Gifts Galore and Giveaway

It is all a haze for me right now. I have gifts this way and that way. And trying to figure out what to do with the rest of them.  Tomorrow is the trip to the Grandbabes and I am wrapping all around.  Oh, I am going to share with you too!

So let's look at the last of the gifts for a 3 yr old and 7 yr old.  Tell me what do you think about them.  Our 7 year old girl loves to read and I love to give her books.  And it is something my grandmother did with me too.  I am including 'My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln-A Tale of Two Boys from Indiana'.  It has always been wonderful to share the story of Honest Abe with kids.  Teaching them so many moral lessons from a man that has been admired for ages.  In this book we have a fictional best friend that is sharing what it was like to grow up with Abe.  The second extra love here is the illustrations by John W. Ewing.  He has done art work for Disney films including Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Book.  I promise you will not be let down. 

I also have 3 books from Dinosaur Train to share with both children. I just know that they will love these as some of their bed time reading.  Pretty great that their mom does that for them. These are part of Get Caught Reading, a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. May is Get Caught Reading month, but the campaign is promoted throughout the year. Get Caught Reading is supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

The Buddy &  Friends board book, from Grosset &  Dunlap, join Buddy as he travels aboard the DINOSAUR TRAIN to introduce kids to some of his friends. Packed with full-color images from the show, this simple book is a perfect introduction to DINOSAUR TRAIN's many species!  SRP $5.99. Ages 3–5.

A Surprise for Mom!
, from Grosset &  Dunlap, is a beautiful picture book that follows Buddy and his siblings as they begin to plan something special for Mrs. Pteranodon on her special day. Read along as Team Pteranodon searches high and low for the best gifts ever! SRP $3.99. Ages 3–5.

Tiny Learns to Fish
, from Grosset &  Dunlap.  The first reader in the Dinosaur Train program follows Mr. Pteranodon as he takes the kids to the big pond to teach them how to fish. There's just one problem. Tiny can't catch a fish, and Buddy can't fly, so they team up to catch fish together! This Level 1 reader is perfect for young fans, who are starting to read on their own.  SRP $3.99. Ages 3–5.

I also know how much they love music. Especially since the dad to my grandson is an accomplished musician.  So we put in Star Rock for Kids!  This is a compilation of songs created by Lisa Damiani who is a 1989 Star Search Winner.  (Yeah showing my age there!)  There are songs on here that I would sing along with too.  Weather it be Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to We Got the Beat to my all time favorite teen angst song, I Will Survive.  So many different eras here sung by kids from the ages 7 to 17 years old.  Of course I am going to have to beat Princess Emma off of this one.  She is such a DIVA singer. 

I shared a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey Mote with the kids at Christmas.  I have another to give them, thus they will have one each.  This one will be with the DVD of Mickey's Great Outdoors.  I love that there is both a DVD in this and a digital copy so they can see it on the computer and portable players too.  We played with the Mickey Mote during the holidays and had so much fun.  Mickey's Great Outdoors is perfect with summer arriving.  I love the idea of camping out at the lake and fishing too.  Did you know that the young ones do not need a fishing license either (but you do!).

I also want to introduce the kids to some of Nickelodeon's original shows.  College Girl's favorite was The Wild Thornberrys.  Watching as this family traveled the world looking for rare animals.  And Eliza (the youngest) has the gift to speak with the animals.  There was so many great lessons learned during her days of Nickelodeon.  Did you have favorites that you watched?  Was it Jimmy Neutron or Hey Arnold?  Mine was the early days when we watched Ren & Stimpy.  I am so happy that I have all of season one on DVD.  The grandbabes love movie time.  And having several shows of the series to help when they are tired and need some down time.  I use that period to get some of my household chores done.

Another of College Girl favorites was the Veggie Tales.  It was a teen youth group show that sparked many sing-a-longs.  Great fun and wholesome entertainment too.  The grandbabes get to have the new Veggie Tales Live! DVD with 18 silly songs on it.  I think the pick-a-song singalongs will be fun to watch with the grandbabes.  Such lil super star!  Now this being a 'live' event (for fake veggies?) we have a whole stage crew that interacts with the whole gang.  And yes they are all there with Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato.  College Girl is hoping that the Song of the Cebu will be on there.  But she would be willing to get up and show off during The Dance of the Cucumber.   I am hoping that I get to hear The Bunny Song.  Did you have any favorites from the Veggie Tales?  You can see a lil of what is to right here.

Top it off.....we have one to giveaway! Yeah sure enough. You can share this with your kiddos too. Just leave me a comment with you fav veggie tales song. And make sure I have a way to contact you when you win!  My fingers are crossed just for you....oh and you too....oh and way way way in the back there.....yeah, you too!

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  1. Wow, Veggie Tales! It has been so long since I watched a Veggie Tales show that I don't even remember any of their songs. I am off to check them out. I think they have some shows On Demand.

  2. Hands down it is Pizza angel!
    Pizza angel please come to sauce and cheese so goo-ooo-eeeyyy :) I think you have my email.

  3. welove veggie tales fun to watch and teach the kids so much theme song is our favorite tho we love them all

    Liza767 [at] rocketmail [dot] com

  4. my fav song from my kids was
    take me out to the ballgame

  5. Ohhhh Zach loves Veggie Tales. We borrow them from the library a lot.

  6. I hope it's not too late to enter! We all love the Pirates who don't do anything song! And Larry's Hairbrush song (i gave it to the peach...cuz he's got hair! LOL!)

  7. My Fave veggie Tales song is I Love My Lips!

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