ImaginativeU ~ Monthly FUN

ImaginativeU Giveaway ends 5.28.15

{disclaimer ~ ImaginativeU is a blog sponsor and we received kits free of charge for this review}

ImaginativeU is a monthly box of fun learning delivered right to your door, for your child age 4-10. Each month has a different theme and each kit contains all the supplies and instructions included to complete 3 to 6 interactive projects. When I say ALL supplies, I mean all.  Other than things that can’t possibly be sent in the box, it’s all in there. ImaginativeU was developed by Shelley, a former science teacher who now works with K-12 science teachers in 16 school districts! 

We were sent 2 kits {Cool Science and Eggs} to review and I was blown away by the contents!

The Eggs kit couldn’t have come at a better time for us.  We have a bird obsession going on around here so we really dove into this kit! We had SO much fun with the activities in this kit, which you will see below, and we even have one more we haven’t done yet {egg dissection}!

We made bird houses out of gourds, which YES were included!  Along with the paint, brushes, plates for the paint…everything!  My little bird lover LOVED this and her gourd now hangs in our tree out front!

Bird House Gourds from ImaginativeU


We made egg baskets together, which was really messy on the front end, you can see her “grossed out” face in the collage below as she was wrapping the balloon!  She let me finish it right after that photo was taken!  These turned out perfectly and she LOVES her egg!

Egg Baskets from ImaginativeU


Something as simple as a chicken catalog and a “Did You Know?” search through it provided so much fun and discussion.  She loved finding the different chickens and eggs, as well as cutting out her favorites.

Did you Know Chicken Investigation from ImaginativeU


The egg drop challenge was enjoyed by all three kids {ages 5, 8, 12}. Krash was at gymnastics practice during the other activities but I knew I had to save this one for when he was home!

Egg Drop Challenge from ImaginativeU

The kids worked hard to protect their eggs, it was fun!  I even took a few videos so you could see the process!


    Next, the Cool Science Kit…
    Before diving into this one, I took a picture of the contents to show you how much is included. Literally everything you need to do all of the activities included.  We still haven’t completed all of the activities from this box yet! It was all there and very well organized.  I had no trouble finding exactly what we needed for each activity.
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      The kids LOVED the UV beads and making slime with me! We still have several activities to do from this kit. Here’s a peek into our science fun together…
      Cool Science with ImaginativeU

    Want to sign up?

    This is a US only based company, shipping rates for kits vary from state to state. You can  sign up for a subscription here and what the shipping cost would be for your state.

    See upcoming kits on the home page!

    The Giveaway!

    ImaginativeU Facebook Giveaway

    The winner will receive a 3-month subscription to ImaginativeU. A kit will arrive each month that contains all of the materials and instructions needed to complete fun and educational projects centered around a topic.  A homeschool add on is available for homeschoolers, winner can request this upgrade free of charge.

    Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends 5-28-15. Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below!

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    All About Spelling Giveaway

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    This week my son finished All About Spelling Level 3 and we will be using Level 4 next year as well as beginning Level 1 with my daughter!

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    We love this spelling curriculum so I wanted to be sure to share their great giveaway! This giveaway is hosted on the All About Learning Press blog and ends June 1, 2015!  Go enter to win!!


    One Day Giveaway!!

    The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015 is no longer available.

    The sale is over.


    One Day Giveaway from Ultimate Homemaking Bundle ends 4.24.15

    I know some of you would LOVE to buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle but don’t have an extra $30 to spend right now, no matter how great of a deal it is. I totally get it, which is why I want to give one away! This is a FAST giveaway, ending Friday 4/24/15 at 11:59 PM EST!  I will announce the winner by Saturday afternoon!

    Confused about the whole bundle thing?  Read my behind the scenes page, where I share how this works to benefit all of us involved {you, me, the companies and the creators}.

    How the UHB Works


    I shared my favorite eBooks in the bundle in my original post, here’s a few more items I LOVE in this bundle that somehow I missed the first time around.

    How in the WORLD did I miss this? 

    Like totally didn’t even know it was in the bundle.  It’s a $99 eCourse – yes you read that correctly, ninety nine dollar value included within a bundle that only costs $29.97. 

    Yup, do the math – just this ONE item is worth 3 times the bundle cost itself!

    A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies is something I will definitely be studying now that I have access to this gem. We are already invested in natural remedies through our use of essential oils, but I am excited to learn more!



    I also found these 2 GEMS! 

    Paperless Home Organization isn’t just an eBook with lovely ideas, it is a literal roadmap of HOW to do it.  Seriously, amazing. As soon as I find time I will be implementing what I read.

    From Your Garden to Your Family is BEAUTIFULLY done, the photos and layout alone make me want to read every page.  The practical info for our family right now is so valuable as we begin our garden in our new home.

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    Can’t wait? You can buy your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle now, and get these 3 amazing products, plus my Animal ABCs, PLUS a copy of my new Word Family Bundle {when you buy through my link}. See all of the eBooks, printables and eCourses included here.

    Just not in the budget right now?  I completely understand.  Enter to WIN below!

    I would like to give one of you a copy of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for FREE!  All you have to do is use Rafflecopter to gain entries below! I purchased this bundle for the winner and will email you the info on Friday when Rafflecopter chooses the winner.

    Open worldwide, giveaway ends 4/24/15 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be emailed and announced here Friday, so you can come back and see who won.

    You’ll still have time to purchase a copy if you don’t win! The sale ends Monday, 4/27/15 at 11:59 PM.  You have through the end of the day Monday to buy and then it’s G-O-N-E!

    Read, set, go!!!

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    Kindle Fire HD7 Giveaway

    The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2015 is no longer available.

    The sale is over.


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    You probably saw my post yesterday, but if not, here’s the BIG post all about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  You may also be interested in reading my little behind-the-scenes page about how this bundle works for everyone involved. 

    Remember – my Animal ABCs is included in the UHB, and if you buy through my link you get a copy of our brand new {not even for sale yet} Word Family Bundle!

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    As a special added bonus to my readers who purchase  the UHB through my link, you will get a free copy of our brand new You Can Read Word Families Bundle!

    This bundle is NOT for sale anywhere on my site yet, but will be listed for $12.00 when it is ready.  You can get this bundle of all 15 word family sets NOW when you purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle using my affiliate link. WHY?  Because I am blessed with an affiliate earning from your click, and I want to give you something to say thanks for buying through me {and in turn blessing us with the affiliate earnings from your purchase}.

    The Giveaway!

    Today we have a BIG giveaway for you, a brand new Kindle Fire HD7 {8G, white}, bought especially for one of YOU by me!  There are a few ways to enter to win, but some have a higher entry count! 

    Get 5 entries if you purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my affiliate link…if you already bought the UHB through my link, that counts, ENTER!

    There are other entries that do NOT require a purchase at all, go look and ENTER!

    This giveaway is only open to continental US addresses only and ends 4/28/15 – after the bundle sale is over.  I will announce the winner of the Kindle Fire here within the Rafflecopter widget below and the winner will be emailed so be sure to use the email you actually check to enter – so you will know if you won!



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    15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

    15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

    I am honored to have Janine LaTulippe with us today sharing a guest post and giveaway!  I just love Usborne {I am not personally a consultant but use and love the books} and am excited to share with my readers!

    Developing a strong grip and hand-eye coordination is so important for a young child. The easier it is for children to control their hands and fingers, the more they can express themselves and learn through art, writing, and play! Here are 15 books to help children gain fine motor skills from a very early age.

    This post contains and Awesome Giveaway at the bottom. Don’t miss it!


    Books for Fine Motor Skills

    Practicing pencil grip and writing is one thing, but many of these books offer so much more! Critical thinking, creativity, and many more skills are hidden in the fun activities these books bring to your home.

    1. Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Fingertrails PlayBook Your baby will fall in love with this sensory playbook! There are textures and lift-the-flaps, plus bumpy finger-trails and dots that motivate baby to follow the path and develop those fine motor skills even at a very young age (ages 0-2).

    Fingertrails Fine Motor Book


    2. My Farm Animal World This is actually a little box with 9 mini books inside. The box is lined and each book fits in a certain spot and becomes a little puzzle when putting the books away. The little pages make perfect fine motor practice for young children (ages 2-4). My Farm Animal World

    3. I Can Draw Animals Even the youngest children can draw with this easy to follow step-by-step drawing book. The results children get from using this book is why it is award-winning and perfect to inspire self directed fine-motor practice.

    I can Draw animals


    4. Lift Out Colors Jigsaw Book This book does 3 things; teaches colors, matching, and fine-motor skills! Each page features jigsaw pieces embedded in the book that reveal surprises underneath (ages 3+)

    Lift Out Colors fine motor book


     5. Busy Bug Book If you have a reader that doesn’t like to sit still for very long, this is the perfect book for them! It features a pull-back toy that rides along the pages through the story (ages 3+)


    6. My First Keyboard Book The perfect first introduction to the piano, this book features simple tunes children can play right away without any knowledge of how to play. The tunes are actual recordings of musical pitches and NOT electronic sounds and both the black and white keys work. This book will definitely get those fingers working! (ages 3+)

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    7. Look Inside a Castle Use those fingers to lift and look under 60 flaps and learn all about castle life. Because of the detailed illustrations, castle lovers will be motivated to look under every one and practice their pincer grip.

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    8. Wipe-Clean Alphabet Children love wiping these activity books clean after practicing their handwriting skills. This alphabet book is unique because the letters are hidden in the playful pictures that begin with that page’s letter so it keeps children’s attention longer than most letter practice pages. (ages 4+)



    9. 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book Sticker books promote creative thinking, reasoning, matching and association. Plus, they are great for fine motor skills! This Farm book is also a seek and find, so it’s fun to read even after the stickers are gone. (ages 4+)

    Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book


    10. Castles, Build a Picture Sticker Book Let their imagination run wild and feel good about all the fine motor practice they are getting with this Build a Picture Sticker Book all about Castles! (ages 4+) Castles Sticker Book


    11. First Coloring Book Zoo This coloring book features full color backgrounds so it is easy for young children to complete the picture. It also has stickers for finishing touches. With familiar animals from around the world, this coloring book is a great learning activity. (ages 4+) first coloring book zoo


    12. My First Color By Numbers This beginners coloring book is perfect for children learning their numbers. It has lots of finish the scene and patterns to reveal using the simple color key. (ages 4+)

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    13. My First Big Book of Dot-to-Dots A fun way for kids to practice pencil control, this book is really fun! Complete the scene by connecting 1-10 and drawing the missing picture. Add finishing touches by coloring and placing stickers too! (ages 4+)

    first dot-to-dot


    14. Under the Sea Jigsaw Book This sparkly puzzle books has six 15 piece puzzles embedded into the pages. Each puzzle comes with a special hidden shape within the puzzle and features fun facts about the beautiful sea life. (ages 5+)

    under the sea jigsaw


    15. Fingerprint Activities Everyone loves fingerprint art! This book makes it easy for kids of all ages to make prints and pictures with their fingers.

    finger print activities

    Usborne Book Giveaway and Facebook Party!

    Enter to win $25 worth of Usborne books in the Rafflecopter below and then join us for a Facebook party on April 23th at 8:30pm CST {9:30 EST} for even more chances to win another $25 in Usborne books!

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