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Giggles Software for Babies. This company has to be one of the most amazing providers of children's computer programs out there. Designed for babies 6 months through 36 months old, they are made for you to pop into your computer (PC or Mac) and then sit back and relax, pretty much! Your child can whack away at any key on the computer keyboard and no harm will come to your it. (For a non-technie like me - this is particularly encouraging.)
In honor of Bloggy Giveaways, we thought we'd talk about these computer programs now and offer a giveaway.
My son, being two, and would really like to be able to use the computer "just like mommy and daddy!" My husband browsed online and found the Giggles Software for Babies company and we checked out their work.
In our home - this is a hit. In two days, our son had learned how to navigate the program with the mouse. He could run the whole show all on his own and loved doing it. He is most particularly fond of the My Animal Friends program as with the touch of a few buttons he can make puffer fish puff, lightening bugs light up, penguins slide and cats and dogs rain down from the sky. He can tour a farm, a zoo and go on a safari. And the best thing!? He can do it ALL. BY. HIMSELF!
(Ok, I should point out here that since the time my son was born he has wanted to be in constant physical contact with us. You know how you can put most little babies in a swing and they'll coo and play and let you get your household chores done? Not our kid. For the first six months of his life he refused to take a nap unless he was being held or was asleep on the couch right next to us. Even now he always wants to "play [with] mommy!" or "play [with] daddy!" To find a toy that he will play with on his own is an indescribable gift - to us! To LEARN while playing - well, that's the added bonus!)
I'm delighted that Giggles also produces a game specifically for ABC's and 123's. We can sing our alphabet and count to 20 but having something that engages his imagination and helps to make a connection from the alphabet song that we're singing and its various usefulness is something I appreciate. As he is nearing 2 and a half, I've been focusing more on what sounds individual letters make and we've been working on letter identification so this program is particularly useful if not just plain enjoyable.
But even more so, I can get excited about the fact that this company has generously offered to give away one copy of each of their four software programs to one of you. One of you will win the following:
1. My Animal Friends.
2. ABC's and 123's.
4. Nursery Rhymes.
1. You must be a U.S. Resident to win.
2. You must visit the Giggles Software website and come back and share something that you learned about the software.
3. You can win an extra entry by browsing my blog, reading one of my book reviews, and coming back to this post to tell me what it is that you particularly enjoyed (or did not enjoy!) about one of my reviews. If you decide to do that, just leave one extra comment OR you can subscribe to my blog. If you do that, leave a comment saying so. (If you are already a subscriber to my blog AND you leave frequent enough comments so that I clearly know who you are, just leave two comments and we'll call it good. I know who you are and we're friends. I trust you. ;)
The contest will be open until Thursday evening, January 29th, so make sure and leave a comment (or two!) before then.
In the meantime, even if you don't win I do encourage you to check out Giggles Website as they are amazing company with an amazing product. As I've begun to explore educational toys to help our son find learning exciting, this product is currently ranking up near the top of the list.
(And, of course, you can check out more Bloggy Giveaways by clicking here.)