Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

February 23, 2012

Friday Featured Product

Filed under: Learning,Manual Dexterity,Math,Motor skills — by dsuzuki @ 11:59 pm
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There are only a handful of products I love enough that I really suggest to friends and family so I thought what better way to spread the word than mentioning here.  So for the next few Fridays I am hoping to highlight some of my favorite products for families with kids. Note: I either purchased these items, borrowed or was given them as gifts from families and friends.

Today I wanted to highlight the game Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg that came with my daughter’s Leappad.  She got one for Christmas and she cracks me up whenever she tells me what she is playing because she says the name of the game with such gusto.  Sometimes I ask her where she learned something and the answer is “Mr. Pencil saves Doodleburg!!!” with both arms raised up in the air.

She loves this game and I’ve sat down with her a few times to watch her play because she’s always coming up with the most amazing, random comments that she says she’s learned from this game.  It focuses on skills like writing letters, numbers, tracing lines, drawing, colors, etc.  One day I was driving her to school and she tells me “Mommy, you are the left side of the car and I am on the right side.  That means we are sitting diagonal!”  I asked if she learned about diagonals at school and she said no it was from “Mr. Pencil saves Doodleburg!!!”  She’s gone on to mention learning about mixing colors, drawing various shapes and a couple nights ago she even started giving me a lesson about animation.  She, my 19 month old and I were doing some painting on scrap pieces of cardboard and I drew an ocean with fish jumping out of it.  Looking at the picture she tells me “Mommy, you can draw more frames so it looks like the fish are really jumping like in an animation.”  This shocked me because at 4 we have never talked about how cartoons are animated or about different frames that make up an animation.  I thought maybe this was something new that she was learning at school but nope, she shocked me again saying she learned this from Mr. Pencil Saves Doodleburg.

After all of these comments she has been making about what she has learned from this game and what she remembers even after not playing it for awhile has made me a huge fan of the game.  If you have a preschooler or a slightly older child (it’s rated for 4-7 year olds) then I highly suggest trying this game out.  It teaches some wonderful concepts, the letter and shape tracing has really helped my daughter slow down and really focus on what she is writing and things like colors, color mixing, etc really has helped reinforce what she is learning in preschool as well.  Definitely a 5 star game in my book!

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September 19, 2011

Target-Workbooks 70% Off

Filed under: Math — by dsuzuki @ 8:43 pm

I was browsing the Dollar Spot at Target while my mom returned some things and I saw a small section with a 50% off brown dot items sign.  It was pretty picked over but I found two workbooks I thought my daughter would enjoy.  Lately she’s been into addition and subtraction and naming off the continents.  So I picked up one subtraction book and one about the world.

When I checked out I was surprised to find out both only cost $.65 all together after tax.  Turns out the brown dot items were 70% off but they didn’t change the sign.  So not bad if I do say so myself.  My daughter couldn’t wait to start on them and starting working on the subtraction activities on the way home.

Today she wanted to work on it some more so we decided to add a little more fun by using the squinkies she got as a birthday gift to help figure out the answers.

After we finished two pages on a whim I decided to ask her about addition and was shocked she already picked up the pattern of what 1+1, 1+2, etc was and could add them up until I stopped at 1+9=10.  I asked her if she wanted to try her 2s (i.e. 2+1, 2+2…) but she was done so I didn’t push it.

So if you want to pick up some cheap workbooks go check out your Target.  I think that even beats printing out the free worksheets you find online after you add in paper and ink price.