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Salmah checks out My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Jan 24, 2012   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Why it’s cool!
You can watch My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. on Treehouse. I usually just watch episodes on YouTube. I just can’t get enough of this show! I am watching episodes from both season 1 & 2. It is cool because there are lots of characters and they all have amazing talents. All the episodes have a special lesson about friendship. My favourite characters are Rainbowdash, Applejack and Fluttershy. My cousins and I watch it together.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
It is educational because at the end of every episode there is special message about friendship. You can use this message to be nice to your own friends. This is why I like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I can’t wait until season 3 comes out!

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Tori checks out the Cupcake Maker app

Dec 6, 2011   //   by Tori   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Tori checks out the Cupcake Maker app
Cupcake Maker

Cupcake Maker

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Cupcake Maker – free app for iTouch

Why it’s cool…
It is fun to make cupcakes and decorate them. You start by cracking the eggs and picking all the things that go in the batter. You get to mix the batter, choose the muffin papers, and put batter in the muffin tins. Then you bake it, which is really fast.

I love pushing the buttons to pick the muffin I want to decorate. I like the pink fluffy icing the best because it looks the best to eat and pink is my favourite colour. Sometimes I add double icing but not always. I always put on lots and lots of sprinkles because those are my favourite. I also add candy gummies.

When I’m all done decorating you get to eat it by pushing on the screen a lot of times. That’s the best part. Sometimes I let my mom or my dad or my brother eat it. It is always delicious because I am a great cook.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
It teaches me how to make a cupcakes for when I do it in real life. But I don’t get to add as many sprinkles.

Mostly it is just fun.

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Matthew checks out The Incredibles

Dec 2, 2011   //   by Matthew   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Matthew checks out The Incredibles
The Incredibles

The Incredibles

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The Incredibles

Why it’s Cool:
The Incredibles is a movie where a family called the Incredibles fight villains. They are superheroes. The boy runs super fast. I think the girl can put up force fields. The mom is kind of elastic and I forget what the dad can do. At the end of the movie they find out the baby can shape-shift.

At the beginning of the movie, the dad was not being nice to one of his fans. His fan turned evil. At the end of the movie, the evil guy tries to kidnap the baby. That’s when the family found out the baby could shape-shift. The evil fan got sucked up into a plane engine. I like it because the movie has lots of booms and bangs and it’s really epic.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
I don’t really think the movie is educational but I liked it.

I think the movie is kind of violent because they fight so it’s not good for two-year-olds or other young kids.

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Salmah checks out Tooth Fairy

Dec 2, 2011   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out Tooth Fairy
Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy

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Tooth Fairy

Why it’s cool!
This is one of my favourite movies because it helped me to not be afraid of losing my teeth. The movie was so funny that I’ve watched it like 100 times (almost).

I also like to play hockey with my 3-year-old cousin, who LOVES hockey so much that he sleeps with a hockey stick at night.

The characters in the movie are very funny. I especially like the main character, Dereck Thompson (also known as The Tooth Fairy). I’ve also seen him on WWE RAW with my dad. He also likes “The Rock” a lot.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
The movie Tooth Fairy is more entertaining than educational. It is a “fairy tale” with lots of things that are not real. Some funny things that are not real are: (1) amnesia dust, (2) invisible spray, and (3) shrinking paste. The main lesson in the movie is about the importance of dreams and believing in yourself.

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Salmah checks out Tux Paint

Oct 21, 2011   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out Tux Paint
Tux Paint

Tux Paint

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Tux Paint by Bill Kendrick
Cost: FREE!

Why it’s cool!
Tux Paint is a free program for kids to draw and paint on a computer. It is easy to use by kids as young as three years old.

There are funny sounds that go with different items, such as painting, erasing and stamping.

You can save your work and come back to it later. You can also print your work out.

There are pages that you can colour or decorate. I even use it to write a short story and letters to my cousins.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
Tux Paint is educational and fun.

I learned how to control the mouse to do different things when I was four years old. My favourite tool is “Magic”.

There are so many neat things I can create using Tux Paint.

Now that I am seven years old, I can do most of the things without any help from my mom or dad.

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Matthew checks out Minecraft

Oct 21, 2011   //   by Matthew   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Matthew checks out Minecraft
Minecraft

Minecraft

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Minecraft

Why it’s Cool:
I like Minecraft. Minecraft is an adventure game where you have to build a house to protect yourself. You can make your house out of bricks or wood. You can also make a huge city.

You have to protect yourself from creepers, spiders, skeletons and the undead. Also there is a flaming undead zombie that shoots arrows at you.

And you can also find wolves to help you and you have to give them a bone.

Monsters attack your house at night and you have to protect yourself by using arrows and swords.

When you leave your house you can you can find pigs, sheep, cows and chickens. You can also mine underground for gold and diamonds.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
It is educational because you learn how to build and how you can make a living on an island.

It is entertaining because it’s an adventure game and it’s challenging and it’s a lot of fun.

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Salmah checks out Club Penguin

Aug 16, 2011   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out Club Penguin
Club Penguin

Club Penguin

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Club Penguin

Why it’s cool!
It is cool because it takes place in a virtual world and it is very safe to chat.

When your parent creates an account for you, you get to be a penguin and you live in an igloo. You can decorate your igloo, but most of the good stuff is for paid “Members”.

You can also solve a mission using clues and get bonus coins. There are also lots of hidden pins and costumes that you can collect for your penguin.

The best part of Club Penguin is the “Puffles”.

You also get to make friends with other penguins. Every month there is a party where you can hang out with your fellow penguins.

All of my cousins have an account and we all chat and play online together.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
It is both entertaining and educational.

My favourite activity on Club Penguin is to be a “Secret Agent” and solve the missions. The missions have lots of clues and you have to solve the problem in order. Sometimes the missions are hard and I need help from my parents or my older cousins.

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Matthew checks out iCarly

Aug 16, 2011   //   by Matthew   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Matthew checks out iCarly
iCarly

iCarly

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iCarly

Why it’s Cool:
I like this show called iCarly because it is really funny and Sam (a girl) loves pork chops and annoying Freddie. Freddie is the cameraman of iCarly. Freddie is also in love with Carly. Carly is the star of iCarly. Sam is her best friend. Spencer is her big brother and he is really funny.

iCarly is a show that they film and post online. The show got started because Carly and Sam had to make a video for detention. They had detention because Sam made fun of a teacher and Carly took the blame. Most of the acts they filmed were really bad but some were good. But the teacher didn’t let them use any of them. So they decided to post the videos themselves. And kids loved it and that’s how the show got started.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
I think it is a little of both.

There is no violence in the show. I learned that webcasts can be really fun.

Mostly the show is entertaining. It is really funny.

iCarly

iCarly

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Tori checks out Martha Speaks

May 16, 2011   //   by Tori   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Tori checks out Martha Speaks
Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks

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One of my favourite shows before bedtime is Martha Speaks, when my mom lets me watch it. My big brother watches it with me too.

Why it’s cool…
I like dogs and Martha is a dog, but she’s even better because she ate some alphabet soup and now she can talk. She always helps Martha and Skits solve problems with her spelling. And sometimes she talks on the phone.

No one is surprised when she talks, and all the other dogs bark. Sometimes she does really funny things that make me laugh. She is a really good dog, and does nice things and she is always a good helper to her friends.

They always end up with problems, but Martha helps them get out of trouble because she uses her words.

I like watching TV before bedtime and my mom says it’s okay to watch this one. It’s not on YTV and doesn’t have any commercials (only my big brother can watch YTV).

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
It is always fun to watch and I love it. Sometimes Martha teaches me and my brother new words to use. But mostly it is fun.

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Matthew checks out Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series

May 16, 2011   //   by Matthew   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Matthew checks out Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series

I am reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series which is: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days and The Ugly Truth. It’s about a kid in middle school called Greg who thinks all the other kids are a bunch of morons.

Greg talks about his life in school with all the other kids and things at home with his family.

One part in the books I liked is when his big brother, Rodrick, had a party and told Greg to get some more tables from the basement. But Rodrick locked Greg in the basement and he missed the whole party.

Greg sometimes does some pranks which are really funny. I also really like the cartoons in the books.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
I think it is both. I’ve learned some new words from the books. One of the words I learned was “perspiration”.

It is entertaining because the books are funny and cool. Greg isn’t always a very nice guy and in the beginning of the book I thought he was kind of mean but you can learn about nice and not nice behaviour when you read these books.

On the website there is an interview with Jeff Kinney, the author. He says Greg is self-centred and kind of clueless but even though he has faults he’s not really a bad kid and that those imperfections help make him funny and realistic and not boring.

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