Sunday, August 29, 2010

Zoodles of fun


I was recently contacted by Zoodles to review their educational website and tell them what I think. Hmmm, an educator mom who wants engaging EDUCATIONAL activities for her children during the summer? Sign me up!

Zoodles basically scours the web to find the best educational content out there (games, puzzles, and videos) and puts it all in one place, presenting it to kids in a safe, simple web browser that adapts to your child's age and skill level.  What this means is that a 3 year old would get games teaching shapes and numbers, letter recognition, attention and listening, and much more.  A 5 year old would get games teaching early reading, addition, creativity and exploration, etc.  All this learning is wrapped in engaging play that features some of their favorite characters.

We'd been to Starfall, PBS kids, and Nick Jr. websites before, but once you were on there, you were stuck. It was really hard for my 4 year old to navigate from one website to another. The Zoodles browser has all of those same great websites and many more that I've never even heard of! I love how you can set up profiles for each of your children based on their age and ability level.

The Zoodles browser is always free for kids to play, but for parents who want more control over their child's experience, Zoodles also offers a paid Premium Membership.  With premium membership, parents can set play time limits, block ads, promote certain subjects to their child, and block unwanted sites and shows.  You can also get great information about what your child has been playing – from the skills he or she has been building, to the sites he’s been visiting, to how much time he or she’s spent playing specific games.

Every week I get a recap of what Nolan worked on. Last week, for example, his main focus was reading. With the premium membership, you can set up which subjects you want your child to focus on or perhaps they just need more practice in a certain subject area. And I love that you can even put a time limit on it.

I really love how easy it is for Nolan to use and he can do all subjects in ONE place. It's so exciting for me that he's learning! Rule 101 in education, you get a child learning when they're reading something THEY are interested in. Where was this when I was a kid?

Everyone that signs up for Zoodles gets a 14 day trial Premium Membership.

But I get to have my first giveaway!!!  

Zoodles is offering one of my readers a FREE 3 month Premium Membership. 

How to enter:

1. "Follow" me through Google under my Follwers heading on my sidebar and leave me a comment letting me know.

2. "Like" me on Facebook at TexasMacks, and leave me a separate comment letting me know.

That's it! It's my first giveaway, so please humor me and make me feel like people actually read this thing by entering.

Make sure to leave an email address where I can reach you in case you win!
I will pick a random winner using and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another winner.  

The giveaway will end Sunday Sept. 5th at 9:00 p.m.  CST


  1. So cool! Your Blog is really getting a lot of people's attention! So proud of you. I'd love to win a membership.

  2. You are so creative and I love the things that you have to say, always positive! Love you!!

  3. So cool Andrea!!! Your first giveaway! I love it!

  4. I already "liked" you, now it's official! So fun to keep up with you and your adorable boys!

  5. You are perfect for this blog thing... I love it as well! You always made me laugh in highschool. Good luck with everything... Would love to enter.

  6. How awesome is this giveaway!! It's so fun to see your blog take off like this! I would love to win! :)

  7. Looks like oodles of fun. Plus I can't stand for folks to beg! :) Beth Morris(

  8. I have already "liked" you on Facebook :) Your blog is such a joy to read! I wanted to leave you a comment and also let you know to give the prize to someone else with kids JUST-IN-CASE I win :)

    <3 Courtney

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  11. love your blog! You are inspiring me to blog more! I'm following you via google!

  12. just went over to facebook to like Texas Macks there....woohoo!

    pick me to win!

  13. I'm sure the girls would love this. Nice break from PBSKIDS.

  14. I follow you already! What a fun website, I haven't heard of it, but it sounds fun :)

  15. I like you on facebook too! Congrats on your first giveaway!



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