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Emily checks out Chirp Magazine

Jan 27, 2016   //   by Emily   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Emily checks out Chirp Magazine

Emily gives you a tour through her most recently received issue of Chirp Magazine.


Angus Raves about Raffi

Dec 10, 2015   //   by Angus   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Angus Raves about Raffi

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I went to see a Raffi concert at Roy Thompson Hall. I went with my mom and some friends.

My mom said Raffi was around when she was a kid, he must be old!

In Roy Thompson Hall we could see the CN Tower very clearly from the windows.

I was surprised that Raffi had a little head but I expected him to have a beard.

He asked us “Are you ready to sing?” I said yes, I was ready to sing. I liked singing with him.

We were sitting on a balcony near Raffi. I could see him close.

He was wearing black jeans and had a bunch of bananas on his chair. I knew he was going to sing ‘Bananaphone’. I liked that.

Why it’s cool:

He sang: ‘Baby Beluga’, ‘Down by the Bay’, ‘I like to Eat Apples and Bananas’, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, and ‘Tingalayo’ and many other ones. Everybody knew the words.

Is it Educational or entertaining, or a little of both?

Completely entertaining! It was so fun to sing with him.


Emily Loves The Dinsosaur Express

Dec 2, 2015   //   by Emily   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Emily Loves The Dinsosaur Express

Three-year-old Emily’s favourite book right now is All Aboard the Dinosaur Express by Timothy Knapman. Check out her more detailed review!


Jolie checks out Monument Valley for iPad

Sep 22, 2015   //   by Jolie   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jolie checks out Monument Valley for iPad
Monument Valley screenshot

Monument Valley – available through the App store

Check this out: Monument Valley – available through the App store

A little while ago, a friend introduced me to a game called Monument Valley. I downloaded it to my iPad and I love it.

To play, you have to use your brain to solve challenging puzzles. In the game, you are (helping) Princess Ida and you must figure out how to make the proper path for her to complete the level. This may include stepping on buttons to make new paths or using your finger to drag the paths around if they have circles that stick out or levers. The game looks realistic but it is also optical illusion.

In my favourite level Ida meets some type of block friend and he follows her all through the levels and helps her.

There is also a secret witch which will tell you words of wisdom to help guide you.

There are only a few levels available but you can buy the Forgotten Shores levels to continue your adventure.

Monument Valley has won many awards including the 2014 iPad Game of the Year. Check it out at or on your App store.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

Both because it’s fun and you have to use your brain to solve the puzzles!


Frank reviews the iPad Triposo travel app for Nebraska

Sep 2, 2015   //   by Frank   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Frank reviews the iPad Triposo travel app for Nebraska

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kids’ panellist Frank using an iPad

When kids’ panellist Frank visited Nebraska in July with his family, he found the Triposo iPad travel app to be helpful.

I visited Nebraska in July. I used an iPad Travel Triposo Nebraska app to recommend places that my family should visit. Then we compared our findings to what they said in the app.

Henry Doorly Zoo

The app tells me that it is the “worlds best zoo” and I agree.

The Wild Kingdom Pavillion was so cool. When you walk through, there are bats flying all around you. The app lists the animals you will see here.

In the Desert Dome, all the animals can roam freely, except the poisonous and deadly ones. Under the Desert Dome, you were deep underground and it actually felt like you are in a cave. The app says there are beavers and crocodiles swimming under you, and there were!

At the zoo there’s the Scott Kingdom of the Seas Aquarium. It is similar to Ripley’s aquarium except it is smaller and they are penguins. You can see the penguins underwater swimming. It is so cool.

Verdict: 8/10 — The app was very helpful. It has tons of details and describes the place well.

Gene Leahy Mall or the Mall

In downtown Omaha there’s a park with a huge slide. There is art everywhere with two waterfalls and a pond and lots of catfish.

One evening we went downtown where there were lots of kids going down the slide. The people brought wax paper for the kids to sit on so they can go really fast down the slide. When you go really fast, you can catch a bit of air. I think it was one of the funest things to do in Omaha. It was also free.

Verdict:  4/10 — The app does not tell you how great the place is and how much fun it is for kids.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

The app is completely educational. It was helpful for me because it listed fun things to do and the maps directed us to the right place. It was a bit wordy for a kid to read. I think it needs more photos and videos.


Arion checks out Peppa Pig

Aug 13, 2015   //   by Arion   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Arion checks out Peppa Pig

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Peppa Pig

Why it’s cool
I’ve just started watching Peppa Pig.

It’s a British TV show for kids that shows a family of pigs doing things that I do every day … like biking and making pancakes and visiting their grandparents.

Peppa is the older sister like me, and has a younger brother who cries a lot, just like my brother does when he doesn’t get what he wants.

My mummy and I laugh because after the pigs talk, they snort like real pigs do! Sometimes we’ll snort talk like Peppa and her mummy and snort and burst into giggles.

It’s my favourite show (at least for now).


Jolie checks out Bad Kitty Chapter Books

Jul 14, 2015   //   by Jolie   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jolie checks out Bad Kitty Chapter Books

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Bad Kitty books

Bad Kitty books

A few years ago, my older cousin introduced me to the Bad Kitty book series written by Nick Bruel. Once she got me interested in the books I had to get them so the first one I read on my own was Happy Birthday Bad Kitty. I liked it so much that I asked for more. After Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, I got Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Bad Kitty for President, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray, Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, Bad Kitty School Daze, Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble, and the latest, Puppy’s Big Day. There are many more that I haven’t read yet. I’m hoping to read them someday. There are also story books so I want to read those to.

My favourite book is Bad Kitty School Daze. I like this one because the people say more (less narration) than in the other books where the author tells us about what is happening. In this book, Bad Kitty and Puppy get sent to school for being too rough. At school, there is a dog named Petunia and she doesn’t like cats. So, Kitty pretends she is a cow! Kitty makes a picture for Petunia at her art class. At graduation, Petunia finally realizes that Kitty is actually a CAT! So in the end, Petunia loves cats.

I just finished reading the latest book, Puppy’s Big Day, which I also enjoyed. I’m looking forward to reading more Bad Kitty books in the near future.

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Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

The Bad Kitty books are entertaining and a little educational. It teaches me what NOT to do because Bad Kitty is sooooo BAD.


Yasmin checks out Poptropica

Jul 2, 2015   //   by Yasmin   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Yasmin checks out Poptropica
Poptropica: The Official Guide

Poptropica: The Official Guide

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Poptropica is a game. It can be played online for free or with exclusive membership benefits.

Why it’s cool:

Poptropica is a game where you save islands by solving missions. You start by creating your own character and the character even has its own name. If you want, you can get a Poptropica account to save your documents.

There are different types of islands. Some islands are based on books, so you might’ve heard, read or even watched the book. For instance, there is Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Poptropicon. You can also make your own island and it is like a survival mode in there.

You can also make new friends and play against them.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little bit of both?

It is entertaining because the missions are really interesting and fun to play. They make you want to play more. It is also educational because through the islands you can learn about the various books.


Frank reviews TIFFKids documentary ‘Mo’s Bows’

May 22, 2015   //   by Frank   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Frank reviews TIFFKids documentary ‘Mo’s Bows’

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I got to watch Mo’s Bows, a documentary at the Hot Docs festival at TIFF.

I watched the documentary before interviewing Moziah (Mo) Bridges, which I really enjoyed. It gave me an insight as to what his business was all about.

In it, I saw his family members working beside him. I was happy to see that it was not just Mo doing everything, his family helped. His mom really helped Mo and was a huge support to him. I really enjoyed meeting both of them.

I was also surprised how small Memphis, Tenn., looked. I thought it would be a big city. It looked like a nice place to live.

Why it’s cool

It is cool because Mo is a kid and he makes bow ties and sells them! Also because I got to to meet him and interview him! I was little nervous to meet Mo. I was actually talking to a kid who had his own business when he was a year older than me. I’m eight. But he turned out to be just a really nice person, a friend.

Is it entertaining, educational or both?

The documentary was really fun to watch. I would say it is entertaining.

But when I think about what Mo does and having a business, that is educational. Watching him learn to sew, make his bow ties, and the work he has to do to sell them, that taught me something: it is hard work to have a business.


Arion checks out a LeapFrog tablet

Mar 31, 2015   //   by Arion   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Arion checks out a LeapFrog tablet

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LeapFrog tablet

Why it’s cool
Now that I’m almost 3 years old, I’m learning my letters and numbers.

This LeapFrog tablet is one example of a fun way to learn. I just choose which letter or number I want, and then I trace it with the attached stylo.

If I get it right, the tablet breaks into song. If I don’t get it right, I can erase the board and try again.

I love using it, especially during mealtimes! (Though I still need a bit of help from my mum.)


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