Teach My learning fun kit for kids and giveaway!

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I’m so excited to share this company and giveaway with you! Here at AtoZLearningTree we are all about doing things with our kids that are fun and that they learn from and Teach My is making it easier for parents to do just that with your toddlers and preschoolers!

Teach My is a Women Owned company all about helping parents spend quality time with their children through educational play. Started by Christy Cook when her son was a toddler, she realized the need for an all-inclusive educational kit that parents could work on with their children. These products teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers the basic skills, things like; the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, reading and even math!

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Teach My sells a variety of educational toys spanning a wide range of ages. Their products are appropriate for children ages 6 months+. Though they have product teaching fun things such as animals, continents, space and time, their most popular products are the Teach My Learning kits with kits tailored to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. These products can be found in nationwide retailers including Walmart, Toys R Us, Target and online on Amazon.

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Teach My is excited to be sponsoring a giveaway open to US and Canada. They are giving one lucky winner their choice of Learning kits: Baby, Toddler or Preschooler valued at $39.99. This giveaway will run from July 1 though July 22. Winner will be verified, emailed and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

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Free printables for perfect Teen Beach 2 party planning

Teen Beach 2 movie poster

Our family loves to relive our favorite movies with movie themed parties – and there is no better movie themed party to use this summer than the music, fun, food, decor and crafts from the upcoming new movie from the Disney Channel, “Teen Beach 2!” The story continues as Brady and Mack try to figure out how to keep their summer romance going with all the pressures of school and very different lifestyles not that it’s not all surf and sand. Little did they know that their friends from “Wet Side Story” were also working on their relationship as well as growing into their own individual personalities apart from the movie. Leili and Tanner use the magical friendship necklace to make their way back to the future to find their friends, but both couples and their friends end up finding a whole lot more.

We recently hosted a Teen Beach movie marathon at our house incorporating many of these fun filled (and did I mention FREE) printables! The Box Puzzles made great going home gifts. Our guests filled them with their favorite movie candies so they could next Friday enjoy a fun filled family movie night with their families and introduce them to the new Teen Beach 2!

See Teen Beach 2 on the Disney Channel at 8 p.m. ET on June 26, 2015!

And, plan your own Teen Beach 2 movie night with these printables.

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Food printables/recipes 

Surfs Up Cake

Beach Party Food

Blueberry Hawaii Bread

Flip Flop Sandwiches

Fruit Trees

Hang Ten Hummus

Orange Pineapple Yogurt Dip

Rockin Raspberry Smoothie

Fun, crafts and props printables 

Box Puzzles

Origami Beach Ball

Origami Bracelet

Origami Lei Necklace

Paper Lanterns

Photo Props

Picture Frame

Save the Beach Bracelet

 

 

 

Fun free Peanuts Movie printable activity and sneak peek

I remember watching Charlie Brown and the gang growing up and now I share the holiday classics with my children so I’m really excited to see that they are all headed for the big screen!

About “The Peanuts Movie”
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day. (synopisis reprinted by permission)

For a brief boredom buster this summer watch the sneak peek video with the whole family. Print out a copy of the Top 10 Trailer Moments from “The Peanuts Movie” and everyone finish the prompt! Then discuss what your favorite scene is and why!PEA_Trailer2_10Moments

Fun free Paddington printable activities

It’s ok, Mr. Brown. Practice makes perfect! #PaddingtonMovie

 

How best to use these printables?

  1. Family fun with Paddington with a memory game, learn to draw Paddington’s hat, Bingo and more! Have everyone in the family do the entire packet. Who will draw the best hat?
  2. Save this page for your next rainy day and print them out to keep everyone occupied.
  3. Pin this page to your Pinterest board and save these printables for your Paddington themed birthday party!

 

What did our family think of the movie “Paddington?” Find out in our review!

Here’s a little peek if you haven’t seen the movie and a chance to pick it up and bring it home to you.

 

Renting textbooks for the school year isn’t just for the college campus

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School just ended days ago and I haven’t even put everything away from their backpacks which they brought home and I’m receiving notices about outstanding lunch money (I sent in a check), the ability to purchase school supplies from the school (but not for the 5th grader) and a list of books they want them to read over the summer as well as purchase for use next year. Apparently schools don’t have enough money to provide the books they want the children reading for classes like English or Literature or several others so parents are asked to purchase books which in most cases we will most likely on use once. With any luck we can sell them to the students coming in the following year, but with my luck they won’t use them again. So I started thinking and I remembered using Campus Book rentals and using them for my college aged student. I wondered . . . could I possibly use it for the elementary, middle or high school too? Guess what I can! and you can too.

Disclosure: This post may have been compensated in goods, services, or monetarily, however all opinions are 100% my own. Disclosure Policy

Related content: Saving on my college student’s textbooks with Campus Book Rentals 

Here’s one example, the book “Mythology” by Edith Hamilton is required for next year. I headed over to Campus Book Rentals and found it there for $17.00 to rent.

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So next I headed to Barnes and Noble, where I found it for $12.00, but only in paperback and we are required to have hard copy (don’t ask me why but that’s what they said – and no electronic versions permitted either!). Up next Amazon because we KNOW it’s going to be there, and it was, for approximately $22.00.

That’s just one example, and “just” $5.00 but if I can save that on the list of 10 books, I’ve saved $50! I’ve shopped online saving time and maybe even more money because no one can ask me for “can I have that too please?” as well as the gas on my car. Did I mention that it is early June and already 90 degrees at 10 AM? I don’t know about you but that’s plenty of reasons for me to decide to use Campus Book Rentals not only for the college student but for the younger children too. But the advantages don’t end there.

Here are some perks other than saving money:

  • free shipping to and from
  • no lines at the bookstore
  • no need to “sell back” or find another person who can use it when you are done
  • flexible rental periods so every schedule works
  • you CAN highlight in the books (I was big on highlighting
  • good for the environment because books are being reused – reducing waste
  • and, (I love this!)  with each rental a donation is made to Operation Smile, the program that offers surgical procedures to children with cleft palate.

I’m not the only one who thinks that this service is pretty amazing. Check out these facts too!

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Free printable activities and snack recipes featuring the movie Inside Out

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The movie is coming soon but why wait for all the fun! Print out these fun filled activities including door hangers, connect the dots and mazes and experience all the different little voices inside your head – and warn someone before they open the door!

 Coloring Page 

Door Hangers

Extravagant Egg Decorating Tips

Emotions Around the World

Spanish – Joy and Sadness Coloring Page 

Spot the Differences 

Egg Decorating in Spanish 

Emotions around the world – Spanish 

Door Hangers – Spanish 

Crazy Maze

Crazy Maze – Spanish 

Coloring Page – Joy and Sadness 

Connect the Dots

More is More Smores 

More is More Smores – Spanish 

Spot the Differences 

And since our printables feature the “Inside Out” characters – lets’ learn more about them! 

JOY (voice of Amy Poehler) Joy’s goal has always been to make sure Riley stays happy. She is lighthearted, optimistic and determined to find the fun in every situation. Joy sees challenges in Riley’s life as opportunities, and the less happy moments as hiccups on the way back to something great. As long as Riley is happy, so is Joy.

FEAR (voice of Bill Hader) Fear’s main job is to protect Riley and keep her safe. He is constantly on the lookout for potential disasters, and spends time evaluating the possible dangers, pitfalls and risk involved in Riley’s everyday activities. There are very few activities and events that Fear does not find to be dangerous and possibly fatal.

ANGER (voice of Lewis Black) Anger feels very passionately about making sure things are fair for Riley. He has a fiery spirit and tends to explode (literally) when things don’t go as planned. He is quick to overreact and has little patience for life’s imperfections.

DISGUST (voice of Mindy Kaling) Disgust is highly opinionated, extremely honest and prevents Riley from getting poisoned – both physically and socially. She keeps a careful eye on the people, places and things that Riley comes into contact with – whether that’s broccoli or last year’s fashion trend. Disgust always has the best of intentions and refuses to lower her standards.

SADNESS (voice of Phyllis Smith) None of the other Emotions really understand what Sadness’s role is. Sadness would love to be more optimistic and helpful in keeping Riley happy, but she finds it so hard to be positive. Sometimes it seems like the best thing to do is just lie on the floor and have a good cry.

Follow along with me as I join 24 other bloggers and get the inside scoop at the #InsideOutEvent! 

Dragons: Race to the Edge sneak peek and summer fun activities

Dragons Race to the Edge

About “Dragons: Race to the Edge”
Hiccup stumbles upon a mysterious, ancient treasure while exploring an abandoned, booby-trapped ship. Will he uncover the truth behind this highly protected secret? Find out when DreamWorks Animation’s “Dragons: Race to the Edge” debuts June 26th exclusively on Netflix and share a sneak peek with this clip from the series below!

Avoid Summer Brain Drain with these activities based on “Dragons: Race to the Edge”

Writing assignment: What would you teach a dragon if you had one?

Fitness: Do your own dragon race: Pick up a dragon from Oriental Trading and race to the edge of the pool and back.

Free Dragon Printables: Dot to Dot, Mazes, and Word Searches 

Writing prompts, research and poems featuring Dragons

Dragon crafts, coloring pages and worksheets

 

Learning about Lemurs: King Julien and his princesses

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AtoZ Learning Tree is starting our series on avoiding summer brain drain. One of the best ways to do that is to include real life with the animated life of animals that our children love so much. For example, if your child is a fan of DreamWorks’ famous and most popular (wacky and wild) animated royal – King Julien XIII then they will be so very excited for the birth of his heirs!  Check out this fun video of King Julien XIII introducing them!


Lemurs are one of the most endangered animals in the world and this endangered population has just expanded by two! Twin baby lemurs were born at the Duke Lemur Center, both named Princess Julien after Madagascar’s most famous and royal lemur, King Julien. What does King Julien have to say about his little princesses?

“I can’t believe they’re making more of me!  This is so awesome!” said King Julien, speaking from his royal throne atop the Baobab Tree in Madagascar. “My first royal duty will be to teach Princess Julien and Princess Julien how to shake their booties and party in the most regal of ways.”

At birth, the first Princess Julien weighed 59 grams, while the second Princess Julien weighed 48 grams.  Both Princesses Julien were approximately 4 inches long.

“Male or female, every lemur baby born is incredibly important,” said Janice Kalin of the Duke Lemur Center, the world’s largest lemur research facility. “Lemurs have recently been classified as the world’s most threatened mammal group.  Every time we can add one – or two – more to their ranks, it helps to stabilize the genetic diversity of these fascinating primates.”

Fans of King Julien can get regular updates about the growth and development of Princess Julien and Princess Julien by visiting the King Julien Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KingJulien or the Duke Lemur Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DukeLemurCenter.

An official naming ceremony for Princess Julien and Princess Julien will be held at the Duke Lemur Center on June 20, which will be presided over by the star of All Hail King Julien.  This will be the first opportunity for the public to meet the Princesses; they’ll also be able to greet King Julien himself.  For more information visit http://lemur.duke.edu/lemurpalooza-summer-2015/

The series is a hilariously off-the-wall animated comedy that follows the exploits of King Julien and his royal subjects, including his beleaguered adviser Maurice; his head of special-ops, Clover; and his most adoring subject, Mort.

“Every day, visitors to the Duke Lemur Center ask us to show them which lemur is King Julien – and now we really can,” added Kalin, who said that the Center’s primary mission is to protect the world’s lemur population.

The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals – outside of Madagascar.  The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation and public outreach.  By engaging scientists, students and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.

To learn more about the Duke Lemur Center and its activities, visit www.lemur.duke.edu.  Episodes of All Hail King Julien can be found on Netflix at www.netflix.com/KingJulien.

Add more learning fun to learning about Lemurs

Craft Activities – Create Your Own Lemurs 

I’m in LOVE with this printable Lemur craft!

And find out more facts about Lemurs, crafts, wordsearch and other printables.

A sneak peek at The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

This one sounds exciting and a great project over the summer months. I’m thinking to keep an eye out on the trailers and then discuss dinosaurs and astroids. A trip to the Planetarium as well as the Museum of Natural Science and then some reading and art too. What a great way to avoid Summer Brain Drain.

 

 

Strange Magic crafts, snacks and free printable fun!

free strange magic printable

Even more Strange Magic fun!

“Strange Magic” is a music-filled fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess who has sworn off love, a dubious villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Bring home the enchanting tale the whole family can enjoy today!

Free Strange Magic printable activity book

Download Strange Magic Crafts & Snacks

 

Enter for your chance to win and bring Strange Magic home to your family! And see what my family had to say about “Strange Magic” in this movie review.