Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Poingo



Come on, say it with me, "Poingo!" "Poingo, poingo, poingo!" It rhymes with Oingo Boingo. Remember them? Oh great, now I'm going to have the song Weird Science in my head all evening. And I'm way off track here. Back to Poingo.

I was asked if I'd be interested in trying out Poingo. I have to be honest. I had no clue what Poingo was; I'd never heard of it. Now I know. It's "the next generation of interactive books". It's not unlike the Tag system from Leapfrog. You use the pen-like instrument and simply touch the pages of the books. Kids can make the pages come alive with words, sounds and songs just by touching the pages.

This thing is cool! It's so small! Not small like "your kids could stick it up their noses" small, but small like a chunky pen. You don't need any clunky computer notebooks to use this system. All you do is turn on Poingo and touch the pages of your favorite book. Ta da! By touching the different words and pictures on the pages, kids discover fun surprises. I, I mean my kids, had a great time playing with the Finding Nemo book. You can not only read the book with Poingo, but you can play games. It'll ask you questions like, "Touch the animal who has stripes." It's a fun interactive toy! You can see a demo HERE!

Because this is similar to the Tag system, I wanted to compare the two. There are advantages to both. Now, I've tried Poingo and know it works well. I haven't tried Tag so I can't speak with authority that it works as well. Tag has a wider variety of books and activity cards available so you might get more use out of it, although Poingo does have more titles coming out in the future. The Poingo starter set (Poingo and both Cars & Finding Nemo books) retails for $34.99, whereas the Tag reading system includes Tag and one book and retails for $49.99.

Poingo comes with 6 books in its memory. If you purchase additional books which are preloaded in its memory, you can just go ahead and play. If you purchase books that aren't loaded in Poingo's memory, simply go to their website and download the content to Poingo with the included USB cable.

I think this is going to be one of Lexi's favorite new toys. Lexi is my 7 year old daughter and she struggles with reading. Because she has a hard time, she often complains when she has to read and, although she's getting better about it, she doesn't like reading too much. I think this will give her some extra reading time, but it'll be disguised as fun. What's better than learning through playing and having fun?

And for you, my awesome readers, I'm giving away one starter set (Poingo, Finding Nemo book & Cars book). What an awesome Christmas present! Just leave me a comment here and I'll pick a random winner on Monday, December 8th.

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cbhoff said...

My nephews would love that! I hope I win!

Blake and Laura said...

My son would love that! "Mee-no" (Nemo) is his favorite.

Anne said...

Oooh, that would be a great gift for my 6 year old who's just starting to read. We had a leapfrog system awhile ago, but it was so bulky the kids never used it.

Thanks for the info Dawn!

Jenn said...

I would love to win a Poingo for my little guy. He's just starting to read and I think he would really enjoy this!!

Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Kerri S said...

Oh my how cool!! My daughter would love this.

Kelly B said...

I've never heard of this either, but it looks like a great toy.

Deb said...

How fun, my son would love this!!

Necie said...

My son would absolutely love that! That's cool! :)
Denise W.

Kelly M. in Texas said...

We would love this!! Thanks for the info, too!

Mark & Abbie's Blog (mostly Abbie's) said...

My kids would so enjoy that...and it would be much easier on travel rather than carrying the Leappads and books.

Amy H said...

I've never heard of Poingo. However, I've been contemplating getting my girls the Leap Frog version. I'd love to win this one instead!

The Cohen's said...

Awesome!! I love to read and I hope to pass that not only on to my kids, but my nieces and nephews as well! It would make a GREAT Christmas gift!

Gwyneth said...

That's a cool gadget. I bet my neice would have a little fun with it!

Adrienne G said...

My son would love this for Christmas!

Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Throw This Mom a Bone said...

Sounds like great fun!

Katy said...

My daughter would LOVE that! She LOVES books!

The Bear and The Bug said...

My kids would love that!

kimbalaya said...

My girls would love that!

And the Oingo Boingo song that popped immediately into my head was "Dead Man's Party". I <3 Oingo Boing! Went to their final Halloween concert before they broke up a few years ago. It was fantastic! Except for all the pot heads smoking near us - phew that stank!

Winona said...

My daughter loves books *and* all things transportation-related - perfect! This sounds nifty.

Alexis said...

I would love one, I was wanting to get one for my preschooler. But the price of the leapfrog was a little to much for my budget this year! Thanks Dawn :)

aceiatx said...

Oh I want to try this!! My son is just starting to read!

Kaitlin said...

This would be a great gift to give a child! I'd love to have it!

Ruthie said...

I have grandchildren that would love that one.

Kitti said...

My 3 1/2 yr. old son would love this since Nemo and Cars are his all time fave!
Thanks for the offer
~K

photomommy said...

My kiddos would love that!

Christina said...

That is so cool! I just order the TAG system for my daughter for Christmas, if I got this I will return it and save some money!

Karen said...

This would be a fun gift for my 6 year old niece!

Irishmama said...

would love to win this. thanks.

Kay said...

This would be great for my son who is 4 and has vision issues.

Jennifer B. said...

My daughters would love this. And Nemo and Cars you can't go wrong woth that.

Mindy O said...

My daughter would love this! She loves books but can't read yet

Renee said...

Thank you so much for the review, I saw an ad for it on TV and was wondering about that vs the Tag too.

Mynde said...

I hadn't heard of this- thanks for sharing. And also- thanks for the constant contests! It makes the day fun wondering if I've won.

Jenny H. said...

I bet my 4yr old would love that. Thanks for the give-a-way.
jennyheyman@hotmail dot com

Wendy said...

Oh what fun...and I personally loved the Weird Science movie. Now I have that song stuck in my head, I guess it beats anything by the Wiggles! Thanks!

zekesmom10 said...

How exciting! The stuff "they" come up with, huh? Remember when we read books ourselves? :)

Courtney said...

Poingo, poingo, poingo!

Garth and Becky said...

What an awesome giveaway. I've seen these advertised and would love for my children to be able to give them a try.

Diane B said...

Thank you: I will be going through my whole day with 'Weird Science' in my head!

Count me in for the drawing!

graceunderautism said...

that looks like an awesome product!

Kelly said...

Cool! I also have a 7 yo who struggles to read. I think this would be a great tool for him (especially since he's a sight reader and just doesn't get the whole phonics thing).

Kelly Q.

Brandi said...

What a great gift this would make for my "I-can't-wait-to-go-up! I-want-to-know-how-to-read-everything-NOW." 4 year old son.

Stacy said...

I've seen this and been intrigued. I'd love to win!

Tammy W said...

This would be great for our six!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

Ben and Melissa James said...

This would be awesome for my daughter...she's 4 and loves to do stuff like this!

Veronica said...

Awesome gift! I watch 2 young children and 1 just loves books! This would definitely make the pages come alive and keep him interested! Hope I win!

Kecia said...

My daughter would love this. I love that it is small and self contained. It's great practice like Leapfrog but you don't have to haul all the books and cartridges around.

Jake said...

This would be a perfect gift for my little brother!!

amy said...

I would love to give that to my little cousin. He would love it! Nemo is like his favorite character in the whole world!

Lot said...

My son would love this! Thanks!

Melissa said...

This would be great for my two little ones.

TnT's Mom said...

I have never heard of this product but my youngest is a huge Cars fan and would love to be able to "read" the story himself!

Julie B said...

I can't wait to hear my 2 year old say the name of this toy! It sounds like an awesome toy! Hope I'm randomly picked!!!!!

Jen said...

My kids would love this! :)

Sheila said...

I would love to win Poingo. It would be great for my little grandson!!

Thanks Dawn.

Lori said...

I'm an elementary teacher and I would LOVE to have this as a help for struggling readers!

Ally said...

I would love to try this with my daughter (age 6 1/2).. she has dyslexia and has a very hard time with reading (she was held back this year because of reading issues). I would love to see if this could help get her excited about reading again. She has gotten to the place where reading is a chore and not that much fun anymore (she get frustrated because of the dyslexia)... maybe something like this could bring the joy of reading back to her?

Hopefully the random number generator will pick me!! Thanks for entering me!

Ally
tjaksv (at) yahoo (dot) com

tchrbev said...

This looks cool! Thanks, Dawn!

Bev

Anonymous said...

LOVE it!!!

Donna in PA :)

HeidiV said...

Sounds cool! I checked out Tag at the store and wasn't too impressed. It seemed so sensitive...like you really had to be on a certain spot with the word.

My four year old would love this though!

BeccaSaun said...

My nephew would abosolutely love this!! :-D

The Doutre Family said...

What a neat toy! I've been reading your blog for over a year now and never felt "cool" enough to leave a comment. Well, now that you're giving away free stuff I felt it was time to introduce myself to you!

Kristie said...

Very fun! I'll test my luck here...

Kristie M.

Angela said...

Very cool. I was considering this for my son who will be 6 on Dec. 12th. He loves to read.

Stephanie said...

This sounds like a lot of fun for kids!

Michelle said...

Yeah all I'm sitting here doing now is going Poigo. Poingo. Poingo poingo poingo. Poingo.

It sounds like a way cool toy, and I love the educational and fun aspect at the same time. My favorite kind! Thanks, Dawn.

Chrissie said...

Wow - what a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway -- count me in!

csaestok@yahoo.com

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oooh, oooh, oooh, me, oooh, ooh - my hand is raised...(Horseshack)...yea...pick me anyway!

Heather and Amber said...

That looks cool! I'm sure my almost 7 year old would love it!

Nicolette E said...

This sounds very cool! Our littles would LOVE to have one. Thanks Dawn.

Rachael said...

My son would have a blast! Great Christmas present idea

Anonymous said...

I so need to win this for my nephews my one nephew is 4 and loves for me to read he would love this and read all day please pick meeeee.we had leapfrog but was to big this would work soo good.

cece ny

The Bertone's said...

That would be awesome for my 5 yr old that so desperately wants to learn how to read! Thanks for the opportunity! ;)

Kate said...

Sounds cool. My son would have a great time with it.

Martha said...

Too bad they don't make these with titles for adults.... I don't ever seem to get a chance to sit and read, maybe if it was reading to me.. This is a cool toy, and I would definitely find some worthy child to gift it to

snippity1 said...

anything to get the kids reading, right? write? ahem. I'd like to enter!

Tina said...

I've been looking at the Tag system for my son and have never heard of this one! Glad to know there's similar products out there for a little less. Thanks for another great giveaway!

Jennifer said...

That would make a great Christmas gift. My only problem would be having my 3 kids share it!! Once again thanks for a great give away and product review.

Valerie P. said...

My daughter would love this! Thanks!

Mandy B. said...

Oh my goodness! My daughter would LOVE that!

Rebecca M. said...

I would love to have this for my special needs son. He is behind in his speech development, and this would be a wonderful tool for him to help learn proper pronounciation. And it's a bonus that he LOVES Nemo and "yitenin Creen" (lightning McQueen for those of you who do not speak toddler)

Thanks for entering me Dawn!

Lynn J said...

My four year old would love to have this. She informed me today that she does not know how to read so she needs a "frog".

Anonymous said...

My son would love this... I hope I win.

Heather
melody806@ yahoo dot com

Becs said...

My daughter is just starting to identify some sight words. How cool would this be as an aid!

Thanks for the review and giveaway, Dawn!

Anonymous said...

my little nephew would LOVE this!!! Finding Nemo and Cars are his favorite!! perfect Christmas present. Thanks so much!!!
Amanda R.

Denise said...

I would love this for my brilliant nephew!

Jen said...

Poingo is more fun to say than Tag, so I want one for my kiddo! =)

Tami said...

WOW!!! my sons would LOVE this. Great giveaway!!

alice said...

My son loves books and is just starting to read. I'm sure he would love this.

Jess said...

My son would love to have this...plus with a birthday & Christmas back to back, winning something would be awesome!

Anna said...

Oh! How fun! My kids would love this!

Yes, my daughter is learning to read and we have an early reader that is Finding Nemo... she was in shock when she found out that it wasn't Meemo. :) I love kids!!!

zap1605 said...

My girls would love this.

4cheeseheads said...

Great review. My son is just starting to learn how to read. This would be a great tool for him to use. And like you mentioned, they think it's fun but we know it's educational.

Nicole said...

Now this is something I would love to win!!!

Margo :-) said...

Oh yes, I remember Oingo boingo! LOL
Great give-away!!! :-)

Jacqui said...

This is really neat. We would love this at our house.

Heather said...

Wow! My son & daughter would love this!
I feel a win coming on...



hawdieann@yahoo.com

Deb Warren said...

My daughters would love that for Christmas, oh please pick me. Thanks for having such a neat Blogger site!!!

Rachel said...

IIIIIIII love these!! I was just playing with one in my beloved Target the other day. I'd love to win...but would I HAVE to share it??

Lucille said...

I'm in. Come on random number picker thing - PICK me!

Angela P. said...

My almost 5 year old is learning to read and she'd love this. Her birthday is coming up soon, I hope we win! :)

Debra said...

My son Wyatt would love it!

Jackie said...

Oh my grandkids would think grandma was really cool if she got this!

Wendy in Idaho said...

Isn't technology awesome! What a great prize!

Courtney said...

My little Sarah would love to be able to "read" just like her big sisters!

Christine H. said...

This would be awesome for my little guy. He loves to books but says he can't read them. This would make him happy.
Christine H. from Cortlandt Manor, NY

Pattie said...

I know a very special little boy whose eyes would really light up for a gift like this!

dhaynes said...

Pick me Pick me I would love to have that for my grandkids. They LOVE to read.

DianeH

KAL071203 said...

oh my gosh my 4-year-old would love this, even if i don't win, I think he will be finding it under the tree!!!

samgramof8 said...

Dawn, I love your give-aways! Count me in, please!
scg2021@telus.net

The Vrabecs said...

Oh my daughter LOVES to read, this would ve great for her!

Amanda said...

That would be awesome for my 2yo who is very much in the "I do it myself" phase. We can't even read to him anymore.

Kristin said...

My daughter would LOVE this. She's 3 and a half and absolutely LOVES books. Mommy would like this too, I'm thinking, since she could now really read to her little brother. They are so cute when they sit together and "read" books! The are both HUGE Cars fans as well.

Magda said...

Ooooo, how cool!! My daughter would have so much fun with this!

Niki Z said...

Any gift that promotes reading is a gift I want to give my boys.

Queen of pink in a house of blue said...

what a great idea! my little one would love to 'read' on his own!

Anonymous said...

My daughter is still learning to read. She would love something that would make it fun.

mamaof5 said...

My daughters would love this.

suzanne said...

how funny...i just sold my leappad on ebay...was looking for the next thing...
thanks fo the heads up...

'M' said...

My kids would love one of these! I have never heard of it either, it sounds so interesting.

Tina in Ohio said...

This might help my reluctant reader boy!
Tina

Tammy said...

Oh, pick me, pick me! Ok, I have been watching Shrek way too much lately. But my kids would love this.

Traci said...

My 5 and 7 year old would also love this. I'm sure so would the 9 year old and 2 year old.

Erika said...

Wow- I've also never heard of this product....but it looks so cool :)
My little dude would think this is so cool.

Cool giveaway.

-Erika J.

AbbysMama said...

My daughter LOVES to read and Nemo is her favorite! She would adore this! Thanks Dawn!
Lauren H.

Harmony said...

My boys would sure get a kick out of this. It is amazing what they come up with these days. Fun giveaway!

Missy Johnson said...

My 4 year old would love this. She loves books.

Erica said...

What a neat gift!! :)

Robbi L. said...

My youngest two children would love this!!!

katie said...

My kids would love this!

KarenKal said...

another great give-away from Dawn. How do you get all of these AWESOME items to give away??

Grammy said...

Thank you for this chance to win. I think either of my 2 granddaughters will love this. Now, which one to give it to if I win?

LittleBirdies said...

It's unbelievable what they come up with these days. None of these great toys were around when I was growing up.

Lyndsay said...

My daughter would LOVE that!!

Darci said...

Since I've finally paid off the ER bill from my son putting a travel checker up his nose I especially like that it won't fit up his nose!

Jen S said...

This would be great for my nephew!! I hope I win!! And I love your blog!!

Lisa M. said...

We'd love to try it! I have a reluctant reader and a preschooler who has almost taught herself how to read. I think both would enjoy it. :)

Andrea said...

My daughter is learning to read, so it would be perfect for her. She might have to fight her brother for the Cars book, though - he's obsessed with Cars.

Lisa said...

I have a kindergartener and preschooler who would love a new "toy" to help them with learning to read. As mom, I would love anything that would help them learn to read!

Jaclyn said...

My son would love this he loves to be read too and loves to try to read the stories back to me. This would be an excellent present.

Nancy G. said...

My 2 girls would love this!

Anonymous said...

Oh Dawn we would love this at our house. I have one that struggles with reading too and it would be a great help!

Steph in ND

Jennie in Ohio said...

My kids would LOVE this, they are constantly throwing books at me asking me to read to them!!

Anonymous said...

My son would love it! PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME!!!!!!!!

Heather W.

Mitchell Family said...

My kids would love this :)

Ali said...

I am loving all of your reviews!! This is another one I had never heard of but my girls would love!

Valerie G. from GA said...

I would absolutely love to win this! We looked at the Tag system for my 4 year old who loves to read (or have us read to him, anyway) and think this would be a great thing for him!

Amy said...

My 4 year old would love this as Nemo and Cars are two of her favorite stories.

Grandma Karen said...

Hi Dawn,
My granddaughter would love this!!

Karrie S. said...

How awesome! I wouild love it for my daughter to help her learn to read!

Shannon said...

Fun! Hope to win!

Teresa (CO) said...

These are so fun, I'd love to win one for our "adopted" family.

Teresa (CO)

jillw920@hotmail.com said...

My daughter is just starting to sound out words, so this would be perfect for her!

Jill W.

Photo Quilts said...

My children would love that. My son also struggles with reading and my daughter is just learning. Would make a great Christmas gift.

Daphne H.

HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS said...

This would be an awesome surprise for my granddaughter who loves to read. Glad to learn about Poingo, since I had never heard about it before.

Nina said...

what a great new thing...I have some clients (I'm a child welfare attorney) whose teachers have recommended similar systems for helping with reading...hope it helps Lexi

Tamar Z said...

I've never heard of it before. Sounds really cool!

The Hayes Famiy Events said...

Oh my son, who LOVES to read, would LOVE that! And what perfect books for him, he loves both. Choose me! Choose me!
Kim H

Jessica A. said...

My 7 yr old would LOVE that. He loves to read and I love to encourage him to read. Perfect! *fingers crossed*

Jess In Mi said...

Oingo Boingo! How exciting!

HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS said...

This would be an awesome surprise for my granddaughter who loves to read. Glad to learn about Poingo, since I had never heard about it before.

Step Monster said...

enter me!

Janet said...

Cool! My 6 year old has just started to read and would love this.

Jenn said...

I have been wanting to get one of these for the four year old. and I know that the other kids in the house will use it too. all except the 12 year old. Boy oh boy that kid is SMART.

anyway I really hope I win this one for the kidoes for christmas.
Jenn

Wendi said...

My son is just starting to read and wants this! It would be great "toy" to help him along!! Thanks for the opportunity.

mommytoalot said...

Oh My Joey would absolutley love that..
good luck to all
xo

Tracy said...

Oh this would be so cool for my son. We just got a leap pad for him to help him wiht his speech and comprehension, this would be a wonderful gift for him!

RobinAN said...

My 4 1/2 year old son would love this & it would sure help get him ready for school.

Amanda E said...

What great stuff people are coming up with for kids to help them learn in a fun way! Put my name in - I'd love to use this during storytime!

Vivian M said...

My daughter would love a Poingo! She is 4 and is just now learning to read. Thanks for the reviews, I had never heard of this either.

Anonymous said...

Cool!
I love all your giveaways!
R.Knotts

Grateful for Grace said...

Perfect for our homeschool!!! Hope I win!

Lisa said...

My daughter would absolutely love Poingo! She is 3 years old and so into "reading". Not only would it be a great learning tool for my daughter but the day of the drawing, December 8, is my birthday!

Nicole from Houston said...

This would be an awesome gift for the kids! My 5 yr old daughter is having a hard time with the reading thing and this will be perfect!

Kari said...

I've seen the Tag system in stores but have not heard of Poingo before. I think they would both be great tools to promote reading. My daughter is just starting to get interested in reading and she would love that!!!

Sharon said...

This would be great for my 5 or 7 year old. And if i don't win, I'll be searching the stores for it!!

Nicole L said...

We have been looking at this and the Tag from Santa... Thanks for the review and chance to win one!

Dan C. said...

Oh, oh, pick me, pick me....

Dori said...

Great little gadget, my son would love this

Anonymous said...

my dd would love it. julie_2929@hotmail.com

Mommyk8- Kate said...

Oh me me me Pick ME! or my DD. Her Birthdya is Saturday and she, OR the number generator thingy, would love you if this was a belated Birthday gift

Michelle said...

My son would love it, he's just learning to read and loves learning!

Michelle, Appleton, WI

Nancy Brown said...

I was totally going to buy the tag system, but of course I'd love to win this instead!

Nicole said...

My almost 5 year old twins would love this. My son is just learning the beginning sounds of words- and I'm sure would love the independence to practice his reading without my help. I'm looking at the Poingo and tag for his birthday.

Thanks.

Melia said...

Oh, what a fun learning system. My children would love reading/playing with this toy.

kungfu_mom said...

Very cool! Count me in for a chance to win!

Dee said...

Very cool. I have several kids that could have fun with it.

A&E admin said...

This we awesome for my 2 year old.

Katina said...

Looks cool! The boys would love it.

Sara said...

Oh, pick me. Please pick me!!!

sara b said...

looks awesome. would make a great gift for my dd who is 7. :)

Evelyn said...

Poingo...interesting! Would love to try it! Thank you, Dawn!

Janice said...

My great nephew would love this!!

Nikki Koon said...

what a great tool to help my son with reading!

Kelly S said...

My son would love that! He's 3 1/2 and starting to recognize some small words.

our2angels said...

My kids would love this! Hope we are the winners!!

Blessings
Sue
marklovessue@numail.org

Sandi said...

Sounds like a great gift idea. Thank you!

Penny S. (CA) said...

I would love to be randomly picked!
This looks like a lot of fun.
Penny S. (CA)

On The Go Family said...

So fun! I'd love to win.

Denise said...

I think my boys would love this!!

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