What better way to kick off a new year than by offering a fantastic, and educational, giveaway to our dear readers? If you have children between the ages of 3 and 8 you are going to love what My Storytime Friends has to offer!
The My Storytime Friends kit includes a plush stuffed animal, a beautifully illustrated hard cover story book, and membership to My Storytime Friends online & Book of the Month club. The My Storytime Friends membership includes: a new free book each month, online games, learning tools, and audio versions of all stories.
Similar to the Build a Bear concept, My Storytime Friends offer a fun line of dress up clothes: playwear, fanciful fashion, character costumes, and jammies, making the plush bear a fun toy as well as an educational assistant. I tried not to let the kids go crazy on this part of the site, but they did ooh and aah over a couple of the cute outfit options.
With each book of the month Storytime Friends gives you the option of downloading and printing the book, printing a corresponding coloring book, listening to an interactive audio book, downloading the MP3 of the book, or using the hard copy to read. As a former classroom teacher I can see the benefits of each of these methods as students read, re-read, and practice retelling to display their comprehension. I especially love the MP3 options as I used to find myself reading story after story onto cassette tapes for classroom use.
The site also gives older children the opportunity to post a review of each book that they interact with. This is an authentic way to practice important writing skills, as well as story recall.
After reviewing the product and site, it is exciting to imagine all the possibilities My Storytime Friends offer for children for both academic and entertainment purposes. If you'd like to hear more about the product you may enjoy reading Katie's, Katie's Nesting Spot, review as well.
One reader of ABC & 123 will win a My Storytime Friends kit (retail $39.99).
We would love for you to win. If you'd like to enter please leave a comment on this post. It would also be great if you'd take a minute to check out the My Storytime Friends site for yourself.
Entry in this giveaway will close on Wednesday, January 13th at midnight EST.