Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Compass Kids: A Review and Giveaway!

UPDATE: Winner is #20: Piseco...Congratulations!!


I remember when I was younger, and we had trading cards to share and exchange with friends. I know that I had New Kid's on the Block trading cards and Garbage Pail kids. I know I am dating myself a bit here, but I remember it was fun to collect them. It was a great way to connect with other kids. I wouldn't call it "educational" just a great way to socialize and be apart of a "groupie."

I have found a great new product out there called, Compass KidZ, that promotes the collecting of cards. It is so much more than that, though, and it is educational....hey, it is outright fun! Compass KidZ is a way for there to be Kid-to-Kid connections around the globe. The Compass KidZ is a Medallion set that includes:
**2 gold line, limited edition, collectible Medallions. These Medallions highlight a world treasure and is based on an important landmark, world contribution, or cultural custom for that country. They are 1.5" and the size and weight of a silver dollar! The first Medallion is from the Ambassador featured on the Passport from the set. The second Medallion is a "Mystery Medallion": which is from another Ambassador. With this Medallion, kids are encouraged to explore another country besides the one included in the set. There are currently six Medallion sets from three different countries:

  • Egypt's Sphinx and Pyramids, and Pharaoh Ramses II
  • Italy's Roman Colosseum, and tradition of eating pasta
  • Mexico's Aztec Sun Calendar Stone, and Day of the Dead

There are nine Medallions in the collection (sold separately for $6.99). Three of these Medallions can only be found in sets as a Mystery coin: The Great Wall of China, India's Taj Mahal, and Egypt's Nile River.

**1 24 page photographic Passport (same size as a real passport). This introduces the Ambassadors. Inside you will find facts and information about the home country, language, culture, and what it is like to live there. The pictures are real and the information is from a kid's point of view.

**2 FactZ cards with special codes (trading card size). Kids can join the Compass KidZ PenPalZ free, and the special codes get submitted so they can display their limited edition Medallions online. With this they can begin trading and treasure hunting right away. The Compass KidZ PenPalZ zone has so much to offer from exploring and meeting Ambassadors from around the world to earning SouvenirZ points for each activity, which they can collect and send via PostcardZ to their new friends.

One of the things I really like about the Compass KidZ is that kids can learn about history of different locations in a fun and educational way. This product is geared toward the "tween" years, ages 8-12. The kids can learn about the world and collect Passports and Medallions. The Medallions are like a treasure! My son, Nathaniel, loved the coins. He thought they were real gold. The Compass KidZ website offers a way to communicate with kids from different parts of the world, earn and share SouvenirZ, trade with PenPalZ, and share experiences and express opinions with other kids from around the world. I like that different features of one country is highlighted in these sets, so kids can pick up tidbits that are very important and interesting.

Two moms, Jennifer Apy and Nancy Daniels, wanted to make a difference. They wanted to bring quality products into this world for our children and others.

Jennifer Apy started her career as Brand Manager for the children's product line, "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago?" Nancy Daniels is an award-winning designer and creative director. She has a passion for travel and creating meaningful learning experiences which inspired the development of Compass KidZ.


Sometimes it is hard to know what to buy a 'tween' kid. I think Compass KidZ is a great educational and fun product to introduce to them. The Compass KidZ Medallion Set is retailed at $14.99!The company has given my readers a special code which will give you a free Medallion for each Medallion Set purchased at www.learningtreegames.com. All you have to do is type in SASSY-CKFREE in the coupon code box at checkout. No limit, no expiration. It's their way of saying thank you!

Want a chance to win your first Compass KidZ Medallion set? Just leave a comment letting me know who you would give this to! This contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, but I can only ship to addresses in the United States. If you would like to earn a second entry, just subscribe to my feed. Then, put in a second comment letting me know you are signed up. You will be rewarded with a third entry for blogging this contest! I love linky love! This contest will run until Febuary 2nd at 11:59 P.M. CST. I will announce the winner on Saturday, February 3rd. Thanks for stopping and good luck! Thanks for sponsoring this contest Compass KidZ!

Don't forget to sign up for my other contests: Valentine's Day giveaway, Kaboost, and Twisted Silver. Thanks and good luck! These contests are are apart of Bloggy Giveaways Carnival: Winter '08 Edition!!

33 comments:

windycindy said...

We used to get the "Carmen Sandiago" kits in the mail monthly! If I am fortunate enough to win this wonderful child's prize, it would go directly to my great-niece and great-nephew! They both could use it together and are the appropriate ages! Thanks very much.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

byoc said...

It sounds like a great product! I would love to get the Egypt kit for the kids.

Rachel said...

Oh sign me up please!!

Kaila's Mommy said...

This is way cool! enter me in to win it delandkristin@hotmail.com

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

My 9 year old son would love this!



Count me in please.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Stop by my place to win a bath set & candles or one of two copies of a book I'm giving away. Don't miss the daily edition of contests galore that I post on my blog.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings

Faerie Mom said...

My 13 yo DD is fascinated by anything to do with geography, maps and travel. She would love these!

Sara said...

My son would really love this. He is so into treasure and mystery and searching. What a great idea!

Smellyann said...

My 3 kids would love this prize! Thanks and please visit mine! :)

michelle said...

We homeschool and are always looking for new and exciting ways to bring history alive. I have a tweener and a teen and I think both would enjoy something like this. I have never heard of these before. What a great idea! I would love to be entered in your drawing.

Michelle
www.northofthe49.com
michelle (at) northofthe49 (dot) com

Daisy said...

I would love to give this to Josiah. He would love the coins and it would encourage his reading and geography learning. What an interesting product! Thanks for blogging about it.

Reeva said...

GREAT giveaway! I hope I’m the lucky winner! my son would love this

BGBALLR33 said...

My sister

jayedee said...

very nice giveaway! please throw my name into the hat too......good luck everyone!

ahiltz said...

Sounds really neat and interesting! I would give it to my two boys who are 9 and 11! Perfect for them! Thanks so much for doing this!

ahiltzy@yahoo.com

~Java Mama~ said...

Wow, these are amazing! Just what we have been looking for!! My husband and I were just talking about how they should make educational trading cards... I would be so delighted to give this to my almost "tween" child, 7. He would just be so exstatic to get these! what a way to make learning fun, light the fire!!

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

kierra57 said...

this will definitely go to my niece, who is approaching her teenage years.

Holladay Family said...

My TWO seven year old boys would go crazy for this. So, Thank you for you having such a generous giveaway! I would LOVE to win for my first graders!

My email is holladayfam(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thanks again!

Nesting Momma said...

they sound great. I would give them to my 10n yr old nephew! He would love them!

Linda said...

I would give these to our 10 year old nephew. Please enter me! ernestsgirl82@aol.com

Piseco said...

My 5 1/2 yo homeschooled son would LOVE these! Thanks for the contest!

Joanna said...

Enter me in your giveaway, please. I'd give it to my 8 year old nephew. Thank you!

April said...

My seven year old daughter would LOVE this. Count me in!

Patriot said...

Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my site! This product sounds pretty neat!

nor_lou said...

I would give to my daughter

Mary512 said...

thanks for the entry, check out my blog about this contest:
http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/01/jan-31-08.html

lisalmg said...

I would love to win the Medallion set the give to my daughter who will be 11 this month. She loves geography and it thinks this would be alot of fun for her! Thanks for hosting this kid friendly giveaway!

Ginny said...

I would love to win these for my 10 year old. I just started buying Bella Sara for my 6 year old & my oldest thought they were too babyish. These would be great & she won't feel left out. I collected GPK & NKOB as well, we must be the same age :)

Heather said...

My oldest son loves to collect things like that. He would really treasure it!

Audra Marie said...

I'd give this to my kids who love history! :)

Thanks for the chance to win! :)

adashofsassitude(at)thesilvas(dot)com

Taryn said...

My son!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this for my 8 yoa son.

partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

ChristiS said...

My son Isaac would love these! Thanks so much for sharing!

danandmarsh said...

This is so neat, I would give this set to my grandson!! We are trying to get him into coin collecting now! He is 6.