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My Little Guy Loved DOLITTLE – You can too

Andy and DOLITTLEWe received a free copy of DOLITTLE on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to watch and review. Opinions are our own.

Tomorrow you can pick up DOLITTLE on digital and enjoy a delightful movie with Robert Downey Jr. and a cast of endearing characters.

We watched this movie together as a family earlier last week. Each of us found it to be very enjoyable. Allison and Andy had already seen it once before in the theaters. Eva was off with friends and so it was a good time for Allison to take Andy. Andy has said that he wants to be an animal rescuer some day. That may mean working at the animal shelter or as a vet, not quite sure, but we do know that he loves animals and this was a movie right up his alley.

Allison wasn’t sure how she would like ti but she found it to be a cute story and much better than she had anticipated. Both Eva and I enjoyed it when we saw it for the first time. My favorite character was Yoshi the Polar Bear who is always cold and who is voiced by John Cena. He always cracks me up in movies. Robert Downey Jr. was delightfully strange as titular character DOLITTLE.

This is a different story of Dr. Dolittle than I have ever seen. This is an action adventure story with a man who can talk to animals and who also travels with them. The cast was full of surprises and fun performances by people such as Kumail Nanjiani, Rami Malek and even Tom Holland. Fun action, lots of humor and a good cast makes this an entertaining ride. More on the movie below.

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Review – Fast and Fun In Home Learning with Gravitrax

Gravitrax and learning

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We received the Gravitrax Starter Kit for free from Ravensburger to play with and review. Opinions are our own.

This has been our first week of home school for Andy and Eva. While the kids are getting used to the new schedule and how things are working here they do need some supplemental education and challenges to get through each day. Whether is is assembling a go kart or going for a walk these little diversions from structured assignments have been very helpful. Today I took out Gravitrax for us to use.

I first saw Gravitrax at Toy Fair. There was a huge display of it at the entrance of the exhibit hall and it was fascinating. Gravitrax is a marble run system that is easy to assemble, has no motors but can keep the steel marbles going and going, if you create a trax with that intention. What impressed me most was that Gravitrax is a clean modular system. All the parts are measured out to a precise size and so they fit together easily for great marble movement. The starter kit gives you a bunch of pieces and instructions to make several different marble runs. However, you can make so many more of your own creations and with expansion there are all sorts of fun things to do.

Together we used this toy to work on following directions, problem solving, gravity, magnetism and kinetics. After we had built a few of the examples from the instruction booklet Andy wanted his turn at making his own track. Another nice feature is the mat at the bottom of the track. This has holes so that the elements can sit inside securely and they wont go sliding all over the place. This also helps when measuring out the distance between support pieces and the trax pieces. I like that the tracks lay down into the pieces and do not snap in place, it makes for quick changes when building. The toy lends itself well to trial and error and experimentation. Excellent for learning about cause and effect, too. You can see how excited Andrew was when using it in this video.

You can find out more about Gravitrax on their website and that site also has a bunch of useful videos about each of the elements as well as tips and tricks for builders.

I’ve found Gravitrax in Target and other stores but you can also order it online through our affiliate link to the Gravitrax sets on Amazon.com.