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Patch Products {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Once my son turned 3, my husband and I decided he was old enough to start playing games, so we got Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders for our family for Christmas. We had fun playing for about the first 10 times. After that, my husband and I would both cringe when he would ask to play either game. It wasn’t necessarily the game’s fault–he was young and would make up his own rules or would get really mad when he wouldn’t win–but the games definitely got real old real fast. Now he’s almost 4 and can handle more complicated and mature games, like card games. One of my favorite  card games that I played with my dad growing up was Go Fish, and Patch Products has put a new spin on this classic game with Go Oink® and Go Ape®!

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Patch Products sells games, construction sets, educational toys and puzzles, all with the main goal of families having FUN! They began making just puzzles in 1985 and since then have grown to produce hundreds of games and toys for kids and adults alike. Some of their more popular games include Farkle Frenzy®, The Game of Things…®, Bed Bugsâ„¢, Malarky® and Shark Attackâ„¢. They also have a huge line of  brand-licensed games including Dora, Clifford, SpongeBob and Where the Wild Things Are.

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I was sent a copy of both Go Ape® and Go Oink® to review. Both games immediately became family favorites! We play Go Ape® at least once a day, and we rotate in Go Oink® every few days. Both games are similar to Go Fish, but instead of asking for a specific card to get three-of-a-kind, you have to act out what is on your card. So, in Go Ape®, you act out the action that the monkey is doing on your card. There are some really funny ones, and playing with a 3-year old is even funnier. We definitely have some favorite cards that, when one of us picks, make us giggle in anticipation to act it out. Of course, just like in the regular game, if the other player doesn’t have the card you asked for, you say “Go Ape” and they pick from the pile. Go Oink® is similar, except there are cartoon pictures of animals on the cards and you have to make the corresponding animal noise to ask for a card. We found that, before you play, you should go through all the cards and designate sounds for each animal. Most are very straightforward, but a few, like the lion and the bear, can sound similar, and it’s best to establish your “house rules” before you play to avoid confusion.

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These games are definitely fun and hilarious to play together as a family. My 3-year old was able to pick up the mechanics of the game after about 3 games, though he still has a hard time holding his cards without showing them to us, so we have to employ a little creative cheating/non-cheating when playing with him. My 1 1/2-year old can even play Go Oink® with us when someone is helping because she can make the animal sounds! The cards are sturdy and mostly durable; we’ve only had one get permanently creased after being sucked on for about 5 minutes by my teething daughter. The illustrations on the cards are colorful and cute and for Go Ape®, are fairly easy to mimic.

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I would HIGHLY recommend these games to anyone who loves to play games as a family. They are playable for ages 3+ and would even be funny with a group of adults. We have LOVED both games and will continue to play them as long as we can. Seriously, I don’t even mind playing them multiple times a day, unlike some other games I’ve already mentioned 🙂 You can purchase them online or at select brick-and-mortar retailers (JoAnn Fabrics and Sears are some I saw in a quick online search). The games are $9.99 in the cute Ape– or Pig-shaped carrying case, but just the Go Ape® cards by themselves are only $6.99–what a deal! Seriously, go check these games out and have fun with your family tonight!

Enter below to win either Go Ape® or Go Oink®!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of August 26th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Patch Products, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Duck Duck Moose Educational Apps {GIVEAWAY} — CLOSED

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At my house, we have a little thing we like to call “Quiet Time.” Since my 3-year old no longer naps, we have Quiet Time when my daughter is napping and Mommy needs a break. Quiet Time used to involve my son, “Ralph,” watching (the same) movie every day, but ever since my brother and sister-in-law so graciously gave us an iPad for Christmas, Quiet Time has turned into iPad Time. My brother and sister-in-law are Apple Genuises (really!) and gave us the iPad pre-loaded with all sorts of cool books and educational apps for kids. There are a few that are pretty annoying that I wish he’d never found, but some of my favorites come from a company called Duck Duck Moose.

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Duck Duck Moose was started in 2008 by three friends who were having a hard time  finding educational apps for their own children. Since then, they’ve created 16 apps that teach kids skills like reading, math, music and creativity. All 16 apps are available for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, and two are available for Android (with more to come in the future). In addition to their educational apps, they also have two music albums, Favorite Spanish Songs by Jose-Luis Orozco, and Duck Duck Music, which can both be purchased on iTunes. Duck Duck Music is a collection of favorite kid songs like “Bingo,” “Yankee Doodle,” Old MacDonald,” and my favorite, “Down By the Bay.” The singer’s voice is lovely and the arrangements are such that they have made songs that are usually annoying become fun and sing-along-able. It’s definitely a favorite at our house!

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But back to their apps. We have Wheels on the Bus, and we were sent codes for Musical Me and More Trucks, all for the iPad (HD versions).  Wheels on the Bus is more of an interactive book than a game-type app. It takes you through the song verse by verse and you can click on things like the wipers, the door, the horn, etc., and they make their respective sound/action. The “Wheels on the Bus” song plays in the background while you are in the app, and the coolest part is you can change the song to play in Spanish, Italian, German, a few different instruments (including the kazoo!), OR you can record yourself singing and play that in the background instead!

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Musical Me is an app that  teaches rhythm, pitch, instruments and notes. There are different activities you can do and they are all set to classic children’s songs. You can change songs for each activity and the instructions are fairly easy to follow. However, my three-year old son, who is fairly musically inclined, had a hard time staying interested in the app. I’m not sure if it was a little too advanced for him or just not his thing, but it does say it is recommended for ages 3 and up, so take that as you will.

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If I couldn’t get “Ralph” to get into Musical Me, I couldn’t get him to STOP playing More Trucks! This app is totally his thing. You can watch my video review of it below, or, just know that if you have a two- or three-year old boy and you want something to keep him busy for at least 30 minutes, THIS is the app to get him!

What I love most about Duck Duck Moose’s apps is that they are all colorful with cute illustrations, easy-to-follow instructions, and they teach usable things. I figure if my son is going to spend time playing a game on the iPad, I’d rather him learn something while he’s at it, and he’s bound to with any Duck Duck Moose app. You can check out the rest of their apps on their website or the iTunes store, where they are all $1.99 each (expect Wheels on the Bus, which is $0.99). The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus apps are available for Android, also for only $1.99. If you can’t make up your mind on which apps to buy, you can see some clips of each app on their YouTube page.

Enter to win TWO apps of your choice for your Apple or Android device!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 20th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Duck Duck Moose, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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