Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Let's Build a Word



Do you guys know this program on PBS? This is one of Clay's and Brooklyn's favorite shows. When the music starts, they come running into the family room to watch. And you know what? I'm glad. Not only does this show not drive me bonkers like some of the stuff they like to watch, but I know it's teaching them something of value. (I mean, I learned half of what I know from watching shows like Sesame Street when I was a kid!) Really though, a study funded by the U.S. Department of Education found that WordWorld significantly strengthens early literacy skills in preschoolers, providing the building blocks essential for learning how to read.

WordWorld brings words to life in a unique way. For example, if the word is BARN, they show a picture of a barn made up of the letters B, A, R, & N.

Children learn to make the connection between words and the objects they represent.

This study demonstrated that children doubled their oral vocabulary skills of words featured in WordWorld, they tripled their ability to read specific words featured and built in WordWorld, and even children in disadvantaged households where English is a second language showed gains in phonemic awareness, as well as oral vocabulary and reading words featured in WordWorld.

All I know, is my kids like it and now Target carries Word World toys and DVDs! Last year, the kids got a set of Word World modeling dough with word molds. This stuff is cool because the dough is fruit scented and fun to squish into the molds - yellow, banana scented dough for the banana mold, purple, grape scented dough for the grapes mold, etc. The containers of dough and the molds fit in a plastic picnic basket for easy clean-up and storage.

They also have Moon Sand sets with fun word molds. Kids love to play with this stuff! I think mainly because it's messy. There are many magnetic playsets which are terrific for on-the-go fun. Just fold them up and take along. Your kids can play with them in the doctor's office waiting rooms, in the car, and at restaurants. There are also Word World magnetic plush toys, puzzles, AquaPix, and more! You can check them out HERE.

I have a Word World Moon Sand set to give away to one winner. Leave me a comment here and I'll draw a random winner on Saturday, December 20.

269 comments:

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Kate said...

My kids love the show, too!

Jennifer Higgins said...

Oh WOW. We love Word World in our house too! I've seen the products but haven't tried any yet. Thanks for the recommendations!

Angela P said...

Hope I win, my kiddos love this show as well! :)

Kitti said...

I've never seen this show so I'll check it out! But it sounds like fun =)
~K

Garth and Becky said...

My children love this show, too! I will have to check out the toys at Target.

Stacy - osukiddo said...

My four year old loves Word World! You're right...it doesn't drive a parent bonkers! I love how the pig sings the ABC song too.

Beverly said...

We love Word World, as well as some of the other PBS shows! I even like Sid the Science Kid. (I know you don't. Sorry.) Last week, my daughter learned about exercise and good nutrition (as if we never talk about those things), and has been teaching all of us and her stuffed animals about what to eat. I also love it when she comes through the house singing, "I love my mom. My mom is cool." :-)

Thanks for the offer, Dawn. As always, your readers appreciate you.

Bev

Jake said...

Oh my God! My little brother just saw this in one of those toy books last week and said he wanted it so bad!

Missy Johnson said...

My little girls would enjoy the moon sand.

homeschool mamma said...

I have a four year old homeschooled kid. Word world and moon sand is Right up our alley.
-Bev

Brandi said...

Sounds fun, would love to win!

Veronica said...

I LOVE Word World. Sid the Science Kid is next on my list! I care for 2 little boys and we watch those. Super Why is also good to help the little ones with "Sight Words."

Ruthie said...

What a great idea. I will have to look at Target this weekend, but would love to win one for my grandson.

Keri Jackson said...

Looks cool. my daughter has been wanting to try that moon sand :)

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

I LOVE Word World!!!! Thanks

Sandi said...

I love these! Taking a trip down the toy aisle at Target is always a must. Thanks! =)

thennelly said...

great show!

Simple Country Girl said...

My girls would have a blast with those!

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

My kids love Moon sand as well...they also love Word World! Fun, educational and messy, how can you go wrong with those three.

Ben and Melissa James said...

My kids love Word World!

AbbysMama said...

That would be great! My daughter loves that show as well!

Thanks!
Lauren H.

barefootinhighheels said...

We LOVE Word World here at my house. Sign me up! Thanks!

The Vrabecs said...

My daughter is just the right age for tus and she loves moon sand!

Anonymous said...

I babysit my friend's three children four days a week and I LOVE when they want to watch Word World. I think it's one of the most clever shows on TV. Once again I ask myself, WHY couldn't I have thought of that??? lol

I'd love to win the Moon Sand for them!

Donna in PA :)

The Bertone's said...

I love both of these things. My 3 yr old loves the Word World, and what better way to teach your kids words?? and Letters??
My other two kids love Moon Sand. We are a very hands on family. Unfortunately, one of the things that got left in Maine when we moved was our Moon Sand :(
Thanks for the Awesome giveaway!

Niki Z said...

My 4 and 1 year old love this show as well.

ya ya's mom said...

oh am i the first one? anyhow, my shorty loves word world!! i'm sure she'd love the moon sand too....yet another great giveaway from you ;)

Kelly B said...

My kids love Word World. They go around singing the songs and building words.

Mindy said...

My daughter will be 3 in March and is at the age that she could really benefit from Word World stuff! And she loves playdoh/moonsand type stuff! I need to check out those videos

Christy C. said...

My kids would love this! The show is pretty cool...

Cora said...

I think those toys are so cool. I have not seen the cartoon yet.

Adrienne G. said...

My son would love this!

debbie said...

My sons loves Word World! "It's time to build a word, let's build it. Let's build it now!"

AMK said...

My little one loves WordWorld. Somehow though, in my mind, I change it to Bill & Ted saying it. "Word World, Party Time, Excellent!" I'm weird...I know.

The Cohen's said...

What a cool show! I'm a bit out of the loop, I guess we should get cable. ;) I do know some children that would love that!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

We LOVE moon sand here!

Amanda E said...

I totally LOVE Word World! Same as your kids - my little guy will watch this show all day long if it were on! Hope I win - I've been wanting to get him some of the toys associated with the show.
You're awesome Dawn!

KarenKal said...

my kids love WW!!

KAL071203 said...

I just wanted to comment that my 4-year-old got this for his b-day and loves it...so if you pick me, please pick someone else! and if you guys don't win your kids would love it under the tree!

Katina said...

My kids love Word World too, but it isn't on our local PBS anymore. We have the DVDs and watch them regularly, but I'm sad not to get new episodes.

Katie B said...

Oh, goodness! My boy LOVES that show! And you are right, it doesn't drive me crazy either! :)

Stacy said...

WordWorld is awesome! Sign me up!

jennifer H in SC said...

my kids would love this .. mainly because i havent bought them any yet lol ... i was so glad you kept twittering and let us know about poor Jackson, i was worried once it got late you would stop and i wouldnt know what happened! it was crazy the way the school handled that!

jennhoop

Jacci O. said...

My girls love this show, as well.

Kristie said...

My daughter loves WordWorld - I love it when she loves shows that help her learn.

Amanda VE said...

Both of my boys love Word World AND Moon Sand. They would probably think this was the best toy in the world! :)

Jenn said...

My sons three favorite shows are. Word World, Super Why, and Sid the sience kid. ;)

Would love to be able to give him this....
Jenn

Margo :-) said...

Wow, what a cool show that is!! I love the idea of making the "items" into "words"

Anonymous said...

My little niece and nephew loves this show!!!! They would be soo excited if they could get this!!! I hope I win! Thanks so much!
Amanda R.

Firelizards said...

My son loves this show, too!

Nicole from Houston said...

My kids love this show! I have not seen the toys, but will be running to Target this weekend! I know I know, the weekend before Christmas?!?!?!? I am one of those crazy ones that does this type of stuff!

Jess in Mi said...

I love that show too! its super cute

zekesmom10 said...

That is a super cute show. One of the few that doesn't drive me bonkers!

Karen U. said...

My kids love wordworld! Thanks for the giveaway!

Brianne said...

My little girl loves Word World too. And I'm glad it's on PBS because we only get the very basic channels.

Melanie said...

Moonsand is fun!

Kelly Strei said...

All of my kids love this show. Me too! I hope I win.

Aleta said...

WOW!! I love this - have the site bookmarked now! This is perfect for my 4 and 5 yo, especially since we homeschool!

Rachael said...

I hope I win:)

Denise said...

My son loves the show as well! :)

Kerri S said...

That looks like a great show I will have to find it for my daughter

Lisa M. said...

Welcome to the place...where words come alive...Oh GREAT! Now I have that song in my head. :) Word World is big at our house and so is PBS' Word Girl. My 4yo walks through our house saying gigantic words like 'flabbergasted' and 'cumbersome'. Hilarious! Thanks for the drawing.

Jon and Sarah said...

The show is really cool!

Alexis said...

My Son loves the show and the toys! Pick me! :)

jessica said...

My 6 year old daughter LOVES that show. And I actually like it too. I love that everything is made out of words!

Rachel said...

I love this show! Our kiddo is just starting to learn letters, so this is perfect!

Eternal Sunshine said...

I love Word World. I would let the kids watch it 24-7 if I could.

Moon Sand, however, is the Devil. I really like it, but SOMEONE bought some for my daughter, and I was finding Moon Sand in my food for a week.

So, if I win, I'll either keep it for myself, 'cause I'm pretty sure I can play with it without finding Moon Sand in everything.

Or, I'll send it to someone else's house as a gift - Cause I'm evil like that.

Ryan and Amber P. said...

Woot! Love your blog and the show!

Allykat said...

We LOVE Word World. What a great giveaway!

Brooke said...

My kids would enjoy that!

dorindmikey said...

Oooh Moon Sand is a huge hit over here and so is the show.

Kimberly in Ohio said...

My niece loves this show. And moon sand is pretty nifty too. Merry Christmas! :)

Evelyn said...

My son loves the show!!!

Vicki said...

I have never heard of this show, but thanks for telling me about it. I'm sure my 2YO daughter will LOVE it! And all 3 girls will love the moon sand. They have begged me for years to get them moon sand and I am just alllllllllll-most about to give in. This would be a painless way to do it..lol.

Anonymous said...

oooh, we love that show! we havent tried moonsand yet but my 4yo has been bugging me to try it:)

(in case I win: lexi_duckie@ yahoo .com)

Anissa said...

My son adores that show more than any other, and I enjoy watching it too, so winning this would be a very happy day for him:)

Jaclyn said...

My two kids love this show.

Sonya said...

This sounds like a GREAT learning toy (and show)! I am trying to build up my "Grandma's Toy Box" and this would be a great addition! I'm going to check them out the next time I am at Target too--the magnetic toy sets look like great quiet church toys!

Robbi L. said...

My youngest two children would love this!

Shannon said...

My son loves World World! He'd love the Moon Sand!

Karen R. said...

We are fans of the show at our house and also BIG moon sand fans! It's so easy to clean up!

Christina said...

moon sand never heard of it.

Nicole said...

My son loves this show!

Melia said...

Word World is a favorite at our house too! I love that the words make up the stuff. Oh, you know you said it better than I ever could. Thanks for the reiminder of such fun stuff.

Dianne said...

WordWorld is a favorite at my house, too. Grandma and Grandpa got my son a WordWorld rescue truck from Target. It is a bit annoying after a while (Siren followed by "Let's build a word...!" then more siren). I would love to try the quieter moon sand!

Christine in NJ said...

Hi Dawn... ANOTHER great giveaway! You are the Best!

THANKS
Christine

Sappheria said...

I havnt seen the show but have a five year old who would love it. Have to check it out now that I know its out there.

Anonymous said...

It looks cool. My girls would love it!

Laurel M

sara b said...

i going to have to check out the show. sounds like a good one for dd3. i know her and dd7 would love the sand.

Covey and Justin said...

I would love that for my kids!! cdenton_80(at)yahoo.com

Amber said...

my kids love the show! Thanks...

sklay723 said...

We are big Word World fans in this house...my kids learned to spell ROCKET and PIE and MOON and they were barely even two years old at the time. It's probably one of the most educational shows on TV for kids nowadays, along with Sesame Street. :) Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff! My daughter would love it...and when she's done, it would be put to use in my classroom.

Jill (jbsillery@sbcglobal.net)

Cindy E in OK said...

Luck shine on my grandson tonight. He would love this. I bought some Word world and Moon sand for his Christmas

Reader Melly said...

Love it!

Sarah said...

My son is absolutely obsessed with Word World. He loves, loves, loves that show :) He loves it as much as my daughter loves Super Why

mandy said...

My daughter would LOVE some Moon sand!!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win neat prizes!!!

Sapphire Mommy said...

Me Please!

Jacqui said...

We love this show here too. J would love this.

mariann (marinewife) said...

I didnt know they had word world products for sale! Wow my child would love this..Hope i win.

Melanie said...

Thanks for another great giveaway, we love moon sand at our house - I mean my daughters love moon sand at our house!@!@!
rankin1997@hotmail.com

ldybg75 said...

Word World is also a favorite in our home. My boys would love to make a mess with this.

jillw920@hotmail.com said...

My daughter would love this!

Jill W.

Anonymous said...

My kids would love this!

Dawn mom of 5
dacolema25@hotmail.com

Chris A. , Jackson, MI said...

love it!

AlehouseGirl said...

My son ADORES this show. Let's hope we're the random winner this time :). Thanks for the info.

DeT said...

I've never seen this show--I'll have to buy the DVD. I'd love the sand for my son.

Candace said...

My 4 year old loves this show. It is a very cute show and I love their products although we do not own any.

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

I saw the toys at Target before i had seen the show.
my boys would love this!

Jen said...

My kids love Word World!! :) My daughter especially enjoys watching that show.

Lindsay said...

I am pregnant with my first child and I'm constantly amazed at the wonderful programs that exist to keep kids entertained AND educated!! Restores my faith in humanity...which I'm sure will be destroyed by my little bundle of joy ;^)

Dona said...

I'm now humming the tune to the show after reading your review - but you are right, my DD runs into the room, and dances every time they 'build..a..word'. Thanks for plugging a great show!

ElleBee said...

Word World is a fabulous show. The Manimal is just getting into it!

Kimmerie said...

my son loves Word World! We have the soft toys that come apart into the different letters and then stick back together with magnets. He likes making different words out of F I S H ... I haven't seen the moon sand set, will have to go check it out! ('cause that's just what I need. moon sand in the carpet....)

Danny, Sherri, Sammi, and Lawrie said...

Word World ROCKS! Both my kiddos love it... but we didn't know about the toys yet...

dhaynes said...

younger grandchild loves this program as well, and you're right. It's much more tolerable then others he has to watch.

Pick me pick me

dhaynes

MistryUnique said...

I've never seen it - but my kids LOVE moon sand!! AND - um...I bet my hubby watches it with the 4 yr old! Love your blog Dawn!

~ Misty

suzanne said...

would love moon sand, it's not cheap and hard to replicate...wish i knew what that secret ingredient was that keeps it moist!

i love word world...very clever..
kicks Science kid butt!
hey let's spell butt?

suzanne at bluedaisygraphics.com

Jennifer said...

This is a fun show. I have seen the stuff at Target.

Donna said...

I've never heard of it but I'll have to check it out - sounds wonderful!

Jen said...

My son was just diagnosed with a few delays. I've never heard of Word World but I will definitely look into it. I think he could really benefit from it.

Aimee said...

"Welcome to the place...where words come and die!" This is how my 2 boys think the theme song goes. That said, this is one of their favorite shows. I like it cause of Duck's Southern accent! He "quacks" me up!

Robbii said...

I've never seen this show, but it sounds really cute. What time does it show?

Anonymous said...

Looks very useful havnt heard of this one yet but I will definately be checking it out as my little one will be starting preschool soon hope i win sasha in bridge city

LHarms said...

My three year old absolutely loves this show, and she is way into Moon Sand too. Double excitement! We have a few episodes on the TiVo at all times. Sadly, she knows this and asks for them by description! LOL! It's really helping her to identify words too.

Laura

Lynn J said...

Love it! These were the gifts we gave for birthdays this year! Thanks!

Michelle B in AZ said...

What a neat product. My two kids would love it!!

Thanks Dawn :)

Anonymous said...

my nephew lovesssss this show and he loves play doh but i dont it smells nasty would be good to have this please pick us..

colleen from ny

momma24/7 said...

Oh my gosh my 3 year old would love this, she loves the show word world.

Jackie/GrammyJ said...

My grandkids love Word World also. And you sre right, it doesn't drive me bonkers, and to a Grammy that already walks around singing the theme songs from Sesame Street and Backyardigans that means a lot!

graceunderautism said...

I love word world, perhaps a bit more than my children!

Colleen said...

My daughter, who is almost 3 has been watching this show since she was about 18 months old. Love it!
~Colleen L

GE is me said...

Our house, myself included love word world. So as I'm reading your blog, I'm sitting here singing the songs. "Let's build a word, we built it, we built it."

Valerie P said...

This is great - my daughter would love this!

Harrisons said...

My son also enjoys that show and has been asking for moon sand. What a great combo!

April said...

I will have to see if this is one that they watch at daycare. Anything educational is good in my book or um DVD player.

Deb Warren in Gervais, OR said...

How neat, my neice would love that..

Becki said...

I've only seen the show a couple of times but I think the concept is great!

Amanda said...

That sounds like a cool show. I should check it out for my 2yo. We've been working with him on language since he was deaf for about 6 months until he got tubes in his ears. Losing hearing at a year old really sets a kid back.

samgramof8 said...

Hey! This is a new one for me! As a Gram of 8, this sounds like a great way to learn new words. I'll have to check it out. Please put my name in.
scg2021@telus.net

tchulick said...

My kids love Word World. It helps them learn to spell.

Kristin said...

My 3 year old really enjoys Word World as well... and since her one Moon Sand Kit got "left" in Florida when we moved, she would be thrilled to get more... I think mommy would be okay too!

Nicole said...

If it's messy, I'm sure my kids would love it! (they do like word world too).

thanks!

daina said...

My son would love this set. What a great give-away!!!!

Chris and Penny said...

sounds awesome! thanks.

Kim said...

My 2 1/2 year old LOVES Word World (and Super Why). I'm also singing the song in my head right now. I'm glad he likes shows like this that help build his literacy.

The Hough's said...

Word World is one of our favorites as well! This would be awesome for my boys!

Heather and Amber said...

My girls love Word World!

-T- said...

My own kiddos are a bit old for this one, but the kiddos I baby sit for love it!!

Krystle C. said...

My son would love that.

April S. said...

We watch Word World all the time! Next on our list is Super Readers!

Amy said...

My 2 1/2 year old loves WordWorld, and I love the educational shows on PBS. I haven't seen any of their merchandise, I'll have to check it out for Christmas presents. Thanks!!

Suzanne said...

That sounds like a great show. I'll have to keep my eyes out for it!

Hally said...

We love a good WordWorld episode! And winning this would be a perfect suprise birthday gift for my son.:)

Shannon said...

Love Word World...love Moon Sand! Thanks for the chance!

Diana said...

This is great. My son, who is in Kindergarten, would love this.

Dee said...

My boys love this show. What a great giveaway.

Shirley Ann said...

My girls would love this! Pick me, pick me!

Erin W said...

My son loves word world and moon sand! Hope I win!

Carissa said...

My friend just told me about this show the other day and assured me I'd get to know it once my baby-on-the-way is here! Sounds so awesome! I got all my nieces and nephews to love books at an early age and want my little girl to love reading and books too!

Winona said...

I hadn't heard of that show - thanks for the heads-up!

Bean Boys Blog said...

This is awesome! My boys love Moon Sand, it's one of the few things they play with together WITHOUT fighting! My 2 yr old has just discovered word world as well, so I'm sure he'd find this doubly cool!

Amy said...

My kids would love this!!

Tamar Z said...

This would be great for my 5 and 3 1/2 year olds!

lesan said...

My son would love this. Anything that makes a mess!

Nicolette E said...

Great show! My 4 year old would love this.

Wendi said...

All three of my little ones love this show! They would love the moon sand too!

SARAH said...

looks like i can get the kids into a new show... becuase I think Yo Gabba Gabba is starting to burn itself out in our house!!! Pick me Pick Me! :)

sylvia said...

Wow kids love this show.

Aly said...

My 3yo LOVES this show too. For his best friend's 4th birthday, we gave him a set of WW "Stained Glass" window clings, from Target. It was his fave.

WW rules. You might keep your eyes out for a new PBS show, Lomax & Friends. It's a musical one starting in 2009 and a friend of mine, from college, is the puppeteer for Lomax (he was also Snook, Leo in Between the Lions, and a host of other puppets and muppets). My kids think it's cool I know a Muppet. ;)

Bubba and Noodle's Mama said...

Noodle's been asking for Moon Sand for months! What a great give-away. (Of course, I'll probably regret saying that!!! LOL)

Kymber

Tina K said...

Oh my Daughter LOVES that show! I think its pretty neat too:-)
Iv seen the toys at Target the other night, they look like something I would buy.

Little-Bit said...

Sand=cool Mom.

Lisa said...

Cool, moon sand and learning words - what could be better?

Noah said...

My son is always envying these toys when we go to Target.

christine in chicago said...

My daughter loves Word World! (I must admit I like it too). She has been begging me for Moon Sand. This would make me the happiest mom in the world to win that.

Mommysews said...

I love the sound of the smelly playdough ... and I love your blog ... thanks for the smile!

Keekee said...

3 year old LOVES Word World! That song gets stuck in my head for hours! I hope we win!

Melissa said...

Oh my daughter has been begging for Moon Sand! But we have already gotten what we can afford this Christmas! Thanks for the chances on the giveaways!

Tracy said...

My little guy watches it, to a certain extent. He is only 21 months old. But he does love the music. Its a great show, and never knew they had any type of products from it. So thanks for the info!

TruffleLady said...

Sounds fun! Count me in.

Cheryl said...

This would be so great for my 7 yr old who is needing a little more help in his reading! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Jaimie said...

My daughter LOVES this show!

deejay said...

Love your blog and if I should win the grandkids get it!

Thank you so much for sharing your skill with us....

Maggie Marques said...

My kids love Word World too! And they also have been asking for Moon Sand! What a great giveaway, I hope we get picked!

j said...

I've never seen this, but my son is 5yrs old and this would definately help A LOT with words/spelling/reading! There's only so much you can do with a worksheet, an unruly little boy, and stopping every 5 minutes to pray that God keeps you from breaking every little High School Musical pencil in the house!

amy said...

Hope we win! Sure would be fun to play with my daughter!

Lyndsay said...

Great give-away! My daughter would love it!

~Jenifer~ said...

Count me in! I love all the give aways even though I never win...Thanks and keep up all the greatness

Lisa said...

Word World is a great show. Hope we win!

~*~Victoria~*~ said...

Sounds cool.My daughter likes this show too.

Nina said...

just last night my son was out of the room and ran in when his mind numbing (to me) baby einstein video started the dog and cat and duck song...he came in and laughed and started quacking...this would be great for him to find something else that might be more exciting for me! :)

Kristi said...

My Kindergartener loves that show and already reads and spells several words she would not otherwise know at her age. We've never tried Moon Sand but I know they'd love it!

Kimberly said...

My three-year-old loves WordWorld! I agree with you that it is a wonderful show and it doesn't drive me bonkers like some of the others. PBS has the best kids shows.

Nikki Koon said...

You always have the coolest giveaways! I want in!! :)

AuntyM said...

Thanks for updating this Grammy!
Margaret S. / Wyoming

P.S. Am trying to do this using my google/blogger ID if my password works / remembered it correctly. ha

Sharon said...

I'm going to have to check out the local listings for Word World and Target for the educational toys.Thanks!

healingtouch said...

moon? not me!

Maridy Carpenter said...

My daughter also likes this show, but we rarely watch TV so she doesn't get to watch it very often. Thanks for the recommendations.

Anonymous said...

Word World rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda C.

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