Books Reviews, 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, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, STEM Learning

Pet Me Multiplication and Division Math Board Game for Kids

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Logic Roots Pet Me Multiplication and Division Math Board Game

Anthony is in the 4th grade and knee deep into multiplication and division, They have been working on dividing 2×4 digits and multiplying large numbers as well. Having tools to practice at home is crucial. The first week of class he was so bummed when he kept bringing home homework papers filled with 1×1 multiplication problems. “Mom! This is easy. Why do we do like hundreds of these problems every week?”

Last week as he was doing his multiplication homework I reminded him about how upset he was wit the redundant work he had the beginning of the year. “The reason you did those over and over again was to make multiplying 1 digit at a time easier. Now that you are multiplying 3-4 in one problem it makes it faster and bit easier to learn to solve.” Now he got it.

division practice

It’s a lot of work sorting out those long division and multiplication problems at this age. Pet Me is here to help. It makes it so much more fun to practice math then those boring white sheets of papers with letters in black to solve with a pencil. He still has to do his homework sheets but just before bedtime we do our “fun” learning time.

math game

Pet Wonderland is full of adorable puppies, kittens and parrots. The theme of the game is a walk in the park. You will win many hearts as you feed them and meet them all. The goal of the game is to win the most hearts. It is about dividing food and love up equally.

Other players check the math and make sure each player is distributing evenly to the animals they encounter. Then sometimes you get an uneven equation and have remainders left over. It is all about landing on spots where the animals are not already adopted (fed) and claim them with hearts earned.

Pet Me game

Pet Me is one of several math games by Logic Roots and is great for ages 8+. There are more choices for this age and younger. You can find math sheets too for age-appropriate and subject practice.

You can buy on Amazon too!

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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.

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Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

It’s here! The 2017 Best Buy Holiday Toy Guide has all the hot toys that I know my son has on his wish list. Anthony is 9 and it is all about gaming and building for him. While looking through the Best Buy toy catalog that came in my mailings I saw a few of his wish list items that will be available through one of our favorite stores to shop at for the boys.

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Sphero R2D2

The best way to find out what he is looking for is to hand him the toy catalog and so I gave him a sharpie and told him he can mark the top choices he sees inside. His eyes lit up as he turned every page. I also saw a few toys we already own and love. I was excited to see the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube. Anthony was gifted this last year and we had a blast building his own bluetooth speaker. It still gets daily use and he loves showing his friends how he built it himself.

They also have the Sphero SPRK+ that he was given last spring for his birthday and loves to roll it around the house and program it. These 2 items I can speak for personally and should get a lot of use by the child you are gifting to.

Laser Tag

Anthony’s Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

What are Anthony’s top picks? The Nintendo Switch! That is what he has been asking for the most along with some games for it. He also circled the Recoil Laser Tag Starter Set. Our neighbor has this set and they played with it several times over the end of summer and he has been wanting his own. He also circled the Sphero BB-8 and R2D2 app-enabled Droids. His game room is Star Wars theme so he likes to build and display anything Star Wars related in the room on his shelves.

Want to see the entire guide for yourself? You can find toys that educate, focus on STEM and entertain for hours. Visit the Best Buy toy catalog!

 

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Kids Outdoor Toy for the Holidays

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Kids Outdoor Toy for the Holidays

Kids Outdoor Toy for the Holidays

A Kids Outdoor Toy for Christmas? Rain, sun or snow when that toy lights up and soars through the air after jumping on a pad the kids can care less the season. Even I have had a blast (pardon the pun) with the Stomp Rocket. I had it set up in minutes and it is always ready to pull out and play with now.

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LED rocket toy

This is the Stomp Rocket® Ultra LED. It comes with 4 rockets with a small switch to turn on LED lighting. Great for the long nights at the campground and summer evening fun as well as when we lose the sun early in the winter days.

There are 2 other Stomp Rockets – Stomp Rocket JR with foam rockets that glow in the dark and Dueling Stomp Rocket® with a launchpad that allows 2 rockets to launch at once. The dueling launchpad is great for siblings and multiple kids at play together.

You can find Stomp Rocket® toys at many retailers like Bed Bath and Beyond, Toys R Us, Amazon to name a few.

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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 http://brixotoys.com/