Monday, November 15, 2010

Play This Way ~ U-Play Mat Giveaway

Congratulations #19 ~ Lauren, You Won!

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Play This Way Every Day was started by Dr. Jen ~ a pediatrician AND a mom of 2 sets of twins! Talk about experience, huh? Wow, I was impressed when I read her about page!

Play This Way Every Day was founded in 2008 with the goal of enhancing interactive floor play between toddlers and parents.

We were sent the entire set {U-Play Mat Professional Edition} to review…image

The 4x6 cards slide into the pockets like this…image

The size is perfect, because you could easily use 4x6 photos also! I haven’t tried that yet, but think it would be a great idea, especially for family members’ photos!

Here you can see Ladybug with the mat, this photo was taken after we played together one day. She likes to collect all of the cards and hug them as you can see. I let her explore freely after we did some of the activities together.

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She enjoyed our play time together but her attention span is a bit short! This will be great for working on that! The images are a tad bit unrealistic {for some of the animals especially, you can see them here in PDF form}, and this was the only problem I had with the entire kit. I tend to be a bit more Montessori minded and go for natural, life-like images when teaching names of animals and items. The images are bright and certainly cute, but the green elephant threw me a tad. Obviously Ladybug didn’t mind that at all and she was very drawn to the images. Krash liked them a lot also. So, it isn’t really a problem, but I wanted to point it out in case anyone else might want to know!

What I loved about the U-Play Mat

  • It is a great way to expose your child to different items you may have forgotten about! There are several things we talk about daily but as we used the kit I realized how many simple items I had not taught Ladybug through natural exposure.
  • The mat is awesome, I LOVE the shape and the concept of the pockets to hold the cards. It is perfect for the games suggested in the little booklet that comes with the kit.
  • It grows with your child. The ideas seem endless, there are so many ways to expand on knowledge using this simple tool.
  • It would be wonderful for children who need extra help; whether with speech, language acquisition {ESL possibly}, attention span, and more. I can see this tool being something certain parents would really benefit from.
  • The cards are thick and have rounded edges-which I love. Ladybug is able to freely explore them and they are sturdy and safe.

Overall we are very thankful to have this kit in our home and I think it will be used for many years, especially with Ladybug as she grows.

BUY IT…

Can’t wait to see if you’ll win? You can use this special discount code to receive 10% off and FREE SHIPPING: 1PLUSTEN

WIN IT…
www.PlayThisWay.com is offering a U-Play Mat Starter Set to one winner!

Mandatory Entry…
Visit www.PlayThisWay.com and tell me your favorite feature of the U-Play Mat/Cards after you browse around their site a bit.

After you do that, you can gain some extra entries by any of the following, remember to leave an extra comment for each item so they will count as entries...

  1. If you follow @1plus1plus1 and @playthisway on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway, give yourself an extra entry. Feel free to copy and Tweet this: @1plus1plus1 is hosting a giveaway with @playthisway for a U-Play Mat Starter Set! Enter here: http://bit.ly/cEv8QI
  2. If you Like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook, give yourself an extra entry.
  3. If you Like Play This Way on Facebook, give yourself an extra entry.
  4. If you subscribe to /follow 1+1+1=1, give yourself an extra entry.

This Giveaway is open for USA only!

I will select a winner using Random.org, so be sure you leave a separate comment for each entry, I will also be moderating comments to check that your entries are valid-please be honest!

Contest ENDS November 30, 2010 {11am}. Winner will be announced here and emailed (your email MUST be in each comment/or enabled in blogger). Winner must reply to my email within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

264 comments:

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Vida said...

So many things to like about this, but mostly that it was created by a mom!
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Vida said...

Tweeted and follower of both of you(@mommylok)!
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Vida said...

I like Play This Way on FB :)
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Kylie said...

I like that the mat is curved. Seems very smart. When my daughter and I try to play memory she has to move around a lot. Seems like this would help.

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Olive's mum said...

I learned that it was created to be used as an interactive game, not as independant play.

Olive's mum said...

I follow you on GFC.

Mommzy said...

loving the clothing cards- where they belong!

Mommzy said...

I already "LIKE" Play this Way on FB!

Jessica said...

I tweeted.

Jessica said...

I love the Bright colors and how it will grow with your child.

Jessica said...

I like on facebook

Jessica said...

I am a subscriber of 1+1+1=1

Roxy said...

Liked on FB

Roxy said...

Subscribed

Roxy said...

I love the shape of it, so smart to have it loop around the children and hold the cards in place. When playing with my daughter with her phonics cards whenever she moves she hits them and they go everywhere. LOVE IT!!

Lauren said...

The feature I love is that they can sit and have all the cards around them as to never get bored with it or distracted by something else!

Lauren said...

I follow you and playthisway on Twitter and I also tweeted about the giveaway!

Lauren said...

I am a fan of you on Facebook!

Lauren said...

I liked Play this Way on Facebook

Lauren said...

I subscribe to your blog! Thanks for the chance to win this! My son who has severe articulation and processing disorder would love this and I feel like it would really help him!

Carol said...

I checked out the Play this Way website. As a mom to a child with Down Syndrome, this is a great help for language development. I love all the card packs ~ they cover just about everything in a little one's life!
Carol
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Carol said...

I like Play this Way on FB ~
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Carol said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on FB.
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Carol said...

I subscribe to 1+1+1=1 ~
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Sandie said...

I love that the mat is curved so baby can sit in the middle and enjoy all the fun from one spot.
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Sandie said...

I am following you both on twitter and just tweeted about your give away!

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Sandie said...

I LOVE 1+1+1=1 on Facebook! ;)

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Whitehead's Monthly Menu said...

I really like that their are multiple games per deck of cards and that you can use 4X6 cards to make your own .

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Sandie said...

I LIKE Play This Way every Day on Facebook :)

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Whitehead's Monthly Menu said...

I follow you on facebook.
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Sandie said...

I love getting 1+1+1=1 in my inbox! I subscribe to this blog!!!!

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Whitehead's Monthly Menu said...

I like playthisway on facebook

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Jen said...

I can think of so many ways to use this as my son continues to grow. I love the shape and how it reminds me of my guided reading table I had when I was teaching.

Jen said...

I like you on Facebook.

Jen said...

I follow your blog.

Jen said...

I like Play This Way on Facebook.

Clara said...

The mat is very interactive, I see endless responsibilities, by even putting your own stuff in there. I went to the site and looked around.

Clara said...

I followed both sites on Twitter and tweeted about it

Clara said...

I already liked 1+1+1=1

Clara said...

I liked Play this way on FB

Clara said...

I subscribed to 1+1+1=1

Pinkys Learning World said...

Ilove the mat U-shape....great for childs..

Pinkkys Learning World said...

Like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook....

Pinkys Learning World said...

Like Play This Way on Facebook...

Pinkys Learning World said...

Follow 1+1+1=1 already!

phasejumper said...

I love that it comes with two packs of cards and a carrying case! B
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I follow you on facebook.B
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Michelle said...

I love that its curved, has bright colors & grows w/ the kids! Learned that it was created for interactive play not independent play!
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Michelle said...

Like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook!

Michelle said...

Like Play This Way on Facebook.
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Michelle said...

I'm a subscriber of 1+1+1=1.
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mommy22001 said...

I LOVE so much about this! I think the card holders are really great because we have so many chewed / ripped flash cards laying around...plus the u shape is awesome!
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mommy22001 said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on FB :)
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mommy22001 said...

I follow 1+1+1=1
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mommy22001 said...

I like Play this way Everyday on FB
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Susan said...

Such a great idea!!!

Susan said...

Following on FB...What a great teaching tool!

Raggedy Princess said...

As a former Spanish teacher, I see the possibility that I could use the interactive time in this foreign language with my kids as well!

Raggedy Princess said...

I follow your blog :-)

Raggedy Princess said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on FB :-)

Behki said...

Liked 1+1+1=1 on FB :)

Behki said...

Liked U-Play on FB :)

Behki said...

My favorite feature about this mat has to be the durability of it! My son is a lot like the boy in the video and would be jumping all over it lol...great to know it can withstand toddler boy wear and tear!

The Shera's said...

I love the shape and the various cards!

The Shera's said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on FB

The Shera's said...

I like Play this Way on FB

The Shera's said...

Subscribed!

christilda said...

I like the fact that it was designed by a mommy to keep the cards safely in the pouches

christilda said...

I like 1+1+1=1 in fb
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Evangeline said...

I like how it forces your kiddo to look around and not just straight ahead.. active game easy for them to reach.. also protects the cards

Evangeline said...

I like you on facebook

Evangeline said...

I have now liked play this way everyday on facebook!! Cool stuff

Evangeline said...

I already subscribe! Thanks for all your ideas!

Jeanette said...

I love the unique U shape of the mat, allowing the child to sit right in the middle and access all sides of it! What a wonderful idea!

Jeanette said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook!

Jeanette said...

I like Play this Way on Facebook!

Caterina said...

I like how it is durable, created by a mom, and the child has all the cards visible and has easy access to each.

Thanks,
Caterina

Michelle said...

I like that there are so many games to play - 10 per card deck! This looks great for my little ones :)

Michelle said...

I like you on Facebook!

Michelle said...

I like Like Play This Way on Facebook!

Michelle said...

I now subscribe to 1+1+1=1 thru google reader :)

Kelly said...

I love everything about this mat! I love that it's U shape doesn't require crawling all over it leading to slipping and sliding. Also, I love that they even thought of the little things like making the corners of the cards round.
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Kelly said...

Now following Play This Way on facebook.
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Kelly said...

I already follow you on facebook.
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Kelly said...

I already follow 1+1+1=1.
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**Ashley P** said...

I follow u on gfc
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**Ashley P** said...

My favorite is that it won an award.
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**Ashley P** said...

I like ur blog on facebook
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**Ashley P** said...

i like play this way on fb
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CoastalCody said...

I love the U-Shape. I also like the large variety of teaching methods and how it can be changed to meet the child's developmental stages.

CoastalCody said...

I "like" 1+1+1+1 on FB...actually I love your website!!

CoastalCody said...

I follow 1+1+1+1 via Google RSS Feed.

Karen said...

I love that this is interactive and that children can use it without having to crawl on it!

Karen said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook

Karen said...

I like Play This Way on Facebook

Karen said...

I subscribed to the 1+1+1=1 feed.

Karen said...

I tweeted about the contest. kannwilson

Jennifer said...

I love that all ages can use it!

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Jennifer said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on fb :)

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Jennifer said...

I follow 1+1+1=1 and LOVE the site!!

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jennifer said...

I like Play this Way of FB

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Dianne said...

I like the 10 different exercises you can use with each deck.

Dianne said...

I subscribe to 1+1+1=1.

Christa said...

I love the unique U shape for the playmat. My 2 year old would love this. She could feel like she was sitting in something, see everything and interact with mommy.

Christa said...

I "like" you on FB

Lora @ Motherhood Moments said...

I love that it motivates guided floor play. My little ones love it when I get down on the floor and play with them, and this seems like a great way to do that while teaching at the same time.

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Lora @ Motherhood Moments said...

Followed and tweeted!

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Lora @ Motherhood Moments said...

Liked 1+1+1=1 on facebook!

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Lora @ Motherhood Moments said...

Liked Play This Way Every Day on Facebook!

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Lora @ Motherhood Moments said...

Subscribed via Google Reader!

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Heather said...

I like the pockets for the cards. And your idea of putting pictures in them. The possibilities are endless.

Heather said...

I subscribe to 1+1+1=1 via Google Reader.

Marie said...

There is so much I like about the U-play mat. The number one feature for me is that it is parent lead. There are so many technical toys on the market and this is so simple yet educational and engaging for both parent and child!

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Marie said...

I like Play this Way on facebook.

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Marie said...

I follow 1+1+1=1.

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Marie said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on facebook.

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Rhymes and More.. said...

what i like is that the options are endless...we can play with it in different ways...

Anonymous said...

I love the U shape! I've experienced the same thing as Dr. Jen - my toddler crawling on top of floor activities I'm doing with. We'd love to put this great tool to use! :)

Kristen
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Julie B. said...

I like the fact that's it's curved, seems like that would help hold attention a little better.

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Julie B. said...

I like 1+1+1 on facebook.

Julie B. said...

I subscribe to your email newsletter.

Julie B. said...

I like play this way on facebook.

"M" and "C" said...

I like how it grows with your child and encourages interactive play with mom!

Sofia's Ideas said...

I like the U-Play Mat Professional Edition. It'd be a great tool for me to share with other moms too! :)

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Sofia's Ideas said...

I already subscribe via Google Reader!

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Christie said...

I love that this was created by a mom and works well with small kids.

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Christie said...

I like your blog on Facebook.

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Christie said...

I like Play This Way on Facebook.

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Christie said...

I'm a subscriber to your blog!

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Mozer said...

I thought it was interesting that watching her child w/ a speech therapist helped spark the idea for this product. I have one child getting ready to start speech and I bet this would be a wonderful practice tool for home.

Mozer said...

I subscribe to your blog.

Mozer said...

I'm a fan of yours on Facebook.

Stephanie said...

Well this is just the coolest learning tool that I have seen in a long time. How wonderful that it was made by a MOM who 'gets it' and how to engage a young child.

Stephanie said...

I like U play on Facebook

Stephanie said...

I already subscribe to your blog and use it weekly to organize home school for my three kiddos!

Stephanie said...

I will also tweet about this too!

Amanda said...

As a speech pathologist, I've worked with a lot of preschoolers who have difficulty scanning to find a desired item. I think the design of the mat would be great for that!

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Amanda said...

I'm a subscriber.

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Amber said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook!

Amber said...

I like Play This Way on Facebook!

Amber said...

I follow your blog!

Amber said...

I love the U-shape - what a great idea to have it wrap around the child.

Kelli said...

i love this for so many reasons!! one i love that it can be used for several ages..this would be perfect for the kids i keep!!

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Kelli said...

i like 1+1+1=1 on facebook!!


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Kelli said...

i liked play this way on facebook as well

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Kelli said...

i also subscribe to your blog!! i love your stuff for kids its very helpful!!

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Stephanie said...

I really like the variety of activities that can be done with the mat. Thanks for sharing this great product.

Stephanie said...

I'm a subscriber to your blog.

BeeBaker said...

I love the idea that this mat is interactive for floor play! It's really important to me to get down on my daughter's level and play. I'd love to sit with the cards out and point and identify things with her. Thanks for the giveaway!

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BeeBaker said...

I also follow your blog.

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Jade =) said...

I like that it grows with your child, you can change out the pictures and games for whatever stage your kid is at! heyjade[at]gmail.com

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Emily said...

As a former language arts teacher, I love anything that helps to teach language! At this point in my little one's development, I would love to use it as a fun way to point out lots of different things and animals rather than just in books.

Emily said...

I tweeted about the giveaway! (And I follow both of y'all!) (@ejfalke)
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Emily said...

I've "liked" you on FB! I love the concept that things that make no sense to the world make perfect sense to God. So true!
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Emily said...

I've "liked" Play Your Way on FB. Hope to see lots more good toys from Dr. Jen!
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Emily said...

I follow your blog in my reader!
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Jessica said...

I like that there are slots for the cards so they stay in place when you need them to.

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Jessica said...

I follow your blog on Google Reader.

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Pamster said...

I love that the pockets are 4x6 allowing one to create unique cards.

Pamster said...

Tweeted.

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Pamster said...

Subscribed via Google Reader.

Pamster said...

Following you on Facebook.

Pamster said...

Following PTW on Facebook.

alison said...

I like that there are so many cards to use with the mat!

alison said...

I follow 1+1+1

Shanda said...

I like that the cards are under plastic. Protects from drool etc. And I know my 2 year old boy loves cards but he always manages to crumple one or two despite my supervision.

Shanda said...

I follow 1+1+1

Katie said...

I like that you can make your own cards or use pictures.

Katie said...

I follow 1+1+1. :)

MrsH said...

What a fun activity. I love the size of the cards/pockets as well, makes it very versatile for self-adapted play as well. Though the card decks it comes with look cute!

MrsH said...

I subscribe to 1+1+1

joyceandnorm said...

I like how there are pockets so that the cards don't end up every which way.

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Tonya Lee said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Tonya Lee said...

I follow on Google Reader.

Jenny said...

I love that I could use this as my daughter grows, not just for a limited amount of time!

Jenny said...

I Like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook,

Jenny said...

I like Play This Way on Facebook

Jenny said...

I follow 1+1+1=1 on Google Reader

Cheryl said...

I love that it's curved so that the child can play without messing up what they're creating :)

Sabrina said...

I like 1+1+1 on Facebook

Sabrina said...

I like Play this Way on Facebook.

Sabrina said...

I subscribed via e-mail

Wendi said...

My favorite feature would definately be the way that the mat surrounds the child and they can easily reach all of the cards. I also like how the slots are 4x6 so you could add pictures or your own cards. What a great idea.

Wendi said...

I am a FB fan :)

Wendi said...

I subscribe to/follow 1+1+1=1. :)

Valerie said...

I love that it's "touchable" - the kids to be involved in their learning.
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Valerie said...

I like 1+1+1=1 on Facebook

Valerie said...

I'm a follower.

Annie S said...

I love the tote bag! The pockets are brilliant and the children's faces are so simple, but so cute!

Kristy said...

I love that it is used for interactive play and not just independent. I also love the fact that you can be creative and make your own cards! I am a follower of 1+1+1=1 and I follow(like) you on facebook.

Maria said...

I follow 1+1+1=1 :)

Maria said...

I love the U shape design. I also like the cards staying in their pockets to increase attention span (as opposed to moving all over the place and having that be disruptive)

Asashia said...

I love the idea that it is interactive and that it helps to reinforce what I'm trying to work on with my child. And you're right, there were some things I forgot about too!

Asashia said...

I follow 1+1+1

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I like 1+1+1 on Facebook

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