Thursday giveaway: Sparkle Stories

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Welcome to this week’s giveaway–sponsored by one of my family’s favorite homeschooling resources, Sparkle Stories!

About Sparkle:

“Sparkle Stories produces original audio stories for children. Our stories are simple, delightful and filled with a sense of wonder. They inspire children to play, to marvel, to laugh, to be kind.

We have ten original Story Series – all of which follow the seasons of the year.

Families can subscribe and hear fresh stories each week, or they can try our Audio Books — with easy downloads right off the Sparkle site. We also have story packages for travel, story packages to give as gifts, and stories for all ages!

Perfect for every day quiet times, car rides or family travel!”

Sparkle Stories Travel Audio

ABOUT the NEW Martin & Sylvia “Travel!” Audio Book:

“It’s five stories and nearly two hours of audio for traveling families.

Follow Martin and Sylvia as they make their way from New England to California – in car, plane and train!

You’ll come away with ideas and tools for travel fun and inspiration. Find it here!”

Giveaway: The Sparkle Travel Pack (over $100 value)

One Simple Homeschool reader will win the following:

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How to Win

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To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post, answering this question: How old are your children and how do you usually keep them busy during travel times?

(If you’re reading this via email or reader, you must click over to the blog to leave your comment.)

For an extra entry, “Like” Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. Then leave another comment here letting me know you’ve done so.

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About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. Kathleen says:

    My kids are 5,3&7 months. We love listening to audio books on long car trips, especially Little House in the Big Woods and the Disney read alongs. They would love these Sparkle books I’m sure!! Thanks.

  2. Miriam Prantner says:

    My girls are 3 and 6. On road trips we bring a big bin full of books, I try and choose ones I know they haven’t read in a while and usually get a new book for each on the way to and from the destination. We also bring small toys like cars or my little ponies that they can play/act out stories with, and also activity/drawing/coloring books. When all else fails we have plenty of snacks as well.

  3. Miriam Prantner says:

    I follow you both on FB

  4. My kids are 3, 6, 9, and 9. We use a lot of audio books and stories when we travel, as well as sketch books and colored pencils. And snacks!

  5. Jessica Brammer says:

    Out kids, 7, 5 1/2, 4, 2, 2 months love sparkle stories, in fact that is what we listen to on long car rides.

  6. Jessica Brammer says:

    I follow you both on Facebook.

  7. Melodie B says:

    I have a 6 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. My girl is perfectly happy with some school worksheets, colored pencils, blank paper to draw, and her dolls. My son is getting easier, but I bring lots for him. Cars, planes, peg boards and rubber bands. Oh and food. Lots of food. :) we going on a two day car trip next week so I’m definitely timely going to look into the travel stories!

  8. Melodie B says:

    I like you both on Facebook.

  9. This sounds great! We listen to lots of Adventures in Odyssey and Story of the World in the car. For long trips they are allowed electronics and a bag of coloring books, etc. My kids are 7, 6, & 4.

  10. My son is 5 and he takes a bag of activities with him in the car. He has recently begun listening to music and books on his iPod.

  11. Michelle says:

    My kids are 9 and 5. They typically choose a coloring or work book/reading book to have in the car. We listen to kids’ folk artists and books on tape!

  12. My kids are 5, 3, and 3 months. I keep them busy in the car with books, songs, I spy, and audio books! We’re always on the hunt for good audiobooks, so I would love to win and try sparkle stories!

  13. I already love simple homeschool on Facebook, and I just liked sparkle stories! 😉

  14. My kids are 9 &6… They usually draw or play dsi….this would be great!

  15. Sarah D. says:

    My kids are 4, 2 and 2. They listen to music or read in the car. They’d love this!

  16. I love Simple homeschool on Facebook! I just liked sparkle stories. Thanks!

  17. My granddaughter is 7 and she reads on watches videos in the car.

  18. Our kids are 10, 9, 8, 5, 1.5. We love to dray on dry erase4 boards and chat with other passerbyers. We sing and also listen to Adventures in Odyssey.

  19. My boys are 2 and 6 and they mainly pester each other on road trips. Stories would be a nice treat! Thanks!

  20. Michonne says:

    My son is 5. He can listen to stories (Jim Weiss, Sparkle Stories, etc.) for hours when we are in the car. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. Stephanie says:

    My daughter is 8 and we live in a rural area so spend a lot of time in the car traveling to and from the city. To make to most of our time we usually have a couple of school work activities planned and then drawing and audio books on her ipod.

  22. Michonne says:

    I just “liked” sparkle stories on Facebook. I have long been a liker of Simple Homeschool on facebook. Thanks!

  23. Tanya Randolph says:

    Hello my name is Tanya. I have 3 children ages 7, 5, and 19 months. When traveling we listen to audiobooks, music, and watch movies.

  24. My kids are 6 and 4. They LOVE books on tape for when we travel. We have listened to them since they were babies and it’s stuck! They even like them when we are just at home!!!!

  25. i like Simple Homeschool on FB!!
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  26. My kids are 10, 8, 5, &3 and they usually bring something to color. They also watch movies.

  27. Melissa H. says:

    I have 3 children, ages 8, 7, and 3. When we travel, we bring stuffed animals, books, and usually listen to music. We also play games out of the car window, like finding letters of the alphabet or finding cars in rainbow color order.

  28. Tanya Randolph says:

    I liked Sparkle stories and Simple Homeschooling on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity for this giveaway.

  29. I followed Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on FB

  30. Karen Clark says:

    We have a spunky 4 year old who loves to read and listen to audio cds in the car. We also play games like “I Spy” and rhyming games. Her Innotab is a treat when we travel.

  31. Karen Clark says:

    I like both of you on facebook

  32. Melissa H. says:

    I also like both on FB. :)

  33. My children are 3 & 5. On our last car trip I found, at the library, a wonderful Dr. Seuss audio CD that included “lost” stories. These were stories that had been published in magazines back before he published books. The stories never made it into book format so they were new to me and I loved them as much as my kids! We are always looking for new audio CD’s.

  34. Hi!
    my kids are 6,4 and 6 months and we generally chat or listen to music in the car. Stories would b a nice change!!

  35. I already like both on FB.
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  36. Hello, my kids are 5 & 7 and on a recent (long) road trip they were kept busy with audio books, children’s music, coloring, dot to dot, imaginative play (with each other), rug hooking (the older one) and the Perplexus game (on top of sight seeing). We also found it helpful to stop and run around playing tag every time we had to stop for someone to use the restroom, even if only for 5 minutes.

  37. have liked both pages on Facebook, Thank you!

  38. My 10 year old loves to read in the car and will bring a HUGE pile of books and magazines. He also loves to count trucks, license plates and just look out the window.

  39. I’ve liked both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on Facebook!

  40. My kiddos are 7,5,2, and 1. One long car trips we usually end up putting on a DVD. I usually forget to plan activities and they don’t watch a lot of TV at home. But, I don’t like the way they zone out during the trips, no interaction between us. Sparkle Stories could inspire some great family conversations!

  41. I follow you on FB

  42. My kids are 1, 3 and 5. When we travel we listen to music, watch movies, the kids colour and recently we have found (and love!) Sparkle Stories!

  43. I liked Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  44. My daughter just turned 5 and we don’t travel very much. But when we do we use a combination of DVDs, new small toys, and little snacks to keep her occupied.
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  45. Becca F says:

    Hello! I have a 6 and 3yo. When we go on road trips we do a lot of reading, drawing, and singing. We also love listening to audio stories or counting how many cows, horses, and tractors we can find (usually a lot). :)

  46. my boys are 3 and 6 and we do a ton of audio books and magnet books!

  47. Meagan love says:

    I have three boys 7,6,3. They read books, play with small toys, play the alphabet game and eye spy, Rock Paper Scissors, and listen to music or adventures in odyssey.

  48. Jeri Thurber says:

    My daughter is 3. When we travel we bring activity books, music, story books, and play games like “I Spy”.

  49. Meagan love says:

    I like you both on Facebook.

  50. Christine says:

    11, 8, 7
    We listen to music a lot to help them with their music playing. On longer trips, audio books and games together.

  51. Jeri Thurber says:

    I like Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on facebook.

  52. Christine says:

    I follow both on Facebook already!

  53. Mary Ellen Siegler says:

    My children are 13, 11, and 10. On road trips we listen to audio books, play games, and listen to our MP3 players. We especially love to listen to adventure stories.

  54. my girl is almost 6. English is not my first language so I relay heavily in audiobooks so we hear correct pronunciation. We listen audiobooks in the car all the time.

  55. My children are 4,3,20months, and another due in 6wks. We don’t travel very far distance too often (you can guess why!) but we haul a bag of books and the magna doodles to try and keep everyone happy!

  56. I have two boys, 4 and 9. We love sparkle stories, but have never subscribed. We travel in the car a lot -from Connecticut to Michigan and Florida every year! Usually we listen to audio books, or they read-I am so blessed!

  57. We have 3 kids…6, nearly 4, and 18mos. We LOVE sparkle stories in the car. Mom and dad enjoy them as much as the kids!

  58. 5 and 3 we usually rock out to all different kinds of music from kids songs to classical!

  59. Liked on FB!
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  60. Followers on facebook, too!

  61. Our children are 7 and 4 years old. We try to have audiobooks for them in the car when we travel. This prize would be awesome. Thank you for the giveaway.

  62. I like both pages on Facebook.

  63. Becca F says:

    Does it count if I already like simple homeschool and sparkle stories on Facebook? :)

  64. Meredith says:

    I have 5 kids ages 9, 7, 5, almost 4, and 2. We travel very long distances at least once a year visiting family far away. The shortest distance we travel is 8 hours and the longest is 22, which we’ll be doing in about a month. They’re great at keeping themselves entertained with books, games, and the occasional movie. I’ve been wanting to try audio books for this trip we have coming up, so these stories would be very helpful :)

  65. I’m a fan :) Our girls are 2 and 4 and pipe cleaners and on-the-move scavenger hunts (find someone wearing a red hat/find 3 small stones/etc) keep everyone entertained for hours!
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  66. My daughter is almost 20 months. Up to this point, she mostly falls asleep! We also always play music and sometimes we will give her books. She’s pretty easy and doesn’t always need something to do while in car. If she’s awake, sometimes she just sits there and talks or “sings” to the music. Would love to add audio books to our car rides though! Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. My children are 1, 2, and 4, and we watch the Planet Earth and Life DVD’s in the van on long road trips. My kids also love their playlist of songs and we have sing a longs. Right now, it’s mostly the Frozen soundtrack. We are going to Rhode Island in a few weeks, so thank goodness I love the music from that movie as well!

  68. Natalie says:

    My kiddos are six and four. We sing, read books, and stare out the windows. They are awesome road trippers!

  69. Like both on FB!

  70. Natalie says:

    Like both on fb!

  71. I ‘liked’ you on Facebook! :-)
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  72. My kids are 9, 7 and 1. We use books on Disc everyday. And when we load up to travel around this country for a year we will be using them even more! Sparkle Stories would be a perfect addition! thanks!

  73. My daughter is 6 years old and we love listening to Adventures in Odyssey when we are traveling. She also LOVES books, so we take a huge bag of books for her to look at when we are on a long trip. Next to her carseat, she will have a container of small ponies, strawberry shortcake dolls, small animals, dolls, etc. that will entertain her for a while. And, to be honest, we used our portable DVD player :-). She only gets to use it on long car trips, so that makes it extra special!!!!! We recently discovered Sparkle Stories and LOVE them!!!!!

  74. I am a fan of both Simple Homeschool AND Sparkle Stories on FB :-).

  75. Liked you both on FB

  76. Jeannie says:

    My kids are 2 and 5 and I try to take lots of books on car trips. I can also keep my oldest occupied doing “ABC I Spy” with the signs along the way.

  77. Archana Manoharan says:

    My children are 3 and 6. We listen to a lot of music- all kinds- and audiobooks. We also play I Spy and other traveling games.

  78. Archana Manoharan says:

    Liked Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook!

  79. My children are 8, 6.5, 6, 4.5, & 1. They enjoy reading hi five and highlights magazines in the car.

  80. I like simple homeschool and sparkle stories on Facebook.

  81. I have 3 girls ages 2,4,5 and we LOVE audio books…just finished The Little Princess this past weekend in the car on our way to and back home from grandma & pop pops house! We Also like to play “I spy”

  82. Brooke G says:

    Our kids are 7.5, 6.5, 4 and 2.5 years old. On long road trips, which we take quite often, we set up some audio books, and usually give special treat bags when we cross state lines.

  83. Brooke G says:

    I like both on facebook

  84. My children are 7, 5, 3,and 1 and we love to listen to audio books when we travel. We also like to play I Spy and the Alphabet Game. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  85. I already follow your Facebook and I just “liked” sparkle stories! Thank you!!

  86. Loisa Bartlett says:

    Sarah is 8, an avid reader, a seasoned traveler, and a great listener to audio books! We live in a little rural town and have to travel via car to get everywhere. She always has at least one book, or a magazine, we listen to music or books on CD. We are planning a family road trip in just a couple weeks to visit family 600 miles away so Sparkle Stories would be ideal !

  87. I usually keep my kids busy with books, drinks, and conversation. They are age 5 and 2.5. I keep a DVD player in a secret compartment in the van and we use it only when necessary — once or twice a year when we make a trip that’s over 4 hours. Audio books and kids music CDs have been great too.
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  88. I follow Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on FB.
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  89. My boys are 5 and 7. We usually end up watching movies or listening to music when we travel. We don’t watch TV at home – so the movies are a treat and my oldest gets carsick when he tries to read or play in the car.

  90. I liked Sparkle and SH on Facebook.

  91. My children are 8 months and three years. We talk about what we see. My three year old likes for me to explain how cars break down and how tow trucks need to come get them. We also listen to music and sing along. She likes to read board books in the car. My lo loves to sleep, thank God! lol.

  92. Katherine says:

    My kids are 6, 4, 2 & one due in Aug. We have a lot of experience car traveling as we’ve never lived closer than 4 hours to our families. The kids love listening to stories on CD (Paws & Tales, Adventures in Odyssey). They’re great riders and are also content to watch out the window and play with small toys.
    I know they’d love these stories!

  93. Katherine says:

    I’ve liked both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on FB :)

  94. My children are 5 and 7. We usually do school, listen to music, or watch movies in the car.

  95. 5, 3 and almost 2.
    We bring snacks, a lot of books
    and try to take breaks to let them run.
    Already liked on fb! :)

  96. Michaela says:

    My kids are 10, 9 and 6. They keep themselves busy on long trip with books, a few toys and some activity books. They have great imaginations, so they can pretend things for hours. We also get audio books from the library.

  97. Our children are 7, 5, 3, and 1. We often watch movies, listen to music, or play small busy bag activities. We would love to have quality audio stories to listen to as well.

  98. Sarah Sanders says:

    We have 4 boys ages 11,9,2 &1. We do lots of driving and listen to many audio books from the library and Lamplighter audio books while driving.

  99. Sarah Sanders says:

    I like both simple homeschool and sparkle stories on FB-

  100. My kids are 5 & 9. We make little fun packs with crayons, paper, books, cd’s, DVD’s, and a few favorite toys. We do listen to audio books as well. We play car games like the abc game, colors of the rainbow, counting games, and I spy.

    I already like you on fb!

  101. I have a 9,7,4,4 and 2 year old and we keep them busy on trips by turning on things for them to listen to like sparkle stories, library books on cd and music. We also bring books for them to read or look at.

  102. I have liked simple homeschool and sparkle stories on Facebook.

  103. I have 5 kiddos 14 and down. We stay occupied with the radio while driving.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  104. My kids are 6 & 8 and we normally keep them busy during road trips with lots of books, coloring, and some movies. My youngest has started getting carsick while reading/coloring, though, so Sparkle Stories would be a welcome alternative!

  105. I have also liked Simple Homeschool & Sparkle Stories on FB.

  106. I have three girls: 6, 3.5 and 2. We do lots of car travel, including lots of all day rides. While they do get to watch a movie or play some games on various devices, we limit it to no more than half the car trip. The rest of the time, they love to listen to music, sparkle stories, and audiobooks, look at books, give each other “pedicures” with lotion and wash cloths, and play with toys.
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  107. I already like simple homeschool and just liked sparkle stories!
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  108. Pamela R says:

    What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  109. I have three kids (5,3, & 1). In the car we listen to music,or stories, play games like I spy, opposites, or ryming words, and on big trips we pack a little bag if goodies with little toys and coloring books.

    I have already like sparkle stories and simple homeschool.

    Thank you!

  110. Adriana Hook says:

    I have a very active 5 year old. Long trips are necessary due to where we live. A trip for groceries can take an hour and a half. Some of our other trips are at least 5 hours. Keeping him calm and busy usually requires some planning. He loves to hear stories (fact or fiction). So, along the way we talk about how the landscape changes, the differences in the little towns along the way. Sometimes we create things to look for and imagine how they can be used. Having Sparkle Stories would be ideal! We have sampled Junkyard Tales and that really gets him going. He is very attentive and once the story is over he talks about the characters as if they were real. I get caught up in them too! We love you guys.

  111. Amanda Wurdeman says:

    Thanks so much for doing this giveaway again. My kids are 7, 4, and 2. We are missionaries in the West Indies, so when back on furlough we are in the car a lot and love listening to books on tape and playing “ISpy”.

  112. i liked you in FB

  113. I liked sparkle stories on FB

  114. We have a 6 and 2.5 yr old and we do just about everything except movies and devices. Lots of books, magazines, toys, glow sticks, coloring, stickers and even Legos on our last road trip. It was quite comical seeing my 2.5 yr old daughter hand my 6 yr old son Lego after Lego and he just added to his creation. We haven’t done many audio books, but I’ve heard awesome things about Sparkel stories.

  115. Maren Hildum says:

    My kids are aged 5 and 3 and we keep entertained with drawing, reading stories and listening to music in the car. We do love Sparkle Stories!

  116. Liked you both on FB! Thank you!

  117. Maren Hildum says:

    I liked Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  118. I have two wonderful girls ages 5 and 6. When travelling they are pros at packing their own backpacks with school work, books to read, Leap pads, drawing and music and audiobooks. They love Martin and Sylvia and I just love this blog. It is such an inspiration to read everyday!

  119. My boys are 7 and 5 and we usually listen to audio books in the car. I liked you and Sparkle stories on Facebook.

  120. Our kids are 5 & nearly 7, and we have a “travel bag” that we take on car rides over an hour. It has games, window markers, cool books (like puzzle and maze books) and cards inside. They’re also always encouraged to bring their portable disc players, because they love listening to music, too. We love Sparkle stories and often would listen to them in the car!
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  121. I’m also a fan of both on facebook!
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  122. I have two daughters, ages 7 and 4. They each have travel desks that attach to the back of the driver’s and passenger’s seats, which makes it easy for them to colour and draw while we’re on road trips. We also have a bag of activities that they only get to use on trips (so they keep their novelty). It includes magnetic playsets, travel aqua doodle, felt boards, sticker books, magna doodle, lacing cards, etc. We have a basket of books between their seats, and they love listening to audio stories. They LOVE Sparkle Stories’ Martin & Sylvia series, but our subscription is over, so winning this contest would be perfect timing! 😉
    We already like Sparkle Stories on Facebook, and I just liked Simple Homeschool as well. :)

  123. I have a 5 yr old, two 2 year olds, and an 8 mth old. For long trips, I usually give them a few toys and lots of snacks.

  124. I have 3 girlies 12,11, and 7. We usually take along a small dvd player and all our veggie tales. Also they have always loved to draw more than color, so I make personalized pads of scratch paper for them to doodle on.
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  125. Ashley C says:

    Our children are 10, 8, 6 and 4. We have a dvd player in our van and we take turns with that and audio books.

  126. Charissa says:

    Our kids are 7, 4, and almost 2. While all three get a little bored and restless in the car, our two girls do a great job of playing together to help the time pass. They bring little toys to imagine with and create little stories and funny things around. We also bring books for the kids to flip through, as well as music.

  127. My youngest is 9 and the others are now young adults. I always bring pipe cleaners!

  128. We love sparkle stories! I admit to using technology on long car rides! Audiobooks, iPhone games, LeapPad…

  129. We like both on Facebook too :)

  130. My youngest is 9. I use a lot of audio books in the car because we drive a lot , and she is also dyslexic so it helps for her to listen to audio books.
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  131. We use Sparkle Stories and audio books we get from the library and then they get one DVD! Last trip was 6 hours and they watched Brave, listened to a disc of How to Train My Dragon (the book), and then listened to several Sparkle Stories. Any with Martin & Sylvia are my girls FAVORITE!
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  132. Like you both on FB :)
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  133. Kristin Thomas says:

    My kiddos are 10,9,6,4. We entertain ourselves during travel by listening to audio books, playing mad libs, playing road games and watching an occasional show if the trip is long. We have a road trip coming up and would love to win this for our family. Thanks for this chance!

  134. Elizabeth Thompson says:

    My daughter is 7 and we live on an island in Alaska, so she just looks out the window on our short drives. When we’ve traveled I can usually read to her because we are on a plane. However, this fall we are driving from Prince Rupert to NYC and back and Sparkle Stories sounds like a series she would love!! Thanks.

  135. My kids are 5,4 & 1. We’ve been listening to the Frozen soundtrack in the car for weeks. Help!:) On longer trips we listen to music, play 20 questions, listen to some short audiobooks, and for extra long trips the kids play the iPad. We would love a chance to try out Sparkle Stories!

  136. I already like Simple Homeschool on FB :)
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  137. My children are 5 and 7. On long car rides they bring small toys and books. We also sing songs and listen to the radio or audio books. We love Martin and Silvia. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great package!

  138. We already like both on FB. :)

  139. Elizabeth Thompson says:

    I’ve liked both FB pages and have my hopes up!! Just checked out Sparkle Stories’ page and really liked what I saw!

  140. Kristyn Alaine Strickland says:

    My kiddos are 9, 7, and 5. On long trips we watch movies, sing songs, play 20 questions, play the find the letter game, etc. We also try to make stops at neat places along the way :)

  141. Virginia says:

    My daughter is 11 and we love to listen to Sparkle Stories. In the car we listen to classical music, folk music, celtic music and more. We would love to listen to Sparkle Stories in the car, as well.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  142. Kristyn Alaine Strickland says:

    Love both pages already :)

  143. Melissa Chatterton-Wittmer says:

    Oh, we love sparkle stories! They are one of our very favorite things to add to family time, whether we’re gardening, cooking dinner, or cuddling on the couch together. Thanks for this opportunity!

  144. Jolene in Michigan says:

    We have a 12, 9, 6, and 5 year old. On car trips we usually have some reading, some playing with small toys, coloring/writing, and recently playing games on a kindle. For longer trips we have listened to audio books and that goes over well too.

  145. Luella Spurbeck says:

    Our daughter is 6 and son is 2. On car trips we usually have a variety of different music genres playing, from jazz to classical to christian rock, or a book on CD. On longer car trips we add my daughter reading aloud either a story she made up or one that she brought, coloring/drawing/writing, playing “I Spy” or with small toys, if they don’t end up napping part of the time. This is the first time I’ve heard of Sparkle Stories.

  146. My children are 12, 11, 9, 7 and 4. We do a lot of traveling, almost weekly, so this is a something we always have to plan for. I carry a bag of easy crafts, each child has a bag they pack with books, MP3 players, Mad Lips, dry erase crayon & board, Highway Bingo cards, and our weekly read aloud book. Our van does not have a media player so that is a true blessing!

  147. Luella Spurbeck says:

    I also liked Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  148. My boys are 5 & 7.

    We recently returned from a 20-hour road trip (one way). The boys have a large book about North American Wildlife. They took turns passing their measuring tape back and forth and checking the lengths of each critter. When they got to moose, things got a little crowded in the backseat. :). Thank you for all you do. I am inspired by you.

  149. Elizabeth says:

    Our children are 10, 9, and 3 years old. They like to read, work on their Awana Bible study, listen to music, look at books for the three yr. old, and their favorite is to listen to Narnia CD’s.

  150. Nicole Robinson says:

    Hi! My kids are 4, 7, and 10 and we listen to books in CD while traveling. Our favorites are the Boxcar Children Mysteries. We also play the animal game and guess what animal another person is thinking of.

  151. My children are 1, 3, and 6. When we travel we usually listen to music (and audio books and Sparkle Stories), occasional movie (just for the kids), books to look at, and some simple crafts (finger knitting or sticker pages) or games.

  152. Tyler Sandon says:

    My children are 7, 3 and 5 months. They love listening to audio books in the car and it definitely makes it peaceful for mommy :). It’s great to have the option of buying them for the car bc in this day and age most of them you need to download to a tablet.

  153. My daughter is now 5 years old and during travel we keep her entertained with either a few activity books or her nintendo DS with a few games.
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  154. Tyler Sandon says:

    I already follow simple homeschool on Facebook but I went and liked sparkle stories. I would love to try these out with my kiddos.

  155. My kids are 7, 5, 3, and 12 weeks. We bring books, CDs, snacks and small toys when we travel.

    I’ve also like Simple Homeschool on FB.

  156. My kids are 8 and 5 and great riders. We stay happily entertained by each taking turns choosing songs to play on our ipod. That we all have eclectic musical taste makes for a great ride.
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  157. My kids are 10, 6, and 2. Keeping them entertained during travel is a challenge, as we limit screen time more and more. We listen to audiobooks and color quite a bit.

  158. And I liked SH and SS on Facebook!

  159. I my child is 5.5 and he likes to bring books, his leap pad and some toys with him when we travel. We also like to play I spy and sing songs or listen to educational cd’s or cassettes.

  160. My kids are 14, 9 and 5. We use audio books and drama, conversation starter questions and driving while my youngest naps to keep ourselves happy while travelling! Sparkle Stories is a family favourite already so we’re excited about this giveaway. Thanks!

  161. And I like both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on FB

  162. jennifer says:

    My girls are nearly 4, nearly 2 and 4 weeks. We generally play a lot of I Spy while travelling, although sometimes we just listen to books or classical music. All depends on the mood and scenery

  163. I “Liked” both Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  164. Stefanie says:

    Our littles are 3,5,7 & 7 and are great travellers! We love stories in the car, dry erase markers on the windows, bingo, and crafts to keep everyone occupied…. Also, we love just having some good music on and playing iSpy. Would LOVE to try Sparkle stories!

  165. My kiddos are 10, 7, and 2. While traveling we love listening to audio books, coloring, reading, sometimes watch a DVD, playing travel games (like naming animals using each letter of alphabet). We love the few free Sparkle Stories that we have tried!
    I have also like both on Facebook. Thanks!! :)

  166. My kids are 6 and 3. We usually do only enough driving for the music to last (about 20 min) then we have to be at our destination! We need more variety for our travelling activities!

  167. Facebook “liked” for both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories!

  168. My children are 12-Ariana and 5-Jude. We usually sing , play “eye spy” or color while traveling. On occasion I have allowed them to play with their electronics for awhile.
    We would LOVE Sparkle stories while traveling :) ( we are new to Sparkle) Thank You.

  169. My children are 15, 11, 9, 7, 4, 2, and 4 months. We enjoy driving, and pass the time mostly by reading, chatting, and listening to music. Sometimes the kids play on iPads, do school work, or play DS.

  170. My girls are 7 and 2. We listen to music and audio books, play games, eat snacks, talk, sing, soothe tears, and pray a lot.

  171. 4 children –
    We always had a bag of FUN things to do. Reading books, audio books, music cd’s, coloring books, magnetic boards, travel bingo, I Spy and now with the new technology in vehicles we take along videos.

  172. Michelle W says:

    This would be SO wonderful for trips! I have a boy (almost 8), girl 6, & boy 4. When on trips bring books, coloring stuff, DVD player. Sometimes we play games like “I spy w/ my little eye”

  173. My children are 5 and 2. We do some music cds, tell stories, say prayers, I spy games or simple toys and finger knitting (for my older child) to keep them busy during travel in the car. Thanks for the opportunity again!

  174. Lisa Aures says:

    My daughter is 13 and we listen to music, talk and sightsee. thank you!

  175. I liked Simple homeschool and sparkle stories on FB.

  176. Kristen says:

    My kids are almost 7 and 3. We live in a town that isn’t connected to a road system, so the farthest distance we can drive takes about 45 minutes. Most of the time we listen to music or encourage the kids to look at the beautiful scenery out the windows. On the rare occasions we take a longer road trip, we bring the tablet with some movies on it and headphones. We also encourage the kids to bring books to look at. I know they would love some stories they could listen to, though!

  177. My children are 5, 3, and 1. We travel to my parents’ house often. They live 3 hours away, so we listen to Curious George CDs, music CDs, and read books to keep occupied. These Sparkle Stories sound like they would be a lot of fun and a great way to pass the time on our trips.

  178. Stephanie says:

    My girls are 6 and 9. We usually play eye spy or ABC games for car trips. If its really long, DVDS. (This is an awesome giveaway!!!!!!!!)

  179. Emily C. says:

    My boys are 10 and 6. We do lots of reading until they’re carsick, audio books, DVDs and naps. Thanks for the info about Sparkle Stories and the giveaway!

  180. My kids are 4 and 8
    I pack small toys in little packages and put them between the seats. We also have a very old iPod with stories and books on loaded

  181. We are fans of sparkle stories on Facebook

  182. Fans of simple homeschool on Facebook
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  183. Rhiannon Mayes says:

    My three children love audiobooks. We just looked and liked Sparkle’s fb page. The stories look fun and educational.

  184. 7 and two five year olds and we use lots of audiobooks to get from iowa to Colorado and over to Indiana to see family.

  185. My children are 4 and 6. When we travel, I give them a “activity bag” to put between them that has books, new puzzle and sticker books, and a few snack treats that I don’t usually let them have… :) We listen to music, storybooks, and movies to supplement.

  186. This is an AWESOME giveaway! Fingers crossed, as this would be perfect for our upcoming trip across country. My children are ages 9, 7, and 5. We love listening to audio books, reading, coloring, playing “The Minister’s Cat,” and watching DVDs for the super long trips that require full days of driving. Thank you very much for this generous offering!

  187. Amanda Akin says:

    My kids are and 8 mos. We read audio books, do school work, play games and read aloud.

  188. Angelene Woodard says:

    My children are 7, 4, and 6 months. Obviously we listen to audio books and music when traveling. Sometimes we even break out the dvd player to keep everyone in the back seat occupied. Currentl,y the older kids are learning the alphabet and numbers (1-10) in sign language and they try to “talk” to eachother this way. In theory, it’s supposed to be quiet. It’s not completely silent…but at least they are not screaming!

  189. our kids love music, audio books and magnet books. snacks when needed.
    they are 3 and 6. thanks

  190. Alicia Joslin says:

    My kids are 1 and 10. We listen to stories or the younger one sleeps or snacks and the older one gets some Nintendo DS time or reads.

  191. Kids are 6yo, 4yo, 20 months and one more on the way. Usually they do activity/sticker books, play ispy, daydream out the window. Listening to stories I think my kids would really enjoy!!
    I like both on fb.

  192. Annette Kopczynski says:

    Great giveaway. Thank you. My kiddos are 7, 4, and 2. When traveling we listen to music, read, play road games (shapes an colors mostly), watch a movie on long trips, an d snacks.

  193. Jaime Scharf says:

    My children are 6 and 4. They love audio books so we woul be excited to try these out! On road trips we bring a lot I music and audiobooks. Namely, Pippi Longstocking and The Boxcar Children. Also we bring picture books and DVDs. We have taken lots of road trips since they were babes. I recently bought a stash of used audiobooks so my husband and I stop going crazy with more Pippi ;). I already like simple homeschool on FB and now like sparkle stories.

  194. My daughter is almost 7 and we either practice some state capitals, have her read a book, or give her the ipod.

  195. I like you both on FB as Idaho Jill
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  196. My children are 12, 10 and 5. Recorded stories (mostly from the library) are our go-to for travel. And for quiet times in bedrooms! Thanks!

  197. Kindra Jazwick says:

    My boys are 14, 12, 3, and 17 months. Typically the 14 year old and the younger two take naps. The 12 year talks about whatever. My 3 year old is also always on the lookout for tractors and cows; he loves both and luckily we are in a rural area.

  198. My kids are almost 3 and 8 months. We try to drive long distances overnight.

  199. Erin G. says:

    My children are 4, 2 and 8 months. The older two are great travelers and are perfectly happy looking through books for hours while we travel. The only problem is they get disappointed when they run out of books and have to look at the same ones again!

  200. Brittany says:

    My boys are 4 and 8 and they love car trips thanks to audio books and old-fashioned travel games from my childhood!

  201. Alicia Joslin says:

    liked Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  202. My younger kids are 8, 12. On car trips, we pack “surprise boxes,” which are plastic shoe boxes decorated with stickers that contain things like puzzle books, stickers, tin foil (they like to mold it into shapes), small snacks, small toys, etc. We’ve done this for years, ever since my older kids (now 17 and 19) were small.
    Liked Sparkle Stories on fb.
    Liked Simple Homeschool on fb.

  203. My kids are 6.5, almost 5, and almost 3. When we take long trips I let them pick 2 special toys to bring, crayons and a brand new notebook, and by checking out CDs of books from the library! I’d love to try out sparkle stories.

  204. Our roadtrips are still a little more DVD-focused than I’d like, but my kids LOVE Sparkle Stories, so this is a great giveaway.
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  205. I like simple homeschool and sparkle stories on fb

  206. I already like both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on Facebook.
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  207. Mine are 2.5 and 7 months. For traveling, books are the go-to with my toddler. She’s at an age now that she loves “reading” to us and we just delight in listening to her weave the story! “Writing” and coloring are also good time-passers during travel with this little one.

  208. I already like simple homeschool and now i also like sparkle stories on Facebook

  209. We sing and talk. And if it’s a longer trip, we pull out the iPad or DVD player. One benefit of not using media a whole lot is that it’s a special thing for a trip. We’d love to listen to audiobooks/stories, though…not sure why I’ve never really thought of that!
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  210. I also like Simple Homeschool & Sparkle Stories on facebook. :)
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  211. Kate N. says:

    My kids are ten and seven. We always take lots of “art” supplies on our trips. Sticky notes and tin foil are favorites. On our last trip, I prepared binders with activities and worksheets related to our destinations. We also love audiobooks in the car and would love to try Sparkle Stories!

  212. Kate N. says:

    Liked Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on Facebook! Thanks1

  213. Jessica says:

    My kids are 6, 3 and 20 months.
    When we go on car trips (at least once or twice a month!) my older 2 love to listen to books on CD, but I’ve struggled finding ones that keep both their interest!
    I’ve actually had my eye on SparkleStories for some time now, but I’ve been hesitant to spend the money. I would *love* to win this as we have another trip coming up next week.. and another one in 2 weeks… and 2 more next month…

  214. Jessica says:

    I liked SparkleStories on FB.

  215. Jessica says:

    I also liked SimpleHomeschool on FB.

  216. Our kids are 6, 4 and 2. We usually keep our kids busy during car rides with I Spy Discovery bottles, books, books on CD, and notebooks with coloring supplies.

  217. I have a 5 and 3 year old. During car trips we listen to books on tape, read new library books, color, do mazes, play ‘I Spy’, give my older son math problems, and sleep :)

  218. My kids are 4 and 2. We tend to rely too much on DVDs. But they also enjoy workbooks, crafts, and stories.

  219. Our children are 2, 4 & 10m. We encourage our children to self entertain on shorter rides as well have conversations. We do books on tape, childrens music, coloring and we also have a bag of toys for our trips to grandparents house (14 hour drive). Our children do very well!

  220. I liked sparkle stories and already like simple homeschool.

  221. My kids are 6 and 10. We often listen to audio books in the car. Hank the Cowdog is their favorite.

  222. I also like both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on FB!

  223. My child is almost 2.5 years old. We have a very long car ride (10 hours) one way to visit my family. It is very difficult to be in the car that long because he is very active. We have to make frequent stops and get out to stretch our legs.
    He really enjoys the Brainquest question books and frequently requests to play “questions.” He also likes to look at the GPS map and play “miles.” He will tell us which way to go, left or right, and loves to emphatically yell STOP. We also sing lots of songs.
    He loves to make up stories to tell is and have us tell him stories. All of his stories start off: Once upon a time, there was a boy named (insert his name).
    My son would absolutely love Sparkle Stories! And it would give Mommy and Daddy a break from having to come up with new stories the whole trip. :)

  224. My children are 3, 4, and 6. When we travel I try to group the time into 30 minutes blocks and have different activities for them to do. We can play car games for 30 minutes, listen to audio books, do a sing along to our favorite cd’s or just have quite time letting them do new activity books that I usually pick up at the dollar store. I love reading simple homeschool and I would love to try out Sparkle stories.

  225. I also like Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  226. Linda Gingerich says:

    My kids ages are… 13, 11, 9, & 7. When we travel we listen to CDs and watch movies and play games.

  227. Ruthie Morrison says:

    My girls are 4 and 1. This summer will be our first long car ride. Our longest car ride so far has only been an hour to the beach and we just sing songs.

  228. jordan andrikowich says:

    I also liked Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  229. Our kids are 2, 2 and 4. We drive 18 hours 2-3 times a year to see family. We bring lots of finger foods, books, writing pads and pens, magnets and a DVD player and an iPad. And a light weight ball to kick and chase at rest stops. I am working on the art of telling stories and they absolutely LOVE it. Sparkle stories have been on my radar for several moons now. So, if not now; soon!

  230. Sarah Walker says:

    I have a 1, 4 and 7 yr. old. We like to use audio books and videos to keep the kids happy. Also, drawing and just plain old toys! We love the sparkle stories!!

  231. Jenny Hirschy says:

    My kiddos are 5, 3 and 6 months. When we travel they each get a tote bag with coloring books, books and stickers. They are great travels! They would be so excited to try out Sparkle Stories!

  232. We love to do handwork on car trips, read, and play games like I Spy. My youngest loves Fridays because it’s our homeschool group day and we listen to a new Sparkle story on the 30 minute drive home! It’s a perfect way to unwind after an active day.

  233. Bridget Stevens says:

    My kids are 8,6.5, 5 and 3. The older two are able to read in the car to themselves, and the younger two…we alternate alot between snacks, their toys and entertaining them with humor. 😉

  234. I also liked this on Facebook! Thanks again for all you do!

  235. Greetings,
    My precious daughter is now 6. When she was even younger she loved to listen to her Music Together CD’s. We would all sing along and even bring some fun instruments to play. Now she feels she is too big for those timeless songs, so we check out CD’s and Audio Books from the Library and play games. She adores the complimentary Sparkle Stories that are shared from time to time. To receive a special ‘giveaway’ would be a Spring blessing. Thanks for all that you share and give to your readers!

  236. I also ‘liked’ Sparkle Stories and your FB page. thanks!
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  237. my kids are 9 & 7. We usually listen to audio books, watch dvds, and their Grandma packs them some goody bags that they love to dig through half way through.
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  238. I like sparkle stories & simple homeschool on FB.
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  239. I have two children. They will be 5 and 2 next week. They actually share a birthday. When we travel we are very observant and talk about all the interesting things we see, or play games trying to find specific things. Thanks for the chance to win Sparkle Stories.

  240. My children are nearly 7 and 4. They keep busy during travel times by looking out the window, listening to music, sleeping, having conversations together, looking through books, listening to stories I read to them (as a passenger, of course, until I get car sick from doing so), or listening to audiobooks borrowed from the library.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  241. Already “liked” Simple Homeschool on facebook
    Just “liked” Sparkle Stories on facebook
    Thanks again for the chance to win!

  242. Deborah M says:

    My kiddos are 6,4, and 2. We listen to lots of audiobooks on long trips, music, draw, and if it’s over 4 hours we watch movies. We really try to plan in some nap time too :). I also liked Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool.

  243. My kids are 8 and 6. We listen to a variety of music and audio books as well as play games such as I Spy with My Little Eye and Would You Rather. Or we daydream! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!
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  244. I have an almost 2 and 5 year old. We usually have books and books on cd as well as some drawing supplies. My oldest daughter has a Leap Pad and she gets to play with that for a little bit. And sometimes we just let them be bored and watch outside because i figure we never died being bored in the car when we were younger! :)

  245. I follow Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on Facebook.

  246. My daughter just turned one year old. When I stick her in the carseat, she gets to play with her “Heffalump” toy that I keep in the car for her. The “Heffalump” is basically an elephant with double ears (that creep me out), and he is very colorful and squeaks when your press his belly. My daugher likes riding in the car, and she is normally quite relaxed during trips.
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  247. Congrats on getting the bug fixed. :-) My kids are 6 and 1 (soon to be 7 and 2). Audiobooks are a fave (Magic Tree House, currently), plus music, snacks, a toy box just for the car, Hangman, tickling each other (not the driver!), I Spy, car license plates, and just talking. Thanks for this opportunity; been curious about a Sparkle Stories.

  248. Was already a fan of SH on FB; now liked Sparkle too.

  249. My kids are 1, 7 and 9. We keep them busy with iPad (surprise!), CDs of their favorite music, and Travel BINGO cards.

  250. My children are 5 and 2. We listen to audio books, children’s fun songs and a whole lot of “oh what was that?” looking out the windows. Sparkle Stories would be great!

  251. Liked both Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  252. My kids are 7.5, 5 and 10 months and the older ones love audiobooks, and love to draw and colour on car rides. And they entertain their baby sister by singing to her!

  253. I’ve liked Simple homeschool and Sparkle Stories

  254. My boys are 3 and 5. Depending on the length of the trip, we do lots of books (all formats), small toys, and Mister Rogers episodes.

  255. Both Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool are liked!

  256. Jennifer W says:

    Four kids ages 2-10. We do everything & anything to survive road trips; snacks, books, audio books, movies & music.

  257. Jennifer W says:

    Sparkle stories and simple homeschool liked!

  258. My kids are 6 and 9 and we usually read books, draw, and play auto games on car trips!

  259. I like both on Facebook!
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  260. Hayley McFarlane says:

    My kids are 4 and 5 years old. Books and music/story cd’s are a winner when we travel.

  261. Danielle says:

    Our boys (7, 4, nearly 3) love listening to audio stories in the car especially. Sparkle stories are the overwhelming favourite. We also enjoy watching for out of province license plates and name cars by brand and model. Thankfully, our kiddos travel remarkably well.

  262. jasmine says:

    I’ve two kids, aged 4 yrs & 4 mo. We play a few games like I spy, what color car infront etc. during car rides. At home we listen to an audio story every evening. We find most of them online, esp Aesop’s fables, and we play them over & over since they’re so short & my son enjoys them!

  263. jasmine says:

    And liked Simple homeschool & sparkle stories on facebook!

  264. Hello-
    Our girls are 7 and soon to be 5- new to Simple Homeschool and LOVE it. We sing songs in the car and play eye spy too. Mostly we love to mention the sights and scenery along the way.
    Thank you!

  265. Vicky M says:

    I would love to get this for my nephew. He is 4. He usually just plays with toys on a road trip. If it is a long one there may be a movie.

  266. Vicky M says:

    I am a fan of both simple home school & sparkle stories on Fb

  267. I hope you are running late and I can still enter! These look great! I just liked your FB page and will head to Sparkle Stories next. We travel a lot. We listen to audio books, sleep, play, watch movies, eat, lol.
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  268. My daughter is 4 and my son is 3 months. On long car rides we sung songs or she plays with this so this would be great!

  269. I liked you on FB.
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  270. I liked Sparkle Stories on FB.
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