For many children, math can be one of the trickier school subjects to really master. If you have a child that’s struggling to learn math, take advantage of the extra free time in summer to help him learn rounding with decimals in a fun way! This simple game is fast-paced and exciting whether you let your children compete against one another or just set a timer to see how quickly your little one can answer the questions!
I’ve mentioned in the past how my mom’s attention to nutritional content in food was something that always stuck with me into my adult years. She was determined to raise healthy children and as a result, we are all quite healthy adults having learned so much from her habits. To this day, I remember her telling us we could pick any cereal we wanted, as long as sugar wasn’t one of the first ingredients listed. I was actually a little shocked (and a lot disappointed) to realize how many of the cereal brands I saw advertised on TV contained mostly sugar.
Now, as a parent myself, I check food labels as carefully as my mom once did. And finally, my boys are old enough to start learning about proper nutrition as well! That’s why I’m such a big supporter of the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign. This joint initiative from Health Canada, the Retail Council of Canada, Food and Consumer Products of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers is designed to help both children and their parents understand how to decipher food labels to better understand the nutritional value of products they buy. [Read more…]
As a parent, there are a few skills that I believe are essential to my boys’ proper development, so I’m passionate about ensuring they’re developing those skills. And in my mind, the absolute most essential skill to ensure a child’s future success is a love of learning. I use all kinds of different tricks, techniques and toys to make learning a fun and rewarding experience for my boys. That’s why LeapFrog products have always been a favourite in our home.
From the earliest baby days to the school years, LeapFrog has used innovative electronics to help kids gain proficiency in a variety of different areas, from math and science to reading and writing. And the brand new LeapStart system is the perfect example of why I’ve always loved the brand. The system uses a library of activity books that let kids have fun while developing STEM skills, problem solving, shape recognition and, of course, literary skills! I recently received the brand new LeapStart to review and Benjamin was only too happy to help me test it out. [Read more…]
When I was a child, my mom taught me the basics of good nutrition in all kinds of ways. She cooked from scratch often, shunned takeout and convenience food and always checked food labels when shopping. Almost as soon as I learned to read, I’d also learned that the first ingredient listed on a product label was the ingredient with the largest proportion in the product. (I had to put back many boxes of cereal I wanted since my mom refused to buy any that had sugar as the top ingredient!)
Now that I have kids of my own, food nutrition is even more important to me. And that’s why I’m happy that the Food and Consumer Products of Canada, the Retail Council of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers and Health Canada have partnered together to help educate Canadians about food nutrition and food labels with its new Nutrition Facts Education campaign!
Just visit Canada.ca/nutritionfacts to learn about how reading food labels and the Nutrition Facts Table properly can help you make healthy lifestyle choices. Then take the Focus on the Facts quiz to show off your knowledge and enter to win one of six $300 grocery gift cards. You can enter every single day to better your chances of winning! [Read more…]
While I do love the modern and trendy LeapFrog gaming systems and tablets, I have to admit that I’ve always had a special fondness in my heart for the company’s toddler toys. LeapFrog has a special talent for turning pretend play into a learning experience, and the brand new Number Lovin’ Oven and Scout’s Build & Discover Tool set are perfect examples of that.
The LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven not only lets kids pretend to cook just like mom and dad, it introduces basic number concepts including counting and fractions. With sixteen different food items to cook, little ones can pretend to make all their favourite treats. And with more than thirty songs and phrases from the talking oven to engage kids, learning to cook is more educational than ever!
Watching a baby develop has always felt a bit magical to me. The way a little one gradually masters concepts such as cause and effect or size and spatial relations always makes me think about just how complex the human brain is…and how much potential for development it has! Since we are multi-sensory creatures, it stands to reason that our learning process is multi-sensory as well. And there are all kinds of fun and easy ways to use sensory input to help your baby learn new things.
One of your baby’s first senses to develop is hearing. Encourage this through singing and speaking to your baby as much as possible. While it can be easy to revert to a “baby voice”, speak to your baby as if they are a more developed child. Sing nursery rhythms or narrate what you’re doing to your baby so they learn all the different sounds they will one day be learning to speak. [Read more…]
I remember when my oldest son was about six months old and it occurred to me that he didn’t really have any baby toys. He had stuffed animals and a few rattles, but nothing interactive with buttons and music. I made a trip to the local store and found a toy that I could hang on the crib with handy rubber straps. Featuring a butterfly, caterpillar and ladybug, it had music, sound effects and talking characters. Zackary absolutely loved it.
That toy was a LeapFrog toy and though I didn’t know it at the time, that was when we took the first step to becoming a LeapFrog family. In the years that followed, my boys have learned and played with countless LeapFrog infant and toddler toys, the Leapster Explorer, the Tag Reading System and every single LeapPad tablet.
Needless to say, I was thrilled when I was chosen as a member of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, since it would mean even more chances to experience the toys my boys have loved since they were babies. And sure enough, my very first LeapFrog package was one that had my youngest son Benjamin in paradise! Even better, these newest toys from LeapFrog are the perfect choice for building literacy skills, something my Grade 1 boy is going to be doing a lot of this year! [Read more…]
When it comes to relaxing and unwinding after school, both of my boys love spending an hour or so playing video games. And while I don’t mind that, I do prefer that they do something to enrich their minds if possible…as long as they’re still having fun, that is! So when I learned about Safari Tales, an iOS, Android and Amazon app from Kuato Studios that combines engaging gameplay with literacy skills, I couldn’t wait to see what it was like.
The fact that this game, created by the same developers as the award-winning Dino Tales app, featured baby animals was something I especially loved. My youngest son adores animals, so a game that let him play and interact with a baby lion, elephant or giraffe was something that I knew he would enjoy. I downloaded the app on my iPad, entered Benjamin’s name and reading age and let my son sit down to play.