Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chemistry for Toddlers ?!

Yes, you read that right. Toddlers can learn chemistry. Anyone who has been around a small child knows they pick up information at an amazing rate and retain so much of it. So why shouldn't they be exposed to Chemistry and other science topics? Now they can have their own science books just like their older brothers and sisters.

 I want to share with you a brand new science resource I stumbled across the other day. My First Science Textbook : Chemistry Storybooks for Kids. They combine facts, fun, and darling little characters to teach children of any age basic chemistry.  Book one is Protons and Nuetrons in which you will meet Pete the Proton. In book two, Electrons, Ellie the Electron comes on the scene and completing the trio is book three, The Atom.  The books also teach basic information about the jobs of protons, neutrons, and electrons and where they are found.

My First Science Textbooks were created by John Coveyou. He saw that his young daughter picked up and remembered so much from their reading together that he decided to create a series of  science books. He wanted something which would be interesting for both of them and capitalize on her curiosity. As a chemistry teacher he found many students struggled because they thought science was hard, so he wanted to give his daughter and other children the opportunity to learn basic chemistry in a fun and easy manner. He doesn't want children or youth to give up on chemistry or science because they think it is too hard.

I think these books look great and I really wish they had been around when my children were younger and beginning to explore science concepts like electrons and protons, atoms, and the periodic table. These Chemistry Storybooks for Kids are a gentle introduction to the world of chemistry and other sciences. There are not many chemistry books available for elementary age and even fewer for younger students so this collection of books should fill this gap. The My First Science Textbook:Chemistry Storybooks for Kids series could be read aloud to children of multiple ages; introducing the concepts to all and giving elementary students concrete examples on which to build further knowledge.

Not only are these a great introduction to chemistry, the concepts and vocabulary apply to other scientific disciplines as well. My youngest started out this year with a kids physics course this year and at least the first two chapters covered electrons, protons, neutrons, and their properties and behavior.

Sample page from Protons and Neutrons

My First Science Textbooks:Chemistry Storybooks for Kids is nearing the end of their Kickstarter funding campaign. You can find out more information at their Kickstarter campaign page and preorder the books there as well if the campaign is closed before you find their page.

My First Science Textbooks:Chemistry Storybooks for Kids are produced by Genius Games. Genius Games currently have two biology and two chemistry card games which look absolutely great. The biology games are Linkage and Peptide;  Ion and Covalence are the chemistry games. Ion and Covalence are on my wishlist for the next school year as they look like great additions to my daughter's Chemistry course. I wish I had know about the biology games as they would have been great with biology this year.

 Check out Genius Games at their website or on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I have not received any product or been compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. This post was written after consultation with the above mentioned company who provided images and links.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Movie Night with FLIPZ

For many families cooler winter weather leads to more indoor activities. This may include snuggling up and watching movies. FLIPZ candy coated pretzels wants to make your movie night award worthy. FLIPZ makes a great addition to your movie night snack list.

Through Smiley 360 I was recently given several coupons to try FLIPZ chocolate pretzels. I had a hard time finding FLIPZ in my area, but finally after searching 4 stores I finally found them. I am so glad I did they are great.

What I like about FLIPZ.

  • The thick chocolate coating. They don't skip on the chocolate.
  • The chocolate stays on the pretzels, it doesn't come off on you hands. This is great so you don't have to wash your fingers off after every bite.
  • The white fudge pretzels are great. I usually don't care for white chocolate, but this candy coating is good. It's not sickly sweet as I find so many white chocolates are.
  • The milk chocolate variety is great as well. Chocolate - Enough said. 

To try out FLIPZ I put together a simple mix - FLIPZ milk chocolate and white fudge pretzels, peanuts, and raisins. Nothing hard, but yummy. The FLIPZ was a great change from little candies and pretzel sticks in my traditional snack mix.

We didn't have the time to watch a full length movie with our FLIPZ mix. However, I was able to get the third Night at the Museum movie from our library the other day so this will likely be the movie we watch while we enjoy more of our FLIPZ candy coated pretzels. Maybe I can get creative and use FLIPZ in a new way as well.

FLIPZ were a unique treat which my whole family enjoyed. The only thing I was disappointed about was not being able to find the limited edition snowflake FLIPZ varieties.

You can use the link below to learn more about FLIPZ.

Disclaimer: As a member of Smiley 360 I received two full value coupons for the above mentioned product. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. I have not been compensated in any other manner.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Funnybone Toys Brings Ancient Game to Life

I would like to introduce you to a great game from Funnybone Toys.

Knucklebones was an ancient game similar to jacks originally played with small ankle bones of sheep. Funnybone Toys has taken that idea and made it new in the game of Funny Bones.

 The cute, almost retro game box. I think this box alone is pretty cool. 

 The game comes with 5 'bone' pieces, an instruction book, storage bag, and beaded key chain which the pieces can be put on between play times. ( I don't care for those bead chains, so we just store the pieces in their box).

 The Funny Bones game mat. 

 Now that you have seen the game, you may be asking "So what do I do with these pieces?" Well, it's pretty simple. Game play involves holding the plastic 'bone' pieces in your hand, tossing them in the air, and trying to catch as many as you can before they hit the playing mat. The trick is it is much easier to explain what to do than actually do it. The first time my son played with Funny Bones, he caught one or two pieces each time. It took a while before he was able catch 3 or 4 pieces each time and do it consistently. The Funny Bones game and mat sell for $29.99.

 My 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son play this for the longest time. They have fun playing together as well as individually with Funny Bones. They had fun just tossing and catching them, but they also made of their own scoring system to keep track of how many they caught over multiple tosses. They assigned different point values based on if they caught the pieces or if they landed inside or outside of the circle or on a colored part of the mat. I also enjoyed playing Funny Bones with them. I think Funny Bones is pretty cool. We had read about the ancient game of knucklebones during a study of ancient Greece. I thought it sounded like fun, but wasn't overly enthusiastic about about making the playing pieces out of clay as an activity book suggested. So Funny Bones would be a great alternative to making your own pieces.

 I like many things about Funny Bones. I think my favorite part of the game is how it is so open ended and gives the player the opportunity to make their own game. It is refreshing to see a new recreational item which is fun and doesn't require batteries or electricity. I also love the bright colors of the pieces. The small size of the box is great for small storage areas, it also makes the game very portable. So, if you are looking for a unique gift check out Funny Bones and the whole line of fabulously unique, award winning games and stationery products from Funnybone Toys.

 Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned here for free for the purposes of review. I have not been compensated monetarily or in any other manner and all thoughts shared here are solely my own.