Are your kids done with school for the year? We started summer vacation last week when my daughter finished kindergarten. So far we’ve hit the beach for a few days, gone swimming, checked out a local family fun festival, and a bunch more neat things. While I’m determined to have tons of fun with the kids this summer, I’d also like to make an effort to avoid summer brain rot. You know what I mean, right? In our house it comes in the form of the Disney Channel on TV. It was my husband’s hour-long viewing of a documentary on Hutterites (Google it) that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. And by ‘broke’ I mean cancelled, and by ‘camel’s back’ I mean cable.
Besides the usual reading and writing, which my kids both love to do, and a workbook thrown in here and there, my favorite ways to keep the kids on their academic toes is to be sneaky. Mom has to win a few on the sly so I know I haven’t lost my touch. Last year my always-buys-the-best-gifts sister got my little boy a set of Really Big Words from Magnetic Poetry. We were instantly in love with this cool toy. You stick the giant magnetic words to the fridge, or any other magnetic surface, and the kids start reading, sounding out words, making sentences…and they have no clue that they’re learning! Score!
Magnetic Poetry gave me the opportunity to review a couple of their other kids’ products, too. The First Words kit includes magnetic pieces that are the perfect size for little hands while still being portable. Love this since it’s just perfect to pack on a trip to the beach or to a friend’s house. Everything fits neatly in the magnetic case which also doubles as the work surface for the kids to make their sentences. Check out the bottom two pictures below.
The Kids’ Kit is geared toward slightly older kids, though it’s just fine for my 6-year old. Not quite big enough for my 3-year old yet. These pieces are smaller and have some bigger words. Just like the First Words Kit, everything tucks neatly inside the magnetic case. This little ditty was written by a child who didn’t want the day to end. Go away moon. Not really effective, but I appreciate the creativity.
I have to tell you, I’m having as much fun with the Magnetic Poetry sets as the kids are. I love leaving little messages for them to discover. So much fun and I love how my daughter is learning the parts of speech by stringing together sentences. Learning is the best, even more so when the kids just think it’s fun and the learning part can be our little secret. Speaking of secret, check out some of the Magnetic Poetry kits for adults. Not always appropriate for young eyes, depending on *your* creativity, but totally hilarious and seriously fun just the same.
If you’re looking for a fun way to keep your kids’ brains from going into hibernation this summer, check out these Magnetic Poetry kits. We are having so much fun with them! Visit Magnetic Poetry on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear about all their latest products and promotions.
Magnetic Poetry is generously offering (4) of my readers a set of their very own kids’ kits! Awesome! Two winners will receive the Really Big Words kit and two winners will receive the Kids’ Kit. This giveaway ends at midnight ET on June 25, 2012. You can enter to win here! Good luck!
I was provided with Magnetic Poetry products to facilitate this review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.