So last week I came across this slick new resource from our library and wanted to share it with you. You can reserve them, check them out, and they are FREE! This nifty resource comes in a plastic case with a charging cord (the battery lasts for about 5-6 hours), are about 4″ x 6″, and have a spot for headphones (not necessary to use & not included). Goofy checked out The Snowy Day & other classic stories by Ezra Keets. Minnie checked out a Sesame Street one with 4 Elmo episodes. Each Playaway View provides 2-4 hours of entertainment!
What’s on it? Playaway View are either animated books by Scholastic/Tumblebooks or videos in the case of Sesame Street or National Geographic. They each contain various stories or episodes about the same topic and last 2-4 hours.
Where to find what’s available at your library’s website? I found it doing the following:
My account (tab)
Quick Lists Tab
Scroll down to Youth Quick Lists
Click on Playaway Views
Or you could always ask your helpful librarian =-)
When do your kids use them? My kids thought they were great on our recent 4 hours car trip to Grandma! I can also see them being easy to take & fun while kids wait at doctor’s offices, for older siblings to get out of piano lessons, etc.
What Title Are Available? At our library there are 50 and counting. Their are Sesame Street ones for the toddler/preschool crowd, classic stories like The Snowy day for the 4-7+ year olds, and educational resources for elementary age kids like Math, National Geographic, Greek Mythology, History, and the Solar System. With so many titles to choose from there is sure to be one for everyone! Here are a few of the titles available at our library:
Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activites and FREE printables: www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com