Holiday Gift Suggestions

Here are some more Holiday gift suggestions for Kids!

girl-with-ipad-hires has launched  a first of its kind math and reading program with more 300 games and activities called Brainzy. Developed for kids 3- 7 years old, it will certainly keep little ones busy far longer than snack time – and it’s educational!  Developed using rich data gathered from the 20 million worksheets downloaded each year at, Brainzy features hundreds of interactive games and activities that captivate young minds and delight parents weary of filling screen time with so-called education apps. Brainzy’s comprehensive program follows a methodical, building-block path created to spark curiosity, giggles, and grins while building more than 30 critical reading and math skills.

Brainzy transports kids to the Land of Knowhere, where they play and learn with new friends named Roly, Floyd, Tutu, Officer Ice Cream, Birdee, Cuz-Cuz, Muggo, and Penelope Pegacorn. Designed for children at Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade levels with additional levels planned up to Fifth Grade, Brainzy’s collection of original games and videos is constantly expanding and improving. Reading games include alphabet games, phonics games, and sight word games and videos like “Alphabet Demolition Bingo” and “Short E Rap.” Math games build skills in counting, number recognition, shapes, and addition/subtraction through games and videos like “Subtraction Ski Race” and “Stacking Up the Ice Cream.”


Each Brainzy account can accommodate up to three players, making it a snap for parents to customize Brainzy for multiple children. As kids master the math and literacy games, parents can track progress and performance. Brainzy also offers a classroom version for teachers that can accommodate up to 35 students.


Brainzy is available by monthly subscription ($6.99 per month) or annual subscription ($3.99 per month), and provides an ad-free environment safe for kids to explore on a tablet, desktop, or laptop computer. Visit for more information and to sign up for a free 7-day trial.

We have teamed up with to offer 11 of our readers a 12 month gift subscription! To enter leave a comment below telling us your child’s favorite subject in school. Deadline to enter is December 1st, 2014 at noon PST. 11 Winners will randomly be selected!

Black Friday Deal! 

Cricket has an awesome Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal coming up this week:


A 12-month gift subscription to Cricket Magazine, filled with stories and activities that will make kids smile and foster a lifelong love of reading, is just $20, with the special #GiftofReading Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promotion code that saves shoppers 40% (subscriptions are regularly $33.95). That includes both a print subscription delivered to kids’ mailboxes monthly and a digital subscription too.

Black FridaySunday Nov. 30: Code = NF11-023

Cyber Monday Dec. 1: Code = NF12-002

Claim code at


Looking for something really fun for children ages 8+.  The Giant Musical Step-On Keyboard Mat at One Step Ahead will be a real hit! This is so much fun! Kids can jump on a six-foot long electronic keyboard. This reminds me of the movie with Tom Hanks! I just had to try it too!  It plays eight musical instrument sounds—piano, guitar, banjo, sax, violin, flute, trumpet, harp—so kids learn a symphony’s worth about musical instruments. With record and playback functions, a choice of background rhythms, 10 pre-recorded songs, and volume control. 68″L x 26″W, with 24 keys. Requires 3 AA batteries (sold separately). Retails for $49.95.

We have teamed up for a Holiday Give Away on this one! I am so excited that we can offer one reader this great gift!  To enter, leave a comment below telling me the name of the Tom Hanks movie that I am referring to! Hint! he acts like a big kid! Deadline to enter is December 1st, 2014 at noon PST.

One Step Ahead also has so many other great gift ideas! You can also find them on Facebook!


Update: No worries about letting me know which giveaway you are entering! I can tell by the comments. If you would like to enter both, you can comment twice or once with both answers.


Self Disclosure: I received a free product from One Step Ahead to feature and host a giveaway. No other compensation was received.




  1. How fun! My niece would love this! BIG is the movie 😉

  2. I’m also entering for the niece’s fave is Language Arts!

  3. My son’s favorite subject is math. & the movie is Big (entering both giveaways!)

  4. The movie is big! One of my favorites.

  5. Big! Fun movie.

  6. Big

  7. We love both of my kids favorite subject is History

  8. Language arts is my daughter’s favorite.
    The movie is Big.

  9. Big is the movie. I watched it before and love it!

  10. My daughter loves math.

  11. SoCal City Kids says

    Congrats Darlene on the Giant Musical Keyboard Mat! Everyone who entered the Brainzy giveaway…you will be receiving a free code!

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