Thursday, 4 May 2017

Using the kids iPads to play with them and Augmented Reality Flashcards giveaway

Parent in iPad

Kids addicted to their iPads? Don't get me wrong, the tablets in our home are used for far more than just zoning out to repeated episodes of Peppa Pig. In fact, Peppa features relatively infrequently. David has autism and he uses his iPad as a way of learning new skills, understanding and coping with the world. What I can find disappointing is there is no way for me to interact with him on the device. But I've recently found a way, through iPad enabled flash cards.

4D+ Augmented Reality Flash Cards are a set of physical flash cards covering a range of topics from space or dinosaurs to alphabet animals and occupations. Show the flash card to an iPad or other tablet, and once you've downloaded an app, it brings the cards to life on the screen. Suddenly we had a physical tool to use with the iPad and engage David in a two person interaction.

I was able to use lots of the tactics I know to develop skills such as labelling items into a game with his most treasured possession - his tablet. So instead of my holding puzzle pieces and David asking for them one at a time, he could label and ask for flash cards. With the A-Z animal set he could make the phonic sounds, which is something we've been working on too.

And it wasn't just David that engaged with the cards. David and I could play, Jane and I could play and even better Jane and David could play together. Jane was like the teacher holding cards for David to take and play with on the screen.  This is quite unusual and lovely to see.  I was even allowed the iPad while the kids showed the cards.  A rarity indeed.



David's favourite pack was the dinosaurs, he loved listening to their lifelike figures roar. Anthony loved the space set - he loved matching what he was learning in school to what he saw in 4D+ and space and tickets are a hot topic for him, full of speed and numbers. Jane's favourite was definitely the A-Z animals. She loved using the food cards that coordinate with the animals and meant the creatures would go find the food on the screen. I love that she reenacted this with her toys, yet another expansion in her play repertoire.

We even gave a few packs to David's specialist school to try with the kids as a way of being more interactive with their rewards.  David uses a token economy at school, where he works for tokens to get a reward and the iPad features highly as a motivational tool for him.  Now, instead of this being a solitary reward, it can be another opportunity for the teachers to engage him with fun flashcards.  It's a win-win.



I'm delighted to run both a discount and giveaway in collaboration with Jass V for 
the 4D+ Augmented Reality Flashcards that can be used with tablet and mobile devices.  You can use discount code RAINBOW10 to get a 10% when ordering.  You can also enter the giveaway below.  The winner will received a pack of their choice of the 4D+ Augmented Reality flashcards.  Which would you pick?

Conditions: We have one 4D+ Augmented Reality flashcard pack to give away (one of the winner's choice from A-Z Animals, Dinosaurs, Octaland or Space as pictured above with no cash alternative). UK  Residents only. Entrants must be aged over 18.  Entry is via Rafflecopter.  Entries can be made up until midnight on the 19th May 2017. One winner will be chosen from all the entries at random the day after closing.  The winner will be contacted within one week of the closing date and have one month to respond.  Prize will be sent directly from Jass V. 



We received a sample of the 4D+ Augmented Reality flashcards for the purposes of running and writing the competition. As always all thoughts and opinions in this post are independent and my own. My general disclaimer is at the bottom of my site.  This is also listed on #Blog_Giveaways

32 comments:

  1. Great review! I am glad you liked the flashcards. Good luck to all those who enter the competition :-)

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  2. Fab would love to win dinosaur 4d for my son

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  3. I think the Animal 4D would be ideal for my grandaughter

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  4. What a fab review and I love the sound of these. Perhaps we could use these as a resource in school too. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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  5. The space theme would be super for my boys

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  6. the dinosaur 4d would be fab!!

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  7. What a fab concept, these sound amazing!
    #marvmondays

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  8. they look amazing and the concepts good i like the animal alphabet ones, my little grand daughter is animal mad so these would be great, i will cross my fingers for myself but good luck to everybody.

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  9. I struggle as a parent who raised 5 children with a good set of exam results and now in good jobs as to why we need screen time to be educational all the time, kids learn from a variety of activities and would benefit from playing more with their parents, friends and being in the great outdoors.
    #TriumphantTales

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    1. Thanks for your comment. While it is true that some children learn through a variety of activities this is not the case for all children and not the preferred method for perhaps a surprising amount of children. I think engaging with kids in activities that they enjoy, like being on an iPad is a great thing. And having another tool and way to learn is worth it's weight in good for us.

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  10. I absolutely love these. My son and I play lots of education apps on his tablet. He would love these, I wonder if he could battle the dinosaurs by moving the cards around, just his type of thing!

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  11. My little girl is dinosaur mad so I'd prob pick that pack. Here's hoping there's an ankylasaurus card lol xx

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  12. This sounds like a fantastic idea. I need to get some of these for my students I think!

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  13. Oh these flash cards sounds like super fun! I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with D's iPad using when he gets older. Basically he needs to learn about the technology but there also have to be limits in it :D

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  14. Great review. They sound fantastic. Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales, hope you'll come back on Tuesday :)

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  15. Wow these are amazing. We need these in our life, just to be able to 'play' together with the ipad and these cards. I might have to get some with Ethan's birthday money

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements
    x

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  16. Fab idea....much more interaction involved. Ideal

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    1. Oh and we would choose animals as my daughter loves any and all types of animals.

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  17. I agree with you totally about calming through routine my daughter loves her iPad an sometimes I feel she spends to much time on it but it's feels like her way of relaxing after school . Sometimesshe comes home from school and it's like complete overload for her but half an hour on her iPad and you can see the difference

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  18. I think my girls would love the 4D dinosaur one. They're dino mad.

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  19. I think it would have to be the dinosaur set. My son is Dino mad.

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  20. These are amazing; I really thing the dinosaurs and animals ones would be fantastic.

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  21. My son wants to be an astronaut so he'd love the space set.

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  22. The space theme would be super for my nephew!

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  23. I'd love the dinosaur cards for my 7 year old, he too has autism and is totally obsessed with researching dinosaurs on his iPad x

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  24. The Dinosaur cards would go down a treats in our school. #PostsFromTheHeart

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