Thank you to Fooz Kids for providing me with an All-In-One pack to review. The opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint.
What is FoozKids you may ask? It is an application that provides secure and entertaining way for your children to surf internet. The best part is that you can choose which games, videos and content you are ok for your child to play with as well as monitor their activity.
What content can there be?
Anything on the web and much more, neatly organized to categories such as web, games, crafts etc.
First they can make their experience very personal with creator button by making their own avatar
Then they can creating their own virtual room with toys and furniture which I hope they will keep tidy.
They can dress their avatar up in funky gear from uniforms to mohawks and leprechaun suits by visiting the mall button.
Your kids can also write emails and video conference.
They can go to University tab and learn skills from Pre-K to 5th grade.
But that’s just the icing on the cake the Coolest thing ever is the web-surfing known as Games, Crafts and Video Buttons. When you click any of these three you will receive long list of your kids favorite characters they can watch, play with and remake.
Of course that is where we were stuck all day. At least I did not have to worry about Dora having a potty mouth. I have no idea when was the last time I was able to find a proper speaking Spongebob Squarepants on the internet.
Plus the organization is what really impressed me since I no longer need to look for crafts all over the web now they are in a specific place under exact character. The next theme birthday party will be a breeze with all decorations and cooking ideas in one place. There are lots of characters on this site from kiddie ones to teen ones.
Thanks to the Parental Dashboard those are all the characters you will find. No ads promoting stuffed pillows or sugar loaded cereals. You can even monitor the age group and films you want your kids to watch either by setting up their own channel or age guidelines. You can also check out their room and closet even though I am not sure how much pull you will have in trying to influence them.
The kiddos can not exit the program without the parent’s code so no sneaky surfing when you are not looking.
So what did the kiddos think? At first they were taking it all in and their bigger sister was helping them out with the mouse. It did not take long however for the teen to loose interest and for the blond preschooler to take over and not let me have my computer. I had to set timers and ask too many times.
Are you done yet? (I asked)
Yes, well NO… I am done with World Word but not Dinosaur Train. (she answered)
That is a lot nicer answer then I would have gotten if I ever let her watch Youtube unattended for hours.
Fooz Kids is available in many languages and is compatible for both Windows, Mac and Android tablets.
You may however rethink that if you want to use that device in a near future.
But don’t take my word for it GET YOUR FREE ACCOUNT HERE and let your kids surf worry free.
Summer is slowly coming to an end and some of your kids may have returned to school already. This is however a way for them to preserve some of their summer memories in a little hanging token. Yes I should have told you about this craft when you visited sandy beaches this summer but you will be there again I promise.
What you will need is some beach sand (or maybe one from the playground), shells or other interesting finds from your day at the beach, some lids and my favorite Plaster of Paris.
Originally I was planning to make this craft on the beach with no containers but since our beach trips where day long there was not much time. So I was stuck using container lids, God knows I have a lot of them that do not match any bottom.
Mix Plaster of Paris with Water (2/1 plaster/water ratio)
With one container I actually mixed the plaster with sand. With the others I placed a layer of plaster in between a layers of sand and pressed it down, which was more sturdy and less messy.
Meaning I sprinkled the bottom of the lid with sand and placed a thick layer of plaster then again heavily sprinkled with sand pushing it into the plaster.
I pushed some found shells around the plaster and with a stick wrote summer ’11 on it. Too bad I can’t spell summer with space constraints.
Place a couple of holes on top to hang, or don’t if you will be laying it flat
Wait till they dry. Plaster of Paris becomes warm when it sets and it will be hard yet sandy when finished.
and brittle too, so if it falls down it will break. Next time I will make sure it is hanging on a nail not a push pin. You know just in case we have another earthquake.
The smaller ones survived the earthquake and are our reminder of days spend on Virginia Beaches. Now it is time to travel to more exotic places, sands and seashells (at least in my dreams).
Note: Keep in mind that the tokens will be a bit sandy until the loose sand comes off, we used a wax paper to keep it tidy at home.
It has been a while since I posted in this category. It is not like we have not been busy but it seems like my computer likes to eat photos from this category the most. Even with this puppet show half of them disappeared. I don’t blame him I think these little kiddos are scrumptious too.
There are however times when they are a handful and there is not much you can do to entertain them. This craft is perfect when you are stuck at home because it is too hot outside or stuck in a hotel on vacation because it is raining.
All you need is paper, printer, crayons (anything really) and some sticks could be driftwood or popsicle sticks (we seem to have a lot around in the summer).
We went here and printed few Littlest Pet Shop Characters
If your kids are over cute animals or do not like Pet Shops they have a choice of many others like:
and many more here, just click the next button (on the bottom) to get more. We stayed away from Angry Birds since I did not want them to fly all over my living room, especially on the days I feel like a pig.
Print your favorites, color them, paint them and cut them out.
We attached ours to popsicle sticks with tape. Keep in mind that each character may need more then one pop stick for support.
We then went back on line and printed some trees that we colored for background.
Keep in mind that if you use the characters your children know it will be easier for them to make up a story, or repeat it again. That will a perfect way for you to sit back relax and listen to it for the fifty thousand time.