Spark Your Imagination has earned the coveted Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval

January 24 (KAMLOOPS) Spark Your Imagination Ventures Inc. is excited to announce that its mom-made in Canada Spark Story Starters have been awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved Winner’s Seal of Approval.

PTPA Media has North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents.

Spark Your Imagination™ was among many entries from across North America competing to earn the PTPA™ Seal. Because independent parent volunteers evaluate these products in their own homes, PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience – not on commercial considerations.

Spark Story Starters were born at our family dinner table as a way to engage our kids, so there could be no better accolades for what we have created than one from families and kids. Thank you for this honour!

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

Yesterday a friend shared how her family would mark the 12 days of Christmas.  She will wrap 11 of their family Christmas books.  Her son will be given one to open each day from December 13th to 23rd (and they will read it together). On the 24th she will give him a new Christmas book and it will join the line-up for next year.

The first 11 books are ones that have already been read and enjoyed together. Each will be familiar and will bring with it the good feelings associated with Christmases past.  Yet each will seem new again after being tucked away for 365 days (and through the eyes of a child one year older).

I can’t resist giving this a try in our home.  I have pulled out the books to present to our boys.  There’s the classic Polar Express, A Magical Christmas which is a new favourite, and a few books from my own childhood such as Christmas Time at Santa’s Workshop.  And I won’t forget the Christmas book that spans all ages and generations; How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

As for our first of the twelve nights? It was meltdown city here. The kids are ready for a break from school, our nights are getting later as we slacken in preparation for the holidays and emotions are running high in classic December-style.  It was a bust.  We’ll try again tomorrow night.  Ours will be the 11 days of Christmas, and we will be decorating using christmas designers christmas lights.

Books are fuel for the imagination. And can’t we all use a little extra fuel right about now?

Thanks for the brilliant idea Dione.

If you have a Christmas book to recommend we’d love to hear about it!

~ posted by Tamara


Spark! App re-launched

Spark! App
Based on your feedback, we added some new features!

Fun NEW Features:

  1. Now with a French option (with English subtitles or without)
  2. Ability to create your own question to add to your set
  3. New options on how to change the card (swipe or tap Spark, along with the original shake – on iPhone)
  4. Ability to email a question to a friend
  5. Option to email your question into Spark (for possible publication in future sets!)

If you already have the App, simply download the update to enjoy the new features. And if you don’t have the best low cost internet don’t worry you still be able to download it.

We would love to know what you think!  And, we would really love if you would share a review on iTunes (all of our reviews were wiped out when we uploaded the upgrade!)

If you don’t have it, but would like to purchase it, search Spark! (for iPhone) or Spark! HD (for iPad)

Fun App Fact… Spark! has been downloaded in more than 44 countries!

Spark wins Business Excellence Award

We are very honoured to have received a 2011 Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award.  Kamloops is a wonderful place to grow a business.  It is full of mentors and cheerleaders.

We are thankful for the support we have received across Canada from our retailers, customers, family and friends.  We look forward to continuing to help fuel imaginations as we move into 2012!