Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps DVD Reader Giveaway

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Lalaloopsy fans can get ready for a whole bunch of new SEW CUTE fun and Go Gaga for this movie adventure based on the new Lalaloopsy Babies doll line. Before they were Lalaloopsy, they were Lalaloopsy Babies! Your little fans can experience the magical beginnings of these favorite friends when Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! arrives on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand today, October 14, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Join the “sew” cute Lalaloopsy friends for this adorable movie about their very first adventures together! When they discover an old scrapbook filled with photos and mementos from when they were babies, the Lalaloopsy friends recall about their nursery days where they first discovered their special bond and met their adorable pets. They realize how those early adventures helped to shape their personalities, and reminisce about becoming stitched together, friends forever in this delightful, fun-filled movie that Lalaloopsy fans will treasure!

Featured on “The Talk” host Julie Chen’s top toy list, the Lalaloopsy collection continues to be one of the fastest selling toy brands. The Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! DVD features bonus material including two Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures and a Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Also now available in stores is the latest in the Lalaloopsy Babies doll line — Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise. Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

 

 

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps on DVD. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm on 11/5/14. Good luck!

 

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Printable PAW Patrol Halloween Coloring Pack

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Nick Jr. has a fun new printable PAW Patrol Halloween Coloring Pack! It includes 9 pages of coloring fun with all your favorite PAW Patrol characters dressed up and ready for Halloween.
 

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman Printable Bookmarks & Activity Sheets + Reader Giveaway

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This is a movie the grown-ups in our family are just as excited about as the kid! We loved Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the theater and now it is coming to 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14. I know I show my age when I say I remember watching this cartoon as a kid. It was re-runs, but I know it hasn’t been on TV in a long time! I absolutely loved the remake and am excited to see it again once the Blu-ray is available. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the scoop:

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Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. “Heartfelt and snappy” (Jessica Herndon, Associated Press), MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN has been hailed by critics as “a great adventure for the entire family” (Mike Wilbur, NBC Newschannel), receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted “A” CinemaScore®.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING, STUART LITTLE) and from the team behind family favorite franchises THE CROODS and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN is “fun” and “fast moving” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward.

Sit back and go WABAC to experience the ultimate joy ride and loads of laughs when MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN arrives on Digital HD on September 23 and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 14. Jay Ward fans will want to get the 3D Blu-ray™ release which has everything for enthusiasts to celebrate the Jay Ward legacy including a 5-minute All New Rocky & Bullwinkle short and several original TV episodes.

Mr Peabody and Sherman Printable Activity Sheets

For some extra Mr. Peabody and Sherman fun, we have some awesome printables. First off we have a bunch of fun printable Mr. Peabody and Sherman activity sheets. There is a word find, math problems, coloring pages and more! Print them all from these links:

Mr. Peabody Coloring Page
Motorcycle Coloring Page
Sherman and Penny Coloring Page
Mr. Peabody Connect the Dots
Sherman Coloring Page
Crack the Code Game
Matching Game
Word Unscrambler
Math Brain Buster 1
Math Brain Buster 2

Besides the activity sheets, we also have the colorful Mr. Peabody and Sherman bookmarks you see below. I recommend printing on heavy paper to make them extra sturdy, or else you could print and mount on a piece of construction paper for extra support AND extra color.

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 9.42.23 PMReader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive their own Mr. Peabody and Sherman Blu-ray. To enter for your chance to win, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 11/4/14. Good luck!

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Monster 500 Vehicles and Playsets Review

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Monster 500 Vehicles and Playsets

Just in time for the spooky season of Halloween, we have some fun new toys to introduce – Monster 500. This is a line of creepy monster vehicles and playsets complete with a collectible element and a whole lot of fun. To top it all off, there is even an associated app to add some online activity. We recently received some of these toys to put to the test and see if fiendish monsters and racing really are a good combination.

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Sometimes I have a hard  time judging ahead of time whether or not Little R will actually like a new toy or not. Some things that I think look super fun and cool he isn’t so crazy about. I thought the Monster 500 toys looked cool right out of the package and wondered if he would agree. He DID! He was pretty fascinated looking at the creepy monsters right off the bat! There are several different types of toys and playsets in the line.

Monster 500™ Small Vehicles
Kids can collect each of the 10 fast and freaky Monster 500 characters in 3-inch diecast vehicles, which are available in a single or 3-pack. Every car comes with a trading card. Each trading card has a Monster 500™ Code that unlocks a monster car in the FREE Monster 500™ Racing App. No batteries required. Vehicles are available individually at Toys ‘R’ Us for $4.99 or in the 3-pack for $14.99.

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Monster 500™ Large Vehicles
For even bigger action, mini daredevils will love collecting each of the 4 large Monster 500 vehicles standing 4 inches high and 5 inches long, including Zoom Zombie™, CrocPot™, Lead Foot™ and Flattop Frank™. With the touch of a button, scary-good lights and sounds are activated on each vehicle for additional fabulously freaky fun. 3 “AG13” batteries required (included). Cars are available at Toys ‘R’ Us for $14.99.

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Monster 500™ Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set
Little racers will enjoy the ultra ghoulish action this spooky set has to offer. It’s a battle to the finish line for kids, as they press down on the starting skull to begin! With one included vehicle, Drac Attack™, and compatible with any small Monster 500 vehicle, daredevils can send their cars racing past the pendulum of peril and into the jaws of doom of the eye-popping, giant skull. A checkered flag will rise to signal the winner. No batteries required. Track Set is available at Toys ‘R’ Us for $19.99

This is the toy that totally caught our eye. Little R had a blast racing the cars over and over and over again. It inspired him enough that he wanted to make his FIRST toy review video. Here is the uncut and unfiltered footage (complete with my mom trying to give him direction right in the middle of it!).

Monster 500™ Toxic Terror Trap Playset
Unleash the fiendish fury! Kids and kids at heart will enjoy the twisting, toxic, monster action this ghoulish playset has to offer. With one included character, Evil Clownevil™, kids can smash through the doors of the freaky factory and topple the toxic, terrorizing monster, while avoiding being gobbled by the mutant gator all at the same time. Then, cars can be placed on the elevator before the hazmat mutant brings each vehicle up again. Compatible with all small Monster 500 vehicles. 3 “AA” batteries required (not included). Playset is available at Toys ‘R’ Us for $34.99

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The Monster 500™ Racing App
Join the battle for Monster 500™ supremacy in this frighteningly fast racing app. Fight other monsters as you navigate the death-defying tracks to the finish. Pick up weapons, avoid toxic spills and other creepy obstacles as you race. The App is FREE at the App Store and Google Play.

The Monster 500 toys were definitely a hit on our end. They were easy to set up and fun to play with. I personally like the creepy monsters myself and plan to keep these toys as part of our Halloween decorations even after Little R decides he is too big to play with them – I hope that won’t be for a long time!

Find out more at Monster500.com. You can also follow Monster 500 on Twitter and Facebook.

Enter to Win the Kmart Fab 15 Toys Sweepstakes

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Kmart recently announced their Fab 15 toy list and is offering Shop Your Way members the chance to win all 15 toys! The toys that made the Fab 15 roster are the ones that are sure to be on lots of Christmas wish-lists this year!  The list is derived from industry trends, input from kids and parents and Kmart’s 50+ years of experience knowing what toys resonate with different ages, stages and play patterns. The Kmart Fab 15 ultimate list of hot holiday toys includes:

  • Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (Kmart exclusive)
  • Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2014 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® Power Wheels® Lil’ Dune Racer by Fisher-Price® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Grimlock 12-Inch Electronic Figures by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusives)
  • WWE® Cardinal Red John Cena 31” Figure by Wicked Cool Toys® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Zoomer Dino by Spin Master™
  • Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll by TollyTots
  • FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet by Hasbro®
  • LEGO®Super Heroes Line from Marvel™ and DC Comics™
  • NERF® Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster
  • Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Look-Out Playset, Vehicles and Figurines, and Rescue Racers by Spin Master™
  • Play-Doh® DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Complete Design Set by Hasbro®
  • Simon Swipe Game by Hasbro®
  • VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch

Shop Your Way members can enter for a chance to be one of six people to win all 15 of the Kmart Fab 15 toys at http://www.shopyourway.com/fab15. Members will also be automatically entered to win with the purchase of a Fab 15 toy. Also, check out Kmart’s new “Trending Toy Ticker,” at Kmart.com/Fab15. The ticker will continually update with the top-selling toys as the season progresses, for parents who want the latest update on the most buzz-generating toys.

Which of these toys is most likely to be on YOUR shopping list this year?

Free 60 Minutes of Motion Playing Cards Game!

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I love this fall weather! My family and I try to spend as much time outside as possible this month to enjoy these cooler days. It is the perfect weather for outside play – not too hot not too cold.

If you are looking for some motivation for you and your children to get outside and play check out these playing cards from Clif Kid. This is a free printable deck of 60 Minutes of Play cards that are really great!

Here is what is included in this game:

  • 10 Motion Cards: one minute bursts of motion that have a specific movement, like star jumps, crab walks or planks.
  • 5 Activity Cards: sustained 10 minute activities that kids can do solo or with friends and family.
  • 5 Adventure Cards: wild cards with inspiring words and phrases that prompt kids to choose their own imagination-filled adventure.
  • 2 Game Cards: motion-filled games (inspired by CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year) for hours of family fun and play.
  • 1 Snack Card and 1 Hydration Card: tips on how to nourish yourself before, during and after outdoor play and activity.

How fun is that?! Head over here to print this great freebie and get your children outside to play in this incredible fall weather!

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Alpha & Omega: The Legend Of The Saw-Tooth Cave Reader Giveaway

disclosure0dc38e94-0639-11e4-9c0c-005056b70bb8It’s time for another brand new adventure for our favorite wolf pups Alpha and Omega in Alpha & Omega: The Legend Of The Saw-Tooth Cave from Lionsgate HomeEntertainment. It arrives just in time for Halloween and is available starting October 7, exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com. About the movie:

After three wildly successful Alpha And Omega releases, with over 1.5 million DVDs sold to date, the Alpha pack sets out on a ghoulish adventure in this exciting fourth chapter: Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave.

The Alphas and Omegas share a thrilling adventure filled with surprises, humor and heartwarming moments after Runt – Kate and Humphrey’s Omega wolf cub – sneaks off to explore the haunted Saw Tooth Cave. When Runt finds a wolf who’s been driven from her pack for being different, he musters all his courage to help her – and learns the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need.

A pawsome adventure that will leave you howling for more, the Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave DVD contains all-new special features including the “Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain” and “What Happens Next?” games, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98. The film will be available on Digital HD and Video on Demand September 23.

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For some extra fun, we have this Alpha and Omega Printable Activity Sheet. It includes both a word puzzle and a maze game. You can print it out either in color or in black and white by changing your printer settings.

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own copy of Alpha & Omega: The Legend Of The Saw-Tooth Cave. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 10/24/14. Good luck!

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Cute Clothing from Janie and Jack 25% Off this Weekend

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Janie and Jack has adorable clothing for your little ones and this weekend you can get it at a big discount with 25% off your entire purchase at Janie and Jack with code JJEXCLUSIVE. It’s the perfect time to boost that school wardrobe or to start thinking about new outfits for the holiday season. And speaking of the holiday season, how about holiday gifts! They also offer free shipping on purchases of $100 or more. Hurry, this offer ends Sunday October 5th!

Adorable Personalized Water Bottles and Snack Container only $6.99!

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Jane.com has these adorable personalized bottles for children on sale right now for only $6.99! These are regularly $13, so this sale makes them 50% off.

These are available in several different character choices and they have a carrying strap and an attached snack container! This would be great to be prepared for a trip to the park, at church and more!

Shipping on these is $3.99 for the first and only $1.99 for each additional one that you purchase. Head over here to grab this deal and here are a few additional details:

Your and your kiddos are going to ❤love❤ their super trendy and affordable water bottles. They are are ideal for school, daycare, gym and lots more. You can use them with the snack holder at the bottom or without.

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How to Choose the Right Tutor – 5 Questions to Ask

How to Choose the Right Tutor

If your child is in need of some academic help, you may be considering a tutor. According to Dr. Sandi Ayaz, executive director of the National Tutoring Association, over the past eight years private tutoring in the U.S. alone has “exploded tenfold”.Some parents hire tutors to help their children overcome academic obstacles, while others hire tutors to encourage and challenge their children in ways that might not be possible in a traditional classroom setting.

Whatever the objective of tutoring for your child may be, it’s important for parents to take the time to locate and hire a tutor who will work well with their child’s learning style and personality. To make sure you find the right tutor for your child, ask your tutor the following questions before beginning lessons:

1. What is your teaching style?

Every student learns differently, which is why it’s impossible for school teachers to structure their classroom lessons to match each individual student’s preferred learning style. The right private tutor, however, can adapt lessons to cater to your child’s strengths whether he is an auditory learner (learns best by listening), visual learner (learns best through sight) or a kinesthetic learner (learns best through experience). Before you hire a tutor, find out if he can structure lessons in a format that is conducive to your child’s preferred learning style.

2. What is your plan for helping my child?

While this may seem like a loaded question for someone who has not yet met your child or even seen examples of his school work, the response will reveal the tutor’s thought process for diagnosing your child’s needs and creating a plan to achieve the desired results. The right tutor will have a strategy, and possibly specific methods, for identifying problem areas and understanding the child’s learning behavior. An effective tutor will also recognize the importance of working with the student (and in some cases, the parents) to establish performance improvement goals that are both measurable and attainable.

3. Why do you tutor?

Tutoring is about building a productive learning relationship between a tutor and student. The most effective tutors are individuals who are passionate about teaching and are able to derive value from seeing their students succeed. While many tutors provide lessons as a primary or supplemental source of income, the ideal tutor will take a vested interest in your child’s progress and have the patience and willingness to do whatever it takes to help your child succeed.

4. Do you have any references, or have you worked with students in a similar situation as my child?

Objective, reliable references are very informative but they can also be hard to come by. Online tutoring marketplaces like WyzAnt Tutoring compile lesson ratings and written reviews from actual students who have previously worked with tutors. Reading third-party reviews from parents and students who have worked with a tutor will provide invaluable insight into what you can expect from a tutor in terms of subject proficiency and personality. If you choose to hire a tutor on your own rather than through a reputable marketplace, it’s still a good idea to ask for references; however, the reference you receive may not be a completely impartial source.

5. How can you help my child become an independent learner?

The most effective and valuable tutoring relationships will help the student become a more engaged, independent learner. Memorizing and mastering very specific topics or skills may yield some results, but it is ultimately a short-term solution to the student’s broader educational needs. While certain lessons may focus on a particularly troublesome topic, learning to understand and appreciate the learning process, theory and logic behind concepts will help your child overcome subsequent obstacles, avoid future frustration and flourish as a student.

WyzAnt Tutoring is an online marketplace for private tutors. WyzAnt’s network includes more than 75,000 active private tutors nationwide in subjects that range from math and science to test preparation and music.

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