Archives for December 18, 2014

Kids CWIST for Kids Charitable initiative connects a parent and their children to a child in need!


Now that you have had your Turkey, it’s on to the holiday shopping, decorating and festivities. However, during the holidays, with so much promotion about the latest toys and video games, it’s easy to get caught up in the commercial side of the season. And with so much emphasis placed on receiving gifts and making wish lists this time of year, kids especially can forget the importance and value of giving to those less fortunate. To help parents and their kids get back into the giving spirit for the holidays, CWIST has re-launched their Kids CWIST For Kidsinitiative.


Launched for #GivingTuesday, CWISTprovides a way for kids to do something for other kids this holiday season, instilling a love of contribution at an early age.


CWIST is an incentive-based digital learning platform where parents and educators can share ideas, motivate kids to learn and teach valuable life lessons. With CWIST, parents assign a learning challenge (“a cwist”) that the child will love doing because it’s interactive and it’s fun. There are two types of CWISTs: Ready-made challenges can be drawn from an online library of age-appropriate educational online games, such as a math challenges. Or, parents can create their own challenge for their kids to complete. This might be a chore, such as filling up two bags of leaves from the yard, or a learning activities, such completing a reading assignment.


For completing these CWISTs, kids can earn parent-designated rewards such as a bowl of their favorite ice cream, an extra hour of television, or that cell phone upgrade they’ve been yearning for. These CWIST challenges help teach kids the importance of hard work in achieving their goals.


For an additional holiday twist, The Kids CWIST for Kids charitable initiative connects a parent and their children to a child in need. Parents assign their children CWISTs to complete but instead of their child receiving the reward, a gift will be donated to a child whose family can’t afford holiday presents. In addition, CWIST will also be donating the first $2,000 in toys earned by children for completing CWISTs to family-supporting charities.


Here is the perfect opportunity for your child to experience that warm feeling that comes with holiday giving — while learning a little something, too. All you have to do is choose a child, and a “wish” and assign your child a CWIST learning challenge to complete to earn a gift for a child in need. The kids we’re supporting this year at homeless shelters this holiday season, and your child can make their special day bright by earning a toy purchased from our Wish Engine.

Stay tuned! My son and I just signed up for this wonderful way to earn gifts for kids in need. I will be posting again next week to tell you more!


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Self Disclosure: This is a compensated post but  is also a cause that SoCal City Kids recommends to our readers. Credit: CWIST.

Little Luna, Big Talent from Bastei Entertainment Yes, there is a "Farting Bug" but.....young children will enjoy this app! Laughing Guaranteed!

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Okay, I have to admit…when I received the info about the new app Little Luna, Big Talent and that there was a “Farting Bug”..I wasn’t so sure. But, this app really is a fun, interactive story that I think young children will enjoy.  I am recommending for ages 4-8 years old.

Little Luna’s interactive adventure promotes concentration, musical expression and coordination, while educating children about individuality and encouraging them to embrace their own special talents to help them boost their self-esteem.


Complete with mini games like practicing toot target-shooting with her dad, doing yoga with her mom, matching musical melodies with her brothers, and other interactive activities; children will enjoy engaging with Little Luna’s world as they learn about the unique ways Luna and her family utilize their special talents.

I like that the tasks are fun for kids and it is really simple to navigate! There are bright colorful colors and graphics and fun music. Young children like to laugh and be silly and it  really is important for them to do so. This app will definitely make them smile and laugh and parents will like that it does teach children that they can be themselves and have their own unique talents. Okay, so  Luna is a Bombardier Beetle which happens to have a unique talent. The talent of the toot! But, honestly, my son was this age not too long ago, and children this age do find things like this funny. Very funny, in fact!

Little Luna, Big Talent is available in the iTunes App Store for $2.99!  

Android platform will be available in the coming weeks as well.


Self Disclosure: This is a compensated post but opinions expressed are my own and truthful.