Children’s Learning and Technology

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids is the tablet that grows with your child. With intuitive Kids Mode, parental settings and a great selection of preloaded apps, it’s the unique tablet for kids that parents will love.
Children's Learning and Technology
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Technology is touching almost every part of our lives, our communities and homes.  It is a big part of our world today and our children are being born and raised in this digital world.  It is a fact that tablets and other technologies are here to stay and will continue to develop and change the way we do things, particularly the way we educate and teach our children. 
 
I believe that with the introduction of technology in schools and in the home environment has opened up a huge window of opportunity  in children’s learning.  Tablets and other technologies are an effective tool in children’s learning when they are relevant and interactive to the learning experience. 
Like with anything though, moderation is important and there is nothing better than real life hands-on learning opportunities for our children. 
 
How do kids learn?
Technology and Learning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
Essentially we all know that children learn differently, in their own way and at their own pace.
Children learn best through following their interests and what has meaning for them and seek out stimulus best suited to their style of learning. 
As educators and parents we need to find ways that motivate our children to learn and create opportunities that are interesting, motivating and engaging for them. 
For example all my children learn through play but they all have their own specific interests and ways of learning and acquiring information.  My eldest child loves books and learns best through repetition and reading.  She is also musical and often uses this artistic streak to help her development an understanding of a challenging concept or skill.  My middle child is very sensory orientated and learns best through technology, games and hands-on experiences.  She will continue doing something over and over again through trial and error until she finds the solution.  My youngest child is also very sensory based and learns best through watching and then exploring and doing.  She is very hands-on orientated. 
 
Benefits of Technology as a Tool for Learning
Benfits of Technology for Children
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support these components of learning: active engagement, participation, frequent interaction and feedback.  When looking at the benefits of utilising technology within the classroom or home we first must look at purpose, relevance and nature of the device, game or app.
  • Technology provides each classroom and home with more interesting, diverse, and current learning materials.
  • Technology has provided another means for providing information and another tool for learning.  Some technology and educational games and apps are highly interactive and this can keep students actively engage, focused and on task longer.
  • Technology can be used as a tool to motivate.
  • Technology provides another avenue to explore concepts and skills and may assist children developing an understanding that was previously a challenge.
  • It has provided the opportunity for self-correcting, try again and problem solve.
  • Prepare children for the future and up to date technological advances and developments.
Technology also changes the way teachers teach, offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means.  The educational opportunities that technology gives to children are amazing and endless.
 
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The Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids is the tablet that grows with your child. With intuitive Kids Mode, parental settings and a great selection of preloaded apps, it’s the unique tablet for kids that parents will love.

Learning Benefits of Tablets

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Learning Benefits of Tablet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Technology is a big part of our world today and also a big part of our children’s world.  It is a fact that tablets and other technologies are here to stay and will continue to develop and change the way we do things, including the way we educate and teach our children. 
 
Recently, I had the privilege of reviewing a Samsung GALAXY Tablet 3 Kids and exploring the educational benefits for young children through tablets. 
 
I will be giving away the GALAXY Tab 3 Kids shown here in this post to one of our lucky readers! 
 
Learning is Fun with a Tablet
Samsun Galaxy Tab 3 Kids 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I believe that tablets have a place in development and learning in schools and in the home environment.  I believe it has opened a huge window of opportunity in children’s education. Like with anything though, moderation is important and there is nothing better than real life hands-on learning opportunities for our children.  The GALAXY Tab 3 Kids has parental settings to help you stay in control of app usage and the amount of tablet usage per day; you can even set it to be used only between certain hours.  Having control of ‘tablet time’ will help you to monitor this usage and give you peace of mind. 
 
I am a big fan of apps that have a purpose, relevance and encourage learning.  In my opinion, they must also promote control of hand gestures and that are highly interactive.  Tablet devices allow children to manipulate virtual objects using natural hand gestures and this appears to stimulate experiences that can lead to stronger learning.  Learning is fun with a tablet because they are bright, interactive, motivating, promote problem solving and the images and icons appeal to the target audience.
 
Exploring the GALAXY Tab 3 Kids
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The GALAXY Tab 3 Kids is a kid friendly tablet that has a fun bright yellow face. I found all the bright colours and large icons to be really cute which naturally appeal to a younger demographic, we could even personalise the tablet with one of my children’s name and photo.  It has a ‘Kids Mode’ alternative home screen that helps parents to control their child’s tablet time.  My children are aged 3 – 7 and Kids Mode was great as the preloaded apps are designed for kids of all ages but there is also the option to switch to ‘Standard Mode’ – so the tablet grows with your child and can be used like an ordinary tablet.
 
Other features:
  • Parental settings to help control app usage and purchases and manage the amount of use per day.
  • Available to purchase from selected retailers, including: JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, Dick Smith, Target, Big W, Good Guys and Myer RRP $299.00
Educational Games We Loved
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As mentioned before there are a number of preloaded apps available on the GALAXY Tab 3 Kids, some are educational, e-books, games and entertainment.  I really loved the pre-loaded app Dolphin Reader it story books are fabulous, interactive and also provided activities linked to the story.  As the basic story lines are read out loud, they were highlighted for children to read along.
 
The ‘Creative Corner’ app inspires imagination and creativity and can also be used as a learning tool.  Miss 3 is learning to write her name and this app allows her to play with colours and move her hand in the right gestures to form the letters in her name.  Miss 7 practices her spelling words that she brings home for homework.  It’s great because they can clear the screen and start again without wasting any paper.
 
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I’m giving away 1x Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 Kids RRP $299 and 1x $100 Google Play voucher to one lucky reader*.
 
For your chance to win, all you need to do is answer the following question:
“How will the Galaxy Tab 3 for Kids fit into your life?”
 
* This is a game of  skill and entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. Open to Australian residents only. Entries open 9:01am AEDT, Monday 14 April 2014 and close 5:00pm AEDT, Friday 25 April 2014. Terms and Conditions apply.
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Super Soft Play Dough Play

Play dough with conditioner
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Super soft play dough is a wonderfully textured play dough that will invite children to explore their imaginations and play creatively.  Children can pretend to be a chief making cookies and cupcakes in a bakery. They are able to experiment with the texture and make some amazing creations.
 
What you will need?
Super soft playdough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
              
You will need Super Soft Play Dough Recipe <FIND IT HERE>, rolling pins, cupcake cases, cookie cutters, small containers and decorative toothpicks.  Some of these resources are optional as you can use just about anything from around the house.  Whatever you choose to add to this invitation to play will add and heighten the learning experience.
 
Let’s Play
play dough activities for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The texture of the Super Soft Play is very inviting for children to squish, squeeze and manipulate with their hands.  As it dries out a little, it is still soft but changes its constancy to a more flakey and crumbly play dough.  This adds to the learning experience and play.   They will have fun moulding all the different colours together and watching as it changes colour or create swirls of colour.  Children will enjoy making characters, pretend food and other imaginative ideas.
 
Let’s Learn
lets learn - super soft play dough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Oral language development
PLEASE NOTE:  This play dough recipe is not like other traditional play dough recipes and has no preservative in it; therefore it will not last as long as salt based play dough recipes.  Super Soft Play Dough is designed for a sensory experience, an alternative to other play dough and will become flaky and dry with continued play.  I believe this is part of the experience of playing and experimenting with texture.
 
To find more Play dough activities & ideas visit our <PLAY DOUGH TOOLBOX>
Play Dough Toolbox Series
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Nature Based Activities for Family Grampouts

Nature Based Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recently we took part in a Backyard Family Grampout <read about it here>.  It is a fabulous new craze that many Australian families are getting involved in.  If you missed the previous post, Gramping is camping in the great outdoors or the backyard with three generations, grandparents, parents and kids.  It is a fabulous opportunity to spend quality family time together.  Gramping has been so incredibly popular here in Australia that a Gramping Association was set up to provide Aussie Grampers with valuable information to make their Grampout as fun as possible.  Be sure to check it out the when planning your Grampout!
Gramping creates a wonderful opportunity to play and learn.  It gets you outdoors, brings the family together and sparks creativity.  Nature is the best classroom as there are so many opportunities to learn and discover.
 
While we were taking part in our very first backyard Grampout we explored some of the natural materials around us and came up with a few outdoor, nature-based activities.  You may like to try some of these when you have your first Gramping experience. 
 
Nature Garland
Nature Garland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Decorate your campsite and tent by making a Nature Garland.  These are super simple to make and all you need to take with you is string and collect some natural materials from the garden or bush.  We collected twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, tree bark and so much more.  We placed small holes into leaves to thread the string through and tied knots around the bark, twigs, nuts and other natural materials we found.  Involving the whole family in making the Nature Garlands was so much fun as everyone contributed their own ideas and had a turn at adding their items to the string.
 
Nature Collage
Nature Collage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We created pictures and wonderful collages with natural items we collected from the garden and bush.  The ideas and creativity is endless as we explored shape, texture and our imaginations.  I was so amazed to see some of the fabulous collages that were created by Miss 3, Miss 6 and Miss 7.  Miss 7 loved her collage so much that she took them into school for show and tell.  When you are packing for your Gramping Experience be sure to include a small roll of sticky tape and brown paper bags to create your very own nature collage.
 
Nature’s Paint Brushes
Nature's Paint Brushes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nature’s Paint Brushes are super easy to make when you are Gramping out with the family as all you will need is elastic bands to pack with your essentials.  We collected some sticks and looked for plants that were really bushy.  We broke off a small bunch for each paint brush and attached them to the sticks with the elastics bands.  If you are Gramping out in the great outdoors and do not have paint handy as you would in a backyard Grampout, why not try and create your own by adding water to the soil (make mud) at your campsite.  You can also tear off bits of grass and add a small amount of water and mix it together to make green ‘paint’.  The kids absolutely love getting creative in finding ways to make their own different coloured paints.  These Natural Paint Brushes will entertain the kids for hours as they get creative with their paintings.
 
Our Mozzie Free Gramping Experience
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Completing activities on a Gramping experience will bring the family together and entertain the children while soaking up all the wonderful natural environment around you.  When making nature based activities and using the natural materials in your environment means that you only need to pack a few items that won’t take up too much valuable space on your Grampout. 
Being outdoors in the natural environment and particularly during dusk we also brought out our Aerogard and Mortein products to protect the family and keep our Grampout mozzie free.  Unfortunately it is true, we love the great outdoors, but here in Australia mosquitos and other annoying insects are a sure way of ruining the wonderful experience of Gramping.
Aerogard and Mortein are proud sponsors of the Gramping Association and provide numerous products to fit every family’s needs.  Mortein has a great range of outdoor products such as Mortein Outdoor Coils, Mortein Outdoor Lanterns, Mortein Auto Protect Outdoor Citronella and Mortein Outdoor Citronella Candle.
To protect our family and three children with sensitive skin on our backyard Grampout we used Aerogard Odourless Protection as it has no smell and low irritant on skin.  It is suitable for children 12 months and over and provides up to four hours protection.
 
During our Grampout, we used Mortein Auto Protect Outdoor Citronella which has a plant based active ingredient and is an automatic insect control system. It was great as we just set it to spray at intervals and could forget that it was there, knowing that it was providing some protection from mosquitoes and flies. We also used the Mortein Citronella Candle Outdoor as dusk fell in the evening. I have always liked citronella products as it is not over powering and is pleasant smelling.  The Mortein Outdoor Candle contains natural Citronella and burns up to 25 hours.
Capture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Gramping Association is running a fabulous giveaway for new members for a chance to WIN 1 of 7 Great Gramping Getaways.  Prizes include two nights accommodation for you and your family at the location of your choice.  <CLICK HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN>
 
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Answer the following question for a chance to win a giveaway pack of the following prizes-
 
“What essential item would you take with you on a family Grampout?”
  • 1      x $100 Turu voucher
  • 1      x “gramping essentials” pack of Mortein and Aerogard products, valued at $52.96
  • 1      x $250 Anaconda voucher
<Click here for Terms and Conditions>
 
To enter, please scroll down and write you answer in the comment box or scroll up to the top of this post and click on comment near the title.  Good luck!
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Benefits of a Backyard Family Grampout

Sponsored By Aerogard, Mortein and Nuffnang
Benefits of a Family Backyard Gramp Out
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                       
I heard recently about this new craze that Australian families are getting involved in called Gramping – camping with Grandparents, kids and parents.
How could I resist such a fabulous opportunity! There are so many benefits of having a backyard campout with the family and why not involve the grandies (grandparents)?  The bigger the better I’d say…… so we embarked on our very own “Grampout”.  Our girls invited their very special Grandmother (Nanny).  Nanny made the Grampout so much more memorable and special because she has so much knowledge, wisdom and experiences to share.  She is a great story teller too!
 
What is Gramping?
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Camping + Parent + Kids + Grandparents = Gramping 
Gramping is a craze that has really taken off here in Australia. The Gramping Association was established to help Aussie Grampers  come together to find valuable information to make their Grampout as fun as possible.  The Gramping Association, proudly sponsored by Aerogard and Mortein is a FREE community for sharing Gramping knowledge, discovering stories, and picking up great tips and deals on the gramping essentials.  Australian families are encouraged to pitch a tent and enjoy the great outdoors with three generations (grandparents, parent and kids).
The Gramping Association is running a fabulous giveaway for new members for a chance to WIN 1 of 7 Great Gramping Getaways.  Prizes include two nights accommodation for you and your family at the location of your choice.  <CLICK HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN>    *Terms and conditions apply; visit Gramping Association for further Details
 
Making Memories:
Making Memories
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Creating those magical memories for our children that will last a life time is one of the benefits of gramping.  Almost everyone can recall a favourite camping trip or outdoor moment from their childhood.  Some of my greatest memories include a time while sitting around a campfire, sleeping in a tent and being around extended family.  A Family Grampout in the backyard is a sure winner for creating many of those lifelong special memories.  It removes all the distractions of our busy everyday lives; you have to get creative on how you will entertain each other.  It is when those spontaneous moments happen that they leave an imprint in your child’s/children’s memory forever.  They may not remember what was said but they will remember how they felt.
 
Valuable Family Time:
Valuable Family Time
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gramping is one of the best ways to connect and bond with your family.  Sometimes when our hectic lives leave us with little time for our family members, a backyard Grampout is the perfect answer.  With less or no distractions, it provides a time to build stronger relationships and reconnect with the special people in our lives.  The benefits of gramping is that everyone works together and spends quality time setting up, playing games, telling stories, cooking together.  Connecting or re-connecting with one another as a family builds stronger relationships and children who feel loved, important and respected by their parents/family grow with confidence and strong self-esteem.
 
Opportunity to Learn:
Opportunity to Learn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I believe that nature and the great outdoors is the best classroom for children as there are so many opportunities to learn and discover.  One of the biggest benefits of taking your kids gramping is that it will instil in them a love for nature.  It teaches them to be responsible and caring individuals and treat their campsite with respect and leave it the way that they found it.
The experience of Gramping provides an opportunity for kids to develop social skills, the ability to get along with others, responsibility, problem solving skills, resilience, life skills and help them learn to work together.  The opportunities to learn on a Grampout are endless!
 
Switching off Technology:
Switching Off Technology
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Removing the distraction of all technological devices has endless advantages for families on a Grampout. I feel that a very important benefit of switching off all technology is that it provides an opportunity to really ‘switch off’ relax and take the time to enjoy the simplest of things in life.  Children will learn to slow down and appreciate other worthy experiences.  Living life in the slow lane for a little while gives children the opportunity to find other hobbies and experiences to entertain themselves such as reading.
A fun Grampout will remove you from those temptations and enable you to really switch off and just be with the family.  Grandparents always have the best stories to tell which begin with…. “When I was young” or “When I was your age”.
 
Grampout Essentials – Packing for a GREAT “Gramping” Experience
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The Gramping Association has developed a suggested essentials list of items to include when packing for a backyard or great outdoors Grampout. I found the Gramping Association Essentials suggestions really helpful and gave me some lots of ideas that I hadn’t even thought of. You won’t miss a thing with this list.
Speaking of essentials, Aerogard and Mortein, are proud sponsors of the Gramping Association and provide fabulous  low irritant repellent and other outdoor products to help make your Grampout as fun as possible by protecting you and your family from those annoying pests. Unfortunately it is true, we love the great outdoors, but here in Australia mosquitos and other annoying insects are a sure way of ruining the wonderful experience of Gramping.
To protect our family on our backyard Grampout we used Aerogard Odourless Protection, shown in the photo. It is a great product to use for children as there is no smell and is low irritant on skin. It is suitable for children 12 months and over, and provides up to four hours protection. You can find Aerogard Odourless Protection in roll on, aerosol and pump format.
When I think about protecting my family against mosquitoes, citronella and natural based products have always been go-to products to for me. Mortein has a great range of outdoor products such as Mortein Outdoor Coils, Mortein Outdoor Lanterns, Mortein Auto Protect Outdoor Citronella and Mortein Citronella Candle Outdoor. During our Grampout, we used Mortein Auto Protect Outdoor Citronella which has a plant based active ingredient and is an automatic insect control system. It was great as we just set it to spray at intervals and could forget that it was there, knowing that it was providing some protection from mosquitoes and flies. We also used the Mortein Citronella Candle Outdoor as dusk fell in the evening. I have always liked citronella products as it is not over powering and is pleasant smelling.  The Mortein Outdoor Candle contains natural Citronella and burns up to 25 hours.
 
GIVEAWAY – GIVEWAWAY – GIVEAWAY – GIVEAWAY – GIVEAWAY
Answer the following question for a chance to win* a giveaway pack of the following prizes-
 
“What essential item would you take with you on a family Grampout?”
  • 1      x $100 Turu voucher
  • 1      x “gramping essentials” pack of Mortein and Aerogard products, valued at $52.96
  • 1      x $250 Anaconda voucher
<Click here for Terms and Conditions>
 
This giveaway has now closed. 
 
 
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