Monday, October 27, 2014

Clued in Kids TOS Crew Review

What kid doesn’t like a good adventure and searching out treasures? My kids love seeking out treasures and playing learning games. We have been reviewing Clued in Kids and have been going on some treasure hunts using the Multiplication Dragons $19.99 and Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt $5.99.

I received a PDF printable that I downloaded and printed each treasure hunt out for both of my kids. You can use these treasure hunts with anywhere from 1-10 kids. Most of the treasure hunts are from ages 4 and up. I don’t know too many kids who don’t love puzzles, decoding secret words, mazes, and riddles. These are set up to use as a one day activity with each set. You can use the PDF printables over and over once you purchase the set. Clued in Kids also has a physical set which are intended for a 1 time use.

Clued in Kids are so easy to prepare. It took me less than 10 minutes to prepare each one.  I just printed each set out. I then cut them in half to make the cards. Each card is a half of a page and is numbered to keep them in order. They also have a space to write the child’s name if you are using this with more than one child. Putting a child’s name on each set also allows you to customize it with each child to make it harder or easier to fit each child’s needs. You can see how it works more from this page.

Next is the set up to begin the treasure hunt. You hide the cards throughout your house. The nice part is that you don’t have to think about where to hide each card because each card gives you directions as to where to hide the cards to fit the theme of the set. 
Another fun part is that you get to choose the treasure and place it at the last clue. You can do something simple like stickers, treats, or a toy. Whatever motivates your child or fits in your budget. Our reward was playing outside and mom even got on the play-set which is not something that happens often. The kids thought it was great having mom swing and go down the slide with them.

During the treasure hunts I just sat down and let the kids go on an adventure throughout our house. I had to help them with some of the clues with the Multiplication Dragons.

The Multiplication Dragons is for ages 7-9 to help them retain multiplication facts. This has five times tables 2 xs, 3 xs, 4 xs, 5 xs, and 6 xs. Both of my kids did these treasure hunts. My daughter who is 12 and 6 th grade and has learning disabilities and my 8 year old in 3 rd grade who is actually just learning his times table. These hunts a jammed packed with fun activities to help teach multiplication.

The Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt is for teaching nutrition and to help those children who need help in this area. Having a daughter on the spectrum and a whole list of issues food can be a very stressful time in our home. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows that almost a year ago my daughter became very sick and the doctors were almost ready to put in a feeding tube. Fortunately, we have been able to not go that route and get her in food therapy. I am always looking for something to help encourage her with eating a well-balanced diet. This can be used with kids who have allergies, ADHD, autism, sensory processing disorder, or any other issues. This isn’t exclusive to children with special needs as what child doesn’t need to know information about choosing and eating healthy. This could be used with ages 4 and up easily.

How did I use Clued in Kids in my homeschool?

Little Man is just learning the basics of multiplication and didn’t like it when his sister knew the answer before him. I literally just introduced him to multiplication a few days before we began the Multiplication Dragons. He is my math star and well he is a boy and is pretty competitive. For this particular hunt I had them work together on some of the times tables and on other times table which I knew Little Man would most likely catch on to quickly I had him do a set by himself. This was a great introduction to the times table. I wasn’t sure at first if this would frustrate him but, I made sure I did the Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt first as I didn’t want to overwhelm him with a new concept and make him not so excited about a completely different set. It was a good decision on my end as he knew that something exciting or yummy waited him at the end.

I took Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt to Bug’s food therapist and she was extremely impressed with it and is going to look into it more and see if it could be something they could use at the therapy center and even possibly the school. The food therapist was impressed enough want to look into Clued in Kids and want to recommend Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt to other parents who have kids with feeding issues.

My Final Thoughts: 

This has been a lot of fun for the kids. They both had a great time on their treasure hunt. It was extremely simple to put together. I like things that don't require a lot of prep time as I just always seem to be a bit short on time. I like that the activities varied and that they aren't to difficult. The quality of the contend in which set I used was quite impressive and the cost is extremely reasonable for what you get. I love it when I feel like a super mom when my kids are having fun and learning some valuable skills at the same time.I just told you about 2 sets from Clued in Kids. They have other sets available for different occasions from birthdays, holidays, educational, and so much more. You can see what else they offer to fit your occasion. Clued in Kids also has a membership that you can receive a treasure hunt every month. They have a 3 month, 6 month, and a 12 month membership.

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