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  • Popular Baby Names for Boys and Girls

    it's BABY time!
    Carol Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    What’s in a name? A lot, actually! Naming your baby is something most parents give much thought to, though for some it’s very easy. Perhaps you have your names picked out already based on the name of a relative. Some parents wait until the day their baby is born to decide on a name. It’s also not uncommon for certain names to become popular after a huge hit movie; for instance, Elsa and Anna seem to be making quite a hit for baby names of 2014! It’s a big decision and one that can bring stress to some parents, especially when they can’t agree on the same name.Many parents like to…
  • Summer Projects

    Listen & Learn Music
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve always been a sucker for a full plate, both in the literal sense (ha!) and when it comes to work-related projects. I wasn’t sure if that would be the case this summer, since last year at this time I was on maternity leave and work was not a high priority. But it turns out that the opposite has been true, and I’ve been lucky to strike a good balance between family time and music therapy. After our weekend summit in California last month, my Music Therapy Pro colleagues and I have stepped up our game. We added a brand-new feature called “Four Corners” in which…
  • No bake nutella cheesecake – cooking with kids

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    Monty The Monkey
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    Hellooooo Monkeys Today I’ve got a real treat for you I’m over half way in Read more The post No bake nutella cheesecake – cooking with kids appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Tick Tock Tick Tock – The Clock

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User bigpresh,via CC Time is forever and it keeps moving. But, when was the first time that humans thought of measuring time? Almost 7000yrs ago, the Hindus (Aryan Civilization) gazed at the sky and measured the time by looking at the position of stars or the Sun. The Egyptians thought of measuring time 6000 years ago. They used sundials or Solar clocks ( eco-friendly huh!) based on the meridian line which represents the north to south direction of a place. This line is determined by the shortest shadow cast by a vertical arm on the background lit by the sun. The meridian…
  • Elephants appear to be super sniffers

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Elephants are not only massive, but also possess the most odor-detecting genes of any animal known, new research shows.
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    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students

  • Elephants appear to be super sniffers

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Elephants are not only massive, but also possess the most odor-detecting genes of any animal known, new research shows.
  • Bug-killer linked to decline in birds

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    One of the most popular chemicals used to protect crops from bugs may also take a toll on birds, a Dutch study finds. U.S. farmers also rely on these insecticides, a second study finds.
  • The Bahamas’ African roots

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ocean bacteria may have built the Bahama islands, fed by dust blown across the Atlantic from the Sahara Desert.
  • High-altitude help from extinct ancestors

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    The Tibetan plateau is high in altitude but low in oxygen. An unusual version of one gene in Tibetans' DNA helps them survive this environment. And that gene appears to have been passed along from Denisovans, a Neandertal-like ancestor.
  • Some Arctic dinos lived in herds

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Fossil footprints retrieved from Alaska indicate that plant-eating duckbill dinos not only traveled as extended families but also spent their entire lives in the Arctic.
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    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT

  • It's Time For Pie

    Erinn Simon
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most of what I know about cooking and baking I learned from my first post-college job. I was living in my hometown, Binghamton, N.Y., with my boyfriend (and future husband) in a downtown apartment building populated largely by other underemployed, creative, twentysomething punks.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Best of NYC Children's Film Festival Comes to Main Street Landing

    Alison Novak
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the mood to take your kids to the movies, but hoping to avoid the summer blockbusters and Disney sequels? You're in luck. On Thursday night, the Burlington Film Society, the Vermont International Film Foundation and Main Street Landing sponsor a showing of the best animated shorts from the New York City International Children's Film Festival at 7 p.m in Burlington. The 12 short films range in length from two to nine minutes and hail from Europe, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. It's an eclectic lineup.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Cherry-Chocolate Summer Sipper

    Alison Novak
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Summer is a fruit lover's paradise. Locally, I'm enamored by the strawberries from Last Resort Farm and the blueberries from Adam's Berry Farm (now in their new Charlotte location!).… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Day-cations Contest: It's Your Turn!

    Alison Novak
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Every June, July and August, Kids VT recommends family-oriented day trips to help readers take advantage of the lovely but fleeting summer months. For these adventures — which we call Day-cations — we've sent our writers to places including Thunder Road, Burton Island State Park, the Montréal Biodome, Little River State Park... and the list goes on.  Now we want to hear about the excursions that you — our awesome readers — like to take in the summer.  Tell us a little bit about a a place you've visited this summer that's been fun for the whole family.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe…
  • Performing Arts Extravaganza: A Weekend Preview

    Alison Novak
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the mood for some theater, dance and circus this weekend? You're in luck.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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    Kids Blog

  • New Non Fiction: Back to School numbers.

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Welcome to Term 3! I hope you all had a fantastic break over the school holidays.  Here are some new junior non fiction to help you catch up on your school work. Why do reptiles have scales? : and other questions about evolution and classification.  Wildlife wonders? You better believe it. This book covers anything and everything you want/need to know about the classification and evolution of reptiles and how they have adapted to survive the ever changing environment. This is a great book to use for biology projects and homework. Great for Primary and Intermediate level. You…
  • Commonwealth Games

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Looking for information about the games? Look no further! Here are all the links you need: The 2014 Commonwealth Games: Check out the official website for everything you need to know about the games. You can find out about the different sports, the countries competing, the athletes involved, the schedule of events, and the medal counts (including the athletes that have won them). You can even find out about the records set for the different sports played.   Past Commonwealth Games: The Commonwealth Games have been happening every 4 years since 1930. You can find all the dates and…
  • Te rā whakamutunga o Māwhai Tuhituhi

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Kia ora anō tamariki mā Ki a koutou ngā kaituhituhi kei te mihi, kei te mihi. Ko tēnei te rā whakamutunga o Māwhai Tuhituhi. Me pēhea te whakakapi i te pakiwaitara nei? He whakataetae te Māwhai Tuhituhi. Kua oti kē ngā whiti e whā, kei a koe te ariā o te whiti tuarima. Āpiti atu tō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, mō ngā rā 21-25 o Hūrae. Mēnā ka hiahia koe ki te uru ki te whakataetae haere ki te whārangi o te māwhai tuhituhi, pāngia te pikitia “māwhai tuhi” ki runga rā, āpiti tō tuhi ki te wahanga tuhi ki raro nei rānei. Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia…
  • New Non Fiction: A cure for the winter blues.

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Well, boys and girls. We have finally entered into the coldest month of the year and have been and/or about to be hit hard with some miserable weather. Have no fair, the library has got a new range of Junior Non Fiction. Nothing but a little ‘Plants vs Zombies, a tribute to the arts and Angry Birds Star Wars and Lego redux!’ to cure the winter blues. Children‘s book of cinema :  Explore the magical, behind-the-scenes world of the movies. “Presents an introduction to the world of cinema. This title tells the story of cinema from silent films of yesteryear to the…
  • Te toa o te rā – Rāapa

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Tēnei te mihi ki a Anahera, ka pai koe, i whai koe i te kōrero i mua tata atu. Ka taka pai ngā whakaaro i a koutou ngā kaituhi!
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    Holy Meat Balls

  • Find The Solutions To All Your Skin Care Problems

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    There is a lot of misinformation floating around about how to best care for your skin. Forget these myths; if you want clear, healthy skin, you must adopt and adhere to a sound skin care routine. These suggestions will help you take care of your skin the correct way. Do not shave if your skin is dry. Use shaving cream or products that create lather. Shaving tends to cause more irritation and redness to the surface of your skin. Always apply some lotion after shaving. This can help soothe any irritation and also give your skin the moisture it needs. Exfoliating can help you get great skin.
  • Tips On How To Become A Great Parent!

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Raising children is one of the most daunting tasks a person can face. You can use this article and its tips to learn more skills in parenting and gain more confidence in your child-rearing abilities. You have the potential for becoming a better parent! Expecting parents shouldn’t spend lots of money on nursery equipment. Some department stores, such as Walmart, have high quality items at affordable prices. You can get everything you need for a fraction of the price by shopping at one of these stores. Due to the short useful life of items like these, friends and family members may have…
  • Solid Ways To Get More Out Of Your Cooking

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Have you ever eaten something at a five-star restaurant and wanted to buy the secret recipe? Have you tried to create these things yourself at your house? You can use the following information to learn to create the culinary masterpieces you could once only get at a restaurant. Get passionate about your cooking, and you will taste the results in your food. Slowly stir corn starch into simmering sauce to thicken. In a bowl, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a couple of tablespoons of water. While stirring, introduce the liquid into your sauce while it is simmering. You need to add this…
  • Home Improvement Tips To Make A Better Home

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Home improvement is a highly important and personal topic to every home owner. This article can help you avoid past mistakes and start your home improvement tasks off the right way. To keep electric costs down while illuminating your yard, change out your regular porch light for one that has a motion sensor. It is still possible to turn the light on manually, and the sensitivity is adjustable. Small rooms can seem dreary but that can be changed. Get some light in there! Make sure your windows are perfectly clean and pull up the shades. Natural light will make any room feel bigger. Use pale…
  • We’ll Teach You All You Need To Know About Furniture

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Shopping for furniture can be enjoyable if you are knowledgeable about what you are doing. It can be exciting to see all of the available choices but the prices may dampen your spirit. These tips will help you find the furniture you want at a price you can afford. Always test a recliner or rocker before you purchase it. A lot of shoppers do not test this, and are later disappointed at home when they find out that it doesn’t work. You may not be able to have this furniture replaced. Always inspect a sofa’s frame. Look for a board that is at least an inch thick. Your sofa can squeak…
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    Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Network

  • Make Play Binoculars with this Kids’ Craft

    Wendy Piersall
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    My little girl is obsessed with bugs.  OBSESSED.  I decided to encourage her love of the outdoors with a fun recycled craft.  These pretend binoculars are specifically for scoping out bugs, but there are lots of other fun things to look at, too. Besides butterflies, there are lots of bugs that aren’t as ‘scary’ as spiders or roaches. Have your kids look for ladybugs, pretty colored beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, honey bees, inchworms, or roly-poly potato bugs. Plus the best bugs of all – fireflies! What you need to craft play binoculars: Two toilet paper rolls…
  • Summer Worksheets for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    My kids are well into the last days of school for the year – and that means that I’m going to have three months of finding ways to keep my kids busy all day, every day. We started a tradition last summer of taking a ‘field trip’ every Friday, but that meant they needed lots of stuff to do Mondays through Thursdays. This year I have a whole room set up for crafts and have been working hard on putting together tons of printable activities that I know my kids will enjoy. I hope yours will, too! These summer printables would make a great activity packet to send home with…
  • 101+ Kids Outdoor Activities, Crafts, Games, and Ideas for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

    Wendy Piersall
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    101 Kids’ Outdoor Activities As we round out the half-way point of summer, I know what’s on many people’s minds: “OMG! Summer is almost over! I’d better get out and do some stuff with my kids before it’s too late!”. OK, maybe it’s me who usually thinks that in late July. But in case you need some kids activities ideas, I’ve taken a whole heck of a lot of time to put together the ultimate list of kids outside activities. Summer is just flat out too wonderful to spend indoors! But be sure to bookmark this page for later, because kids should…
  • Memorial Day Worksheets for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    16 May 2014 | 7:45 am
    As I was putting together these Memorial Day printables, I realized I didn’t know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It turns out that Veterans Day was established to as a way to primarily thank living military veterans. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in service to their country, particularly those who died in battle. Memorial Day Worksheets Memorial Day Word Search Memorial Day Word Search Answer Key Memorial Day Word Scramble Memorial Day Word Scramble Answer Key War History Worksheet - Letter Tiles War History…
  • Kids Flower Crafts

    Wendy Piersall
    8 May 2014 | 8:02 am
    I know it’s very girly-girl of me, but I’d have to say that flower crafts really are some of my absolute favorites to make. In fact, I just bought more tissue paper today to play with some more paper flower ideas in the next few weeks. I truly believe you can never have too many paper flowers in your house! Tissue Paper Flower Crafts Tissue Paper Flower Topiary Basic Tissue Paper Flowers Flower Pillbox Hat Embellished Tissue Paper Flowers Preschool Flower Crafts Preschool Paper Flower Garden Cupcake Liner Flowers Handprint and Footprint Flowers Pipe Cleaner Flowers Flower…
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    Toddler Activities from

  • Taste and Tell

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This activity will make your child more aware of the sense of taste.
  • Water Balloon Catch

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here are some water balloon activities and ideas for your toddler.
  • Babies Collage

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This activity is ideal for children who are expecting a baby sister or brother.
  • The Electric Show

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Practical experiments with static electricity can be a hair-raising experience -- literally!
  • Learning Mats

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this arts and crafts activity.
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  • Build A Birdhouse For Your Backyard

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Teach your children about the environment and conservation while you turn your home into a "green house"!
  • Make a Mudcloth

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Kids love to play in the mud. Now they can paint with it, too! Find out how to turn ordinary dirt into art.
  • Go on a "Booknic"

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Add a little literature to your next family picnic. You may find that the best way to your kids' minds is through their stomachs! Here's what to do.
  • Summertime Magic Ale

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here is a treat that will be welcome on a hot day, and which will also spark play and conversation.
  • Playdough Recipes

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let your child explore arts and crafts with homemade playdough.
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    K-5 Activities from

  • Reverse Painting

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this activity, bleach on a Q-tip removes color from tissue paper, leaving behind an interesting reverse painting.
  • Map Facts

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Help your child create a map of your local area and then take a walk, following along on the map as you go.
  • Fun Money

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Work together to go through the newspaper and cut out coupons for things you need to buy. Be sure to point out that there's no need to buy unplanned items, just because there is a coupon.
  • Cards in a Hat

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This children's game requires concentration and a little bit of skill to throw the cards in the hat?
  • Trick Your Fingers

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Can your kids figure out the scientific trick? Why is one hand cold, and one hand hot in this experiment?
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    Doll Diaries

  • Rose Headband-Made with Duck Tape

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Duck tape is so fun to work with and I am continually amazed with what amazing things you can make with it-especially for dolls!  This summer some neighbor girls taught me how to make Duck Tape rose rings.  I really loved the technique and knew I wanted to think of a fun way to incorporate that Duck Tape rose into a doll size project!  So with fashion week they found themselves on a doll size headband! Another fun aspect to these roses is that they look so unique depending on what pattern or color of Duck Tape you use! You can mix and match patterns or keep it simple with a solid color for…
  • Quick Craft – Doll Zipper Belt

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This doll zipper belt is a fun, fast, and colorful doll craft that fits perfectly with our theme of fashion this week! Supplies: 12 inch Coats and Clark Zipper Ribbon Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Tape Buttons Thread and Needle (I used Coats and Clark quilting thread) Scissors Use a 12 inch zipper.  This size zipper makes a perfect fit for an American Girl doll.  First, lay the zipper out flat.  Run the Aleene’s Permanent Fabric Tape down each side of the zipper and cover with your choice of ribbon.  Duck Tape would also be a good choice for decorative color. Next, stitch together the…
  • Camp Doll Diaries – Wedding Fashion Fun for the Dolls

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When my cousin, Holly, asked my daughters and niece to be in her wedding they were over the top excited!!  Knowing that the bride was an American Girl Doll lover in her youth, I decided to give my girls a wedding doll surprise!  Okay…I have to admit, I also wanted them to have some fun distraction to keep them occupied while all the practicing and events played out.  Needless to say, the “Bride Squad” had a memorable time. For the rehearsal dinner, I had a local screen printing shop make my daughters and niece adorable shirts.  J&S Apparel ( ) did a fantastic…
  • Fashion Week Mini Doll Duck Tape Dresses

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Quick note from Char – Today we kick off Fashion Week at Camp Doll Diaries and our sponsor is The Duck Brand Duck Tape. While we we be making all sorts of fun doll fashions from Duck Tape, we will be using other materials and inspiration for our fashions, too. And, in case you are wondering, I will be back from vacation tomorrow – it has been a well-needed break. Karen here and I have been busy making these mini doll Duck Tape  dresses. Today I am sharing my pattern and tutorial with all of you so you too can add to your mini doll wardrobe! These are easy to make and so much fun…
  • A Mom’s Review: Tulip Tie-Dye Kit

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I think all parents want to give their kids a fun filled summer break.  As a mother of two daughters I am always on the hunt for new activities to keep my girls from boredom.  When I was initially sent the Tulip Tie Dye Kit I was a little skeptical.   Really…tie dye with my kids?  I just could foresee disaster.  Flashbacks of my youth laboring over buckets of dye in the hot sun trying my best to make a decent looking tie dye shirt did not amuse me.   I can honestly say I was so over the top pleasantly surprised at how fun and easy this project was!  Wow, have the times changed!! I…
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    Science teacher

  • "I want to expand a child's world!"

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Aside from my knee-jerk reactionarism to anything that smacks of missionary politics, I do wonder why so many of us assume that we need to "broaden horizons" of young human beings who have lived lives thus far unknown to us. This human stuff goes both ways, or should, anyway, especially since the youngters in a classroom have been coerced to show up.So, a crank's view of common classroom practices.New teacher: I want to show my kids the world!Do not show photos of galaxies to kids who have never seen more than a dozen stars under city skies.Do not read Blueberries for Sal to a child who has…
  • A thousand children

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I've been teaching a little while, not nearly as long as most teachers my age, but long enough to have a voice now. I think this year I may have my thousandth student.Now while that may not seem like a whole lot, time does add up. I get almost 150 hours of face time per student, so that's about 150,000 hours of contact time total, over 17 years worth.I used to be a pediatrician--I saw way more than 1000 kids, but those who I spent the most time with, well, died. The chronically ill and the dying need a lot of time, and need a lot of love.Healthy kids had no need for me beyond a few vaccines…
  • The phlogiston of education

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
     Astrology, alchemy, and education theory?If you take a strip of magnesium, a metal, and light it on fire, you will get an incredibly bright white, searing reaction--it's used to give us the brilliant white highlights in fireworks. When you are done, you will have a pile of ashy, powdery stuff. It's no longer metal, you just saw the metal burn up. You just saw incredible amounts of heat and light get released.Would you expect the pile of ash to weigh more, less, or the same as the ribbon of magnesium you started with? The answer is obvious, no?***Until not so long ago, scientists were…
  • Fiddling away our children's lives

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I'm feeling crabby tonight....Education beyond learning what you needed to get by day to day used to be called elitism.Now it's called getting ready for the global economy.Neither one, by itself, prepares you to live.*** I spent a chunk of a Sunday watching a colony of fiddler crabs from a kayak, once they got used to me ogling them. (If you ever stumble upon a mess of fiddlers, they will disappear in a blink, so quickly you might wonder if you truly saw them. Just sit quietly like you're a stalk of phragmite. Then sit some more. They'll come popping out like Munchkins after Dorothy's first…
  • NGSS and food: starving for accuracy

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts."Richard Feynman I am trying to get a handle on my seemingly irrational visceral response to the Next Generation Science Standards. I should be lovin' this up, especially since philosophically the folks at NGSS and I are on the same page. The Visigoths of Ignorance are banging on national psyche, and we are teetering on the brink of Age of Magick.I am a bloody mix of superstitions, awe, and and mortality with an inkling of the power of science, and as such may put too much trust in my enteric nervous system ("gut feelings"), but eventually…
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  • Maine Artisan Bread Fair and a Giveaway for Bakers

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    MP would travel anywhere in Maine for good bread. This Saturday, the Maine Grain Alliance is hosting its annual bread fair with over 60 food vendors from across New England. Even though Skowhegan is an hour-plus drive, the promise of skilled bakers offering wood-fired pizza, decadent pastries, and crusty baguettes is enough for MP to get the family in the car and go. If the promise of delicious breads and pastries weren’t enough, then all of the other fun events are certainly enticing. The talented folks at King Arthur Flour will be on hand to discuss their best baking tips. You’ll also…
  • Kettle Cove

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    After two back-to-back travel weekends, our family decided to start a new summer tradition: Saturday morning breakfasts at a local beach. DP packed hard-boiled eggs, coffee, juice, croissants, and homemade strawberry jam. By 9:00 a.m., all of us were in bathing suits and ready to go. We decided to visit one of our favorite spots: Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. If you haven’t been, Kettle Cove is located at the smaller, quieter end of Crescent Beach. The parking lot is small, so getting there early is key. There is a rocky beach where children can explore the tide pools (CP#1 and #2 love…
  • Strawberry Festival Desserts

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Every summer, without fail, our family goes to the New Gloucester Strawberry Festival. We make sure to eat a light dinner, so our bellies can handle the humongous desserts that the volunteers at the festival so lovingly create. CP#2 waiting in line – does he look excited or what? The line to choose a dessert gets a little longer each year, but oh, the end result is worth the wait! Visitors can choose a “super” that consists of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, Hodgman’s Vanilla Custard, and a homemade biscuit. Or you can opt out on the biscuit and go for a strawberry sundae. If…
  • An Interview with LEGO Master Model Builder Ian Coffey and a Giveaway

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Twenty-six-year-old LEGO Master Model Builder, Ian Coffey, was in Portland for the Old Port Festival in early June, sharing his incredible building talents with the masses. MP had the opportunity to chat with Ian, learn how he became a LEGO Master Model Builder, and what it’s like to work at the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Boston. Ian in Portland during Old Port Fest. MP: When did you first start building with LEGOs? IC: I started at 3-years old. My older brother played with LEGOs, and I wanted to be just like him. To this day, there’s a very large LEGO city in the basement of my…
  • Brunch at the East Ender and Bug Light

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    Last Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day with brunch at the East Ender in Portland with good friends. Neither family had ever been to the bustling, two story restaurant, and all of us were excited to try the food. If you go, this is a place to indulge in pre-brunch sweets and savories. Our table of hungry kids and adults sampled crispy trout fritters, a homemade, chocolate and banana pop tart, decadent cheddar swirl buns with prosciutto and pepper jelly (MP’s favorite), and simple hushpuppies with maple sour cream. Both families were full before the main course was served. And…
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    Playground Confidential

  • Hack of the week*: Lip gloss painting

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    We went out for dinner last week and because I’m a seasoned and experienced mom of three, I brought exactly nothing to keep my kids occupied while we waited for our food. The number one tip I give to people going out for dinner with young children is to bring an activity for the kids; books, crayons ... [Read more...]The post Hack of the week*: Lip gloss painting appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Stuff I’m Digging: Seventh Generation (Giveaway)

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
     Image source: I’m not an eco-nut by any stretch. I live in a world constrained by budgets and time and the fragile limits of my sanity. So I do use paper plates for kiddie birthday parties and disposable plastic freezer bags, and I don’t make my own soap. The good news is that I ... [Read more...]The post Stuff I’m Digging: Seventh Generation (Giveaway) appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The case of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mom who was arrested for letting her nine-year-old play at the park while she worked at McDonald’s, has been widely discussed as a free-range-children issue. Shouldn’t a nine-year-old be allowed to play in the park, free-range advocates ask. Has our bubble-wrapped society gone too far? But, guess ... [Read more...]The post The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Francoise Nielly Prints

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Francoise Nielly's massive, colorful portraits are delicious to look at. Even more wonderful – and particularly infuriating to those of us who have timidly dabbled in painting – is to watch her create them. She, in her confident, strong hand, wields her painting knife shaped like a miniature garden trowel, and makes painting look easy like cake frosting. She paints her vivid, passionate canvases — some as large as 78 x 25 inches (195 x 62 centimeters) -- from black-and-white photos, further proof of her unfailing ability to interpret light, shadow, hue and tone by applying…
  • Danish Fashion and Textile Association Office

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Architect and designer Helle Flou, founder of Copenhagen-based HelleFlou, was responsible for the design of the offices for the Danish Fashion and Textile association (Dansk Mode og Textil) and Kopenhagen Fur. The offices are located in the fabulous 1835-built, heritage-listed A.N.Hansen mansion at the corner of Fredericiagade and Bredgade in the Fredriksstaden neighbourhood of central Copenhagen. The move together of the two organizations established a anew home and innovation centre for their cooperative effort called KicK initiative(Kopenhagen Internationle Center for Kreativitet).
  • iPhone 5 Cases & Passport Wallets

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Finally, an ideal case for your iPhone 5. Not just stylish, but cool and practical as well! These cases are meticulously finished and made of durable leather look-alike material in crisp, solid colors. The unbeatable practicality comes from the solid clip that locks the phone onto the case safely, the removable strap that keeps your hands free when not using the phone yet assures the phone is immediately handy at all times, the card slots for credit or hotel key cards, and the best part: you can take pictures and talk on the phone while the case is closed!   Just this case, your credit…
  • Joint Cafe + Workspace in Bangkok

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Working in a shared space - in a café or a rented-by-the-hour office - is nothing new, but sometimes a concept pops up that is worth a second look. Now into its third week of life, Joint Café + Workspace in Bangkok stands out in its whiteness. We will not speculate on what it will look like after a few months of coffee spills and foot traffic, but for now, it appears inviting like a new notebook, all ready to be filled with people, ideas and inspiration. The space, designed by Thailand’s 56th Studio, is located on the 12th floor of the Asia Hotel’s car park building.
  • 800 m2 Office In An Old Cable Factory - Poland

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are now officially suffering from office envy and the object of our feelings is located in Poland, in a former cable factory in Zabłocie, a post-industrial district in Kraków. It was designed for the web technology consulting firm u2i by architect and urban planner Justyna Friedberg of Kraków-based Morpho Studio. The obvious breathing room – so often lacking in offices – is clearly evident here. White, ash wood, natural light. Somehow we can imagine thoughts flying freer in a space like this, with this much openness and light.   The real gem of the 800…
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    Little Food Junction

  • Shark on my plate

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    ~ Shark On my Plate ~ The monsoons have just stepped in the northern part of India. Cool winds accompanied with wonderful gush of shower areperfect to rejuvenate the mind and body from the scorching and soaring temperatures of summer.....The first showers of blissful sunday afternoon surely needed some creative  monsoon snacking and nothing could have been better than involving lil one in making and relishing an edible version of her story book - 'The Great Shark Escape'........Brown bread, carrots, cheese, radish, onion green, pea,…
  • Fathers Day

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:32 am
    ~ Pomegranate Basil Mojito ~  for Fathers Day Fathers are wonderful people...Too little understood, And we do not sing their praises ,as often a we should ....But fathers are just wonderful , in a million different ways To make us happy today and everyday !!! Little Food Junction wishes all fathers  a very Happy Fathers Day.While half the world is still busy celebrating the occasion , we from the other side of the globe would love to share our take for the occasion. The tiny handmade card  accompanied with a cool non alcoholic mojito…
  • Spring Rain

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    ~ Spring Rain ~ April has already stepped in!! Its difficult to understand how quickly time flies , its hard to  believe that the new year and christmas bellsrang more than 3 months back! Seems like a few days back  we were decorating the Christmas tree and now easter and summer both are gradually stepping in. The colorful spring flowers are in their last blooms but wait there is something really unusual about this spring, its has been raining quite a lot this time , undoubtedly  the…
  • Happy Holi

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:17 pm
    ~ Happy Holi ~Hope your life is framed with the colors of love and happiness, today and always ....Little Food Junction wishes all its readers a very Happy Holi !! Holi or the festival of colors , is the most fun filled and boisterous of Indian festivals . It is synonymous with aromatic colors, music,delicious treats, fun and play. The warm breeze , the colorful flowers, the fun and frolic  of kids , the smell of aromatic Holi pigment and freshly made sweet treats all beautiful symbolize the advent of spring.The festivities begin…
  • Banana Muffins

    11 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    ~ Banana Muffins  ~With all the hustle bustle and fast pace  life of  a metro, I sometimes deeply crave for  simple country life - deep blue skies, the gentle warmth  of morning sun,deep earthy aroma of wet soil and dew drenched crisp blades of wild grass.The city life enriches us with super luxuries and comforts but slyly keeps us away from the little joys of nature ...Amongst this city life my little green area aka the balcony of  apartment  is my best…
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • Fun My Little Pony Back To School Gear

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    I can’t believe back to school is coming up quick! Around here schools starts back in just a couple weeks! I’m already seeing back to school sales everywhere! One of my nieces favorites is My Little Pony, so I thought I’d share some fun My Little Pony back to school items. Some links in this... Continue Reading...The post Fun My Little Pony Back To School Gear appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations

    Sadie L
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    This tutorial on how to make diy printable jungle themed invitations will work for birthdays, baby showers, or anything, really! You don’t have to use a jungle theme – walk through these steps using any birthday party theme you’d like to make your own diy printable party invitations! Some links in this post may be... Continue Reading...The post How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Popsicle® Printables Fun!

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I’m a Popsicle® ambassador, all opinions are my own. Have you had a chance to check out the Popsicle® Rules For Being a Kid Guidebook yet? We’ve been having a blast with it here this summer! Along with the “rules” there are also some printables your kids will love! I’ve been thinking it would be fun... Continue Reading...The post Popsicle® Printables Fun! appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Nestle Girl Scout Crunch S’mores Recipe~ Let’s Get Her To Camp

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    I’m a regular contributor at and I’m excited to be working with them right now on a campaign with Nestle Crunch for the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Bars which are in stores now for a limited time! I used to be a Girl Scout myself, so I know how fun and important the Girl... Continue Reading...The post Nestle Girl Scout Crunch S’mores Recipe~ Let’s Get Her To Camp appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Kid’s Camp Out Party Ideas

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Do you love to camp in the great outdoors? Then a camp out party may be the perfect party theme for you. Perfect for boys or girls, this is a party theme that is great for all ages and can be done on a minimal budget. Take a look below at how we created our... Continue Reading...The post Kid’s Camp Out Party Ideas appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Music Therapy Connections is Moving!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Well, this is a bittersweet post if I’ve ever written one. After 5+ wonderful years providing music therapy services and lessons in my home studio, Music Therapy Connections is moving out. And while I’ll miss the non-existent commute and overall convenience of working at home, the pros of our new location far outweigh the cons. I opened the doors of my home studio on June 15, 2009, after several years of traveling to my students’ homes. It was a dream come true to see everyone in one place, and not have to schlep my equipment all over town. Here’s a look back at my…
  • Summer Projects

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve always been a sucker for a full plate, both in the literal sense (ha!) and when it comes to work-related projects. I wasn’t sure if that would be the case this summer, since last year at this time I was on maternity leave and work was not a high priority. But it turns out that the opposite has been true, and I’ve been lucky to strike a good balance between family time and music therapy. After our weekend summit in California last month, my Music Therapy Pro colleagues and I have stepped up our game. We added a brand-new feature called “Four Corners” in which…
  • {Mama Moment} Being the Parent at Music Class

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    My son Parker has been attending my early childhood music classes since he was just six months old, which I’ve written about here before. Since I’ve always been the teacher, either my mom or my husband has been with him during class. But this month, I’ve had the opportunity to be “the parent” while someone else teaches. Every Tuesday, Parker attends my baby music class with my mom, since I’m the teacher. But immediately following, my colleague Katey Kratz leads the toddler music class. I thought it’d be fun to experience the flip side, so Parker and I…
  • Around the World We Go

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Love, love, loooove this singable story! Big thanks to my teacher friend (and huge supporter of Listen & Learn) Rene for sending me a copy of this book, which I’d previously never heard of. I’ve been getting lots of use out of it lately, and hopefully you can too. Around the World We Go is a beautifully illustrated story by Margaret Wise Brown, the same author who wrote Goodnight Moon (one of several bedtime favorites in our house). The words fit the tune “The Farmer in the Dell” perfectly, but I slowed down the tempo and gave it a bit of a jazzy makeover. Around…
  • Let’s All Wave Hello

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    One of the things I love most about offering classes is that when I plan them, I end up writing a bunch of new songs. My current early childhood class was no exception; I wrote no fewer than 10 new songs for it! So over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing them with you. Since these songs were written for babies and toddlers, they are on the simple side. I feel like now that I have a kiddo of my own, I have a much better grasp on what types of songs and activities will go over best with this age group. Parker is really into waving lately, as are his little friends. So naturally, our…
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    Artful Adventures

  • The Little Factory of Illustration

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    It seems like reviews are a bit like buses on here at the moment – none for months and months, then 3 turn up at once. This was another case of an unusual and attractive product that seemed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Introducing Snappets

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    A few of you may have seen these around the internet recently, as the inventor, Zachary Opaskar has been trying to raise funds via a Kickstarter project, to put them into full production, so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creative Activities with the Kaleidograph

    22 Jun 2014 | 2:27 pm
    One of the newest additions to Artful Kids is the Kaleidograph. For those of you who haven’t come across this before, the Kaleidograph is a pattern making toy which is very simple in it’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here Comes Summer

    1 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Well I hope so anyway. As the weather has started to improve thoughts go to creative activities suitable for outdoors. Summer is the perfect time for so many creative activities with or without... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cardboard Creations

    12 May 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I love the amazing versatility of cardboard. It’s a fantastic material for creativity, being cheap, light, strong, and sustainable. We have lots and lots of it at home, since all the stock for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spanish Playground

  • 5 Apps for Reading in Spanish

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Finding quality Spanish language applications for the iPad and iPhone can be a challenge. This is partly because the iTunes store is not particularly easy to search, and also because many language learning apps focus strictly on vocabulary in isolation. Reading in Spanish depends on language in context, so apps that support beginning readers are especially difficult to find. The following apps for reading in Spanish are appropriate for language learners and most use Spanish in the context of full sentences. They have high quality audio, engaging content and are suitable for a wide range of…
  • Bilingual Books by Delia Berlin

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Delia Berlin is a children’s author from Argentina. Now living in the US, she has written two enchanting bilingual books for children. El cerezo and Los cuentos de Eva y Lucas are excellent choices for children learning Spanish who have acquired a foundation of basic vocabulary and structures. These stories are wonderful to read aloud and also appropriate for children who are reading independently. Where to find Delia Berlin’s bilingual books The author generously shares this free printable PDF version of Las medias mágicas.  It is one of the stories in Los cuentos de Eva y Lucas. On…
  • Easy Spanish Fun: The Friday Five

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    It’s time for the Friday Five. Use these easy Spanish activities to keep kids engaged with the language over the weekend or during the week ahead.  The activities do not require any preparation and cover a variety of levels. For beginners, try 1 and 3. For kids with more Spanish, try 2 and 4. Activity 5 can be adjusted to different levels based on the vocabulary you choose. 1. This easy Spanish video about means of transportation is perfect for beginners. Watch the video and answer the questions in the second half. Play memory with these cards to reinforce the words in the video. 2. Try…
  • 7 Speaking Activities for Any Video Clip

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Video clips with the sound turned off are a wonderful resource for speaking activities. They provide images to talk about, normal settings and lots of repetition. The speaking activities below are fun and easy to do with kids of any age. I started playing games like these with my kids on airplanes. We didn’t get headphones for the movies and instead would comment on what we saw on the screen. The suggestions are roughly in order of increasing difficulty. With the more complicated tasks you can pause the video, although in general I think it is more fun if it keeps going. After all, there…
  • Spanish Reading Comprehension: Dragon Photo

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Isn’t Drago precioso? This photo was one of several taken for another project. I didn’t need it, but it was so cute I wanted to find a way to use it. I decided the picture was perfect for a short Spanish reading comprehension activity for beginning learners. It also makes a fun speaking activity. The photo gives kids learning Spanish a context to help them understand the text. Before you show kids the picture, ask them to imagine a dragon. Brainstorm words they would use to describe a dragon. Show them the photo and read the sentences together. Click here for the full-size photo.
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • Art is an Adventure!

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Art and creativity are very near to my heart. Growing up, I expressed myself creatively in a variety of ways. Some of which still give me a little giggle. When I was very young, I would dance and sing to heart’s content, giving performances to anyone and everyone who would listen. As I got older, I loved writing, acting, and theatre. Since having kids, I have loved children’s crafts, exploring creativity with food and more. One common thread and life lesson woven throughout my lifelong artistic experiences was that putting yourself out there artistically requires a certain…
  • S'mores Pie in the Oven

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
     We recently came back from a camping trip where we had S'mores by the campfire almost every night. What's not to love about s'mores, am I right? We don't own a fire pit, and I have had them baked in the oven before (relish!). Unfortunately, our local grocery store was out of flat chocolate bars! Apparently, I'm not the only one craving this quintessential summer treat. Standing in the baking aisle of the grocery store I thought "How can I make s'mores happen without chocolate bars?" Aaaaand....Light bulb! Thus, I bring to you, Baked S'mores Pie!For this "recipe", you'll need:1 Pre-made…
  • Knott's Berry Farm Staycation Vacation

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    1 May 2014 | 12:33 am
    "Staycations" are a great option for families looking to stay close home this summer. Staying close to home means saving a ton of that precious vacation money on airfare. Who doesn't love that? I wanted to share with you how you can make your vacation dollars go further with Knott's Berry Farm, one of Southern California's best theme parks.  I've written about Knott's many times before. My love for it is made up of 1 part family friendly, 1 part awesome rides and 1 part nostalgia (I spent a good 30 minutes geeking out at the glass blowing booth in Ghost town over Christmas). Last year,…
  • Yummy Girl Scout Thin Mints Cookie Milk Shake Recipe

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:55 am
    *Originally published on February 25, 2012 on muffintinmom.comOh Thin Mints…… How I love you so. Here's a milk shake Girl Scout Thin Mints Cookies Recipe that I know you will love.Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cookie Milk Shake Recipe:(adjust ingredients to your taste)6-7 ice cubes (crush them first for a faster blend)Cover ice cubes with milk (about 3/4 cup-1 cup)Add 3 scoops vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream (milk might also work)Add a layer of chocolate syrupAdd a 1/8 cup of sugar (optional)Cover that with 3-4 Girl Scout Thin Mint CookiesBlend on high (we used a Vitamix blender) until smooth…
  • A Positive Message and Tons of Laughs in The LEGO Movie

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:34 am
    Today, February 7th, the first LEO themed full length theatrical release opens nationwide.  The LEGO movie features an all star cast of voices including Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) as Emmett, Elizabeth Banks (People Like Us) as Wyldstyle, Will Arnett (Arrested Development) as Batman, Will Ferrell (Elf) as Lord Business and Morgan Freeman as Vetruvius.Last weekend, my family and were invited to Legoland Califonia as part of a press junket for the film. We were also invited to get a sneak peek viewing of the movie before it hits theaters today. Having only seen teaser trailers up…
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    Red Tricycle

  • 4 Quick One-Tank Family Road Trips

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    If the summer’s finding you low on brain power and time, but desperately needing a vacation, here are four super-fun, super-quick family trips you can plan with minimal effort. You can even drive there and back from Portland on one tank of gas; they all clock in at under two hours each way. photo: L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, courtesy of Oregon State Parks One-Three Days: Camping Trip Vernonia While packing to go camping does take some planning, this may be your best bet for a quick getaway. The approximate travel time is one hour to this small town nested in the Cascade foothills…
  • You Know You Live With a Toddler When…

    Huffington Post Parents
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    The below is our weekly guest post from Huffington Post Parents. “The soul is healed by being with children.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot Well… true, I have had profound healing from being with my kids, but I don’t think those words were written with the toddler years in mind. The 20 Signs You Live With a Toddler: 1. You’ve learned that when a toddler says “No” it means, “No and stop, and right now, and give it to me, and it’s mine, and I’ll do it anyway.” 2. You’ve also learned that when you say “No” it…
  • Romper Rooms: 12 Awesome Indoor Playgrounds

    Meghan Rose
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s too hot for the park. Too sunny for the beach. You hit the pool yesterday. What can you do, that will let your bundle of energy run and climb, bounce and imagine, all without overheating? Hit one of these indoor (fully air conditioned) play palaces where you can relax with a latte (iced, of course) while the kids get themselves truly tuckered. photo credit: kidZone’s facebook page kidZone – West Hills Sure, the staff is great at playing with the kids, super helpful to parents and is CPR certified. Yes, they have a zip line, trampoline and swings for active kids, as well as an…
  • Fun Date Ideas for a Family Night Out

    Marissa Mullen
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Everyone knows that date night is important. But it’s not always easy to find a babysitter or the time to make it work. So why not make date night a family affair and take the kids along with you? Family date night is a great way to enjoy each other without the mess and stress of home. San Diego has some awesome spots that will make you want to date your family more often. Photo credit: La Bella Pizza Yelp page La Bella Café & Games If you’re in the mood for excellent pizza and fun games, this is the place! Located in downtown Chula Vista, this family-owned restaurant and arcade…
  • NYC’s Chilliest Destinations for Hot Summer Days

    alina adams
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Summer in the city can be hot. And humid. And unbearable. Sometimes it’s just too hot to play outside with the risk of sunburn, heatstroke and that prickly rash which makes babies so cranky. Indulge in a day of full-blast air-conditioned fun at chilly temps your apartment could never rival. Here are ten great spots to enjoy ice cold A/C with your kids. What’s your favorite air-conditioned spot to escape summer’s heat with your kids? –Alina Adams & Julie Seguss
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  • Tick Tock Tick Tock – The Clock

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User bigpresh,via CC Time is forever and it keeps moving. But, when was the first time that humans thought of measuring time? Almost 7000yrs ago, the Hindus (Aryan Civilization) gazed at the sky and measured the time by looking at the position of stars or the Sun. The Egyptians thought of measuring time 6000 years ago. They used sundials or Solar clocks ( eco-friendly huh!) based on the meridian line which represents the north to south direction of a place. This line is determined by the shortest shadow cast by a vertical arm on the background lit by the sun. The meridian…
  • Gnawing Beavers

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    ( Srishti, 8, tells us a few interesting facts about beavers ) Image Credit: Fickr User ingridtaylar,via CC Do you know what castor canadensis are? They are beavers! Beavers are the largest rodent in U.S.A.but are the second biggest rodents in the world. Their scientific name is castor canadensis. Their lifespan is up to 24 years. It is a mammal, not a reptile. A beaver weighs about 60 lbs and is 2-3 feet. Some of their adaptions are that they are great swimmers and they can hold their breath for 15 minutes. Beavers can even shut their nose and ears. Transparent inner eyelids cover…
  • 366 days in an year?

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    Image Credit: Flickr User Matt Preston,via CC Macy and Stacy are twins born in the February of 2000. Now, Macy is 4 years old while Stacy is 14! How so? One is a Leap day baby, and the other is not. Did you know that babies born on leap day are called leaplings? Each year has 365 days. But every four years the year has 366 days. This year is called a Leap year. This day is added in the month of February. So instead of having 28 days unlike each year, the Leap year February has 29 days. Now you see that Macy was born February 29, 2000 at 11:56 P.M. Stacy was born 10 minutes later on…
  • Food Chain

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    Image Credit: Flickr User Brian Fuller, via CC   All living things must  eat other living things to survive. You see a bird eating a worm. Or you see a lion preying on an innocent looking gazelle. You feel sad and sorry. But the truth is that one living thing must eat some other living thing to survive.  Why is that? Because living things provide energy and we all need energy for survival.   The order where a small living thing is the food for a larger living thing which, in turn, is the food for an even larger living thing is called a food chain. Food chain usually…
  • Mist and Dew

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User rnjacobs,via CC Mist.. Is it fog or a small cloud? Well, it could be both. A very thin fog is called mist or cloud on the ground can be mist. Well, how are they formed? When warm air comes in contact with the cold surface, or damp air becomes cold (again coming in contact with the cold surface). Mist formation is highly dependent on the weather. If the temperature goes down a little the mist forms, and as the temperature rises the mist disappears. So how do we know about the thickness of mist? Depends on how far you can see within it. If the visibility is within a…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Ecology for Kids: Food Chain Lesson {Summer Science Series}

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The theme for the last week of our Summer Science Series with Edventures with Kids is ecology. Try this simple food chain lesson to introduce ecology to kids.  Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks for supporting Inspiration Laboratories! Pond Circle Pond Circle by Betsy Franco is a good book to use for introducing food chains to kids. I love [...]
  • Raising Scientists

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    MaryAnne from Mama Smiles is here today to talk about raising scientists – a topic close to my heart since I believe science literacy is important for everyone. Incorporating science into our daily lives is easier than you think. Read on to find out what MaryAnne has to say about the topic. Be sure to check out Mama [...]
  • Lily’s Nursery: Owl Wall Decals

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Earlier this month I shared the vinyl wall map in Aiden’s room. Decdecals also sent me wall decals for Lily’s nursery. I found some adorable owl wall decals that helped set the colors for her room. Owl Wall Decals I chose 3 different owl wall stickers from decdecals. They are super easy to place on the wall. [...]
  • The Sunday Showcase – Pretend Play Crafts & Activities

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring Crafts and Activities that Promote Pretend Play that were linked up last week. What Do We Do All Day? shares 7 lessons learned while making paper boats. Buggy and Buddy shows us how to use felt to encourage imaginative play. You Clever Monkey makes Frozen peg people. What a [...]
  • A Piece of Cake Math Lesson

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post brought to you by HarperCollins Children’s Books. All opinions are 100% mine. We love pretend play, reading, and learning at Inspiration Laboratories and are happy when we can combine all three. A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham inspired a fun cake math lesson that has plenty of room for play. A Piece [...]
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  • TinkerLab Book Blog Tour Highlights

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Did you get a chance to catch the TinkerLab Blog Book Tour? Twenty-three incredible blogs shared reviews, projects from the book, giveaways, and cool tinkering insights with their readers. I’m so grateful for all that they shared and thought a recap would be helpful for those who might be thinking about picking up a copy of the book for themselves, or as a gift. Jean from The Artful Parent, which happens to be one of the very first blogs I ever read, shares some great photos of her marked up book and a peek at a bunch of the pages. Toddler Approved shares how her kids made one of the…
  • Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    While my girls have been in a little bit of camp this summer, it’s mainly been Camp Mom for our family: local adventures, crafts, and lots and lots of unstructured play. We’re lucky to have some great neighbors with kids, and our girls have been lost in imaginative play that expands beyond the reach of anything I could possibly fabricate for them. However, we’ve had a few mornings filled with creative projects and this stop motion animation project is a winner.  Stop Motion Animation, explained For the uninitiated, stop motion animation is a film making technique that…
  • 20 Inspiring Letter Writing Centers

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    Today we’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for setting up an inspiring letter writing center. If you’re familiar with this blog, you’ll know that I like to move my furniture around. A lot. A few weeks ago I moved our dining table back to the dining room. It’s so very traditional of us! Here’s how the space used to look. And then here’s the dining table (aka work table) in my studio space. With the table in it’s new spot, we were ready for a new Creative Table invitation. Considering my three-year old’s growing interest in letter writing,…
  • Fun Science Experiments: Vinegar and Baking Soda

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    My kids love fun science experiments. While cooking breakfast the other day, my three-year old asked about making concoctions with the breakfast supplies. While I’m all for mixing up ingredients with kids, I wasn’t prepared to have a lot of good food go to waste. So we set up a classic concoction center with some baking soda and vinegar. So much fun! Supplies: Fun Kitchen Science Experiment I’ve included some Amazon affiliate links for your convenience Vinegar - I like this big jug for the convenience of having lots of vinegar on hand for more experiments Baking Soda Tray…
  • Join the TinkerLab Creative Challenges

    12 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Every two months we host a Creative Challenge, where we invite you to invite you to create with a common material . The objective of these challenges is toexplore a material’s potential,build creative confidence, encourage invention, and envision new purposes for common objects…. skills that are at the heart of innovation.  Do you want to know more about our creative challenges? This is our 12th challenge! Can I get some applause? To see them all, simply scroll to the bottom of this post. Now I have some big news for you…. If you’ve been following these challenges or…
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    Junior Car Designer

  • How To Draw A Nascar Race Car Step By Step

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Let’s learn how to draw a race car now. This time is a very cool Nascar car. These cars race in big oval tracks with huge banked corners (up to 30 degrees and a little more). It’s very cool to watch on tv and I bet It’s even cooler in person. Begin with the ground-line and the wheelbase.     The second step is to draw the body. Look at how, at the rear, the lower part is a little taller than the rest of the car.     Next up is the cabin. This is a regular shaped cabin, nothing special. This is because they’re supposed to be based on the production car ( the car…
  • How To Draw A Monster Truck

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Welcome to a new Junior Car Designer tutorial. We’ll learn how to draw a monster truck. First draw the ground and two very big wheels. These must be very close to each other. Now draw a rectangle shape just above the wheels. This is the body of the monster truck. Monster trucks have very high ground clearance, almost 10 feet or three meters  sometimes.   The next step is to draw a very small cabin. It’s not actually that small but it looks that way because the rest of the truck is so big.   Draw the door, the windshield and the side window. The door is basically useless because…
  • How To Draw The Batmobile

    27 Feb 2014 | 10:17 pm
    This tutorial is one of the coolest yet: How to draw the batmobile for all you kids out there.. I know, maybe you’re a little younger and you weren’t even born when this batmobile came out, but trust me, this is the cool one. So, first we need to draw the wheels. The wheelbase of the batmobile is really long. Now, this step is really hard. Draw the body. Be very patient because there is a lot of stuff here, like the bat-wing and the rather weird front, which is an intake for a turbine. Do your best. From a hard step we go to an easy one. Draw the cabin and a roof scoop at the top.
  • Easy Car Drawing Tutorial For Kids: Taxi Cab

    6 Feb 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The winter break is over. Let’s learn how to draw a taxi cab with a very easy step by step tutorial. This is a cartoon car sort of drawing. Of course, the first step is to draw the wheels. The wheelbase is very short for this drawing. I’m sure you’ve been practicing drawing circles, if not, shame on you. Remember, good circles equal cool car drawings. Now draw the body and the wheel on the other side. Make the body fat and short to get that good cartoon look. Draw the –also fat- cabin. You weren’t only supposed to practice drawing circles. Lines too are important. It’s time to…
  • Draw A Racing Car: Funny Car

    4 Dec 2013 | 8:42 pm
    We continue the race car drawing tutorials. This one is on how to draw a Funny Car drag racer. Funny cars are one of the most spectacular categories in drag racing. They produce about 8000 hp, accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about half a second and they cover the quarter-mile in less than 5 seconds at more than 330 mph. Draw the wheels. The rear wheel is evidently bigger than the front one. The wheelbase in kinda long. Now draw the body. This cars have a very dramatic wedge shape. Look how much lower the front end is than the rear and. Now it’s time to draw the cabin. It’s very small and…
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    it's BABY time!

  • Popular Baby Names for Boys and Girls

    Carol Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    What’s in a name? A lot, actually! Naming your baby is something most parents give much thought to, though for some it’s very easy. Perhaps you have your names picked out already based on the name of a relative. Some parents wait until the day their baby is born to decide on a name. It’s also not uncommon for certain names to become popular after a huge hit movie; for instance, Elsa and Anna seem to be making quite a hit for baby names of 2014! It’s a big decision and one that can bring stress to some parents, especially when they can’t agree on the same name.Many parents like to…
  • Children Left in Hot Cars: Don’t Let This Be You

    Carol Johnson
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    When I was a child, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for a parent to leave their child in the car for a minute or two while she ran a quick errand. In this day and age that is a big no-no. So many things can happen in those few minutes you’re gone from car-jacking to child abductions; and if your toddler is older, you’d be surprised how quickly than can manage to escape from their car seats! It seems as though you’re hearing more and more stories about children who are forgotten in a vehicle. Think you would never forget your child in the car? Think again!So far, a reported 17 children…
  • The Best Cars for Families of 2014

    Carol Johnson
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When you are toting around young children there are several factors that come into mind when choosing a vehicle. Safety, of course, should be top priority. There are other features that make certain vehicles more family-friendly than others. You wouldn’t buy a fancy sports car without a back seat when you have more than one little one in tow. I’ve researched some of the top picks in safety and other special features that made the list in best cars for families.My car has definitely seen its better days. I have driven a few different vehicles and know of what qualities I would like in a…
  • Kid Safe Insect Repellents

    Carol Johnson
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Nature has much to offer in all its splendor. There’s nothing like spending quality time in the great outdoors, getting in exercise and taking in the fresh air. Why let pesky bugs and insects spoil that? While there are many products and devices designed to help keep the pests down to a minimum, these usually keep you confined to a specific amount of space they are designed to cover. Bug sprays and repellants offer more freedom to move about wherever while providing protection. I’ve listed below some of the best Deet-free kid safe insect repellents that are safe for protecting…
  • Could It Be Bug Bites or Rash?

    Carol Johnson
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are in the midst of summer and that means vacations, camping trips and quality time spent outdoors. With that also come a slew of skin irritations that can occur from bug bites to poison ivy. I’ve seen many parents as of recent with concerns about the red spots that appear on their babies. To shed some light on this I’m going to cover if those skin irritations could be brought on by bug bites or rash.You go out and spend the afternoon enjoying some fun in the sun; the next morning your child wakes up covered with large, itchy, red bumps. I know this all too well from personal…
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • National Parents' Day!

    Colleen Butler
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hooray for Parents! Have a Party Coming up? Make it easy on yourself and give us a call - We can help! Colleen on Google+
  • World Snake Day!

    Colleen Butler
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    World Snake Day! We have Snakes: Wind-up Snakes, Wooden Snakes, Sand Snakes, and funny "Rattlesnake Eggs" gags Colleen on Google+
  • Teddy Bears' Picnic!

    Colleen Butler
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    July 10th is the Day that People all over the World have headed to the Park with both a Picnic Lunch and their Teddy Bears in tow. The song was penned by John Walter Bratton and the words were later added by James Kennedy (in 1932). Although it isn't as popular now as before - you should give it a try! we have lots of Picnic Partyware!  Here is a youtube video somebody made with Anne Murray singing this song :) Colleen on Google+
  • Happy 4th of July!

    Colleen Butler
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy 4th of July to Our American Neighbours! If you order with us you can take advantage of the difference between the American and Canadian  Dollar Exchange Rates ((Today 100$ American will be 106.35 Canadian). Colleen on Google+
  • Happy Canada Day!

    Colleen Butler
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • iOS App of the Day: Dungeon Hearts Blitz

    Matt Purslow
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Travel into danger in Dungeon Hearts Blitz, a cool puzzle RPG where you match gems to take out the bad guys. 150 dungeons await you, all filled with unique monsters ready to try and stop you any way they can. Defeating them will require you to use all your power and skill, but doing so is easy. In fact, it only takes two taps to slot gems together in groups of the same colour to unleash your powerful attacks on the enemy. You can also enchant runes and equip your party of heroes with them to increase your power and make you unstoppable. Bigger boss monsters are much harder, but you can team…
  • Just Dance Now extends the beat to phones

    Matt Purslow
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Just Dance 2015 releases later this year, and it comes with a cool new feature: Just Dance Now. It’s an app for your phone that means you can play Just Dance even if your console is far away. Andy from Family Gamer TV was shown how it all works by some Just Dance experts. Check this new mobile version of the hit dance game in this video. Just Dance Now is a little like the Wii version of the game, as it uses the sensors in your phone as a controller. All you need to do is link your phone to a TV and then start playing. Simple! No need to buy a new console or a Kinect; just use the phone…
  • Minecraft Guardians of the Galaxy skins come to Xbox

    Matt Purslow
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Guardians of the Galaxy are invading everywhere: LEGO, Disney Infinity, and now Minecraft. Coming to the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft very soon are these cool Guardians of the Galaxy skins. All the team are there: Gamora, Drax, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. This will help keep all your Marvel Minecraft adventures up to date! Keep an eye on the Xbox Marketplace, as the skin pack will be available any day now. For more great Minecraft stuff, take a look at our Minecraft channel. The post Minecraft Guardians of the Galaxy skins come to Xbox appeared first on BoxMash.
  • LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is awesome

    Matt Purslow
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Marvel goes Cosmic this week when Guardians of the Galaxy hits cinemas, but as we well know everything is awesome in LEGO form. Marvel fan Antonio Toscano has recreated the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer with LEGO minifigs and sets. Give it a watch in the video below! Now watch the original trailer to see how well Antonio matched up all the action in his LEGO creation. Antonio Toscanao has been making LEGO trailers for a while. Check out his YouTube channel to see all the other amazing Marvel film trailers he’s recreated. For more epic LEGO stuff, jump over to our LEGO channel. The post…
  • Loki, Green Goblin, and Ronan invade Disney Infinity 2.0

    Matt Purslow
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    We all love a good super hero, but super villains are pretty awesome too. To keep things a little bit evil, Disney are bringing some of Marvel’s best bad guys to Disney Infinity 2.0. Joining the heroes are Loki, Ronan, and Green Goblin. See them get mean in this new trailer. We all know Loki as the adopted brother of Thor and the meanie behind the attack on New York in The Avengers. He’s a trickster and very sneaky in the comics, and we’re sure he’ll have some interesting tricks up his sleeve in the game. Green Goblin is, of course, Spider-Man’s arch nemesis, and…
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  • CDL 023 – When a Stranger Calls…And Tweets About It

    Jeff Stephens
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    There are many problems faced by today’s parents that didn’t exist when you were a kid. One particularly scary issue is the possibility of being wrapped up into a cyberbullying case. You hope that you can make it through the trying times of middle school and high school unscathed, but the threats are out there and you never know what might happen. This episode presents one particular case in Texas which is unique. The story … Continue reading → The post CDL 023 – When a Stranger Calls…And Tweets About It appeared first on .
  • CDL 022 – How to Share Your Content on Facebook

    Jeff Stephens
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Last week I talked about Twitter and how you can implement strategies and techniques to effectively share your awesome content. This week I dig into Facebook a little bit and give you more strategies for getting your content in front of your potential audience. You’ll learn quick and easy ways you can share your content on Facebook. We all know how hard it is to gain an audience. We’ve all experienced the sound of crickets … Continue reading → The post CDL 022 – How to Share Your Content on Facebook appeared first on .
  • CDL 021 – How to Effectively Share Content on Twitter

    Jeff Stephens
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Now that you’ve published that awesome post on your blog and you’ve started to get the word out, how in the world will you use Twitter to help? In this episode, I dig deeper into content sharing on one of the world’s biggest social media platforms out there…Twitter. You’ll learn how Twitter is different than most other social platforms and what that means for your message. I provide 7 effective strategies to share content on … Continue reading → The post CDL 021 – How to Effectively Share Content on Twitter appeared first on .
  • CDL 020 – What To Do After You Hit Publish

    Jeff Stephens
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    You’ve just written perhaps the best thing ever written on the internet. You hit the “publish” button and you sit back and await your fame and fortune. But, nothing happens. Why? Hitting the Publish button, in many ways, is just the first step in creating content. In this episode, I dig into what happens after you hit Publish. This is where the real work starts. You’ll hear 2 key objectives when sharing your content… Don’t … Continue reading → The post CDL 020 – What To Do After You Hit Publish appeared first on .
  • 8 Reasons Why Soccer will be Big in the U.S. and One Reason it May Suffer

    Jeff Stephens
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:01 am
    Since the U.S. is fully engaged with this year’s World Cup, I figured this was the perfect time to share my thoughts on why I believe soccer is at the cusp of mainstream popularity in American culture. I know, I know. Soccer has been talked about for years in terms of gaining popularity, especially during these high profile worldwide tournaments. But, I believe there is something different underway. Here are 8 reasons why soccer will … Continue reading → The post 8 Reasons Why Soccer will be Big in the U.S. and One Reason it May Suffer appeared first on .
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    Born To Toddle

  • Taking the Plunge: Use the Holidays to Teach your Child How to Swim

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Getting your little one used to water early in their life is advantageous in a number of ways. Even if time has flown by and your once-tiny baby is now a fully-fledged toddler or child of school-age, it’s never too late to learn how to swim. As schools up and down the country are breaking up for the summer holidays, now would seem like as great a time as any to take the plunge. Whether you are about to jet off to sunnier climes, have a hotel pool to work with or are planning on staying closer to home throughout the month of August, there are plenty of opportunities for your child to be…
  • School's Out for the Summer: So What do you Plan to Do?

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    According to the Post Office's annual Parents' Summer Spending Report, the average family spends £460 on entertaining their kids during the summer holidays. A quarter of parents felt under pressure to keep up with what other families were spending on holidays and entertainment. However, this can be very stressful for parents who don't want their children to miss out on enjoying themselves, but face the problem of not being able to afford what it costs to get involved with the activities everyone else seems to be doing. If you are one of those parents worrying about how you are going to keep…
  • Should I be taking my Young Kids to a Summer Festival?

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    As time goes by, without the prospect of any children arriving on the scene, it is so easy to simply carry on with the annual tradition of spending one week or weekend each summer at a UK music festival. When the first child is born, young parents so used to doing what they please are left with the dilemma of having to decide whether it is in the little one’s best interests to attend such a large social gathering, especially when camping is involved. The dilemma For experienced festival-goers, this presents a sizeable problem as they may feel guilty for even considering their own desires in…

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    To celebrate the start of the Tour de France race this Friday, we're giving away this Kiddimoto Red & White Scooter (worth £100) - perfect for preparing your toddler for their journey on two wheels! For your chance to #win this giveaway, simply sign up to receive our newsletter (link at bottom of our homepage Closing Date Sunday 13 July 2014. The winner will be picked at random & announced on Monday, 14 July 2014.  Good luck everyone!   Competition Rules Applicants must be over 18 years of age. One entry per household Competition open to UK…
  • Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors this Summer with a Wooden Playhouse

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    As the Summer holidays approach, it is worth thinking about what you can do as parents to ensure your kids make the most of the warmer weather. The last thing you would want is for your kids to sit inside and watch television or play on their electronic gadgets all day, especially when the sun is shining outside. However, for some parents, the reality of the situation is that it can be extremely difficult coaxing their children away from their modern entertainment stations. The virtues of playing outside have been covered in our recent feature on the subject and in it we explained how you…
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    Montys Monkey Cooking

  • No bake nutella cheesecake – cooking with kids

    Monty The Monkey
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    Hellooooo Monkeys Today I’ve got a real treat for you I’m over half way in Read more The post No bake nutella cheesecake – cooking with kids appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Mango Madness with Monty – easy, beautiful mango dessert

    Monty The Monkey
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Hellooooo Monkeys Today I’m Mango Mad I’m Mango Crazy! I looooove Mangos – and today Read more The post Mango Madness with Monty – easy, beautiful mango dessert appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Cooking Lamb Koftas with Kids

    Monty The Monkey
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    Hellooooo Monkeys Today it’s all about LAMB Lamb is such an awesome meat – there Read more The post Cooking Lamb Koftas with Kids appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • How to make Kiwi and Sultana Muffins with kids

    Monty The Monkey
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Hellooooo Monkeys Here’s one of my favourite recipes – a Muffin crammed full of delicious Read more The post How to make Kiwi and Sultana Muffins with kids appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • How to make easy peasy Jaffa Cakes – cooking with kids

    Monty The Monkey
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:25 am
    Monty’s Super Easy Jaffa Cake Recipe for kids Hellooooo Monkeys Who doesn’t love a jaffa Read more The post How to make easy peasy Jaffa Cakes – cooking with kids appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
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    Baby sleep Help

  • Baby Massage and it Connection to Sleeping and Thinking

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    The task of developing a regular and restful sleep pattern for a new baby is often an exercise in frustration and confusion for many parents.  Research has shown that hospitalized infants grow more rapidly when correctly massaged.  This is due in large part to the fact that massaged babies actually spent more time being quiet and calm, yet alert, and that when they did sleep, it was deep and very restful.  This resulted in a more structured sleep pattern, as well as longer sleeping periods at night. Doing a massage right after getting home from work will help a parent reconnect with baby…
  • Easy Bedtime Routines for a Happy Child

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Bedtime routines and rituals are very important for most children in establishing positive sleep patterns and in developing a sense of security and stability. Your child will benefit from a set bedtime. Pick a time for bed that is reasonable for your child and which you can consistently provide. Establish a bedtime routine that can provide predictability and a comforting, familiar pattern.  Even an understandable and structured visual pattern can assist this process and can provide reminders and consistency for the whole family. A good bedtime routine will help teach a child to calm down,…
  • Toddler Sleep Issues 1-2 years old

    17 Jun 2014 | 4:56 am
    As your baby gets older and turns into a toddler, they’ll start to need less sleep during the day, but about 11 hours or so at night. You’ll be transitioning to fewer naps and even a cranky tired baby can have difficulty getting to sleep. If your child will to go to bed only if you’re around, he’s forming bad habit that will be hard to break later. The best lesson you can teach him is how to soothe himself to sleep. Follow a nightly bedtime ritual (bath, books, and bed, for example) so he knows what’s expected of him and what to expect at night. You can tell him…
  • 2 methods when your baby won’t sleep

    6 Jun 2014 | 7:32 pm
    There are many different methods from the “experts” on dealing with baby sleep problems in your developing baby and child. Again, do what works best for you and what you feel comfortable with.  The Ferber method involves letting the baby cry herself to sleep, on the theory that if you’re firm about bed time, she’ll learn to comfort herself to sleep. This doesn’t mean just plunking the baby down in her crib and walking away. It differs from what you may already be doing in that it encourages you to put the baby in her crib while she’s still awake, so she gets used to…
  • Baby Sleep Issues 8-12 Months old

    4 Jun 2014 | 5:15 am
    At the ages of 8-12 months, your baby will begin to need less sleep during the day and should be regularly sleeping through the night.  But there’s also much more activity and stimulation during the day – babies are eating up the world at this stage, they’re learning so much. If you’re feeding him baby food during the day, and decreasing bottles, make the last bottle feeding at night time.  You can also have a bottle in the night to soothe him if he wakes up.  Babies are teething at this time as well, and that can cause them to wake up in discomfort.  You may be weaning…
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  • Why Dogs Smell Other Dog Butts!

    John Russo
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Listen, I have a toddler and a dog. I get this question a lot.  The answer is surprising, the video is hilarious, and now you can answer your kids honestly, when they ask why dogs smell each other’s butts so … read more The post Why Dogs Smell Other Dog Butts! appeared first on KidNimble.
  • 3 Reading Tips

    John Russo
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Use these 3 Reading Tips Today! Learning to read starts years before kids sound out C-A-T in a classroom. Help your kids learn comprehension (ie: the pile of skills that help them read well) by incorporating these 3 reading tips. … read more The post 3 Reading Tips appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Borough Cup Baseball Tournament

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Imagine playing your championship baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Now Imagine doing that at ten years old! Champions of the city Which is the best youth team in the city?  The guys at The Borough Cup have created the competition … read more The post Borough Cup Baseball Tournament appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Pirates sign 12 year old Cancer Patient to MLB contract

    John Russo
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    read more The post Pirates sign 12 year old Cancer Patient to MLB contract appeared first on KidNimble.
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    Good Kids | Kids Stories

  • Mahabharat Stories – Bhishma

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Bhishma was son of Shantanu and the river goddess Ganges. His mother Ganges had left Shantanu after giving birth to Bhishma. That is different story which would be included in appendix. Having given his word of honour to his step mother, Satyavati, Bhishma remained celibate all through his life. Marriage was never thought of, nor any sensual desire ever arose in his mind. This great Yogi was adept in many Yogas and practice of meditation. His truthfulness was such that whatever he spoke came true. He knew every martial art and war tricks. He was the most respected person in the kingdom of…
  • Mahabharat Stories – Arjuna – The Princes Grow

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Childhood  The princes grew into wonderful children. After thread ceremony, they all went for studies to the ashrama of their Guru Acharya Drona (also called Dronacharya) – Teacher of the Royal family. Dronacharya was well versed in ancient scriptures — Vedas and Upanishads, as well as in practices of Yogas and Meditation. Besides he was adept in various martial and other arts useful in war time, useful in defence and attack. In particular, Acharya Drona was the supreme authority on training his disciples in the art of archery. Story of Arjuna 1 Out of all Pandavas and Kauravas,…
  • Mahabharat Stories – Eklavya

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Near the ashrama of Drona, where Arjuna and his brothers used to take lessons in various arts, there lived a small bright boy, shudra by caste (lower caste). His name was Eklavya. He had great desire to learn the art of archery from Dronacharya. But his mother had told him that as a shudra, Acharya Drona would not accept Eklavya as his disciple. It was futile to dream of such a privilege. But the boy was not be put off, his determination knew no bounds. Near his house, under a tree Eklavya installed a clay idol of Dronacharya that he worshiped as his Guru! Daily, morning and evening, this…
  • Mahabharat Stories – Karna

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    From Adolescence To Adulthood All the princes returned to Hastinapur after completing their studies at Drona’s ashrama. They grew into healthy and powerful adults. All were trained in various branches of knowledge including statesmanship, diplomacy, economics, sociology, and so on. Moreover, everyone excelled in one particular skill of war-game. Yudhisthira was expert in swordsman-ship and throwing javelin, while Bhima and Duryodhana excelled in fighting with mace – heavy metal club. Excellence of Arjuna in archery is already mentioned. Story of Karna  The great Karna, away from…
  • Mahabharat Stories – Duryodhana

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Bhishma, Dronacharya, and Vidura called a meeting to designate the next king, in place of Dhritarashtra. Two options were discussed. First, Yudhisthira being the eldest of the Kuru princes was considered for nomination. Second view, supported by Dhritarashtra and his brother-in-law Shakuni (brother of his wife queen Gandhari and maternal uncle of Duryodhana) was to select Duryodhana as the future king. But the opinion of Bhishma, Dronacharya, Kripacharya (Guru of the Royal House), and Vidura of nominating Yudhisthira as the heir-apparent prevailed. Jealous Duryodhana Plans to Kill Pandavas…
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