Planet Fassa Helps Expand Your Child’s Curiosity

by Liza Corbo

These days it seems to be all about online games for kids. I know I am sometimes guilty of that myself. My soon to be 6 year old is in love with the laptop my husband set up for him with all sorts of kids learning games. Between the laptop and the tablet I do sometimes wonder if he’s getting too much time online – even if we do monitor and limit it.

Let me introduce you to Planet Fassa. It’s a new online resource that rewards kids for OFFLINE play! It’s been designed to expand your child’s curiosity, imagination, creativity, and love of reading while using the computer keyboard as a springboard to physical activity, fun, games, and old-fashioned play!

They offer:

  1. Hundreds of offline activities families can use to fill their days with fun.
  2. Narrated e-Books families can enjoy reading together.
  3. A points and rewards system that inspires kids to play and read.
  4. A private social networking option for families and friends.

In fact, Planet Fassa has so many great things to offer – and now they even do books! I was sent a copy of ‘Where On Earth Am I? Fassa Tails Vol.1 Book 1′ for review. It’s the first in their seven book series (that also happens to be available as narrated E-Adventures). I have to say my kids are still bigger fans of having a book in their hands then listening to it narrated so this is great.

As you read the book with your child, you can choose to do activities for even more fun. When you get to a “flip” you can skip to another page, read what happens and then do simple actions like clapping and cheering out loud to keep Fassa on track.

“Nuggets” are activites you get to do like Fassa did in the story (for example, there is a 5 Senses Scavenger Hunt that even includes a spot in the book to fill in as you go). Complete a nugget? You can go online and reward your child with points.

Look for the hidden pictures in the book! The part my guys really liked? It’s all in black and white because it’s meant to be colored in!

What I really liked was how the book held the boys interest. They were having fun and learning on so many levels at the same time. In one spot you share your fears and talk about ways to conquer them, they make a game out of word definitions to test your kids on the correct meanings… and so much more, all while tying it all back into the story.

When you have finished the book (which we haven’t yet), you flip it over and upside down for Fassa’s 52 Weeks Of Fun! Each week has a joke, a new word for your child to learn, a quote and a question for them to answer. I love how they have set some time aside for each week to look forward to!

My guys will definitely be looking forward to more books in the future.

 Enter to Win

One lucky 5 Minutes for Mom reader will get their very own copy of Fassa Tails Volume 1 to enjoy with their little ones! To enter the giveaway, simply answer the question–What is my favorite reading memory growing up?

This giveaway will end on December 31st and a winner will be chosen at random. It will be announced in the Around the Blogosphere post on Sunday.

Liza is a blogger and freelance writer.  She resides in Rhode Island with her husband and 3 active boys – a five year old and identical twin four year olds.  When she isn’t taking someone to sports practice or a game, she can be found on her personal blog Cira’s Lyrics writing about chaos and family.  She writes for an online shopping blog Buy-Her and is a review/giveaway writer at 5 Minutes for Mom.  Liza is also in the process of relaunching The Mommy Gamer – a blog about video gaming, board games, toys and all things entertainment for kids.

 




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Liza is a mom of three boys - a five year old and four year old twins. On her personal blog, Cira's Lyrics, she writes about family, chaos and day to day happenings. She also writes reviews at Buy-Her where she focuses on fashion, beauty products, and more. Connect with Liza on twitter at @Liza_Rae.

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1 Christina Gould December 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

My favorite reading memory growing up is reading the entire collection of Dr. Seuss books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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2 Missy December 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Reading Good Night Moon.

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3 Emily Shaw December 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

My favorite reading memory is taking an entire day to lay in bed and read Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby, Age 8 cover to cover not coming out for food.

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4 kimbuckjr December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

My favorite reading memory is when I was in the 3rd grade and my teacher, Mrs. Agaginian, read the class the story, “Where The Red Fern Grows.” She read the story with such emotion and passion that it has become my favorite novel EVER written. I cry every single time I read the book myself or watch the movie. “Where The Red Fern Grows” is a true classic!
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5 beth December 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

My dad would read stories to me every night. Usually a Richard Scary story

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6 June December 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

My favorite book use to be the tree billy goat gruff.

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7 Dominique December 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

My favourite memory was reading enid blyton books when I was young.

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8 Marisha Huber December 20, 2011 at 12:49 am

Miss Suzy–to this day, I know every sentence of that book, and when I think of it, I think of my two sisters and I snuggled up to our mom, listening to her read to us before bedtime.

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9 janell wagner December 20, 2011 at 2:28 am

I remember having my 2nd grade teacher read Charlottes web to us, we sat quiet and enthralled each day as she read a chapter to us

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10 Angela E. December 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I liked reading allot of different books when I was a child.

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11 Idaho Jill December 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

My mom read to us all the time, of course, but I devoured the Little House on the Prairie books on my own – she would have to tell me to stop reading to actually clean my room or to do anything else!

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12 Staci A December 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

My mom used to read with me every night before bed. I loved spending that time with her!

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13 Tami December 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Growing up it was all things Dr. Seuss! Love that they are classics and still around for my kids :)

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14 Joe Shane December 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

Sorry for the depressing story but unfournatly my favorite memory is my mom and dad use to fight alot when I was younger, cause my mom drank. So to get them not to fight I would lay in my moms bed and read to her till we fell asleep. Therefore my dad wouldn’t argue with her.

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15 HappyMomC December 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

Loved Dr. Seuss

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16 Van December 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

My Mom use to always read the book of Peter Pan to us when I was little.

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17 hollowsins December 26, 2011 at 4:16 am

I remember reading to my younger sisters trying to teach them

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18 Steph December 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

My favorite reading memory growing up was when we read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe in my 4th grade class.

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19 Garrett December 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

When I was a child I was really into any type of ghost buster books, I liked the cartoon series also.

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20 Shannon B December 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Reading all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

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21 dawn December 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

Mine was Charlottes Web
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22 Miranda Ward December 27, 2011 at 3:25 am

reading the Dr suess books

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23 crystle tellerday December 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

reading all my books i had at grandmas house

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24 Melissa P December 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Reading Dr. Seuss books with my brothers

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25 Don December 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

All the little Golden Books, loved them.

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26 susan varney December 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

i loved charlotte’s web as a youngster

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27 heather c December 28, 2011 at 1:08 am

I loved Dr. Seuss, especially The Diggingest Dog!

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28 Chuck December 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Growing up my favorite story book was green eggs & ham, by Dr. Seuss.

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29 Valerie Taylor Mabrey December 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Going to the little library in our small town and getting out my favorite mildew smelling books and so proud of my library card.
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30 Stephanie Grant December 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

My fave reading memory is reading the Little Golden Books with my Grandmother :)

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31 Tracy December 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

My mom was very busy, and seemed in constand motion when I was a child (still is LOL) BUT I have many memories of the two of us on our sofa, reading the books that captured my heart (we had very diffrent intrests in liturature) she would read Little Women, and Little House on the Praire, Anne of Green Gables ect to me, when what she wanted to be reading was more modern books (I learned as a adult that these books bored her to death) she read them like they interested her, and she would read for a hour at a time, I never had a moment where I thought she did not love them as much as I did. I am dyslexic and had a terrible time reading, she read to me untill I was almost in highschool because I loved the stories SO much but it would take me SO long to read them (I did do my fair share of book work to, but this was for the love to reading) I still read for hours every day now – and I am sure it was because of my mom putting in those hours then. I also read for a couple hours a day with my daughter now.

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32 tracey johnson December 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

im 41 years old and i can still remember my grandfather reading the easter egg artist to me. it was my favoritebook. i still know the first lines by heart, their are abbotts and their are abbotts but these abbotts are rabbits. thanks for the great memory it brought tears to my eyes. thats gift enough for me.

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33 erma December 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

My fav memory was reading little house on the prairie books.

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34 Caitlin December 30, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Christmas stories!

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35 steph_showalter December 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I loved to read while my mom did my hair in the morning!

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36 Lisa Taylor December 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Reading goodnight moon with my grandfather

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37 Pauline M December 31, 2011 at 12:30 am

My parents had bought me a whole set of Happy Hollister books from a garage sale and I read all of them multiple times. As a matter of fact I still have those books in my house for my kids to enjoy!

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38 Jessica December 31, 2011 at 3:28 am

Mine is reading Where the Sidewalk ends? I still have the book a love it.

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39 Gianna December 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Reading my comic books at school.

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40 Kelly Ann T. December 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I loved reading with my dad when I was growing up and now we exchange books.

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41 Renee G December 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

My favorite reading memory when I was little was reading Put Me in the Zoo with my grandfather.
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