Friday, June 20, 2014

Blog Series: Cari's Guide!

Happy Friday!! The last post of the week is brought to you by my girl Cari from Adventures of the Roberts. If you're into gadgets and apps, this is definitely the post you'll LOVE! Enjoy, and don't worry...the series continues next week!

Hi This Whole Mommy Thing readers!!!! I am Cari, I blog over @ Adventures of the Roberts. I am a mommy to a sweet, sassy 3yo princess. When Val contacted me about guest posting, I was all about it! But, I am not going to lie I did struggle a bit trying to figure out what to share with you all because if I am going to be honest, our house is filled with nothing but princesses. So as far as products to share that would Im sure bore you so I decided to share some of our favorite apps!  Yes, I am one of those moms that gives my child electronics when she is in a "mood" or  when we are out to dinner and she is over sitting while we finish eating. I am not ashamed to admit it. I honestly feel that a lot of the apps have helped her growth and why she knows as much as she does. We have 2 forms of electronics and I am going to share some of our favorite apps, so lets get to it.

Leap Pad Ultra -

Team Umizoomi Street fair Fix-up
In this game, you help clean up Umi City Park by discovering shapes with Geo, counting with Bot & creating patterns with Milli
Ages 3-5
Teaches - Numbers, Shapes & Patterns.

Bubble Guppies
You can go on 3 different field trips to Clean up Puppy Park & learn about recycling, visit Big Bubble City to learn about people & places, and finally visit a dinosaur dig to collect fossils.

Ages 3-5
Teaches - Listening Comprehension, Environmental Science, Life Science and Vocabulary

Scout & Friends and YOU
Join Scout & Violet for a fun game that helps build social skills. Explore emotions and feelings as you help the adorable duo take care of their friends. Play 30 friendship scenarios to practice identifying emotions and resolving problems. Collect falling treats to cheer up your friends and sing along to 7 songs about feelings on Scout's radio
Ages 3-5
Teaches -  Emotions & feelings

Disney Princess game 

Learn about music and get practice with phonics and early reading skills as you unlock the stories of Belle and Cinderella in this magical pop-up book adventure!

• Enjoy 7 mini-games that teach about music and early reading.
• Build words as you prepare Cinderella for the ball.
• Turn game play into reading fun with innovative art that simulates a real pop-up book.
• Teaches story comprehension, musical rhythm & pitch, phonics skills and letters. 

Ages 4-7
Teaches Reading Comprehension, Music & Rhythm, Phonics, and Alphabet

iPad apps-
ABC Mouse.
FREE (monthly subscription to site)
While, this isn't strictly an iPad app, it is my all time favorite It is so educational and Breanna loves to play school. And for $7.99/mo you cant really beat it

Duck Duck Moose Apps - these are super cute & educational. Our favorites are-

Word Wagon   
$1.99 (Ages 1-7) 
Join Mozzarella the mouse and his best friend, Coco the bird, as they play with letters, words, and phonics. As they are learning, Mozz and Coco will play hide and seek, dress up as a ghost, put on magic shoes, draw pictures, talk on the phone, and much more. Word Wagon includes 103 words (including 44 Dolch sight words) in 7 categories.

Itsy Bitsy 
$1.99 (Ages 1-5)
A musical book based on the popular children’s song. Follow the spider through the captivating, inter-connected scenes as he goes up the water spout, comes down with the rain, and watches the sun dry up all the rain.

Moose Math   
$1.99 (Ages 3-8) 
Moose Math engages kids in a mathematical adventure and teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, geometry and more. While playing 5 multi-level activities in the Moose Juice Store, Puck’s Pet Shop and Lost & Found, kids can earn rewards to help build their own city and decorate buildings.

Park Math
$1.99 (Ages 1-6)  
Play at the park, and learn to count, add, subtract, sort and more! Park Math introduces early math concepts to children in Preschool and Kindergarten 

Disney Palace Pets
Free (with in app purchases for more pets $1.99 (single pets) $5.99-$8.99(for bundles)) Ages 5& under
An interactive salon where you can pamper princess pets. Brush, wash & groom them and dont forget to give them a treat when they are finished

Doc McStuffin- Time for your Check-up!
$1.99 (Ages 5 & under)
Based on the hit Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins, join Doc, along with Hallie, Lambie and the rest of her friends for a fun-filled time fixing, sorting, exploring and caring for toys, dolls and more. Inside Doc’s clinic you can choose from four entertaining and engaging developmental activities.

I really hope you enjoy some of these great apps as much as we do!

I am not much of a drinker so I don't have a fun drink to share but I do like to flavor up my water to make it taste better and not so blah. Right know my favorite is to cut up some strawberries and let them soak over night in water (also same with cucumbers)! Its just very refreshing and perfect for a hot day!

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