Thank you Little Hippo AR for sponsoring this post. Buy Little Hippo AR books at a participating Walmart near you.
So I think I found the perfect Easter present, basically for all ages. Actually, it’s just the perfect item for any occasion. Now, when I saw this online, I was like – “Oh, this is cool,” and I was pretty interested…but when it was actually in person and real life – holy cow, I’m obsessed. Blake’s obsessed, we’re all obsessed. In fact, Blake wants to read it every night before bed and it’s just kind of turned into a thing.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all about toys, to a point, though. I also am part of a family full of teachers, so I’m also a strong believer in reading and doing educational things too. Am I perfect at it? Nah, but I make an effort. Well, these books take reading to a whole new level and just make the whole thing a lot more fun with traditional stories. AKA: Keeps playing educational, but fun which is a biggggg win, am I right? 😉
Okay, okay, so they’re books, if you didn’t figure that out yet 😉 They’re called “Little Hippo AR Books” and they literally come to life. The books are just in store, you can grab them at Walmart and find a location near you that carries them here. Then once you have them, you download an app called “Hippo Magic” or like Blake likes to called it “the magic phone”. It uses augmented reality technology, which even though I honestly know nothing about it, it’s super easy to use: you essentially scan the pages of the book marked with the little hippo indicator , then as you watch, through your phone, the pages comes to life. For example, Goldilocks pops up on the page and talks to you through each ‘special’ page, reading it and just doing fun little flips and things! There are also super fun activities such as coloring, and helping her find her missing objects!
It’s really neat, and it’s just added a fun little twist to our reading time, giving Blake a chance to really interact with the book itself. It’s actually really friggin’ cute, she like waves and has a full on conversation with Goldie. I love watching her little imagination. Plus, the books are literally priced under $9, with Walmart’s exclusive pricing which is what really sold me. You would think with technology like this they would cost a fortune, but they’re really affordable, the app is free, and I love that.
SO here’s the really fun part about this post…we have a REALLY GREAT giveaway. Little Hippo AR is giving away a complete set of the Little Hippo AR Books AND a tablet to watch it all on! Entering is super easy, literally all you have to do is follow us both on Instagram and tag a friend whose little ones would love these books. So run over and get your entry on my instagram. It’s going live today and will end Sunday!