Saturday, July 26, 2008

CSC Giveaway: French English Flashcards from Mudpuppy

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Note: This giveaway is a part of the
Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival! Thanks for stopping by!

Do people ever ask you why you chose the career that you did? It's a reasonable question, right? And you probably have an answer like "because it was stable", or "because I really like math" or "because I've always loved it". Well, my answer for choosing to get a degree in French is a little more, urm, weird.

In 6th grade, my teacher started French lessons with us. And I thought it was SO cool. I was always coming up with my own "secret" languages -- comprised of symbols or from rearranging the alphabet -- so I thought that it was just AWESOME that my teacher was teaching us this new "secret" language -- and it was called "French".

Studies have proven that when it comes to learning a second language, the younger the better. Aside from that, children who speak a second language score higher in both Math and English than children who speak only one language. Being bilingual teaches a child to think outside of the box -- to learn that there is always more than one way to accomplish something. Obviously, I am a major proponent of bilingual education -- no matter the language.

Don't worry if you don't speak another language -- there are still ways to encourage your kids to learn another one. That is why I love these French-English Flashcards with illustrations from Mudpuppy. It features 26 nouns in both French and English (and includes the ever so difficult to memorize Definite Article with the French version). I also really like the fun illustrations that go along with each card, done by artist Sarah Wilkins. The cards are all bound by a ring, so you can clip them anywhere you'd like, and they can go wherever you go (on a car ride or plane trip is the first thought that comes to my mind!). Little AG listens to French nursery rhymes every night (and has since she was 5 weeks old), and when she gets old enough, I plan to use these cards to play little games with her and to help her to expand her vocabulary in French.

While 26 words is obviously not enough for your child to speak much French, it is a great way to test the waters and to whet their appetite for the beginnings of a bilingual education, or just simply pique an interest in another language.

And who knows? Maybe they'll enjoy learning this "secret language" just as much as I did.

Win it! The kind folks over at Mudpuppy have graciously offered to giveaway one of these great French/English flashcard sets to a lucky Chic Shopper Chick reader. To enter, just follow the easy-peasy rules below!
  • Go to the Mudpuppy website and look around at all of their great stuff -- then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite product from them (besides the flashcards)!
  • Please leave a valid email address if you would like to be contacted if you win. Otherwise, winners are posted here and on Prizey Fetch.
  • If the winner does not respond within 72 hours I will choose a different winner.
  • US AND CANADA entries only please!!!
  • Earn extra credit! Choose one of the following for ONE extra credit entry. Any further attempts to woo me will be disqualified!
    • Write about this giveaway and send me the link in a separate post.
    • Subscribe to my feed and let me know about it in a separate post.
That's it! This contest will end on August 3rd, 2008 at 11:59 pm CST. Good luck!

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180 comments:

Sara said...

LOVE the "At the Ballet" puzzle tin! My daughter is 3 and is already in love with ballet!

PLEASE let me win the flashcards! I've been speaking and singing French to her since she was a baby!

Sara said...

Forgot to give you my email address: sbarton1220@yahoo.com. Sorry about that!

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the Basic Words Spanish/English Ring Flash Cards.


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Naomi said...

The Sticker Set Play Scenes are really adorable. Roo would like the Garden Fairies and Jasper would like the Robots. The Magnetic play sets are great, too!

Jenn S. said...

I really like the Painter's Palette Constructibles Building Set. My kids would have a blast with it.

Mary512 said...

I like the World Traveler Dress Up Doll for my daughter. Great giveaway, thanks CSC!

Mary512 said...

Blogged ya:

http://mommyland512.blogspot.com/2008/07/win-french-english-flash-cards-from.html

Thanks again!

Storm said...

The Peter Rabbit floor puzzle looks adorable!

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Storm said...

I've also a subscribed!

mannequin said...

We like the Robots Magnetic Figures! These look great for car travel or quiet time.
The flashcards are a wonderful idea and the artwork is wonderful!

clc408 said...

I'm sure my nephew would love the Robots Magnetic Figures. Thanks for the chance to win.

happyathome said...

I love the world traveler dress up doll magnets, so fun and different!
Great company and great giveaway!

happyathome said...

I subscribed to your feed!

1agordon said...

Robots Magnetic Figures are cool

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Steph said...

My favorite item from Mudpuppy is the In the Garden Constructibles Building Set. Love it!

mverno said...

the painter pallete constructibles building set

kygirl said...

Monsters Magnetic Figures are my favorite.

mogrill said...

My daughter would LOVE the Painter's Palette Constructibles Building Set! It is great and looks so fun

Annie said...

The Little Engine That Could....this books message never goes out of style! I just love this book!

These flash cards would be great for my grandkidlets!

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Annie said...

I subscribed to you also!

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Cuddle Cottage said...

I like the Painter's Palette Constructible Building Set for learning colors and textures - very nice!
belinda_streak(at)hotmail(dot)com

Cuddle Cottage said...

And I'm subscribed via email to your feed:)
belinda_streak(at)hotmail)dot)com

gcuvier said...

My daughter likes the Eloise floor puzzle; Eloise is her favorite storybook character.

galeogirl(at)comcast(dot)net

elaine said...

I like the Little Golden Book Puzzles-classic. The flashcards would be a great aid for my autistic nephew.
Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

chromiumman said...

love the Robots Magnetic Figures

windycindy said...

Happy Sunday! What a fun giveaway contest prize. I would really enjoy winning these "French English Flashcards!" My paternal grandmother came over here from Calais, France when she was 13. I took two years of French in high school. My children and I could enjoy these. I also love the Magnetic Figures on their site. Please enter me in your drawing. Merci bien.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Maja said...

I like the Basic Words Spanish/English Ring Flash Cards.
angelina115@hotmail.com

Angel said...

Robots Magnetic Figures is my pick.
meza-angel@sbcglobal.net

Ana said...

joliexox@hotmail.com

I also like Robots Magnetic Figures. Way cool.
joliexox@hotmail.com

danosor said...

My kids would love the Peter Rabbit floor puzzle.

kara said...

I love all the sticker playsets. Especially the Garden Fairies and the Pirates. ARRRRGH! www.kccpets.com click on contact

gkstratos said...

Subscribed. Thanks.
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gkstratos said...

I love the Mermaid Diary.
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idahomom said...

Peter Rabbit floor puzzle. Thanks for the chance.

sandis3 said...

The Garden Fairies are too cute.

pamoonbc said...

Monsters Magnetic Figures

Karen said...

The sticker set play scenes are great !

Reiza said...

I like the Painter's Palette Constructibles Building Set.

Anonymous said...

I like the robot magnet figures!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Ginny said...

The robot magnet figures look so fun!

I used to take french, would be fun to teach the kiddos some. They learn spanish in school, but french has always been my favorite language.

Sharon said...

I love the book Aligator Alphabet...THANKS for great contest :)
fenway07@msn.com

bluesky said...

A great site for ESL students is AIDtoCHILDREN.com.

AIDtoCHILDREN.com is a dual-purpose site for building an English vocabulary and raising money for under privileged children in the most impoverished places around the world.

Check it out at http://www.aidtochildren.com

Buki Family said...

I NEED these for my son! Trying to raise him to be bilingual is tough when we are in America. His grandparents only speak French so when we go back to Africa, this will help him communicate will all his cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents! I also like their language learning wheel.

shannons said...

Its hard to decide -- but, I'll go with Ocean Art Set

JoyceAnna said...

I like Bold Patterns Constructibles Building Set

NatureMom said...

I like the Alphabet Blocks!

diapermama at gmail dot com

Nonnie (nonnie4sj at gmail dot com) said...

This is the first year of language in school for my son, so I'd love any of the flashcards! I also like the "Happy Days" Dry Erase Calendar...my life now revolves around calendars and the appointments, practices, etc that are entered.

Cortney said...

I love the Constructible Building Sets. Very fun!
cortneymeister (at) gmail dot com

CanCan said...

My son studies french: I have an ulterior motive though, because the french school here is WAYYY cheaper than the American school
I love the Monster magnetic figures. I tried a long time ago to get Mudpuppy to partner with me for a giveaway but I guess I had the wrong email address for the contact.

onlycancan (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jennifer Bogart said...

The royal horses tin puzzle looks awesome!

TheAngelForever said...

My favorite is the Under the Sea Constructibles Building Set. Thanks for the great giveaway!

the_angel_forever at yahoo dot com

Alice H said...

The puzzles are amazing! I like the "our world" puzzle but it was hard to pick. Thanks! afdr3d@umkc.edu

Kari said...

Peter Rabbit floor puzzle is my favorite!!

PS said...

I think my daughter would love the Horse Friends Sticker Set Play Scene! The flashcards would be great too, the kids and I can learn French together!

Lilith Silvermane said...

Animal ABCs Ring Flash Cards looks great for the drive home from the baby sitters every night! Totally cute!

Christina.Kimberly said...

I really like the camp girl stationaryQ

M.A. said...

I like the World Traveler Dress Up Doll.

Anonymous said...

I really like the Ballerinas Sticker Set. I'd like to win these flashcards for my daughter.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tammy said...

These would be great - we're starting french with our daughter next year! As for my favorite product..I'm quite fond of the Andy Warhol In Style Accordion Organizer

maweisberg said...

i would like to learn french

nosmallthing said...

I actually love the french/english cards, but okay, if I must, I would say I love the classic books. I am a big fan! Thanks for the chance to win!

mrscjallen said...

Well besides the beautiful flashcards which would make a wonderful gift for my nephews, I love the solor system puzzles. I have another nephew who is absolutely in love with all things solar system...I think I just may have found his birthday present!

Kristan said...

I love the book puzzles - where the wild things are is our favorite around here!
andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

mrscjallen said...

I subscribed to your feed...can't wait to browse your blog!

Qtpies7 said...

I think my dd would like the princess 63 piece puzzle.

kamewh said...

I love the Under the Sea Constructibles Building Set!

Hélène said...

I like the Under the Sea Constructibles Building Set.

schola.athenarum at gmail dot com

samsakara said...

The Magic Horse Stationery is so cute! Thanks for the great giveaway!

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Painter's Palette Constructible Building Set. Very cool.

Ali

adhurst(at)yahoo (dot)com

Dani' said...

The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales. We can always use books.

Lisa said...

I really like the Camp Girl Journal.

Peachesncream887@hotmail.com

Amber said...

I like the Pirates Floor Puzzle!

Samantha said...

My daughter would love any of the sticker play sets. How cute. I am really loving this prize, I was hoping to teach Zoe another language.
I would love to win this! Please be sure to visit my giveaway, too!

Lori said...

my son would adore the Dinosaurs First Puzzle

Karen said...

My boys would love the Curious George or Little Engine that Could puzzle books, as well as all of the magnetic figures, LOL:)

kpuleski at gmail dot com

Karen said...

I also subscribe via email, thanks again.

BrineS said...

The Magnetic Figures...they look like hours of fun!

dbstout[at]juno[dot]com

tami said...

the ballerina sticker set would be fabulous for my rebekah!

flchen1 said...

How fun! We're working on learning about the United States, so the US Floor Map puzzle sounds like fun!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Jinxy & Me said...

The Bold Patterns Constructibles Building Set is great! Thanks for the giveaway!

Laura said...

Those Constructibles sets are really cool - I'll bet my students would love them!

Thanks for the entry. lauras (at) spu dot edu

World's Greatest Mommy said...

There's too much to love. The magnetic stuff and the constructibles building set (The In the Garden one especially).

I used to be semi-fluent in french, but it's been so long. I'd love to test the waters with my children.

Chelsey said...

The horse stationary is so cute. I'd love to pass on my love for writing (via snail mail) to my daughter!

bubblewrap said...

the peter rabbit floor puzzle is great!

blueviolet said...

Oh my gosh, I love their floor puzzle section...especially the Eric Carle Brown Bear, Where the Wild Things Are, and Goodnight Moon! Those are magical!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

christene said...

The sticker set are cool, my son is all ito stickers right now. As well the 15% discount that I need to go see in my email so that I cna order one!
cjinhbatmsndotcom

christene said...

I subscribed
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lilaura5 said...

I like the World Traveler Dress Up Doll for my daughter. Fantastic contest.

Coreen said...

I love the Around the World 63-piece puzzle. I have been speaking Spanish to my boy since birth. I have begun to teach him French, also, and these flashcards would really help! I'd love to win them!

www.spitfyr323@hotmail.com

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

I like the The Tawny Scrawny Lion puzzle, all the golden books ones are soo cute!

phillipsonlygirl at gmail dot com

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

We are subscribers via e-mail!

phillipsonlygirl at gmail dot com

seemommysew said...

I really like the cowboy puzzle (actually, a lot of the puzzles!)

Joy said...

Victorian Couture Dress Up Dolls
are what my daughter would go crazy for!!!

I took 5 years of French in school and I absolutely love the language and culture, even though I don't get any use out of it here in the US. Would LOVE to teach my children French, too!

My email is in my profile!!!

Joy said...

I subscribed to your feed! Your blog is too cute!!!

Ebie said...

i took french in college, so this would be fun. as for the site, i'm loving all the books! can't get enough of the classics, goodnight moon particularly.

kris1492 said...

Lots of Fun on the Go Journal.

You can never have too many activity books!

The magnetic playset would be used more by my husband or visitors.

kris_1492(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amity said...

my 9 yr old would love the horses create a card set..so cute!!

Faigy Topp said...

I really hope I win this! My husband's family is French, and right now the kids can't really communicate with them much.
But hopefully, this would be a good start to teaching them the language.

I like the "on the go Block Puzzle" as well as the "Things that go 2-piece puzzle". The third thing I'd really love to get is the "airport sticker set play scene"
I don't know which I'd go for first.

L said...

I love the under the sea construction set.

thanks for the great offer :)

kaylee8 said...

My favorite Mudpuppy item is the A Day at the Zoo Sticket Set Play Scene - looks like hours of fun!

Amber, that's me! said...

Wow, lots of cool stuff on that site. Thanks for the link. I had to add it to my favorites. I like the USA learning wheel and they have a great selection of quality books.

Alexandra Hancock said...

I love the Eric Carle Very Bugs First Puzzle.


I subscribed to your feed as well. Great stuff you got here!


alexandra.hancock@gmail.com

purplepassion126 said...

Lots of great stuff, but I especially like the Clifford on Parade floor puzzle--thanks!

Colleen said...

The magnetic world traveller dress up doll looks like a lot of fun for a little girl. Hope you have a great week!
cbeargie at yahoo dot com

Rockin' Mama said...

My son would love the Under the Sea Constructibles Building Set

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

S said...

love Peter Rabbit - the floor puzzle looks great

EG said...

They have EVERYTHING there! Without spending too much time, my favorite is Alligator Alphabet

Krisinda said...

The magnetic robot dolls are super cute!
krisindam at mac dot com

Molly C. said...

The Painter's Palette Constructibles Building Set are really cool.

judybrittle said...

I love all the sticker play sets like the room and day on the farm. Would love lots of those.

cmartin0055 said...

alligator alphabet is cool!
cmartin0055 @ aol . com

Anonymous said...

I love all of the children's stationary. What a great way to encourage kids to write and explore their creative urges!

laura.croteau@lycos.com

Geri said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!!! Please include me!

gerijones64@hotmail.com

I loved the robot magnetics set

Audra Marie said...

The constructibles sets are really neat as are so many of their things!

Thanks for the chance to win! :)

adashofsassitude(at)gmail.com

Liz said...

Peter Rabbit is the finest!

Anonymous said...

I sell Mudpuppy at work and these literally came in just today!

I love their puzzles!

Thank you!

art and nature [at] juno *dot* com

Lora said...

What great cards! And what a great site, thanks for the link. I love all of their classic books and the puzzles in that category.

Joanna said...

I love the Little Golden Books block puzzle! Thank you so much for your giveaway... I had a block puzzle when I was a kid and loved it. I've been wanting to get one for my daughter, but had no idea what keywords to use to find it. Thanks to your giveaway, I not only know what keywords to use, I've found the one I'm going to get her! Thank you so much!

Tiff said...

I like the goodnight moon floor puzzle. THat's my kid's favorite book!

melonkelli said...

I like the Sporty Girls Magnetic Figures. Cute!

ihchicky said...

Another item I really like is the Languages Learning Wheel. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the chance :) Also, thank you so much for offering this giveaway to Canadians.

ihchicky said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am already subscribed to your blog. Thanks again.

Heather said...

i love the confetti garden set

vboackle said...

great way to learn.

Sharon said...

I love the oversize dinosaur card. Thanks for the contest

Theresa N. said...

I love the Magnetic dress up doll sets, I can choose between Victorian, Vintage, princess or the Fairy.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Meaghan F. said...

I really like the Royal Castle Floor Puzzle. It's adorable.

Tamara said...

I really like the All Around the USA Learning Wheel what a great concept. Thank-you for the contest.

Michelle B. said...

In the Garden Constructibles Building Set

a.b. said...

Any of the constructibles. I think it's important to help kids think outside of the box when it comes to design

akblackwell at gmail dot com

Crochetcillin Addict said...

I really like the magnetic dress up dolls. My girls have some Barbie ones and love them. They would these. Thanks so much!!!

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Crochetcillin Addict said...

I have also subscribed to you too! Thanks!!

mpumr said...

Bugs and Friends Art Set would be alot of fun.

Anonymous said...

Basic Words Spanish/English Ring Flash Cards

Jennifer said...

I love the ring flashcards - so handy for toting around! My son would especially enjoy the planet ones!
I am going back to visit that site again to start some early Christmas Shopping! Thanks for sharing :)

jwalker8@canada.com

paryjeja said...

I like the Vintage Fashion Dress Up Doll magnetic set. - great toys there.

Rachel Fox said...

I like the Painter's Palette Constructibles Building Set. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!
rachelfox1981 at yahoo dot com

Susanne said...

I like the "Fun and Dance" puzzle!

AlbinoRockstar said...

I like the Languages Learning wheel-would be a great accompaniment to the cards!

holly K said...

I like the floor puzzles and the ocean art set. cookiecutter72 at hotmail dot com

Stacy said...

I really think the Robots Magnetic Figures are neat.

cpullum said...

I liked the Locked Diaries!!
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jo said...

These would be so great because one of my children just started trying to learn French! :)

From their site I really like the All About Dinosaurs Learning Wheel, the Egyptology Puzzle, and the Summer Camp Stationary.

jocoiner[at]gmail[dot]com

rlgrady said...

I like the ballarinas sticker set! Thanks for the giveaway. I know a French teacher who will love these flash cards.
rlgrady [at] yahoo dot com

noreen said...

my daughter has been wanting to learn french since she started reading fancy nancy

Melon said...

I like the pirate sticker set playscene

Laura said...

Oh, the building sets are so cool! I especially like the In the Garden one.

Erin said...

Mudpuppy's Languages Learning Wheel looks like so much fun (to me, anyway). Thanks for the contest!

emhagedon at gmail

NesieBird said...

The Eric Carle Very Bugs First Puzzle is so cute.

carol drury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
anthing for construction - Painter's Palette Constructibles Building Set

boobles2 said...

I like the painters palette constuctors buildng set. Nice prize

maria said...

I like the wooden blocks...such a basic and fun toy for little ones.

koukla33(at)hotmail(dot)com

yellowlabs said...

I like the World Traveler Dress Up Doll!

Anonymous said...

Confetti Garden Set

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Candie said...

I love Where the Wild Things Are block puzzles. That was one of my favorite books growing up

daLeiDayQueen said...

I like the Sporty Girls Magnetic Figures!


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arvard said...

I like the world traveler dress up doll magnets.

klp1965 said...

the ocean art set is my fav..i love the ocean:)

psalmstress said...

Any of the four Art Activity Sets would thrill my twins. Thanks

purango said...

Solar System Floor Puzzle is my favorite product.

Jessica said...

i really like the happy days dry erase calendar. so cute!

sundaygirl at gmail dot com

LadyJemima said...

The Sticker Set Play Scenes would be great for filling in the time. I'd love the flashcards; I'm trying to teach myself French. :)

lilacflowers180 AT yahoo DOT com

LadyJemima said...

The Sticker Set Play Scenes would be great for filling in the time. I'd love the flashcards; I'm trying to teach myself French. :)

lilacflowers180 AT yahoo DOT com

slgibbs1 said...

I would love to win this. I am constantly trying to improve my French

Helen said...

I would get the English Roses Too Good to Be True. I just loved the original one!

Amira M said...

the world traveler dress up doll is a great idea

Erica said...

I like the Animals and Their Homes Two-Piece Puzzles.

Kitty said...

I love the "Get Crafty Journal"!

Julie said...

I love the Goodnight Moon puzzle!

Noggy said...

Found this website earlier this year and bookmarked it. One of my favorites is the Animal ABCs Ring Flash Cards.

Trish said...

Robots Magnetic Figures

Heather said...

I like the Victorian Couture Dress Up Dolls. Yes, indeed.
heatherpooh - hotmail

donna444444 said...

I like the Princess Diary.

donna444444 said...

I subscribed

Grace said...

Rainbow Fish Mini Cube Puzzle

Bakersdozen said...

I like many items on this site and subscribed to their newsletter. One item that caught my eye is the Princess Dress Up Doll. My little girls would love this.

dolls123 said...

I like the Peter Rabbit Floor Puzzle

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artmarcia said...

I checked out the Mudpuppy site and love the Robots Magnetic Figures.

BB said...

I like the Christmas Tree Advent Calendar.
BBabc123 (at) gmail (dot) com

lilyk said...

I love the Running Free Diary!