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  • Transformice: Enjoy the first episode!
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    From video game to cartoon:Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse, Stuart Little, Speedy Gonzalez ... those are all funny famous mice you already love and know ... Explore the new crazy kawaii mice world of Transformice!Originated from Transformice free online game which became a worldwide blockbuster in just a few years, Banzai, Blue, Brutus, Fatale, Red, Trix and their friends are ready to do ...
  • Know Your Genre Before You Write

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    Laura Backes
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    By Laura Backes     If you’re new to writing, sorting out all the different fiction genres, and figuring out where your writing fits, can be a daunting task. In this video, our Writer’s Coach Teresa Funke explains the various writing genres and how to choose which genre is right for you. For more terrific information from Teresa, including downloadable writing tools, click here.     This is a post from Read the original post: Know Your Genre Before You Write
  • Be Amazed!: A Corn Maze Round-Up

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    Alison Novak
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Looking to have some good, old-fashioned fun with your family this month? Corn mazes give kids and adults alike the opportunity to stretch their legs and solve what amounts to a life-size puzzle.…
  • How to talk to your kids about child predators - WDIV Detroit

    KIDS NEWS - Google News
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  • As Liberals face protests, Ontario government releases ad touting new sex-ed curriculum

    Kids News
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Ontario's Liberal government has released a new ad promoting an updated sex-education curriculum that will be in schools when classes resume next week. The new curriculum has met with some opposition and controversy and has prompted protests by some parents, with some even threatening to pull their kids out of school this year.
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  • Transformice: Enjoy the first episode!

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    From video game to cartoon:Tom and Jerry, Mickey Mouse, Stuart Little, Speedy Gonzalez ... those are all funny famous mice you already love and know ... Explore the new crazy kawaii mice world of Transformice!Originated from Transformice free online game which became a worldwide blockbuster in just a few years, Banzai, Blue, Brutus, Fatale, Red, Trix and their friends are ready to do ...
  • Force Friday - Star Wars: The Force Awakens Around the World!

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:36 pm
    On September 3rd the very anticipated STAR WARS: The Force Awakens products will be unveiled with a global live toy unboxing event. This event for a period of 18 hours will be held in 15 cities and 12 countries."For 18 hours, the greatest talents Maker Studios and YouTubers guests unpack a toy STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in each of the cities of this world tour, and comment the event live on ...
  • Zen Pig

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A NEW book that teaches resilience and gives back to people in need of clean water"Zen Pig" - Secret to resilienceHave you ever wanted to teach your kids how to be resilient? Have you wanted to help people in need? Zen Pig written by Author Mark Brown and beautifully illustrated by Amy Brown, fills two needs with one deed. Firstly, Zen Pig teaches children the secret to resilient ...
  • Pets invited to Christmas dinner

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
     Hahahaha and Hohohoho...  Watch this funny video of a very special Christmas Eve dinner and discover how these pets behave as cool as all the family members:The gourmet guy who test all the dishes and doesn't stop eatingThe sisters-in-law that can not even bear to be seated next to each otherThe teen brother who spends all dinner chatting on his mobile phone mobile without ...
  • Drive-in Theaters

    4 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Drive-in theaters are great venues to watch a summer movie. Since 1933, people have been enjoying driving to an outdoor theater were you park your car and enjoy watching a movie in the privacy of your own vehicle and enjoy a meal and snacks from the concession stand. Even though many drive-in movie theaters have shut down there are still many still operating for you to enjoy! This summer load ...
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  • Know Your Genre Before You Write

    Laura Backes
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    By Laura Backes     If you’re new to writing, sorting out all the different fiction genres, and figuring out where your writing fits, can be a daunting task. In this video, our Writer’s Coach Teresa Funke explains the various writing genres and how to choose which genre is right for you. For more terrific information from Teresa, including downloadable writing tools, click here.     This is a post from Read the original post: Know Your Genre Before You Write
  • Why I Write Teen Books with Diverse Characters

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    15 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    By Guest Author by Michael J. Bowler   As a high school teacher for twenty-five years, I primarily taught kids of color. And yet, in the books and stories we read, almost all of the characters were Caucasian, and most with reasonably stable home lives. I decided as an author to write about the kids I knew best – kids of color, gay kids, marginalized kids, poor kids, kids with disabilities, gang members, and incarcerated kids – because I want all youth to see themselves represented in a positive light within the pages of teen literature.   To that end, I crafted a five-book…
  • Sneaky Marketing for Self-Published Authors

    Laura Backes
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    By Laura Backes If you’re a self-published author, the idea of being writer, editor, publisher, art director and promoter for your book can be intimidating. But when it comes to marketing, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. If you don’t have a marketing staff, take a look at what the big publishers are doing, and put your own spin on the process.   Here’s one terrific example:   In order to create a buzz for the paperback edition of Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the final installment of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone young adult fantasy trilogy,…
  • Free eReport – Overcome Your Fear of Author Marketing!

    Jon Bard
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    By Jon Bard A few weeks back we talked about author marketing. Many of you have made great strides since then, but I know that marketing is still an intimidating proposition for most writers.     So, I’ve got a freebie for you…     It’s my new free report:           It’s called The 10 Minute Turnaround: Overcome Your Fear of Marketing and Start Connecting with Readers Now!     It’s 100% free and I think you’ll really like it. Hopefully, it’s what gets you over the final hurdle and helps put…
  • The Author and the Future of Children’s Books

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    21 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    By Guest Author by Suzanna E. Henshon   Over the past ten years, the business of publishing children’s books has changed. Large chain bookstores are consolidating or going out of business. Independent booksellers are catering to specific niches or adding non-book products to stay relevant. And kids are just as likely to read a book on an e-reader or smart phone as in print.   How will books change in the 21st century?  Specifically, how will the market of children’s books change?  And what do you need to know as you write your novel, short story, or poetry for…
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  • Be Amazed!: A Corn Maze Round-Up

    Alison Novak
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Looking to have some good, old-fashioned fun with your family this month? Corn mazes give kids and adults alike the opportunity to stretch their legs and solve what amounts to a life-size puzzle.…
  • How the Host of 'Vermont Edition' Juggles Work and Family

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    by Jessica Lara Ticktin Mom: Jane Lindholm, host of VPR's "Vermont Edition" Dad: Adrian Hicks, tool operator, GlobalFoundries, Essex Junction…
  • Home Cookin': Easy Sandwich Upgrades

    Erinn Simon
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last year, when my son Cal was in first grade, he wanted a turkey sandwich with cheese and mustard packed in his lunch box every single day. I went along with this for a few months, eventually convincing him to let me add a few leaves of lettuce or baby spinach.…
  • Family-Friendly Picks at the Middlebury Film Festival

    Alison Novak
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival kicks off later this week, and there's something for movie buffs of all ages to enjoy.  In this new, four-day festival, all the films were made by first- or second-time directors.   Organizers classified 15 of the 95 short and feature films as family-friendly (they contain no strong language, nudity or graphic violence). The subject matter of some of these films may be more appropriate for older kids or teens, however.…
  • Get Out!: The Island Line Trail

    Sarah Galbraith
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    As cyclists-turned-parents, Tristan and I enjoy touring Vermont's many excellent off-road bike paths — like the Stowe Recreation Path, the Cross Vermont Trail (between Plainfield and Wells River), the Burlington Recreation Path and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail — with our 9-month-old daughter, Elise.…
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    KIDS NEWS - Google News

  • How to talk to your kids about child predators - WDIV Detroit

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  • How soon should parents talk to their kids about alcohol? - CBS News

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    31 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    CBS NewsHow soon should parents talk to their kids about alcohol?CBS NewsThe reason to start talking to kids about alcohol before they even reach middle school is that "kids are starting to develop impressions [about alcohol] as early as 9 years," said Dr. Lorena Siqueira, clinical professor of pediatrics at Florida The Age Parents Should Start Talking to Kids About AlcoholYahoo ParentingWhen should you talk to your kids about alcohol? Before they turn 10, doctors sayWashington PostYou need to talk to your kids about booze earlier than you thoughtNew York PostTIMEall 73 news…
  • The Gang's All Here! Julia Roberts Makes Rare Public Appearance with Her Three ... - People Magazine

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    31 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    People MagazineThe Gang's All Here! Julia Roberts Makes Rare Public Appearance with Her Three People MagazineJulia Roberts gave us a rare glimpse of her growing family on Saturday when she and husband Danny Moder brought their three kids — twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, both 10, and Henry, 8 — to the Malibu launch party for Outerknown, surfer Kelly Slater's new ...Julia Roberts Poses With Cute Kids, Husband Danny Moder at Event: Sweet Family Us MagazineWait! When Did Julia Roberts' Kids Grow Up?! See The Sweet Family Portrait HERE!PerezHilton.comJulia Roberts' Kids Are…
  • Angry viewers wanted FCC to cancel the Duggars' '19 Kids and Counting' - Washington Post

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    31 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Washington PostAngry viewers wanted FCC to cancel the Duggars' '19 Kids and Counting'Washington PostBefore the Duggar family's reality show “19 Kids and Counting” was cancelled in mid-August, many irate viewers asked the federal government to intervene. It's fairly common for people to turn to the Federal Communications Commission when they see and more »
  • 'Happy Meals' Bill Could Benefit Kids, Researchers Say -

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    31 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Huffington Post'Happy Meals' Bill Could Benefit Kids, Researchers SayNBCNews.comA proposal that would force New York City's fast food restaurants to make their kids-themed meals healthier might actually have some benefit, researchers reported Monday. The so-called Happy Meals bill seeks to lower calories, fat and sodium in meals ...Fast Food Kids' Meals Could Become Healthier If This Policy PassesHuffington PostRestricting Calories in Kids' Fast-Food Meals: NYC Might Do ItObserverIf Happy Meal Law Passes, NYC Kids Will FrownScience 2.0all 47 news articles »
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    Kids News

  • As Liberals face protests, Ontario government releases ad touting new sex-ed curriculum

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Ontario's Liberal government has released a new ad promoting an updated sex-education curriculum that will be in schools when classes resume next week. The new curriculum has met with some opposition and controversy and has prompted protests by some parents, with some even threatening to pull their kids out of school this year.
  • Ukrainian kids learn to fight at military summer camp

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    More than 100 Ukrainian schoolchildren will have unusual tales to tell their mates when classes resume, after spending part of their summer vacations undergoing training by the National Guard. The training at a National Guard camp about 75 kilometers from Kiev taught children aged 11-15 rudimentary military skills and gave them a taste of army life in courses over three days.
  • Have a 9-Year-Old? Time for the Booze Talk

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    Parents should talk to kids about alcohol early - before the age of 10 - according to new guidelines in the journal Pediatrics. The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids begin to have positive thoughts about alcohol as early as age 9, thanks to ads everywhere from buses to movies.
  • 15 simple memories to make with your kids

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    You might be surprised by how excited they get when they know Mom and Dad are part of the fun. When I was six years old, in the dead of the night, my step-mom tiptoed in my room as to not wake my sisters.
  • 'The kids are on fire', off-duty policewoman on saving burning Doubleview child

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    An off-duty police officer who helped save a three-year-old girl who was allegedly set on fire on Friday has spoken about the ordeal. The police officer, who wants to be known only as First Class Constable Steph, was watching TV around midnight when she heard an argument at a nearby house in Doubleview.
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  • Malo e lelei!

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Celebrate Tongan Language Week 30th August – 5th September 2015. Click to enlarge This year’s theme is Fakakaloa Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e faiva ‘a e Tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan arts. This celebration provides an opportunity to celebrate through music, song, dance, food, crafts and language. Did you know…? There are more Tongan people born in New Zealand than there are in Tonga, giving lea faka-Tonga (the Tonga language) and anga faka-Tonga (Tonga culture) a special place here. Have a go a Lea Faka-Tonga. The basic level of counting in Tongan is…
  • Cool Stories, Bro

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Here are some cool stories for you and your bros to enjoy.  All of these stories are either new shiny books we have in our collection or new digital books we have in our eLibrary. They are cool and fun to read guaranteed. Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas It’s available on Overdrive! Here’s what’s in store: “It’s 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She…
  • Some New Kids Fiction Delights to Devour!

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow “After her father is killed in a pogrom, twelve-year-old Sarah and her mother immigrate to America–but when her mother dies before they get through Ellis Island, and the authorities want to send her back to the old country, Sarah hides in the torch of the Statue of Liberty.” (Library Catalogue) Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins “A tiger cub has escaped from a reserve in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, and Neel, a poor boy from the islands, is determined to find her in order to save her from being captured and sold on the black…
  • 3 new children’s fiction: Superhero and Lego Madness

    6 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    We know you can’t get enough of Star Wars, Lego, and Star Wars Lego. So here’s some new books for you to get your hands on. They’re bound to be popular, so you might have to reserve them and wait your turn. Big Hero 6 : the essential guide. Seen the movie? Time to experience the high tech super hero excitement of Disney’s Big Hero 6 in this amazing guide. You will get to explore the futuristic streets of San Fransokyo, and learn all about Hiro’s amazing allies, as the team undertakes a quest to stop the evil plans of a mysterious villain.      …
  • New eBook reading room for Children

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Love eBooks? We do too! Now it’s been made even easier to find the eBooks you want – through the Overdrive Kids’ Reading Room. The Kids’ Reading Room collects together all the Children’s eBooks in the library Overdrive Collection into one place. If you’re an advanced reader, why not check out the Teen Reading Room? Inside the Kids’ Reading Room you can search for titles, series or authors, select from a list of subjects, find the newest or most popular books, and find books that a perfect for your reading level. It’s now so much easier to find…
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    Woo! Jr. Kids Activities

  • Easy No Sew Pencil Case Tutorial

    Wendy Piersall
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Make a sturdy no-sew pencil case with this simple step by step tutorial (with photos) made out of scrapbook paper and contact paper! The post Easy No Sew Pencil Case Tutorial appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Back to School Worksheets

    Wendy Piersall
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Free printable back to school worksheets, including a word search, word ladder puzzle and word scramble. The post Back to School Worksheets appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • School Coloring Pages

    Wendy Piersall
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    9 cute school coloring pages, perfect for back to school activities for both kindergartners and preschoolers. The post School Coloring Pages appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    12 amazing virgin drink recipes for kids - but they look good enough for adults, too! The post Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes for Kids appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Beach Crafts

    Wendy Piersall
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    15 awesome beach crafts with sea shells, driftwood, sand and beach glass. The post Beach Crafts appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
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  • Chef for a Day

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Let your child help prepare a simple meal with you.
  • Let's Move!

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Practice the following basic movement words and explore the variations with your child
  • Touch Twister

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Choose a body part and then try to touch another part with it.
  • Silly Walks

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Learn how unique a person's walk can be.
  • Yarn Holder

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this arts and crafts activity.
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  • Marble Bowling

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In marble bowling, children must hit the target marble in a tense duel.
  • Summer Scrapbook

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Give summer a sensational send-off by making a book to preserve your warm-weather memories.
  • Word Chain

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Children can build their vocabulary with this game, which asks them to link their word to the previous person's word in the chain.
  • Guess My Number

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    This number guessing game builds children's understanding of numbers' characteristics and meanings.
  • Family Message Board

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Get on track for back-to-school days. This craft project will help your child get organized for class.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Sunday Showcase for August 30

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Oh what a day!!! Today has been filled with more ups and downs that I can even begin to explain, but seeing all the photos you sent in this week makes things much better. The Doll Diaries site is on its new server which means we should be faster, not have any of those pesky database errors anymore and have plenty of room to grow still. The new site design was going to go up today, but things got a little insane around here, so hopefully it will go up tomorrow. Now, let’s look at what your dolls did this week.   Madelon went to the Maryellen debut this week and look who came home…
  • Pardon our Dust

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    The Doll Diaries site is officially on its new server now and it getting a facelift today. Things may look a bit crazy for the rest of today, but it should be back to normal by this evening. Once I have everything looking like it should, I will post the Sunday Showcase and the Camp Doll Diaries Week 12 Memories post.  
  • Make a Camp Scrapbook with Lemon Bay Doll Co & a Giveaway

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    Okay girls, can you believe it? Another summer of Camp Doll Diaries is in the books – the scrapbooks that is! We have had so many fun memories and now, this week’s sponsor, Lemon Bay Doll Company is going to show us how to make beautiful scrapbooks for the dolls to keep the Camp Doll Diaries fun close by all year! Be sure to read all the way to the end, because there is a giveaway too! Wow! It has been an exciting, creative, amazing, adventure-filled summer — one worth remembering! To this end, we wanted to share a fun craft idea to help you and your dolls reminiscence over…
  • Paddleboards for the Beach

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    This is a guest counselor post from one of our readers from New Zealand! What a treat! Kia ora guys! My name’s Meags, and I’m from the awesome country that is New Zealand! Even though it’s currently winter over here, there isn’t much us kiwis like more than a day at the beach. Did you know that in New Zealand, you’re never more than 120km (just under 75 miles) from the sea? Today I’m going to show you how you can make a stand-up paddle board for those beach or lake trips. The same techniques can also be adapted to make surfboards, bodyboards or kickboards, so you’ll be all set…
  • American Girl Beforever Maryellen Review and GIVEAWAY

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Yes, you read that title correctly!! We got a HUGE surprise in the mail today from the PR team at American Girl – a very special visitor! As you know, the new Beforever doll, Maryellen Larkin debuts in stores tomorrow (except Scottsdale – they got her over the weekend) along with her collection of 1950’s inspired clothes and accessories to go along with her story, but we received a Maryellen doll today to review and then giveaway to ONE lucky Doll Diaries reader. (Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out how to enter.) What a cutie! Maryellen comes in her…
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  • My annual school prayer

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:33 pm
    please grant mea slab of slatea chunk of chalka live crittera dead egoa magneta marblecurious childrenand a sundial's sense of time.amenSundial at Rockefeller Center, NYC, National Archives
  • Goals for the start of the new school year

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    These were my goals in 2008.Haven't changed much for 2015.Teachers report tomorrow, students on Wednesday.Tomorrow's goals:Find a pair of pants-> iron themFind a tie that does not involve alcohol or sex or DisneyFind my shoes (I spend summer mostly barefoot--winter, too, outside of school)Find a penMemorize my student rosterSay a prayer for the end of summerWednesday's goals:Remind myself the universe is beyond my graspRemind myself that there is order in the universe (even if I cannot find my pants)Remind myself that I am only here to remind my students of the above--anything else is…
  • Insane things I hope to avoid this year: Micromanaging microscopes

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    In America, many high school biology students go through the ritual of memorizing the parts of a tool they will then use to analyze a newsprint letter "e" under various powers and positions, only to put the tool away for the rest of the year their livesThis ritual can go of for days, as students struggle to make sense of this new tool, of the requisite worksheet asking deep questions like "Which way does the 'e' move?" and a teacher seemingly obsessed with a particular letter of the alphabet. (You can even buy a letter e slide, preserved using "state-of-the-art preservation techniques."…
  • My best new trick last year: Errorometer

    22 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    While sharing pints with a few teachers upstairs at McGinty's, Chris Harbeck took a sip of Guinness, then tossed out a few words that changed my teaching-- "I give out points for anything, a thousand here, a thousand there. They don't mean anything."Simple. Cheap. Effective.Print out your errorometer, laminate it, hang an Expo marker next to it--done.Every time a student gives me a reasonably well thought "wrong" (or even an unusual but "right") response to anything going on in class, even if only tangentially related to the natural world, a student can put a point up on the Errorometer. For…
  • Chasing dopamine, amygdalin, and death

    22 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    My brother and I have well over a hundred birthdays between us, but both of us still love to dig holes and find things--living, dead, ancient, new, doesn't really matter--it's the moment just before discovery that matters, Dopamine is dopamine, no matter how you get it.We needed to clear a small patch of ground for a patio that we'll get done sometime between this lifetime and the next, and while scurrying around like woodchucks, I ripped out a black cherry seedling, and, for whatever reason, sniffed the roots.I do not know what I expected, but I did not expect the round, deep cherry-almond…
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  • Family Camping Adventures Part 1: A Road Trip to Quebec

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Parc du Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Before you read on, know this: driving a long distance without screens to camp with your family requires fortitude and patience. There will be bathroom breaks, multiple requests for snacks and if you have more than one child, backseat arguments are guaranteed. You’ll play games like Ninja Mad Libs and listen to stadium rock and Meghan Trainor for hours on Spotify. On the upside, once you’ve arrived at camp, you get to spend quality time with your kids, explore new places, eat delicious meals cooked over an open fire, and enjoy full days outdoors without…
  • Exploring Beech Hill Preserve

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    While visiting Rockport earlier this month, we discovered the stunning Beech Hill Preserve. The 295-acre preserve offers family-friendly trails alongside protected fields of organic blueberries and wildflowers. Beech Hill is one of those magical, Maine places where visiting feels like a privilege. We arrived at the Beech Hill Road trailhead and decided to take the short 3/4-mile hike to a stunning hilltop that overlooks Penobscot Bay. MP and CP#1 took turns taking pictures along the way, while the boys forged ahead to the summit. They were looking forward to exploring the grounds…
  • A Magical Family Sail in Mid-Coast Maine

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Captain Daniel Bennett spends his summers sailing out of Rockland Harbor, where he offers day trips on Bufflehead, his refurbished, six passenger sailboat. The father of two gives families a chance to create the sea faring adventure of their choice, sailing anywhere between one hour to a full day. The fee for adults to sail is modest, and for children, Daniel simply charges by age per hour. For these reasons, coupled with the opportunity to see the mid-coast from the water, we decided Bufflehead would be just right for our crew. A captain who juggles? Right on. We arrived on the dock at 10…
  • Camp Weekend

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    Earlier this month, our team enjoyed a memorable Open House weekend at Camp Bishopswood in Hope. Camp director Mike Douglass invites potential campers and their families to stay and play, so they can get familiar with the grounds, their peers, and what camp is like. So smart! Bishopswood, which is located on the western shore of Megunticook Lake, is everything you would expect from a Maine camp. A long, dirt road shaded by pines brings you to the entrance. Near the lake, there is a swimming area, dock, and a colorful array of canoes and kayaks. Mike greeted us in the parking lot with a hearty…
  • Father’s Day Gifts

    12 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    It’s nearly the end of the school year and there’s not a parent alive who is not busy. There are school events, barbecues and birthday parties, summer schedules to figure out, and so much more. With all of this to juggle, it’s no wonder Father’s Day seems to sneak up on us. It’s a good thing we have so many great resources in Maine to make gift giving a little easier. Here are a few ideas for all of the fantastic fathers out there: 1. Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont by Ethan Hipple & Yemaya St. Clair Our family loves discovering new hiking trails in New…
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  • Spending lots of money on back-to-school tech for your kids? Of course you want to hover.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    This is the second in a three-part series about helicopter parenting and back-to-school tech shopping that I’m writing as Best Buy Canada‘s parenting spokesperson. What does helicopter parenting have to do with back-to-school shopping anyway? I think the truth is that we’re all a little helicopter. Even the most laid-back parents among us have something we like ... [Read more...]The post Spending lots of money on back-to-school tech for your kids? Of course you want to hover. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Trophies for everyone! (Sorry, James Harrison.)

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license. I don’t believe in catering to my kids’ tastes when it comes to dinner. I generally try to feed them food they like for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, but I also think it’s important that they are exposed to a variety of different foods and encouraged to try them. It’s ... [Read more...]The post Trophies for everyone! (Sorry, James Harrison.) appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Next level helicopter parenting. Yes, that’s an actual helicopter!

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    This is the first in a three-part series about helicopter parenting and back-to-school tech shopping that I’m writing as Best Buy Canada‘s parenting spokesperson. Okay, so fine. This first part is mostly all about how I got to spend all day riding around in a helicopter. “You’ve written about being a parent in the helicopter ... [Read more...]The post Next level helicopter parenting. Yes, that’s an actual helicopter! appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • New CJ Hendry Artworks - Helium Balloon Series

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We are excited to announce that CJ Hendry is working on another super-cool, exclusive series of hand-drawn images: The Alphabet! Never one to take the easy way out, she has chosen to draw shiny, metallic helium balloons. Drawing anything with just a pen is tough enough - impossible formost of us - but to draw massive photographic images of reflective 3D objects is incredible! But in her typical low-key fashion, CJ Hendry says she decided to create the alphabet series from a set of shiny balloons because she "just likes the mirror effect and the reflection of the balloons, but mostly…
  • Apostle Peter and St. Helen the Martyr Chapel, Paphos - Cyprus

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We hesitate to use words such as charming or sweet here as they might imply excessive cuteness, but the recently completed tiny chapel on Cyprus does have a welcoming, approachable appearance that made us contemplate tiny, cozy spaces. However, we were also immediately aware that this is sanctuary, not some dwelling for friendly trolls. We were also drawn to reflect on visits to small Greek mountain villages where tiny white churches cling to seemingly inaccessible cliffs. And glancing inside and seeing the gorgeous hanging lighting fixtures, we remembered our visits to stalactite caves on…
  • Barrancas House - Mexico City

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We had forgotten how beautiful grey concrete can be until we saw what Ezequiel Farca had done with a 1970s residence in Mexico City. At the same time, we were also reminded of how much we love Farca’s elegant work in general. To start with, the Barrancas House in Mexico City had a lot going for it before Farca came along. It is located on a sloped property so that the four levels of the house, from basement all the way to the top, or second, floor, are all in fact on ground level. In addition, the site overlooks a great wooded area with grown trees and greenery. The house had good bones…
  • Boxing Plus - Taipei, Taiwan

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We have encountered dramatic, elegant and inviting yoga studios, spas and salons, but this is the first time that we’d like to include a boxing center on that same list.   In Taipei, Taiwan, local designer and principal of MW Design, Michelle Wei, has conjured up a dramatic environment for Boxing+ Wellness Center.   Located on the basement level of an industrial building, the entire space of 562 square-meters (6,050 sq.ft or 170 Taiwanese Ping) has an aura of dark strength without being boring or off-putting in a predictable over-masculine way. Instead of the stereotypical…
  • Bubble Photograph By Mathieu Missiaen

    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Mesmerizing, intriguing, stunning, elegant. We could not stop staring at this enchanting photographic image of a bubble by Mathieu Missiaen and so we had to have it. The image is called “Bubble” but we keep seeing all sorts of strange worlds in it. This piece has all the hallmarks of an eye-catching conversation piece. It does stand out. It will be noticed in whatever space you’ll hang it. In addition, it has a hypnotizing effect. In its enigmatic core there appears to be an explanation. If you just look at it long enough, you will solve the puzzle. You will figure it out.
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    Little Food Junction

  • World Photography Day

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
      ~ World Photography Day 2015 ~A good photograph is knowing where to stand !!                                            - Ansal Adams Photography is not just a hobby for me, its a way of life and my window to the world. Every time I pick up my camera,the magical gadget is all ready to cast a spell on me, and for hours and hours I stay glued to it ,changing my angles, adjusting the…
  • Minion Baked yogurt

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    ~Happy Friendship Day~ (and the Minions mania) A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be. Friendship is one of the most beautiful relations in the world n friends are one of those special people that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger n help live life just a little better. Researches show that people with strong social ties are 50% less prone to depression and other psychological disorders. Although the official day to…
  • Country life

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
     ~ A journey through Indian countryside ~(Relishing peace, harmony and loads of organic food) Indian countrysides are perfect retreats to decipher the simple joys  of life. Away           from the hustle bustle of city, countryside           amidst its lush greenery, gorgeous landscapes and farm to table foods is truly a visual and culinary heaven for an urban dweller.Before bidding adieu to summertime(and daughter's summer…
  • Oatmeal Fun -2

    5 May 2015 | 11:37 pm
    ~ Oatmeal Fun-2 ~ Summer brings a wealth of delicious juicy produce, from mangoes to melons from lycheesto stone fruits the list is endless. Of all the summer fruits my family eagerly waits for the special summer bounty of gorgeous ripe luscious mangoes,to eat as it is or for relishing in innumerable gluttonous avatars - aamras, srikhand, popsicles,shakes, smoothies, cheesecake, salsa or as a generous topping on daily oatmeal.  Civet Cat Oatmeal Mango oatmeal - with chopped mangoes, grapes and bananas Scorching summers are…
  • ~Oatmeal Fun-1 ~

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    ~ Oatmeal Fun-1 ~ A big bowl of oatmeal with loads of diced seasonal fruits and a light drizzle of honey is my most loved breakfast. Over the years the Indian market has seen a sudden boost in the oatmeal sector, from plain oats to flavored from sweet toppings to savoury Indian versions, the humble bowl of oatmeal has come a long way. Oats is nothing less than a power food, being rich in dietary fibre, it helps one feel fuller for a much longer period of time and makes a perfect kid friendly breakfast too.If your child…
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • DIY Holiday Planning: Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    I know it’s a little early to start thinking about the holidays, but if you’re a Christmas planner like I am, and you’d love to get a jump start on your holiday crafts this year check out these fun diy pine cone Christmas ornament ideas. This post is sponsored by Mode. You can check out [...] The post DIY Holiday Planning: Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • $25 Family Dollar Gift Card Giveaway!

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    I know you’d all like to win a $25 Family Dollar gift card! I’m excited to say we have another fun giveaway for our readers here at Kid’s Fun Review! We’re giving away a $25 Family Dollar gift card to one lucky winner! This $25 gift card giveaway is sponsored by Family Dollar, all opinions [...] The post $25 Family Dollar Gift Card Giveaway! appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Autumn Tablescapes: Bursts of Color For Fall Celebrations

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    I love the color combinations, textures and flavors of fall! Autumn celebrations are some of my favorites. Whether you’re celebrating the kids going back to school, the fall harvest, or having a few friends over for a fall tea, it’s always fun to set up the table with some pops of autumn color. I’ve put [...] The post Autumn Tablescapes: Bursts of Color For Fall Celebrations appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas For Kids

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    What kid doesn’t love fuzzy fun caterpillars? Of course a preschool kid’s favorite is always The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We’ve put together a fun collection of caterpillar crafts that are perfect for summer craft time or a homeschool project. These crafts are great to do when you’re talking about the caterpillar and the role it [...] The post Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas For Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    When the weather gets hotter, cold desserts are always even more delicious! Add in chocolate and you’ve definitely got a hit at any summer picnic or BBQ. This no-bake pie is a lighter, fluffier version of chocolate cheesecake, and can be eaten cold or frozen. So you can throw it in the cooler and take it [...] The post No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho…

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    It’s off to work I go! This is where I’ll be spending a big part of my week starting today, and I’m super excited about it. Okay, a little sad, because what mom is jumping for joy about leaving her 3-month-old…but mostly super excited. When I mention that I’m returning to work after maternity leave, most people respond with, “what maternity leave?”. They have a point; although I didn’t work with students individually this summer after having my baby in May, I did teach two classes, continue doing administrative work to keep the business running,…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 32

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    All of the guests I’ve interviewed on my podcast thus far have been music therapists, but I didn’t think twice about making an exception for this particular episode. If you’re a music therapist, especially one who works with kids, then you know Janet Stephens — or at least her products. Janet is the creator of the famous stretchy band and many other movement props used in music therapy sessions, classrooms, and other settings all over the world. She also knows a thing or two about motherhood, considering she has 8 children. Janet talks about her path that led to having…
  • Apples & Bananas

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    It’s no secret that most of the songs I use in music therapy sessions, groups and classes are originals that I’ve written myself. I’m a firm believer in tailoring materials to my individual clients and groups of students, which is much more easily done when I’m composing the lyrics and melodies. But there is certainly a place for familiar songs in those settings, especially where young children and their families are concerned. When I’m creating curricula for my early childhood classes, I always make sure to intersperse a few songs most people will know and be…
  • {Mama Moment} One More Week

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    The longest shortest time, indeed. When I think back to the end of May when Mia was born, it seems like just yesterday; this summer flew by in the blink of an eye. But some days felt absolutely interminable, especially at the beginning when I was just getting the hang of caring for a newborn and a toddler at the same time. But I knew from previous experience how precious and fleeting this time is, so I tried hard to soak it all up — I think I took more pictures in these last three months than I have my entire life. I’m already getting nostalgic about this summer, spent at home…
  • Before and After

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    When Katey and I first stepped into 1234 Centre West Drive, we knew we had found just what we were looking for. Yes, we were surrounded by a sea of purple, but we saw past the cosmetic misfortune because the bones of the building were good. Actually, they were great. Though the entire place required a fresh coat of paint and new carpet, we didn’t have to change any of the structural aspects in order to suit our needs. We had every room we were looking for and then some — not to mention that every room had a window! And having come from a previous space that had NONE, that was a…
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Poems about Fall by Douglas Wright

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Douglas Wright,  a well-known author and illustrator from Argentina, wrote these two Spanish poems about fall. In addition to his books, he publishes poems on his blog, El jardín de Douglas. He generously gives me permission to share them here. I love these two short Spanish poems about fall. They are perfect to use with Spanish language learners. The vocabulary is not complicated, and the rhythm helps children read them aloud and recite from memory. Follow the links in the titles below to the author’s blog and you will find the illustrations for these Spanish poems about fall. …
  • Printable Birthday Poster: Celebrate in Spanish

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Quest Stories makes beautiful personalized books to celebrate a child’s birthday. They are working on a Spanish edition of the book now. In the meantime, if you have a little Spanish speaker who will be celebrating a birthday, use Quest Stories free printable birthday poster to encourage lots of language. This is such a great idea for getting more Spanish into a birthday celebration! The printable birthday poster has lots of fun characters with conversation bubbles. Friends and family can write in typical birthday wishes in Spanish: feliz cumpleaños, feliz día, felicidades. Using the…
  • Learn Spanish with Pictures – A Thirsty Dog

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Use this photograph of a dog drinking water to help your child learn Spanish. The questions that follow, like all the Learn Spanish with Pictures activities, are ordered to help children master the vocabulary and gain confidence with the language. Start with Describe the photo (1) and be sure to point to the objects in the picture as you talk about them. Use gestures, facial expressions and actions to help your child understand what the words mean. When your child understands the key words, ask questions from Choose the answer (2) and Pointing and counting (3). Ask the questions in Yes and No…
  • Spanish Picture Books for Language and Content: Languages4Kidz

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:18 pm
    When I was teaching my kids Spanish as they were growing up, I searched constantly for quality books. We spent our summers in Mexico and each year I came home with suitcases full of books. There are more books available in the United States now, but I still get excited when I discover excellent Spanish picture books, like the ones published by Languages4Kidz. Their books are available on the Languages4Kidz website and from Amazon. Content-rich Spanish Picture Books Languages4Kidz publishes many content-rich Spanish picture books written by Graciela Castellanos. One of best ways to teach…
  • Spanish Reading Comprehension through Math

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    Math problems are excellent reading comprehension practice. Proble+ (pronounced proble-mas) are engaging online games that combine Spanish reading comprehension and basic math skills from the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of Spain. These Spanish reading activities are presented in a context that continually reinforces meaning include graphics to give visual support to the words include printable follow-up activities Online Spanish Reading and Math Use this link to reach the online Spanish reading activities: Proble+ – Lectura comprensiva de problemas de matemáticas The…
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  • Pockets of brilliance appearing

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    I keep on reading about how we can make “play” different, better, more or less, occur.... free play, structured play, directed play, constructive play, messy play..  I am sure I have missed loads out. I know I keep banging on, and I do hope some of you listen and at least think, play is NOT an activity, it is an action.  You can NOT make play happen. You can provide resources that then MAY precipitate play. You can provide opportunities that may then precipitate play.  But you cannot force anyone to play. I have an amazing story teller who can capture the whims of…
  • My dragon is very hungry!

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    "Can I have the yellow pot now? I need more water in my tomato and marshmallow soup"Muddy play is such an open ended opportunity for learning. It enables children to explore the elements and introduces them to nature. It strengthens their immune system while also developing their social skills. "Yes. Can I have some of your leaves? My dragon is very hungry." It is in moments like this that children share their ideas and passions in the honest way that adults often struggle with. There is no hesitation in their plans. No fear of judgement. Children accept that anything is possible…
  • Why is Storytelling so Important?

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Storytelling can offer many positive opportunities for learning and developing. It is an art and an action and there are ways to make it interactive so that the children can take the lead.Here are 3 main benefits to storytelling that enrich a learning experience for a young child.1. Literacy - yes the good old literacy. Reading and telling stories lays the groundwork for a child's literacy skills later on in life. It introduces new words and concepts, phonics and ideas. It helps the brain to understand how information is communicated through text long before the child starts to…
  • Play Iceland

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    Play Iceland 2015 is almost fully booked!! We are honoured and excited by all the interest and can’t wait to meet all the amazing people that have signed up. The group is very versatile and packed with real experience and sincere passion for good early years practice. Just how we like it. We have registrations from America, England and Switzerland as well as some other countries that have not confirmed yet.    We decided to let the event grow a bit this year by offering more places as well as making it a day longer. We had some conversations and feedback from friends from last…
  • Factory life.....

    4 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    There is always something new appearing in the factory. Sometimes because someone calls in a custom made order and sometimes because someone had an idea and went with it! Glen has just updated out outdoor kitchen by adding a chalkboard on the back splash and a small shelf for the chalk. A very simple change, but really fun!!   This oh-so-pretty play kitchen is also a new creation from Glen and Jason. It has a country rustic style and would look great both indoor or outdoors. It is quite large and offers work space for many children to play, collaborate and learn! Here is the first…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Great Fairness Quotes for Kids

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Fairness makes the world go around.  Being fair is one of the most important ingredients of being a good person It is also key to making the world a peaceful place. What does fairness mean to you?  Fairness is… Sharing and taking turns Playing fair and by the rules Being honest Compromising Caring and including others Not blaming others Admitting when you are wrong Making decisions in a fair way Keeping an open mind about different opinions Overall, fairness is about making sure all are treated with the kindness and respect they deserve. When people are not treated fairly, they can…
  • No Limbs No Matter – A Farmer Makes the Most of His Gifts

    Michael Stutman
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Chris is a farmer at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California.  He works hard, performs many jobs around the farm and has a great attitude. But Chris is not exactly like other farmers at Apricot Lane or elsewhere.  What is unique is that he was born without arms or legs.  Yet, this has not stopped him from working hard and getting things done. How, you may ask, is this possible?  Like other incredible people we have featured on IMK who do not have limbs, Chris does not focus on what he can’t do, but rather on what he CAN do.  And he can do A LOT!!!  He drives farm vehicles,…
  • PS22 Chorus – 5th Graders Use the Gift of Music to Help and Inspire

    Michael Stutman
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    The PS22 Chorus, from Staten Island, New York, is made up of about 60 to 70 5th grade students. Students are chosen to be in the choir after auditions each year. They practice twice each week. On the surface, they sound and look like many other school choruses around the world. But, in reality, they are actually quite different. Thanks to a very inspiring leader, Gregg Breinberg, they do not just sing, but truly put their hearts, souls and bodies into their words. Thanks to their incredible voices, their passion for music and the power of online video, they have become “the…
  • Katie’s Krops: Teenager Katie Stagliano ‘Grows It Forward’ To Help the Hungry

    Michael Stutman
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    When she was just 9 years old, Katie Stagliano planted a cabbage seed in a garden outside her house.  She cared for it everyday by watering it, weeding it and giving it plant food.  It grew to be HUGE!  Forty pounds huge! Katie wanted to do something special with this very unique cabbage.  With her mom’s help, she decided to donate it to a local soup kitchen to help feed the hungry in her community of Summerville, South Carolina. When she arrived to make her donation, she saw a long line of people waiting for food. Then, Katie served her cabbage to the guest. As the many people…
  • Take Our Survey – Shape the Future of InspireMyKids!

    Inspire My Kids
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Would you like to help us inspire children around the world? Would you like to see IMK improve to better serve your needs? Please take our brief website survey and help shape the future of IMK (and the world)! Powered by Typeform The post Take Our Survey – Shape the Future of InspireMyKids! appeared first on Inspire My Kids.
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    Red Tricycle

  • The Can’t-Miss Show of the Season: Marvel Universe Live

    Maria Chambers
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    It’s not often a show comes to town with mass appeal that excites the fresh-out-of-diapers crowd as much as the ones in charge of the diapering and the boys as much as the girls. Marvel Universe Live fits that bill and it’s storming the Chicago market Sept. 10-20.  Read on to see why your family will love watching this electrifying battle go down a few short feet from your seats. The Story At no point in Marvel’s history has this many characters been assembled in one place at one time – 25! – so a story had to be imagined that brought them together for a common…
  • Go Beyond the Boring Lunchbox With These 12 Lunch Ideas

    scott wardell
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    We know it’s on your mind, right next to school supplies, carpools and new sneakers— lunch for the little ones. Get a kick start on the school year with 12 nutritious, and (dare we say?) adventurous meals that are anything but boring. From sandwich alternatives to looking at leftovers in a new way, the only thing these recipes need are little lunchtime love notes.  Photo: Momables Pizza Pasta Salad ‘Za best school lunch ever! From Laura Fuentes, tossing our go-to pizza toppings with last night’s extra pasta is a quick and colorful way to spice up those brown bags. Let…
  • 14 Easy Prep Snacks

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    There’s nothing quite like a summer picnic and it’s easy for little foodies to get in on the action. While prepping for your next outdoor spread, let them take the lead. From no-cook sweets to stackable eats, here are 14 tasty dishes perfect for dining al fresco. Yogi Bear would approve. What snacks do you bring on your family picnics? Share all the yummy details with us in the comments below. — Lauren Hill
  • Sensational Seeds: 12 Healthy Recipes You’ll Totally Dig

    stacy liu
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    It’s a bean! It’s a grain? No, they’re super seeds! Filled with fiber, proteins, healthy fats, Omega 3’s, calcium and antioxidants, seeds offer a creative twist to your go-to meal. Try out these 12 recipes that pack a powerful, healthy punch to any dish from breakfast to dessert. What super seed recipes are a hit in your house? Share with us in a Comment below.  —Stacy Liu
  • 12 Healthy Store-Bought Snacks to Put on Your Shopping List

    Gabby Cullen
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    When it comes to snacks, fresh is fabulous. But between the mad morning dash and after-school practice, packaged snacks that serve up tasty, healthy bites sound pretty tempting, too. We’ve shopped around and found 12 snacks you’ll feel okay about popping in their backpacks on the way out the door. 1. Sweet Squeeze Add super seed action to your kid’s lunch. Served up in flavors like Blackberry Bliss, Wild Raspberry and Strawberry Banana, they’ll get their fruit squeeze packed with Omega-3’s, protein and fiber from a full helping of Chia. Organic and non-GMO, you can feel…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Fall Science Activities

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Fall is just around the corner. Are you ready for the change in seasons? Here are 13 fall science activities that are perfect for this time of year. Apple Science Talk about the changing seasons with The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree. Head outside for an apple tree investigation. Find …
  • Virtual Book Club for Kids 2015-2016 Book List

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    We’re getting ready for the 4th year of the Virtual Book Club for Kids along with 11 other blogs! Will you join us? This year we’re featuring one book each month and sharing activities to go along with the books. Virtual Book Club for Kids 2015-2016 Book List We usually head to …
  • How to Make a Puzzle with Your Child’s Art

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
    We’re excited to partner with General Mills® to tell you more about the Box Tops for Education program. You can read our first post that talks all about how the program works and why you should participate here. Today we’re sharing a fun idea for what do with the boxes …
  • 20 Maze Activities for Kids

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    I’ve been collecting maze activities for kids for a while now. I think it’s time to share all of the fun ideas I’ve found. My son loves a good maze – especially ones he can move himself or something else through. Maze Activities for Kids Outdoor Mazes Each fall, we …
  • Box Tops for Education

    14 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    This post is sponsored by General Mills®. What is Box Tops for Education and what does it mean to your school? My son is starting kindergarten this year, so we are learning about Box Tops for Education. I’ve never known much about the program before (I taught high school), but it’s a …
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  • Drop-in Art-Making at the TinkerLab Studio

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:21 am
    You might not know that behind the blogging scenes, I’m also an art educator and make art in a sunny studio in Palo Alto, CA. Our home is tiny and I’m blessed to have a little extra space to stretch out into. The studio is a converted classroom in what was once Palo Alto’s Cubberley High School. After being open for a little over 20 years, it closed in the 1970’s and all of the old classrooms have since been turned into community spaces such as preschools, art studios, community college classrooms, dance studios, and even a Chinese reading room. The complex is an rich…
  • NAEYC Registration Discount Code

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    The NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo is the largest early childhood education conference in the world, where tens of thousands of educators choose from hundreds of presentations and exhibits. This year’s conference will be held November 18-21 in Orlando, FL. About the NAEYC The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC Registration Discount Code Good news for…
  • 12 Easy Creative Table Prompts for Kids

    23 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    If you’re looking for a simple way to set up creative provocations that encourage curiosity and imagination, you will love the Creative Table™ Project. These activities won’t take a lot of time to set up, and while your child creates you can step back while they enjoy the process of exploration. WHAT IS THE CREATIVE TABLE PROJECT? The Creative Table™ Project invites you to share an image of a creative invitation, prompt, provocation, or set-up.  The creative table set-ups are simple: Clear a table, place the inspiring materials in an inviting arrangement, and invite a…
  • The Family Survival Guide for Expo 2015

    10 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    We were just beginning to plan our trip to Italy when my friend Olivia mentioned that the World Expo, Expo 2015,  would be in Milan at the same time as our trip. How fortuitous! The heavily architected pavilions are a designer’s dream and knew this would be our family’s cup of tea. In addition, the theme of Expo 2015 is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life — yum, food!! — further proof that it could be a fun family adventure to detour over to Milan for a few days. Despite the heat, we had an amazing time and I want anyone planning a trip to Italy to know how easy…
  • Bark Painting Craft with Watercolor Paint

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    We did a fair bit of traveling this summer and one of our trips took us to Los Angeles to visit family. Because we try to travel light, there is always a resourceful eye out for easy-to-do art projects with materials we find along our journey. My parents happen to have this gorgeous tree on their property, which prompted a Bark Painting Craft. While I’ll focus mainly on bark here, you can borrow this idea for leaves and palm fronds as well. Maybe even coconuts?! The first thing you’ll want to do is find a tree that sheds bark. As some healthy trees grow, the bark thickens and…
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    Junior Car Designer

  • How to Draw a Mclaren P1

    10 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Let’s learn how to draw a Mclaren P1. I hope you enjoy it. Draw the wheel base, as you always do. Theres nothing special here. Now draw the body. Very conventional too. The cabin is also almost generic. Yep, the basic shape of the P1 is not very exiting. Draw the wheels on the other side too.   Learn How To draw Cars From Scratch!   But you know things start to get interesting on step number four. Draw the windows and the windshield. They appear to be kind of boring too but now the car begins to look like a Mclaren. Draw the front fascia now. This is the element that gives…
  • How to Draw A Ferrari LaFerrari

    10 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Let’s learn how to draw a Ferrari LaFerrari! The wheelbase on this car is long. Also, the rear wheel is bigger, not by a lot though. The body is actually unusual for a Ferrari because it resembles a little bit the Lamborghini body type: Very, very low nose and tall rear end. Next draw the also Lambo-like cabin. Flat and without much form. Very easy to draw.   Become A Car Drawing Hero Right Here!   In this step we’ll draw the windshield, the window and the fuel cap. Look at the rear part were the line that goes along the lower side of the window elevates and then comes back down…
  • How to Draw a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

    10 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Let’s learn how to draw a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. This car has e very short wheelbase so I think I made it a bit too long. You can try making int shorter and see what comes out. The body is very cool, and at the back, very weird because the bumper is actually very high, almost at half the height of the tyre. But at the front, the wedge-like shape is what makes it look so cool, I think. The cabin is typical Lamborghini. It’s very integrated with the rest of the body. We’re going to jump ahead a little bit and draw the overall shape of the window. A quick fact: This car is called…
  • Draw a Hennessey Venom GT

    10 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Let’s learn how to draw a Venom GT, regarded by many as the fastest production car in the world, reaching speeds of nearly 270 mph. That’s really fast! First the easiest step: the wheels. It doesn’t need much explaining. Next draw the body. The wheel housings at the front are very noticeable so make them stand out. The vertical line behind the front wheel is a vent to let the out hot air from the brakes and also reduce turbulent air that could lift the car up. Obviously that’s not desirable. Now draw the cabin, which i think looks really cool because it doesn’t…
  • How To Draw A Ferrari Enzo

    10 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Let’s learn how to draw a Ferrari Enzo! Of course, we start by drawing the wheels. Th Enzo has a very long wheelbase, maybe a little longer than I actually drew it here. Draw the body, this one is very easy. So far, so good. Now, draw the cabin. It’s very similar to that on the Venom GT.   Learn The Basics Of Car Drawing Right Here!   Here’s where it gets interesting. Draw the big windshield and the rather weird side window. After that we’re gonna skip the door for now and jump to the side intake. There’s a second small intake at the bottom and the rear wing is just…
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    it's BABY time!

  • Top 10 Unique Baby Products

    Carol Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It seems as though every year something new and better comes out. Companies are rapidly trying to keep up with the times and baby products are no different, with better ideas and concepts aimed at making the lives of parents a little easier. That’s what lead me to create this list of top 10 unique baby products as of 2015.I’m always on the lookout for some of the newest finds and trends in baby gear. As a mother of 3 I have my hands full so products that are designed with convenience in mind are always a big plus. I ventured out for some of the most unique baby finds on the market…
  • Early Detection of Torticollis in Infants

    Carol Johnson
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Newborns and infants have very little neck and head control during the first few months of life. Over time, with supportive activities they do develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to gain head control. Some babies develop a condition that can affect the neck muscles. Torticollis in infants is quite common and easily treatable.Some babies are born with a condition known as Torticollis or Congenital Torticollis, which causes them to show preference in tilting their head towards one side with their chin pointing the opposite side. The condition is most commonly a result of fetal position…
  • How-To: Christmas Saving Tips for Happy Shopping

    Carol Johnson
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Thanks to several different couponing and money-saving groups and forums, I’ve come across various ways to save more on groceries and household items. I’ve previously shared some of these tips such as how to obtain free diapers! With Christmas just a few months away, I thought I’d share some tried and true Christmas saving tips so you don’t end up overspending or putting yourself in debt. First, let me just state that Christmas is not about the gifts or how much money you spend. It’s a time to be with the ones you love and coming together. Often times, however, the weeks…
  • Air Travel Tips for Parents with Infants and Toddlers

    Carol Johnson
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I recently read about a comment that was made by a journalist traveling by flight that sparked a huge debate on the subject of child-free flights. It comes as no big surprise that children and babies can make a long flight seem even longer and unfavorable for the other passengers. In fact, in recent years there have been several movements to try and push for child-free flights. In light of this I thought I would share some air travel tips for parents that may just help make your flight a little less stressful.Flying is not a very practical mode of travel for babies and children, it’s true.
  • What to Look for in Birthmarks

    Carol Johnson
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Birthmarks are formed on the skin in children and infants typically appearing at birth. There are various types and there is no specific size or shape that characterizes them. They could vary from tiny to huge in size or irregular to round in shape. This can make it rather puzzling to know what to look for in birthmarks. As with any skin condition in infants and children, it’s advisable to be aware of any concerns you should bring to your doctor.Most are harmless and disappear with time, although there are specific types of birthmarks that have been associated with health problems.
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    Lice Blog

  • The Best Way to Deal with Super Lice? Never Get Them!

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    If lice prevention wasn’t on your back-to-school to-do list already, it’s time to add it. A new study from researchers at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville reports that lice in 25 states are showing mutations that cause them to be increasingly resistant to treatments containing pyrethroids, the most common chemical in over-the-counter treatments. It’s not that the treatments don’t work anymore, but it takes a stronger, longer dose to get the same results, and that means more stress for parents and more chemicals on our children.   Researchers are…
  • The Boo! Lice Prevention Category

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
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    29 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
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    29 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
  • Debunking the Top 10 Myths About Lice

    6 Sep 2010 | 12:28 am
    Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics shared new recommendations regarding head lice and school attendance. Their verdict—that kids with lice should stay in school--had a lot of people scratching their heads. (No pun intended.) But this is because most people are still used to a lot of myths about lice that simply aren’t true. Let’s tackle the top ten.   MYTH #1: Lice are spread by casual contact. Not so fast. It used to be thought that bumping into someone, passing a paper, or lining up with classmates is how lice spread. Most casual classroom contact is not…
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • International Bat Night

    Colleen Butler
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Cupcake Day!

    Colleen Butler
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Happy Cupcake Day! Which is your favourite type?? CupcakeDay
  • Worldwide Art Day!

    Colleen Butler
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
  • World Elephant Day

    Colleen Butler
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Five Fast and Fun Facts about Elephants: They are scared of Bees They get Sunburned (and protect themselves and the Baby Elephants of the Herd by covering themselves with Sand). Female Elephants have the longest gestation of all the Land Mammals (22 Months) African Elephants can sense Seismic Signals from the Ground with Sensory cells in their Feet. The Vibration/Sound travels up their foot/leg/shoulder into their Middle Ear. They have the ability to recognize themselves when shown a Mirror. For kids that love Elephants Check out our Jungle Parties/Toys/Favours and Free Elephant Printables!
  • Happy S'Mores Day!

    Colleen Butler
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Happy S'Mores Day! That Delicious Campfire treat! (Graham Crackers, Marshmallow and Chocolate). We have lots of great inexpensive Outdoor Toys great for the Campsite: Glow in the Dark Balls/Toys; Headlamps; Rebound Balls; Bird Calls; Bug Collecting Gear; Horseshoes; Gliders and of course Bubbles!
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  • Anki Overdrive toys tested ahead of full release

    Andy Robertson
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    There’s still a few weeks until the full release of Anki Overdrive on September 20th. But this toys to life game has toys that are as exciting as the on screen action. As you can see in this video, getting hands on with the game (even without the video-game side of things) caused quite a stir in one family’s afternoon. The clip together circuits enable you to create all sorts of different courses and wind your way around your furniture and soft furnishings. Another nice touch is the backwards compatibility that means those who have invested the $149.99 in last year’s game can…
  • Scooby-Doo sneaks into LEGO Dimensions

    Andy Robertson
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    13 brands weren’t enough for LEGO Dimensions. Back to the Future, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters and all manner of other franchises are now being joined by Scooby-Doo. It’s the first time in a LEGO videogame that Scooby-Doo has appeared. As you can see in the trailer this combines the distinctive, blocky LEGO art style with the cel-shaded look of the original, animated cartoons. The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes a complete, mission-based Scooby-Doo level that Batman, Wyldstyle and Gandalf must traverse in their quest to stop Lord Vortech and save the LEGO Multiverse. For Scooby-Doo…
  • Disney Infinity The Force Awakens and Marvel playsets detailed at D23

    Andy Robertson
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Disney Infinity shows off Star Wars The Force Awakens playset, four player Marvel Battlegrounds playset,  Kingdom Hearts cross over weapons and light-up lightsabers at D23. There was a lot of Disney Infinity 3.0 news at D23 this year. Perhaps the Marvel playset was the most unexpected. Rather than focusing on Ant Man or Age of Ultron, Marvel: Battlegrounds instead offers 4 player co-operative play. You can use all the the existing Marvel characters in it, along with Hulkbuster and Ultron that are releasing in November 2015. It will be released this spring. The third Star Wars playset, for…
  • Wave 1 Skylanders confirmed at retail

    Andy Robertson
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Although we are still some way off the Skylanders Superchargers release, have their full listings up for the product and we can see which characters and vehicles will be available in wave 1. Wave 1 Characters: Dive Clops, Fiesta, High Volt, Nightfall, Shark Shooter Terrafin, Smash Hit and Stormblade. Wave 1 Vehicles: Burn Cycle, Crypt Crusher, Dive Bomber, Jet Stream, Sea Shadow, Shark Tank, Sky Slicer and Stealth Stinger. It’s interesting to see if that list is correct and complete that not all the characters have their vehicles available and not all the vehicles have…
  • Terraria beats Minecraft to 3DS

    Andy Robertson
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Soon after the news that Terraria would be released on both 3DS and Wii U in early 2016 the public had a chance to try it out for themselves at Gamescom. The game made full use of 3D on the top screen while keeping things like the map, inventory and zoomed in mining on the bottom. It was a scheme that worked well and has received positive comment both at the show and online. As you can see from the footage in the video below, the game spots a comprehensive introduction fore new comers along with the majority of features for experts. There is some debate over which exact version of Terraria…
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • The Surprising Marketing Lesson I Learned While Driving my Daughter to Practice

    Jeff Stephens
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    How You Can Avoid a Classic Fail When Presenting Your Message I saw something along the side of the road that had me thinking about our message and how it should be crafted for optimal results. It was an early Saturday morning and I was driving my youngest daughter to track practice. We were having occasional conversation on the way as we were both trying to ready ourselves for the day. Nothing was unusual about the ride. Standard stuff…some traffic, some construction, and some people watching. As we were driving along, a guy on the side of the road suddenly caught my eye. He was…
  • CDL 049 – Using a Membership Site, and Repurposed Instagram Content, to Build Your Online Business

    Jeff Stephens
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Discover How You Can Use Your Existing Content to Expand Your Audience and Set Your Business up for Growth In this week’s episode of the Crazy Dad Life, I walk through the process I recently went through with wiring a side hustle site up with membership features. You’ll learn… What my mindset was when I decided a membership site would work What software I used for the membership site How you can use existing video content from Instagram to deliver a free product offering for your audience What benefits were realized and how the first couple of days of the membership…
  • Life’s Priorities Trump Side Passions

    Jeff Stephens
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    At what point does change become so prevalent that it morphs into normalcy? That is something I’ve been asking myself over the last month or so. If you haven’t noticed, the blog, podcast, and everything else about the Crazy Dad Life platform has been on hiatus. I hate the fact that it happened, but I also recognize that is how life treats you sometimes, whether you like it or not. This is not an excuse for not being on top of things with the side business, but rather an acknowledgement that priorities trump side passions. So, you may be asking yourself, “where the hell has Jeff…
  • 9 Secrets You Need to Know Before Starting a Blog

    Jeff Stephens
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Starting a Blog Can be Exciting, Yet Crazy I have extolled the virtues of blogging on many occasions and even spelled out exactly why you need to start a blog today. So, let’s assume you are ready to make that move and are actually starting a blog. Here are 9 things that you need to be aware of as you push off onto your new and exciting journey. 1. Blogging Is Time Consuming If you are starting a blog thinking you’ll spend a half hour writing something, posting it, then walking away, you are sadly mistaken. Blogging takes time. Several of the reasons why will become apparent as you…
  • Hell Week – How to Approach Your First 7 Days of Blogging

    Jeff Stephens
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    It is your first week as a blogger. Your mind is probably going 100 miles per hour with all of the things you want to do. Before you go too far, take a moment to gather yourself and take a breath. After all, you are embarking on a journey that will last as long as you possess the passion to drive forward. There is no need to exhaust yourself in the very first week. So what do you do? How should you approach these first few hectic days of your blog. I’m going to share 5 ways you can set yourself up for success in your first 7 days of blogging. You Need a Bucket Ok, you don’t…
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  • Sunuva in Smallish Magazine

    20 Aug 2015 | 2:44 am
    Smallish magazine is dedicated to the style conscious parent, so we were completely thrilled to have been featured in the... Read More
  • The Sale Edit: Bloggers’ Highlights

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Drum roll if you please…the Sunuva summer sale has arrived! To honour the occasion we’ve gone to some of the most... Read More
  • Lights, Camera, Action! Win a place in our next London photoshoot

    17 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    Fancy your mini-fashionista as the next face of Sunuva? Well, you’re in exactly the right place as we’ve teamed up... Read More
  • An Island of Your Own

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    Sharing a beach is overrated, so why not hire your own private island? No, seriously. If you’re looking for a... Read More
  • Harper Beckham Loves Sunuva

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    Team Sunuva were thrilled to spot little Harper Beckham looking a picture in her Sunuva dress. Take a peek at... Read More
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    Ayshea Elliott - News

  • Is Celebrating Halloween With a Baby Totally Pointless?

    Stephanie Watson
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    Halloween is such a big deal for kids, but until the allure of trick or treating comes into play, is there much point marking the day with a baby? Okay, so they're not going to be tucking into a basket full of treats just yet, but there are some great ways to mark the day and capture some wonderful memories. Monster's Ball I've always loved any excuse to throw a party and invite friends and family over, and when you've got a new baby it's quite often the easier option. A Halloween party is the perfect way to show off your baby's cute first Halloween dress up for everyone to see. Be mindful…
  • Win a Bestselling Costume

    Ayshea Elliott
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:08 am
    We are offering one lucky winner the chance to win one of the bestselling costumes from our range at Time to Dress Up:   Blue Triceratops, Baby Teddy Bear, Caterpillar, Baby Shark, Baby Dragon, Autumn Fairy, Disney Baby Belle, Cowboy Accessory Set. You can enter in five different ways, and each way counts as an additional entry: Like and comment on the Facebook competition post telling us which costume you'd like to win. Follow us and RT the Twitter competition post telling us which costume you'd like to win. Like and comment on the Google+ competition post telling us which costume…
  • Top 5 Happy Mum, Healthy Tum Party Foods

    Stephanie Watson
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s easy to please children when it comes to party food…cakes, sweets and crisps all go down a treat, but no parent will thank you if they’re bouncing off the walls at home time.  Of course you have to include some treat foods, it is a party after all!  But you can please parents with some healthy options, and we’ll tell you how to make healthy fun in our favourite top 5 happy mum, healthy tum party foods… 5. Rainbow Fruit Kebabs Stack fruits with all the colours of the rainbow onto a wooden skewer for a brightand healthy party snack: Violet - RedIndigo - Black grapesBlue -…
  • Forget the BBQ, it’s Fairy Weather!

    Stephanie Watson
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    Outdoors play benefits children’s physical and emotional well-being and feeds their imagination from the sensory diversity surrounding them. But, with lots of tech and typical British weather, it can be hard to encourage your child to get outdoors and play. So with the weather taking a turn for the better (finally!), it’s time to start thinking about ways to get the kids of the sofa and out in the garden or down to the local park.  Why not get them to start using their imagination with the help of some dress-up? We have a wide range of beautiful fairy costumes that are perfect for…
  • Go Wild at Family Friendly Festivals this Summer

    Stephanie Watson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Festivals for me were always about enjoying a few drinks from the cider bus whilst watching bands at Glastonbury.Now I'm a mum, I'm look for a whole different festival experience.Luckily, Camp Bestival is a perfect mix of family friendly fun as well as live music.  The event that takes place at Lulworth Castle in Dorset from the 30th July to 2nd August 2015 and features some great acts for a mixture of tastes, from the Kaiser Chiefs to Professor Green to Ella Henderson, you're sure to find someone playing that takes your fancy. What appeals to me most about Camp Bestival is that it's mostly…
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