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The Tinkering Labs Electric Motor Catalyst Kit is perfect for inspiring inventors, engineers, tinkerers and thinkers of all ages. This kit includes two motors, battery packs, wires, hardware and wooden pieces that leaves the possibilities of creation wide open. Instead of directions for how to make one creation one way, there are challenge cards to leave the number of possibilities up to your imagination. The instruction booklet is great for getting started with how to hook up wires, batteries and motors as well as a few example projects. As an educator, the Tinkering Labs Electric Motor Catalyst Kit is a great tool for hands-on learning, inquiry based learning, team work, problem solving and critical thinking. It is great to give students a challenge and have them excited to create. The extra support online is great as well with inventions, facilitation guides and how-to videos.
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I didn't know much about Collagen except that it was good for joint health and your skin, so I was very excited to try out Ancient Nutrition's Multi-Collagen Protein Stick Packs. The first thing I did was educate myself on exactly what Collagen is: a protein that your body produces and that can be found in certain foods, it's the main component of our connective tissue. Then, I learned how it can benefit my health: everything from supporting bone mass density to dental health, helping metabolism and supporting cartilage, not to mention helping me stay looking young!
This seemed like a great variety of benefits for simply adding a packet of collagen to foods I already eat. I began with adding a packet to some of my baking, I just threw in a packet with the dry ingredients and had muffins with collagen. There was no difference in taste or texture. Next, I tried adding collagen packets to drinks. I had much more success adding collagen to smoothies or warm drinks to get the texture to even out. I had less luck with adding a packet to just juice or water, I couldn't really get the texture right even after a lot of stirring. I really liked the convenience of the stick packs. These were easy to take to work or on the go and add to drinks. Over the course of using collagen for two weeks, I have noticed a difference in my post-workout resilience, which is great! Overall, an easy way to boost muscle and bone health.
Thank you to Tryazon for the sample packs!
Jergens Enriching Shea Butter Oil Infused Body Wash provided a lavish experience. The body wash is rich and moisturizing, leaving my skin feeling great. The scent is light and pleasant with mild shea and cocoa notes. The wash was easy to use working well with a shower pouf or just bare hands. It is also pH balanced which helps with keeping skin moisturized. What I liked most was that I could feel good about using this wash since it is dye free, paraben free and is not tested on animals.
The Ritual Of Sakura Renewing Ritual Gift Set includes four items: blossoming hand wash, celebrate each day body wash, magic touch body cream and zensational foaming shower gel. Before I even opened the gift set to use the products, I noticed the beautiful box, which I will definitely be re-purposing once I am done with the items. I also noticed that the packaging inside is 100% compostable, a big plus in my eyes. As soon as I did open the gift set, the pleasant fragrance of of organic rice milk and cherry blossoms wafted out. I love this scent as it is not overpowering and is a very natural and feminine smell. I love that the Rituals brand is all about slowing down and appreciating the moment that you are in. Their products encourage just that by setting up a bath time ritual that goes along perfectly with the fresh and relaxing scent. The first step is cleansing with the zensational foaming shower gel. This shower gel produced a rich, silky lather and I didn't need much in order to cover my whole body. Next is exfoliating with the celebrate each day body scrub. I love body scrubs and this did an amazing job of smoothing out my skin and left me with a mild cherry scent. Lastly is nourishing with the magic touch body cream. This rich and luxurious cream was the perfect ending to a great bath time. I happened to spend about half and hour luxuriating in this ritual, however, it can definitely be done in a shorter time span. The blossoming hand wash is a great reminder to slow down and take a breath in between bath times. This is an absolutely wonderful gift scent that anyone would enjoy and feel good as good about using as you feel about gifting.
The Ritual of Sakura Try Me set includes their magic touch body cream, celebrate each day body scrub and zensational foaming shower gel. The first thing I noticed other than the amazing names, was the pleasant scent of organic rice milk & cherry blossoms as soon as I opened the box. The scent is peaceful yet invigorating and goes well with the Sakura meaning of celebrating each day as a new beginning. The Rituals brand is all about slowing down and appreciating the moment that you are in. Their products encourage just that by setting up a bath time ritual that I could not wait to try. The first step is cleansing with the zensational foaming shower gel. This shower gel produced a rich, silky lather and I didn't need much in order to cover my whole body. Next is exfoliating with the celebrate each day body scrub. I love body scrubs and this did an amazing job of smoothing out my skin and left me with a mild cherry scent. Lastly is nourishing with the magic touch body cream. This rich and luxurious cream was the perfect ending to a great bath time. I happened to spend about half and hour luxuriating in this ritual, however, it can definitely be done in a shorter time span. Overall, this gave me an amazing bath time experience that was more than just good bath products. Furthermore, Rituals is a brand that I feel good about using. Their products are cruelty free, have environmentally friendly refills for less waste and focuses on clean and safe ingredients and practices.
HuePets is a free phone app that helps kids eat their fruits and veggies. Perfect for picky eaters, or just introducing new foods in a fun way, HuePets are a great tool for getting kids started on a healthy relationship with food.
Once you download the app, it is very easy to get started, kids choose which pet they would like and then they get eating. When your provide your child with healthy options, they also get to feed their pet. Children simply choose the corresponding color on the app to the food they are eating. The app then has you take a picture of the food to generate food to feed to the pet. My child loved watching his pet grow and change colors with the different foods. The more the pet ate, the more swag our pet was able to have.
After a few tries, my three year old was able to feed his pet on his own and was asking for different color foods to try. He loved the physical squishy, Huey as well! In using the app, I did notice that any picture that your child takes that includes an object the color of the food they chose will register as a food. So, I would help children with the photo part. Also, the pet levels up rather quickly, which is great instant gratification for kids, however can also make them feel like they have finished the game and are done. You are able to have multiple pets on the app and parents can attach awards to the pet after it has leveled up. Overall, HuePets is a great tool for children ages 3-8 to help with healthy eating.
Brain Train is the perfect game to get young minds thinking. Combining trains, shapes, colors and pattern recognition, Brain Train is several steps above the shape sorter that children are used to. The objective is to fit a series of shapes into the train so that the train can move. Each train car has certain shaped slots and the shapes themselves are in different combinations, some tied together, some separated. The challenge booklet goes from beginner to advanced with easy challenges showing how colors are lined up to difficult challenges showing where only one or two colors should be in the train. My three year old son was enamored with the Brain Train and quickly picked up on the beginner challenges.
Smart Farmer is a great way to get kids thinking outside the box. Working on spatial relations, patterns and critical thinking, Smart Farmer uses farm animals, water troughs and fence pieces to create the challenge of separating the animals from one another using fencing and making sure that they all have water. This game can be challenging, even for adults! I'm glad to booklet of challenges ranges from beginner to advance. This is a great way for kids to build confidence and problem solving skills in a fun way.
Color Catch is a fun brain-teaser game that enhances skills in logic, colors and visual perception. As kids try to place the frogs and geckos on the color board they have to make sure to match the color pattern in the booklet and make sure the animals that are supposed to catch an insect, catch one. This game is great for on the go, it can be packed up all in a neat case, perfect for kids five and up to challenge their brains.
Quadrillion is a fun but challenging problem-solving puzzle game that can be played with one player or a team. Players must complete a puzzle by filling in all the spaces with the different shaped bricks, it reminded us of Tetris! Our team of educators enjoyed the different levels that they game can be played on from less challenging to more challenging in order to reach a wide age range or build on skills. As we played the game, we enjoyed the easy set-up and compact size. Quadrillion also worked on a variety of skills such as spacial relations, shapes and area as well as team building, creative thinking, perseverance. We will be using this game in classes and camps to work on problem solving and team building.
Penguins on Ice
Penguins On Ice is a demanding puzzle game that can be played with one person or a team. Players must find out how to fit all the penguins on the ice board as shown with puzzle pieces that are able to shift shapes. This game is able to be adjusted for different levels and age groups. Penguins On Ice took the concepts of spacial relations, area, critical thinking and teamwork to another level as we watched ideas grow and solutions arise. Compact, portable, great for the road or to get brains warmed-up.
Trucky 3 is a block games aimed at the preschool and early childhood ages. Children are given the problem of how to fit certain blocks into a truck without the blocks spilling over the top. This game has different levels as well and can help to reinforce concepts such as shape, size and color and then move on to spacial relations and fit. We were excited to use this within our Preschool as a facilitated activity.
Color Code is a coding game that uses different color and shape disks to solve a problem. Players must figure out the order in which to place the disks to recreate a picture. From easiest to hardest the variety of challenges grows with age and ability level and works on a diversity of skills such as color, shape, order of operations, orientation, coding and problem solving. Our educators loved this as a puzzle challenge in order to get students' brains working.
These games were received for free in return for an honest review.
As an avid scrapbooker, I could not wait to try the Penless stickers. Penless products incorporate a QR code into different mediums such as stickers and bookmarks that allow you to easily attach a video to a physical object. In order to do so, you do have to download the Penless App and make an account. Once you do so, you simply scan the sticker you would like to use and attach the video you would like to see when it is scanned. The person you are giving the sticker to must also have the app installed to see the video. Penless stickers are so easy to use, I only needed to practice scanning and uploading once and I was on my way. The stickers come in a variety of cute designs so that they can fit into a baby shower, wedding, camping trip or your taco Tuesday lunch with friends. Penless stickers are great for gift givers, scrapbookers or someone who wants to add an original flare to cards, books, journals or anything else in life.
Bug Protector Natural Mosquito Repellent is an all natural bug spray. The active ingredients are all plant based including Lemongrass Oil, Geranium Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Cinnamon Oil; because of this Bug Protector smells wonderful instead of a heavy chemical scent. In addition, Bug Protector really works. I live and work in places where the bugs can get very heavy. With Bug Protector I noticed a large decrease in the bugs that were bothering me. For application, I felt safe using this on my whole family, including my three year old. There was also no greasy or heavy residue from this spray. After being most of the day, I noticed that re-application was needed after a little more than two hours.
We absolutely loved playing these fast-paced, fun and educational games! I received the Top Trumps Wonders of the World, Space and Volcanoes as well as Presidents, United States and Countries. Since the games are all played the same way -choosing a category with the highest rating and calling it out and then the person with the highest rating collecting the rest of the cards- everyone was able to dive right in. As educators, we all took time to read the accompanying facts and decided how they best fit in with lessons. When we introduced the games to the students, they understood how to play very quickly and wanted to look through all of their cards to see the pictures. After they played a few cards, they began to read facts about the cards and tell them to the group before playing a round. I think these are a wonderful teaching resource that can be used to introduce a topic or to wrap up and review.
These games were received for free in return for an honest review.
I received the Ozobot Evo Educator Entry kit to use at work. I am not well versed in robotics or coding, but often use it in classes that I teach. I found the Ozobot Evo Educator Entry kit to be easy to use and informative. The kit comes with one Ozobot Evo, four color markers, a charging cable and a guide. The guide was very well laid out and user-friendly . The activities in the guide helped myself and other educators be able to quickly learn how to use the Ozobot Evo and utilize its abilities to teach students about robots and code. Since the Ozobot Evo is able to read color code done with the markers as well as be coded from a computer, the Ozobot Evo is versatile in age range. Students from Kindergarten through high school enjoyed using the Ozobot.
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