building Kit for Kids

STEM refers to Science where we build, observe and experiment. Technology in early play ca be found in products that use bluetooth or smart device contact. Engineering in play is when you incorporate robotics and LED lighting/sound. Last, Math is about concepts and results. Brixo has all of this in one kit. They will have so much fun they forget they are actually learning!

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In the video above, you see Brixo building in action. These bluetooth-enabled electric bricks are LEGO compatible. With Brixo, your blocks can now move, spin, light up, and more. Anthony is going on 10 and his LEGO’s have been in a tote hardly touched for about a year as he grew out of the LEGO phase a bit. Now with this Brixo kit the tote is down from the racks and he is building again.

The kit comes with all you need to bring your bricks to a STEM life. Then once you use the kit which allows you endless building possibilities, you can download the app to control the creation. Build a car and use your device to move it and now your child built there own remote controlled car. Use your device and app to power a windmill or make lights turn on in a village and have moving platforms. Whatever your child decides to build will now move, light up and become a controlled masterpiece. Buy your now at

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IXL Online Learning Program for Kids

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IXL Online Learning Program for Kids

IXL Online Learning Program for Kids

Every night since Anthony was an infant I grab a book, sit on a chair and we read. By the age of 2 I was pointing to letters and teaching him a focus letter a day. By 4 he was reading 2-3 letter words. He is 9 and an advanced reader. It sounds cliche to say a child who is read to is at an advantage, but it is true and we are proof. Never was I too tired or didn’t have time. Unless I am apart from him we read. Traveling? We looked up books online.

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However, the past few weeks our reading routine began to change. We started our membership at IXL. IXL is an online education site with different skill packages to choose from by grade from K-12. We are in Fourth grade and have the Core Subjects Package which gives up Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Anthony is addicted to the Social Studies section. A history lover at heart like his Mama!

He now wants to log on and choose a new learning topic to do together before we read. So at age 9 we learn AND read before bed and he is really into it. He loves that one on one time with me and I am not pulling him from playtime or relax time to learn. It is a time of day that works for both of us and it becomes fun.

Here we are doing a lesson. This one is

  • IXL Learning Features
  • K-12th Grade Learinng
  • Focus on 1 subject or all core subjects
  • Spanish lessons are another option
  • Unlock achievements
  • Parent progress reports and certificate alerts
  • Personalized skill recommendations
  • Mobile Ap option for on-the-go learning

Start your online learning today at IXL.

Books, Children's Books, Education, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, STEM Learning

New Children’s STEM Book – Veronica and the Volcano

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New Children's STEM Book - Veronica and the Volcano

New Children’s STEM Book – Veronica and the Volcano

By: Geoffrey Cook

In August we moved to a new town here in Washington State. Our town lies beneath Mt. Rainier, a volcano. With a 9 year old son who now has to get used to lahar siren tests the first Monday of every month and has lahar escape drills he has been very curious about volcanos. This book may have been written for STEM learning for girls but Anthony is thoroughly intrigued. He has already agreed to donate his copy of this book to his classroom so other 4th grade kids can read it to in our town.

The Story

Ten-year-old Veronica lives in a high-tech, gadget-filled house on the slope of an active volcano. When she leaves on a quest to find rare white volcano pearls on the far side of the biggest volcano of all, Mount Mystery, she leads her father, her best friend Maddy, and her friend’s dad, the blustering Captain John, into a series of incredible adventures. But when the colossal volcano erupts, fears wins an election, and Veronica must square off against a fear-mongering villain: the Man-in-White.

Want to read Chapter 1? Follow this link to the book site!