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Parents, have you heard of Clued In Kids? If not, you should read within to learn all about this new company that creates treasure hunts that inspire kids to learn. Who could ask for more?

In a world where the United States continues to slip educationally, parents need to fill the gap where learning is concerned. Clued In Kids gives parents the ability to help while providing children with a fun alternative to screen time.

On Thursday, December 19th, the company launched its “2014 Challenge” with a free, printable New Year’s treasure hunt. Each of their treasure hunts is a sequence of hidden clues that lead to a treasure. Clued In Kids’ innovative twist on this classic activity uses hunts to teach -- math, history, Spanish, etc. Interactive learning like this proves over and over to be a much more effective way of learning. It keeps a child’s interest intact!

“It’s tough to pry kids from a screen, but try telling them you’ve set up a treasure hunt. Like Roadrunner, a little puff will appear over the couch where they once sat, and they’ll be ready to learn and have fun,” said Clued In Kids Founder & President, Helen Whiteley Bertelli.

The clues for each treasure hunt have been developed by teachers and moms. In addition, the designs are proffered by a children’s book illustrator.

Each of the Clued In Kids treasure hunts can be played by 1-12 kids ages four and up. The adult participation only requires eight minutes of set-up in any home environment. Once the game is established, kids can do the hunt relatively independently.

Kids will soon tire of their new toys and go back to their same old habits. So in 2014, Clued In Kids challenges parents to turn off TVs and tablets, and get kids moving with treasure hunts, starting with a free printable New Year's Hunt.

Bertelli, a North Carolina mom who grew up in England and enjoyed treasure hunts as a child, began creating hunts again after her girls were born. Her initial goal was not lofty: to cook dinner without kids underfoot (and without them in front of the TV). But one day, after a particularly successful solar system themed-hunt, she realized how powerful treasure hunts are for teaching. They were so popular that she wanted to share!

“Before long, I was creating holiday, birthday, ballet, sports, pirate, you-name-it hunts for my kids and their friends,” continued Bertelli. “Then, during a visit last year over tea, my mum said ‘you should do this for a living.’ On flicked a light bulb and since that moment I haven't stopped smiling.”

Clued In Kids products are sold online and in select retail stores. Before you purchase though, Click on the Pointer Puppy to obtain a free Treasure Hunt. Then stop by booth #6446 at the New York Toy Fair, February 16th to the 19th, to meet Helen and learn more about the company. Until then, happy hunting!

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