Puro Sound Kids Wireless Headphones Review + Giveaway

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If your kids love listening to music, but you’re concerned about what all that headphone-wearing might be doing to their hearing, you’ll want to check out Puro Headphones. Puro specializes in high end headphones with a passion for hearing health and superior sound quality at reasonable price. They just released their very first product called Puro Kids®, an innovative new type of headphone that combines studio grade listening quality with a volume limiter that prevents the volume from exceeding 85 dB.

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I was probably just as excited to receive these and try them as our daughters were! I wanted to hide them and never let the kids use them… but I was nice and decided to share.  The Puro Headphones were very comfortable.  I was able to pair them quite easily with an Ipad, as well as my cell phone which is not an Apple product.  We all four tried them out.  We listened to music, and then we also tested them out as a headset and paired them with our cell phones.

First of all, I was not excited by the white color but they seemed to wipe clean. My preference would have still been basic black. (A tan/gold color is also available.) We all thought the sound quality when listening to music was very good, and would highly recommend them for that.  However, when we tested them out as a headset for conversation, I think we all concluded that they were much better for music.  We could hear and speak well enough but there is a bit of a “tunnel sound” from the person wearing them.  All in all we were impressed and liked them.  Might have to add a pair for the other daughter onto the Christmas list for next year!

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Studio Grade Bluetooth Wireless/Wired Headphones for Kids

Kids wireless/wired Bluetooth headphones, with Puro Balanced Response® sound curve along with Healthy Ears® hearing protection, are unique on the market and a great choice for parents who are concerned about hearing health but want to give their children a product that they will actually want to use.

Advanced and unique DSP-based Volume Limiting Ear Protection max out at 85 dBA, the maximum level recommended by audiologists. Our headphones actively monitor volume levels to protect your kid’s ears while delivering fantastic studio grade audio.

Puro Balanced Response® sound curve produces such high quality music reproduction that they will not want to listen to them any louder. The sound is so good that we expect parents to want some for themselves and their bigger noggins.

18 hour battery life, supple protein leather ear cups and headband, and very efficient noise attenuation make for a very comfortable product.

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own set of Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Wireless Headphones. To enter, just complete the entry for below by 11:59pm ET on 5/7/15. Good luck!

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NEW Uncle Grandpa Printable Activity Sheets, Good Mornin’ DVD + Reader Giveaway

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Bring home the laughs with the new Uncle Grandpa Good Mornin’ DVD from the Cartoon Network!  This DVD contains 12 episodes from the popular animated series.  Fans can expect unpredictable wackiness, crazy adventures, and imaginative lands all wrapped up in one DVD.
Uncle Grandpa has been a ratings success for the network since its debut in September 2013. During its inaugural season, the series was the top-rated show on Mondays among kids 6-11 and boys 2–11 & 6–11, and #1 in its 8 p.m. timeslot among all key kids and boys demos, according to Nielsen Media Research. With more than 630,000 Facebook fans, an average of 18.6 million people—including 7.2 million kids ages 6–14—tuned in to watch Uncle Grandpa during its first season run. The series is created by Pete Browngardt (Secret Mountain Fort Awesome) with Audie Harrison (The Golden Compass) serving as creative director and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

For a little extra fun, download these Uncle Grandpa Good Mornin’ Coloring Sheets & Puzzles!
Here are a few clips from this hilarious DVD:

 

 

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive their own copy of Uncle Grandpa Good Mornin’. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/6/15. Good luck!

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Sesame Street Changes Its Iconic Set for Season 46

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Sesame Street is one of those very few iconic shows that has now been entertaining and educating children for several generations. While my favorite characters from waaaaaaaay back when I was a little girl are still around, Sesame Street does continue to make changes to keep things fresh and new.

As Sesame Street begins production on its 46th season this week, the show has unveiled plans to deepen its foundation of helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder by learning their ABCs, building their inner strength and developing their moral compass – along with a lasting love of learning. They are doing it with one of the most striking changes to the show in the past decade – an updated, reimagined, fun and vibrant new set!

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In today’s world where changes are fast and frequent, a sense of place and belonging is more important to kids than ever. Sesame Street is expanding upon this notion with more than just a fresh take on its signature features, the redesigned set aims to familiarize preschoolers with the homes of their Sesame friends by anchoring them in places around the neighborhood.

  • Elmo has moved into the 123 Sesame Street brownstone with his bedroom being the cornerstone of the building. Like a typical preschooler, Elmo’s room has colorful cubbies for his toys and he proudly displays his crayon drawings on his wall.
  • Cookie Monster has moved above Hooper’s Store, and as you can imagine, he always smells something baking.
  • Abby finds sanctuary and inspiration in her new garden that’s full of bright and dazzling flowers and vegetation.
  • Bird Bird has a new nest, and like most of his fowl friends, his beautiful new home is in a tree!
  • Oscar’s can has been updated and moved to a more central location so he can add grouchy commentary to any situation. He’ll also be popping up in trash cans, recycling bins and composting receptacles across the street!
  • Finally, as a real Jack of all trades, Grover continues to be a traveling salesman, always popping up when there is a job that needs to be done.

The new Sesame Street set was reimagined by the award-winning designer and visual storyteller, David Gallo. Other exciting changes and additions to the neighborhood include a new Community Center, a renovated retro-looking Hooper’s Store, a new roof top sitting area with a water tower, a new Newsstand, a new garden and play area and so much more!

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“In this redesign, since being a real place was a quintessential part of Sesame Street, we sought to emphasize the realness of our world,” said Carol-Lynn Parente, Executive Producer of Sesame Street. “Elements like Abby’s Garden, the water tower area on top of the carriage house and even the redesigned Hooper’s Store, are all intended to make the street feel current and colorful in a way that reflects the world kids see around them every day. Furthermore, anchoring our core characters in places around our neighborhood will help kids build an even deeper bond with our characters by better understanding who they are, where they live, and what they do.”

Sesame Street’s currently airing episodes from its landmark 45th season. Season 46 episodes of Sesame Street with the newly reimagined set will premiere in the fall of 2015 on PBS KIDS.

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Free Kids Summer Reading Programs

Free Kids Summer Reading Programs

Although Spring has just started for us here in Minnesota, summer will be here before we know it and that means lots of extra time to read our favorite books! Whether your child loves to read or is a reluctant reader, Summer Reading Programs are a great way to keep the reading going. Thanks to Saving Dollars and Sense we have a BIG list of FREE Kids Summer Reading Programs available this year! Many of these programs let your kids earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!
 

Free Kids Summer Reading Programs:

 

Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card while supplies last.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.

There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. These are common books that can be found at your local library. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!

Half Price Books - They are offering kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays - Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination - This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Local Public Library - Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Chuck E. Cheese - Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free token.

Scholastic Summer Challenge - Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge – Open only to children under 10 years of age on any day during the promotion period. Must present completed Award-Winning or Early Reader book list to receive a free book at participating Pottery Barn Kids stores.

Six Flags Read to Succeed - K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park.

Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months. If you know of any other programs that aren’t listed here, please feel free to leave the information in a comment below.

You can print out this list of FREE Summer Reading Programs here.

Star Wars Activity Sheets Printables

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With Star Wars: Episodes I-VI now available on Digital HD, we figured it was a great time to share these fun Star Wars Activity Sheets printables! Print them all and have some intergalactic fun! You’ll find a bingo game, a Build the Galaxy Guide, popcorn treats and more! Just click the images below to download.

Star Wars Activity Sheets Printables

Star Wars Activity Sheets Printables

As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy – or at least here on Earth – globally beginning Friday, April 10. 

“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.”

“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars Saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” commented Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the Saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists – the masters who helped George bring his iconic universe to life.”

With Star Wars: Episodes I-VI available for purchase as a complete digital movie collection and individually, viewers will have the Rebel forces at their beck and call across their favorite devices anywhere – sunbathing at the beach, relaxing in their living room with friends, or waiting to board a flight to Endor (or elsewhere).  

 Enhancing the movie collection are a host of never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across this celebrated film franchise, plus a curated collection of classic Star Wars extras from each film.


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New Gymboree Hop ‘n’ Roll Collection

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Kids move and groove better than anyone and what better way to help them get their bee-bop, hippity-hop play on than with the  colorful new Hop ‘n’ Roll™ collection from Gymboree! Hop ‘n’ Roll is a new line of mix & match styles inspired by creativity, comfort, and the rhythm of play, and is now available for boys and girls, sizes 6 months to 10 at Gymboree stores and on Gymboree.com.

From black, white, red and brown, to purple and yellow, pink and blue – kids can mix & match these styles and play their socks off too! Your readers will also be excited to hear that they can get up to 50% off this new playwear, plus kids will love all the bright colors, unique prints, and fun, comfortable styles in this collection!

With every purchase of Hop ‘n’ Roll playwear, 1% of the proceeds will be donated to KaBOOM! – a national non-profit that inspires communities to support play and creates great places to play for kids in underserved communities across America. Your readers can also donate directly to KaBOOM! on top of their online or in-store Hop ‘n’ Roll purchase. Now that calls for a happy dance!

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To celebrate the launch of Hop ‘n’ Roll and the power of play, Gymboree has planned the following activities from April 7 – May 31 with the goal of raising enough money to build better places to play for 10,000 deserving kids:

  • Gymboree Play & Music partners will be taking over the Gymboree Play Date page on Tumblr to include creative fun-filled playtime tips and ideas and to foster creativity and confidence. Definitely encourage your readers to check it out!
  • PBS KIDS®: Gymboree (proud sponsor of Jim Henson’s “Dinosaur Train” on PBS KIDS) will support PBS KIDS’ “Explore the Outdoors” campaign via special in-store programming on Gymboree TV, giveaways on Gymboree’s Facebook page, and participation in local PBS member station “Explore the Outdoors” events.
  • Pinterest Playdate Map: Partners and top bloggers will continue to contribute to Gymboree’s Pinterest Playdate Map – an incredible resource for families to discover new and exciting places to play, whether on a trip or in their very own backyard.

Kid Writers Magazine: The Place for Kid Writers

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If you’ve ever spent any length of time around a kid, you probably can attest to the fact that just about any kid can be included amongst the most creative people on the planet.
Kids will make up wonderful characters, good and bad (but hopefully more good!). They will come up with daring adventures, and actually live them, spending hours on end in the world their imagination created, in the world they wish was.
Kid writing is all about fun, and having been a kid writer, I am hard-pressed to believe that anyone knows that better than a real kid. They know exactly what makes great stories, because they are making them for themselves 24/7.
That being the case, it is a sad state of affairs when resources for helping kids put some of these stories to writing are woefully absent. When I wrote as a kid, there was nothing to help me, almost no publications to go to. And I’m not alone; there are many people who either wrote or could’ve written wonderful stuff as kids, but never had support for their ideas.
That’s why I started Kid Writers Magazine. It’s a fiction short-story magazine full only of stories written by kids. Since I’m only 17, the entire operation is in fact done by kids; the writing, editing, publishing, printing, and marketing.
Kid Writers Magazine is a great opportunity for kids who love to write. After two editions, we already have a great team of kid writers from across the country, writing fun stories as they see them fit to be written.
Not that you have to be a great writer to be a part of it. No, what we value is ideas. Our editing team works one-on-one with every kid who submits to try to make their writing the best it can be, but what really matters is fun stories, and that’s what kids excel at.
Kids love our magazine, since it’s done and supported by kids just like them. It’s exactly what I wish I would’ve had when I was younger. If you parent, teach, know, or are a kid who’s interested in writing, or who just likes coming up with fantastic stories, I highly recommend you check out our magazine at kidwriters.org. Fun and creativity await.

Muppet Moments Coming to Disney Junior

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These look so cute! Starting Friday, Disney Junior is debuting “Muppet Moments,” starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and other beloved Muppets. This short-form series brings us adorable conversations between Muppets and young kids about everyday topics including “apologies,” “favorite foods” and “manners.” The four shorts air Friday (8:25 a.m., 8:55 a.m., 9:25 a.m. and 9:55 a.m., ET/PT), followed by a new short rolling out each day through Friday, May 8. All of the shorts will also be available on WATCH Disney Junior the same day as they premiere.

 
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Easter Basket Giveaway Bonanza – from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution

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Sure, everyone likes candy and other treats in their Easter basket, but do you know what can make it extra fun? A brand new movie! We have lots of fun selections available from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution that can bring a little extra something special to your Easter bunny gifts this year.

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Dorothy In The Land of Oz

Come join Dorothy, and her new friends the Wizard, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on an unforgettable adventure when this Dove Family-approved special Dorothy in the Land of Oz arrives on DVD. In addition to these iconic characters, meet the newest members of the Oz family: Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik-Tok, Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinker and the Hungry Tiger.

Available now on DVD

Peter & The Magic Egg

Peter & The Magic Egg

Just in time for Easter comes the heartwarming family adventure, Peter & The Magic Egg on DVD. Peter’s family farm is in danger of being repossessed by the greedy Tobias Tin Whiskers, who has bought the whole village and renamed it “Tin Town.” With no money to save their home, Peter soon meets the Easter Bunny and joins with him to save the holiday, and the farm. The magical tale features the voice talents of Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz) and Russi Taylor (The Simpsons).

Available now on DVD

Puff The Magic Dragon

Puff The Magic Dragon

Relive three classic adventures when the Dove Family-approved collection Puff The Magic Dragon Triple Feature arrives on DVD, just in time for Easter. Based on the famous song by Peter, Paul & Mary, Puff the Magic Dragon comes to life in these three stories of friendship, courage, caring, and fantasy. This family-friendly set stars Academy Award® nominee Burgess Meredith as the voice of Puff and includes the following adventures:
Puff The Magic Dragon
In The Land of Living Lies
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody
Available now on DVD

Strawberry Shortcake- Double Feature

Strawberry Shortcake: Double Feature

One of television’s most beloved animated heroines returns in the Dove Family-approved Strawberry Shortcake: Double Feature – The World Of Strawberry Shortcake / Strawberry Shortcake In Big Apple City, arriving on DVD this February. In The World Of Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry and her friends Huckleberry Pie, Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Tart and Plum Pudding celebrate her sixth birthday. While her birthday preparation is underway, a villain called the Peculiar Purple Pieman plots to steal the berries from Strawberry’s home in order to bake his pies. Strawberry Shortcake In Big Apple City sees Strawberry compete with the Peculiar Purple Pieman in a televised bake

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive an Easter Basket filled with Peter & The Magic EggStrawberry Shortcake: Double FeatureDorothy In The Land of OzPuff The Magic Dragon and other fun Easter goodies such as plush bunny ears, bubbles, rubber duckies and Peeps. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/7/15. Good luck!

 
Easter Basket Giveaway Bonanza

FREE Easter SCOOT Problem Solving Set

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Are your kids fans of SCOOT? If so they will love this version! This FREE Easter-inspired Scoot Problem Solving version will help them practice their addition and subtraction problem solving skills. (The set includes skills for sums and differences to 20. Several of the addition problems contain 3 addends.)

All odd numbered cards have a subtraction story problem and all even numbered cards have an addition story problem. This includes 30 task cards, a recording sheet, and an answer sheet.

Use them as a whole group SCOOT game OR in your math centers.

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