Learn to Play Chess with Fun Family Chess {a review}

Brain Blox Fun Family Chess

We *love* playing games in our house. I like to stick to basic, simple games we can all play that don’ require I learn a lot of rules (haha). This is why I have avoided learning Chess … I’ve never played in my entire life, until we received http://quietinthechaos.com/always-initiating-texts-gay-dating/ by http://quietinthechaos.com/five-best-online-dating-sites-for-over-70/.

This has quickly become one of my personal favorite games, as well as a family favorite! I can officially mark learning chess off my list of things to do one day. =) If you’ve been intimidated to learn or teach chess in the past, this is the game for you and your family.

What’s inside the box?

  • the very nice folding chess board, which is the container for the pieces (also lined in a soft material for quiet storage of said pieces)
  • 32 wooden chess pieces
  • playing cube
  • 2 velvet-y bags to contain the pieces-one for dark set, one for light set
  • 2 reference cards
  • a handy chess instruction booklet

fun family chess game in the box


How is Fun Family Chess different from regular Chess?

  • you roll a dice to choose your play; if you can’t make that move (ex: you no longer have that piece, or that movement is blocked) you roll again until you can move
  • each piece is featured on the dice, except the king
  • when you roll the star, you can move any piece you wish (and this is the only way to move your king)
  • the board has pictures to help players set up correctly
  • pictures on the board match the pieces and reference cards; each of these are color coded to show what piece to move and how to move it
  • you win by capturing the opponents King
  • there is no check, checkmate, etc in Fun Family Chess- just capture the King

Fun Family Chess

For our family, all of whom had never played chess before, this has been a great introduction to playing the game! We have loved learning to play with Fun Family Chess. The reference cards and color coding has helped so much with understanding how each piece moves, something I have never understood in my almost 34 years. Now my kids are able to set up and play the game without any help from me.

fun family chess opening box

My two older children (newly 7 and 9) learned the game so fast because of how Brain Blox has set up the game- rolling the dice takes out the hard part of learning strategy, allowing kids to focus on how to move, the names of pieces, and how to set up, first. Then, they can gradually start playing more and more like traditional chess. My children very quickly tried their hand at playing without the cube, just using strategy and the reference cards, but still not check-mating, or castling. The game board itself helps to set up everyone up for success and understanding with the simple illustrations that are clean, and easy to match with their pieces.

This is by far one of my son’s favorite games, and with all the benefits chess brings to the table (ha-pun intended), I don’t mind him playing it as often as he likes with his siblings. I love that he can easily refer to the reference cards to figure out the name of a piece when he forgets, and the cards have such simple to understand, color coded visuals for how each piece moves.

Y’all, I never really thought we would ever start learning to play chess, but I am so glad we have!

fun family chess board face

fun family chess, game set up

Fun Family Chess is simple enough for my 5 year old to play against me with some help, but challenging enough for my older kiddos to enjoy playing more competitively. This is definitely going on my “suggested Christmas gifts” list!

Brain Blox’s incredibly helpful videos are fun, and easy to understand if you need a visual explanation or some clarification (like I did). You can find their chess videoshttp://quietinthechaos.com/dating-of-pregnancy-by-ultrasound/e, or on the Brain Blox youtube channel.




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At Home Multisensory Program for Cognitive Development and Retained Reflexes {a review}

The Sound for Life Ltd program, Soundsory, is a sound based, multisensory approach to help those with various development delays, sensory sensitivites, and retained reflexes. Anyone over the age of 3 can benefit from the headphones, equipped with Bone Conduction “to develop sensory integration and establish core foundations.”

A description of the program is the first section of the video, you can find the steps for using it starting around the 5 minute mark.

The first part of the program is listening for about 20 minutes, and then about 5 minutes of music with exercises. The exercises vary each day. It is a simple, but effective program.

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Reading Skills for Kids with Reading Eggs {a review}

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We have used Math Seeds by Reading Eggs with my 4 year old. Now my second grade, newly turned 7 year old has been using their 200 Essential Reading Skills for Second Grade. You can check out all their workbooks HERE.

Reading Eggs Grade 2

These workbook style reading lessons are short, and will help improve reading and critical thinking skills. Lesson focus is divided by day, with days 1 and 2 for comprehension, day 3 spelling, day 4 a spelling lesson that builds from day 3, and day 5 a grammar lesson. There is also review built in to the lessons. The pages are colorful, with helpful tips and instructions that are easy to understand.

There are 72 comprehension lessons that includes both non fiction and fiction passages to give children exposure to many types of text; poetry, novels, plays, informational, persuasive and imaginative texts. 72 spelling lessons covering the most common spelling rules such as digraphs oo, ar, or, suffixes, homophones, the sound of k/ck, and the list goes on. 36 grammar lessons cover adverbs, possessive nouns, simple sentences, punctuation, capitalization, conjunctions, etc.

Parents and teachers will find an entire lesson layout covering the week, days, and the lesson focus with its objective (ex: verb endings, main idea, making inferences, endings:y, ey, irregular plurals, etc). There are 36 weeks of lessons, which you can choose to double up, or spread out. There is also a Year Planner chart page for those of us that are visual.

Reading Eggs Grade 2

What We Think About it & How We Use It

Lessons took us about 15-20 minutes tops, but usually less. My son enjoyed the grammar lessons most, but found all the skills fun and the lessons easy to follow. The lessons aren’t cut and dry; they vary with games, drawing, using pictures for clues, matching, sorting, and more! Sometimes I have to help Mister with a problem on the page, but mostly he is able to work independently after reading the lesson instructions.

In the comprehension lessons students use fun strategies like circling, drawing a shape above, boxing, underlining and coloring to mark what they know, have read, etc. This helps them find the information when answering the comprehension questions. Mister really enjoyed this part, because it was like “solving a puzzle.” =)

Reading Eggs Grade 2

Reading Eggs Grade 2

I like that these workbooks cover the basics, cover them well, and aren’t long boring lessons. Anytime we can cut table time down in our homeschool we do so! This workbooks definitely helps in that area, if you’re a workbook style student/parent combo. And, even if you’re not, but you want something for reviewing basic skills or practicing, these are great lessons that your child can get through without painful hours of frustration and complaining.


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Music Appreciation with Living Books {a review}

Zeezok Publishing

In our homeschool, I try to add in (loop schedule style) elements of beauty; picture study, artist study, and nature study. During this season, our family has been enjoying Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades by Zeezok Publishing.

What It Is

Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades collection includes:

  • a student activity book
  • Frederic Chopin, Early Years
  • Frederic Chopin, Later Years
  • Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff
  • Adventures of Richard Wagner
  • Stephen Foster and His Little Dog Tray
  • The Young Brahms
  • The Story of Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Peter Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet
  • Edward MacDowell and His Cabin in the Pines

These nine biographies (seven composers), are good and beautiful! They are truly living books, written in such a way that children want to hear more! These aren’t dry textbooks, or twaddly “fact” books.

Zeezok Publishing- music appreciation with living books

Each book is written in a story like fashion, the text is large enough for young children (and mamas, haha) to read easily, and every book has lovely black and white illustrations. Some books are hardcover, while others are softcover.

Zeezok Publishing- music appreciation with living books

What We Think & How We Used It

I love that the literature books have music pieces in the back, along with Q-Codes, so we can scan and listen easily. (These are also found in the student book.) The books illustrated by Christine Price are my absolute favorites (they also have a lot of pictures)!  We really enjoyed reading these aloud during our morning time.

For our homeschool, I chose to read aloud the wonderful books, and have my oldest work through starting with the composer of her choice. She chose to begin with the Adventures of Richard Wagner because it looked most interesting to her. We read aloud during morning time a few days a week starting with that book, then moved on through Stephen Foster and His Little Dog Tray and Frederic Chopin, Early Years.  While I continues on reading aloud, I let the 9 year old read independently, work through the activity book pages, and scan the Q codes with my phone.

Zeezok Publishing- music appreciation with living books

The student activity book is chocked full of information, charts, and fun! Each composer’s section has colored labeled tabs for easy navigation. Pages are thick and take pencil and erasing well.

The beginning of each section has a weekly outline of topics, activities, and required reading for each week. Students first read the week’s assigned reading before starting the activity book-they will then fill in comprehension questions, take multiple choice quizzes, and do some matching.

The activity book isn’t all question and answer though! The pages are full of information and fun! I love that each composer has a character qualities section. There are page numbers where students can find an example of each character trait in the assigned reading.

You will find sections like tidbits of interest where students can find paragraphs of information to help clarify reading, elaborate on people of history from the reading, and other any background information about the composer. Other sections vary by composer but a few include: geography, family background, impact of the music on culture, popular music and book from the time, recipes, app alerts with QR Code, and so much more.

The activity book is full of color, pictures, and and journaling prompts! The journaling aspect of this program, along with the living books, makes it so unique to other curricula. We really enjoyed the journaling prompts-we keep a writing notebook and chose to use that for the prompts. There is an option for creating lapbooks instead of a journal-we love lapbooks, too!

This program has been a blessing to our family. It is simple to use, the books are lovely, and because the activity book is geared for mid grades (I’d say a fluent reader who writes easily will enjoy this) my 9 year old was able to do it independently. It made adding beauty to our homeschool routine easy and fun!

I encourage you to check out all Zeezok has to offer, because I have made a large wish list looking at their website!

Happy homeschooling!

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Homeschool History with Timeline Book {a review}


Our family enjoys studying history, and we have *loved* using Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures  from Home School in the Woods. These are so much fun to add to our timeline book, but there are lots of fun ways to use this printable collection of timeline figures!

You can learn more about teaching with timelines HERE. Using this collection for lapbooks is a great idea, as well! Learn about using lapbooks for history in your homeschool, HERE.

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The Heart Changer- a mid grade novel {a review}

Our family (my oldest child in particular) enjoys learning through historical fiction; we have been reading a wonderful Biblical fiction book from Jarm Del Boccio, titled The Heart Changer.

The paperback is 116 pages, with a glossy cover and thick, bright white pages.
The Heart Changer opens with a poem, The Master Weaver, and closes with a beautiful note from the author.
The fictional details of a true account in the Bible bring meaning to what may have been happening to a young girl behind-the-scenes; her life story may seem almost insignificant at first glance, but The Heart Changer is a book that helps dive a little deeper to see God’s hand at work in this famous Old Testament story.

This is the story of a young Israelite girl and the heartache she endures, the losses she experiences, and the changes she goes through. Much like our every day lives, Mirriam has no idea that the Lord’s plans for her life far exceed the angst and tragedy she has endured thus far. Torn from her family during an attack and chosen to serve the family in charge of destroying her village, Mirriam must overcome these obstacles (and more) in order to fulfill God’s victorious plan for her life, and those she will impact.

We hear Mirriam’s dialogue as she talks to God, wonders about Him, his authority, and his will. We watch as her heart changes from almost rebellious against The All Powerful One (because He could have stopped everything bad from happening) to one of love, understanding, and faithfulness.

She comes to realize, through the people Jehovah has placed in her life, that He is A God that Sees.
He sees her, her family’s situation, and all along had a plan of redemption.

I will say, seeing some favorite people from the Old Testament emerge in this book was exciting!

What We Think and How We Used It

My almost 9 year old, third grade daughter read The Heart Changer front to back in the course of a day and couldn’t put it down! We talked about what Biblical fiction means, in relation to history, and fact vs fiction. She enjoyed comparing this fictional book to the Bible’s Old Testament book, used as the base of the story.

We also used the free Teacher’s Guide (provided on the book’s page) to open some discussion, and learn more about life surrounding the story. The what’s in a name activities were the most fun- we looked up the Biblical characters’ names, our family names, and the different names of God. We enjoyed finding where those names are found in Scripture, and how they’re used differently. The Teacher’s Guide offers other activities and recipes that can be made together.

This book is lovely, and has been a blessing to our family. It would make a perfect gift for a young (or old) person in your life-it is suitable for ages 7+, easy to follow the story line, and full of surprises.


The Heart Changer {a middle grade Biblical fiction story}

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Homeschool Writing with Memoria Press {a review}

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Memoria Press has hit a home run, again, with their Simply Classical Writing Book One: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) and Simply Classical Writing Book Two: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) with Teacher Key. We have been using these for writing practice, and I *love* them.

As with everything we’ve tried from Memoria Press, my children have been eager to use the books, and it has been very easy to implement in our homeschool.

About Simply Classical Writing

Simply Classical Writing Book One: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) is set up in an easy to use format. The beginning pages provide all the “rules” of writing the student will be using during the book (and in life, of course). The simple lessons include color coding parts of sentences (green for the first capital letter, red for ending punctuation, etc), sentencing copying, and creating sentences on their own.

What do Lessons Look Like

In Book 1, students should look over the rules about sentences in the beginning as review, of the book before lessons. Of course this could be done orally with the parent. I really like that they have broken down the Teacher’s Notes in day by day steps. There are also modification suggestions (yay!) and helpful ideas if some of the work is too easy. This makes it fun, and creates confident learners.

My soon to be first grade son has been *begging* to work in this book! He really enjoys it; I think he likes unscrambling the words to make a sentence and color coding the most.

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You will begin each lesson by reading the assigned Bible story, learning the rule of that lesson (or reviewing), and then work through a creative exercise that involves applying the rules to writing sentences. Creative exercises may be a copying a decodable sentence, a read aloud sentence, illustrating the Bible story the lesson focuses on, and writing a sentence to describe that picture. Color coding parts of the sentences helps solidify the rules of writing. I really like how the lessons put emphasis on different parts of writing-like proper nouns, describing words, etc.

In Book 2, my 8 year old has been working independently. She also enjoys her lessons, and wanted to begin at the beginning of her book… my little Type A 😉

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This book provides writing and grammar rules (yay for grammar), copywork, and opportunities for students to create their own good sentences every week. The Teacher’s Guide provides How to Teach step by step instructions, as well as Additional Tips. I really like how Memoria Press includes information for parents that helps them understand some developmental elements to our children’s learning- it is natural for children to make certain mistakes, and they ease parents minds with a little info here.

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In Book 2’s Teacher Guide you will find a suggested schedule offering 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, and 4-day schedules. Rules About Sentences are provided in both student books and the TG.

For lessons, teacher and student will read the assigned Bible story, follow the directions for the lesson(s) based on the schedule you have chosen … or go at your own pace like we do (which is doing more than one lesson)! And then edit the work together. I like the emphasis Memoria Press places on gentle correction of any errors. Writing is actually pretty complicated for children- it requires a lot from their brains. Few people are born natural writers; most students need gentle practice, and lots of it.

The process these books take to break down writing so students can fine tune their skills really helps solidify those rules of grammar and composition. i like that further into the books I see words like similiesadverbs, and even categorizing.

Memoria Press has integrated reading, writing, and grammar seamlessly in Simply Classical Writing Book One: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) and Simply Classical Writing Book Two: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition).

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Homeschool Planner with The Old Schoolhouse® {a review}

The Old Schoolhouse® has issued their Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner for 2019/20 Year written by Gena Suarez! This year’s cover is absolutely beautiful. This homeschool planner is going to keep you organized, and on top of your game this year!

You may have read about how I plan before, but mostly I journal what we have done as we do it. The other thing I do is plan out developmental and educational goals for each child for the year (this includes the tot as well). These plans remind me of our goals as we go through the year, and I am able to write out how they have accomplished that goal, vs worrying about adding in a lot of worksheets/busy-work as “evidence” for our hard work. =)

The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner has metal spiral binding, thick, high quality paper, numbered pages, and so much potential for the school year! The monthly calendar spreads begin with July 2019, and provide ample room for writing in special dates, activities, doodles, lists, and all the things! All the monthly calendar spreads with their coordinating devotional, and notes pages are found in the front of the planner.

All the week of pages are found after that; their spreads again, offer freedom to plan in a way that fits you best! If you’re taking off a week- no need to fill in the dates and information. You can use the grid however best suits your family. There are columns for 5 children, and 7 rows to fill however you wish- days of the week or by subject.

My favorite part of the planner are the goals pages-

In the back of the planner are goals pages for each child (up to 5). These pages contain goals for the year, and then provide forms for you to break those goals down by semester.

So how I use these pages, and incorporate it into the rest of my planner?

I write out the goals for each child under the yearly form. Then I break that down into semester goals, on the correlating page. I will then go to the monthly spread we are working in (August for example), and jot down the goals we want to work on that month. This keeps the goals right in my face, where I will see it and know we have a focus, an intention for all we are doing (both at the school table and in life). That makes it so easy to know what we have accomplished, what we are still working on, struggling on, and brings to light what we may need to add to our goals.


The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Planner has room for everything you need to plan your school year! The space, mama devotionals, and planning forms will help keep you organized, on top of goals, and feeling confident! It has really helped me think about how we can simplify and amplify our homeschool learning!

They’ve already sold out 98% of this print run, and have no plans to print more this year. So hurry and get yours!

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Homeschool Math & Logic (plus a coupon code)- The Critical Thinking Co. {a review}

One of the most popular posts on my blog has been about math and logic in early childhood education, so I know my readers are always looking for math ideas! That’s why I was excited about this review-
My 8 year old has been using The Critical Thinking Co.‘s Pattern Explorer Beginning (for grades 3-4) physical book (they offer a digital version) for logic, fun, and developing her number sense. Read towards the end for a free shipping offer + a great coupon code from The Critical Thinking Co.!

Pattern Explorer The Critical THinking Co

What it is

Pattern Explorer Beginning is a book of 40 pattern problems divided into the following 5 themes:

  1. Pattern Predictor
  2. Equality Explorer
  3. Sequence Sleuth
  4. Number Ninja
  5. Function Finder

As the student moves through the 84 page book, the problems get more difficult, building upon one another. This is a book you would have a child complete in order, not pull from randomly for enrichment. Of course if a child is ready to begin in a different spot, they could always choose to start further into the book. The pages are perforated for easy removal and the paper is high quality 9very little shadowing through the page), bright white paper.

Something I was happy to see in the book is the acknowledgement that these books, this whole process of developing, is challenging! I often refer to my teaching degree program here on the blog, but this is one of those times I can attest to what the product is saying- Yes! Moving from the developmental stage of concrete thinker onto abstract thinker is something we can nourish and support, but not something we can force. By giving a child these pattern problems, we aren’t “making them smarter,” we are enriching what is already developing.

I wasn’t an abstract thinker until almost high school, it seemed. I struggled through honors math in 8th grade. I simply *couldn’t* get the abstract thought that was required for the work. Then I hit 9th grade and *boom* I not only loved math, but was finally GOOD at it! It just took time for me; my brother on the other hand seemed to live in an abstract world and was able to understand the harder math younger than I could.

So when the book suggests it is for 3-4th grade, and your 3rd grader is struggling, please know it is normal and the book itself is a process. It is fun, and meant to be like working a puzzle on paper, using numbers. It isn’t meant to judge cognitive ability, or assess a child. It is to be pursued

with a sense of adventure and perseverance. Some pattern discoveries may come quickly, while others may require patience and determination.

Each activity has a companion hints and solutions section towards the back of the book, so students can check their work, but also, when a student gets stuck, they can get a hint for how to move forward.  Also I really like that the publisher has provided solutions that may be most common, but emphasizes there is more than one way to solve a problem. Every child’s thought process will be unique to them, and that is not only okay, but just as it should be!

How We Use Pattern Explorer Beginning

My daughter worked on the book about 3 days a week; it was a real challenge for her (in a good way). She is a younger 2/3rd grade level, just beginning multiplication in her 2nd grade math curriculum, so this book advanced for her pretty quickly. But she has loved it so far! Because she didn’t know all her multiplication facts, I printed her a simple multiplication table chart from the SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This gave her the numbers she needed to help her especially with the Number Ninja puzzles.

In the first Number Ninja puzzle, she was given 4 blank boxed-the instructions were something like “write whole numbers in the empty boxes so their product equals the number on the right fo reach row, and the number on the bottom for each column.” Yes, we had to read the directions more than once 😉 haha… mama included! But she did it! She used her multiplication chart for the times tables she didn’t yet know, and she worked through many of those problems!Math and Logic Puzzle Problems Patterns

I love seeing her thought process on paper, how she uses what she knows- using tally marks, addition, making groups, pairs, etc) to solve the problems is so neat to me. During my student teaching internship, I was never surprised by the ability of my students, but it still doesn’t change how in awe I am of children’s minds.

It is even more fun being a part of it as their homeschooling mama. =) I am really appreciative to companies like The Critical Thinking Co. that make math and problem solving fun and challenging in our homeschools!


Pattern Problems Critical Thinking Co

You can see ample space is provided for writing the answers to this pattern challenge … my daughter squeezed them in above the question, rather than below. Don’t ask me why.

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This offer expires Expires: 12/31/2019. I can’t wait to add one of their other books to our homeschool (and who doesn’t love free shipping?!)

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Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs: Egglo Eggs {a review}

This post was written 5 years ago, and still these eggs are a joyous tradition in our home! While you can no longer find these specific eggs for Resurrection Sunday, you can purchase the scrolls to go inside any glow in the dark egg HERE.
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In our home, we have never done Easter egg hunts, or Easter baskets.  In the spring, the kids get a spring basket, that is completely separate from Easter itself.

For the Resurrection, we read scripture leading up to that Sunday, learn about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, and have a nice family dinner.  We avoid Easter bunnies and chocolate- Everything is pretty low key.

I had the chance to review Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs and the book, The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure by Egglo Entertainment.

About The Program

Egglo Eggs are different; they aren’t just another egg you stuff full of candy for your children to hunt on Easter morning.  This program is based on John 1:5, “The Light shines in the dark and the darkness has not overcome it.”  This entire set encourages your children to learn, love, and truly enjoy the real meaning of Easter. Though it is designed for children ages 4-13, it can be adapted for all ages.  I used it with my three year old and 18 month old.

Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs and The Great Easter Adventure book are fun and Christ centered.  The eggs either have a beautiful cross on them or are plain.  There are 12 in a box, consisting of four colors- blue, green, yellow, and pink.

What I received

  • A box (12 eggs) Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs  ($11.99)
  • The book The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure ($12.99)
  • The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure audio download ($2.99)
  • Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls ($4.29)
  • The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide ($14.99)

How we use the Program

Lexie and Max are both obsessed with eggs in general- Max likes to eat them, Lexie likes to crack them when we bake.  We have one little play egg, I am not even sure where it came from, but they both obsessively play with it.  Now that we have the entire set of glow in the dark Egglo Eggs, they like to go in the closet and watch them glow; we charge them several times a day!  haha

I overheard big sister telling the tot, “Now, this light is just like the light Jesus.”

I wasn’t really sure if they would be into hunting the eggs, but I laid them on the counter and let them “charge” under the light so they would glow really well.  The directions say to let them charge for about 30 minutes in direct sunlight, or 45 minutes under in-home lights.

So, we looked through the book (which in many ways was over Lexie’s 3 year old head, but was valuable non the less.  Then I hid the eggs in her room (we have blackout shades in there so it was nice and dark) while they waited in the hall.

*I cannot tell you how much fun they had hunting for these glow-in-the-dark eggs!*  But then, Lexie also understood the lesson of the glowing eggs, what they represent, and how they tie into Easter.  It was a win-win for us all!

hunting egglo glow in the dark easter eggs

(it was dark in her room, but the flash on my camera is on)

We may have hidden and found the eggs a dozen times the first day.   Quite possibly more.  She has asked to do them once a day ever since.  They are such a joy and I feel good about using them in our home.

After we tired out from the excitement of hunting the eggs, the kids enjoyed coloring some of the pages from The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide.  There was something in there for both the kids to enjoy.  The program guide includes lots of valuable activities, fun snack recipes, and items to print to add to your Egglo Eggs.  It is also set up for both schools/churches and families.  I highly recommend purchasing it to accompany your eggs.

As part of my review, I received the scripture scrolls as well- we love these!  They take the eggs to a whole new level.  We put the scrolls inside our eggs before hiding them, and then after the kids found all the eggs, we opened each one.  Lexie thought it would be fun to choose a few scriptures as our memory verses for the coming weeks.  Max just liked to shake them inside the eggs and make music.  =)

Egglo Scripture Scrolls for Easter Eggs

Overall Experience

Our experience with the Glow In The Dark Egglo Eggs and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure has been a positive one.  It was a great way to add a little more fun into our Easter celebration, and keep Christ in the center of it all.  Lexie understands the real meaning of Easter, and the little Mister is on his way to understanding too.  That is what this program is about- and that is why I can gladly suggest this program to anyone interested in doing an Easter egg hunt or celebration with their children.

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