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Oct 06

Bluebee Pals Leo the Lion Helps With Education

Leo the Lion is more than a cuddly plush who talks, sings, and reads, he and his pals help provide education to children with and without special needs.

Bluebee Pals Leo the Lion Helps With Education

Leo is reading to my daughter.

Bluebee Pals are more than toys, they are learning tools for young children and for children with special needs. Leo the Lion is one plush Bluebee Pal with an awesome mane and huggable body. OMG Goodies recognizes the importance of fun, innovative toys that are instrumental too!

My Thoughts About How Leo the Lion Helps With Education:

Laura Jiencke, president of Kayle Concepts, envisioned a huggable plush capable of working as a technological, educational tool.  After all, today’s children seek technology over traditional toys, such as teddy bears. Her innovative concept became reality and Bluebee Pals are now available online.

Leo the Lion allows children to run app sounds through Bluetooth devices.  With a little more development, Bluebee Pals also move their mouths to those sounds. At first glance, Leo the Lion and the other Bluebee Pals may appear to be nothing more than glorified Bluetooth speakers, but they do so much more.

Educational Purposes:

These incredible toys provide education in a way children desire to be educated. The Bluetooth feature allows children to pair Bluebee Pals with tablets and devices and listen to music, practice reading, math, or even receive certain therapies.

In fact, Bluebee Pals combined with an Augmentative and Alternative Communication app can help children with communication needs to communicate. For instance, some children with Autism are non-verbal, while others struggle to communicate their needs even though they can speak. AAC apps have become a standard way to help these children.  Now they are better because the children can hold and love their Leo the Lion or other Bluebee Pal while learning to use the app as a communication tool.

Leo the Lion helps children with speech therapies and occupational therapies as well. Occupational therapy deals with fine motor skills, including tracing and handwriting. It can also deal with visual backgrounds, tying shoes, and many other everyday skills.

Not all children need therapies, but every child benefits from storytime and math practice. Music also provides educational value. Whether a child is learning to read music or they are listening to music, Leo the Lion is there to help. He’ll even sing along!

The best part, Bluebee Pals website shows several categories of apps that work well with Leo the Lion and his friends. You do not have to search for the perfect app. Of course, if you already have the perfect app, it will work too!

Plush meets Technology Perfection:

Other plush toys with technology exist. Most of them look soft and cuddly but in reality, it’s like hugging a blanket covering a brick. Uncomfortable. Definitely not huggable. Hug Leo the Lion and you will not feel a huge brick in the center of his body or in his head.

Bluebee Pals Leo the Lion Helps With Education

Leo has a small box in his center, but it doesn’t affect much of Leo’s huggability.  He also has a great mane for children with sensory needs. His mane is fluffy like a long-haired cat but nothing bites back when it’s touched. Children can touch and pet Leo to their hearts’ content.

Bluebee Pals are also equipped with speaker phone capability, too. Parents can call their children and with the touch of a button, your child can speak to you through Leo the Lion. Younger, higher voices transmit to the caller easier than lower voices. With a little practice, all voice types can be heard and understood.

Non-profit:

The opportunity to review Leo the Lion or one of his other Bluebee Pals came to me with a press release. Most companies who run a non-profit organization have that mentioned in the press release. Every non-profit I have experience reviewing for is making a difference in the world and they are all worthwhile. Bluebee Pals Project touches my heart. They all do, but this one especially.  Part of that is definitely because they were not trying to tout the non-profit’s existence. Mostly it is because Bluebee Pals Project donates Bluebee Pals to schools and special education classrooms.

While school districts receive money for each special needs child on an IEP, that money can be very difficult to access. Most of it is used to fund teaching positions and para-professionals, both of which are extremely necessary. Sadly, it doesn’t leave much funding for the therapy and educational tools that can help children. It doesn’t mean the children aren’t getting help without those tools, it simply means the “fun” in education disappears (see how it’s not there!) making it harder to reach certain children.

Teachers and schools appreciate donations to their classrooms because without those donations innovative learning tools, such as Bluebee Pals, are not accessible.

Those seeking more information regarding the Bluebee Pals Project should visit their page found on the Bluebee Pals website. Scroll down to the middle of the page.

Connect with Bluebee Pals:

Bluebee Pals won the Technology Innovator Award 2016 and the 2017 Teacher’s Choice Award for the family, along with 5 other awards.

Purchase Leo the Lion or one of his pals, by visiting Bluebee Pals or online at Target, Walmart, and Amazon.

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About the author

Kameo Monson

Kameo has been married for 22 years. She has 2 boys ages 17 and 15, and 2 girls ages 13 and 11. Her interests range from music – especially choir music to gel polish to dresses to reading to camping and hiking. Kameo loves animals and has 3 dogs, a cat, a Guinea pig, a hamster, and some fish in her home. She and her family like to have small excursions to places close to home and enjoy being outside watching her husband and son fly R/C planes or make contacts on their HAM radios.

Kameo started with OMG Goodies in January 2015 and has become a proficient reviewer. Like all of our bloggers, we are happy to have her on the team.

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