Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dr. Beaker Game Review

Dr. Beaker you must flip a challenge card and race your opponents to match the formula. Using logic and your stirring rod, you move the molecules into the right spots. All while trying to maneuver the special rotating platform at the bottom of your beaker which only allows the molecules to move one-by-one.

I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's review-  As most of my readers already know, my kids range in ages and skill levels, some even have special needs.  I thought this game would be super challenging but fun.  Ages 8 and up can play, because the marbles are tiny, you want to keep them away from younger aged kids as well as  pets.  The whole thing is plastic, not glass, so safe for kids that drop things. The whole idea is to move the marbles around in the beaker, but there is also a section for each to go into.  While my older kids had fun,  some of them struggled with the little stirring rods and also the marbles kept jumping over the wall.  In the end I said that everyone who played won as long as they got the marbles in the spots at all.  So depending on your kids patience and skills, this can either be super fun or kinda frustrating.  

2017 Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program Feature #ODFcares

 For the past 17 years, the Office Depot Foundation has donated more than 4 million sack packs to children around the world as part of its National Backpack Program. 

This summer, the Foundation, which is the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc., will be donating 100,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally. 

This year, in addition to donating sack packs to children who need them most, the Foundation is highlighting the importance of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs in our nation’s schools. To encourage kids to explore these important curriculums, the Foundation has partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot, who will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Thousands more sack packs are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with Food For The Poor, Feed the Children, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the AARP Foundation.

The specially designed, drawstring-style sack packs come in seven bright and fun colors. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

I received complimentary product.

Look, See the Bird! By Katie Fallon Review

Look, See the Bird! is a hand-drawn, beautifully illustrated children's book which seeks to not only promote curiosity in children about the natural world around them, but also to establish the universal quality of having a connection with nature and the importance of being good stewards of the earth and all its creatures.

The book follows children in a variety of locations as they learn learning about local birds and their habits. Beginning with Ruben and his sister Maria, who have decided to spend their day bird-watching in the coffee plants of their Nicaraguan farm, the story wings towards locations as far removed as Alabama and Ontario, lighting down briefly along the way as children the world over join with Ruben and Maria in spirit, looking for birds in their own backyards.

Each time, the question is asked by one child to another: "Look! See the bird?" And each time, the children are treated to the sight of a majestic bird native to their home. This unifying question joins the children on the page with the children holding the book, inviting them to look outside, and see what they can see!

About the Authors

Katie Fallon is a nature writer, educator, and wild bird rehabilitator. She is the author of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird, which was a finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. She has taught writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University, and is a founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.

Bill Wilson is the co-founder of Birds & Beans® Coffee and a consumer-marketing expert with over 30 years of domestic and international experience. Birds & Beans® Coffee is the only coffee brand in the US that solely roasts Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center 'Bird Friendly®' certified beans, 100% shade grown, organic and Fair-Trade certified coffee. The enterprise is a for profit conservation business aimed at helping stop songbird population drops. Birds & Beans conservation partners include the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and American Bird Conservancy.

Leigh Anne Carter is a naturalist and freelance illustrator. After traveling to California to pursue an education for science illustration she moved back to her native city of Charlotte, North Carolina. She illustrated The Birds of Mecklenburg County and is involved in local conservation efforts and education.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  While this does have a little more words, I think even the youngest reader can enjoy it, if it is being read out loud.   It is just a paragraph or so on each page about different regions and kids where the bird is sighted.  In the end it describes the birds in better detail.