Lincoln Logs, Knex, and Tinker Toys OH MY! 50% off or more on AMAZON!

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Amazon is having tons of sales on sets from amazing brands like K’nex, Tinker Toys, and Lincoln Logs! We are HUGE fans of these amazing brands that encourage creativity, independent play, and hands on fun! Check out these great deals below: 

 

 

Recently we had the opportunity to get our hands on several sets for review……stay tuned for an AMAZING giveaway~ but for today check out this Lincoln Log set we reviewed. My boys were super excited to build the Lincoln Logs Grand Pine Lodge

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Lincoln Logs were always one of my favorite toys as a child, so it makes me smile to watch my kids enjoy them. they continue to be made from high quality wood and leave sooo much room for imagination! One minute it’s a lodge, the other they are creating a race track. This adorable set features trees, a cowboy, and a horse too! 

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The Grand Pine Lodge can be found at Toys R Us for $27.99 or on Amazon. Stay tuned later this week for a chance to win a HUGE Lincoln Logs set! 

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A healthy Thanksgiving dinner switch with Musselman’s Applesauce! #ApplesauceSwap

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Thanksgiving is coming right up! As you plan out your dinner, think about how you can make this year a healthier one! Musselman’s applesauce offers a great option for a lighter less cholesterol filled dinner~ swap some of your eggs, oils and butters for applesauce! 

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The Musselman’s unsweetened applesauce is my favorite for making the switch- HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FREE! It rocks only 50 calories per serving and is cholesterol and fat free. 

Substituting is easy and won’t compromise taste! For Baking with oil- swap out oil for applesauce at a 1:1 ratio- doesn’t get much easier! Click here for more tips on baking with applesauce.

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This year my sweet potato casserole is not only going to be delicious but also nutritious! As a Vegan, making the applesauce switch was an easy way for me to cut out eggs! Take time and visit Musselman’s applesauce online and in stores to find great products, recipes, and swapping information!

HAVE YOU MADE THE APPLESAUCE SWAP?

DISCLOSURE: I was not paid for this post, I received product in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts are of my own. 

Stocking Stuffer Alert- Playskool Mr.Potato Head as OPTIMUS PRIME!!

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Original Mr.Potato Head wouldn’t fit in a stocking but these adorable mini versions are perfect!! The new Mr.Potato Head Mashable heroes have just a 2 inch body- but can transform into a ton of different Super Heroes! 

Look at this cute Transformers Optimus Prime mashable hero! He can transform into Optimus or a truck! 

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Or Mr.Potato Head can activate his spidey side and mash into SPIDERMAN. That set also comes with Doc Ock Tater parts- but we don’t like the villians! 

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Let’s not forget about the Hulk and Wolverine- Yup Mr.Potato Head has those parts too! 

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At just $6.99 everywhere- these Playskool Mr.Potato Head Mashable heroes make the perfect addition to your kiddos stocking! 

DISCLOSURE: We received product in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts are our own, and we have provided our honest opinion. 

Baby Alive Brushy Brushy Baby Doll- Perfect for little girls! #Holidaygiftguide

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I LOVE watching my little girls play with their babies~ from the things they mimic me doing to their own little Mommy style. They love to cuddle and rock their babies, as well as do the routine baby things like diaper changes and feeding. Baby Alive dolls offer tons of fun for little girls~ a more realistic and nurturing experience! We received the Baby Alive Brushy Brushy Baby doll to review~ and my girls quickly fell in love! 

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She is quite adorable with her toothy grin and long brushable hair! The Baby Alive Brushy Brushy Baby doll comes with 1 diaper, a sippy cup, a tooth brush, and toothpaste! The sippy cup can be filled with water, so little girls can actually feed their baby~ and of course they can change her diaper when she wets from all that water! I wish the set came with more diapers, as that was my daughter’s favorite part! Additional diapers can be purchased or you could whip up some doll cloth diapers :)

Here is Mrs.Baby drinking her water from a big girl cup! 

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My youngest daughter is 2 years old, and always asking to brush her teeth on her own. Our new baby doll addition needs her teeth brushed too! She comes with a spinning toothbrush (pulse spins so no worries about hair getting caught) and squeezable toothpaste. This was the highlight for my youngest daughter! I caught these adorable pictures of her taking care of her new Baby Alive doll. 

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After drinking her cup, getting a fresh diaper, and brushing her new little teeth Baby Alive had the chance to be rocked by 2 of the sweetest girls alive. What a lucky little baby! 

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BUY IT:  Baby Alive Brushy Brushy Baby is available in stores everywhere, on Hasbro, and On Amazon for just $17.99! 

DISCLOSURE: We received free product in order to facilitate this post., We have provided our honest opinion. 

I just can’t hold it back……………DISNEY!!

Okay…..I admit. I have an obsession with the Mouse. That’s Mickey Mouse of course! I just can’t get enough Disney~ So I want to bring you a few insider information of the week with a TON of movie release dates (for those Disney/Pixar junkies). 

 

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We are going to Infinity and Beyond!!! Toy Story 4 is on the roster for release in June 2017!! The story will continue with John Lasseter as Director and Buzz, Woody, and the Crew as the leading actors! 

“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” said Lasseter. 

How can a movie with that much love not be totally awesome!! 

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Marvel Studios has unveiled it’s phase 3 for Marvel! As you already know Avengers: Age of the Ultron is making its appearance on May 1, 2015 but now we know what else is coming down the line! ALL THE WAY DOWN THE LINE TO 2019- Torture I tell you!!!! 

·       5/1/15 –  AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

·       7/17/15 – ANT-MAN 

·       5/6/16 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

·       11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE 

·       5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)

·       7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK

·       11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER

·       5/4/18 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I

·       7/6/18 – CAPTAIN MARVEL

·       11/2/18 – INHUMANS

·       5/3/19 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II

 

And finally I have a movie clip for ya from the new movie McFarland, USA featuring Kevin Costner.

Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

* On a side note, My Grama is a HUGE fan of him, and will never stop telling people of the time Kevin Costner complimented her on the way she smelled LOL *. #McFarlandUSA will hit theaters February 20, 2015

 

That’s it for now!!! SOUND OFF and tell me what your excited about!! 

Anne Geddes ~ Books for Moms and Babies #Giveaway

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When I was pregnant with my first baby 9 years ago, my husband gifted me with Miracle book/CD from Anne Geddes and Celine Dion. I remember thinking it was the purest thing I had ever heard or seen. Celine Dion has the voice of an angel, and paired with sweet little heavenly babies~ I was mesmerized. I sang along to the CD to my son throughout my pregnancy and continued throughout his life. Come to Me is our song and even at 9 years old he still comes to be asking for me to sing him our song. The beauty in Anne Geddes work brings me to tears, and I love sharing her work and pictures with my children. 

Anne Geddes continues to use her God given talent to help others as a Global advocate for children everywhere. She recently partnered with March of Dimes by donating her artwork  to help raise awareness on perinatal health to ensure EVERY baby gets a fighting chance at life. Our daughter was 26 weeks, so we are always looking to support companies for a cause so near and dear to our lives. 

I was sooo excited at the chance to review a few of her new books, and share them with my own babies.  The 2 books listed below are soft padded books that make the perfect gift for little hands. 

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In This Little Baby, follow sweet little babies as they see the wonders of the gardens. Their garden wonderland includes butterflies, caterpillars, roses, and more. This book features many of her iconic images including this lily baby…………….” little babby sang to the breeze.” It is sure to bring smiles to everyone reading. 

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Lullaby & Good night is a sweet soothing book of all SLEEPING babies! My little ones loved this book immediately and was quick to tell me “Shhhh Mama, baby sleeping!”.  She has requested it night after night. 

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There is just something about sweet sleeping babies on flowers and clouds. I have been enjoying my time together reading our new Anne Geddes books. Anne Geddes has also come out with something especially for expecting Moms! The My First Year book offers the perfect place to write all about the pregnancy, birth, and of course the babies first year! 

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The book features a large collection of Anne Geddes favorite images, and all the prompts needed to cherish the moments. I have kept a baby book for all of my children, and even now 9,6,5 and 3 years later I am still flipping through reminiscencing. I look forward to watching my children look through them when they are grown~ asking questions about what they were like as babies.

They grow up soooo fast and Anne Geddes helps enjoy the moments they are little.

 

BUY IT: All the Anne Geddes books are available on Amazon and on Sourcebooks! You can pick up My First Year for $14.99~ great price for a baby book! 

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HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the dolls mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure. U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until December 5, 2014 at 11:59PM! The prize is the 3 books as listed above with an approximate total retail value of $32. All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 12/31/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Kinivo ZX100 Mini Speaker~ an Affordable Speaker #tech

I received a Kinivo ZX100 mini speaker to facilitate this review.

 

Do you have that one little thing that you can’t do without?  You know, that piece of tech that comes with you everywhere you go?  I do!  For me, it’s my Kinivo ZX100 mini speaker.  Man, I LOVE that thing!

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I reviewed this speaker last year for our gift guide and was so happy when they contacted me to review their newest one this year!  In fact, it was absolutely perfect timing because Melissa’s dogs CHEWED my other one when we were spending the month with her in September.  I was SO SAD when I saw it because I knew that I would never get by without it.  Yes, I love my ZX100 that much.

The ZX100 has gone through a few changed in the last year~ the most noticeable being the colors!  While there was nothing wrong with the matte colors of the past, I am seriously loving the new shinier colors of this year.  They’re more visually pleasing and definitely sexier.

The ZX100 is a palm-sized, 360-degree mini-speaker that lasts about 6 hours on a single charge.  I love that the speaker comes up when needed but can be secured in the down position to make transportation a breeze.

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This is a super easy speaker to use.  Seriously, you plug it into your phone or computer and it works.  I love the simplicity of the design.

It works with any audio source like smartphones and tablets through a standard 3.5 mm connector and features a built-in bass resonator that provides optimal audio clarity.

I have taken my ZX100 all over with me.  It has been to every state that we have been to and I even took it along on my cruise to the Caribbean.  It comes with a great cloth carry bag but, honestly, I just throw it into my laptop bag and go.  My laptop and my phone both leave something to be desired in the speaker department and I love having this speaker with me when we travel.  I mean, you never know when the need for an impromptu hotel dance party will hit.  A girl has to be prepared, right?

And best of all, is the price.  The Kinivo ZX100 is priced under $20 for the entire shopping season.  It’s the perfect price for stocking stuffers and the teen that you just know is going to lose it in 3 months, anyway. 

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BUY IT: You can buy the Kinivo ZX100 mini speaker for under $20 on Amazon in lots of great colors!

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WIN IT: One of you will win your own Kinivo ZX100 mini-speaker!

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HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the Kinivo ZX100 mini portable speaker mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies. This post contains affiliate links.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure. U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until 12/7/14, 2013 at 11:59PM! The prize is a a Kinivo ZX100 mini portable speaker as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  Twenty Dollars {$20} All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 6/10/2015 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

You need a PUNK this Holiday! #tech

I received the Sol Republic PUNK to facilitate this review.

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My girls and I love music.  In fact, we listen to so much together, most of it in the car when we are traveling, that we have a sort of mental “life background” list running between the four of us.  We know what song we heard for the first time in a certain city, we know what song Emory, the 5 year old, knows all the words to and loves to sing, we know which songs aren’t appropriate for little girls to listen to on the radio, and can pick them all out by the first 3 or 4 bars. 

We also love to throw impromptu sidewalk dance parties~ or impromptu kitchen dance parties, impromptu living room dance parties, etc.  You get the picture!  One of the things that it’s imperative that we have on hand is a good speaker because sidewalk dance parties aren’t any fun if no one can hear the music coming from the phone!

Now, we don’t have to worry about it~ because we’re now hardcore PUNKers!  The Sol Republic PUNK is a hand held portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a LOT of sound.  It’s also water, shock, and dust-resistant, which means that it’s child-resistant, too!  We all like to think that we’re going to get a toy that’s just for our use, but the reality is that a little person will eventually get a hold of it~ and use it hard.  The PUNK is made to be used hard!

I LOVE our PUNK!  It’s wireless so I can carry it all over the apartment and the Bluetooth reaches about 60 ft, which is enough space that it can be toted from one end of our apartment to the other.  The battery lasts 8 hours which is more than I will last during a dance party so we’re good to go there!  In fact, that’s about 50% more than other speakers it’s size.

Pumping nearly twice the power than any other wireless speaker this small, PUNK maintains SOL REPUBLIC’s signature sound with accurate, even sound and bass that’s so deep you can feel it.

But, you don’t have to use this speaker wirelessly if Bluetooth isn’t an option.

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PUNK comes with a 3.5mm line-in, line-out cable for use with your computer, another PUNK speaker, your car stereo, or your cell phone.

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Big buttons on the side of the PUNK are raised in the covering so there is no way for the crumbs from the bottom of your bag to get embedded in them.  They’re easy to use and see so don’t worry about tiny buttons that are a pain to use.

This Holiday Season, put the Sol Republic PUNK in the stocking of every music lover on your list!

 

BUY IT: You can buy the Sol Republic PUNK at Best Buy or on the Sol Republic site!

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WIN IT: One of you will win your very own Sol Republic PUNK! {You don’t get to pick the color, though!}

 

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HGF was not paid for this post.  We were provided with a product to review and have provided our honest opinion.  Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies here.  U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until December 6, 2014 at 11:59PM! The prize is a SOL Republic PUNK speaker with a total retail value of Seventy dollars {$70}  All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 3/10/2015 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a HGF. Please see Official Rules for more details.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

 

 

It’s Time to VOTE for Your Favorite Frozen Sing-A-Long! @Kohls #FrozenFriday #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

 

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For a month now, I have been bugging you about the Kohl’s & Disney Frozen “Sing Your Heart Out” contest!  Remember that the winner will have the video of them singing played on the AMA’s during a Kohl’s Holiday Commercial?  It’s time!  It’s finally time!

Disney has viewed all the entries and picked the 10 best to be finalists.  Of these 10, only 1 will win!  And how do they choose a winner?  Well, they don’t~ YOU DO!  You vote for your favorite and get your friends and family to do the same!

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Then, you simply tune onto the AMA’s at 8 PM on ABC to see if your favorite won!  It’s that simple!  Voting goes until Sunday, November 23 at 9:30 PM!  You still have plenty of time to vote!

All 10 finalists got together and made of video of them singing “Let It Go,” too!

 

Don’t forget that Kohl’s is still the place to get your Disney’s Frozen Holiday gifts!  We were sent a fun box of Frozen themed products from Kohl’s and Emory LOVED the surprise!  We had no idea what was coming but I have to say that Kohl’s did a fantastic job of picking out things that a 5 year old girl would love.

Her favorite was the Disney Frozen Elsa Musical Light-Up Dress!  It is so pretty!  We saw a little girl with this on while we were trick-or-treating this year and she caught the eye of everyone.  She looked so precious!

She will be a twirling queen in this Disney Frozen Elsa short-sleeved, light-up dress, featuring sparkling fabric with a snowflake print.

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Emory looks just as precious in her dress!!  She loves that it lights up but her favorite part is that it plays music!  I’ll be sitting in the living room and I’ll hear “Let it goooooooo!” and know that, once again, Emory is playing with her dress.  This is a must have for any Elsa lover this Holiday Season.

In the picture, you can see that she is also wearing a necklace.  You need to go check these out in the store because they’re heavier duty than they look.

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So, GO VOTE and then run to Kohl’s and check out all their awesome Kohl’s Holiday Gifts!

 

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate this review and a thank you item for participating.

 

 

Try @Ozobot For #STEM Gift Giving #tech

I received an Ozobot to facilitate this review.

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Before we start, I need to tell you a little back story.  My dad is a total tech geek.  He just retired as the computer guy from a local school district and computers have been his entire life.  I remember sitting on his lap as a child while he wrote C:\\ to command our first computer.  He has been writing code since the dawn of time and actually likes to do it.  His current hobbies include making his own circuit boards and writing code to program them to do certain things~ mostly things with LED lights~ because you can’t be a proper tech geek and not be obsessed with LED lights, apparently.  It’s important to know this because it plays into this review.

When I was asked to review the Ozobot, I knew that this would be a perfect toy for my dad.  He loves when I send him random stuff to review and he has so much fun with it.  He takes so much pride in really picking apart the item and telling me, in great geek-detail, what he thinks.  So, I sent over this Ozobot and let him have a few days with it. 

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Ozobot is a small game robot that teaches very basic coding in a way that beginners in STEM can understand. 

I teach you code language, robotic behavior and deductive reasoning while effortlessly playing on multi-dimensional environments.

This happens through the drawing of tracks that the Ozobot reads and responds to.  Now, my dad explained all of this to me in technical terms that my brain is too full to handle right now, but this is what I got out of it:

Your Ozobot reads and responds to colored lines and colored “codes”.  It comes with some pre-drawn cards that you simply set up and let the Ozobot run.  This is an example of the cards that you can put into a track and let the Ozobot run. 

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Each color gives the ‘Bot a different command. And, do you notice the “intersections” in the middle of the plain black lines?  Well, those are the codes that tell the Ozobot what to do.

Codes… are color sequences made of two, three or four color dots in a row located directly on a path

This video gives a quick overview of how they work.  Notice the blue, red, blue makes the ‘Bot spin and go back the way it came?

That means that the CODE to make the ‘Bot spin is blue, red, blue.  There, you just WROTE ROBOT CODE!  How awesome is that?!

Ozobot is uniquely designed to communicate the most basic levels of robotic behavior to sequential programming and complex algorithms, skills that are necessary to excel in todays world.

Now, don’t think that Ozobot is just this~ drawings on a paper and a little robot that follows the scribbles.  There are many more things that you can do. 

There are also several apps that you can download from Google Play or the App Store onto your tablet.  There are a few different kinds that use your Ozobot in different ways.

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The Ozobot site offers a Gamezone that allows you to print more game designs or to draw your own game.  One of the games, Brain Teasers sets YOU up to solve mazes with the correct code. 

Tactics, logic, memory… Challenge your intellect as you combine colors to navigate mazes, solve puzzles or deploy strategic actions, moving swiftly in the first two levels of Ozobot’s new BrainTeasers!

So, again, it’s not just your ‘Bot running around on paper, there is an actual intelligent component.

Well, with all that being said, what does the tech geek dad think?

Overall, his response was pretty positive.  He thinks that it’s a great product for younger kids {think 8 +} or kids that haven’t had any introduction to coding.  He says that the Ozobot works best when calibrated before each use.  Writing tracks was a little tough and has a learning curve, he said.  They have to be written in just the right thickness and it takes some practice.  He says the idea of being able to write big tracks is great, but that you need access to butcher paper and that’s not something most kids have access to~ unless they’re at school.  He also said that the ‘Bot tends to get confused from time to time even if the track is perfect.  I watched our little ‘Bot try to make a run for it and jump over the cliff that is my dad’s computer desk. 

Another thing that he thought is that, in order to get the full use of your Ozobot, you need to have two ‘Bots.  Honestly, buy the double pack~ even if you’re only buying for one child.  The interaction of the two ‘Bots seems to be the way to get the most out of them.

So. there you have it.  For $50, you can easily introduce your child to coding.  That is definitely a win. 

 

BUY IT:  You can buy the Ozobot for $50 on their site.  A double pack is $100.

 

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the product mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.