Friday, January 15, 2010

ItzaZoo: Unique & Fun Drawing Computer Game for Kids Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Lynette!



How fun is this?!?!? I'm telling you - MY 5 1/2 & 7 1/2 (soon to be 8) year old LOVE THIS GAME! It's always ItzaBitza and ItzaZoo time in my home!

Get creative with Sabi Games. This wonderful company sent me the activation code to the sequel to their exciting ItzaBitza game. What's so unique about this game is their use of Living Ink - Sabi’s unique drawing recognition system. Watch your child's drawings come to life right before your eyes!

This game is a great way to explore and develop good reading skills. Each sentence is guided by speech bubbles that hover over each animal. Just by mousing over the word, the player will be able to hear the word being read by a playful child's voice. Each time the player unlocks new playsets, the sentences will become more difficult and increase in complexity.



Gameplay

Five playsets provide homes for a lion, elephant, monkey, turtle and polar bear (the animals can be a boy or a girl depending on your child’s preference). The player provides certain objects for each animal that they create by drawing with their mouse on crinkled paper that spins into view. The unique Living-Ink technology recognizes the content of the drawing and brings it to life in a way that will thrill your child. Inside the turtle’s playset the player is asked to draw a greenhouse. Once it’s complete, your child will be amazed as the turtle wanders into their new home and offers a happy wave. The player can be as creative as they wish since the Living Ink technology adapts to their individual drawing style. Children will laugh as they watch the monkey slip on a peel that moments before was a banana that the player had drawn. Inside the elephant playset, the eager pachyderm balances on a ball drawn by the player. But what happens if they exchange the ball for a triangle, a square or even a star? Observing as the elephant attempts to maintain its balance provides an entertaining lesson on shapes and their interaction with the environment.

Earning Stars uses Creative Problem Solving Skills
Within each playset, the player encounters five Star Challenges. As the player completes the level’s challenges they unlock new playsets and further opportunities for fun and learning with the zoo’s animals. Earning stars requires thought and exploration. Each challenge offers the opportunity to use and enhance a player’s creative problem solving skills. The challenges vary within each level providing a wide array of fun and educational experiences. In the elephant’s playset a star can be earned by watering flowers, but there is work to do before the watering can be completed. The player must draw a rain cloud and fill their watering bucket by making the cloud rain. The player has to make sure they have enough water for all of the flowers. If the bucket is emptied before the task is complete, they must figure out that they need to make it rain again so that they can fill the bucket and complete the task.

Being an Art major and mother, I can truly appreciate what this company is doing for children. ItzaBitza and ItzaZoo combine creativity with education to form the perfect combination for endless fun and enjoyment. Believe me, your child will love it.

It's no wonder this game has won Creative Child's Game of the Year 2009. Business Week calls it "Best Tech for Kids" and USA Today gave it 5 stars among other well-deserved awards.

Now you have a chance to get your hands on this fantastic game! One lucky reader will win their very own ItzaZoo! The activation code will be emailed to the winner.

To enter this playful GIVEAWAY you must visit their website and tell me something else about this company not mentioned. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

After you have completed the mandatory entry above, you may do any of the additional entry options below for more ways to win. Each one counts as one separate entry.

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**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog.

**This giveaway ends on January 22nd and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on January 23rd.

Sabi Games sent me ItzaZoo to review and I provided my honest opinion.

44 comments:

  1. They have won "many" awards like business week and USA Today..they also have free activities :-) at their site.

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  2. There are demos available to download and try, if you're not convinced after reading this post!

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  5. Following itzabitza @bloggeddown

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  6. I love the idea that kids are not pigeonholed into drawing a house that looks like a house - they are encouraged to stretch their imagination and think about old ideas in new ways, which helps you do that in much bigger ways later on in life!

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  7. I subscribe

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  8. It's a new fun way to learn about reading while also gaining drawing skills and having fun

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  13. Follow ItzaZoo on Twitter AStarrAMama

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  14. Tell me what you love about ItzaZoo- I really like that it is just for kids and seems like a really fun way to learn
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  15. Learned: An internet connection upon activation so that Sabi can issue your PC the license to use ItzaZoo. An internet connection is not required after the game has been activated on your PC.

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  17. I loved the activities, Cole would love downloading those :)

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  18. I learned that they won the Parents Choice gold award!

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  19. I like that kids don't even realize it's educational because it's so fun!

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  20. I learned that the LivingInk technology was developed in conjunction with Microsoft Research

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  21. I love that kids are taught to read in a natural way.

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  22. They have taken 30+ years of research on how kids learn to read, to create ItzaBitza and ItzaZoo. Now this is definitely a promising way for my little guy to learn to read!

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  23. I'm an email subscriber, coriwestphal at msn dot com.

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  24. I'm an RSS subscriber via google reader.

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  25. I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal

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  26. I follow ItzaBitza on Twitter @coriwestphal

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  27. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/7934250915

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  28. What I love most about this game is that it only gets harder when the child is ready! The games get harder as the child completes easier sections. That is very innovative!

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  30. They have free e-books on their website. Thanks for the great contest:)

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  31. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/7969020698

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  32. It's education and fun. And also you don't have to have an internet connection after downloading the game.
    I would love this for my nephew.

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  33. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/8011877564

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  34. They have downloadable demos. Fun!

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  35. I follow itzabitza on Twitter as @picpocketbooks

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  37. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/8053499781

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