Chapel Hill, NC (November 20, 2018) — Allpony is pleased to announce that the Horses & Ponies Activity Book has been honored with a 2018 Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.
The Horses & Ponies Activity Book is a winner of the Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award in the books, games, arts & crafts category. The Academics’ Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory. The full list of winners is posted online at www.AcademicsChoice.com.
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Academics’ ChoiceTM: helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics’ Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award.
This book is about horses and ponies and there are many puzzles, games, and activities to help teach about them. There are crossword puzzles, mazes, matching games, coloring, identification lessons, measuring, drawing, and more. My daughter learned what the characteristics of horses and ponies and how to tell the difference, how to identify breed, the names of tack used to groom a horse or pony, the names of their movement, the difference between riding sports. She even used our knot tying kit to practice a “quick release knot”, which is used to tie horses.
This book was fantastic. I was a horse lover as a child too, and I spent many afternoons and summers helping out at our local horse ranch, mucking out the barn, feeding the horses, and grooming them. My daughter hasn’t had that fun experience yet, so she has taken to books to learn about horses. Usually we read non-fiction horse books and fictional vet books, so it was exciting for her to have an activity book all about horses. It was a great way to put what she has learned to the test. The book does a great job explaining the tack horses wear, what type of grooming tool to use, and how to identify breeds and types of riding sports. She loved the puzzles and mazes and activities. I enjoyed working through the activities with my daughter.
I wish the book was bigger! It’s actually a great size, but by the end of the week we had run out of activities. We will certainly keep the book on hand for quick references, the art activities, and paper horse “dolls” and farm scene.
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