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KPP Review by The Nerd Stash
KPP Review by The Nerd Stash
Kid’s Prize Pack: April 2016 Unboxing Review
By: Robin Harris – The Nerd Stash

Kid's Prize Pack: April 2016 Unboxing Review

Let’s face it, I have a 7 and 11-year-old and unless they are reading something interesting, they aren’t reading! So, when we got the Kid’s Prize Pack subscription box in the mail, I immediately became curious.  The Kid’s Prize pack offers a new theme each month and finds the best books, toys, games, and activities based on that theme and puts a box together.  So, not only are they guaranteed a new book to read each month, they get some really cool stuff to make that book even more interesting.  Another cool feature of the Kid’s Prize Pack is the fact you can personalize it to your child.  They have four categories to cover girls and boys from ages ranging from 4-8 and 9-12.  So, what was in the box we received?

Let’s take a look…

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This book, Animorphs: The Invasion  (Animorphs) by K.A. Applegate,  was included in our box.  This is the first book in a series and according to Scholastic.com, here is a summary:

The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they’re given an incredible power—they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, they become Animorphs, the unlikely champions in a secret war for the planet. And the enemies they’re fighting could be anyone, even the people closest to them.

This actually doesn’t sound like a bad book and it introduces you to a new series.  If you’re curious what books came in the other box, they were:

Girls 4-8:  Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe #2  by Susan Nees

Boys 4-8:  Rise of the Earth Dragons by Tracey West

So far I’m liking this.  So, what did they send to go with our book?

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This Spider-Man Mopeez plush.  I can see the correlation.  If you read the book summary it’s about kids who can turn into the animal they touch. Plus, what boy is not going to like this little collectible?

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Keeping the Spider-Man theme going, this really cool pen was included in the box, as well.

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This Dorbz vinyl collectible is too cute to be the real Killer Croc! But definitely kid friendly.  This collectible comes from the Batman Series One of Dorbz collectibles.  Again, I see the Animorphs connection.

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The remaining items are simply fun items that any collector might want or appreciate.  For instance, this Pop! Harley Quinn collectible pin was included.

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From the movie Tomorrowland, this is a figure of young Frank.  I have actually never seen the movie, so I googled young Frank in the movie and found this really cool video.  Makes this figure come to life!

Pretty cool, huh?

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Since many of the items in this box were from Funko, it’s only right this magnet comes with the box.

The last item in the Kid’s Prize Pack was this double-sided cartoon.  Read it! I’ve found myself having this same conversation with my collectible “hoarding” husband who likes to buy collector’s toys for the kids and not let them play with them.  Are you one of “those” people?

This box was a lot of fun and even educational.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone with kids.  Especially those who think reading can be boring.  If you’d like to sign up, head over to the Kid’s Prize Pack website and get in on the next box!

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Tips for Parents: Why Legos is the Best Toy Option for Your Kids
Tips for Parents: Why Legos is the Best Toy Option for Your Kids
Why Legos is the Best Toy Option for Your Kids
By: Thomas Enyart

 

Being a parent has enough pressures. You are constantly faced with decisions that often require some serious consideration and contemplation. Where will your kids go to school? Will they get a good education? How will you pay for that good education? What should they eat? What should they watch?….You get it. The list goes on and on.

 Well, toys are no different. There are a variety to choose from and quite a few that can be extremely beneficial for the development of your children. Among that list, one of our favorites is Legos. Invented in 1932, this toy has journeyed through generations, never disappointing the children that played with it. Today, the Legos company has expanded to includes building blocks of all sizes, shapes, and themes. Not only is this toy enjoyable for children of various ages and skill levels, but research suggests that Legos are a great choice for parents who are looking for a toy that can benefit their children’s minds and development.

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 One of the greatest and most easily recognizable benefits of Legos is its capacity to appeal to the creative side of a child. Playing with Legos, utilizing the varied shapes, sizes, and colors can spark a substantial amount of creativity within a child unlike many other toys. And easily so. The child, who sees only the fun that it facilitates, is encouraged to build and create a number of structures that can lead to refined creative skills even at an early age. This is especially important during developmental years, when a child is taking in every single thing around them and subconsciously allowing that to influence them.

 

 Not only is this activity a creative one, but educational as well. How, you might ask? Legos are a prime example of mechanics. Especially considering the themed Lego kits that can be found at any toy store nowadays. Children have all the pieces in front of them to build a castle, a helicopter, a robot – and must think in a mechanical and creative way in order to create their mini masterpiece. This is great for helping children think outside of the box – a trait that will never leave them once developed at an early age.

Courtesy of Blog.LegoEducation.com

Courtesy of Blog.LegoEducation.com

Teachers are also starting to regularly use Legos in their classrooms. Studies have shown that using Legos or other building blocks greatly increase a student’s comprehension while learning fractions. By using these items as tools in the classroom the children are getting both a visual and tactile learning experience.

 Another great benefit for parents to consider is the family time this toy can facilitate. Legos is a fun activity, regardless of age. Parents, grandparents, older siblings, and young children can spend time together as they create a beautiful Lego construction. Just be sure to let the kids have some “Creative Input”.

 Thanks for checking out our article. For more articles like this one visit www.KidsPrizePack.com. Also be sure to check out our Subscription Box for Kids! Kids Prize Pack is always a great Gift Idea for Kids.

 

 

 

 

 

7 Books to Help Kick-Off the Summer!
7 Books to Help Kick-Off the Summer!

7 Books to Read to Start the Summer Fun!
By: Thomas Enyart

Weather is warming up and your little one’s school calendar is winding down, which  means Summer is right around the corner! Check out these 7 books to read to help you  and your kids beat the heat and boredom!

Blueberries for Sal

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What would summer be without a little bit of mischief? Follow the adventures of Sal, a  little girl with a thirst for adventure and blueberries! This book will bring out the “Sal” in  you and help you find your own summer adventure.    Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey ($11)

I See Summer

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The possibilities are endless. Days at the pool, building sand castles at the beach, or  just enjoying a lemonade at the park…let this book lead the way to fun day in the sun!     I See Summer by Charles Ghigna ($6)

Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun

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School may be over, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to end. Take simple  household items and turn them into fun science projects for the whole family! Strap on  your tool belt and turn your kid into a “handy­kid” with this book!    Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Kingloff ($18)

The Night Before Summer Camp

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As a parent, I have fond memories of summer camp. From singing songs by the  campfire while toasting s’mores into a hot and gooey mess to swimming in ponds, this  book will get your child fired up for camp!    The Night Before Summer Camp by Natasha Wing ($5)

Are We There Yet

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There is nothing like hopping in the family car and taking a family vacation. Read about  how one boy changes a boring car ride to an adventure starring himself as the hero!  From fierce battles with pirates to meeting Benjamin Franklin, this book has it all! Let  your imagination run wild.    Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat ($11)

How to Babysit a Grandma

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A funny book that teaches kids everywhere how to handle a sleepover at grandma’s  house. You can’t help but giggle at this little girl’s surefire ways to “keep grandma busy”  and your heart will melt you learn “how to say good­bye.”    How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan ($9)

The Dragon That Ate Summer

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Sometimes, your summer plans can get derailed. Just like young Alastair, whose summer took a crazy turn after he broke his collarbone. With visions of sitting at home all summer long, he discovers a tiny dragon snooping around his backyard. And that’s where the hijinks begin! The Dragon That Ate Summer by Brenda Seabrooke ($6)

12 Incredibly Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids!
12 Incredibly Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids!

12 Incredibly Fun Outdoor Activities For Kids!
By: Thomas Enyart

After a long a grueling winter where the children have been locked inside with “nothing to do”, it is now time for both Children and Parents to Rejoice! SPRING & SUMMER are finally here! Now the children can go outside and play and parents can go to the bathroom without kids interrupting them! To help this process we have compiled a list of 12 Incredibly Fun Outdoor Activities!

#1. Water Balloon Toss

Fill up balloons with water. Stand about a foot apart from a partner. Toss the balloon. After each successful toss, one partner takes a step back. Game stops when only one team has not popped their balloon

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#2. Obstacle Course

Create your own Amazing Obstacle Course. Be sure to include things to climb over, crawl under, and even jump across! If you have pool noodles you can use these to make a lot of great obstacles.

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#3. Go to the Park!

Just about every community has a Park that your kids will go crazy over. You don’t have to spend all day there but taking an hour out of the day to have a latte and watch you kids enjoy the slides is a pretty great way to spend some free time.

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#4. Go for a Bike Ride

Little known fact… Kids Love to Ride their Bikes! Give them some time and space and they will have a blast. Better yet, go with them! This is a great way to get a work out in and still have some fun with the kids. Just be sure to keep an eye out for cars.

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#5. Visit the Zoo

Lions, Tigers, and Bears…Oh YES! Zoo’s are a blast for the whole family and is a great way to spend the day. Lots of families avoid the zoo since it can be a tad expensive. Most offer a “Season Pass” though that can get you in all year long for a fraction of the cost.

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#6. Plant a Garden

Teach you kids to live off the land by helping them grow their own garden. Let them try some of their favorites and maybe some they don’t even know they like yet (Squash!). No matter what you kids will have fun digging in the dirt and learning about how plants grow.

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#7. Water Fight

Super Soakers and Water Grenades are an instant hit! Surprise and Ambush your kids while they are out side and create an all out Water War. They will have a great time and so will you. Who doesn’t love to let loose and have some fun. Plus the water will cool them (and you) off from the summer heat!

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#8. Go Swimming

Speaking of Water… The summer can’t be complete unless you go Swimming! Lake, Ocean, or Pool it doesn’t matter. Take the kids out and watch them dive for toys, learn to knee board, or snorkel for the first time. Swimming is a great way to cool off and burn some energy. Also as a bonus, you kids will sleep great that night! (Be sure to bring Sun Block)

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#9. Read!!!

To some people reading is almost strictly and indoor activity, but I promise you that kids Love to Read Outside! Give them a book and have them find a nice sunny spot to lay down and they will read for hours! There is very little in this world that is as relaxing as reading outdoors on a nice day.

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#10. Fly a Kite (Or a Drone!)

Prefer to stay out of the water? Then how about you look to they Sky?!? The Spring and Summer is a great time to learn how to fly a kite or even a new Drone! Robotic helicopters etc… are all the rage and have went way down in pricing so almost anyone can afford it. Just be careful on the landings!

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#11. Sports!

It may be hot outside but that will not slow your kids down. Give them a Soccer Ball, Basketball, or Football and they will make a day out of it. Try to help them organize the “Big Game” and get the neighbors (Kids and Parents) to all participate!

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#12. Just Be Together...

Honestly, at the end of the day nothing is more important than spending time with your kids. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together. Kids are amazing in the fact that they can have a crazy amount of fun doing some of the most boring things… as long as their parents are there with them.

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Books to Read Before Opening Day!
Books to Read Before Opening Day!

Baseball is an American Past Time and it is a sport that is still played in every town across the nation. Kids love picking up and bat and swinging for the fences. Help them get excited about this baseball season by reading these 9 books recommended by Fatherly. Also if you have not checked out www.Father.ly than you are missing out!

Springtime means it’s time to put away all those bedtime stories about old ladies whispering “hush” and start busting out the stories of umpires yelling, “safe!” Because this game is about more than just crushed home runs and overpriced beer, here are a bunch of books that look at the ins and outs of Its 170-year history. They’re full of heroes, underdogs, and barrier-breakers that will not only amp your kid up for a ballgame, but will teach them some (non-performance-enhancing-drug-related) life lessons.

The William Hoy Story

The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin and Jez Tuya

It’s the true story of ballplayer William “Dummy” Hoy, who managed to play for the Cincinnati Reds back in 1894 despite not being able to hear anything on the field (or, maybe to his benefit, his teammates calling him dummy). The next time your kid wonders why the umpire points when calling balls and strikes, you can point to Hoy as the deaf man who made it happen. Although he had nothing to do with the tradition of blind umps.
Ages: 5 – 8
The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin and Jez Tuya ($17)

We Are The Ship

We Are The Ship by Kadir Nelson

This short history of the Negro League shines a light on an ugly period of racial segregation in professional baseball. From 1920 until Jackie Robinson broke through to the majors in 1947, these African-American ballplayers endured discrimination, terrible working conditions, and barely any pay just to play the sport of baseball — in many cases at an even higher level than their white counterparts in the major leagues.
Ages: 8 – 12
We Are The Ship by Kadir Nelson ($20)

Baseball Is …

Baseball Is... by Louise Borden and Raul Colon

As the title suggests, Baseball Is … is a litany of the factual (“baseball lasts from April to October”) and the metaphysical (“…in baseball anything is possible”), while leaving out all of the things that baseball also is (see Boggs, Wade or Ellis, Doc). It’s a great primer for the littlest of leaguers who you need to get up to speed before the first pitch.
Ages: 7 – 10
Baseball Is… by Louise Borden and Raúl Colón ($18)

Brothers At Bat

Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno

Your family may have enough members to play doubles tennis (or, at least compete in curling), but the Acerra family had enough boys to field a baseball team. Vernick tells the true story about 12 baseball-loving brothers in the 30s (and most likely one exhausted mother) who went on to be the longest-playing all-brother baseball team in history. The big takeaway is showing your kid how siblings can support each other — especially when they’re trying to turn a double play.
Ages: 4 – 7
Brothers At Bat by Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno ($18)

Players In Pigtails

Players In Pigtails by Shana Corey and Rebecca Gibbon

A League of Their Own may have shown there’s no crying in baseball (and Madonna has some range), but this illustrated story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League makes this moment of sports history accessible to a kindergartener. If your kid asks why there’s isn’t a girls league anymore, you can just kiss them on the forehead, say goodnight and run out of the room.
Ages: 4 – 8
Players In Pigtails by Shana Corey and Rebecca Gibbon ($20)

Mudball

Mudball by Matt Tavares

Before Dustin Pedroia’s laser show, Minneapolis Miller Andy Oyler took home the prize for the shortest hero in professional baseball. In 1903 Oyler had a dismal average and a strike zone the size of a postage stamp, but he did have a good story about one tiny man’s triumph over a ball. In Mudball he hits a game-winning inside-the-park-home-run — because it got stuck in the mud. Think of it as Rudy before Rudy was Rudy.
Ages: 6 – 9
Mudball by Matt Tavares ($7)

Who’s On First

Who's On First by Abbott & Costello, Illustrated by John Martez

Abbott and Costello’s classic “Who’s On First” routine gets the picture book treatment. In the kiddie version, the comedy duo are replaced by a rabbit and a bear who don’t understand the strange names of ballplayers these days. It might be a little ambitious to expect your first grader to pick up on all that verbal irony. But if your older elementary school kid is already watching Adventure Time, they’ll get it.
Ages: 6 – 9
Who’s On First by Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, and John Martz ($17)

ABCs Of Baseball

ABCs of Baseball by Peter Golenbock and Dan Andreasen

Who better to explain the ins and outs of baseball than an author who has written dozens of New York Times bestsellers on the subject? Peter Golenbock may have sports writer chops, but since this is an ABC book for younger kids, “I” doesn’t exactly stand for infield fly rule and “S” doesn’t describe a suicide squeeze. Hey, at least they’ll have a better understanding of why you’re yelling at the TV April through October.
Ages: 6 – 8
ABCs of Baseball by Peter Golenbock and Dan Andreasen ($17)

She Loved Baseball

She Loved Baseball by Audrey Vernick and Don Tate

Effa Manley is the first — and only — woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Manley started playing baseball in her hometown of Philadelphia back in the 1900s, which wasn’t a popular time for women to be doing, well, anything. Her passion for the game led her to become the co-owner of Negro League team the Newark Eagles, where she was one of the first to fight against racial injustice in the sport. It earned a well-deserved place in the big league pantheon and a permanent place on your bookshelf.
Ages: 6 – 10
She Loved Baseball by Audrey Vernick and Don Tate ($17)

Check Out the Original Article Here at Father.ly

 

Super Reads With Superheroes
Super Reads With Superheroes

Good Afternoon!

I wanted to take a few minutes and Highlight a New Series coming from Scholastic. This is the “Backstories” series (Ages8-12) that currently has 3 books featuring your favorite DC Characters! Brooke Shearouse wrote the article below on April 1st 2016, but we needed to give it a few days to make sure it was not some cruel joke.

Superheroes are a mainstay in pop culture—look no further than the newest blockbuster Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters now. From movies to TV shows to clothing to jewelry, you can find your favorite crime fighters just about everywhere. Including some great books! Check out the list of great new superhero reads from Scholastic below.Backstories

Backstories series (Ages 8–12): Backstories is a new series of “biographies” featuring exciting and engaging fictional characters. Launching the series are three titles from DC Comics. In the biographies—complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and fact boxes—young readers will delight in learning the complete history of their favorite fictional figures.

  • Batman: Gotham City’s Guardian will answer questions such as: What was Bruce Wayne’s childhood like? Why does he dress up like a bat? What compels him to protect Gotham City? How did he become the world’s greatest detective?
  • Superman: The Man of Tomorrow will give readers insight into: How did a child from another planet named Kal-El become farm boy Clark Kent? What happened to his planet and family? What powers does he possess and what are his weaknesses?
  • Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior tells readers: Who is Wonder Woman? How did she become a powerful Super Hero? What abilities does she use to fight for what is right?

Batman’s Dark Secret (Ages 5–7) by Kelley Puckett, illustrated by Jon J Muth: Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author/artist Jon J Muth brings to life the mystery of how Bruce Wayne became Batman in collaboration with comic book writer Kelley Puckett. One day, a lonely orphan named Bruce Wayne finds himself in a dangerous situation. He defends himself against a monster bat—and he wins. From that time on, he is determined to fight evil. He becomes…Batman!

Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1) (Ages 8–12) by Derek Fridolfs, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen: From the Eisner-nominated team behind Batman Lil’ Gotham, the brand new Secret Hero Society series takes readers to the halls of Ducard Academy in Gotham City, where a young Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman start their very own Junior Detective Agency. Using comics, journal entries, and doodles to reimagine Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as three students in the same school, these young superheroes will try their best to solve their case. But just because you’re faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or an Amazonian princess, it doesn’t mean you get to stay up past eleven.

As you may already know, we are Huge Superhero Fans here at Kids Prize Pack and can’t wait to see what other titles this series comes out with. It would be pretty safe to say that you may find these in a future Kids Prize Pack coming your way!

 

March 2016 Insert
March 2016 Insert

Hey Everyone!

Now that we are getting everything ready to ship out our April 2016 Kids Prize Packs “Fun with Funko!”, we thought it would be the perfect time to post the flyer from March 2016. We are always trying to improve our processes and products so if you have any comments on how we can make our Flyers better and more enjoyable for you, please let us know!

Creative Minds March 2016

Creative Minds March 2016

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