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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Giveaway Ends: May 6