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Smart Games for Smart Kids..

I used to work retail in an educational toys, games and teaching resource store. I saw many toys, games, and products come through our doors. As a former teacher, a mother to three children, this store was my favourite place to work at, and shop at. I preferred shopping there to Toys R Us, which now carry many of these items that used to be strictly available at little toy stores or educational stores. Sadly this store is no longer in business.

While working there I fell in love with a particular games company. This company has many logic and problem solving games for a single player. From ages 2/3 to 99. They’re fun, and very well designed.

The company I’m going to feature is Smart Games. You can view their website, and even download an iPad app to try many of their games before buying them. Smart Games

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I have two of their games for my youngest, who is now three and a half. Last year he received the Day and Night game and the Cars game . He mastered both very quickly, and enjoys their colourful wooden pieces, and puzzles to solve. His older brother and sister already had Airport, North Pole Camoflage, Chicken Shuffle, Penguins on Ice, Anti-Virus, and Anaconda . They loved these games too, and spent hours over the past few years playing them.

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This year for Christmas I chose a new game for my youngest, ColourCode after trying it on their site.

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Somehow I missed that it was for age 5-99. He is 3.5 years old. Undaunted, we tried it anyway. It has been three weeks since he received it, and he has already mastered a huge chunk of the puzzles on his own, and can do others with assistance. Colour me blown away.. I really wasn’t sure he would enjoy it, once I saw the age on it, but he has played it daily. We frequently go from the starter level to the expert level in a single session. He has a good memory, and good problem solving skills, even learning to turn pieces around, move them in front, in behind or in between other pieces as needed. Of course I am one proud Mama, but I cannot say enough about this game.

As I write this, he has just asked to play it some more, and is playing it now. In fact, he is working on Expert puzzle number 69. He needs minor assistance at this level, but tries his best on his own first and frequently comes very close.

The object of the game is to recreate the puzzle image by layering the coloured plastic pieces. It has allowed him to practice colour and shape recognition, and learn how layering these pieces create different images. He does get silly at times, but is always very proud of himself once he has solved the puzzle. He even enjoys creating his own layered images with the pieces.

It was a very simple game to learn, and for a 3.5 year old he picked up on the strategy of it very quickly.

Here’s a couple pictures of him playing it in the first week after Christmas.

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This company has very brilliantly created games that kids of all ages enjoy, and adults too. I look forward to buying the other games for my youngest, and seeing him play them.

Keep up the great work Smart Games!

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Fitness Challenges for a Deaf Woman

One of the biggest challenges for me in getting fit and staying fit was keeping interested. That, and being able to follow a program or instructor. I’m not one to go jogging alone (scares the crap out of me safety-wise). Plus walks and jogging bore me. I love soccer, so I play and coach as much as I can. But what do I do in the winter or when it’s raining? Plus I like variety in activity but I’ve gotta LOVE it too. I need to be HOOKED to stick with something.

I’ve never been able to follow classes because even being up front, the music and the bouncing movement of the instructor makes lip reading and hearing the commands impossible.

I’ve tried the yoga and Pilates DVDs and classes. I love both, but then the issue becomes being able to see and understand the instructor while doing downward dog. Craning your neck and looking up is difficult plus it defeats the whole purpose of downward dog or warrior pose. So of course I bagged that route, which really isn’t good for my mental health as yoga is good for that.

Then I watched a friend go through two pregnancies while doing Les Mills Pump, and become a certified instructor in it. She is petite like me and at times also had weight issues. Now, after four babies she has a body I’d kill for. Her trick: Shakeology and Les Mills Pump program. She believes in it so strongly that her pictures, and enthusiasm for it got my attention.

I ordered Les Mills Pump and Combat and quickly became HOOKED on Pump. (Combat I just received and haven’t started yet). Then I joined Beachbody under her to be a coach. Of course, I wish to gain income from this, but I believe in the program (unfortunately Beachbody will not be carrying these products So while supplies last, they are on sale) so I decided to become a coach.

As a deaf person I really need to be able to understand and follow instructions and this program allows me to do that. I’m so happy and excited that I have something that I look forward to doing.

When you rely on lip reading or signing, it really makes it hard to find things that you enjoy and can stick with to have an active lifestyle and a healthy one without having to do things on your own.

So if you’re reading this and feeling as frustrated as I was in finding an exercise program, this is it. I promise!

My Facebook post today:
I am so excited to resume my Les Mills Pump today. Migraine is FINALLY gone. A week not doing this was chafing me and i have missed it. That’s pretty cool to me. I’m still starting a challenge group starting next week why not go to http://www.teambeachbody.com/DeafChica and check out the fitness programs and Shakeology and ultimate reset programs? Join me in revolutionizing our lives for the better. Resolutions are for pansies, REVOLUTION is where it’s at!

Connect to me through my contact link on the right and I will add you to my Facebook and challenge group.

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This blog is about the products I love, businesses I want to highlight, and all things related to parenting. I have three children ages 12 years,8 years,& 20 months old. 

 

 

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