SmartyAnts Giveaway: Entertaining And Educational

This giveaway is closed. The winner is Amanda Starr who commented, “My daughter would love this! Learned that there is more than 60 stories and over 300 sing-along songs, wow!

There’s nothing more exciting than watching your child learn to read and seeing the joy in their face as they sound out letters and really “get it.”

We’ve been fans of LeapFrog toys since my oldest daughter was still in diapers so I was excited to check out SmartyAnts, the new online educational world developed by LeapFrog toys founder Mike Wood.

With a social media savvy mom and a techie entrepreneur dad, my girls have grown up using technology from a very young age. My youngest daughter could navigate my iPhone apps like a pro when she was just 3. I want to encourage my girls to use technology as an educational resource, though, and not just for entertainment.

We’ve been using the SmartyAnts website and companion Phonics Reading Pup (the soft and cuddly part of SmartyAnts) for a few weeks. The games Miss A is playing on SmartyAnts are so much fun she doesn’t even realize she is learning to read and adding new words to her reading repertoire. Designed specifically for pre-K through first grade, the SmartyAnts curriculum was developed using well-established educational guidelines that either meet or exceed these grades’ reading standards in all 50 states. Miss A is in kindergarten and will be 6 in March and she is the perfect age for SmartyAnts!

SmartyAnts assesses your child’s skill level and then tailors a reading program just for them. Her adorable reading pup sings and tells stories that reinforce what she’s been learning online. She’s named him Husk Husk and she’s been toting him around with her on the weekends when we run errands.

The SmartyAnts software was fairly simple to upload and Miss A already has a few favorite games, although she told me she loves all of them. The fun rock climbing wall game and the running track game both are teaching her to sound out and read words. The really cool part is she is not just “playing games,” but learning to read.

SmartyAnts has 11 customized learning levels and 69 separate educational units filled with:

  • Hundreds of learning videos
  • 67 individual stories
  • More than 300 personalized songs

The SmartyAnts world is also secure and password-protected, so it’s a safe environment for your child. The virtual “ant friends” they encounter online model good manners, teamwork, and cooperation.

Want to win a one-year subscription for your child to SmartyAnts.com as well as their own adorable Phonics Reading Pup (a $69.99 value)? This would make a great holiday gift for a young reader, up to age 7!

Visit the SmartyAnts website and then leave a comment here with something you learned about this fun new online educational system for kids.

I’ll choose a random winner from all eligible comments left by midnight Sunday, November 21.

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Thanks for entering and good luck!

Disclosure: I received a Phonics Reading Pup and a one-year subscription to SmartyAnts.com to review for this post.

79 comments

  1. Pam R says:

    I learned that it assesses each child’s skills and tailors a reading program just right for his abilities and personality

  2. CarlyG (heavenly37) says:

    I want that yr long subscription! I have the product so I know I don’t qualify, but for any mom out there without this, scoop it up! Your child will be reading, spelling within hours (at least mine did a lot easier than just reading to them, I’m not a good teacher sad to say)

  3. Heather B says:

    There are over 300 sing a long songs. My daughter saw one of these at our fall festival last weekend and was so bummed when her name was not picked to win it. I would love to win this and give it to her for christmas

  4. EG says:

    Here I thought you had a type-o, then you kept doing it. SmartyAnts makes me laugh!

    Anyway, I learned that it has 300 songs – my #2 (okay, so he’s a little too young for this but his time will come!) loves music so I think that’s going to be an effective way for him to learn.

  5. Jesica says:

    I learned they can listen to songs that teach them letter sounds! I also loved how it sat next to their computer. too cute!

  6. Carrie Z says:

    This seems right up my 5 year olds ally! I love that it has over 300 songs, he loves all the learning songs he learns in kindergarten!@

  7. Dawn says:

    I learned that it was developed by a close collaboration between Mike Wood, founder of the acclaimed LeapFrog educational games, and a world-renowned educational Advisory Board. We love leapfrog products!
    dmcalgaro@yahoo.com

  8. Heather Matthews says:

    I learned that SmartyAnts has 11 customized learning levels and 69 separate educational units! How can your argue with that :). Love it. Like you on Facebook too 🙂

  9. Amanda Starr says:

    My daughter would love this! Learned that there is more than 60 stories and over 300 sing-along songs, wow!

  10. Jessica T. says:

    I learned that it developes a costumized learning plan depending on your child’s skill level.

  11. Ronalee says:

    I learned that it has sing along songs and it is a new way to help children learn. I love this item!!

  12. Jennifer T. says:

    I like that it has personalized songs, my little girl always learns things easier when there is a song involved!!

  13. melissa says:

    What a great concept. Love all the different options for names and this is a wonderful gift for boys and girls. Anything made from the Leap Frog makers is a great product– look forward to seeing more of this product.

  14. Mandy says:

    Checked out their website, and this is very cool! My daughers would both love this system, and I love how it can customize to THEM individually!

  15. Deanna says:

    I love Phonics, this is how I learned to read many moons ago… I like the interactive games for the games and the pup is sooooo cute…

  16. Laura V. says:

    “SmartyAnts assesses each child’s skills and tailors a reading program just right for his abilities and personality.” Awesome! I would really love this for my daughter!

  17. Tracie Wood says:

    My son is starting to learn to read and this is the perfect website to help him out and keep him excited!

  18. Charlee says:

    I learned it has over 300 sing along songs. My son is a huge fan of singing songs! He’d love it!

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