Osmo: A Real Game-Changer For Creative Learning On The iPad!

Tired of listening to your kids fight over “who gets to use mom’s iPad?” What if there was an app that made it possible for them to play together while learning; would you buy it?

Invented by young parents out of Stanford and Google; Osmo is an ingenious gaming accessory for the iPad that uses a reflective artificial intelligence to instantly transform any surface into an imaginative playing field for your child. Kid-durable, portable, and always ready for a challenge; Osmo is one of the most innovative accessories for the iPad that I’ve ever seen, and one that anyone with a flair for fun would want to own. If you ORDER NOW, you can still get 50% ($49) off your order while supplies last (offer ends June 22nd). After that, the price goes up to $99.

Oops! Almost forgot… Every referral (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) you get using the provided code will earn you a $5 credit toward your Osmo kit! Ten referrals = Free kit!

In the box 
Everything you need to play NewtonWords, and Tangram: Osmo kit, wooden tangram shapes, and words tiles. Games available free on AppStore. Note: Osmo works with the latest iPads including the iPad 2 and iPad Mini. Pre-orders will start shipping late summer 2014. For more information, or to order your Osmo kit, visit www.playosmo.com.

Designed for:

  • iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4
  • iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina
  • iPad Air
  • (not included)

Ground Control To Major Mom

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started thinking about the kind of person I wanted her to be. I imagined her as a free spirit; moving to the beat of her own drum and creating her identity from scratch. 

Cautious. Deliberate. Original.

I didn’t want her to walk into this life without a strong appreciation for the one thing that was going to get her through it. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across RockabyeBaby’s website and found two of my all-time favorite bands; U2 and Smashing Pumpkins, transformed into lullaby renditions, suitable for nursery room play. “Pinch me,” I cried, “I MUST be dreaming!”

From the Beatles to Bob Marley to Björk, RockabyeBaby has a little something for everyone. And, if you’re smart, you will want to introduce your pint-sized groupie to the good stuff before Disney gets ahold of that funk gene.

Frozen or Bowie ––you decide!

For more information, visit www.RockabyeBaby.com.

Organic Custom Baby Quilt

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Image courtesy of PitterPatternedBaby on Etsy

How awesome is Etsy? I mean almost everything on it is unique, handmade and affordable; so why not start THERE when you’re ready to buy?

Jennifer Kesler, designer and owner of Pitter Patterned, took her two favorite things; graphic design and quilts, and made a business out of it. And, what better way to welcome your newborn into the world than a personalized, educational quilt that they will be able to treasure forever?! 

Each baby quilt is crib size (33″ x 54″), made from pre-washed 100% organic cotton sateen with a glossy finish and has a 142 x 80 thread count ––not bad for a little one! As for pricing; plan on spending around $200+ for one of her gorgeous custom quilts… A small price to pay for a lifetime keepsake.

For more information and/or to see product samplings, please visit Jennifer at Etsy or her website at www.patterned.com

Drawing A Blank? Not Anymore!

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My daughter and I play a game we call “Guess The Picture,” where we take turns drawing whatever image pops in our heads and the other person has to guess what it is. But sometimes we run out of ideas and end ups repeating the same five illustrations that we used in the last game we played.

Those days are gone!

WhatchamaDRAWit is a playful and imaginative card/drawing game with over 100 ideas to keep your artistic blood pumping. While one player judges each round by pulling from a stack of 110 cards, reading instructions aloud and flipping the timer; the Contestants are asked to scribble silly scenarios like: “Draw a rowboat floating on top of a mountain” or “Draw a laughing squid talking on a cell phone while sitting in a bathtub.” The first one to finish wins that round and keeps the card, and the player with the most cards wins the game! 

It is a simple, entertaining, and much more interactive way to pass the time with your kids when they complain “there’s nothing to do.” Best of all, you can pick a set up for only eighteen bucks on uncommongoods.com.

But you’d better hurry… These might sell out pretty quickly!