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Entertainment That Educates + #NCircleEntertainment Giveaway

Entertainment That Educates + Giveaway | #NCircleEntertainment #education #learning #giveaway #entertowin
~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing DVDs for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Children’s minds take in more than we can ever imagine. They watch everything we do. They copy how their friends act, as their energy feeds off of each other. They learn through play, fun, and adventure. The world and every little thing in it is educating our children in some way or another, and the shows and movies they watch are no different.

As school nears, and for many has already started, formal learning and education is soon to be in full swing. Whether you have kids in lower elementary school, are homeschooling, or even have toddlers and pre-K aged kids at home, the NCircle Entertainment August DVD releases will help keep the fun and learning going at home too.

Check out the new fun, adventurous, and educational releases I’ve added to my own kids’ collection this month.




What to expect!

All of these entertainment options get those little gears moving, get your kids asking questions, learning new things, and taking adventures in lands they’ve never experienced before.

Your children will learn things like why the moon only comes out at night, how a whale stays under water for so long, what makes a car go fast, and many more of the world’s mysteries (at least the one’s that children haven’t figured out yet).

They’ll also learn some of life’s greatest lessons, like when and how to ask for help, how to say you’re sorry, why it’s good to tell the truth, and the true meaning and happiness of friendship.

My kids absolutely love Molang and The Little Prince, so I knew these would be instant hits (they watched the entire season of Molang as soon as they got their new goodies). Lily’s Driftwood Bay and The Day Henry Met __ ? are both new to us, but the kids are loving them so far.

 

Lily likes to take adventures on Driftwood Bay, an imaginary island. Each day Lily’s imagination is sparked by something that washes up from the sea, and she’s taken away to Driftwood Bay, where she and her friends have fun exploring and learning new things.

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Then there’s Henry, a knowledge seeking 4 year old, who loves to ask questions of anything and everything. Do you ever find yourself talking to objects, like asking the car why it keeps running out of gas? No? Maybe that’s just me. Talking to objects is exactly the way Henry learns how and why things work the way they do.

When school is over for the day, or my daughter wants something fun to watch while her brother’s at school, all I have to do is pull out one these fun and educational DVDs for a little entertainment. Want the same for your kids? Enter to win all four NCircle Entertainment August releases (plus a cute book) using the giveaway form below.

Which new release would your kids like?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter


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One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of all four August releases (shown in photo), as well as a Molang book! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on August 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


6 Tips for Teaching Kids Oral Hygiene

6 Tips for Teaching Kids Oral Hygiene #MouthWatchers #oralhygiene
~Thank you to Mouth Watchers® for providing product to the Making Time family and to Dr. Ronald Plotka for these amazing tips.~

With it being back to school season and all, it’s a good time to think and talk about routines. One thing that should be in everyone’s daily routine is oral hygiene. As adults, we know the importance of oral hygiene, but getting our kids on board can be a little difficult to say the least.

Dr. Ronald Plotka, the founder of Mouth Watchers®, has a few tips for us parents on how to teach our children that good oral hygiene is essential to their health and well-being.

1. Stay away from sugar.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit this one is hard. While sugar is an awesome treat for the taste buds, it’s definitely not a treat for teeth. So keep candies, cakes, ice cream, and pastries limited to special occasions.

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2. Skip soda.

For some this may be hard, but for my family it’s actually not. My kids are ages 2 and 5, and to this day neither one of them has had soda. On the other hand, I do enjoy a nice fizzy soda every now and then, but right now my kids recognize it as mommy’s drink and know they can’t sip from my cup. If your kids want something with a little flavor, try offering them flavored water or juices that are low in sugar.

3. Fill up on fluoride.

Fluoride is good for little pearly whites. In fact, fluoride toothpastes reduce cavities in kids from 15% to 30%. Even the fluoride in public water supply reduces cavity rates by up to 40%. Good thing we drink the filtered water from our fridge!

4. Set up a schedule.

Oral hygiene should be part of any good routine. Try making it a family affair and have everyone brush their teeth at the same time. I’m not saying get the whole family in the bathroom at once because hey, that just ain’t happening, especially in this house. But while you’re brushing your teeth, have your kiddo practice brushing his. All it takes is a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on his Mouth Watchers® Youth Manual Toothbrush.

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My son is so used to me brushing his teeth that he doesn’t even want to try it himself, and that is not going to fly anymore. He needs to learn how to properly clean his own teeth and take control of his own oral hygiene.

5. Make it fun to floss.

Let’s take a poll. How many of you actually floss on a daily basis? Or even floss at all? I’ll admit that I am definitely slacking in the floss department. Make flossing fun by creating a fun flossing activities or a reward chart.

One activity I saw not too long ago, that peaked my interest, was using a Mega Block and putting some peanut butter between the pegs. Then give your child a string of yarn to floss the peanut butter out from between the pegs. It’s just like flossing teeth, but on a bigger and obviously more fun scale! If you want to make it more challenging, try using a LEGO and letting them use actual floss.

6. Say goodbye to pacifiers.

Now, I’m not one to judge the way other parents do their parenting. We’re all different and I respect that, but I will say that when I see kids who have to be at least three years old still with a pacifier in their mouth, I start to question things. The presence of a pacifier can harm the development and growth of the mouth and teeth. Prolonged use can cause changes in the shape of the roof of the mouth and create problems with tooth alignment.

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So get rid of that pacifier as soon as possible! Luckily, my son was done with his by about 15 months and my daughter never even took to a pacifier, so we never had a problem there.

Start teaching good oral care at an early age. Encourage your kids by practicing healthy hygiene habits at home and with help from Mouth Watchers®! With the antimicrobial and flossing bristles that make up Mouth Watchers® toothbrushes, the whole family will feel like they just visited the dentist.

How are you teaching your kids good oral hygiene habits?

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*Thank you to Mouth Watchers® for providing product to the Making Time family and to Dr. Ronald Plotka for these amazing tips. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That’s My Son

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

I’m kind of at a breaking point with this topic and need to clear the air. I can’t leave the house without someone mentioning how cute my girls are. My kids are my world and I love them dearly, and I want the world to love them too, for who they are.

I enjoy all of the compliments because my kids ARE cute. But what bothers me is that many people think or automatically assume that my oldest, the one with the long curly hair, is a girl simply because of the long hair.

He is not a girl. Yes, he has long, beautiful, curly hair. But he is a boy. I do not have two daughters. I have a son and a daughter.

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

I try not to let this bother me and I know I’ll still have to deal with it for years to come, but when I say this happens every time we leave the house, I’m not exaggerating. I could literally record myself saying, “He’s not a girl. This is my son,” and have it ready to play at any moment.

And it’s not everyone who compliments him, that assumes he’s a girl. Some people can see he’s a boy and ask questions like if we’ve ever cut his hair. Or they’ll ask how old he is, wondering how long his hair’s been growing. And sometimes I’ll even get asked about tips for managing it because other people are dealing with the same type and texture of hair with their own children, and it is not easy to manage.

But for those of you who think my son is actually my daughter, please just take a moment before you comment. If you take a closer look you’ll see that he is dressed like a boy and he looks like a boy. If you’re not sure, you can still compliment without being gender specific. Instead of using “daughter” or “her,” use “child.”




“I love your child’s hair,” is the perfect compliment. And when I respond, I’ll likely say “his” or “he,” and that’s your clue that he is in fact a boy.

If you DON’T take that moment before commenting, don’t get upset when I correct you, because I WILL correct you. No, I’m not interested in your unwanted advice. No, I’m not going to cut his hair so he will look like a boy. And if that’s your response, I promise, you will get more than you bargained for. He already looks like a boy. A boy with long, beautiful, curly hair. The cutest boy you’ll ever see (my opinion is definitely biased, but you get my point).

The child with the long curly hair, that’s my son.

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

The Child with the Long Curly Hair, That's My Son #heisnotagirl #ihaveason

So now that I’ve gotten that off my chest and if you’re now wondering –

When my son was smaller and his hair started getting out of control, I said it was time to cut it. But Daddy had other plans, so here we are five and a half years later and our son has never had his hair cut (unless you count the time he had a horrible tangle that I just couldn’t brush out so I snipped it).

My son’s hair has become a part of him. I have no idea what he would look like without it, but I imagine I wouldn’t even recognize him. The curls, the length, the way it frames his face, the way it looks in a pony tail or a bun, the wild frizz and tangles we deal with daily, it’s part of who he is. And I’m pretty sure if we were to cut it, he wouldn’t know how to react either.

Maybe he’ll grow up and keep his long locks. Maybe he’ll decide enough is enough, and cut it. Maybe he’ll even donate it. Whatever he chooses, it’s one thing we’re giving him the freedom of choosing on his own.

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#SummerFun Is Always Poppin’ When You Have Bubbles

What is summer fun without bubbles? This PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from makes blowing bubbles easier than ever and without as much sticky mess! Head over to the blog and check it out! #PAWPatrol #LittleKids #SummerFun #bubbles #bubblefun
~Thank you to Little Kids for providing a PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission on your purchase.~




What is outdoor summer fun without bubbles? My kids absolutely LOVE bubbles and could go through a whole bottle in one day. And I’m not talking about spilling the bottle, although the little one is good at that. It’s even fun for me to see the enjoyment in their faces when playing with bubbles.

But let’s be honest, bubble fun can get pretty messy and smaller kids typically have a harder time blowing bubbles themselves. That’s what makes the PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from Little Kids perfect for my two kiddos. Minimal spill, minimal mess, no trouble blowing bubbles, and no bubble wands in the mouth!

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Little Kids recently sent us a Marshall Action Bubble Blower to play with and the kids love it, as do I. It’s so easy to use, even for my one year old daughter. After set-up (adding a few batteries and bubble liquid to the reservoir) it’s as simple as pulling Marshall’s head back and watching the bubbles flow from his mouth. He’s barking bubbles!

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And boy do they flow! It’s a constant stream of bubble fun. I really love the Marshall Action Bubble Blower, especially for my littlest one because she always has a hard time blowing bubbles with a wand.

She either blows too hard, doesn’t blow hard enough, puts her mouth on the wand or the wand in her mouth, and at some point spills the whole bottle of bubble liquid. It’s truly a waste of money to give her a bottle of bubbles with a wand.

What is summer fun without bubbles? This PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from makes blowing bubbles easier than ever and without as much sticky mess! Head over to the blog and check it out! #PAWPatrol #LittleKids #SummerFun #bubbles #bubblefun

Our Marshall Action Bubble Blower takes most of the mess and all of the bubble blowing skills out of the equation so she can join in on the bubble blowing fun. She hasn’t quite learned the concept of turning Marshall around so that the bubbles don’t blow directly in her face, but she’ll figure it out eventually. I think she likes the bubbles in her face to be honest, haha.

My son sometimes has the same bubble woes as my daughter, but since he’s a little older he understands the basic skills needed for blowing bubbles with a wand and understands not to spill the bubble liquid. But he’d still rather have fun with Marshall. He loves to run around with Marshall in the air barking bubbles and when he stops to look back, there’s a massive stream of bubbles behind him to go back and pop.

As for the sticky bubble mess, Marshall needs to stay in an upright position. Both of my kids would tilt him forward or backward at times, and when tilted sometimes the bubble liquid spills out of the mouth. So there’s still a little mess, but compared to my daughter dumping out a whole bottle of bubbles or even my son spilling bubbles when dipping a wand, I’ll take this any day. I just needed to wipe their hands a little when they were done playing and also wipe off Marshall before putting him away.

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Aside from the sheer fact that the Marshall Action Bubble Blower is fun and easy to use, another pro is that the PAW Patrol character is one my kids are familiar with. They both love watching PAW Patrol.

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Little Kids also has a Chase Action Bubble Blower and to get his bubbles flowing, simply push the medallion on his collar. Still easy to use and tons of bubble fun!

We took Marshall to the local park on this particular day and even the other kids joined in on the bubble popping fun! I’m sure the other parents are mad at me for bringing Marshall along because now every kid at the park that day wants one. But summer is all about having fun and bubbles are classic fun!

Plus, these bubbles toys are ones that will last and won’t get lost. I can’t even begin to count the number of bubble wands my kids have lost over the past few years. And they really aren’t that expensive either. The Marshall Action Bubble Blower is just $14.99 on Amazon, and Chase is even cheaper than that at $11.27 (don’t forget Amazon prices change all the time)!

Does your family love playing with bubbles?

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*Thank you to Little Kids for providing a PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission on your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

#TBT with Pocoyo & Sonic {Giveaway}

The new Pocoyo and Sonic DVD releases from NCircle Entertainment this month really have me reliving my childhood. It's been a real blast from the past! #TBT #Pocoyo #SonictheHedgehog #SonicUnderground #NCircleEntertainment #Giveaway
~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing DVDs for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

This week has been a total throwback for me. NCircle Entertainment has some pretty amazing releases this month. Last week I shared with you the new Dino Dan: Dino Go Seek release, but this week I’ve really had fun reliving some childhood memories with Pocoyo and Sonic the Hedgehog.

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While Pocoyo wasn’t around when I was a kid, that doesn’t mean he can’t offer a little inspiration from my childhood. The new Pocoyo: Playtime! release is filled with over an hour of nothing but playtime fun. One of the activities Pocoyo and his friends partake in is a short camp out, complete with a tent, hammock and flashlight.

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The new Pocoyo and Sonic DVD releases from NCircle Entertainment this month really have me reliving my childhood. It's been a real blast from the past! #TBT #Pocoyo #SonictheHedgehog #SonicUnderground #NCircleEntertainment #Giveaway

This inspired me to help my kids build an indoor tent and have a little camp out of our own. This is something I did all the time as a child. We turned our entire living room into one big tent (this was a good way to get my kids to clean up too, haha) and loaded it up with pillows and blankets, and just hung out for a while. We got a little hungry so my son did a little fishing and quickly caught us something to eat!

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I love Pocoyo for my toddler because it introduces children to simple and basic vocabulary, and even starts teaching concepts like location. In one particular part of this DVD, Pocoyo’s ducky friend Pato teaches what it means for a ball to be outside, inside, behind and in front of a box. The simple, but fun and colorful graphics and playtime adventures are a wonderful learning tool for youngsters.

Pocoyo: Playtime! Stories

  • Playtime
  • Camping
  • Hide and Seek
  • Wheels
  • The Amazing Tower
  • Pocoyo’s New Toys
  • Painting with Pocoyo
  • Playing Dress Up
  • Pocoyo’s Restaurant
  • Ahoy, Pocoyo!
  • Traffic Jam

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And the real blast from the past this week? Sonic the Hedgehog! Let me first start off by telling you that in second grade, I dressed up as Sonic for Halloween. It was all blue everything, including a foam-like mask that had Sonic’s signature spikey hair. I have no idea why I remember that other than it was pretty awesome!

So to be completely honest, when I saw NCircle Entertainment was releasing Sonic Underground Vol. 2, I knew I had to have it. Not for the kids, but for me! Although my son has enjoyed watching the three disc set with me.

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If you’re not familiar with Sonic Underground, it’s a series of stories that tell how Sonic and his siblings Sonia and Manic search for their mother, Queen Aleena. And it just wouldn’t be Sonic without Dr. Robotnik, so of course he’s the villain still working against Sonic. Both are trying to find Queen Aleena’s crown jewel, which will help them locate Queen Aleena herself. Who do you think will succeed in finding it first?

Volume 2 happens to be the last and final stories of the Sonic Underground tale and has a run time of about 7 hours. It even includes 20 bonus music videos because did I mention Sonic and his siblings have a rock band? Their name is Sonic Underground! Duh!

Sonic Underground Vol. 2 Stories

  • The Jewel of the Crown
  • Three Hedgehogs and a Baby
  • Dunes Day
  • Mummy, Dearest
  • The Hedgehog in an Iron Mask
  • Six is a Crowd
  • Wedding Bell Blues
  • Flying Fortress
  • No Hedgehog is an Island
  • New Echidna in Town
  • Country Crisis
  • Haircraft in Space
  • Healer
  • Sonia’s Choice
  • The Big Melt
  • Sleepers
  • Bartleby the Prisoner
  • The Art of Destruction
  • The Pendant
  • Virtual Danger

Does any of this bring up any of your childhood memories? You can have your own throwback week because I have a chance for you to win a copy of both of these fun DVDs! Just enter using the giveaway form below!

When was the last time you had an indoor camp out or built a fort?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter

The new Pocoyo and Sonic DVD releases from NCircle Entertainment this month really have me reliving my childhood. It's been a real blast from the past! #TBT #Pocoyo #SonictheHedgehog #SonicUnderground #NCircleEntertainment #Giveaway

One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of Pocoyo: Playtime! and Sonic Underground Vol. 2! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on May 4, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

The Reality of T-Ball Games

The Reality of T-Ball Games #tball

My kids have tons of energy. Where it all comes from, I have no idea, but it’s certainly way more than I have. To help them get all that energy out (and save my sanity), we’ve gotten them into sports and are expanding their interests.

My son, in particular, loves playing soccer and has been playing for two years. And now that he’s old enough for our local t-ball program, he recently started with that too.

The Reality of T-Ball Games #tball

Today I want to focus on t-ball and exactly what you can expect when your child starts. I know programs are different depending on where you live and what is available to you, but in the beginning there are some things you can bet are all going to be the same.

1. Why did I buy you a glove if you’re not going to use it?

We’re talking about kids here, so you have to understand their skills and abilities aren’t yet perfected (no matter what they’re doing). That’s the whole purpose of getting them started!

In our t-ball program of four teams, I’ve yet to observe any child who catches everything that comes their way. Some kids, including mine, would rather lay a smack down on the ball with the glove, or not use the glove at all.

2. There will be absolutely NO outs!

Because the kids have trouble catching the ball, or in most cases, get the ball in their glove as it rolls to them, the batter is likely to make it to first base before the outfield can get the ball there. Which also leads me to number three –

3. Teamwork? What’s that?

When the ball heads towards the outfield, EVERY kid out there is going to go get it. It’s more like a game of everyone pile on the ball because that’s exactly what they’re doing. And whichever kid comes out victorious, holds the ball up like a trophy and looks around at his subjects admiring his victory. Forget the batter, I got the ball!

4. Batting is tricky.

Batting requires a lot of hand-eye coordination, just as catching does. You can expect some kids will only need to swing once, but others will need to swing three or four times. There will be a lot of hitting the tee versus hitting the ball, but this all part of the learning process of t-ball.

 

Not to mention, none of the kids understand what it means to be right- or left-handed. The coach can’t really help them properly set up at bat without knowing this info, so that can also hinder how well the kids do at bat.

As a side note, my son is left-handed and throws as such, but when it comes to batting, he’s a much better right-handed batter. We actually realized this while practicing at home and had always assumed since he was left-handed that he’d bat the same. We were wrong. Just something you might want to take notice of to help your child better succeed at the game.

5. Bases have no order.

Who says I have to run to first base first? After the batter hits the ball, there’s a handful of things that could happen.

  • Run to first base.
  • Run to second base.
  • Run to third base.
  • Just stand there watching the outfield try to get their ever-elusive hit.
  • Help the outfield retrieve the ball. (Haha! I’ve seen this first-hand.)

There’s no guarantee where the kids will end up! Running the bases takes some extra coaching. Since t-ball is the first some kids are experiencing of the game, they aren’t going to know exactly where to run and when to run. Even once on first base, they’ll need to be guided to second and so on.

6. Every child will score.

One of the good things about t-ball is that every child will score a run. The whole point of t-ball is to start practicing and understanding the basic skills and concepts of baseball. It’s a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. By allowing every child to score a run, it builds their confidence in the game and hopefully they will want to continue in the future and further learn and understand the rules and concepts.

The Reality of T-Ball Games #tball

No matter how your t-ball program runs, it’s still a lot of fun to see the kids playing together and having fun themselves. And it doesn’t hurt to get a laugh here and there. I’ve gotten some pretty good morning laughs watching my son play t-ball.

Does your child play t-ball?

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Dinosaur Fun with Dino Dan + Free Printable Activities

Dinosaur Fun with Dino Dan + Free Printable Activities #NCircleEntertainment #DinoDan

~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing a DVD for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

By now, you probably know that in preparation for my son starting kindergarten next year, I’ve been doing some homeschool preschool activities with him. I can’t even begin to tell you how far he’s come.

This week, I decided to take a nice little detour from our usual workbook and do something more entertaining. It’s important that at such a young age we make learning fun and intriguing, or the info isn’t going to be retained. So yesterday we spent the day working with dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Fun with Dino Dan + Free Printable Activities #NCircleEntertainment #DinoDan

We started our day of dinosaurs with some free Dino Dan printable activities. The set includes six printouts and engages children through coloring, working their way through mazes, exercising their seek and find skills, and more!

Dinosaur Fun with Dino Dan + Free Printable Activities #NCircleEntertainment #DinoDan

My favorite printable was the dot-to-dot T-Rex skull. My son loves dot-to-dot activities, but this one was challenging for him because it starts at number one and goes all the way up to 77.

My son hasn’t really learned counting past the teens, so it was a great learning activity for him. By the time he got to around the 50’s, he had gotten the hang of counting that high and it was fun to watch it click for him.

After a few of these activities, we watched Dino Dan: Dino Go Seek, one of the April releases from NCircle Entertainment. The DVD includes five different fun dinosaur stories and we learned a little about the Microraptor, Dromaeosaurus, Troodon, Kosmoceratops, Dracorex and other dinosaurs.

Stories include:

  • Dino Go Seek
  • Train of Dinos
  • Robots & Dinos
  • Dino Clash
  • Dino Racing

Dinosaur Fun with Dino Dan + Free Printable Activities #NCircleEntertainment #DinoDan

My son’s favorite story was “Dino Go Seek,” where Trek played an indoor game of hide and seek with his friends and grandmother. Everyone hid, while Trek did the seeking. Along the way, Trek learned how Microraptor’s use various skills to stay hidden so as to avoid becoming prey.

How?

Trek’s friends and grandmother were using some of the same exact skills in their game of hide and seek – from hiding is small, tight spaces, to moving around and not staying in one spot for too long. Needless to say, my son picked up a few hiding tips from the Microraptor for when he plays hide and seek with his friends!

Want to have a little dinosaur fun with your child? You can start by printing out the free Dino Dan activities and don’t forget to get your copy of the new Dino Dan: Dino Go Seek!

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Make Your Own Matching Game Preschool Activity

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame
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My son is starting kindergarten soon and over the last year, I have been doing a lot of homeschool activities to try and prepare him for this big milestone. From workbooks, to arts and crafts, to educational videos, we’ve done all kinds of things. Just a few weeks ago we focused on outer space and did a different out of this world activity each day.

This week I’ve teamed up with Education.com to bring you a fun and creative activity for your preschooler, Make Your Own Matching Game. I put it to the test the test with my son and he had a great time. To him it was fun, but secretly I knew he was learning.

Make Your Own Matching Game

This make-your-own matching game is a little like dominoes and a little like a memory game. Plus, it’s a great way to help your child practice his geometry abilities. Your child will flex his visual recognition skills as he pairs up matching patterns on craft sticks he designed himself! He’ll also practice his color recognition skills as he differentiates between colors in the patterns, fostering his artistic talent.

Learning points:

  • Math: 2D shapes and shape patterns
  • Science: colors

What you need:

  • 16 craft sticks
  • Markers in four or more colors (including black)

Directions:

  1. Set the craft sticks side by side on a table, going vertically across.
  2. Help your child carefully draw a bold, black line across the center of the sticks.
  3. Have your child draw a different pattern on each half of the sticks. He can use patterns such as dots, stripes, plaid or checks, or try making one side a solid color and the other side a pattern. Even a simple picture like a smiley face will work. Make sure each stick has an identical match – another stick with a matching top and bottom.
  4. Mix the sticks up together and place them in front of your child. Challenge him to match each stick with the right pair.

When your child is done, talk to him about the different patterns he drew. Help him name them and see if he can find the same patterns anywhere else in your house!

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame

This Make Your Own Matching Game is a great way to help your preschooler recognize and pair up different designs and colors! #preschool #preK #makeyourownmatchinggame

My tips:

  • I used jumbo wood craft sticks for this activity. I find they provide a little more room for a preschooler to work with.
  • This activity provides eight matching pairs. If your child has mastered that, add a few more pairs to the mix.
  • If you want to make the matching game a little more challenging, try having your child use one of the same designs on more than one pair. For example, I asked my son to do red polka dots on two different pairs and when he was matching them up, I found it made things a little more complicated. It made him look closer at the design on the other half of the sticks to ensure he was matching them properly.
  • Another way to make the game more challenging is to do designs on both sides of the craft sticks, meaning front and back. Have your child design the pairs on the front side and then flip them over and do different designs on the back. When you mix up the craft sticks for the game, some of the sticks will turn over and your child will have to work harder to complete pairs. It will require more attention to detail and patience, as he’ll have to flip some of the craft sticks over to find their match. My son just turned five a couple of months ago and while I know this will be more challenging for him, I also know he can do it!

What kind of designs did your preschooler create?

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Kidz Gear Makes Adult Quality Headphones with Kids in Mind

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones
~Thank you to Kidz Gear and Thomas PR for providing a set of Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones for review. As always, opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.~

Race car engines revving, Transformers crashing and fighting, gun fire blazing, soccer game commentary. These are just a few of the sounds that fill my living room on any given day. Can I just get a little peace and quiet, please?

My son loves playing video games (as does daddy) and while I do my best to limit his game time, I get tired of hearing the same noises over and over and over. On the few days I actually decide to do a little work, the sounds can be quite distracting and make it difficult to concentrate. It literally flushes my productivity down the toilet.

Just recently my son got the opportunity to try the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear and they are a total game changer (no pun intended). Immediately upon opening the headphones, my son connected them to the PS4 controller just like daddy does and for that matter, couldn’t wait for daddy to get home from work so he could show them to him.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

Connecting the headphones to the controller redirected all game sounds to him and the living room became silent. Finally! He’s occupied, the room is quiet and I can actually be productive at a little work.

What makes the Kidz Gear Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones unique?

  • Use with audio cable connection OR use Bluetooth wireless connection.
  • Rechargeable battery via USB cable.
  • Up to 10 hrs listening time when fully charged.
  • Speaker diameter of 30 mm is optimal for small ears.
  • Adjustable headset.
  • Each earbud is labeled with L or R so kid’s know which side is which.
  • Detachable boom microphone for hands-free calls or video gaming.
  • Headset controls on right earbud.
  • Convenient carrying case.

When playing video games, the headphones connect to the controller using the audio cable, but the headphones can also be used wirelessly on any device that has Bluetooth capability, like a tablet or cell phone. Obviously with the audio cable, it’s as simple as plugging them in. But connecting the headphones wirelessly to a device is super easy, too.

Connect Wirelessly

  1. Turn the Bluetooth function switch from off to on.
  2. Hold down the play/pause/answer button on the right headphone until the LED indicator blinks continually between red and green.
  3. Visit the Bluetooth settings on the device you want to connect and select “BTKG1.”

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

Voila! You’re ready to listen wirelessly!

One of the fun features of the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones is the detachable boom microphone. It can be used for talking on the phone and even for taking some online tests and gaming. I’ve discovered that the boom mic only works when the headphones are connected wirelessly to a device, but not when connected with the audio cable.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

Unfortunately, when I tried connecting the headphones via Bluetooth to our PS4, I received a message that the PS4 doesn’t support Bluetooth audio devices. Really, Sony? This bummed us out because we thought my son would be able to use the talking feature while playing his games.

But boy he loves taking phone calls with the boom mic. It’s literally hands-free calling for kids. I cringe every time my kids are on my cell phone talking with grandma and accidentally drop the phone. My heart skips a beat when it hits the floor, but with the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones I can put the phone on the counter and they can still talk wirelessly to grandma while playing.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

The only downside of the Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones is that even though there are built-in volume controls, they don’t work (they do work on the standard, wired set). But never fear! Simply adjusting the volume on the device will adjust the volume output in the headphones. So when my son’s using the headphones with his iPad, adjusting the iPad’s volume settings also adjusts the volume output of the headphones.

Yes, other headsets can be used for these same exact things, but because of the size and make of the Kidz Gear headphones, they’re much easier for kids to use and keep on their ears. Earbuds, in particular, are pretty much a no-go when it comes to kids and their small ears, and other headphone sets that have microphone capabilities can get pretty pricey.

Just imagine how upset you’d be if you spent a pretty penny on a set of headphones and they just ended up destroyed. Yeah, no thanks! This wireless set is just $29.99 and even comes with a nice little carrying bag.

Kidz Gear offers adult quality headphones, made with kids in mind. From the adjustable headset, to the detachable boom mic and even Bluetooth capability, these kids headphones would make any adult jealous. Head over to the blog and check them out! #KidzGear #wirelessheadphones

In the end, I get a little more peace and quiet from video games and my son gets adult quality headphones made just for kids. Not only do I see him continuing to use his Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones at home for his iPad and gaming, but they would be great for long roadtrips in the car, airplane rides and even in waiting rooms. We have a weekend vacation planned next month and I will definitely make sure these are packed for the car ride!

Shop Kidz Gear:

The Standard KidzControl™ Volume Limit Headphones – $19.99 + free shipping

Unplugged Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones – $29.99 + free shipping

How will your child use their Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear?

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Summer Fun Guide Giveaway

Making Time 2017 Summer Fun Guide #SummerFun

The Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear made the cut for this year’s Summer Fun Guide. To celebrate, Kidz Gear is going to give one lucky Making Time reader their very own set (winner choses between pink or blue). Enter using the giveaway form and good luck!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on July 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*Thank you to Kidz Gear and Thomas PR for providing a set of Bluetooth™ Wireless Stereo Headphones for my review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

The Ultimate Easter Basket + I See Me! Giveaway

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks
~Thank you to I See Me! for providing a personalized book for my review. As always, all opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for any purchase made through them.~

Now that we’ve covered Easter outfits, let’s get into Easter baskets! I love putting together collections of fun and learning for my kids, no matter what holiday it is and Easter is no different. It just so happens that I’ve been planning this year’s Easter baskets since last year!

Yeap, you heard me right. After the holiday last year, I purchased plastic eggs, straw filling and even the “baskets” on clearance, and have held on to them even through our move. I’ve also collected swimsuits and summer shoes during various end of season sales. I sized up and now a few of those will fit, so they’re perfect additions to my kids Easter baskets! And with Easter almost here, I’m excited to pull everything together.

Here comes Peter Cottontail.

Hopping down the bunny trail.

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

So what all goes into an ultimate Easter basket? I love to incorporate my kids favorite candy treats, which they only get on special occasions or as rewards, fun toys and activities they can enjoy indoors and outdoors, and even a handful of things that help spark their imagination and learning processes.

Ultimate Easter basket ideas:

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Like Christmas, I typically do one larger or more pricey gift along with smaller, less expensive ones. The special feature in my son’s Easter basket this year is a personalized book from I See Me! It’s personalized to include a picture of him, a special dedication and the book is ALL about him. The only thing more fun than reading an exciting story, is when that story is all about you!

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

In “Terrell’s Very Own Trucks and Things That Go!,” a variety of transportation vehicles and vessels work together to build “the perfect name,” my son’s name. On each and every page, a “thing that goes” brings in one letter, until they’ve collected every letter needed to compile his first AND last name (and it’s a long one, haha).

It’s such a fun rhyming book and at the end, my son can learn a little bit about all 64 “things that go” – trucks, cars, planes, trains, boats, cranes, diggers, tanks and more. My little car fanatic will be over the moon to see his favorite transportation vehicles working together to build his name.

Not only does I See Me! offer personalized books and stories, but they also have stickers, lunch boxes, puzzles, coloring books, placematsgrowth charts and music, all of which can be personalized for your little one. I mentioned a few of these in my ultimate Easter basket idea list above! How cool would it be to have an Easter basket full of personalized fun?

To get you started on your ultimate Easter basket, I have the chance for you to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! There are so many great options to choose from. Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

As for the smaller, less expensive items I include in my kids Easter baskets, Target is one of my go-to solutions. Never underestimate “The One Spot” located at the entrance of the store. You can find all kinds of fun things there for $1. Just last week I got bubbles, coloring books, a small pair of Disney socks for my daughter and even some writing tools for my son!

What do you like to put in your kid’s Easter basket?

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Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

One lucky Making Time reader will win an I See Me! personalized book of their choice! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on April 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

*Thank you to I See Me! for providing a book for my review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.