*A guest post from Melanie from MommyDo.com*
Any holiday at our house is filled non-stop battles to put down the tech and get outside. My boy is a real homebody so camp is a struggle. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate the tech he loves into activities that take his eyes off the screen. So we were delighted to accept an invitation to participate in the MicrosoftStore.ca March Break Scavenger hunt to test-drive the Microsoft Surface 3.
The boy was jumping up and down when the device arrived. If you’re not familiar with the Microsoft Surface 3, you can use it as a tablet or a laptop, it’s easy to take out and about and it has The Surface Pen – which made it SO much easier to convince the boy to practice his writing while on break.
We went to the park to try out the camera and these antics pretty much set the stage for our March Break activities. We went out, brought the Surface 3 (because leaving it behind was not an option) tried to make a video while running around (terrible idea for shooting video), set it aside and played like mad, came home to recover and use the Surface 3 to journal our adventures.
We had tasks to do all week long, including shooting video, photos, drawing photos and writing a story. All of these seemed to center around the epic game of Jail Break we played at the park one afternoon.
We had other adventures too on March Break, including play dates, at trip to the Science Centre and even a visit from out of town family. The Surface 3 was easy to use and easy to bring just about anywhere.
The Surface Pen was very intuitive. I handed it to the boy and he was drawing in the blink of an eye. I was in the middle of telling him he could change colours when he held up the tablet and said “I know.” Of course, he’d already figured it out.
Our final challenge was to write down some of our favourite activities from the week (and all the things we wanted to go and didn’t have time for) and put them into an activity jar. Now when we’re looking for something to do, we can reach in, grab an idea, and go make some new memories.
Overall, this was a great way to get my tech loving kid to use the tablet as a means to explore the world outside with the family, rather than just sit on the couch and zone out. The Microsoft Surface 3 was simple to use, packed a bunch of computing power into an easy to manage size, could go back and forth between kids and adults with relative easy and I loved having the keyboard.
More about Microsoft Surface 3
- 10.8” screen provides gorgeous images and precise Pen/touch response
- Amazing app compatibility
- Work anywhere anytime with an integrated 3-position kickstand
- Easy connectivity with USB ports and great accessories
- 10 hours of battery life
- Fast Intel® processor
AND it’s on sale right now MicrosoftStore.ca. You can save up to $170!
P.S. Xbox, PCs, phones and more are on sale too. And, starting today, save up to $350 Surface Pro 4.
What adventures did your family get up to for March break? Did you document your fun along the way?
Guest post: Melanie Cote is a writer, mom and tireless advocate for Williams syndrome (WS), all while juggling work, regular life, raising funds and spreading awareness for WS. You can read more at mommydo.com and find her on Twitter @mommydoCA.