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  • The holidays are here!

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    adrienne
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Woohoo! School’s out and there’s so many weeks of summer holidays ahead. What should you do to keep the boredom at bay? Go to your local library or visit the library website. Here’s some ideas: Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge – read, review and win! there are also heaps of cool activities for you to do in our libraries, which you can win prizes for too. Download an eBook or eAudiobook from our website Find some books about cooking, or arts and crafts, of computer games, or gardening, or learning a language or musical instrument… and start a new hobby.
  • Family Memberships: A Gift That Keeps Giving

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    Meghan Rose
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    What is the perfect gift? Hints: It keeps giving all year long. It can be ordered online and delivered immediately. And it acts as an answer for the “what are we doing today” question for the next 365 days. It’s…(drumroll, please) a membership to a favorite family spot! Here are our top picks for a gift that the recipient will still be thanking you for next Christmas. photo credit: Meghan Rose Kidspace Children’s Museum This fabulous spot keeps getting better. You already go to enjoy the special festivals and weekends like Snow Days, the great Butterfly Release and the Pumpkin…
  • Party Time! 9 Indoor Winter Birthday Party Venues

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    rtsuzieridgway
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is your little one wanting a LEGO or archery themed party? In addition to being incredibly fun and unforgettable, the following Portland venues offer birthday party packages that set the theme and are not only warm and indoors during the chilly winter months, but they also leave you free of any cleaning duties before or after. Just bring the kids and the cake to one of these memorable birthday spots. Click through our album to see all nine. What theme are you thinking about for your little one’s winter birthday? Tell us in the Comments below! –Suzie Ridgway
  • Festive Ideas for Holiday Fun

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    Theresa
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    We’re well into December now – that means the school holidays are about to begin and Christmas is on its way (wahoo!!)  You’ll want to be prepared for the awesome amount of free time you’ll soon have! Make sure you pop down to your local library and get your mits stuck into some of our super Christmassy non-fiction books. We’ve got books packed full of boredom busters – perfect for those days when you just don’t know what to do!  We have everything you need to prepare for the festive season including cool crafts, kids cook books, gift making…
  • Coloring Pages of My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks

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    Wendy Piersall
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I noticed last week that the people behind the My Little Pony spinoff Equestria Girls are putting out a new movie called Rainbow Rocks. My kids are sadly a little too old for My Little Pony, which seemed to attract a whole new audience (and even a little street cred) with their Friendship is Magic show that started in 2010. The show – seemingly targeted to girls – actually has a small but loyal following of guys, who even have their own nickname, “Bronies”. The equestria girls are actually the My Little Pony characters that have crossed over into the human world and…
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  • National Make a Gift Day

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    National Make a Gift DayMake a Gift Day is the perfect holiday to start preparing your presents for those special people on your list. National Make a Gift Day is a holiday celebrated annually on December 3 every year. It is all about making gifts instead of buying them. The creative gift you decide to make to give someone is more meaningful than a gift bought at a store because you have but ...
  • National Cookie Day

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    National Cookie Day On National Cookie Day it is okay to have cookies 24/7 or at least for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time! What is your favorite cookie: chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar, russian tea cakes, oatmeal raisin? National Cookie Day is a delicious food holidays celebrated by Americans annually on December 4th! Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century with Macaroons ...
  • The UEFA EURO 2016 Mascot : Driblou, Goalix or Super Victor ?

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The soccer UEFA EURO2016 will take place in France. UEFA has just unveiled the new Mascot. It is a soccer fan little boy who has just find out magical cape, pair of soccer shoes and soccer ball that allow him to fly and become a soccer super hero. He wears the number 16 on its shirt as symbol of the EURO2016. Help UEFA to name the Mascot by choosing between Driblou, Goalix or Super ...
  • Santa Letters for Children

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    "Sealed by Santa" Letters and Christmas Gift Pack for Children - Order by December 1st  Sealed By Santa refers to the red wax embossed on every letter mailed by Santa to children on his Nice List as recommended by his parents, grandparents and relatives! The adorable program offers personalized letters, Santa videos, phone recordings, a January postcard and many more options to create the ...
  • World Kindness Day

    5 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    World Kindness Day - Making the World a Better PlaceOn Thursday November 13, 2014 people from all around the world will make the world a better place by performing selfless acts of kindness. Acts of kindness can be big or small gestures and don't need to cost a thing. Helping others can be as simple as paying someone a compliment, holding open a door, baking a pie for a neighbor, donating ...
 
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  • Virus blamed in starfish die-off

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A virus may explains the deaths of millions of starfish along the Pacific Coast of North America. The deaths affect 20 species. Some of the stricken animals appear to melt into puddles of slime.
  • Soot fouls subway stations — and maybe lungs

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Soot levels in stations for New York City’s electric subway trains exceed the levels outdoors, a new study finds. The underground source of this black carbon: maintenance trains that share the tracks with subway trains. Breathing soot can aggravate asthma and other lung disease.
  • Nano air pollutants strike a blow to the brain

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    Most people think that air pollution poses the biggest risk to our lungs. In fact, pollution hits the brain too, sometimes by traveling a direct route — through our noses. These tiny pollutants can harm IQ and more.
  • Questions for Nano Air Pollutants Strike a Blow to the Brain

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    Classroom questions for Nano Air Pollutants Strike a Blow to the Brain
  • Banned drug reduces brain communication

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Illegal drugs called “bath salts” can reduce communications among different brain regions. New research, done in rats, may explain the violent and unpredictable behavior seen in some people using these drugs.
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    School Kids Healthcare Blog

  • Hand Washing 101

    SKHC Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.  Did you know that many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water?  If soap and water are not available you can always use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands. So, when exactly should you wash your hands?  Here are some prime examples: Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut…
  • What Is Enterovirus-D68 and How Can I Protect My Family?

    SKHC Editor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.  Every year millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses, usually during summer and fall, however this year hospitals have been seeing more children with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 since mid-August. Infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68.  Due to their age they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have…
  • School Kids Healthcare Announces Addition of CPR RsQ Assist® Device to Product Line

    SKHC Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Cudahy, WI – September 8, 2014 – School Kids Healthcare (SKHC), a leading distributor of school nurse supplies and health room equipment, announced the addition of CPR RsQ Assist® to its growing line of medical supplies and equipment. FDA-Approved CPR RsQ Assist® Makes It Easier for Anyone to Perform Hands-Only CPR CPR RsQ Assist® is a first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved hands-only chest compression device designed to eliminate the intimidation factor of performing CPR.  This easy-to-use device guides you through the steps of performing effective CPR, and has been shown in independent…
  • School Kids Healthcare Announces Enhancements to Website

    SKHC Editor
    1 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    To create an even greater shopping experience for our customers, enhancements have been made to the School Kids Healthcare website that support responsive design, which allows optimal viewing across a wide range of devices, including smartphones and tablets. Users can easily navigate the site, view larger images, have more video viewing options, and quickly checkout using a variety of handheld devices. “We are extremely pleased to offer our customers more options to save on school nurse supplies and everyday products as well as improving the shopping experience through our website’s…
  • School Kids Healthcare Going from UPS to FedEx

    SKHC Editor
    22 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
    School Kids Healthcare to Move Small Parcel Carrier from UPS to FedEx! School Kids Healthcare cares about their customers and strives to provide them with the best service possible.  In an effort to improve our shipping process we will be transitioning our primary small parcel carrier from UPS to FedEx over the next several weeks. What does this mean to you?  Better service.  This change will not only provide you with timely deliveries of your medical products and supplies, but you should also see a decrease in damaged shipments.  Even better, depending on your location, you may receive…
 
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  • On the Fly: Last Stop: Israel

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    One of the many questions we were asked before we embarked upon this ambitious journey was, “Why are you going to the Middle East?” Given the recent war here, and the unrest in the general region, people were concerned about our safety. Twenty years ago, I came to Israel to work on a kibbutz for the summer and to explore my Jewish identity. It felt important to me as a young adult, especially because I had no real sense of what it meant to be Jewish.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Butterscotch-Pistachio Blondies

    Erinn Simon
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Last weekend, my 7-year-old, Cal, and I decided that we’d do our best to put together packages of sweets for our neighborhood friends. But what to make?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • On the Fly: Bedouin Style

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Ever since I watched the film The English Patient years ago, I have wanted to go on a trek into the North African desert and sit under the magnificent stars at night, wrapped in a warm woolen blanket, sipping tea and sleeping in a Bedouin tent. Well, I got to do a version of this last week.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Book Review: A Beginning, A Muddle and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing

    Patrick Henry
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several years ago, when my 11-year-old daughter, Kate, and I began writing stories together, I perused the Fletcher Free Library for a good resource for teaching kids to write. That's when I discovered this terrific book.  A Beginning, A Muddle and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing by Avi is the story of Avon, a snail, and his friend Edward, an ant.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Hour of Code Proves No One's Too Young to Program

    Alison Novak
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Anybody can learn computer programming. That's the message from the nonprofit code.org, which launched its second annual Hour of Code this week. The campaign encourages schools to introduce students of all ages to computer science. Over the last year, more than 59 million students worldwide have tried the Hour of Code, according to code.org's website. In Vermont, 212 schools are participating in Computer Science Education Week this year, up from 120 last year.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
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    KIDS NEWS - Google News

  • Group brings Christmas cheer to foster kids - The News Journal

    Google Inc.
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The News JournalGroup brings Christmas cheer to foster kidsThe News JournalThere were toys of all kinds: Barbie dolls, building blocks, footballs and teddy bears. There were books for every age of kid, from picture-books to Captain Underpants to Holes. Christella St. Juste, office manager for the non-profit group Kind to Kids
  • 6-year-old cancer survivor donates 700 toys to sick kids - KING5.com

    Google Inc.
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    KING5.com6-year-old cancer survivor donates 700 toys to sick kidsKING5.comDryden Shirks, 6, with help from her brothers and sisters, collected and donated more than 700 toys to sick kids at the hospital. "I had cancer and I got lots of toys," said Dryden. "I want to make other kids happy with toys, too." Dryden spent two-and Girl to bring over 700 toys to hospitalized kidsWHDH-TVall 4 news articles »
  • Private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids - Washington Post (blog)

    Google Inc.
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:17 am
    Private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kidsWashington Post (blog)Many parents whose kids have their eye on an exclusive, private college face a difficult question: Is it worth unloading your life's savings or having your child take on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans? The average four-year private and more »
  • Lacey police officers take kids holiday shopping - The Olympian

    Google Inc.
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The OlympianLacey police officers take kids holiday shoppingThe OlympianJustice Rosario (from left), 10, Jasper Smiley, 11, and Kaleb Ridley, 9, look over the toy motorcycles their received from owner Julio Valdenegro as Lacey police Sgt. Scott Eastman and Det. Jon Mason look on during the annual "Shop with a Cop" kids and more »
  • St. Paul Police Rewarding Kids In Partnership With YWCA - CBS Local

    Google Inc.
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    St. Paul Police Rewarding Kids In Partnership With YWCACBS LocalMINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) - St. Paul police have taken up a new assignment–a new way to help children in need. The department has teamed up with the YWCA for the “Youth Achievers” program. The after-school care program has been mentoring at-risk ...
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    Kids News

  • 2014's most popular music, movies and web videos

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Pictured : Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, "Star Wars: Episode VII" trailer, "The LEGO Movie," "Guardians of the Galaxy." The best-selling album and song of the year were both tie-ins to children's movies and the highest-grossing movie featured a talking raccoon.
  • Study: Fewer Florida kids smoking cigarettes

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Fewer kids in Florida are smoking cigarettes, according to new data from the Department of Health that showed Florida's Youth Cigarette Smoking Rate is at an all-time low. About 7.5 percent of high school students said they had smoked at least one cigarette during the past 30 days.
  • Special gig to raise funds for sick kids

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    Toys galore for the children - from left, Sam McDonagh, Helen Shine, Frankie Roe, Chris Powell and Paul Wohl of Argosy Toys BAND4LIFE: SANTA CAUSE 2, taking place at the Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend, tomorrow, features some of the town's finest bands. To be a kid at Christmas, but stuck in hospital is another thing altogether.
  • Recalls this week: Bean bag chairs, toy monkeys

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Bean bag chairs that can trap kids are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include a toy monkey that sings and stress balls.
  • Children of farmworkers uprooted by California rules

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Claudia Morales, 13, center, in red, boards a school bus with friends at a migrant laborers camp where she lives Nov. 19 in Watsonville. Thousands of migrant farmworker children in Central California are handing in their text books, packing their bags and heading to new schools in the Central Valley or Mexico.
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  • The holidays are here!

    adrienne
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Woohoo! School’s out and there’s so many weeks of summer holidays ahead. What should you do to keep the boredom at bay? Go to your local library or visit the library website. Here’s some ideas: Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge – read, review and win! there are also heaps of cool activities for you to do in our libraries, which you can win prizes for too. Download an eBook or eAudiobook from our website Find some books about cooking, or arts and crafts, of computer games, or gardening, or learning a language or musical instrument… and start a new hobby.
  • Children’s Christmas DVD’s and CD’s to enjoy.

    debbie
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A Family Christmas: This is a Putumayo compact disc filled with different Christmas songs like Santa Claus is coming to town, Holly Jolly Christmas and Is that you Santa Claus. There are many favourite songs to dance and sing along to, plus new songs to learn. Christmas for Kids: This CD has some old favourites for children of all ages. Like Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger and I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus. There are also Australian classics like Six White Boomers, Christmas where the gum trees grow and Christmas on the station. Q. How many Christmas presents can Santa fit in his empty sack?
  • Festive Ideas for Holiday Fun

    Theresa
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    We’re well into December now – that means the school holidays are about to begin and Christmas is on its way (wahoo!!)  You’ll want to be prepared for the awesome amount of free time you’ll soon have! Make sure you pop down to your local library and get your mits stuck into some of our super Christmassy non-fiction books. We’ve got books packed full of boredom busters – perfect for those days when you just don’t know what to do!  We have everything you need to prepare for the festive season including cool crafts, kids cook books, gift making…
  • Christmas non-fiction for children

    Katie
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. Check out some of the huge collection of non-fiction books that Wellington City Libraries has to offer! Craft it up Christmas! 10 minute Christmas crafts.             Christmas things to stitch and sew.               Craft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures.             Cooking up a Christmas Storm! Christmas cooking.               Christmas cookies! : a…
  • Winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition!

    Florence
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    A huge ovation for the winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition! Amelia Major, Katie Chu-Fong, Matthew Yang went to Karori, Central and Johnsonville libraries to collect their prizes. They received a library bag full of books (some were even signed by Kyle Mewburn!), library concession cards and other fun goodies… We received over 100 entries and they were all fantastic! Thanks to all the children who contributed to the competition, Kyle Mewburn will find some inspirational ideas from your drawings! Matthew collecting his prize from Johnsonville library Katie collecting her prize from…
 
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  • Improve Your Figure Each Week With These Weight Loss Tips

    Meatball
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    A very popular New Year’s resolution is to shed some pounds! A lot of us, though, grapple with actually achieving this goal. Not having done any research or formulating a plan can make it seem like we’re just grasping at straws. Exercise is essential to losing weight. You need to try to exercise at least thirty minutes each day. Choosing activities that are fun, especially group activities, are a great way to get in your daily exercise. This is also a great way to meet new people. As they share the same interests, these people will offer the motivation to keep on with the fitness…
  • Solid Advice When It Comes To Cooking

    Meatball
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:36 am
    There are many valuable perks to improving your cooking ability. Making food at home is healthier and tastes better, it also save a lot of money. Anytime you use meat for a stir-fry, make sure to slice the meat as thinly as you can and make your cut on the bias. Perfectly sliced meat takes time and patience, though. Remove meat when firm but no longer frozen, and slice it 45 degrees across the grain. Sliced Meat When trying to cut strips of meat, partially freeze it for a more firm cut. The thin sliced meat is great in many dishes including many Chinese and Thai meals. When the meat is…
  • Interior Decorating Tips For Any Home And Any Budget

    Meatball
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:23 am
    Many people would like to improve the look of their home, but believe that the costs will just be too much. Thankfully, you have no need to think like this, as you will be provided with the best, cost-friendly ways to make your home look brand new! Read on for some great tips. Always consider what the room will be used for. You may want to design a kid’s room to be bright and vibrant to match their lively personalities. These colors will clash in your library. A great interior planning tip is to start investing in good art. You may not think so, but one good piece of artwork can take a…
  • Have A Healthy Pregnancy With These Tips

    Meatball
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:34 pm
    You may feel overwhelmed when you find out you are pregnant. If this is your first child, then your mind is probably swimming with questions. For instance, you might want to know the proper time to see your doctor, when you should tell your family and friends about the good news, and what changes your body will be going through. The following paragraphs contain a number of the fundamental facts that you need to be aware of. Eat better for the best health of you and you child. If you’re a poor eater, you need to make some changes. Starting today, eat more vegetables, lean meats and fresh…
  • Read This Before Going Into The Kitchen

    Meatball
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Everyone loves mealtime. Mealtime is better when the cook makes delicious meals. Regardless of your cooking ability, you can still learn new techniques and recipes for making delicious meals. Make sure that all your preparation is done prior to cooking. It is important to have all the prep work done before you start cooking. However, when you are ready to start cooking and have a deadline for when your meal needs to be finished, it can be a bit stressful. You can help lessen the potential stress by getting all your prep work done early. If you are just starting out with cooking, consider…
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    Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Network

  • Construction Paper Christmas Tree Craft

    Wendy Piersall
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Construction Paper Christmas Tree Craft Could there be enough Christmas crafts in the world?  My guess is “no!”  We’ve been going strong on Christmas crafts all December long, and this was one of the very first ones we did.  I found this idea on Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten and gave it a bit of sparkle for our version.  With kids’ crafts where they have to sort of assemble pieces, I love to let my 2-year-old do it her way to see what she comes up with.  A great example is her awesome take on our Q-Tip skeleton craft last Halloween. What You Need to Make This…
  • Super Easy Ghost Craft for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Quick and Fast Halloween Crafts: Tissue Ghosts Recently, my sweet daughter wanted to make some ghosts out of tissues and suckers.  We didn’t have any candy (well, that’s what I told her, anyway), so we got creative with the craft supplies we did have on hand. Plus now that it is September, Halloween decor is showing up in all the stores, which is super exciting for all of us! (Editor’s note: Halloween is the busiest time of year at the Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Network. We LUV Halloween!!!) What You Need to Make a Ghost Craft Craft stick Cotton ball Googly eyes Facial tissue…
  • Animal Mandala Coloring Pages

    Wendy Piersall
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    A mandala is a circular picture, diagram or artwork that originated in Hindusim and Buddhism. Mandalas are created and decorated as a way to focus attention and center yourself. Today they are popular with both children and adults, and are used for meditation and art therapy – and fun! I enjoyed making these mandalas so much I am going to create a whole book of them. I DID create a whole book of them!!! SEE BELOW!!!! I hope you enjoy coloring them just as much as I did drawing them! Butterfly Mandala Coloring Page Tiger Mandala Coloring Page Swan Mandala Coloring Page Dragon Mandala…
  • Coloring Pages of My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks

    Wendy Piersall
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I noticed last week that the people behind the My Little Pony spinoff Equestria Girls are putting out a new movie called Rainbow Rocks. My kids are sadly a little too old for My Little Pony, which seemed to attract a whole new audience (and even a little street cred) with their Friendship is Magic show that started in 2010. The show – seemingly targeted to girls – actually has a small but loyal following of guys, who even have their own nickname, “Bronies”. The equestria girls are actually the My Little Pony characters that have crossed over into the human world and…
  • Ever After High Coloring Pages

    Wendy Piersall
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I drew the Monster High coloring pages several years ago and they remain one of the most popular coloring page sets on Woo! Jr. The Ever After High dolls come from the same creative bunch at Mattel – in fact some of the Ever After High characters are related to the Monster High characters. I started drawing these coloring pages many, many months ago, and I see that they have added quite a few characters to the web series since then. So if there are any characters you are really in love with and aren’t here, please leave a comment so that I can draw her/him for you! No promises on…
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    Toddler Activities from Familyeducation.com

  • Pinwheels

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this arts and crafts activity.
  • Kwanzaa Chain

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Teach your toddler to build a Kwanzaa chain made of colored construction paper, and use it to decorate the hall.
  • Christmas Tree

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Homemade green and red magnets can be arranged into Christmas trees or other holiday shapes.
  • Smoothie Giftwrap

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this arts and crafts activity.
  • Tennis Ball Puppet

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this arts and crafts activity.
 
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    Doll Diaries

  • Doll Play – Make a Simple Table Top Tree for Your Dolls

    Char
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    I was playing around with a few different ways to make a doll sized table top Christmas tree when I remembered the paper cone trees my friend Jen Goode made with her daughter a few years ago. Not only is this simple, but you can experiment with different sizes, papers and decorations easily. You can make the tree itself from a wide variety of materials you probably already have, too. Kit is enjoying some waffles with whipped cream before heading out to her school Christmas assembly this morning. To make the table top Christmas tree you will need: A sheet of paper – construction,…
  • Happy Dollidays Reader Photo Contest Part 2

    Char
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    What a great display of holiday spirit!! Our first set of Happy Dollidays reader photos has so many in it now that I needed to make a part 2. First – go visit Happy Dollidays Part 1 to check out and comment on the first 99+ entries AND to find out how to submit your entry. Second – View and comment on the new entries on this page (click on the image or the link below it to open a new page where you can comment). Also, I am going to extend the deadline for entry until December 24 so you have plenty of time to get your entries in. As of 6:30 am on 12/20 – I still have quite a few…
  • Doll Play – Make Earmuffs for Your Dolls

    Char
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Brrrr… do you feel that chill in the air??? When I saw this cute way to make earmuffs for your dolls at the Springfield Style Club I just had to ask them if I could share it with you.  Of course they said yes! You probably already have the supplies for this project on hand! You will need: Two 2″ pompoms One 6″ pipe cleaner (also known as Fuzzy Stix) Glue – a hot glue gun works best, but if you use it have adult supervision Ruler Scissors Download the Earmuffs instruction sheet as a PDF file. This is such a simple craft and you can make it to match a variety of doll…
  • Doll Play – Printable Doll Sized Winter Worksheets

    Char
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Woops! I forgot to post this yesterday so you will get two for today. You know those last few days before Winter Break where your teachers don’t really want to teach you something new (because they know you will forget it immediately), but they don’t want you running all over the classroom like crazy people, so they give you a gazillion puzzles, coloring pages and worksheets to do? Yep, your dolls are going to get them too! I used to own a website full of printables I made just for kids so I just happen to have quite a bit to draw from and I think they are just as much fun in doll…
  • Duck Tape Stockings

    Anna
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” With all the fabulous patterns of Duck tape, I had to try a doll size stocking. The fun color and pattern combinations are endless! Today I’ve chosen the playful penguins. The zebra stripe fringe adds a fun touch around the top edge. It is lined with Duck tape on the inside.  That means this little stocking can hold some fun surprises for Christmas! Let’s get started! Supplies: Duck tape in 2 colors or patterns scissors ruler First we will make the main part of the…
 
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    Sports Girls Play

  • How to Coach Your Athlete at Home

    Char
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    I read an article by Asha Forster Grebenik this week titled “How to Coach Your Gymnast at Home” – it honestly should be required reading for all sports parents – feel free to substitute your child’s sport for the gymnastics references in the post – and for that matter all parents in general! From her post… Your gymnast does gymnastics at home. All the time. In every room. And you’ve watched enough gymnastics to know that certain things she’s doing are incorrect. So how do you make these corrections at home? You don’t. Let me repeat that. Do.
  • Is it a Sprain or a Break?

    Char
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you have an athlete, there is going to come a time where they get injured. Ankle injuries are VERY common and can happen when you least expect it. So how do you know if it is a sprain or a break? That photo is of my daughter’s ankle a few weeks ago. She had just finished cheer season and was returning to the dance studio. She did three classes and in the final 15 minutes of her last class of the night she did a leap – like the ones she has been doing since she was little – and for some strange reason she just landed wrong and ended up in a heap on the floor. Her ankle…
  • Athletes and Back to School: 8 Things Parents and Coaches Can Do To Make It Easier

    Char
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Note: I originally published this a few years ago but find it very helpful to revisit at this time of the year! Our kids go back to school soon but many of our mid-west friends have kids who go back to school this week.  For us the first week of school is also the first week of practice on the fall schedule for the gymnasts I coach and my own kids go back to swim team practices this week, as well. As a coach and a parent, I know the next 3 weeks are going to be HARD! That’s because it is going to take about 3 weeks for the kids to adjust to being back in school all day and then going…
  • Adidas Big Summer Sale Happening Now

    Char
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    If you’ve put off shopping for your summer sports wear until now, you have just hit the jackpot. The adidas Summer Sale is on and you can get up to 50% off of over 1,000 items! Running shoes, basketball gear, soccer cleats, swimwear—for men, women and kids—everything an athletic family needs to participate in a summer of activity. This sale lasts as long as the supplies, so don’t wait or before you know it, just like summer, the sale will be over.  This is just some of the items that are on sale – but $10 for a pink adidas heritage tee or $18 for a shorts set is a…
  • Free Printable Summer Camp Packing List

    Char
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:32 am
    I originally posted this list a few years ago, but it continues to be a very popular post, so I decided to give it a quick update – especially as we start getting my daughter packed for camp. Summer is here and I know there are athletes all over the country anticipating one thing… SUMMER CAMP!!  Many of the gymnasts at our gym go to week long overnight camps in the summer and I know one source of stress for many parents (and kids) is WHAT TO PACK!  Luckily one of the very experienced camp Moms from our gym was kind enough to share her master packing list with me to use as…
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    FreeStuff4Kids

  • Christmas Nativity Word Search

    Randa Clay
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Christmas is a great time of year, full of busyness and celebration. So often the focus is on so many other things than what the holiday is really about. This word search is all about the birth of... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Free Printable Christmas Kitty Coloring Sheet

    Randa Clay
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Even kitties need to decorate their Christmas trees! This little Santa Kitty has a string of lights ready to put up. He will be fun to print and color, especially as we get closer to Christmas. If... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Rules For Kids

    Randa Clay
    31 Aug 2013 | 8:54 am
    Learning to navigate this world can be a challenge to say the least. Here are recommendations from kids that might help! Rules for Kids: Never trust a dog to watch your food. Patrick, 10 When your... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Regency Era Printable Paper Dolls

    Randa Clay
    25 Aug 2013 | 3:00 pm
    Paper dolls are so much fun! I created these Regency Era Paper Dolls for Doll Diaries over a year ago, but thought it was time to share them here as well. Your little dress designer can create a... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
  • Ice Cream Word Search and Coloring Sheet

    Randa Clay
    20 Aug 2013 | 3:13 pm
    Is there anything better than ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor? As we finish out this summer, here are some cool activity sheets that will make you hungry for something cold and creamy!... Click the title above to take you directly to the full article at FreeStuff4Kids.net, and a big THANK YOU for subscribing!
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  • Undeniable: Bill Nye is wrong

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    The Science Guy, via CNNUnicorns and leprechauns are not real.Double-wattled cassowaries are.Bill Nye blames an easy target:Nye (rightly) rails against money from the Creationism camp used to taint biology ed, but then adds "the concern is raising a generation of children who 'can't think.'"Cassowary adult, by Victor Burolla, via CCFundamentalists are not killing the minds of our children. Our disconnect from what's real is.Fundamentalism is a sadly predictable result of a people who have as much to gain by paying attention to the dope on screens as they do to the dope proselytizing in a…
  • We're too damned polite

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Well, I suppose if we're not bold enough to correct a teacher for saying Columbus discovered that the world is round, that plants turn sunlight into food, that gravity does not exist on the moon, and that Dr. King was all about peace and love, then we're not likely to say anything about her (not so) subtle racism.We get the students that we deserve.
  • Technology bytes children

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    The United States Department of Education is pushing its latest public relations campaign, Future Ready, urging superintendents to sign a pledge to plunge into the digital age. The pledge itself is a syntactical nightmare, a porridge of buzz words and jargon slapped together to render the pledge almost as meaningless as the one public school kids make each morning. (Before folks get their knickers all bunched up, I'm referring to the 2341st time a child makes the pledge--once should be enough for any pledge.)Still, the pledge will make the plutocrats among us happy, and it's about as binding…
  • Elementary science

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Here are the questions any elementary school teacher should be able to answer: None of us should be so specialized that we can laugh off our ignorance in the basic tenets of life, culture, language, and mathematics.When we lose weight, where does most of it go? Why do we need oxygen?Why do things fall down?Why doesn't the sun burn up?Why does it get cold in the winter?These are not the right answers:Poop.To live (doesn't answer the question)."Gravity" doesn't answer the question--you may as well say vishquishnosity.Because it's really big.Because we're farther awa from the sun.The…
  • Losing our religion

    29 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Somewhere on a back bay in JerseyWent clamming this morning--chilly dawn, quarter moon, and tame tide meant I may have burned as many calories as I raked up for dinner. But that's not why I clam.After a week under fluorescent lights hearing folks reveal what they know to be true, I need to feel the back bay wash my over my feet to remind me what's real, to feel my fingers become clumsy as a toddler's as they grope into the mud to pull out another clam, to feel the human world of words dissolve in the chatter of geese and gulls.If you do not know what's real, if your feet never…
 
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  • The Best Ever Sugar Cookies (and a Friday Flash Giveaway)

    jenniferhazard
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    MPs friend W from book group always makes the most delicious, buttery desserts. Her sugar cookie recipe really is the best. It’s our go-to, traditional holiday cookie. The dough is so easy to work with and the cookie itself is perfect with a drizzle of semi-sweet chocolate, a sprinkling of sugar, or decorated with Royal icing. Best Ever Sugar Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened (we like Kate’s Homemade) 2/3 cup of sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt 2-1/2 cups sifted flour Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Next, beat in the…
  • L.L.Bean Gifts for Kids and a Giveaway

    jenniferhazard
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    MP has to admit, now that CP#1 and CP#2 are seven- and eight-years old, it’s more challenging to find them gifts for under the tree. These days, MP is leaning towards items that are equal parts useful and fun. The kind of gifts that last well beyond trends or sudden whims. Enter L.L.Bean’s latest 2014 Gift Guide. MP was surprised to find herself dog-earring more than a few pages of the catalog. Yes, there are the expected turtlenecks, flannels, and shearling slippers, but look a little closer and you’ll find some incredible gifts for the 7-up set. Trailblazer, Jr. headlamp…
  • Etsy Maine Gift Guide and a Daytrip Jr. Giveaway

    jenniferhazard
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    MP will admit, there are so many gift guides online, it’s enough to overwhelm even the most enthusiastic holiday shopper. However, it’s hard not to give the talented artisans we have in Maine a shout out. There is something about giving a handmade gift from home that makes the holidays extra special. Here are a few favorites: This nightlight from The Orange Chair Studio in Rockland would be a cute addition to a girl’s room — no matter what her age. Sandy Vittum of Holiday House Design creates super cool wall art for a kid’s room or playroom. Our Green Home’s…
  • Make Ahead Cornbread and a Cookbook Giveaway

    jenniferhazard
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    We’re preparing to host our first Thanksgiving, and MP has been busy baking anything she can freeze ahead, mainly pies, cranberry sauce, and biscuits. And while stuffing can’t be prepared ahead of schedule, MP figured cornbread would freeze well. She turned to a new cookbook in our house, “Eating in Maine,” by Rockland food bloggers, Jillian and Malcolm Bedell. The book features a simple cornbread recipe for stuffing that can easily be made with kids: 1-1/2 cups stone-ground yellow cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4…
  • Secrets of Super Cool Parents (Dylan Drake, The Camper Clan)

    jenniferhazard
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Today marks the first post in a new Cute Potato series that highlights creative, adventurous parents. MP recently had the opportunity to speak with Dylan Drake—mother, designer and organizational guru behind the Camper Clan—about her family’s decision to journey 6,200 miles across America by electric bike to break the Guinness World Record (4,176 miles)! During husband Tomas Corjito’s daily rides, Dylan follows behind in their van with daughter Eva, age 4, and son Coco, age 2. Her day requires some serious planning: dealing with weather, mapping out routes, finding economical places…
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  • Let’s remember what a royal screw up last Christmas was

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Time was starting to spiral out of control last December. I remember picking up Irene from morning kindergarten and plying her with hot chocolate and muffins at a local cafe while I frantically tried to meet deadlines. Ed was working long hours and juggling multiple jobs. There was barely time in a week to keep ... [Read more...]The post Let’s remember what a royal screw up last Christmas was appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 rules for shopping for OTHER PEOPLE’S kids

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Oh, the crap I got for other people’s kids before I had kids of my own. “I’m sure he’s going to love this incredibly loud, battery-operated police car!” And then there’s the stuff my own kids have accumulated over the years. I mean, wow, that slime really doesn’t dry out. Before I go further, however, ... [Read more...]The post 9 rules for shopping for OTHER PEOPLE’S kids appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Rage cleaning: It’s a thing, right?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    I can’t be the only one who needs to get good and angry, like righteously pissed off, if I ever stand a chance of scrubbing under the sink. It all started yesterday afternoon when I pulled into my laneway parking spot with Mary. Life was good right then. I had a trunk load of fresh ... [Read more...]The post Rage cleaning: It’s a thing, right? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • The Cool Hunter Launches CJ Hendry Debut Solo Exhibition in Sydney

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We first discovered CJ Hendry hyper-realistic drawings at the end of last year and were stunned immediately.   In early April this year we launched the Art Hunter in Sydney in conjunction with Jaguar and introduced CJ Hendry’s work as one of the featured elements of the occasion. Her reputation took off like a rocket and her work is selling out at record time.   For those who have just discovered The Cool Hunter or CJ Hendry, here’s some of the background story. Her rise is extraordinary in the art world as it has all happened in just six short months. It is a testament…
  • Current Obsessions

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Staircase in Hotel de Seze in Paris Sales Pavilion in Ningbo, China by the One House. Mirrored Cafe in Gifu, Japan by Band Design Grotto Private Sauna in Toronto, Canada Château de la Resle is a hotel is located in Montigny-la-Resle, France   Hotel Villa in Honegg in Switzerland Pocket Watches    
  • Hunter Boots Flagship Store - London

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hunter Boots is making waves again. The Edinburgh, Scotland-based historic icon has opened its first-ever flagship store at 83 Regent Street in London with a celebration featuring a troupe of Singing-In-The-Rain dancers arriving in a red double-decker wearing head-to-toe Hunter Original collection.   The store design is a funky combo of urban shopping heaven and agricultural themes that echo farm life and barns – all thought up by the design team at Checkland Kindleysides.   Established in 1856 and known for its dutiful supply of millions of trench booth for the British troops…
  • One Hot Yoga & Pilates Studio - South Yarra, Melbourne

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the past two years, architect Robert Mills (Robert Mills Architects and Interior Designers) and his yoga-enthusiast spouse, Lucinda Mills, have created a sophisticated yoga and Pilates emporium in Melbourne’s South Yarra neighbourhood. The business, One Hot Yoga, is divided into four studios that occupy space at three addresses. Studio 1 (One Hot Yoga) is at 36 River Street, Studio 2 (One Hot Yoga and Mat Pilates) is at 46 River Street, and right next door at 48 River Street is the newest addition, Studios 3 and 4 (One Hot Pilates). In total, the studios take up nearly 800 square…
  • Cj Hendry - New Playing Card Series

    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Those of you who are regular TCH readers know of CJ Hendry already. She is the extraordinary pen-and-ink artist whose work we fell in love with and then introduced to the public, first through Instagram and then at our Art Hunter temporary art experience in Sydney that we hosted with Jaguar.   The success of her work has been absolutely phenomenal, and for a good reason. Nothing compares to the mesmerising result of her painstaking work. Each image appears to be an enlargement of a black-and-white photograph, except that it isn’t. It is a one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn piece of art.
 
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    Little Food Junction

  • Xmas time !!

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    ~ Merry Christmas -1~Christmas is all about spending time with family, taking out kids for an adventure walk, making tonnes of christmas crafts or just lazying around with them at home and watching a  wonderful movie of their liking. Adventure walk was surely on top of our things to do list but owing to some ongoing projects n some pre festive assignments ,daughter and I decided to stay at home ,watch her favorite movie and munch on some easy peasy x-mas cuties at home ....X-mas buddies ....Crackers topped…
  • Little Fox

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    ~Welcoming Winters ~Winter has almost set in  many northern parts of the country .While cold winds from the mountains have lowered the temperatures drastically, bright afternoon sun, hot cocoa and loads of blooming flowers have beautifully spread their warmth to welcome the season. Winters in India are much different to their western  counterparts. Winters here are synonymous to afternoon family excursions-a sunny weekend  in park , picnic with kids or just lazying in sun…
  • Halloween

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    ~ Healthy Halloween -2~Halloween is all about adding fun element to the festive fall season and bringing out the spooky kid in us.Bright orange pumpkins, creepy ghoulish costumes and eerie decorations reflect the true spirit of the octoberfest. The Halloween mania is catching  the Indian party circuit like  storm!! International school culture, expat friends and web chats with cousins n friends  abroad has given more the excuse  for a Halloween party to lil one, who wants to invite her friends…
  • Happy Diwali

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    ~Happy Diwali~ Diwali, the festival of lights is certainly the biggest and brightest of all Indian festivals. This ancient  five day festival,spiritually signifies the triumph of good over evil. As per the Hindu mythology ,it is believed that Lord Rama returnedto his native city Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years ,to welcome him the entire city was lit by clay lamps and beautifully  decorated with colorful flowers and buntings. There is a festive atmosphere everywhere, the houses are cleaned days in advance and  decorated with…
  • Halloween

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    ~ Healthy Halloween -1~The festival season is right around the corner!! Shorter daylight accompanied with cool wind and rustling fall leaves makes us realize that its time to gear up for the upcoming festivities. While the left hemisphere of my brain has been meticulously planning for the Diwali bash at home, the creative right brain is continuously thinking about some spooky crafts and finger foods for kiddos halloween fun. The Fruity Owl The Halloween magic with all its boolicious food and…
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  • ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Check out this deliciously original take on Goldilocks, with a Black boy from Ghana as its precocious star. The post ‘The Ghanaian Goldilocks': A Colorful Take On a Classic Tale (REVIEW)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away

    Denene Millner
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I expected my father to need a lot of hand-holding at our first holiday dinner after mom died. Boy, was I wrong. The post Love & Renewal: What My Daddy Taught Me After Mom Passed Away appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Could this dance battle between a little girl and her daddy be any cuter? Press play. The post Father/Daughter Dance Battle To Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation’ (VIDEO)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Girls With Dark Skin Face Harsher School Discipline

    Denene Millner
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    When it comes to Black girls and school discipline, dark-skinned girls are facing harsher penalties than all other races. The post Black Girls With Dark Skin Face Harsher School Discipline appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • From Datcher Dreams to His Americus: Holiday Reading for the Winter, Torched and Charred

    Denene Millner
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Michael Datcher Americus novel is a study in Black and white. The post From Datcher Dreams to His Americus: Holiday Reading for the Winter, Torched and Charred appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • Photography Gift Ideas From Best Buy

    Linette
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I’m totally obsessed with photography and cameras! In fact camera gear topped my holiday wish list this year! I have quite the list of accessories I’d love to have. My... Continue Reading...The post Photography Gift Ideas From Best Buy appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 31 SWEET HOLIDAY TREAT RECIPE IDEAS

    Linette
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:34 pm
    The one thing everyone wants to see the most during the holidays are those big platters of yummy food coming from friends and family.  Fudge, cookies, candies and special desserts are the hit of the season and these 31 Sweet Holiday Treat Recipe Ideas are perfect for you to make for friends.  Grab some supplies, an apron... Continue Reading...The post 31 SWEET HOLIDAY TREAT RECIPE IDEAS appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • My Christmas Wish List: A Canon Camera From Best Buy

    Linette
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I’m definitely a Canon girl! I love my Canon DSLR camera, but it’s several years old, so I’ve been eyeing a second camera body. I do plenty of food photography,... Continue Reading...The post My Christmas Wish List: A Canon Camera From Best Buy appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Snowflake Photo Christmas Cards: Tiny Prints Holiday Collection

    Linette
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:19 pm
    I may make a commission if you click on some of the links in this post. Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? I’m always the procrastinator so I’m just getting mine ordered this week! Did you know that this Sunday is the busiest holiday card shopping day of the year? I love snowflakes, but... Continue Reading...The post Snowflake Photo Christmas Cards: Tiny Prints Holiday Collection appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • How to Score BIG on Black Friday

    Linette
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Black Friday has been around for a bit of time now, and people are really starting to maximize their holiday savings by purchasing Christmas presents and more on the huge sale day! You’d be surprised to find that some of the sales can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on Christmas presents. Although... Continue Reading...The post How to Score BIG on Black Friday appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Mama Moment} Letting Go a Little

    Rachel
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had known all along it was coming, but I wasn’t prepared for just how difficult it would be. And as great as I knew it would be for my little social butterfly, that didn’t make it any easier. But it was time. Last week, Parker started daycare. We had been planning for this all fall, knowing that one of his daytime babysitters was off to begin her internship in January. And we were thrilled to get a spot in the daycare/preschool on the college campus where my mom teaches, since that meant she could help transport and be close by. After having the opportunity to be home with…
  • Christmas Song Round-Up!

    Rachel
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    It’s holiday crunch time: those last few days before winter break when I try to fit in as many seasonal songs and activities as I can, because I know I won’t have the chance again for an entire year. I love, love, love Christmas time, especially the music, which is why I have been inspired to write so many original songs over the year. I’m doing my best to make use of them, many of which I’m sharing with you below in case you need a little extra inspiration in the remaining days before Christmas. Catch the Spirit by Listen & Learn Music It’s hard not to…
  • A New Addition on the Way

    Rachel
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Almost exactly two years ago, I shared the news that I was expecting my first baby. It’s hard to believe, because that feels like just yesterday, but I’m thrilled to announce that baby #2 is coming in May! I wrote all about finding out the news on my family blog, where I plan to journal occasionally about this pregnancy just as I did with my first. My due date is May 26th, just two weeks shy of my son Parker’s 2nd birthday.  I had heard that pregnancy isn’t exactly a walk in the park with a toddler underfoot, but I wasn’t quite prepared for just how exhausting…
  • Rudolph & Co.

    Rachel
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every December, I get to sing reindeer songs with lots of excited children at my church’s annual Breakfast with Santa event. This year just might have been the most fun yet, because my little boy was old enough to attend. He joined right in with the rest of the kids, playing instruments and singing along. There are a few key ingredients to our reindeer singalong: castanets and rhythm sticks (because how else do you make reindeer hoof sounds!?) and the perfect tunes. “Do You Hear the Reindeer?” and “The Other Eight Reindeer” are two original songs that I wrote…
  • {Mama Moment} How Being a Music Therapist Prepared Me for Motherhood

    Rachel
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is a guest post by Mary Altom, a board-certified music therapist and neurologic music therapist. She owns Sound Starts Music, a private practice in Frisco, TX and Music Therapy Kids, an online resource for parents and professionals working with children who have special needs. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of experience with babies or little kids. My cousins lived far away. I was not one to babysit for extra money. I was never one to fawn over new babies at church, and I certainly didn’t spend time wishing for one of my own. My husband and I were married for 5 years before…
 
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    Artful Adventures

  • Postage Stamp Christmas Wrap

    jude
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Christmas is creeping up ever closer, and for the last few years I’ve tried to offer readers a Christmas gift in the form of a seasonal free printable. I think I must have forgotten in 2013,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inspirational Gifts for a Creative Christmas

    jude
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Finding unusual creative gifts for friends and relatives at Christmas can be something of a challenge. Most of the main stores have the usual tried and tested creative kits, so finding something a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Card with a View

    jude
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Another Christmas Card project! This one is a very simple idea which is really easy to make, and has the added benefit of recycling your old Christmas cards, so unless you’ve saved some cards... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Masterpiece Keepsake Christmas Card

    jude
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Christmas is getting ever closer, and I thought it must be time to start getting things ready preparing our home-made cards. We alsways need plenty of time for this, and this year is no exception.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Annual Round-Up 2014

    jude
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    Yes it’s that time of year again – it comes round so quickly. I can’t believe that Artful Adventures is now 5 years old! Things have changed a great deal here over the last 5 years.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spanish Playground

  • Bilingual Picture Books Celebrate the Earth

    Jenny
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Lee & Low recently sent me their two new bilingual picture books. These beautiful books celebrate the Earth and its natural resources. They are wonderful choices for children learning Spanish or for native speakers. New Bilingual Picture Books from Lee & Low Call Me Tree/ Llámame árbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez Call Me Tree/Llámame árbolcompletely captivated me the first time I read it. I love the concept – a book to wake up to – and I read it hoping that the beauty of the art and language would be sustained to the last page. It is, and as you can imagine, I’m…
  • Teaching Kindness in Spanish

    Jenny
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    At Spanish Playground we are working with Kids Yoga Stories to create activities to teach children Spanish and yoga through basic concepts. We want to give you simple activities, both for Spanish and yoga, that you can work into a busy schedule. We will bring you these activities in a series of monthly posts: Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga. In addition to yoga, I’ll mention other language activities you can use with Spanish learners related to the theme of the month. This month our focus is teaching kindness. A big part of teaching kindness to children is teaching them the power of language to help…
  • Spanish Logic Puzzles for Kids

    Jenny
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    Logic puzzles for kids are excellent reading practice in Spanish. They often include information to establish a context, almost like a little story. You can also make several logic puzzles for kids that relate to a theme as a way to work with specific vocabulary. Logic puzzles for kids require them to use the process of elimination to figure out the answer. Of course, you have to show them how to use the grid, and teach them the “rules” of these puzzles. Teach kids to put an X in the grid for information that does not match and an O when the information matches or is correct. For example,…
  • Christmas Story in Spanish: The Friday Five

    Jenny
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    It’s Friday and time for the Friday Five. These five easy-to-do activities center around telling the Christmas story in Spanish. Language and culture are inseparable. The Catholic church has a strong presence in Spanish-speaking countries, and many traditions center around religious holidays. Through Christmas traditions, children learning Spanish learn language, history, and the values and views that influence Spanish-speaking societies. Talking about the Christmas story in Spanish is an excellent way of exposing children to the language. Activities to talk about the Christmas Story in…
  • 10 Life Lessons Learned from Spanish Grammar

    Jenny
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Languages shape our perceptions. Usually I understand that concept in terms of subtleties of meaning or interaction. Recently though, inspired by the hundreds of lists of life lessons I have seen, I considered what wisdom we can take away from the structure of Spanish itself. I believe these ten life lessons can be learned from examining Spanish grammar. As educators and language professionals, we can easily identify the structures that inspire each of the life lessons below. Can your young language learners give examples in Spanish related to these life lessons? 1. When you respect someone,…
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • Netflix's New Original Series For Kids All Hail King Julian

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We are always looking for new shows to watch on Netflix Streaming. Did you know Netflix is releasing yet another We love Dreamworks' Madagascar movies and all the crazy fun spin-offs like The Penguins of Madagascar and of course that hilarious "Lord of The Lemurs" King Julian. Get a sneak peek at the all-new Netflix original series All Hail King Julian. Can't wait for Dec. 19? Me Either.Get ready for the holidays with King Julien's friends from Madagascar...Merry Madagascar is one of our favorites! King Julian and his "Merry Julian-uary" antics make us laugh every time!1. Merry…
  • Easy Cupcake Liner Snowman Craft For Kids

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    This Snowman Craft for kids is easy to make. All you need is mini cupcake liners, construction paper, markers, glue, a smudge of paint and glitter (Oh, and a few small buttons).Directions:Start with a piece of blue construction paper.Tear a piece of white construction paper in half to create the snowy landscape. Glue it to the piece of blue construction paper.Flatten out 3 mini cupcake liners. Glue them top to bottom onto the construction paper.With a black marker draw eyes and  mouth.With an orange marker, draw the nose.With the black marker, draw arms out from the middle cupcake…
  • All New Netflix Original Veggie Tales in the House

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My kids love Veggie Tales.They've been watching Bob and Larry since they were very little. We love that you can watch so many Veggie Tale classics on Netflix streaming. As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I just learned that Netflix has teamed up with the folks at Veggie Tales to bring you an all new Netflix original series called "Veggie  Tales in The House." Bob, Larry and the whole gang show up for fun. Each episode has two 11 minute stories centered around an important life lesson. In the very first episode, Larry the Cucumber and Laura the Carrot learn about responsibility when they…
  • Muffin Tin Lunch For Kids

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In this kids lunch served in a muffin tin: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, green apples, persimmon slices, vanilla yogurt with pearl sprinkles, banana slices.Banana and peanut butter is my daughter's new favorite sandwich. She's not a PB & J kind of kid - so I am pleasantly surprised that she like's this combo.  And persimmons were a first - for both her and me. I loved them! Her, not so much. She said they tasted to much like squash. ;-)What new foods have your kids tried lately?This post appears on Muffintinmom.com or it's sub domain michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com and any…
  • Cute Paper Turkey Craft For Kids

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    It's almost Thanksgiving. There's still time to create a few turkey themed craft projects like this paper turkey craft for kids. It's simple to constuct, you just need the right supplies and you'll be on your way!Supplies:12 strips of 6in. by 1in. brown card stock paper6 strips of 2in. by 12in. colorful cardstock paperSmall pieces of white, black and orange cards rock for the eyes and beak1 hole punch (preferable heavy duty)2 bradsScissorsGlue stickSmall circle punch (optional)To begin making the cute paper turkey craft:Line up the pieces of brown card stock and punch a holes at each end.
 
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Isaiah Austin and Owen Gray – Bound by Courage, Purpose and Attitude

    Inspire My Kids
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    Isaiah Austin, one of college basketball’s top players, and Owen Gray, a 13 year old basketball player from Texas, have an unlikely bond. Not only do they share a love of basketball, but they recently learned that they both share the same medical condition, Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 5,000 people. Since Marfan Syndrome impacts the heart, both athletes have had to stop playing basketball as there is too much risk of a serious heart issue occurring. When Isiah learned of his condition, it was only a few days before the NBA draft, where he as expected…
  • Great Perseverance Quotes for Kids

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith If you think about the quote above, it is really a very simple concept. However, the reality of actually getting up each time, especially that one last time, can sometimes be incredibly challenging. This is the concept of perseverance, and it is one that most successful people know well. It is the drive that keeps you focused on your goals, and it is the quality that is most often the determining factor in achieving those goals! To help inspire you to persevere toward your goals, here are…
  • Kayla Montgomery Inspires On and Off the Track

    Inspire My Kids
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    Kayla Montgomery is battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS), yet she happens to be one of the top female runners in North Carolina. MS is a disease that interrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  MS often makes standing and walking very difficult, let alone running. With every race Kayla completely looses feeling in her legs and collapses into her coach’s arms at the finish line. Afterwards, her team ices down her legs until she can feel them once again. Kayla’s running is truly an inspiration to many patients with MS or any other disability that might…
  • The Panyee Football Club – A Near-Impossible Dream Realized

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Once upon a time, there was a group of boys who wanted to play soccer……… This might not sound like the start of a typical fairy tale of wishes and magic. But for the boys of the Panyee Football Club, this was the beginning of their dream come true. Only their dream came true not through magic, but through hard work and perseverance. This video tells the amazing story of the Panyee Football Club. Additional Resources: Check out this website to read about the Panyee Football Club and other inspirational sports stories! Here is another inspiremykids story about a team that…
  • Dr. Mae Jemison – ‘Daring Makes a Difference’ for the First Black Woman Astronaut

    Inspire My Kids
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Dr. Mae Jemison was interested in space and science very early in her life.  From her childhood home in Chicago, she dreamed of traveling to outer space and assumed that she would! Even though many people questioned her interest in science, she persevered and followed her passion.  Jemison went on to attend Stanford University to study engineering.  In her early career, she became a doctor and then joined the Peace Corp to help provide health services to people in Africa. Later on, she decided to follow her childhood dream of space travel.  She contacted NASA and applied for their…
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    Red Tricycle

  • Chocolate No Bake Cookies

    Erin Lem
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Ayren, Red Tricycle’s D.C. Editor has a son who is allergic to peanuts so she adapted this no bake chocolate cookie recipe by swapping in almond butter or sunflower butter for the peanut butter. She tells us that the cookies are “chewy, chocolate-y, NO BAKE, and easy to make (i.e. kids can help). I forgot that I had to make cookies for my kid’s holiday party, so I tried these and, no lie, it took less than 15 minutes to make them.” Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 2 cups sugar 1/4 cup cocoa 1/2 cup milk 3 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup peanut butter (you can swap in almond…
  • Sicilian Fig Cookies (Cuccidati)

    Erin Lem
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Amber Guetebier, Red Tricycle’s Mobile Editor shares this recipe and tells us, “I made these for my Sicilian friend for Christmas. They are totally time-consuming (over 2 hrs from start to finish) but perfect if you want something autentico for the holidays, and if your kids are tenacious and into baking and getting covered in flour and honey. If your kids are a little less patient, try making the dough the night before. The filling is delightfully sticky and the end product has a wonderful, not-too-sweet flavor. Traditionally these are covered in a powdered sugar based icing and…
  • Family Memberships: A Gift That Keeps Giving

    Meghan Rose
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    What is the perfect gift? Hints: It keeps giving all year long. It can be ordered online and delivered immediately. And it acts as an answer for the “what are we doing today” question for the next 365 days. It’s…(drumroll, please) a membership to a favorite family spot! Here are our top picks for a gift that the recipient will still be thanking you for next Christmas. photo credit: Meghan Rose Kidspace Children’s Museum This fabulous spot keeps getting better. You already go to enjoy the special festivals and weekends like Snow Days, the great Butterfly Release and the Pumpkin…
  • Party Time! 9 Indoor Winter Birthday Party Venues

    rtsuzieridgway
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is your little one wanting a LEGO or archery themed party? In addition to being incredibly fun and unforgettable, the following Portland venues offer birthday party packages that set the theme and are not only warm and indoors during the chilly winter months, but they also leave you free of any cleaning duties before or after. Just bring the kids and the cake to one of these memorable birthday spots. Click through our album to see all nine. What theme are you thinking about for your little one’s winter birthday? Tell us in the Comments below! –Suzie Ridgway
  • Lemon Cookies

    Erin Lem
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    When you’re in dire need of a cookie fix or just don’t have the time to scour your pantry for all of the ingredients, try out this lemon cookie recipe courtesy of Red Tricycle’s Digital Media Assistant, Brandi McWade. The cookies are actually made from a box of lemon cake mix, which makes this as convenient as it can get. Pictured above is Brandi’s niece who can’t get enough of these lemony bites of sweetness. Yields about 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies Ingredients: 1 box of lemon cake mix 1 egg, whisked 5-6 oz of cool whip (note from Brandi: the containers are either…
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    Kinooze

  • A Safety Deposit Box On Moon

    kinooze
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Luke.Larry, via CC Want to send something to the moon? You can now send a tiny something to the moon by using a service called moonmail. This service is offered by a company named Astrobotic. You can send diamonds, tiny rings and locks of hair to be saved permanently on the moon. Just like you keep things safely in a safety deposit box. Here the things would be kept in a will be a hexagonal capsule. The smaller one is as small as your medicine capsule and costs $460. The largest one is almost 32 times bigger and sells for $25,800. All the capsules would be kept in…
  • What is Friction?

    kinooze
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Stefano Mortellaro, via CC Do you know why things fall on the ground? They do because they are pulled by a force known as gravity. Have you seen how magnets stick to each other? They do so because they are pulled by a force known as the magnetic force. Do you know how we are able to walk? Our legs of course! But other than our legs, we also have to give credit to a small force that exists between our feet and the ground when we walk. This force is called ‘friction’. Whenever two surfaces rub or move against each other, the force of friction is generated…
  • Living Legend forced to sell his Nobel Prize

    kinooze
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Image Credit: WikiMedia Commons, via CC Well, the Nobel prize that is won by a lot of hard work in a particular area of research was recently on sale. This has happened for the first time when James Watson, 86, sold his Nobel prize that he won in 1962. He had won the Nobel prize in Physiology of medicine for discovering the double-helix structure of DNA that explains how the genes pass on information from one generation to another. James was just 33-year-old at the time of receiving the prize. Learn more about DNA. Wow! A mind blowing discovery. But why did this great scientist sell off his…
  • Hummingbirds

    kinooze
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    (Esha, 11, pens a sweet poem about Humming birds) Image Credit: Flickr User Curt Hart, via CC  Beautiful, elegant and very sweet, Their voice goes like tweet tweet tweet. Their nests are small, Because these birds are not very tall. The crest of their  tiny heads shine, Their babies when born usually whine. They are called hummingbirds as they hum, Their eggs are as small as a sugarplum. Their voice is not coarse, Remember they are soft, so don’t use force. When you find their nest, be careful, Mother bird will dart at you as its not fearful. A hummingbird is a beautiful creature,…
  • Who Was Isaac Newton?

    kinooze
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User HikingArtist Isaac had just returned from an apple orchard after spending the whole day there watching apples drop to the ground. “Why does apple always fall downwards? Why does it not go sideways, or upwards? But constantly falls to the Earth’s center?”, He asked his grandma. Grandma felt bad that she could not answer any of curious Isaac’s queries, and there was no one else in the house. They lived in a hamlet in Britain. Isaac’s father had died even before he took birth, and his mother had remarried and moved to another city.
 
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • Writing Skills For Kids: How Parents Can Help

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Perhaps one of the biggest skills a parent could instill into their child is writing. Without the ability to read and write, we are nothing. Yet it’s difficult for many parents to instill a love or at least a respect for writing in children who fight them the whole way. After all, not every child is meant to be the next Hemingway. But why is writing important, and how can the everyday parent help his or her child become a better writer? Today we’re going to take a look at exactly that. Get out a pad and…
  • How Online Journals Increase Student Communication Skills

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Relationship Between Online Journals And Writing When a student says that he or she “doesn’t like writing,” there may be many reasons why. Very few students actually “hate” writing, which may be divided into fiction, nonfiction, and even the general act of putting pen to paper. Some students have certain learning disabilities that make writing nearly impossible without a lot of stress involved. Others have received poor feedback over the years and not encouragement. Others still have a hard…
  • Four Platforms You Can Use To Make A Blog For Kids

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Blogs provide a great platform for discovery and self-expression among persons of all ages, kids included. Blogs offer a powerful means of socializing and they are also lots of fun. Even though it’s hard to let your kids loose on the Internet with little supervision, it is healthy in some ways. Careful preparation will enable you help your kids launch their first blogging ventures. The following are the main platforms where you can make a blog for kids. WordPress and Blogger These are the two best known general…
  • Examples Of Best Kids Blogs To Inspire Teens

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Blogging is one of the most addicting things that kids do today, other than participate on social networks. Regardless of their age, as long as they have the ability to blog on their computer, or even on their smartphone, they are able to create creative blogs that people love to read. The difficulty is in finding the ones that actually offer significant value, ones that cater to your particular interest. Here is a quick list of the best kids blogs that have been created by teens. Furree Katt This is a blog that is created…
  • Blogging For Kids Under 13: Advantages and Disadvantages

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more When you hear other folks talking about a blog they like, do you instantly think they’re talking about something written for adults by adults? If you do, you may find the concept of kids blogs strange. However, blogging for kids under 13 can have many benefits. These days kids are very tech savvy and understand many aspects of computer use. That is why so many of them spend time communicating with other kids on social sites like Twitter and Facebook. Even so, there’s been a recent trend that finds more and more…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Christmas Science: An Oil and Water Experiment

    Trisha
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We love holiday themed science activities here at Inspiration Laboratories. Our Christmas science ideas are especially great. Try out this easy Christmas themed oil and water experiment. Christmas Science: An Oil and Water Experiment We experimented with oil and water when we were learning about mixtures. Oil and water is a mixture that easily separates. [...]
  • Warm Thoughts of Home

    Trisha
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Gold Peak Coffee is sponsoring this discussion. Their slogan is “The taste that brings you home.” Drinking a warm cup of coffee always reminds me of my dad and transports me back home. This is my dad on Veteran’s Day a few years ago. He is retired from the Coast Guard. My dad is also [...]
  • 10 Tasty Christmas Science Ideas

    Trisha
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the time spent together with family in the kitchen. Make some memories and add a little science into your day with these tasty Christmas science ideas. Tasty Christmas Science Ideas Making Cookies Baking cookies is in itself a science activity. Take the opportunity to talk about [...]
  • Simple Baking Soda and Vinegar Explorations

    Trisha
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    We love experimenting with baking soda and vinegar. It’s the number one science activity my son requests. I wanted to share with you this simple baking soda and vinegar exploration. It takes less than 5 minutes to set up. Simple Baking Soda and Vinegar Explorations Supplies: large container {We used an underbed storage bin. A [...]
  • LeapTV Gets Kids Moving and Learning

    Trisha
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    Our friends at LeapFrog and Mom Select sent us the brand new LeapTV to review. They asked us to host a Leap into Gaming party with our friends to try it out. We were excited to participate! The LeapTV gets kids moving and learning as they play. The All New LeapTV The LeapTV is designed [...]
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    TinkerLab

  • Easy Handmade Gifts | Cookie Dough Jars

    Rachelle
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Easy Handmade Gifts, made by Kids Could you use an idea for easy handmade gifts that kids can help with? I’ve been thinking of different ways that my kids can get involved in gift-giving. They’re four and six, so it had to be something they could both help execute AND get excited about. Oh, and if the gift happened to look good, well, that would be nice too. Well, friends, this easy cookie-dough-in-a-jar is just the project, and I would wholly encourage you to give it a try if you’re also looking for an easy gift to get the kids involved in. Bonus: we have tested these…
  • Party Dresses in the Art Studio

    Rachelle
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    We’ve been in our new art studio for about two months, and it’s starting to feel like our second home. I’ve been busy planning and prepping for workshops and a keynote talk, so there hasn’t been as much making time in the space as I would like, but we’ve managed to spend a fair amount of time tinkering, crafting and making over there. Here’s a little sampling: Homemade journals, sewing stuffed animals with my 4-year old, crafty Saturday with my brother-in-law, Painting salt dough ornaments.  To celebrate our new digs, our friends at Poppy England sent my…
  • Art Workshops in Palo Alto and Portland

    Rachelle
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I can’t believe that we’re approaching the end of the year! What?! Is it really already December? Before the year wraps up, I’m planning to participate in two really fun family events, and hope to see some of you there. For both events, I’ll lead a hands-on workshop, and will have signed copies of my book, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, available. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or around Portland, Oregon, please stop by and say hello… Special bonus: if you’re planning to come, drop me a note in this form and I’ll have a…
  • Play with Gelatin | from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

    Rachelle
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Have you ever found yourself so busy that you’ve lost track of the things that keep you sane? A couple weeks ago I was preparing for a keynote talk in the little bits of free time that crop into my week. Preparing for this talk was an amazing experience for a few reasons: I had the chance to speak with 250 undergraduate education students about the importance of arts education It helped me hone in on my point of view on this beloved topic (Cliff Note version — Because artists think like inventors, an arts education has the capacity to build innovators). Hopefully I’ll have…
  • Kiwi Crate for Busy Families

    Rachelle
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Koala Crate is one of the newest products from the Kiwi Crate brand, and I’m delighted to share our experience here with you today. I’ve been involved with Kiwi Crate since its early days, and man-o-man, this company keeps getting better and better. Note: This post contains affiliate links Kiwi Crate is offering a VERY generous Black Friday sale that continues through Friday, but more on that in a sec. For the uninitiated, Kiwi Crate sends thoughtfully curated projects to your mailbox each month. Their products are perfect for busy families, as you don’t have to drive all…
 
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    it's BABY time!

  • How to Handle Biting in Toddlers

    Carol Johnson
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Those little pearly whites can be so cute when your little one decides to show off their precious smiles. Not so much when they decide to take a chomp out of you! Biting in toddlers is not uncommon. It’s one of those behaviors all parents hope their child doesn’t take to, but many do. If your child is a biter, fear not. You’re not the only one. There are simple ways that you can get through this phase and help your child to stop doing it.What Makes Children Bite?Biting can be really embarrassing for parents, but take heart. It is not a reflection of your parenting. It’s merely…
  • A Toddler Travel Bed Buying Guide

    Carol Johnson
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Providing your toddler with their own space to sleep is a safer option to co-sleeping while giving them a sense of security. A toddler travel bed can be quite useful in a number of ways. Whether it’s sleeping over at grandma’s or making the transition to a big kid bed, having one of these can mean a better night’s sleep for everyone. This buying guide highlights some convenient options in toddler beds that are easily portable for travel, sleepovers, and more.My son was used to sleeping in our room in his crib, so when it came time to make the transition to a bigger bed we…
  • Frozen Bedding Sets for Toddlers

    Carol Johnson
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    If you’ve been having sleeping troubles with your toddler, perhaps some of these cute bedding sets will make their bed more inviting. With the rising popularity of the Disney movie Frozen, they are featured everywhere! I know my kids go ga-ga over all of the merchandise they see in stores. I’ve listed some popular Frozen bedding sets for girls and boys featuring their favorite characters!Frozen Bedding Sets for GirlsDisney Frozen 4Pc Toddler Bedding This 4-piece toddler bedding set features the famous sisters every child loves, Anna & Elsa. The set includes a fitted flat…
  • Frozen Accessories for Girls

    Carol Johnson
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Every little girl needs to have the right accessories to go with that perfect outfit. I’ve listed some great choices below of cute Frozen accessories for girls from the popular Disney movie. From hair accessories to jewelry sets, she’ll love styling these around for her friends.Frozen Hair Accessory Set A true princess simply cannot have a bad hair day. This hair accessory set comes with her very own comb, 5 ponytail holders, and a mirror all featuring Frozen characters so she can check out her stylish do! The terry ponies have no metal to catch and pull.Headband and Barrette Hair…
  • The Best Shoes for Early Walkers

    Carol Johnson
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Many new parents often feel that finding the best shoes for early walkers might help their little ones get an early start on taking their first steps. Don’t be too quick to put on a shoe once they start getting up from all fours. The truth is the best thing for your baby when they start learning how to walk is to let them go barefoot! This allows them to establish their balance as going barefoot allows for more flexibility than a shoe. When it’s cooler, you can just put socks or stockings and let them go.Of course, you can’t let your little ones go shoeless everywhere. There…
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    BoxMash

  • Meet the new LEGO Minifigures

    Matt Purslow
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    LEGO has released the twelfth series of their LEGO Minifigures characters, and there’s loads of them! Wes and his kids at Family Gamer TV have got their hands on all of them, and are here in a new video to unbox them all and show them off! The latest Series of Minifigures, Series 12, introduces us to another varied selection of characters, containing everything from a Genie to a Pizza Delivery Guy. However, with Minifigures sold in blind bags, it can often be a challenge to collect the full set or just get that one specific figure that’s your favourite. Thankfully, Lego provided…
  • Skylanders Light and Dark elements revealed

    Matt Purslow
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    When Skylanders Trap Team was announced we thought we spotted two new elements: Light and Dark, or perhaps Sun and Moon. When Trap Team finally came out these elements were not part of the game, so we thought we were wrong. Not so though, as Activision has revealed that two new Skylanders will be released soon, one Light and one Dark. Family Gamer TV have been investigating. The Light Elemental Quest Pack comes with Knight Light, a striking new humanoid Trap Master with huge wings and an even larger Traptanium blade. Inside the pack you also get a Light Trap with a Hawk design and the…
  • You’ll have to wait a little longer for the Minecraft movie

    Matt Purslow
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    We all thought that the Minecraft movie was finally happening, with the man who made Night as the Museum bringing our favourite game to the big screen. But it looks like that won’t be happening any time soon, because Mojang have said they don’t like his story idea! Shawn Levy has made loads of cool films, like Night at the Museum and Real Steel, and he was getting ready to start work on the Minecraft movie. But when he told Mojang – the company that makes the Minecraft game – his idea for the story, they really didn’t like it. So Levy has decided that if Mojang…
  • Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with Skylanders

    Matt Purslow
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Around the Christmas time of year everyone likes to get a little excited and start singing. This is definitely true of the villains in Skylanders Trap Team. They’ve made this cool video where they sing the 12 Days of Christmas! It’s not quite got the same lyrics you may know though… There’s the new words on-screen so you can sing along with them if you’d like! Are you as excited as the villians of Skylanders for Christmas? Let us know in the comments. And don’t forget to visit the Skylanders channel for more great stories and videos from the Skylands. The…
  • Feed your Minecraft farm with wet sponges!

    Matt Purslow
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    If you’re planning on building a farm in Minecraft, you need to make sure you have the one vital ingredient: water! Without water you cant keep your plants watered, and they won’t grow into the crops you need to eat. This means you can’t build farms in places like the Nether because it’s far too hot and dry down there for plants to grow. Or so you thought! This clever Minecraft player has built a farm in the Nether, all thanks to some wet sponges! Instead of having a river or some other kind of water feed his crops, Reddit user marr has soaked some sponges to make them…
 
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • 6 Google+ Waning – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas

    Jeff Stephens
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Is Google+ Dead? This is Day 6 in the 12 Days of Social Media Christmas. Each day a new episode will be posted with quick hitting tips for building your online platform in the off hours. Each episode will be kept around 5 mins in length so you can quickly get your information and get [...]The post 6 Google+ Waning – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • 7 Sounds for Winning – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas

    Jeff Stephens
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    How to Find Killer Music for Your Online Platform This is Day 7 in the 12 Days of Social Media Christmas. Each day a new episode will be posted with quick hitting tips for building your online platform in the off hours. Each episode will be kept around 5 mins in length so you can [...]The post 7 Sounds for Winning – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • 8 Made for Liking – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas

    Jeff Stephens
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    How to Make Content that Is Irresistible This is Day 8 in the 12 Days of Social Media Christmas. Each day a new episode will be posted with quick hitting tips for building your online platform in the off hours. Each episode will be kept around 5 mins in length so you can quickly get your [...]The post 8 Made for Liking – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • 9 LinkedIn Lacking – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas

    Jeff Stephens
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Too Often Forgotten Social Network This is Day 9 in the 12 Days of Social Media Christmas. Each day a new episode will be posted with quick hitting tips for building your online platform in the off hours. Each episode will be kept around 5 mins in length so you can quickly get your information [...]The post 9 LinkedIn Lacking – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • 10 Words You’re Needing – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas

    Jeff Stephens
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    10 Words You Need for Your Online Platform This is Day 10 in the 12 Days of Social Media Christmas. Each day a new episode will be posted with quick hitting tips for building your online platform in the off hours. Each episode will be kept around 5 mins in length so you can quickly get [...]The post 10 Words You’re Needing – 12 Days of Social Media Christmas appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
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    Born To Toddle

  • 12 Days of Christmas Offers

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Check out our facebook page to view our 12 days of Christmas Offers!! Each offer will be valid for one-day only, so make sure to keep checking our facebook page to see what tempting offer is running. Merry Christmas everyone!
  • Learning to Cook from an Early Age

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to a study carried out by PizzaExpress in partnership with the Children's Food Trust, only one in 10 children could recognise a leek and just one in five knew what an avocado looked like. The study also found that 50% of British children cannot distuinguish between a cucumber and a courgette. Whilst children in other European countries tend to start experimenting with cooking at the age of seven - here in the UK, we are two years behind. Fortunately, cookery has now become a compulsory part of the national curriculum with children being taught basic cooking skills and shown how to…
  • Learning About the World Around Us

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Children enjoy discovering the living world via the people around them, nature, other cultures and events.  Any opportunity to learn about the ‘real’ world is often lapped up by inquisitive young minds. In order to nurture this appetite to have a greater understanding of the world in which we live, it is important that we teach pre-schoolers and young children about important aspects of the world.  One way to enhance worldly understanding is to teach young children about the role of different professions, such as firemen, chefs, police and farmers. The Fire Services Many children have…
  • The Benefits of Play Food

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The activity of cooking is a fantastic way to spend time with your children in addition to providing many benefits to your child’s development. However, whilst you will want to encourage their enthusiasm for cooking, you might not want them helping to prepare the Sunday roast just yet, so play food can be a useful surrogate. Play food does more than simply teach young children about the various types of food they are likely to encounter as they grow up. Not only will they enjoy exploring the different shapes, colours and textures of food, but also helping to prepare food, be it pretending…
  • Product Review: Toy Chests

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    With Christmas almost upon us and with an influx of new toys about to bombard your home, now might be a good time to invest in a wooden toy chest. With a myriad of colours, designs, materials and sizes, finding one to complement your existing décor, be it for a nursery, bedroom or living room, shouldn’t be too difficult. In fact a beautifully hand-painted or richly varnished toy box can help augment the overall look and design of a room. If you are looking to add a touch of colour or adventure to your child’s room, take a peak at the themed toy boxes available which cater for loves such…
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    KidNimble

  • 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in Los Angeles

    Drew Kristofik
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    Looking for great winter activities for kids in Los Angeles this year? Our local editor has rounded up some real crowd pleasers! 1. Skate like no one’s looking. Pershing Square Ice Rink pops up seasonally and offers multiple FREE events … read more The post 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in Los Angeles appeared first on KidNimble.
  • 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in New York City

    Drew Kristofik
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Looking for great winter activities for kids in New York City this year? Our local editor has rounded up some real crowd pleasers! 1. The city has more than its share of ice skating rinks – so there are lots … read more The post 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in New York City appeared first on KidNimble.
  • 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in Chicago

    Drew Kristofik
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Looking for great winter activities for kids in Chicago this year? Our local editor has rounded up some real crowd pleasers! 1. Lincoln Park Zoo‘s Zoolights feature luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout the zoo grounds. Heat up the holidays … read more The post 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in Chicago appeared first on KidNimble.
  • 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in Boston

    Drew Kristofik
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Looking for great winter activities for kids in Boston this year? Our local editor has rounded up some real crowd pleasers! 1. Empow Studios, Lexington – Winter’s a great time for kids in grades 1 and up to learn a … read more The post 10 Great Winter Activities for Kids in Boston appeared first on KidNimble.
 
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    Blog - Spaceships and Laser Beams

  • 32 Most Popular Fiction Books for Boys ages 9 to 12

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My boys love reading all kinds of books. With Christmas shopping fully underway, we have added a few new books to our wish lists this year, especially the New Captain Underpants Collection. If your son loves to read, be sure to check out this great list full of 32 of the most popular fiction books for boys. With some classic favorites like Holes, How to Eat Fried Worms, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Harry Potty Series as well as new favorites like The Book Thief, the Magic Treehouse Collection, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, there is something every boy will love. See Also Kids will love…
  • Small Actions for Big Change #WindPower

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Xcel Energy. The opinions and text are all mine. In our home, we take for granted that we will readily have power available for any task we need. I am thankful that we live in a time and community where power is available at the flip of a switch. For me, part of being a responsible member of society, as well as an effective parent, is teaching my kids the importance of being good stewards. We all need to do our part to take care of our environment so that it's healthy for future generations. This means utilizing things like wind…
  • 21 Magazine Subscriptions under $10

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you in need of a last minute Christmas gift idea? If you're not sure what to give that hard-to-buy for family member or you need something to fill the stockings, look no further! We have gathered a list of 21 magazine subscriptions under $10.00 that is perfect for everyone. These all-access subscriptions include digital access as well as print subscriptions. Bonus: some even include a free gift! Magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, Food Network, AllRecipes, and HGTV Magazine, are just a few of the great publications you'll find on this terrific list perfect for parents,…
  • 10 Christmas Party Food Ideas

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you’re planning a Christmas party or just looking for some fun winter snacks, I’ve found some super cute ideas for Christmas food. The boys will be happy to help you out in the kitchen when they see what fun you’ve got in store! The DIY Snowman Cake is the perfect centerpiece for your dessert table, while the Cheese Reindeer, Santa’s Boots, and 25 Creative Christmas Appetizers will be crowd-pleasers at your Christmas party. The boys will love making (and eating!) the Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees, Snowman Hot Chocolate, DIY Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes, Santa Hat Brownies,…
  • Best Gifts for Book Lovers: 3 Month Free Trial to Scribd

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This post is being brought to you by Scribd, but all thoughts and opinion are my own. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I find it magical that books can introduce you to far off worlds and to characters that feel like dear friends. This is a passion that I hope to impart to Sam as well. 
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    I Found Musik

  • Bay Area Family Music Activities HOLIDAY EDITION

    IFoundMusik
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Bay Area Family Holiday Music Guide 2014 I’ve been working hard to compile a list of all holiday-related musical activities around the Bay Area. There’s everything from “You Sing It” Messiah’s to Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremonies. Here’s the best part: these aren’t just weekend events anymore! Find something in any location on any day and enjoy the holiday season. (Note: unlike my previous recommendations, not all these events are free, but all are worth it!   Google Maps Plugin Click “read more” to see the events arranged by day…
  • Ukulele: Take it to the next level!

    IFoundMusik
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    “Octopus’s Garden” Ukulele Tutorial: Part II Have you mastered the Octopus’s Garden tutorial already? If you haven’t, go practice here. But, if you’re ready for a challenge, check out this bonus video where our wonderful ukulele teacher, Karla Kane, teaches you tricks that’ll take your uke skills to the next level. When Karla taught us these simple tricks, I was amazed at how much more advanced we suddenly sounded. The “hammer-on” technique gave my playing a country “twang” while the “finger picking” style got me…
  • An update

    IFoundMusik
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hi Everybody! You might have noticed that I haven’t posted my Bay Area music event recommendations in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been pursuing some exciting opportunities in my “day job” and focusing on the ukulele tutorial series. But don’t worry, I will be back to compiling the best events in December. Thanks for your understanding. Have a musical day! K The post An update appeared first on I Found Musik.
  • World Premiere: Episode 2 of Moms Making Music

    IFoundMusik
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    “Octopus’s Garden” Ukulele Tutorial with Moms Making Music   Rebecca and I (together we’re Moms Making Music) had so much fun making our ukulele tutorial with Laurie Berkner and her song, “Mahalo” , that we decided that we just HAD to do another uke lesson. This time, we turned to our friend, local musician and ukulele guru, Karla Kane of the Corner Laughers. We wanted to build on the chords that we learned in the first tutorial while still keeping it simple for kids and adults. That’s why we settled on “Octopus’s Garden” by…
  • 24 Song Challenge – Day 11 KOREA (South)

    IFoundMusik
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Yes,I know that today’s country is actually called South Korea and doesn’t qualify as a K country. However, all the sites (like this one) that I consulted list it under K, with the proper name being “Korea, Republic of”. And since this is not the UN, I’m just going to go with what those sites say. Have I already mentioned that I love Elizabeth Mitchell? When I featured her rendition of a Japanese children’s song for day 10, it reminded me about the sweet Korean ditty she included on the same album, Sunny Day, called “Ong Tal Sam”. I…
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    Professor Egghead Science Academy - Kids Franchise

  • Cool Science Project #12 – Explosive Science on Fox News

    proegghead
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Professor Egghead Science Academy is back with some explosive science experiments. With all the traveling going on this holiday season, and all the gas being used, we wanted to see what cool things we could do with the ethanol that is in your gas! Professor Egghead Science Academy offers science and engineering after school programs, parties, camps and workshops for kids. Do not try any...
  • Revolutionizing the Franchising Model

    proegghead
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Professor Egghead Science Academy, led by Gary and Shaun Tuch, is a low-cost franchise providing awesome after-school science programs and science summer camps in over sixty schools across the United States. WayFounder CEO Damon D’Amore meets with Gary and Shaun to learn how these two brothers are revolutionizing the franchising model and expanding their brand thanks to everything from strategic partnerships to free legal advice...
  • Most Important Factor To Consider When Buying a Franchise

    proegghead
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Franchise Buying Tips: 27 Franchising Experts Share The #1 Most Important Factor to Consider When Purchasing a Franchise When looking for the top factor to consider when buying a franchise, Direct Capitol looks to Professor Egghead Science Academy for Answers… Here’s what we said: The most important factor one should consider in buying a franchise is… “Can you see yourself doing it? Between the FDD...
  • Movember – Science Behind the Mustache!

    proegghead
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Every wonder what makes mustaches so cool? Here are a couple facts that might make the answer clear. 1. The origin of the word Mustache comes from the french word Moustache 2. Facial hair can grow at a rate of 1/2 inch a month 3. The hair above your lip is a fraction of all the hair on your body. There are about 5 million...
  • Cool Science Project #11 – Make Halloween Slime

    proegghead
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Learn how to make Halloween slime in this easy to follow DIY video, Enjoy! For more cool experiments visit our Cool Science Projects page. About The Academy: Professor Egghead Science Academy was founded in Los Angeles, in 2007. The Academy offers the coolest science and engineering after school programs, in school science workshops, science summer camps and kids science birthday parties! Franchise opportunities are available!
 
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    Review - Mamas Guide

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's: Back Again on San Bruno Ave

    Lesly Simmons
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    When we moved to The Portola earlier this year I stuck my nose into the window's at Breakfast at Tiffany's looking for signs of life, and after I saw a construction permit sign in the window over the summer I stalked their progress whenever I passed by. San Bruno Avenue has a ton of great food already, but we were missing a diner. During our European vacation I vowed to check my email as little as possible, but Jole kept track of things at home and heard B at Ts would reopen while we were away. When we got off the plane from Paris via Washington, D.C. we were starving for an…
  • Bun Mee: Modern Twist on the Vietnamese Classic

    Lesly Simmons
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Last week Mia and I braved the Dreamforce crowds downtown to connect with our friend Leslie for lunch and the grand opening of the Neiman Marcus Last Call on Market St. If you're in the market for designer gear on a budget check it out (no kids stuff tho :( ) Neiman's was nuts, so we breezed through quickly and then went to Bun Mee for a quick lunch to go. The line was long but even starting out the door we were done and had our food in just over 10 minutes. I love banh mis and Bun Mee lived up to my expectations of a California-style version of the sandwich. Mia and I had the catfish…
  • Sweet Maple: Bacon Rich Brunch in Pacific Heights

    Lesly Simmons
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Sweet Maple's Dixie Bacon Years before we moved to San Francisco, Jole and I discovered Fred's Coffee Shop in Sausalito on the way to Napa for an anniversary trip. It was a magical start to our vacation. We broke bread and chatted with the other folks at our communal table, and of course the food was amazing. It was the perfect start for a day of wine tasting. When we moved to the West Coast we went to Fred's a few more times as a treat, and my mind blown to learn that Fred's has a sister restaurant in the city—Sweet Maple in Pacific Heights (the same folks also run the tiny and…
  • Auntie April's: Rise & Shine For Chicken & Waffles

    Lesly Simmons
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Breakfast can be a good choice when you want to eat out with kids. I've noticed my daughter is in good spirits and pretty calm earlier in the day, Daddy and I are fresh and rested, and there's coffee involved to keep the grownups going. But breakfast needs to be extra special to get us all out of the house first thing on a weekend. If your family is anything like mine, I suggest you round up the family and head to Auntie April's soon for a great reason get out of bed.We arrived after 9 am on a Saturday and mostly had the place to ourselves (by the time we left it was packed, so clearly we…
  • All Good Pizza: Shining Pizza and Patio in Bayview

    Lesly Simmons
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    SF is such a good food town, if you're making small talk and the conversation hits a lull, just ask someone where their favorite burger/burrito/pizza place is. From the staunchest vegan to the heartiest meat eater, everybody has one—and now I have a new entry in the game: All Good Pizza, a food truck in the Bayview turning out delicious pies on an awesome outdoor patio. I stumbled across All Good's al fresco patio with Mia one sunny afternoon shortly before closing time, and the set up just blew me away. I was only expecting a truck, but this is a full-on outdoor dining room in one of the…
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    Bear & Boo

  • Our Top 4 Bow Ties for Boys for the Holidays

    bearandboo
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    The holidays are officially here and cute stylish accessories make for perfect stocking stuffers or holiday gifts! It’s also a time of year with many gatherings and holiday parties, so you’ll want your little man looking his best in the top accessories of the season. Here are our top 4 picks for boys bow ties this season and what to pair them with. All bow tie names are also linked to the site for easy shopping! 1. Mad for Plaid Bow Tie This is the newest bow tie for boys from Bear & Boo and we are in love! The plaid pattern and deep colors are ideal for this season. What…
  • Black Friday 2014 Comes Early…and You Can Skip the Stores!

    bearandboo
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Did you know that Amazon.com has Black Friday deals going on all week? I don’t know about you, but the less time I have to spend in an actual store, the better! Plus, Amazon has free shipping on orders over $35 for select items, and always free shipping with Amazon Prime. Today’s deals are awesome and tomorrow’s I’m sure will be just as amazing. With that free shipping, it’s easy to order the deals you want each day! Some of the top toys are on sale and goodies for us parents too! Here are today’s toy deals and just a few of our favorites of the day are…
  • Our 9 Favorite Kids Thanksgiving Table Ideas

    bearandboo
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    There are a gazillion ideas for kids tables on Thanksgiving, so we decided to compile some of our very favorite Kids Thanksgiving table ideas from across the web to help make it a little easier when it comes time to decorate and entertain those little ones! 1. Cute colorful drinks for the kids from the For Rent website. These little bottles can be pricey, but I learned a trick on Pinterest…pick up some of the individual coffee drinks by Starbucks that come in the little glass bottles and use those! It’s about $5 for 4 bottles and you can find them just about anywhere. 2. Pilgrim…
  • Expect the Unexpected

    bearandboo
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    At this point, I should never be surprised when one of my munchkins does something crazy like stand up and jump off their chair, automatically expecting me to catch them; or “discover” their highest possible pitched scream in public; or draw on the walls with crayon; or walk up to me and lick my face (Am I raising kids or puppies? Sometimes I’m not sure). But tonight Boo definitely managed to surprise me. The boys were eating a lovely dinner of macaroni and cheese and he decided to get up and walk around in the kitchen. Little did I know, he still had a mouth FULL of…
  • 10 Trick-or-Treat Candy Alternatives

    bearandboo
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Between parties and trick-or-treating, kids stock up on candy galore during the Halloween season. While most kids love it, it’s not the only thing that will put a smile on their little faces on Halloween! There are lots of  non-candy options that are perfect alternatives to all the sugary candy that you can give out to trick-or-treaters this weekend.   Here are ten of our favorite candy alternatives: 1. Plastic spiders 2. Stickers 3. Erasers 4. Pencils 5. Small bags of pretzels or cheese puffs. I’ve seen huge boxes at several local stores) 6. Vampire teeth 7. Glow…
 
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