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VeggieTales Noah's Ark Preschool Learning Activities @familychristian #sponsored #FCBlogger

1/30/15
I received a VeggieTales Noah's Ark screener for review purposes as a Family Christian Blogger.  No other compensation was received and all Veggie Tales love expressed is my own.

One of the best things about the VeggieTales show is that it provides excellent learning opportunities for young children.  Not only do they teach Biblical and life principles, but they also tie into academic skills for preschoolers.
Noah's Ark DVD Presale
We've read the story of Noah in my daughter's toddler Bible several times so she's familiar with it.  When she saw the new VeggieTales Noah's Ark screener, she couldn't wait to watch!

VeggieTales Noah's Ark tells the story of Noah in funny fashion as only the veggies can do.  Sure, the animals are cute and the veggies are funny  {one of my favorite pop references was the Titanic theme "My Heart will Go On"}. But there are also great life lessons about trust, obedience, and dealing with hard times.  It will open great conversations with your little ones!  

AK and I talked about what it means to be obedient and how she could be obedient at home.  The concept is a big one for a four year old who's just learning about God, but she seemed to understand that God wants us to listen and do what he asks because he knows what's best for us.  {And an important part of that is listening to what our parents ask us to do; something we are constantly dealing with as she is very strong-willed}.  We also talked about trust and how Noah trusted God and so should we.


Extension Activities:

It also is a great opportunity for preschoolers to do extension activities.    


VeggieTales Noah's Ark




I printed out some VeggieTales Noah's Ark Coloring Pages from the website for her after we watched the screener{there will probably be more activities soon as the DVD releases}.  









Then we did this fun Noah's Ark Animal Cracker Craft from DLTK using things we already had around the house.  


Noah's Ark VeggieTales


Supplies:

Blue Construction Paper
Noah's Ark Template
Cotton Balls
Glue
Animal Crackers
Scissors
Brown Crayon
{toothbrush and blue paint to make rain; we left this part out as we didn't have an old toothbrush}


VeggieTales Noah's Ark activities
The craft was very easy.  First we cut out the ark and had her color it brown.  Then she glued it onto the construction paper (two sheets taped together).  The cotton balls were glued down in the sky and then the animal crackers were glued onto the ark.  She really enjoyed this simple project and it reinforced the lesson.  {It was also a fun snack!}

preschooler letter N tracing worksheetFinally, we worked on the N is for Noah Letter Tracing Worksheet.  I am trying to develop her tracing skills and letter recognition.  The letter recognition is going much quicker than the tracing but we are working on fine motor skills and proper crayon/pencil grip.   

Here's a tip:  you can print this out and put it inside a clear plastic sheet protector and have your child use a white board erasable marker and can use it over and over again!



Prebuy VeggieTales Noah's Ark DVD:

 VeggieTales Noah's Ark

The VeggieTales Noah's Ark DVD will be available March 7th but you can pre-order now from Family Christian and receive a VeggieTales: Noah's Ark, VeggieTales: Rack, Shack & Benny DVD for a limited time.

VeggieTales Noah's Ark Play Set
Also, you should check out the other great Noah's Ark items at Family Christian such as this VeggieTales Noah's Ark playset.





Giveaway:

One reader will win a $10 Appreciation Certificate to Family Christian


Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

Official Family Christian Blogger This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 2/14/15 at 10 AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.

*Appreciation Certificates may not be used in conjunction with other coupons.  Please see Terms on the Certificate.

Disclosure:  I received a VeggieTales Noah's Ark screener as a Family Christian Blogger.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 1/26

1/26/15

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, and Shelly @ The Attic Girl.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways!

Our co-host this week is Sue from My Photopage.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long!  Stop by as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Motivate Your Child Giveaway {3 Winners} US only Ends 1/28


Beatrix Girls Slumber Party Prize Pack Giveaway US only Ends 1/31


The Best of Me Blu-Ray US only Ends 2/3



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews and Shelly @ The Attic Girl along with Sue @ My Photopage.

The Beatrix Girls: Meet Chantal @thebeatrixgirls #sponsored

1/22/15
I am a Beatrix Girls VIP Blogger and received a doll for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.



dolls, holiday gifts

We featured The Beatrix Girls in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide because my daughter absolutely loves these dolls.  They're not only stylish with great hair, unusually large heads, and fun features.  But they are also a rock band with their own music that AK (Attic Kid) will listen to over and over again.

In case you're not familiar with them, here's a little info. about The Beatrix Girls:

  Who are The Beatrix Girls?


the beatrix girls dolls

The Beatrix Girls are an accomplished pop-star band with real music that young girls are sure to
adore, and they just happen to be beautiful 12” dolls. They’re young, they’re real, they’re spunky, and they are relatable to young girls. These 12” dolls not only interact in the real life-sized human world, but they produce real music, real hits, and real sales!



The Beatrix Girls dolls are very highly stylized and uniquely designed to break the mold of 50 years of “me too” dolls. They are masterfully sculpted in a unique angular design style. Their proportions are very differentiated with huge heads, LOTS of beautiful flowing hair, and very large expressive eyes, adding up to dolls that are not only original but also very beautiful.


 



Lark was AK's favorite until we were recently sent Chantal.  Now it's a toss-up between the two as to who is her favorite.

The Beatrix Girls


Chantal is from Montreal Canada and speaks French and English.  She plays the keyboard, sings, is a hard-worker and likes the classic styles from the 1950's.

The deluxe doll comes with a doll stand and her keyboard.  Chantal has pretty brown eyes, a fun up-do, and a cute sparkly dress paired with a necklace and heels. 


Chantal



I highly recommend getting the deluxe version of the dollThey are rock stars after all, so it's important for them to have their instrument.  If you can't find the deluxe doll in stores, you can find the instruments on Amazon and purchase them separately.  Plus the doll stand is handy to pose the doll behind the instrument while role-playing with the other members of the band.  It's been a lot of fun for AK to crank up the Beatrix Girls music and pretending that Chantal is playing and singing along!

Chantal


Your girls are sure to adore these dolls that teach about the values of empowerment, friendship, hard work and determination.  And moms will like them too because of their positive message encouraging girls to have big dreams, reach for success, and believe in yourself.


Where to Buy:

You can purchase The Beatrix Girls dolls & accessories:

The Beatrix Girls Website
Toys R Us: http://bit.ly/1t0t47n 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1oSXXeQ 
WalMart.com: http://bit.ly/1l8Zgqn  

 



The Beatrix GirlsConnect with The Beatrix Girls:
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1vOCN6a
Instagram: http://bit.ly/1Aigdld

YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1nU29pk
Beatrix Girls Music:
Music on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1lZrazY
Pandora Station (MOBILE ONLY): http://pdora.co/1pxDQCT 
Spotify Station (The Beatrix Girls – Meet the Beatrix): http://spoti.fi/Xl1Dvy


Tuesday Giveaway Link up 1/19

1/19/15

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-host this week is Danelle from Our Wolves Den

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Motivate Your Child Giveaway {3 Winners} US only Ends 1/28


Beatrix Girls Slumber Party Prize Pack Giveaway US only Ends 1/31


The Book of Life Blu-ray US only Ends 1/22

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews and Shelly @ The Attic Girl along with Danelle @ Our Wolves Den.

The Best of Me Coming to DVD Feb. 3 #BestOfMeInsiders #sponsored

I will receive a copy of Best of Me as a Fox Home Insider. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

Are you a Nicholas Sparks fan?  I have been for a number of years and I am excited for the release of The Best of Me on Blu-ray & DVD on Feb. 3rd!   There's just nothing like a Nicholas Sparks book-turned-into-a-movie and I can't wait to see this one.  It's coming just in time for Valentine's Day!

Fox Home Entertainment


Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. 

When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one's funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices they've made. Also starring Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and featuring beautiful scenery along with music by Lady Antebellum, The Best of Me is a powerfully romantic story of love, hope and second chances.

 For the Home Entertainment release, the “Tears of Joy” Edition Blu-ray and DVD will include an all-new storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending so Amanda and Dawson finally get that second chance at love. 



Giveaway:

One reader will receive The Best of Me on Blu-ray {$25.99 value}
Fox Home Entertainment

Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 2/3/15 at 2PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.

Fox Home Ent Insiders
Disclosure:  I will receive a copy of the movie as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 1/12

1/12/15
Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Now, onto this week's Link Up!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Motivate Your Child Giveaway {3 Winners} US only Ends 1/28


The Book of Life Blu-ray US only Ends 1/22


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

The Book of Life Blu-ray, Activity Sheets & Giveaway #sponsored #BOLinsiders

1/8/15
I will receive a copy of The Book of Life as a Fox Home Insider. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 


I have a soft spot for fairy tales of all kinds.  {I think my daughter probably will too.}  We haven't seen The Book of Life coming to DVD & Blu-ray January 27th yet, but it looks like an interesting new cultural fairy tale with a great cast.  

Fox Home Insiders

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manola, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a magical journey that takes them on an adventure of a lifetime in THE BOOK OF LIFE available on Blu-ray3D, Blu-ray and DVD January 27. 

Written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the characters venture to the Land of the Remembered and embrace the rich culture and family history brought to life by the all-star voice cast of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube.

THE BOOK OF LIFE is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest that spans three spectacular worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, THE BOOK OF LIFE is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music and fun!

THE BOOK OF LIFE Blu-ray™ brings culture and comedy into your home with unforgettable special features for parents and kids alike. Continue the fun with an all-new bonus short “The Adventures of Chuy”, highlighting the film’s lovable scene-stealing pet pig. Additionally, relive the musical hits from the film with the “Music Machine” featuring Latin-inspired versions of popular songs by Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and more!



To celebrate the first Fox Insiders release this year {are you used to saying and writing 2015 yet?}, I have some fun printables for your kids to enjoy including recipes, New Year's resolutions, and coloring pages.  Simply right click and save to your computer to print.   Start your New Year off with a family fiesta!









Giveaway:

One reader will receive The Book of Life on Blu-ray {$25.99 value}

Fox Home Entertainment

Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 1/22/15 at 3PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.

Fox Home Ent Insiders
Disclosure:  I will receive a copy of the movie as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Celebrate the Book of Life Twitter Viewing Party #BookOfLifeFiesta

1/7/15
We're celebrating The Book of Life now available on Digital HD with a Twitter Viewing Party/Fiesta!  

Fox Insiders

Join Fox Insiders @BookOfLifeMovie and Director Jorge Gutierrez using #BookOfLifeFiesta on Friday, Jan. 9th at 8PM EST.

For more info. visit http://www.foxdigitalhd.com/the-book-of-life

Fox Home Ent Insiders  

Hope to Tweet you there!

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