Monday, November 9, 2009

Learning made fun with Alphabotz

My daughter is 5 years old and we send her to preschool 3 days a week. Next year is the biggie - 5 full days of Kindergarten. While kindergarten is a year away, we're trying our best to get some of the basics learning skills done here at home.

Recently, we've been playing with the over-sized (10.5" x 4.5") flashcards by Alphabotz to learn our basic phonics of the English language. I say "playing", because when we're working with them, we forget that we're learning because they are so fun!

What is an Alphabotz flashcard? It's a card that depicts a different robot, or Alphabotz, and children learn about phonics through visual clues, sound association and stats. Kids can play with them on their own, play cool games in a group, or sit with an adult for a more in depth learning experience. Know what else is cool? The flashcards are compatible with a standard dry erase marker!

Designed and created by a mother and teacher, Alphabotz flashcards will take learning and reading to a whole new level of learning through having a good time.

The cards are so versatile that they are well suited for the +3 crowd all the way through early reader. What we love about these cards is how they are a great tool for the preschooler just learning letter recognition all the way through the elementary age child who is learning to put letters together to form words.

With my 5 year old, we're working one nailing the difference between a consonant and vowel, and the difference between a "short" and "long" vowel sound.

Don't believe us? It was recently named one of Dr. Toy's "100 Best Products" for 2009 and a Tillywig Toy & Media Award Brain Child Award!

GET YOUR OWN (with a coupon)! Purchase a set of Alphabotz flashcards ($19.95 retail) off Amazon and enter KSBLOGS1 at checkout to receive 20% off! Discount good only through 12/18 on Amazon.

WIN A SET! We're giving away a set of Alphabotz to one lucky Simple reader. To enter, visit the Alphabotz website and come back here telling us one thing you learned about the cards!

Extra entries:
Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email on November 20th, 2009.

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88 comments:

  1. These are great! As the child learns the story of the Alphabot, they learn the sound recognitions and words that go along with that particular one. Great tool to work with.

    jaydensmom.2005@yahoo.com

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  2. I love that the cards tell stories on them!!

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  3. It was one of Dr Toy 100 best products

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  4. follow alphabots on twitter saramama

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  5. follow on twitter and tweet http://twitter.com/SaraMama/status/5580751320

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  6. I looked at the site. The cards are a step ahead because they represent the sounds - not just letters. I think that is a huge challenge for kids. Love it.

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  7. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/ohhbetsy/status/5591745144

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  8. and...following @alphabotz on Twitter

    I want it bad.

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  9. I learned that each card contains stats on the Alphabot, including their ability and secret phrase. They look wonderful!
    mommastaci33(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I'm following Alphabotz on Twitter-MommaStaciA.
    mommastaci33(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I'm a Facebook fan of Simple.
    mommastaci33(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. And I'm a fan of Alphabotz on Facebook.
    mommastaci33(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Something I learned - Alphabotz flashcards will take learning and reading to a whole new level of learning through having a good time.

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  14. Following Alphabotz on Twitter.
    @JalapenoMama

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  15. Tweet! @JalapenoMama
    http://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/5598590615

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  16. Facebook fan of Alphabotz
    Barbara Montag

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  17. I learned that Alphabt was designed by a parent and teacher to engage and build confidence in beginning readers.JD

    SamneneD@aol.com

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  18. I love that they tell stories. I would love to win some!

    Thanks - Heidi P.

    h.polcaster@sbcglobal.net

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  19. These cards are nothing short of amazing! we homeschool, and have purchase several different flashcards to get all the phonic pieces, and these have everything you need in one place! I love them!

    courtney_fisk@hotmail.com

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  20. Telling a story to learn different sounds. We'd have fun with these!

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  21. Learn the story of the Alphabot.

    Great!!

    marypres@gmail.com

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  22. they have 50 cards in a set and I like the Imposonator cards, that is a hard concept for kids and the cards would make it easier to learn

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  23. I learned that the card in the back of the box that tells how to introduce the characters, letters, best friends, objects, etc. Plus the kids love the robots! Thank you!

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  24. I follow Alphabotz on Twitter
    kewpiedoll04

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  25. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/kewpiedoll04/status/5650919599

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  26. Facebook fan of Alphabotz
    Judy Brittle

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  27. Facebook fan of Simple
    Judy Brittle

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  28. Great giveaway! I learned that they made the top 100 toy list on Dr. Toy! The site also won an addy award!

    If you can, please stop by my blog; right now I've got a giveaway for natural skincare products! http://stuffparentsneed.blogspot.com/2009/11/luxury-skincare-at-drugstore-prices.html

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  29. it won the Best of Show Interactive award!

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  30. twitter follow them - kgail11

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  31. The idea for Alphabotz came from Pat Vining.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  32. I saw that the cards are rated among the top 100 by Dr Toy!

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  33. I like that they aren't just letter flashcards (cuz those are a dime a dozen) but are for SOUNDS. Pretty nifty. I couldn't make them better myself... and I'm pretty crafty. lol. :)

    mjbc07 at yahoo dot com

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  34. My little boy is obsessed with his ABCs. This is the perfect giveaway. Thanks.

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  35. I rally like that it tells stories...something that is hard to find

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  36. It was on Dr. Toy's 100 best products list.

    calliopecat(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. The cards tell a story on them!

    colleenyamamoto(at)yahoo.com

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  38. I learned that it was one of Dr Toy 100 best products, thanks!

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  39. The cards represent sounds not just letters
    zachsgran1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. I learned Each ALPHABOTZ character represents a sound in the English language, and wears its identifying letter/sound on its chest.

    ReggieM1961 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. Fan of Alphabotz on Facebook'
    (Facebook name: Reggie Mann)

    ReggieM1961 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. I had learned that “A” IS FOR APPLE BUT “A+” IS FOR ALPHABOTZ
    NAMED DR. TOY’S 100 BEST PRODUCTS OF 2009.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  43. Dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    i love how they tell a story to learn, they represent sounds so new and encouraging

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  44. follow alphabotz on twitter
    dreamcleavers
    Dreamcleavers@yahoo.com

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  45. Dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    fan of alphabotz on facebook
    lance pearson

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  46. Dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    fan of yours on facebook
    lance pearson

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  47. I learned that ALPHABOTZ is
    NAMED DR. TOY’S 100 BEST PRODUCTS OF 2009

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  48. I learned that the cards tell a story.
    ag1414@hotmail.com

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  49. I follolw Alphabotz on twitter. ag1414

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  50. I tweeted http://twitter.com/ag1414/status/5862478813

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  51. Alphabotz facebook fan angela.gaffke

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  52. It is on Dr. Toys 100 best products list.

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  53. I learned they are not regular flashcard but they teach sounds
    tmc480(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. I learned that it teaches the children the Alphabet by presenting them with engaging characters.
    jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  55. Became a friend of Alphabotz on Twitter
    jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  56. Became a fan of Alphabotz of Facebook
    jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  57. I am a FB fan of Simle Reviews
    jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  58. Tweeted your giveaway http://twitter.com/MACMOMof3/status/5880753733

    jesskaufman at hotmail dot com

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  59. It won the Best of Show Interactive award..
    These would be great to win!!

    sallylynnsara@hotmail.com

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  60. I learned that learned these cards were designed by a parent and teacher.

    fly18grl21(at)aol(dot)com

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  61. It was on Dr. Toy's 100 best products list.

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  62. The cards are a step ahead because they represent the sounds - not just letters.

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  63. EAch Alphabotz is a character that represents a letter/sound in the Alphabet!

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  64. I am a fan of Alphabotz on Facebook!
    Tricia Gatte Andrews

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  65. I am a fan of yours on Facebook!
    Tricia Gatte Andrews

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  66. It was one of Dr Toy 100 best products

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  67. I love that children can unlock mysteries, and learning their ABC's can be fun.

    heatherstamper09@aol.com

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  68. I saw on their site that they have an award for Dr. Toy's 100 best products list.

    fcscheermom(at)aol(dot)com

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  69. I learned that each card has a cute character to go with it. Instead of just learning A is for Apple they have a more engaging approach to teaching children.


    Our5Bunch@aol.com

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  70. These cards sound really great. I work with children and this would be a great tool for learning. I learned that the cards contain a different Alphabot.

    Lourdes
    ladylourdes1@aol.com

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  71. I leanred that:

    Each ALPHABOTZ character represents a sound in the English language, and wears its identifying letter/sound on its chest.

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  72. I follow Alphabotz on twitter!

    zestywonderland

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  73. Follow on Twitter & Tweeted!
    Username: ZESTYWONDERLAND

    ZESTYWONDERLAND@GMAIL.COM

    http://twitter.com/ZESTYWONDERLAND/status/5899725635

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  74. Facebook Fan of Alphabotz!
    ZESTYWONDERLAND

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  75. FACEBOOK FAN OF SIMPLE Reviews!

    ZESTYWONDERLAND

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  76. this looks really neat I have two kids that this could definitely help, one is 2 and the other just turned 6.

    homemom3@gmail.com

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  77. they made the top 100 Dr toy toys list
    rjs682(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  78. I just tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/homemom3/status/5905895420

    homemom3@gmail.com

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  79. The cards represent sounds rather than just the letters

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  80. I love that the cards tell stories on them!!

    rajee@momsfocusonline.com

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  81. Become a friend of Alphabotz on Twitter

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  82. Became (or already be) a Facebook fan of Simple

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