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Friday, January 28, 2011

Smarty Ants Review & Giveaway~Ends Febuary 8 2011CLOSED


When I came across the SmartyAnts concept, I was intrigued. Targeting kids 4-7, I was in the sweet spot for this review. Developed by one of the founders of LeapFrog, this toy is meant to encourage and entertain young readers.Smarty Phonics Reading Pup is designed for children who are entering the amazing world of reading. Whether completely new to ABCs, already reading, or somewhere in between, this toy and program has a game suited to your child's development. This toy is AWESOME! I LOVE it, and so does my daughter! I recommend this toy for anyone, and EVERYONE!
Our pup arrived by UPS (my daughter says PUS truck). Setting him up was a breeze. We simply switched him on and squeezed his toe. My 4 year old was in love!--the plush dog swayed his head to the music and regaled us with a song about letter sounds--perfect for my early reader. She's still tripped up by the different "c" sounds--carrot versus charm. Very handy song indeed! Then, we went to http://www.smartyants.com/ to set up the online component. I'm sad to say my old macbook pro (the one where we put all the kid-related stuff) took three hours to download the application. I imagine a high-speed connection+newer computer would download the SmartyAnts app in a second. We dealt with the frustration and carried on. Once we had the software in place it was time for the fun to begin. We got animated figure, an ant, named her Julia (my first lesson in Internet safety--NEVER name a avatar after yourself) and set about playing. All the games are phonics-related and super fun. We wrestled with the climbing wall of letter sounds and stomped on letters on a virtual treadmill. All the games helped us build an early reader book. Each game can has personalized levels of difficulty based on your child's skills--all very impressive. If you're going to rely upon online support for your reader, it doesn't get much better than this game. It's got plenty of flash, but mostly relies on substance. More information about the science that went into the game visit http://www.smartyants.com/for-parents

I was sent 2 Smarty Ants pups! One for review, and one to give away! My daughter snatched up the husky, cuz it looks like our oldest dog, so the white (malteese?) one is up for grabs!

TO ENTER, tell me who would be getting this pup if you won! And, tell me what you'll name this pup..I gotta make sure he/she has a very good home! Rachel says so!)

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  2. I want pup for my daughter

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  12. I would give it to my Granddaughter Ryan. Now about a name, I am not sure what she would chose but I am sure it would be a "girly" name!
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  16. It would be going to my son, Nolie. He is a puppy lover and loves all animals. I think we'd name him Buckley. coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

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  17. I would give this to my goddaughter, Grace. I think a good name would be Moses. abrennan09@hotmail.com

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  18. i will give this to my daughter and i will name it as buffy
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  32. If I win, that little guy will go to my little guy <3 Although he's a little too young for reading, he's already managed to figure out how to recognize some words by how they look (thank you Richard Scarry and The Best Word Book EVER!) I'm not sure what his name will be, as that will be up to his new owner. We already have stuffed animals named Bob, Bill, Jack, John Lennon (really!), and Truck (he's a buffalo)...

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  42. i would give him to my boyfriend - he's mad about dogs but can't have one because of the fur allergy. :/ i would name him Puhi. :)

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  58. My daughter would get this. Honestly, I would leave it up to her name it. I would name it Rocky, but I am sure my daughter would have other ideas!
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  63. I'd give it to my son. He'd name it Sparkles.

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  64. this would be for my little boy and he would more then likely call him Boomer
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  77. i will be getting this for my dear baby sister. she always wanted to take care of a pup but she can't have one. the smarty ants pup is just a great thing for her :) she / we will probably name the pup as "espee" short for "eS" = Smarty ; and "Pee" = Pup
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  81. This would be for my child and we'd name it Snowflake, thanks!

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  85. If I won the pup would be for my 3 year old niece - not sure about the name I guess that would be up to her :)

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  89. This cute pup would be for my lil' guy who will probably name him something original like Puppy :) I know he will love it to pieces! thank you for the chance to win!
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  96. This would be for my little boy, who says he would name the puppy Sir Krimley, lol! Where do they get these names??
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