Showing posts with label education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label education. Show all posts
Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ubooly plush toy Review and Giveaway

When Ubooly first arrived, I was super excited to open it. But, I had to hold my composure. This toy was for the kids.

What is Ubooly?

Move over Furby! Here comes Ubooly!

Ubooly toy is an orange plushy brought to life with your iPhone.

Ubooly brings traditional stuffed toys into the digital age by turning your iPhone or iPod Touch into an interactive and educational talking buddy for your child. First, you have to download the free Ubooly Pet app and insert your device upside down into the top of the toy. If Ubooly is fast asleep just swipe up and he will awake. Ubooly’s face magically comes to life and he interacts with the people around him via voice commands. Ubooly has a library of stories, jokes, games and other activities that are activated by the user asking for them. Simply say to Ubooly out loud “tell me a story” or “play me a song” and he will. If you don’t talk to him for a while, he falls asleep and starts snoring

Insert your Ubooly!


Now that Ubooly is all zipped up and secured, it is time to play. At first, I was doubtful that he would be able to "hear" commands with the phone surrounded, but Ubooly and played together with the kids fine. Their was a moment when he asked Alyssa her age, and she said "four". He heard nine. Not that close Ubooly. After she got over being dramatic over this, they had fun telling stories.

To be able to use the app with the toy, you must first “adopt your Ubooly” by entering the six-digit code that comes in the box to register him.

Exciting new content is available for Ubooly each month and can be downloaded by updating the app from the App Store. Which is something I am really looking forward to. As there is a limited amount available currently. We did go ahead and purchase all in store apps. When used as a standalone app (without the toy),  you can play with Ubooly inside of his box (or home) where you earn coins to buy items for your Ubooly pet by playing mini-games.

The games they like to play are pretty hilarious. From Cops and Robbers, to Outer Space travel. Your kids will have a blast on adventures with Ubooly.

Alyssa loves that she can change how her Ubooly looks.

Right now Ubooly is sporting some purple glasses, bangs, pretty eyes and a face tattoo. Haha Cute!

Ubooly will even ask if you want to hear a song. There is a catch though. These songs are what are already on your device. So be warned, your entire iTunes library is up for selection, whether or not your music library is kid-friendly. I kind of wish there was a way  to make an Ubooly playlist. That way they can only access that playlist for kid friendly music time.

Watch Ubooly Speak Italian with Alyssa!

About the company: Ubooly was founded in 2012. In Boulder, Colorado. By Isaac Squires and Carly Gloge. Ubooly was funded through Kickstarter, and is alumni of the TechStars’ 2012 class. Our company’s mission is to create the most entertaining (and cuddly) automated learning experience for children. Ubooly is the brand new stuffed animal that powered by your iPhone or iPod touch. Ubooly not only listens to kids, but also has a lot to tell your child. Ubooly loves to play interactive games, “choose your own adventure” stories, and hilarious jokes. 
 From Ubooly:
  • Ubooly will know their child's name, like the same: colors, interests, food, hobbies etc.
  • By purchasing credits parents will be able to unlock Educational, Interest, and Helper packs. 
    • Educational Packs: Lesson packs are created on a 5 day schedule, and keep parents in the loop with progress reports




    • Interest Packs:  interest packs are full of fun facts of trivia to get your child excited about specific topics.
    • Fitness & Helper Packs: Ubooly will also help with personal growth & create healthy habits through the Fitness and Helper packs.
  • Content packs are all designed to be age appropriate for different age ranges (3-9)
  • Content packs are written by a large team of elementary teachers & comedians 
Yee HAA!


Additional thoughts:
There is limited content at the moment. I cannot wait to see what the future brings for Ubooly. In-app purchases in a childrens' app can lead to problems. I know Ubooly is intended to be an orange plushie, but I would be thrilled to see other colors. Such as pink, blue, purple, black, green.. This is definitely a new take on the "furby" pet. I actually prefer Ubooly. You can do so much more with Ubooly. You can even learn with Ubooly. Ubooly works with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, and 5. As well as iPod touch 4G and 5. With support for certain Android devices coming soon. I actually would love to see a blown up Ubooly for iPad or Kindle! That would be pretty cool. There were a few hiccups at first. Our app would crash every time we tried to play. Even though it worked fine the first day. The Ubooly team quickly got together to fix the problem and set up an update. The crash was fixed and we got back to playing!


So to recap - more colors, more content, and bigger Ubooly's!! That is what I would love to see.

Be sure to follow Ubooly on Facebook and twitter.


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Friday, May 31, 2013

ABCmouse.com Review and Giveaway

ABCmouse.com Review and Giveaway


ABCMouse.com is a subscription-based educational website for kids age 2 to 6. This site is easy enough for even the youngest computer users to play games and do activities that will help them begin the journey into reading and other kindergarten skills. Kids earn points when they play games or complete an activity, which they can "spend" at a pretend online store. There are also no ads either!

From the colorful kindergarten classroom homepage and learning zoo, to interactive books and songs, there are so many choices here that most pre-school children will be able to come back to this site and find something new to do and learn every time. Even I couldn't believe how many different activities their were. My 4 year old was showing me around!


  • For ages 2-6
  • 450 lessons
  • 3000+ learning activities
  • The lessons are broken down into 6 levels.  
  • Each level includes 4 Subjects: Reading, Math, The World Around Us and Art & Colors.  

Preschool (Ages 3+):

Level 1- 410 Learning Activities

Level 2- 425 Learning Activities

Pre-K (Ages 4+):

Level 3- 452 Learning Activities

Level 4- 535 Learning Activities

Kindergarten (Ages 5+):

Level 5- 655 Learning Activities

Level 6- 631 Learning Activities

When your child finishes an activity or lesson, they will earn tickets.  The amount of tickets, depends on how difficult the activities/lesson is.  They are then able to spend the tickets in the shopping center.  Then they are able to go to the shopping center and buy things with their tickets.  There is a Pet Store where they can buy animals and stuff for the animals cages, etc.  There is also a clothes store, where they can purchase new clothing for their Avatar, etc.

Here are some of the great features at ABCmouse.com!

The bedroom

Map

Classroom


Parents Homepage

Basics


Our Experience:

We had a lot of fun with ABCmouse. It was an honor to work with them. My 4 year old was extremely excited to get started. She has improved greatly since we began. Even my 3 year old has show progress! He is delayed a bit. So this program is definitely giving him the push he needs. I'm not sure if he will be ready for Pre-K in the fall, but I know I can count on ABCmouse to help get us moving. 

It was a slow start, as they had to get used to using a mouse. But it has been an easy journey since. They are both learning to read now and can tell me all of the letters in the alphabet by reading them! Even some small words! It is so surprising that a simple online program can help improve their skills so greatly. My 3 year old is not developing as fast as I would like, so it was a shock at how well he can read. He doesn't talk much yet, but he can tell me what numbers and letters are now. It is simply astonishing. I am so pleased to have had the chance to review ABCmouse with them. It has now became a staple with our family. I will use it with all of my children. The commercial is also really catchy. My 4 year old is always repeating it. haha

I also love the reward process that they have. For completing activities on the learning path they can receive tickets. There is also a coin based reward, which they can use to "purchase" pets, supplies and fun things for their virtual bedroom. 


Have you tried ABCmouse
Such a great way to keep your childrens' minds ready for the upcoming school years!

Want to win a year of ABCmouse.com? Just enter using the rafflecopter form below! This giveaway is open WW, but you must be 18+ to enter. 

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