Yesterday at Joy School I did shaving cream painting with the kids. We didn’t have a table big enough so we did it on the kitchen floor. They LOVED it!
My youngest, who just turned two, has been a little slower to reach most developmental stages. She didn’t walk until 18 months. She just turned 2 and is finally starting to say about 5-10 words–average for a 2 year old is 50 words. She is no where near there yet. The words she does use are mostly just the beginning sounds and she doesn’t use them in the right context yet. Her language mostly consists of me saying a word, and then sometimes she will repeat it.
Because of this, we were referred by our pediatrician to get some extra help for our daughter? I’m both relieved and hopeful. The more help we can get now, the better for her later!
One of my daughter’s favorite games to play in her program is this cute little sorting game. It is so simple and easy for even young toddlers, but it is lots of fun! Plus with this one game you accomplish a couple different ways to play.
To play the Toddler Sorting Games you’ll need just a few things:
- 6 tin muffin tin – I found one at the dollar store (You can use a muffin tin from your kitchen but only sort in 3-6 of the compartments. If you use all the tins it can be too overwhelming)
- Colored sorters – You can use colored pom poms also from the dollar store or these counting bears I found on Amazon.
You could also use something like colored mini marshmallows or fruit loops but we had a hard time sorting them because they were all getting eaten to quick!
Play the Toddler Sorting Games!
To begin, put a different color item (whatever you’re using) in each muffin tin cup.
Next, hand your child one sorter at a time and ask your toddler to find the match. If they get it wrong just say “nope, try again!” You might have to help for the first few times tell they figure it out.
Continue sorting them one by one until they are all full!
Once your child can match up all the colors than you can continue the play while teaching them new things. Here are two different ways to play.
Variations of the Toddler Sorting Game
For this toddler sorting game you’ll set it up the same as before with one sorter in each tin compartment. Next you hold up two different colors, one in each hand. Example: one red and one blue. You then ask “Do you want the red?” (and show it to them) “Or the blue?” (and then show that one). Let them pick, and have them try to say the color once the pick one. Then they can match it up like in the first game.
With this toddler sorting game we are teaching colors. Set it up the same as the previous games. This time you can offer the child a whole bowl of sorters and ask “find the green.” Once they find the green one have them match it all up with the green in the muffin tin. Repeat with various colors until the muffin cups are full. If the child picks the wrong color just say ”nope, try again!” until they get the correct color.
With these three different variations you can help your child to 1) recognize the differences with the colors, 2) be able to say the names, and 3) then finally doing it all on their own!
I know this is a simple game but my toddler has so much fun and it is an easy way to teach toddlers colors and words. I think it would also be fun to try with different objects like dinosaurs and cars mixed together.
Have you played any fun games to teach your child concepts and words? I’d love to hear what worked for you!
This Sunday the world will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday! In honor of the man who contributed so much to the lives of children everywhere I’ve created this free printable of Fun Facts about Dr. Seuss! If you’d like to print out these fun facts about Dr. Seuss simply click on the image or the link below it. It will print out without my watermark.
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Early childhood education has always been very important to me. Though I’m not an educator by profession, I’ve always been interested in and passionate about the capacity of children to exceed our current educational expectations (i.e. our educational systems’ expectations).
While I don’t believe in drilling my kids for hours on end in a boring, creatively desolate environment
oh, wait, I do send my kids to public school, I do provide ample opportunities for them to learn through play. Current technology has given parents a wealth of fun, creative and educational games and programs for our children’s enrichment.
Recently, I was introduced to an online computer learning system called “Reading Eggs”. Reading Eggs is a fun and engaging program designed for kids ages 3-7 who are learning to read. With over 120 lessons Reading Eggs provides fairly comprehensive reading introduction and instruction.
My middle son, “Little Brother”, is about to turn four and has been reading simple three to four letter words for a while now. He is so excited about learning to read and I am eager to harness that excitement and give him something that will teach and challenge him.
Sign up was really simple. You can actually receive a free 5 week trial to decide if you like it before you subscribe. That is really helpful. If your experience has been anything like ours, 5 weeks will give your child a healthy boost in their reading ability.
Once I got Little Brother all signed up I opted to have him take a skills test so the program could start him at his current level (as opposed to starting him at lesson one). After his assessment the program started him on lesson 20.
Here is a view of the home screen where they con see their progress, choose lessons, or play fun learning games.
I have to say that I am very impressed with the program’s teaching style. The concepts are introduced in a systematic way that very effective in teaching children of all learning speeds. Having previously been a therapist and tutor I can also say that the Reading Eggs Program would be great for children with learning delays and autism.
To give you a little bit better idea of the
Reading Eggs Read-to-Cure Challenge
Right now Reading Eggs is doing a really fun fundraiser for the National Children’s Cancer Society, and they’d love to have you and your child participate with them!
- If you don’t already have an account, sign up for a free 5 week trial of Reading Eggs to participate if you don’t already have an account.
- From February 3 to March 7 have your child complete as many books and Reading Eggs lessons as they can.
- Friends and family can sponsor their reading efforts, and all money raised goes to the NCCS.
There are (6) great prizes up for grabs: (3) for the most money raised in the Read to Cure and (3) for the most books and lessons completed in the Read to Cure!
If you don’t have young kids of your own and would like to make a donation you’re welcome to make a donation on Little Brother’s donation page.
To help kick off this great event, Reading Eggs is giving away an iPad Mini!
Here are the details:
- The giveaway will be open on Monday, January 20 and end Friday March 7, 2014.
- One winner will be selected to receive one (1) iPad Mini valued at $299.99,
- To enter the giveaway, entrants must register and activate the 5-week free trial on the Reading Eggs website between 1/20/2014 to 3/7/2014 with their name, child’s name and postal address.
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Before I settled down, got married, and had children of my own I dreamed that one day I’d travel the world with my kids. Now that the three littles are here I can’t imagine the travails that would come trying to cart them from one country to another. I still have lofty aspirations to expose them to different cultures, peoples, foods, and histories while their are still in their youths, but I’ve decided to put it off at least until they’re all old enough to pack and carry their own luggage.
For now, I’ve settled bringing the world to them, here in our own home. I was recently contacted by Little Pim to review their foreign-language learning program for kids as young as 6 months old (though personally, I don’t think a 6 month old has the attention span or even should be sitting in front of the TV for an episode). Recently, they introduced a special-edition product line now available exclusively at select Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. The new Spanish, Chinese, and English “Discovery Sets” each include three DVDs and a Little Pim plush panda toy.
Little Pim is a fun, award-winning series designed to introduce foreign languages to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Research shows that young children who learn a second language have greater cognitive and verbal skills. Children up to the age of six can learn multiple languages with ease, and Little Pim makes it fun! Each 35-minute DVD features Little Pim, a lovable, animated panda who is also the teacher, and real kids doing everyday activities.
Each 35 minute DVD is broken up into 5 minute episodes to provide a good pace for young children. I didn’t realize this the first couple times I sat my son and his preschool friend down to watch Little Pim. After about 10 minutes they had lost interest. Because Little Pim is taught using Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method®, it takes a little while for some children to become accustomed to listening in a different language.
Little Pim engages young audiences by using both live action with young children and animation with Little Pim and his pals. The phrases taught are simple and pertinent to young children.
There is one thing that I was very surprised that I didn’t see in Little Pim. I am so surprised that the makers of Little Pim did not leverage the power of music! My boys (like most kids) learn so quickly when the concept (language, in this case) can be reinforced through simple songs. In addition, it would really help keep kids more engaged in the show.
Simplified, here are the Pros and Cons:
- Simple for even young children to follow
- Cute characters
- Engaging for short periods of time –good for child’s short attention span
- Pertinent vocabulary for young children
- Cognitive benefits for children: Improves memory and analytic abilities, boosts abstract thinking
- Price is competitive
- May not engage your child for very long
- Not what I would consider a dynamic program (energy level/enthusiasm of the show is fairly static)
- No songs in the DVDs
When it is all boiled down, yes, I would recommend this program to most of my friends providing I think their child has the attention span for it.
Little Pim is recommended for ages 6 months-6 years and is available in 11 languages including Spanish, French, Chi
Stay tuned! At the conclusion of our Holiday Gift Guide we’ll be having a prize packed Gift Giveaway! Little Pim will be one of the prizes offered!
I’m so excited to introduce you to our next Holiday Gift Guide feature! I have several great loves in life, and one of the greatest of those is my love of learning. I want so much want to pass this on to my children. What better way to do that than through books.
Children’s literature can be an almost magical part of a child’s youth. I remember my teachers and my parents reading me the classics when I was little. Now, I’m passing that on to my children. When I taught preschool I built up quite a library of children’s books, a library that I continue to add to every chance I get. Laughing Giraffe Books makes it so easy for you to build your book library with collections of excellent children’s literature.
I know that there are thousands of books out there written for kids. Some are excellent, well written, and entertaining…some are just not.
Laughing Giraffe Books takes all the guesswork out of finding the best books. Founded by a former reading specialist, each Laughing Giraffe Books book set features high quality children’s literature designed to encourage children to read and develop a lifelong love of reading.
When I was browsing through the collections I was so impressed at the quality of literature they have! They are all the books I’d pick out!
The Series of Series collection is a great introduction to some of the most well-loved series in children’s literature…
Look at all the classics in the One to Grow On collection…
Book selections range from board book collections for newborns, infants, and toddlers like the Board Book Bonanza collection…
…up to fun chapter books for young readers ages 8+.
Instead of being purchased one by one, Laughing Giraffe Books bundles books into themed collections like the awesome collections shown above. When purchasing any of the collections you have the option to have your books delivered as a set or as a “book of the month” with one book arriving each month. Book of the month can be a fun option to draw the excitement out for months!
With both of the delivery options each book comes beautifully gift wrapped and ships free!
Laughing Giraffe Book collections are an excellent gift for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and more to give their loved little ones for the holidays this year!
Learn more about Laughing Giraffe Books and view all their collections at LaughingGiraffeBooks.com.
Stay tuned at the completion of our Holiday Gift Guide when you’ll be able to enter to win a prize from Laughing Giraffe Books!
My kids love to be read to and I have found that the best time that works for us is right before bed time. They get in their pajamas, brush their teeth and then we all sit down for a story. So when I was asked to review some new books from Craigmore Creations I knew these would be a hit with my little guy. Craigmore Creations is an independent publishing house located in Portland, Oregon. Their books, celebrate the earth through art and storytelling. Craigmore Creations create graphic novels, books, picture books and education tools that all share a common thread of natural history. And these 2 new books are about Bronto, a prehistoric dinosaur and his adventures. Here is a quick synopsis of the books.
Amid the leafy branches of a Jurassic tree, one kind-herted Apatosaurus comes upon a nest of pterodactyl eggs. He looks all around, but their momma is nowhere to be seen. Bronto is compelled to protect these new fledglings when disaster strikes. In this tale of caring and camaraderie, join the world’s bravest Bronto on his quest to help little wings take flight!
Bronto, the big-hearted gentle giant, is back after the volcanic eruption in the Jurassic. Now, in the changing landscape of the Cretaceous, his devotion to his dinosaur friends is momentous. The Sauropods take to the hills and the Pterosaurs take flight, but one Ceratops herd has taken to the forests. When the forests become perilous, heroic Bronto rises to the occasion to aid his comrades. However, he finds he needs some help in his pursuit!
In these books, the author, Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg introduces young minds to science, dinosaurs and adventure and even weaves in facts about dinosaurs and the earth as it existed back then. As I read these with my kids they enjoyed the cute stories of Bronto and his adventures but I really enjoyed the amazing illustrations. They are hand-painted watercolor and ink and are truly beautiful books. If you have a dinosaur lover in your family these are definitely something you should check out. My little guy is almost 4 and he loved the books. He really likes dinosaurs so he thought these were really cool!
Both books retail for $14.99 each and the suggested reading age is 4-8. They can be purchased online from Craigmore Creations or ask for it at your local bookseller. Also check out their other books at Craigmore Creations, facebook and twitter!
How would you like to own your own set of Bronto Books? Well one lucky Oh So Savvy Mom reader will a copy of each book plus a cuddly plush dinosaur. RV $42. Just enter below and good luck!
I love reading with my kids! Whether it’s at bedtime or on a rainy day, snuggling up with a good book is a great way to spend time together and grow their minds. This year, on October 3rd, we are going to read together and help break a WORLD RECORD in support of literacy and early childhood education!
Last year, more than 2.5million people across the world joined in to “Read for the Record.” This year, I want to be part of the group that breaks that record.
October 3rd is the one day where millions of people across the world sit down and pledge to read for their kids to support JumpStart’s mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.
The Program has raised more than $8 million dollars for early education programs.
This year’s book is the highly acclaimed “Otis” by Loren Long. Take the Pledge to Read with your kids, and let me know how YOU plan on participating with your family!
Join me and millions of people across the world to raise awareness and help America’s kids succeed!
Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
What do you think of when you think of the first day of school? For me, I think of new crayons and new jeans. I was always excited to go back to school shopping for that first day of school. And do you know who else is always ready for the first day back? Crayola! For more than 100 years, Crayola has never missed the first day of school. And this year Crayola has some colorful tools that help kids discover and create in the classroom. From classic crayons to markers, paint and dry-erase tools, Crayola’s school products provide kids with the ability to bring all of their colorful ideas to life in the classroom and at home. New additions this year include:
- This super-colorful collection of Crayola Super Tips Markers and paper includes 65 pieces in a durable, portable carryall case.
- SuperTips Washable Markers feature a versatile tip that allow kids to draw both thick and thin lines.
- Washable ink easily washes from skin and most children’s clothing.
- Includes: 25 Super Tips Washable Markers and 40 sheets of blank paper and BONUS Story Studio online access to create your own coloring pages
- SRP: $12.99
- Recommended Age: 4+
- Older kids and even young adults can have fun infusing color into note-taking as they head back to school.
- A unique Wild Notes Metallic Pen is included with the notebook, producing bright, metallic colors on every page of the black paper.
- Kids can bring math calculations, history lessons and science equations colorfully to life.
- Includes: One 70-sheet wide-ruled notebook and Wild Notes Metallic Pen
- SRP: $5.99
My kids love the SuperTips markers. They are always asking to get them out and to draw with them. The age says 4+ but with them being washable I let my 3 year old color with them and he has no problem using them. I love that that they are washable and that they come in a carrying case. This makes it easy to carry them around and to store them, keeping them all together in one place. I like to make sure I get them all back because I don’t want my 18 month old getting a hold of them and coloring her legs. (she has tried that before with crayons!) The Wild Notes Black Notebook is fun but definitely geared towards the older kids. My six year old has fun playing around with it and “creating rainbows” she says.
I really love Crayola products and these in particular did not disappoint. They are great quality and they live up to their name. If you’ve ever bought crayons from the dollar store than you totally know what I mean! :) So if you still need to get some back to school supplies or just some arts and crafts products to use at home, then check out Crayola and you’ll be glad you did. They have something for every age. Check out their facebook and twitter pages. They always have fun craft tips and ideas.
Early childhood education has always been extremely important to me. During and after college I taught 4 year olds at an academic preschool. I was also a teacher and therapist for children with autism. I knew even before I had children that I didn’t want to leave the teaching of my children entirely up to the public school system.
I began teaching my first son letter and sound recognition when he was just two years old. Once he’d mastered several letters I began to teach him blending and simple words using a highly effective phonics program developed at the preschool I’d worked at. He caught on at average speed, and was reading simple books by the time he entered kindergarten.
I have not been quite as proactive with Little Brother. Thanks so some great apps on my iPhone and iPad, however, he learned his letters and sounds without very little teaching on my part. It was at this very point in Little Brother’s reading progression when Jim, the creator of the Children Learning Reading program, emailed me and asked if I would review his program.
Like I said before, I’ve taught my son and many other children to read using a phonics program I have a very high opinion of. I am not a fan of the way most (not all) schools teach children to read. Knowing this, I want to tell you that I was impressed when I read the description of the Teaching Children to Read program:
The Children Learning Reading program is designed for parents with young children between the ages of 2 to 6 years old. It is designed to teach toddlers and small children to read effectively…If your child has learned to speak, then you can use this program to teach your child to read.
The central goal of the Children Learning Reading program is to help your child learn to decode printed text quickly and learn to read fluently through the critical process of developing phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is arguably one of the most important aspects of learning to read, and becoming a fluent reader…Jim & Elena’s Children Learning Reading program is an extremely simple, straight forward, and step-by-step program. Their program includes simple exercises and practices starting with the very first lessons that work to help your child develop phonemic awareness, and learn to read. Clinical studies, and even the National Reading Panel has stated that helping children develop phonemic awareness is one of the most effective ways to teach children to read.
The program itself is simple enough for parents who have absolutely no experience educating children. It is also designed to avoid frustration and burn out for the child. At the beginning of the program lessons are about 2-5 minutes long. Once your child has mastered the basic concepts of reading the lessons very gradually increase in length.
The program itself is laid out in a very logical progression. Introducing, first, letters and sounds, followed by short vowel words, diagraphs, silent e, etc. Simple, easy to sound out stories and rhymes are included in the program to give children a chance to practice what they learn.
The program also includes mp3 audio clips of many of the sounds introduced. You would not believe how many preschool children I taught pronounced letters like L, P, C incorrectly, saying “L-uh”, “P-uh”, “C-uh”. Proper pronunciation of letters makes sounding out words much easier!
When I started Little Brother on this program he knew about 75% of his letters and sounds already. Because of that we were able to combine several lessons into just a few. After learning and reviewing his letters and sound for a week and a half using lessons from the Children Learning Reading program, I introduced a few three letter words.
Here is a video of him reading on the first day we started reading words. The was his first time seeing the words he is sounding out.
The program is available in PDF format which makes it easy to print out parent teaching pages and reading pages for your child. And priced at just $49.95 it is a very affordable program. The other reading program I have (which takes a very similar approach to teaching) retails for $200.
The only thing I think could be improved upon is the parent sections. ’They are too long, and at times are a bit to academic for the average parent. At times I felt like I was reading a research paper, and I found myself trying to skim to the parts that would tell me how and what to teach my child. This, however, is simply a personal preference and doesn’t have anything to do with the effectiveness of the program.
Overall, I think the Children Learning Reading program is an affordable, effective, and easy to follow program (for both parent and child). I’d highly recommend this program to any parent looking for an effective way to teach their toddler or child to read!
You can visit the Children Learning Reading website to learn more about the program here.
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With chilly weather coming up I was so excited to review Educational Insights new Magic Moves wand! The perfect toy for cold or rainy days, the Magic moves wand not only gets your kids moving, but it also gets them laughing!
Shake it up! Work it out! Magic Moves is all about…MOVIN’! Stomp like an elephant! Soar like an eagle! Ninety fun, physical commands, a twinkling light show, and a variety of musical styles get little ones up and keep them moving, exercising their bodies, creativity, and listening skills!
- Promotes creative movement, gross motor skills, and physical activity
- Develops listening skills and ability to follow directions; enriches vocabulary (sway, prowl, creep, leap…)
- Perfect for group activities
- Requires 3 AAA batteries (included)
- Grades Pre-K+
My boys are very active, but like all kids they love to watch TV. Magic Moves has become my new secret weapon! The boys have had a blast running around the living room pretending to soar like an eagle, slither like a snake, zoom like a jet, and many more. I wish they’d had this back when I taught preschool. This would have perfect for my classroom!
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As I’ve stated before, I LOVE homeschooling my children! There really isn’t anything I like better than the unlimited time I get to spend with my children while teaching them and watching them teach themselves. Though I know it is important for them to be able to do things just because it needs to get done, I love to offer them the opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time. Educational Insights provides that opportunity time and time again, and their Estimation Station fits that mold perfectly.
Here is a little bit about the Estimation Station:
No more wild guesses! The Estimation Station is the perfect way to teach your students to make logical, mathematical estimates. Simply send this jar home with a student to be filled and counted. Then fill the included proportional scoop and share that number with your class. Students use that information to formulate educated estimations about the number of pieces in the jar. Clearer and easier than home-made jars with hard-to-view contents.
-Includes 4″ plastic cube jar with locking lid and sturdy base and 2″ plastic cube scoop
-Activity guide with a week’s worth of activities including estimation, counting, place value, comparing and ordering numbers, making predictions, graphing, statistics, and mathematical reasoning
-Parent letter (in English and Spanish) with instructions on filling and counting the jar’s contents
-Teaches estimation and proportionality
As mentioned above, a parent letter comes with the Estimation Station that really make this SO easy to use at school, church, scouts, basically anywhere. The quality of this product lives up to the Education Insights reputation and is amazing.
One note to the parent. You are suppose to count the number of items you put into the canister. I advise you to choose items that are on the larger size. I used chickpeas and quit filling it after I got to 1000. It wasn’t even half way full! My husband was laughing at me for choosing something so “small”! Oh well, another lesson learned for mom. Haha!
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As most of you know, I’ve been blogging for Educational Insights for quite some time. I love their educational products. I’m very opinionated about how I think kids should be educated, and I’m very picky about the educational products I buy for my kids.
Educationl Insights is one company that has impressed me time and again with their educational toys, games, and teaching tools for kids.
A little over a year ago I blogged about how Educational Insights was trying to reach 5,000 fans on their facebook page. They are now at almost 20,000 fans! They’re not stopping there though. They’ve decided to have a Race to 50,000 Fans! Each time they hit another thousand fans they will choose one lucky winner to win a prize pack worth $500!
In honor of the race Educational Insights is giving away a $50 gift card to their site right here on Oh So Savvy Mom!
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Last Spring I received an iPad and my kids have been glued to it ever since. I downloaded a bunch of educational apps and books. I love that I can just hand the kids the iPad and know that they are having fun learning. What I don’t love? I don’t love that when my kids sit on the couch holding the iPad on their lap their necks are craned downward in an uncomfortable and unhealthy position. Little Brother can only play on the iPad for 5-10 minutes before he starts complaining that his neck hurts.
Kids dropping the iPad, spilling on the iPad, walking around the house with it and losing it (I’m thinking of my younger son on this one) are other concerns parents often have when their kids use the iPad.
With Little Brother already complaining about neck pains the iPad table was just what we needed. Here is a description of CTA’s Kids Adjustable Activity Table for the iPad:
This kid-sized desk has a special iPad holder tray and stand that gives accessibility and ease-of-use to the tablet. It can hold the iPad in both horizontal and vertical perspectives, and the included stand secures the tablet at 3 different angles so kids can comfortably watch a video or play with their favorite app.
Adjustable legs let users adapt the table to the right height for toddlers, preschoolers and older children, going as low as floor level if preferred. The tablet tray in the center of the table securely holds the new iPad or iPad 2 with a fitted cover featuring a clear touch screen protector to guard against scratches, smudges, and fingerprints. The table tray has a reverse side that is a simple flat surface, turning the Kids Adjustable Activity Table into an ideal space for writing, drawing and other activities.
Our thoughts on the table?
My husband, my kids, and I are all very impressed with the Activity Table for the iPad! I love that my kids can sit with proper posture at a desk and play their learning games and read their book apps. I don’t have to be concerned that they will leave the iPad on the floor and step on it, or that they will drop it when carrying from one room to another.
*I do have to insert a word of caution here: I left Little Brother –age 2.5– at the iPad table the other day while I went to take a shower. Midway through my shower he walked into the bathroom carrying the iPad. He’d taken the iPad out of the table tray, carried over the tile floor and into our marbled floor bathroom!!! I then explained to him that it was very important that only mommy and daddy put the iPad into the table tray or take it out.
The table is very simple design wise. It was extremely easy to put together; nothing to screw in, no tools needed. The plastic used is very good quality and I don’t have to worry about my kids breaking it. The other thing i love is that when the kids are not using the iPad the tablet tray can be flipped over and the table becomes a regular desk where kids can do their homework, color, or do art projects!
I do feel like there are some improvements that could be made. There are spring loaded pins under the table that hold the tablet tray in place. To adjust the iPad to a vertical or horizontal position you need to squeeze the levers which cause the pins to release the tablet tray. Unfortunately, the pins on ours don’t always go smoothly back into place and I find myself having to fiddle with it a bit to get the pin to release.
The only other thing I don’t like is how flimsy the clear touch screen protector is. It would be pretty easy for a kid who’s fooling around to puncture this. I’m not so much worried about this with my boys, but I have found that because the screen protector is flimsy my kids sometimes have trouble dragging their finger across the screen. The flimsy screen creates a bump, and sometimes causes them to drop what they were dragging.
You can see how the screen crinkles a bit as I press my fingers against it.
Despite the improvements that could be made, I think CTA Digital is on the right track with the Adjustable Activity Table for the iPad. It lists for $49.99 on Amazon.com, and I definitely think it is worth the price. If you have an iPad and a young child who plays with your iPad, I’d highly recommend this table.
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product, at no cost to myself, for review purposes. The opinions expressed are honest and are entirely my own.