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Fynn checks out Storybird

Sep 29, 2014   //   by Fynn   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Fynn checks out Storybird

Storybird

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Storybird – A fun website that you can make stories on.

Why it’s cool
My bother uses Storybird at school in class, but I thought it would be fun to try at home and it is! You need an account, so your parents need to sign you up if you are too young.

You can use Storybird to write and publish stories or read other people’s stories. I like to write stories. You click ‘write’ on the top left and then you can choose from lots of different pictures and styles to write the words for. Or you can search by a word if you are looking for something.

Then, you can write poems, picture books or even chapter books. You can choose to share it publicly or just for yourself. You can make as many as you want! And it does have a spell check to help you. I like to write picture books!

If you like to read, you can follow other authors and also leave them nice comments. If you publish your story to share, they will ‘moderate’ it. That means that they will read it to make sure it is not inappropriate.

If your story is really good, you can order a real book. I guess they mail it to you.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
I think it is entertaining but my Mom doesn’t seem to mind me playing on it so, maybe it is educational, too?

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Fynn checks out Dumb Ways to Die app

Aug 29, 2014   //   by Fynn   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Fynn checks out Dumb Ways to Die app
Dumb Ways to Die

Dumb Ways to Die

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An app called Dumb Ways to Die

Why it’s cool
I heard about this game from my friend at daycare. The game is about how to save people from dying and shows you funny cartoon guys to save. For example, setting your hair on fire or having a dangerous snake for a pet.

The game came from a funny YouTube video. The video has over 75 million views. That is a lot of views! I could count to 75 million but it would take a long time.

I do not think I would like dangerous snake for a pet after playing this game.

You should try it – It’s funny and fun. It even comes with a little song that gets stuck in your head. It is not too hard but you need to follow the instructions.

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Isabelle checks out Disney’s Frozen

May 29, 2014   //   by Isabelle   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Isabelle checks out Disney’s Frozen
Frozen

Disney’s Frozen

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Disney’s Frozen

Why it’s cool
The Easter Bunny brought me this movie! I love watching it.

Friday night is movie night at our house. We get to pick a movie and eat popcorn and have a juice pack.

I love to sing and dance to all the great music in the movie. I like how the movie is about sisters growing up!

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
I think it’s just entertaining. I always laugh at the part when the prince and Anna trip and fall off the dock into a boat. It’s my favourite movie to watch.

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Fynn checks out Fangbone

Mar 18, 2014   //   by Fynn   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Fynn checks out Fangbone
Fangbone

Fangbone

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Fangbone – books and TV

My mom brought home 3 cool books, they might be called graphic novels. They are called Fangbone: Tales of a Third Grade Barbarian. Fangbone is in the third grade. He is a Barbarian.

It is also going to be a TV show, lots of kids voted online to pick which voices and music we liked. I went to see a special screening of the TV show they are making from the books.

Why it’s cool
It is really interesting to read a book and then see a TV show or movie that they make from it. Sometime it is very different thank you imagine but that does not make it bad. Sometimes it surprises you.

The stories in the books are really fun and not too hard to read. So I think that it is cool that they are also making a TV show. It was also cool that they let kids vote on the voices making the TV show. All of my favourite characters from the books are in it.

Fangbone, and Bill are best friends and they work together to defeat bad guys and do their school work. Bill’s mom makes delicious food for them. And all of their friends from school are there, too. Just like in the book, Fangbone must battle monsters in order to protect the evil toe from his enemy Drool. It is funny and gross!

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
Well, I think it is definitely entertaining. If you want to know more about imaginary barbarians then it could be educational? If you can’t wait to see this, you can read the books while you are waiting…

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Isabelle checks out Curious George on TV

Jan 21, 2014   //   by Isabelle   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Isabelle checks out Curious George on TV
 Curious George

Curious George

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Curious George – the TV show

Why it’s cool
I like to watch Curious George TV shows with my sister. George is so funny. He’s always getting into trouble even if he’s trying to help. He’s always going on fun adventures with his friends and trying new things.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
I think it’s entertaining. It’s fun to watch the man in the yellow hat try to chase George. I always laugh when I watch one of the shows.

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Fynn checks out Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Nov 19, 2013   //   by Fynn   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Fynn checks out Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Movie)

Why it’s cool
I really like movies. I watch them at home and sometimes in the movie theatre. I also really like popcorn, but that’s another story. I like real people movies and cartoon movies. Movies are different than TV because they are longer and more exciting.

I think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is fun because it is silly and it rains food. In the movie, a normal boy can make whatever food he wants by using a machine that he invented. The machine goes out of control and rains BIG food. There is so much food that they made boats out of it. It seemed like a bit of a waste. In the end, they work together to stop the machine and save the day.

You should watch this because it is funny and not scary.

PS – There is a second movie coming out. I am looking forward to watching it.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
The movie is based on a book. I liked them both but the pictures are different (in the book) and the movie is a lot longer.

I think it is mostly entertaining but maybe I learned not to build a machine that makes giant food or it will take over the world. You should not build that machine either. But a machine that makes any food you want would be pretty cool.

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Isabelle checks out Stella! A Treasury

Nov 5, 2013   //   by Isabelle   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Isabelle checks out Stella! A Treasury
Stella! A Treasury

Stella! A Treasury

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Stella! A Treasury
Written by Marie-Louise Gay

Why it’s cool
I think this book is cool because Stella has so many adventures. I like reading about all the fun she has with her brother Sam. They are always outside playing and having a great time!

I also like looking at the colourful pictures… Stella has crazy wild hair just like I do!

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
It’s a little bit of both.

Sam is always asking Stella why thing are the way they are. So I learn a lot, like Where do Starfish come from? Are fairies invisible, can you catch them with a butterfly net?

Since they are always having fun, I think it’s entertaining!

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Fynn checks out Dr. Seuss books

Oct 22, 2013   //   by Fynn   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Fynn checks out Dr. Seuss books
Dr. Seuss books

Dr. Seuss books

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Dr. Seuss books

Why they’re cool
Dr. Seuss books have been around a really long time. My dad even read them when he was a kid and he is way older now.

There are lots and lots of different ones. They have even made movies out of some of the books like The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the holidays.

His stories are really fun. They have silly characters and animals that have fun adventures. For example, in Green Eggs and Ham, he thinks he doesn’t like green eggs and ham but he hasn’t tried them. I had the same problem with poutine – but I was wrong. Poutine is good!

The best part of Dr. Seuss books is that they rhyme. It makes them fun to read. I read them at school and at home and you can get them at the library.

If you have an iPad there are also lots of Seuss apps and books for your iPad. I haven’t tried any of these yet.

I do have a Dr. Seuss pop-up book. You should try reading a pop-up book if you haven’t.

In writing this, I found the Seussville website, I am going to check it out, too.

Here are some of my favourite Dr. Seuss books:

  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Hop on Pop
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  • Ten Apples Up on Top!

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
They are probably educational. You have to read them and there is counting and stuff, but they are so much fun that you don’t notice. The rhyming makes them easier to read because once you figure out a word you can guess the same kind.

They are entertaining because they are funny and have made-up words like zizzer-zazzer-zooz.

So, I guess Dr. Seuss books are both entertaining and educational.

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Isabelle checks out Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Sep 4, 2013   //   by Isabelle   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Isabelle checks out Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

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Monkey Preschool Lunchbox

Why it’s cool
I like to play this game because it’s cool when you get the answers right and get to pick out stickers to put on your bulletin board! The monkey dances around and makes funny noises while he’s waiting for you to answer. I think he’s funny!

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
I think the game is really fun to play and I get to practice my letters and counting!

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Fynn checks out My Singing Monsters mobile app

Aug 21, 2013   //   by Fynn   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Fynn checks out My Singing Monsters mobile app
My Singing Monsters

My Singing Monsters

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My Singing Monsters mobile app

Why it’s cool
I started playing My Singing Monsters because I was searching for an app like Dragonvale and Clash of Clans (I like those too). It looked cool and I like music, so, I asked my Mom to download it.

In the game, you collect monsters that make different sounds. When you put the monster sounds together you get cool music. The monsters also make coins that you use to buy more monsters and food. Also, you can buy decorations that make the monsters happier and other islands for more monsters. Different monsters live on different islands.

My favourite part of the game is finding new monsters and new sounds because the sounds are fun. I wish that all of the monsters could be on all the islands.

Kids should know at first it is a little hard. You have to wait unless you pay real money for jewels to speed things up. I am not allowed.

Fynn checks out My Singing Monsters

Fynn checks out My Singing Monsters

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
I learn how different sounds can mix together to make music. I also learn about how much coins things cost. So it is a little educational, but mostly fun.

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