Saturday, April 18, 2009

Flashcard Zoo review and giveaway!!!



Flashcards are some of my favorite tools to use when teaching my children. I have to be honest with you though, "I have gone through several packs of flashcards". Even the Baby Einstein packs that say "childproof", they were destroyed and bent within a matter of months. I recently found flashcards that not only are TRULY childproof, but they are meant for the growing child. Not only will Flashcard Zoo's cards teach your younger children new letter's and words to associate them with, they will help your child understand sounds and practice writing.

My youngest who is barely learning to speak enjoys looking at the pictures and trying to say what they are. I don't have to worry about her holding them or getting drool all over. These cards are not only sturdy form their laminate protection, but waterproof.

My oldest child is just starting to learn to write. He always hated when I told him we were going to practice writing. Now He loves it. For some reason he thinks it is much more fun to pull out his washable markers and practice on the back of each card. The back of each card includes the letter and has guiding arrows and numbers to help the child know where the starting and ending point of each letter is. Below is a blank line where the child can practice what they learned with no help. I even found this useful for me. I find that when I teach my son, I like to take short cuts that will most likely only help my son build bad habits in writing. Now I know the correct way to help him.



Flashcard Zoo is a the ONLY flashcards as of now that I recommend. Honestly. Shannah Pace, the creator, has really taken the time to make these cards last a lifetime. She understands how destructive children can be and the importance of teaching them visually and using the hands on approach. As for the back of the card and when writing, it is recommended that you use washable markers or crayons. To wipe them off you can use a slightly wet paper towel or sponge. If they are going to continue to practice on the same card have s dry paper towel near them so they can dry the card after cleaning. This will prevent the marker form getting any water on it.

Flashcard Zoo number cards have been used as party favors. As of now Flashcard Zoo is offering $2 off each set of number cards if you purchase More then 5 sets. These are party favors moms won't throw away. To get an even bigger discount, if you order a pack of the alphabet cards for the birthday bot or girl with your party favors, 5you get a 20% discount. Just email Shannah through Etsy to discuss the birthday order and she will create a custom listing.

Other then birthdays these cards are GREAT for the bathtub with bathtub crayons, for backseat entertainment on road trips and fantastic to take to restaurants and church to keep them occupied and quiet. They are also good at keeping train tracks level on the carpet, and for otherwise keeping them occupied long enough that you might get to use the bathroom by yourself and MAYBE even Tweet a few times.

When you order your Flashcard Zoo cards you will have a great selection to choose from and even the option to customize. All orders will also include a drawstring bag to hold your cards.

Giveaway: Flashcard Zoo will be giving away a prepacked set of the winners choice (Faves, Mostly Animals, Boy set or Girl set).

To enter: Go visit Flashcard Zoo and look around. Come back and tell me what set you would choose and who you would give it to.

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Rules: In order to win, you must provide a valid email. I will be notifying the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to me with their name and address. If this information is not received within 48 hours new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is opened to US and Canada residents.

Giveaway Ends: May 6

129 comments:

thequeenmommy said...

Wow - these are CUTE cards - and SO practical! I love the Girly cards, but I think my girls would love the Animal cards just as well. And that's who the cards would be for - my girls, ages 3 & 1. My oldest is in the process of letter recognition, and her little sister tries to keep up with her!

Blakesmom said...

My son would LOVE the BOY Alphabet Flashcards! Thanks for the great site and giveaway.

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Sue said...

I love these. They're so cute! I'd love the BOY set for my little guy. Thanks for sharing~

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Pam said...

I would choose the Favourites Alphabet cards. For now, my son could use them and in a couple of years (it sounds like they should last), my daughter could use them.

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LoveMy2Dogs said...

I love these cards. I would choose the Favorites Alphabet cards, and I would give them to my little daycare kiddo Syd.

Melissa said...

My girls are just turning 2, and they would love the animals set. Thank you!

Andi said...

My youngest daughter with love the Animals set! Thanks for the chance!

Carey said...

My son would love the favorites and would want to share them with his cousins.

Jenn said...

I would choose the "favorites" cards. I think they look the brightest and most cheerful. I'd give them to my daughter to start practicing her letters (and hope that her handwriting would be much better than mine!).

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Tamara said...

We love all of them, but if we had to choose we would choose the animal set. I would keep them for my son.

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A Frugal Friend said...

Ok....they are all really great and vibrant. Perfect actually. I'd choose the GIRL set though as I know my little one would love it. Thanks......a great find.

andrea v said...

The custom would be cool, but i really like the favorites Alphabet ones.

asinglemomslife said...

I love the little boy set that my son would love to use.

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Oh Boy...Oh Boy...Oh Boy said...

i think i'd pick the animal set. i'd use them for writing practice with my 5 and 6 year old and animal and letter recognition with my 1 year old

Anonymous said...

number flashcards and I'd give them out at one of the birthday parties we will be invited to in the next couple of months :)
renee
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The Oldroyd's said...

Love them. I would love them for my daughter. I like all the different flashcards but probably the girly ones.

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Tj and Amy said...

love the animal flash cards and the girly cards. my daughter would really love either she loves animals right now and this would be a great way to teach her. amsbolda@hotmail.com

judybrittle said...

I think the Boys Alphabet Cards would be fantastic for my grandson. Thank you so much!

Ann said...

I would chosse the girly alphabet cards but it was hard to choose for sure! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Kelly said...

I like the Mostly Animals :-) and I also think the Favorites would be cute. The boy and girl sets are adorable, but I have one boy and one girl, and I'd like to be able to use them for both kids. :-)
Oh, and the personalized set - VERY cool! That would totally draw my kids in and get them excited!

Mama Hen said...

My son would love the animal cards, but I think the custom made one is pretty neat too.
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Jill said...

My youngest luvs animals, so she would luv the animal flashcards :)

Thanks for a Fun Giveaway!

Ellen C. said...

I'd like to win the boys alphabet set. Thanks for the chance.

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MaddyRu said...

I know my son would like the boy's alphabet set because he's already in to cars and trucks. Thanks!

mel said...

My daughter would love the mostly animals alphabet.

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Stephanie said...

I am torn between the Favorites and the Boy set...they are both great. Okay, I would choose the Favorites and give them to my little boy.

Erin, maker of chimes said...

I've go with the girly set b/c I think that they're super cool and they'd be going to my new neice!

Anonymous said...

I would love the Mostly Animals set. My son and daughter would love using these!

K. C.
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AmandaSue said...

I'd go with the Girly Alphabet flashcards for my niece. Thanks for entering me into this giveaway. unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail(dot)com

JJ said...

I'd go with the FAVORITES Alphabet Flashcards (double-sided)! And, I'd give them to my little guy...he's so ready to start using these!

Wehaf said...

I would choose the MOSTLY ANIMALS Alphabet Flashcards for my nephew.

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Vanessa said...

I would choose MOSTLY ANIMALS Alphabet Flashcards (double-sided)
and I would give to my Daughter she is 3 and I just signed her up with Head Start( preschool) she needs to learn her numbers and ABC'S I really love these~!
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Vanessa said...

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Meghan said...

I think my little one would love the Animal flashcards. What a great idea!

Leilani said...

I would love the boy alphabet flashcards. These would be great for my preschooler! Thanks!

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playswithclay said...

I love the FAVORITES Alphabet Flashcards (double-sided)! They'd be perfect for my kids. What a great idea.

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casey aubut said...

I would choose the "Boy" Alphabet Flashcards for my son!
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~Sandy~ said...

the Boy Alphabet flash cards are awesome! i am a firm believer in flash cards...i broke out the cards when my son was 5 months old and i truly believe it helped him learn animals, numbers, letters etc very quickly! the one's i had were not as nice as these though. i love that the child can write on the back and can be washed off too! i have been eyeing her flash cards for a while :O)

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CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

I like the Favorites alphabet, because it isn't the usual alphabet words. I love that they are real photos.
My 4 1/2 year old is just starting to read and I think he would love these to practice and ask about new words!

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Clisty & Lloyd said...

You know, I couldn't decide which ones I would want. I think I would start out with the girly ones, because I have 2 girls 1.5 and 4. But They're all so cute I would want to get each set, also to have variety and to help kids realize different letters can make different sounds. So fun! I also posted on my facebook. THANKS!

Celeste said...

I'd pick the "Favorites" one! I teack PreK3, so these would be a PERFECT to use in my classroom!

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Chelsey said...

My son would love the BOY Alphabet Flashcards! He is so into learning his letters right now he'd be thrilled! Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

jonbonjovious said...

I would select the FAVORITES flashcards. I am currently working with my DD-5 who is showing signs of dyslexia and my DS3. These cards would be perfect for BOTH!!!

3boyzmom said...

I would choose the Zoo Set, for my 2 year old son!! He loves flashcards, books, drawing, coloring, anything like that and he would love these!

Kaitlin said...

I would choose the Favourites set, and it would be for my nephew, who is due to be born in July.

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Mad Em said...

I now follow you... and I think the custom flash cards is a brilliant idea.

Holly Noelle said...

I would get the animal cards, for my daughter. Of course...it could be a while before she really appreciates them!


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JeansandTs said...

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I would choose the MOSTLY ANIMALS flash cards and I would give them to my one year old Granddaughter.

Anonymous said...

I would choose the boy set for my son. Thanks.
-Terra H.
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Anonymous said...

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Beth said...

I would give the Girly Flashcards to my daughter. She is not even three but trying so hard to learn her letters and pronounce and draw them. She would love these.

tammy said...

Oh, I think I would pick the favorites or the Mostly Animals set. These would go to my grandson due in Sept. :)

JULIE said...

I would choose the faves cards...that way they'd work for the next kiddo too even if the next one's a girl!!

Stacey said...

I would go with the BOY Alphabet set for my two guys. I absolutely love that it is practical for my speech delayed 2 year old and still practical for my 4 1/2 year old. The cards would get some use in our house!

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Sandee said...

My girls (ages 27 mo and 5 mo) will love the girly flashcards!
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Brea's Mommy said...

I would love to get the girly alphabet cards for my daughter, Brea.
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Donnetta said...

I would chose the Favorites set. Perfect for my boy and girl!

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Kris said...

These are great. My 3 year old would live the Boy Alphabet Cards. We are working on writing at preschool. He is making q's instead of a's. It is adorable. These would help us out immensely.

EmmettFerret said...

Love the "favorites" cards.. Gender neutral and the colors and pictures are great!

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Sharon said...

I would chose the custom alphabet fashcards for my son :)
Thanks for the chance!
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Amanda said...

I would get the favorites cards for my 2 year old twins, they are behind in speech so this would be great for them!

Amanda

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MAC Mom said...

I would choose the Girly Flashcards for my 5 year old daughter. We use flashcards at home to learn her ABC's, but these are so much nicer.
Thanks
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Danielle said...

I would choose the faves for my daughter and then pass them on to my son later.

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kathy pease said...

i would chose the MOSTLY ANIMALS Alphabet Flashcards for my nephew :)