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EarnPlay App for iOS

posted May 1, 2017, 8:11 PM by R Christianson

Do your children love video games? Then you need EarnPlay®! Designed to encourage good behavior, EarnPlay® is the game-time manager that helps govern the amount of time children spend playing video games. In EarnPlay, children earn minutes by reading books and doing chores. Then they get to spend their minutes playing on their favorite video game system for the amount of minutes in their individual EarnPlay bank accounts. When they run out of minutes, the alerts will chime, and it’s time to stop playing. If all goes well, they’ll soon be back asking for more chores!

Here’s how it works. In EarnPlay, each child gets an account to manage their game-time (or ‘screen-time’). To earn minutes, he or she can complete a chore from the task list. The tasks and award amounts are customizable to suit your household and family. When a child has enough minutes to play on his/her game system, you just start their individual play timer using the play button. The timer will count down and alert you when minutes are up.

EarnPlay also encourages kids to read books. By using the earn buttons, children can accumulate minutes while doing specific activities (such as reading). Simply start the earn timer when beginning reading and select again to stop when done reading. This is also helpful for tracking lengthy activities such as helping to work in the yard.

EarnPlay is a game-time bank. What makes EarnPlay unique is that the minutes are stored in a ‘bank’ for future use. Minutes accumulated in EarnPlay don’t go away when you close the app or power off your device. So, EarnPlay minutes can become a valuable commodity for children and a precious tool for parents.

EarnPlay can be used for up to four children, and includes 4 separate timers that can be run simultaneously.

Do you ever have problems getting children ready for bed on time or getting ready to go quickly? Use the “race” function in EarnPlay! These ‘challenge’ timers can be used for anything on an impulse. When things get out of control, whip out the EarnPlay app, set the duration, and start the countdown. For example, let’s say you need them to be dressed for school in 15 minutes. Say to them “15 Minute Challenge for being dressed for school!” Then press the Select button for each child that completes the challenge in time. When the bell rings, the ones that finished in time get the award!

Solve arguments with the magic key! This rotating icon travels to a different child’s bank every day, and can be used for many purposes. Do your kids sometimes argue over who’s turn it is for things? This magic key can be a fantastic deciding factor. Just look who has the magic key for the day and that child will win. Once kids buy into this system it can be quite handy.

Last but not least, there is a currency conversion option. We’ve all had times where kids want to buy stuff in the store and start nagging. Well, this option lets kids “cash out” their minutes in exchange for money. Each timer automatically calculates and displays the cash value of the child’s accumulated minutes using a conversion ratio set by parents in the settings menu. This option is actually quite handy, and gives children even more reasons to help around the house or do good in school.

In our test households, EarnPlay became popular with parents because kids became eager to do chores. In fact, it was not uncommon for kids to even compete to do them!

With all these features, when applied consistently and appropriately, EarnPlay can really improve your daily routines with children.

Buy EarnPlay now in the AppStore!

The Little House Mouse

posted May 9, 2015, 11:10 AM by R Christianson   [ updated May 9, 2015, 11:12 AM ]

This charming story is grounded on the negative effects of running away vs. dealing with your situation and learning to appreciate the little things in life.  The little house mouse loves to explore! Come play with him as he learns a valuable lesson of appreciation.  Ages 2-7.

The Little House Mouse (42 pages) is currently available through major book retailers such as and Barnes & Noble with ISBN 9780983235514 and a list price of $7.99 US. is handling European sales.   

About the Author Georgia Knight, a painter and commercial artist, is the author of the original picture book The Little House Mouse.  She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Roly Poly Napoleon Discovers Colors

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:24 AM by R Christianson   [ updated May 9, 2015, 11:14 AM ]

Renton, Washington – June 19, 2011 – ‘Radiant’ is just one word to describe the much anticipated children’s book Roly Poly Napoleon Discovers Colors by Robin Christianson, which became available today through major book retailers.  This title delivers a unique approach to color introduction through the universal adoration of roly poly bugs held by children around the world.   

The primary message of Roly Poly Napoleon Discovers Colors is to acquaint younger children with the various colors around them. But what makes this book unique is that it leverages off of kids’ attraction to roly poly bugs; they are naturally drawn to the little crustaceans.  This helps engage the children into the gentle storyline involving a father roly poly bug and his son on their quest to find the color blue. In addition, children delight in searching for these two roly poly bugs hidden throughout the many radiant photographs. The educational Roly Poly Napoleon Discovers Colors is captivating in its approach and elegant in its delivery.

Roly Poly Napoleon Discovers Colors (38 pages) is currently available through major book retailers such as and Barnes & Noble with ISBN 978-0983235507 and a list price of $6.99 US. is handling European sales.

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