Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Zoodles Review and Giveaway: Education 4 Kids!

I was contacted by Zoodles awhile back in regards to reviewing their site. I instantly jumped on the idea since I have a 7 year old who loves playing games and whom I love to see learning. :) is a FREE service for young kids (10 and under) to play, learn and explore online. Zoodles has gathered together the best educational content from the web and put it all into one place, presenting it to kids on their own age and skill level. Say you have a 3 year old, then your child would get games teaching shapes, numbers, creativity and exploration, while a 5 year old would get games focusing on early reading, adding, design, and estimation. And the best part about this is you can even be updated on what your child is learning, block ads, sites, and shows, and promote games in certain educational subjects just by using the Premium Membership.

When you first sign up, you and your child get to create his/her profile. Here you can post a picture, create your screen name, and answer a few simple questions such as: is your child able to type his/her own name, is your child hearing impaired or color blind, etc.? I love the fact that these questions are asked so that Zoodles can be custom designed to your child's needs. Next its on to playing some games. With the parent dashboard you are able to actually choose which games you'd like to see your child play, focusing on certain skills and/or subject. Check out this YouTube video for more illustration of Zoodles .

I must admit, the games were a bit challenging to us at first. Once on your profile, you simply click the "play games" button and that's it. Each game was a bit difficult until you get the hang of it. I had to read all the directions and even click on the "how to" button to actually learn how to play the game. I think maybe simpler directions would have been more helpful, but once it was all explained then the fun could really begin.

Overall, my son and I both enjoyed playing these educational games. It was great practice for his reading as well as math skills, and the games were related to topics that he was already interested in such as the movie, UP. Also, I think the prices are quiet reasonable for all the information and entertainment that's available. For parents interested in upgrading to Premium Membership, Zoodles offers a number of pricing plans, including $7.95 per month, $39.95 for 6 months and $59.95 for the entire year, or you could be one of 5 winners @ Carrigan's Joy and receive 3 months free of Premium Memberhship from Zoodles.

All you need to do to qualify is:

1. Tweet about this giveaway: "Enter & #WIN @3Carrigans 3 months FREE mem. 4 online ed. games 4 kids 10 & under:"

leave a new comment, which ups your chances of winning, each time you tweet about this giveaway, and remember your email addy!


2. Blog about this post, linking back to this blog as well as Zoodles. Leave a comment with a link to your blog post, remembering your email addy.

Giveaway ends: 3/12/10, 9:00 p.m. eastern

I was offered a premium membership from Zoodles in exchange for this review.
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