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August 29, 2013

Free Spirit Kids Toddler Language Cards with Giveaway!

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows how much I love Montessori and early learning. Toddlers are so much more capable of learning than some people give them credit for. And, for toddlers, learning is still fun. 

To keep learning exciting, I'm constantly looking for products that help Henry explore the world around him in fun ways. I was thrilled to find Free Spirit Kids, an Etsy Shop that combines Montessori activities and everyday objects into beautiful and fun learning opportunities. 

Free Spirit Kids' Toddler Cards are perfect for little learners everywhere. They come beautifully packaged, are about the size of an index card, and are laminated. The rounded corners, big pictures, and simple font make these cards accessible to even the youngest toddlers. Free Spirit Kids offers these cards in a large variety of topics including farm animals, seasons, kitchen, and gardening. 

I was lucky enough to try out the Fruit and Vegetable toddler cards with Henry, and they have been a HUGE hit. I've seen his interested in vegetables increase and his vocabulary expand. It's great hearing him shout names of fruits and vegetables in the grocery store.

So, how have we been using our cards? Here are two simple ideas:

Recipe Cards 

I had Henry help me make chicken salad for dinner one night. As a way to help him, I had one Free Spirit Kids card out for the available ingredients. Henry was then able to match the card to the real life ingredient to help him know what to add. 

Henry had a blast doing this, and {bonus!} actually ate some of his dinner!

Vegetable and Fruit Sorting and Marching

Here I gave Henry a pile of the cards and helped him separate them into fruits and vegetables. Then, he ran to find the matching play food for each card. It turned into a giggly, fun, gross motor game all while helping him put concrete names to his food. 

The possibility for learning and play with these is really endless. Free Spirit Kids has been awesome enough to offer one lucky reader a free set of BOTH the Fruit Toddler Cards and the Vegetable Toddler Cards. Just follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win!

As an added bonus Free Spirit Kids is also offering a 10 percent discount on all orders over $10.00 to Kavanaugh Report readers! Use discount code KREPORT from now until the end of September!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive the cards to review, but all opinions are my own.


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Claire said…
I love the idea of recipe cards, how clever! I wonder if this would help convince L to eat something green.
Susan said…
The cards are cute, but Henry's hair is even cuter!
cpcable said…
Would love to win these for Silas! Your idea for using them as recipe guides? Brilliant! That would definitely help keep him occupied and engaged while I make dinner!
Heidi M.
Heidi M. said…
I love the recipe cards idea, too! Mango's been cooking a lot with me, and I think it could help him understand the concept of a recipe.
Jena said…
This would be perfect for my 1-almost-2-yr-old!
Sarah @ Vol Family Life
Evie would love these! She loves helping me cook and is really into matching these days!
Laura said…
I would love these! And so would my daughter! She's really into matching games.
Unknown said…
Such a great idea pairing them with the actual food. I think that's a great way to help kids get interested in food.
dongdong said…
I think my toddler will like this. I like that it is portable. Yes, hopefully, he will be more interested in eating veggies. :)
Amy @ No Greater Honors
I like the idea of the matching with real fruits and vegetables (very much hands on, and practical life to a 'T'), and thought Henry's face as he must have been trying a grape was too cute. I think my favorite is the matching, though - so easy to put a basket or tray together and can see using this for so many things already!
Kristina said…
The cards are beautiful! I think my daughter would love exploring with them, too!
Fiona said…
These are incredibly cool!
mommasbacon said…
I think these are a great teaching tool for reading and learning about healthy foods
Lindsay said…
I would love to win because Ethan looooves to help cook dinner, and having these as recipe cards would be a great way for him to do so independently!
Tazi said…
These are great, I love how bright the images are. They would definitely get a lot of use in my household.
Rhian said…
I would like to win for a friend who is expecting twins!
Kira said…
Love these cards! I made similar ones for my students last year but these are amazing!
Jennifer @ Polliwog in a Blog
These are great! Anything to get my Henry interested in veggies and eating is a plus in my book. Your Henry is so cute! Thanks for sharing.
kelly said…
Love anything that helps him eat grown up food.
allison said…
I'm a vegetarian and I'd really love to instill an interest in vegetables in my daughter at a young age!
Martianne @ Training Happy Hearts
We are on a roll with trying to include more produce power in our diets and these would help. I've actually been making similar cards on my own, but these look beautiful.
Jen @ the mama years
Adorable! Love good quality, simple materials.
Unknown said…
Love this!! Such real world whole language learning!! I have 2 little ones 2 and under and have begun tot school with them this month. This would be SUCH a fun addition to our days!
Anonymous said…
I'd love to win this for my Pre K classroom!
Anonymous said…
I'd love this for my son's montessori tot school room!
Stephanie said…
Thanks for the chance to win! I know Jax would love these...
Unknown said…
I would love these for my Little one :)
Unknown said…
I would love anything, it's all beautiful. But would have to pick Famous Artist cards :)
Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings
What a wonderful learning tool :) So cute -- my son would love these!!
Amy @ No Greater Honors
I really like the Four Seasons sets of cards - Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), and Winter.
Jenese said…
Oh my gosh, I love these fruit and veggie cards!!
Jenese said…
Ooo, I thought the seed sorting activity was brilliant!
Sam said…
We've been working on naming animals with my 15 month old. These would be great for learning her food!
HannahW said…
Love her stuff.. have already bought several items!!!
Cheryl said…
I totally want to copy your fruit and veggie matching game to increase my son's interest in healthier foods!
Heather said…
Using them as recipe cards is an awesome idea! Would love these for Lennox!
Heather said…
The bingo cards are awesome too!
Lindsay said…
I love the Land, Air & Water cards!
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