Kids Academy Apps To Reinforce Teachings in a Fun Way

This is a sponsored post for Kids’ Academy apps.  Regardless I only post honest reviews. Any opinions expressed are my own.

My son started 4 year old Kindergarten this year.  He rides the bus to school, it’s an all day program, 5 days a week, it’s a part of the elementary school.  A lot of people I talk to assume it’s not really school since a lot of schools in our area don’t have a 4 year old kindergarten program even close to ours.  My son did 4 yr old preschool last year it was only 3 days a week for half a day at the local daycare. I try to reinforce the teaching of the 4 yr old kindergarten.  I also tried to do this when he was in 4 yr old preschool.

One fun and easy way to do this is to incorporate appropriate concepts in a fun way.  My son loves to play on my phone.  I use the apps from Kids Academy as one way to do this.

1.  BINGO ABC’s alphabet phonics song from Kid’s Academy has the familiar song we all know and love with fun colorful graphics.  There is a free version and a paid version.  I tried the free version first.  The free version only let’s you go so far until it prompts you to buy the full version.  The free version is a great way to test the apps though to see if it’s something that engages your child.

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The little girl that’s sitting on the back of the truck is singing the song.  The characters are all moving and the scenes change as the song goes on. As she says each letter they appear on the screen reinforcing the letter recognition with your child.

2.  Kid’s Academy Alphabet Phonics Montessori app has 3 learning activities for kids.  One is a counting game with letter tracing, one is for learning the alphabet with letter recognition .  For instance, when they show the letter “A” there is an alligator. There are also things in the background your child can touch to light up like “anchor” and “apple” that reinforces the sounds of the letter.  This is also a letter tracing activity.  The only thing I don’t care for with the letter tracing activity is how spot on you have to be for it to recognize your child traced it.  If you venture even a little off the dotted line it makes your child start all over again.  Could be a little frustrating for a smaller child.

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Again the free version that i tried only let’s you go so far with each learning activity until it prompts you to buy the full version.  This is a great way to see if these learning apps would be a good fit for your child though.  The activities offer bright colors, sound and letter/number reinforcement, and cool graphics for a preschool app.

3.  Kids’ Academy Preschool Kindergarten Learning app also offer 3 different learning activities.  An easy maze activity.  When the kids successfully complete the easy maze they are rewarded with a cute little animation.  A Rhyming words activity where you drag the dog ball to the object that rhymes shown in the dog’s thought bubble. In the example below, the dog is thinking of a pen so of course you drag the ball to the hen.  I do wish they would say the object in the thought bubble though.  There was one with a picture of what looked like a trophy.  None of the objects rhymed with trophy so you think “award” maybe?  So  my son dragged it to random objects until it matched the dog. It was supposed to be a cup that rhymes with pup.  I think saying the object would help my son problem solve and match it to the correct object.

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I reviewed the free version that allowed my son to try a couple mazes, make it to the letter C in the tracing option, and try a few rhyming activities.  He probably liked this app the most out of the 3. Kids’ Academy does a great job with the colors and kid friendly characters.

 


DIY Vanilla Sugar Scrub

I received a bottle of the below mentioned product at no cost in order to complete this diy post.  No other compensation has been received. Any opinions expressed are my own.  Giveaway is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey.

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Today I have a DIY post for a vanilla sugar body scrub using Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar.  This recipe is so simple and would make a great diy gift for the holidays!  Here’s what you need:

  • 1 8.5 oz bottle of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • a mixing bowl
  • spoon
  • waterproof jar for your finished scrub

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Measure 1 cup of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar into the mixing bowl.  Add 1/4 c of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used lavender but whatever floats your boat).  Mix ingredients together and spoon into your waterproof jar.  You can decorate your jar with gift wrap, a bow, whatever you feel like if you’re giving it as a gift.

You an also find the recipe on the Nielsen-Massey website.

Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar would also be great in your recipes, as garnishes on cookies and drinks, and more.  You can also visit nielsenmassey.com for even more recipes using their pure vanilla products.  You can find out where to get your Nielsen-Massey products like the vanilla sugar for this diy post in their where to buy section.

Here is a video of my diy and how quick it was to put it together.  I have to apologize right now but this is proof that no one is perfect.  I did this awesome video got the whole way through it and hit the off button on my video camera instead of the stop button and it made my 1st video disappear.  So I did the video again doing a half recipe.  The idea is the same.

You can find Nielsen-Massey on these social media sites:

Facebook: facebook.com/NielsenMasseyVanillas

Twitter: @NielsenMassey

Now how would you like win a bottle of the Nielsen-Massey Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar for yourself for you holiday diy or baking?

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Kroger Challenge Win $250 + a Coupon (Limited States)

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Kroger Challenge Sweepstakes, you can win $250. Also get a $1 coupon for Milk-Bone.  This sweeps is only opened to limited states but I know I have readers in these states so I thought I’d post it.  States this sweeps is open to: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY  My state isn’t included but have fun entering!  I’d love to know if you win!
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I remember when I lived in South Carolina it was my first experience with Kroger stores.  I wish we had some in Pennsylvania.  Do you like shopping at Kroger?

 


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October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

National Oatmeal Day is October 29.  Oatmeal has so many health benefits whether you use it inside or out.  Not to mention it’s yummy. I even like the smell of oatmeal.  As an Aveeno Ambassador, National Oatmeal day is a big day.  Quite a few Aveen products use colloidal oatmeal because of it’s moisturizing benefits.

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Aveeno – Lotion – Daily Moisturizing, 8 oz

Made with colloidal oatmeal, it’s clinically proven to relieve dry skin in 24.  This is hands down one of my favorite lotions for my dry skin!

 

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 October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

Aveeno – Soothing Bath Treatment Fragrance Free — 8 Packets

Aveeno soothing bath treatment is great for dry skin but also itch relief for things like chicken pox, eczema, and other itchy skin conditions

 

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 October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

Nature’s Path – Organic Instant Hot Oatmeal Maple Nut — 8 Packets

Oatmeal comes in so many flavors, you can add whatever you like or don’t add anything to it.  Oatmeal is also great for baking..oatmeal raisin cookies anyone? 

 

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 October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

Scott’s Cakes – Cookie Combos – Oatmeal Raisin and Strawberry Butter in a 8 oz. Bunny Hop Bag


 October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

Earthbath – Pet Shampoo Oatmeal And Aloe 16 fl oz

You can even use the benefits of oats for your pets  Check out this oatmeal and aloe shampoo for pets

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 October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

Nature Valley – Bistro Cups Oatmeal for Your Keurig, Brown Sugar Pecan 3 SERVINGS PER BOX (Pack of 2)

How about oatmeal bistro cups for your Keurig?  I never even knew there was such a thing but hey…why not?

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 October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

Northern Lights Candles – Oatmeal Cookie Fragranced Glass Jar Candle

Oatmeal cookie candle anyone?  For me please!

 

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Little Label – Debbie: Oatmeal Creme Pies 12/2.5 Oz.

Can’t forget about oatmeal pies right?

 

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