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  • Locker Chic - Fun and Fashionable Locker Decorations for Girls
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    LockerLookz Fashionable Locker DecorationsLocker chic with LockerLookz. You now can express yourself by dressing up your drabby metal school locker with fun, chic, colorfully fashionable locker decorations. You and your friends can unlock your creativity and add your own pizzaz to your school locker where you will have to store your school books and stuff all year. LockerLookz decorations ...
  • A 2 Minute Master Class in Time Management for Writers

    Jon Bard
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    By Jon Bard Feeling stressed? Can’t get everything on your “to do” list done?  Spend a minute or two with this infographic and start changing your relationship to time.   (If you enjoy this, please share!)   This is a post from Read the original post: A 2 Minute Master Class in Time Management for Writers
  • Ebola update: Signs of hope

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    The deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the worst the world has ever seen. Scientists are studying the virus that causes it and testing experimental vaccines and treatments to try to save lives.
  • Animal Mandala Coloring Pages

    Animal Jr.
    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…
  • Home Cookin': Pizza Muffins

    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT
    Alison Novak
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    When I was a kid, my mom once made me a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich on a leftover Pillsbury breadstick for school lunch. When I turned back the tin foil in the cafeteria to reveal this homely creation, I was horrified.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • Locker Chic - Fun and Fashionable Locker Decorations for Girls

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    LockerLookz Fashionable Locker DecorationsLocker chic with LockerLookz. You now can express yourself by dressing up your drabby metal school locker with fun, chic, colorfully fashionable locker decorations. You and your friends can unlock your creativity and add your own pizzaz to your school locker where you will have to store your school books and stuff all year. LockerLookz decorations ...
  • Kids Soccer - Alive and Kickin

    15 May 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Soccer - The most popular sport in the WorldIf you live and love soccer, you are most likely excited about the World Cup 2014 beginning on June 12th. This year the world cup will take place in Brazil and marks the 2oth anniversary of this international men's football tournament. There is no doubt you have already come familiar with the 2014 FIFA World Cup official mascot Fuleco, an ...
  • Father's Day Magic

    15 May 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Magical Fun on Father's Day: Surprise your Dad with great Magic Tricks this Father's Day. Hello kids has created a channel for you to learn easy Magic Tricks to entertain and bedazzle your father, uncle grand-father, brother, or any male figure important in your life. You don't need expensive kits to be a great magician but you will want to watch the how to magic trick videos to learn how to ...
  • Welcome to Experiland Lab!

    28 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Hellokids is proud to introduce to you a great website and online resources for young scientists.Whether you are a parent or a student trying to find an idea for a science project, a teacher looking for ideas for the classroom, or just a science enthusiast who enjoys the delight of experimentation - Hellokids will lead you to the right place:!Enjoy and learn about the amazing ...
  • Skylanders TRAP TEAM : The NEW Skylander game

    28 Apr 2014 | 2:57 am
    In just three years, the Skylanders video game has become a phenomenon. A huge worldwide success with already 3 games released since 2011. We had the great honor of attending the unveiling of the new Skylanders game that was held April 2014 in New York. Exclusively on, this is what awaits you! Even better than SWAP FORCE, here is Skylanders TRAP TEAM!  You have just become ...
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  • A 2 Minute Master Class in Time Management for Writers

    Jon Bard
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    By Jon Bard Feeling stressed? Can’t get everything on your “to do” list done?  Spend a minute or two with this infographic and start changing your relationship to time.   (If you enjoy this, please share!)   This is a post from Read the original post: A 2 Minute Master Class in Time Management for Writers
  • How to Write a Children’s Book with More Depth

    Laura Backes
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Laura Backes by Russell Hoy   Whether you’re an expert author or a kids book dummy, if you’ve ever tried to write a children’s book, you know how important it is to write with a particular audience in mind. Once you really understand the thought process of a child in your target age range, then you can develop a plot, characters, and illustrations that those kids will relate to.   Even though having a target audience is absolutely necessary for making a great story, you can add a lot more depth in your story by realizing one important fact: kids aren’t the only ones…
  • 7 Things Editors at Children’s Book Publishers Wish Writers Knew

    Jon Bard
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Jon Bard I have tremendous respect for editors at children’s book publishers. It’s a grueling job to wade through a pile of manuscripts looking for that elusive gem. And it can’t be much fun seeing the same mistakes made again and again by aspiring writers. I know lots of editors who would love to issue proclamations such as, “Don’t even think about sending me your work until you understand the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’.” But editors are, by and large, very nice people who wouldn’t dream of being so rude.
  • Amazon Launches KDP Kids — Free Kids’ Book Creator for Kindle

    Jon Bard
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    By Jon Bard Big news today — Amazon has launched a free tool that promises to make building an illustrated children’s ebook and posting it for sale on Amazon a simple, intuitive process.   We’ll have more on this soon (including a test drive).  For now, here’s Amazon’s announcement:     Amazon today announced KDP Kids, designed to help children’s book authors prepare, publish and promote both illustrated and chapter books in Kindle Stores worldwide. Children’s book authors can use Amazon’s new Kindle Kids’ Book Creator tool to easily…
  • The Successful Children’s Writer: Many Eggs, Many Baskets

    Jon Bard
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    By Jon Bard We’ve been working with children’s writers for 25 years, and we’ve discovered that what separates successful authors from also-rans isn’t always talent. A lot of times it has to do with it the way they think.   One way they certainly don’t think? Putting all their eggs in one basket.   Here’s what I mean by that.   Over the years we’ve had lots of folks come to us – aspiring writers – to tell us about their dream book. It’s the book they’ve been waiting to write all their lives and it’s all they want to work on.   So they work on it,…
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    Animal Jr.

  • Animal Mandala Coloring Pages

    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…
  • Fall Coloring Pages: Autumn Animals

    26 Aug 2012 | 3:28 pm
    As much as I love summer, I am always happy when fall comes. This is my most creative and ‘domestic’ time of year, when I break out the knitting needles, sewing machine, paints and papers and let loose! This year I’m kicking off fall with a new embroidery sewing machine – I’ll be lucky if I get *any* blogging done with this new toy around! Fall is also exciting because November will mark our first full year online! Digging back into the archives, you’ll love these turkey coloring pages and this printable turkey mask! Fall Coloring Page - Scarecrow Fall…
  • Owl Coloring Pages

    10 Aug 2012 | 7:10 am
    I’m starting to get really excited about fall – this week I’ve been working on new fall content and it’s been so much fun to switch gears from summer stuff! Owls are definitely my favorite bird, and one of my favorite animals, too. These owl coloring pages for kids are great for both fall and Halloween coloring activities. Related Pages: Owl Crafts, Halloween Coloring Pages, Fall Coloring Pages Owl Coloring Pages Hunting Owl Coloring Page Night Owl Coloring Page Owl Art Coloring Page Realistic Owl and Baby Coloring Page Wise Owl Coloring Page Barn Owl Coloring Page…
  • New Years Coloring Pages: Funny Animals

    27 Dec 2011 | 7:59 am
    Wind down from the holidays with our New Years Coloring pages. These printable animals celebrating the new year are sure to keep your kids entertained and busy over Christmas break. You may also like our Chinese New Year coloring pages and printables, too! Rhino New Years Coloring Page Monkey New Years Coloring Page Lion New Years Coloring Page
  • Christmas Printables: Cartoon Reindeer Coloring Pages

    21 Dec 2011 | 10:26 am
    Grab these coloring pages of the perfect Christmas animal: Reindeer! We also have a whole bunch of other Christmas animal coloring pages. Print them out and keep the kids busy this December! Reindeer Wreath Coloring Page Beautiful Reindeer Coloring Page Baby Reindeer Coloring Page Silly Reindeer Coloring Page Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Coloring Page Santa and Rudolph Coloring Page Plus, check out these personalized Santa letters, or all of the Christmas coloring pages, crafts and activities from Woo! Jr. Network sites!
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    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT

  • Home Cookin': Pizza Muffins

    Alison Novak
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    When I was a kid, my mom once made me a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich on a leftover Pillsbury breadstick for school lunch. When I turned back the tin foil in the cafeteria to reveal this homely creation, I was horrified.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Be A-MAIZE-D! A Corn-Maze Roundup

    Alison Novak
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you like getting lost, read on to learn about a quintessential Vermont fall activity: the corn maze.  The Great Vermont Corn Maze, Danville This maze, on a third-generation dairy farm, has a new design every year. Situated on 10 acres, it's a serious challenge; visitors should be able to walk for about an hour, without a rest, to find their way out.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': A Healthy Twist on Burgers and Fries

    Erinn Simon
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    I love a good burger. My family loves to remind me of how I marched off to college a staunch vegetarian, only to return for the Thanksgiving holiday starving and begging for a cheeseburger. I struggled with my food identity through my late teens and early twenties. There were so many solid reasons to stay veggie, and so many tasty reasons to go carnivore.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • How do you get kids to take their medicine?

    Ken Picard
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    by Ken Picard Mary Poppins was right: A spoonful of sugar can help the medicine go down. But Dr. Lewis First, head of pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, has other tricks up his sleeve.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • The Art of... Glass Fusing

    Alison Novak
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    by Alison Novak Glass-blowing studios are a common fixture in Vermont, but there's another way artists work with the material: glass fusing. Kids can try their hands at the craft during Burlington's 22nd annual South End Art Hop this month.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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    Kids News

  • Kids go to adult trauma centers, treatment delayed

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Florida state guidelines require children with traumatic injuries to be taken to a trauma center specializing in pediatric care, but a new investigation finds dozens of Florida kids are instead taken to adult centers that may be unable to treat them. The result can mean crucial delays in care.
  • California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.
  • Lawyer: Massachusetts mom in dead infants case lived in fear; boyfriend didn't want more kids

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home says she was scared because her longtime boyfriend didn't want any more children. Thirty-one-year-old Erika Murray was charged Friday with fetal death concealment and other counts after authorities found their bodies in her squalid, vermin-infested Blackstone home.
  • Trust, routine keep kids, traveling parents connected

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    One of my dearest friends will be leaving her family during the week , every week. She has a dream job; it is a huge opportunity.
  • Witness states 'people were grabbing their kids and running' after cop shot dog

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    A neighborhood is recovering after a dog was shot last week by an off-duty Texas police officer, KJRH2 News reported September 13. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m. in the 6900 block of East 18th Street in Tulsa. According to Tulsa Police Department Public Information Officer Leland Ashley, an unidentified off-duty officer was walking his dog when 5-year-old Titus, a 75 pound pit bull terrier mix, escaped from his fence.
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    Kids Blog

  • Children’s Top 10 DVDs in September

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Great mix of animation for the top ten this month: 1.   My little pony, friendship is magic. 2.   Legends of Chima. 3.   Strawberry Shortcake. 4.   Dino Dan. 5.   Dinosaur train. 6.   Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. 7.   Turbo 8.   Frozen 9.   Shaun the sheep. 10. Despicable me.
  • September Top 10 non Fiction

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Minecraft has entered the ranks for Children’s imagination building. Lego and Star Wars have got competition! 1.  The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz 2.  Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft 3.  Star Wars by David West Reynolds 4.  Lego Star Wars by Simon Beecroft 5.  LEGO super heroes by Daniel Lipkowitz 6.  LEGO play book by Daniel Lipkowitz 7.  Ripley’s believe it or not! Edited by Rosie Alexander 8.  Minecraft by Nick Farwell 9.  Angry Birds Star Wars by Steve Bynghall 10. Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley
  • Free Drawing classes at Johnsonville Library

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Come along to Johnsonville Library to join Joyce for a fun session of drawing and art and for your chance to create your own masterpiece. These are free sessions that are suitable for children over the age of 5 years. Bookings not required – just turn up! Friday 12th September at 6.30pm
  • WIN Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

    Rachel Lynch
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    We have THREE copies of the brand-new book Nightmares! by Jason Segel (who you might know from The Muppets movie) to give away to some lucky readers! All you have to do to enter is tell us how you would fight off this nightmare. I’ll start it, you put your imagination to the test and tell me how it’s going to end. Ready? Here we go… You stand in front of an old, spooky, abandoned house. The door is falling off its hinges but you push it open and step forward. The door slams shut behind you and it is pitch black inside. You feel in your pocket for a flashlight, take it out and turn it…
  • October School Holidays — Mad Science Mysteries!

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Free school holiday activities: get mad about science during the October School Holidays! Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, bookings not required.   When and where: Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library:…
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    Holy Meat Balls

  • What To Look For When Buying Furniture

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Do you know a lot about buying furniture? There are all kinds of options available in furnishings today. Do you feel competent to make good choices? Read on to discover fantastic tips that you can use when you furnish your house. Look into the options at thrift stores. Perhaps you have never visited one, or it has been a while since you went to one. Sometimes, you can find wonderful deals there. Usually smaller furniture can be found, but sometimes you may find couches or beds. Bold Colors Before purchasing new pieces of furniture, you should consider color and style choices. Bold colors…
  • Make Yourself At Home With These Interior Planning Tips

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Too often, people are intimidated by the thought of pursuing interior design. One good way to shed this fear, is to learn everything you can about the topic. Utilize the below tips so that you will be better armed to create a home you can be proud of. You should decide what type of mood you want the room to have before you begin any design work. Moods can extend from bold and exciting to tranquil and soothing. Choosing the mood of the room will help you choose more cohesive decorations in order to create a better room. For the best way to display your art in any room, remember to hang the art…
  • Improve Any Space With These Interior Decorating Tips

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    When a whole-home remodel isn’t feasible, sound interior planning principles can achieve a similar effect with less work and less money. New furniture, updated light fixtures and modern wall paint can make your home look brand new again. This article contains many helpful hints to inspire you to update your home. Everyone should remember that a mood must be created when designing a room. Know what type of mood you have in mind for the room before choosing the items that will go into it. As an example, for a cool and tranquil mood, pick colors that are in the soft blue family. Before…
  • Trying To Lose Weight? Try These Helpful Tips!

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Almost everyone’s resolution is to get in shape the next year. Many of us, however, struggle with how to achieve this goal, and without some research and a clearcut plan, it can often feel like we’re blindly stumbling around in the dark. Whole grains are a necessary part of any nutritional weight loss diet. Try speaking with a dietician about whole grain or research them yourself. Opt for foods that have not been enriched or refined. Products that are made with whole grains are often clearly labelled as such, which makes shopping for these foods simple. Losing one pound per week…
  • Must Do’s For Home Improvement

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Home improvements are the simplest way to increase the value of your home while adding comfort and style. There are a few different things you need to take into account when deciding on a specific home improvement project. The article below has a number of ideas to help you start improving your home. There are times when only one little improvement can increase the value of your home. If you intend to put your home on the market in the near future, do a couple of quick projects to boost your home’s value. One example might be a new splash of paint on the interior and exterior. For just…
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    Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Network

  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Toddler Activities from

  • Fun Sign Language

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Create your own sign language!
  • Listen to the World

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Listen to all the sounds of the world with your eyes closed. What do you hear?
  • Face Painting

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Face painting is lots of fun for kids. This simple recipe cleans up easily due to the cold cream.
  • I See

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sit with your child and turn the pages of the magazine pretending to be on a mission to find a particular object or person.
  • Farm Visit

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Foster your child's creativity with this outdoor activity.
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  • Clay Letters

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Help your child learn how to create the shapes of letters.
  • Artistic Artwork Holder

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    When your child brings her artwork home from school, hang it up with a decorative clip she can make in a snap!
  • Adopt a Tree

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Find a tree that you and your child think is special. Then "adopt" it and learn about it.
  • Comic Clips

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If your family loves the funny papers, they'll love getting creative with this easy activity.
  • Wrap It Up

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have your kids invent packages designed for their favorite products.
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  • Magical Mystery Machine

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This activity proves that imagination is the mother of invention.
  • Word Tracing Game

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this activity, ask your child to trace the word represented by the image.
  • Maps

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    These activities will help your child practice making and reading maps.
  • Laughing Hands

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this drama activity, pairs of children put on a skit in which one of them stands behind his or her partner and "plays" the partner's hands.
  • Palindromes

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    These palindrome games can help to build your child's vocabulary.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Sunday Showcase for September 14

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    What adventures did your dolls have this week? Based on all these great photos, I would say everyone had a great week. From Fawn – After only one week in the 4th grade, Lydia comes down with a temperature and the sniffles.  Mommy keeps her home from school for a little TLC. A box of tissues, plenty of fluids and a day in bed with a good book and her favorite doll should have her right as rain in no time. From Mimiagstudios - This summer I went to the AG Place Atlanta and with money I had saved up I bought Josefina(Which I re-named Luna). Since this week is my birthday I took pictures…
  • Doll Diaries Picks for the Week Ending September 13

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Good morning everyone! I hope you had a great week. Mine was super busy but ended on a great note – Natalie had an audition for her theater group’s fall production and she did such an amazing job – and she got a call back. We will keep you posted and may  have to do some crafts/fashion posts inspired by the show. Now on to my picks for the week! My good friend KC and her girls made uniforms for their dolls inspired by the real Girl Scout Uniforms of today. Such a great project and I love how it turned out! The Toy Box Philosopher has a great (and very detailed) review of…
  • Cordelia’s Dance Studio

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    I am still working on the Doll Diaries Picks of the Week post, but in the meantime, enjoy these photos of Cordelia’s Dance Studio.   Here is Katherine showing a delighted Rose the surprise she, with a little help from me, prepared for Rose while Rose was away for a sleepover. The idea and instructions for making the studio using foam board, hooks and a piece of dowelling came from “American Girl Doll Play with Jen and Zoey“, a blog which has been featured on Doll Diaries.     Rose is warming up with some stretching exercises on her yoga mat which Katherine made…
  • Fashion By Mahem’s Doodle Dress – Doll Sized

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    I am sooooo excited to share this project.  My friend Angie Keiser has an amazing 4 year old daughter who makes and creates PAPER dresses.  Together they create the Fashion By Mayhem team.  She is driven, adorable, talented and for all practical purposes…famous.  I sent her  a five foot long section of paper that I doodled up special and she used it to create a DRESS! Here is Mayhem in her Doodle Dress!   Photo Credits to her mom, Angie! If you want to read about the story of our friendship and how this dress came to be, you can read about it on my blog here.  You can even…
  • American Girl and Bitty Baby on Zulily Today

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Stop the presses!!! American Girl is featured on Zulily today at 40% off. At first I thought they were only going to feature Bitty Baby items today, but take a look!   Zulily also has a handful of American Girl outfits for girls and dolls, books and more on sale, too! If you have not used Zulily before, you need to sign up for a Zulily account in order to see the various deals. Each day new deals are featured and you can heart your favorite brands so that you get a notification when they are on sale . If you invite friends (like I have), you do earn Zulily credit.  
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    Science teacher

  • Buckets with holes

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Buckets come as they are, and they do one thing--they hold things. Everything, actually.In these parts they're generally made of plastic, the residual order of plants that took in the sunshine unfathomably long ago. (Oh, I could give you a number with a lot of zeroes, but let's be honest, none of us beyond the Feynmans and the Einsteins know how big a few hundred million truly is.)Most of the buckets in my home were likely made in China, because it's cheaper to make them there than here, even with the cost of shipping. I used to work on the docks. I've been in the hold of very big ships. If…
  • August light

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    This one's from two Augusts ago.AThe days fade quickly now--in three weeks we'll have an hour less sunlight gracing us than today.We will assault children with a sterile view of science, reduced to a method and streams of vocabulary, "ideas" we can test.The sun slides south without notice as we huddle under the subtle, damning hum of fluorescent lights, each one filled with vaporized mercury, coated with phosphor, a steam punk amalgamation of  early 20th century technology and vision.We talk little of either, the sun or the hum, the light of our lives.***Here's the heart of biology:…
  • Why teach biology?

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Wheat grown on our classroom windowsill.Right now you are making water, the real stuff, not some abstraction, from the oxygen you breathed in just moments ago combining with protons and electrons stripped from the the peanut and butter sandwich you ate.You are breathing in oxygen stripped from water molecules broken apart by the dandelions you tried to poison with Round Up two months ago. Your food was alive not so long ago--even a Twinkie came from a plant.Biology is mandatory in public schools in New Jersey. Mandatory anything is rarely a good thing, and mandatory what-passes-for-science in…
  • First Day of Biology

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I chased killifish today with a woman who once had a career studying them professionally, her husband who teaches math, and their daughter. We had no net, and despite various strategies and plenty of opportunity, we caught none.This was not an abstract exerciseThe reason I wanted to catch one was because I learned today that killifish talk in frequencies that most humans can hear. They will chirp at each other when stranded in tide pools. This is the kind of thing that makes biology more interesting to me than comets. Comets are cool, but killies live in my neighborhood.Killifish are not…
  • Seeding time

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    The plants know.The lengthening shadows trigger the cilantro, basil, and dill to throw their energies into making seeds for next year, motes of hope, pockets of life that will lie on the hard, cold ground in January. In just days, vibrant green beings fade to oeuvres of ochre. Every August I collect seeds--some to eat, some to sow next spring, some that will sit in plastic bags, forgotten for a year or two, until I stumble upon them again.A few, though, will be planted in September by my students, many of whom have never planted anything before. The seedlings will emerge along the window sill…
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  • September Giveaway: A Facial Massage with Ellie Falby

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Now that school is back in full swing, MP is feeling ready for a little self-care. She’s been running to soccer, gymnastics, the grocery store, school events, meetings and birthday parties. All good things, of course, but adapting to a new schedule can tire a mama out. Enter MP’s go-to, Portland-based massage therapist: Ellie Falby. Ellie has helped MP through two pregnancies, running injuries, and back pain. Plus, she is a mother of two energetic girls, so she knows first-hand that parents need some TLC now and then. Beginning last year, Ellie added facial massage to her repertoire.
  • Maine Audubon

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you follow this blog, you already know we’re big fans of the Maine Audubon. Our crew loves exploring the trails at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, paddling Scarborough marsh, and going to beautiful family events like the Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social. For these reasons and more, we are thrilled to include the Maine Audubon among our sponsors. Flowers along the trail at Gilsland Farm. Beginning this month, the Gilsland Farm location is hosting a morning preschool program for ages 2-6 called Signs of Fall. Kids and their caregivers will learn why leaves change color, investigate animals…
  • Wolfe’s Neck Farm Family Farm Feast

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Our dear friends were in town for a few days last week. We celebrated their final evening in Maine at the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Family Farm Feast. The Freeport-based, farm-to-table dinner featured local fare from two of our favorite restaurants, Gather and Frontier, plus music from North of Nashville. We loved the idea of a farm dinner devoted to families, and couldn’t wait to see what was in store. The farm-to-table event is located just past the entrance to Wolfe’s Necks Woods State Park. There are lush fields of high grass and beautiful views of the sky. North of Nashville…
  • Birth Roots and Sandsations

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    MP recently met with Leah Deragon, the director of Birth Roots—a Portland-based program designed to assist parents before and after their child’s birth. Leah and her team offer supportive classes, facilitated discussion, and more valuable resources to moms and dads in their cozy space on State Street. Leah and a staffer discuss plans for the day. Birth Roots is designed to be all-inclusive, meaning no matter the parenting style, everyone is welcome to participate in peer discussions. “There is a diversity of parenting philosophies,” Leah says, “and facilitated discussion helps moms…
  • Homemade Lemon Sherbet

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Last summer, MP purchased a Krups Ice Cream Maker for the kids. Our family loves ice cream and the idea of making it at home together made La Glaciere worth the splurge. We’ve experimented with different variations of vanilla, adding fresh strawberries or mint dark chocolate pieces. It wasn’t until we came across this simple recipe for Lemon Sherbet in Yankee Magazine that we were inspired to try a new frozen treat. Store-bought sherbet is usually a frozen mixture of sweetened fruit juice and water, but this recipe takes sherbet to another level with the addition of farm fresh…
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    Playground Confidential

  • 5 easy ways to fundraise for the cure

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I am thrilled to be one of the blog ambassadors for this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure. My daughter and I will be running the 1K in Toronto on October 5, but first we have to fundraise!  I know, I know, I know. You really believe in the cause. You totally get ... [Read more...]The post 5 easy ways to fundraise for the cure appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • The four days of school (lunches)

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    So how did the first week of school go, you ask. How was the first week of lovingly and thoughtfully packed lunches for your middle child, the likes of which your first born has never seen? Could have gone better, I’d have to say. Here, I wrote down a few lyrics about it. I really ... [Read more...]The post The four days of school (lunches) appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • No, I don’t have a sunburn. Opening up about rosacea

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Thanks to the Act on Red campaign for sponsoring this post and helping me finally find the courage to talk about my rosacea. Before and after treatment. Smile much? Sheesh. (Update: Note that the second picture benefits from some light makeup and good lighting. These are pictures I happened to find but were not taken ... [Read more...]The post No, I don’t have a sunburn. Opening up about rosacea appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Madcap Logic Blog

  • Teaching Art to Your Child Made Simple – Madcap Logic Introduces ‘The Art Factory’ Integrated Lesson Plans for Hands-On Projects with Creativity Express Online

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
     Perfect for Homeschool and Distance learning families, ‘The Art Factory’ ‘Integrated Lesson Plans for Creativity Express Online make it easy and fun to include art education in any child’s curriculum. No prior experience necessary! Parents know that Art Education is important for their children, but what exactly is art? Very few adults were fortunate enough to have top-level art instruction in school. Those who did will point out that learning to paint or draw is secondary – there’s much more involved. Art education is so much more than the study of a single…
  • What’s the Secret to Creativity? Simple Strategies to Raise Creative Children

    30 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    How Parents Can Raise Creative Thinkers in the Face of Elementary and Middle School Social Pressures It’s proven through government studies that creativity is a valuable asset best developed through the arts. Creativity is known as the fundamental driver of innovation. Art education develops the critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities necessary to create our future innovators. However, it can be quite difficult for parents to retain the adventurous free spirit of early childhood in the face of…
  • Do All Children Need Art Education? Test Your Creativity IQ To Find Out

    11 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    Parents are faced with a dizzying amount of information on what, exactly, children should be learning in school or after school. They’ve been told “Creativity is Essential for 21st Century Skills”. So what exactly are those skills any why are they necessary? Here’s a short quiz – it’s easy, True or False? Question: Art is just for kids who like to draw. Unless a ‘gifted’ child likes to spend time doodling, sketching or drawing there’s no reason to spend valuable educational hours on a visual arts curriculum. Answer: False. It has been…
  • A Short List of (Mostly) Free Digital Paint Software

    17 Jun 2013 | 11:54 am
              The internet is a mixed bag. On the one hand it can provide a treasure trove of knowledge and information, and on the other hand it can quickly turn into a confusing array of choices. It can also be a terrific way to spend large amounts of time that you really didn’t have in the search for that one thing you’re actually looking for. Admit it, we’ve all wasted time trying to get Google to cough up relevant information. So we thought we’d save you some time in the search for a kid-friendly (mostly) free digital paint program.           For those new to Creativity…
  • Color is Overrated – People Have Forgotten Their Values! Or Have They?

    6 Jul 2012 | 7:35 am
    You may be used to the new “3-D” look of the latest Disney films, but what happened to the old line art that you can see in older Pixar movies, such as ‘Mulan’ and ‘Cinderella’? Well, Pixar is bringing back that look with their new animated short, ‘Paperman’, which is scheduled to be run before their new feature film, ‘Wreck-it Ralph’, in November. It’s not unusual for a short to be attached to another film; Disney and Pixar have been doing the same thing with movies such as ‘Brave’ and ‘Monsters, Inc.’.
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  • Boxy Fine Foods, Ghent - Belgium

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Belgian twin brothers, Kristof and Stefan Boxy have dipped their culinary hands in several Michelin-star restaurants and catering businesses, and they’ve authored a cook book as well: Just Cooking. We loved their food store/catering space, Boxy Fine Foods, in Ghent, but unfortunately it closed earlier this year. While we do not know the reason why it closed, we bet it wasn’t because of the interior design. With the help of Frederich Hooft of Ghent, the Boxy brothers created an elegant, white, open space to display and sell gourmet foods. The elaborate moldings on the ceilings, the…
  • A Collection of The Very Best Among Small Coffee Shop Design

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Good coffee was not on an average consumer’s radar in 1971, when the story of the brand now known as Starbucks began. This was the case especially in North America where coffee culture was nonexistent.   That all started to change when Howard Schultz bought Starbucks in 1987 and started its expansion outside Seattle with the first outside the U.S. store opening that same year in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   Today, Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world with about 23,500 stores in 65 countries. With the changes in lifestyles around the world,…
  • Joseph Cheaney Flagship Store - London

    6 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Those of us who are tired of throwawayism and of pointlessly amassing closetfuls of disposable footwear, are starting to pay serious attention to the kind of shoe quality that only true expertise and attention to detail can produce. Voting with our wallets, we’d rather shop once a year and obtain something that is beautiful, durable and worth the high price, than keep throwing our money – and shoes – away season after season. Traditional men’s shoe makers Joseph Cheaney and others like them are thriving today because they give us what we want. If you have been making…
  • Start Paying Attention To The Design of The Office

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In our working lives, we are in many ways still stuck in the age of the Industrial Revolution. When the masses worked in factories, the office support personnel worked the same hours, or at least “regular working hours” and commuted daily to central offices. Perhaps there was a sense that all workers needed to be under the watchful eye of the Master and therefore they needed to gather in one place to be supervised, like kids in school? Are we not past that phase? We are challenging every single person to take responsibility for his or her own working environment. Let’s stop…
  • St Cecilia Restaurant - Atlanta

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Texas-born, Atlanta-based chef-turned-restaurateur, Ford Fry, continues to enrich Atlanta’s dining offering. Earlier this year, his Rocket Farm restaurant group opened its fifth restaurant, St. Cecilia, in The Pinnacle building in Buckhead, in the space previously occupied by Bluepointe. To design the establishment that has room for nearly 200 in total, Fry selected Meyer Davis Studio of New York, established in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis. Fry has used the same studio for his King + Duke restaurant. Meyer Davis’s work on prestigious retail…
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    Little Food Junction

  • Red toadstools

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    ~ The Little Red Toadstool  ~Since my childhood days I had an unusual  fascination towards the bright red  toadstools with hovering butterflies .The stories of toadstools  as goblin houses and butterflies as their guardian angels  always enchanted me, thus year after year during the rainy season when other kids were busy making origami paper boatsor catching dragonflies  I would quietly sneak out and wander all over my aunt's huge garden to find a glimpse of these red booties. Watermelon, cheese (use a bottle cap…
  • 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…
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • DIY Apple Stamp Bunting Banner

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Bunting banners are such a fun and frugal way to add color to a space or party. Stamping is so much fun, and what’s even funner is using items you already have on hand to create your stamps. This DIY apple stamp bunting banner is no exception, and perfect for a fall harvest party, or... Continue Reading...The post DIY Apple Stamp Bunting Banner appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Butterscotch Chips Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    Butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors of fall, or any time of the year for that matter. I’m also a big fan of cake mix cookies! Cake mix cookies are super easy to make! They’re also soft and chewy, just like homemade cookies, without as much fuss! Today I have a super easy butterscotch... Continue Reading...The post Butterscotch Chips Cake Mix Cookies Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 3 Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Recipes

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #newfromhormel #CollectiveBias   I love quick and easy made from scratch cooking, especially on the weekends when it always seems like we’re rushing around! This Saturday it seemed like we were on the run most of the day.... Continue Reading...The post 3 Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Recipes appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • $500 Sweet September Cash Giveaway!

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Welcome to the $500 Sweet September Cash Giveaway! We are super excited to join forces with a fabulous group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. We’re also super excited one lucky person will win $500 cash! Woot! Enter to win $500 cash via PayPal. Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this... Continue Reading...The post $500 Sweet September Cash Giveaway! appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 12+ Fun After School Snack Ideas for Kids

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    My son’s been back in school for a couple weeks now! When he was younger I always enjoyed making fun themed after school snacks for him. That’s why I’m creating this list of fun after school snack ideas for kids for my sponsored collection for the Foodie Contributor program this month. You can check out... Continue Reading...The post 12+ Fun After School Snack Ideas for Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Mama Moment} Baby’s First Musical

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Parker has an obsession with all things Sesame Street. He asks to watch it multiple times a day, and when he hears the theme song he comes running and dances along to the music. He knows the characters’ names, and can identify them verbally. So when we found out that Sesame Street Live was coming to our city over Labor Day weekend, we couldn’t resist. That being said, I had low expectations for how this would all play out. I mean, how plausible was it for a 14-month-old to sit through a stage show, especially one where life-sized characters were singing and dancing around? Not to…
  • “How Do You Like It?”

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    The weekend before my first day at the new studio, my mom gave me a happy sunflower arrangement and a card wishing me good luck. They’ve both been sitting on my desk since then — a nice reminder of how supported I am by not just my mom, but everyone in my life. Since that first day of work, I’ve gotten phone calls, texts and emails from people asking how I like working in my new space. Just about every single parent, and even many of my students, have asked when I’ve seen them for lessons or music therapy. Here’s the honest truth: I love it. Like, more than I…
  • New Studio Tour (Part 1)

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Day 1 in our new studio is officially in the books! Yesterday was a whirlwind of administrative tasks, moving the last few things, putting the final touches on my office, and finally, welcoming students for the start of the fall session. Our new space includes my office/studio, Katey’s office/studio, a therapy room, and large group space. Today I’ll give you a look inside my office/studio, since it’s the closest to being “done” in terms of stocking and decorating. I really love how it has shaped up, but it’s definitely going to take some getting used to…
  • First Day of Work

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today marks my 8th “first day of work” after summer break at Music Therapy Connections, but this year is different. I have a new office, studio, and coworker, so it almost feels like I’m starting a brand-new job. Luckily, I’ll be surrounded by the familiar faces of my clients and their families; a girl can only handle so much change at once. It’s always an adjustment, going back to a regular jam-packed schedule after a low-key summer. Having only worked 4 days a week, and for only a few hours each day, returning to my full client load this week will be a bit of a…
  • A Fresh Look for Fall

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a season of change for my private practice. What started as a tiny little side hustle for me back in 2007 has blossomed into a full-time business for not one, but TWO music therapists. I couldn’t be happier to have Katey Kratz as a partner in what is now Music Therapy Connections, LLC. Along with our new name, partnership, and location, it was only fitting to update our look as well. My father-in-law graciously offered his photography services, and our new photos make this whole venture feel officially official! Over the course of this month, I’ll be busy updating our…
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  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Spanish in the Kitchen

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    This post is a part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs. This group of parents and educators has come together to share great resources for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. We are also giving away fabulous prizes. Enter the giveaway below, and check out the growing collection of cultural and language-related posts. Cooking is a great language activity for so many reasons! It is hands-on and an activity that parents and kids do together. Like language, cooking takes practice, so there is lots of built-in repetition. Cooking is intimately tied to…
  • 5 Activities for Spanish Learners: The Friday Five

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    It’s time for the Friday Five! These five activities are easy to do with kids learning Spanish and take little or no preparation. Activity #2 is an online game for children with more Spanish. It uses common vocabulary, but does not include pictures, so it is the most challenging of the activities. The other activities can be done with beginners or at any level as a review. Listen to and sing this version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in Spanish. It is nice and slow for beginner learners. The lyrics are in “show more” under the video. For kids who can read in Spanish, try this online…
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Worlds Together Cuba

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I just watched Worlds Together Cuba, a beautiful 25-minute documentary released in anticipation of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is part of the Worlds Together Series by Master Communications, an award-winning set of videos that introduces children to different world cultures. The people of Cuba are the stars of this DVD. The video gives basic information about the island over beautiful images of daily life. In the video, Cuba is described as “a photographer’s paradise,” and the vibrant colors of the video prove the point. This DVD gives children a window into the country. It is valuable…
  • Canciones Infantiles: Uruguay Educa

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    One of my favorite children’s recording artists, Mariana Iranzi, recently sent me this wonderful resource for canciones infantiles, or children’s songs. Read more about Mariana Iranzi’s music here. Recently Uruguay’s government-owned telecommunications company, ANTEL, donated 100 canciones infantiles to the Administración Nacional de Educación Pública to be distributed for public education. These canciones infantiles are available to download at no cost from Uruguay Educa, el Portal Educativo de Uruguay. They recorded by artists from all over Latin America (a few of the songs…
  • Bilingual Children’s Books: María de Lourdes Victoria

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    One of my favorite parts of writing Spanish Playground is discovering new authors. This week I have had the opportunity to read several bilingual children’s books by María de Lourdes Victoria. The author, originally from Mexico and now living in the United States, is best known for her award-winning novels Los hijos de mar and Más allá de la justicia In addition to these novels for adults, María de Lourdes Victoria has written four bilingual children’s books that will appeal to native speakers of either language. These books are also excellent choices for language learners. Two of the…
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • Silly Playdough Faces

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    These silly play dough faces are a fun activity for kids.  To make these fun "monster guys" as my son calls them, here's what you'll need:PlaydoughGooglie eyesChenille pipe cleaners, cut into fourthsToothpicksPush the playdough flat or smush it into a ball. Add chenille pipe cleaners for hair, googlies for the eyes, and carve out a mouth using a toothpick or form one with pipe cleaners.
  • Easy Cilantro Chicken and Ranch Lettuce Wraps

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Maybe it's the end of summer and the back-to-school schedule that has me hungering for meals with fresh ingredients without a bunch of work. Sometimes, I'll walk the produce section at the grocery store and pick up whatever sounds good at the time, cut it up, throw it together and add a simple vinaigrette and that's dinner - or lunch. Since I had just had salad the night before, I decided to make these easy cilantro chicken lettuce wraps.                                         …
  • Easy Back to School Shopping: Give Back to your School with Schoola #clothes4schools

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Back to School time is here! We have just a few days before school starts. My daughter is especially looking forward to school. She's already talking about seeing her friends, starting a new grade, and what she will wear on her first day of school. We homeschool through a charter school, so she will be going to school a few days a week to have a "traditional" school experience. Her actual first day in the classroom will be a bit later. She told me recently, that sometimes it's hard to know what tops and bottoms go together because she keeps them separate in her closet and dresser. So together…
  • Shredded Chicken Sandwich On A Pretzel Bun With Homemade Honey Mustard

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    What's not to love about soft pretzel rolls, really? While I'd love to try to make homemade mini soft pretzel rolls, I'm so glad Costco has them! To make a shredded chicken sandwich on a mini pretzel bun with homemade honey mustard, you'll need:1 pretzel bun, cut in half2-3 oz. Shredded chicken (or favorite meat)1 slice of tomato1 leaf romaine lettuce1 slice of colby jack cheese (or your favorite)homemade honey mustardLayer chicken, tomato, lettuce, cheese, honey mustard together on the mini pretzel roll....yum! Is it time for lunch yet? Making your own honey mustard sauce is so easy. Here's…
  • 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…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • Great Quotes For Kids About Humility and Being Humble

    Inspire My Kids
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    It is good to be confident in yourself and to always strive to be the best you can be.  Yet, truly successful people strive not only to be their best, but to be great in how they treat others.and celebrate their talents. For example, you may have seen an athlete who scores a touchdown, drops the ball and goes down on his knees to give thanks for his achievement.  Or another player who scores but then runs around the field pointing at himself and calling attention to his or her achievement.  One of these people is being humble and grateful, while the other is being arrogant and…
  • Myles Eckert – 8 Year Old Shows Kindness Always Wins

    Inspire My Kids
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Myles Eckert went with his family to have breakfast at a diner one morning near where he lives in Toledo, Ohio. In the parking lot, he found a $20 bill. It was what he did next that was truly amazing and inspiring. In the diner, Myles saw a Military Officer eating with his wife. Myles, who lost his own father through his service in the military, decided to write a brief note and give the money he found to the officer. To hear the full story, meet Myles and the Military officer he gave the money to, check out his interview with Ellen: Additional Resources Check out other great InspireMyKids…
  • Quincy Symonds – Inspiring 6 Year Old Surfs Past Medical Issues

    Inspire My Kids
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    Quincy Symonds is a 6 year old like no other. She is one of the best surfers and skateboarders for her age in the world.  If her athletic talents are not enough, she achieved them despite a serious medical condition she was born with called congenital adrenal hyperplasia.  The disease requires Quincy to take medicine three times every day. Quincy began surfing at age 4 and started skateboarding a few months later.  She was inspired to try the sport by watching her father surf near their home in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia.  With just a few tries she was able to stand up on…
  • Great Quotes for Kids About Courage

    Inspire My Kids
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Have you ever done something that you knew was the right thing to do, but you were scared to do it?  Or maybe you did something that looked very hard, but you decided to try it.  That is courage in action and you probably felt very good about what you did.  And you should! Courage shows up in many ways all around you.  Courage is standing up for a friend, helping someone in need or sticking with something that is hard for you to do.  As a young person, courage is one of the most important things you can develop.  Having courage makes you a better person, a better student and a better…
  • Nicholas Lowinger – Incredible Teen Has Sole for the Homeless

    Michael Stutman
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    When he was just 5 years old, Nicholas Lowinger visited a homeless shelter with his mom. While there, he wanted to show off his new light up shoes. However, with his mom’s guidance, he realized this would not be a good idea. That is because when he looked around, many of the kids did not have shoes or had shoes that were falling apart. Nicholas then learned that some of the kids shared their shoes with a member of their family or missed school because another family member was wearing the shoes that day. He noticed that other children had sores on their feet from wearing shoes that…
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    Red Tricycle

  • 10 Spectacular Spots to Fly a Kite

    Erin Cranston
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Whether you are ready or not, it’s time to start embracing the crisp mornings, the colorful leaves falling from the trees and the breezes that beckon us to cook soup in the crock pot. And speaking of breezes, it’s also time to dig out your kites for some good, clean, fun on a fall afternoon. Whether your kids prefer speeding along the sand or galloping through the grass, we’ve rounded up 10 picture perfect spots to throw caution (and a kite) to the wind. Photo credit: Karyn Christner via Flickr Gas Works Park This 19-acre former coal gasification plant turned historic…
  • 11 Creative Ways to Play With Apples You Never Knew Existed

    Abigail Matsumoto
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Though eating your way through Galas and Honey Crisps is one (delicious) way to usher in apple season, we’ve rounded up 11 nifty projects for some inspired apple alternatives. From bird feeders and dried ornaments to artsy apple bowling, these activities are perfect for after school fun and beyond. An apple project a day keeps boredom away! 1. Dried Apple Ornament You don’t have to be knee-deep in the holiday season to try a fun apple ornament craft. Dried apples and cinnamon make for a sweet-smelling home and you can even string a garland for a mantel decoration. Since it…
  • Apple Recipes to Warm You Up This Fall

    susie foresman
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    You’re planning to go apple picking and while snagging a barrel full of apples is half the fun, after the adventure you’re left with well, a barrel full of apples. Turn your pickings into your next meal. From breakfast to lunch and even dinner, flip through the photo gallery for 14 great family recipes from our favorite bloggers around the web. What do you like to make with apples? Do your kids gobble up Granny Smith slices or do they prefer them baked in a sweet treat? Share with us your thoughts below! — Susie Foresman RELATED STORIES: 11 Creative Ways to Play With Apples…
  • Favorite U-Pick Apple Orchards from Coast to Coast

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fall is breezing in and you know what that means: apple harvest time. U-pick orchards from NYC to SoCal are waiting with fruit-filled trees, so get ready to hit the jackpot. From Galas to Jonagolds, we’ll help you pick a winner. Read on to discover great apple orchards from coast to coast. New York City Ditch the city for a day and go apple picking near the Big Apple. Our favorite local orchards have not only bumper crops, but hayrides, petting zoos and fall-themed family activities. Click here for the full list of the best orchards near the Big Apple.  Washington D.C. The…
  • UrbanSitter Giftcard Giveaway Rules

    Tina Ly
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Win one of five $250 babysitting gift cards from UrbanSitter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited, taxed or otherwise restricted by law. Subject to all federal, state and local laws. HOW TO ENTER: Enter on-line on by filling out the entry form on the page during the contest period, (September 15, 2014 through October 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST). By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules. All entries must be unique and valid email addresses. Limit is one entry per email…
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  • Dental Truths or Myths?

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User 65172294@N00, via CC Does the coke dissolve your teeth overnight? Do you need to brush after every meal? There are a lot of myths about teeth and brushing practices. Let us find out if they are truths or myths. Myth: It is okay to use the same toothbrush after a viral infection or a sore throat. Truth: Germs are very sneaky; they hide anywhere they  get a chance. Toothbrush bristles are the best place to hide.  So, it is very important  that you change the toothbrush after any cold, the flu, a mouth infection or sore throat. Myth: Always put a plastic cap to…
  • Earth’s Protective Gear – Ozone Layer

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User neFrankie Robertomo,via CC Have you noticed people wearing large hats and sunglasses to protect themselves from the sun? Many people often carry umbrellas to shade themselves. The white face paint cricketers paint their faces with, isn’t just out of style. That’s sunscreen! Sportsmen cover their faces with sunscreen before they step out to play. Why do we need protection from the sun? Isn’t sunshine good for us? Well, yes mostly. But there are some ultraviolet rays that the sun radiates that are not good for us at all. These ultraviolet rays from…
  • The Ebola Outbreak

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User NIAID,via CC There is a lot of news about the deadly virus Ebola that is highly contagious. According to WHO ( World Health Organisation), this virus has attacked around 1600 people so far in West Africa. The affected countries are Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Two US health workers are being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Can you get infected? Yes, you can but only if you travel to any of these countries and comes in close contact with the infected people. Otherwise you are safe for now. Every country is issuing a travel warning to…
  • The Grand Canyon

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Wolfgang Staudt, via CC Have you ever seen a deep valley with steep rock sides and a stream or river flowing through it? That’s  a canyon! Grand Canyon, as the name suggests, is a mighty canyon in the state of Arizona, US. The grand canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, around 18 miles (29 km) wide and around 1 mile deep. To give you an idea of how huge it is, if Grand canyon were flat and you were driving through at a speed of 60km per hour, you would take over 7 hrs to cross it! Image Credit: Flickr User Grand Canyon National Park, via CC But the grandness…
  • 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…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • 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…
  • 5 Reasons Why Blogging is a Great Hobby for Children

    Guest Blogger
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    New post from Guest Blogger at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Blogging has taken the world by storm over the last several years. More and more people have taken to the Internet to share their opinions on important topics, to outline their life’s journey, or simply to share cool photos and stories. But adults aren’t the only ones getting in on the action; kids are great bloggers, too! As a parent, you might question whether blogging is a good idea for your child. Naturally, many parents are weary of letting their child spend additional time on the Internet, and understandably so. But unlike…
  • Ways To Use Free Blogs For Kids To Improve Skills

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Free blogs for kids can be a great learning tool. A lot of instructors have started using this method to get students to write more. Blogs are also a great way to teach students about using the Internet. Free blogs for kids can easily become a part of any curriculum. Students can for instance be asked to research topics related to the material studied in class and write blog posts about it. Blogs can also be used for creative writing assignments or as journals. Writing a blog post requires students to organize their…
  • How Free Blogs For Kids Are Changing The Classroom

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more Free blogs for kids are being used in many classrooms. This educational tool is a great way to get children to improve their writing skills. You should consider introducing this tool in your classroom if you need to motivate your students when it comes to writing. Many students do not put much time and effort into their writing because they get the impression that their work is not important. It can be difficult to motivate your students if you are the only person who will ever see their work. Getting the possibility to…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • The Sunday Showcase – Apple Learning Activities

    13 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring Apple Learning Activities that were linked up last week.  3 Dinosaurs works on apple counting {with real, pretend, and printed apples}. Growing Book by Book has an alphabet learning activity that includes stamping with apples. There’s Just One Mommy creates an apple-themed word scavenger hunt. Gift of Curiosity shows us how [...]
  • The Duckling Gets a Cookie Math Games

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This month’s featured author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Mo Willems. We are a huge fan of Mo Willems’ books around here. They are the perfect read alouds since kids and adults will both enjoy them. Today we’re spotlighting The Duckling Gets a Cookie with some cookie math games. Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks for [...]
  • Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! Sorting Game

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This month’s featured author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Mo Willems. Our first encounter with Mo Willems’ books was over two years when we joined the Virtual Book Club.  We were immediately hooked.  We checked out a great number of books by Mo Willems and fell in love with all of the [...]
  • The Sunday Showcase – Fun with Play Dough

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring Play Dough Activities that were linked up last week. Mom Inspired Life shares number recognition and counting with play dough. My Nearest and Dearest has 8 creative fall activities for kids – many of them include play dough. Life with Moore Babies creates a cloud dough sensory bin. ABC Creative [...]
  • Make a Hurricane

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    We have been exploring weather activities lately. Clouds, wind, storms. Really big storms. Learn more about hurricanes and make a hurricane with us. Hurricanes We started our learning adventure by reading a book. Gail Gibbons was an obvious choice for an author. She has so many great non-fiction books for kids. Her book, Hurricanes!, was full [...]
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  • Fall Craft Ideas: Paint Coffee Filter Suncatchers

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    If you’re interested in ways to bring the Fall season to life, today I’m sharing fall craft idea that encourages children to be inventive and think independently. Present the Supplies as an Art Invitation If you follow TinkerLab, you know that I appreciate projects that encourage children to think for themselves and come up with their own unique spin on the materials. Like so many of our projects, I present the supplies to my children as an art invitation. Once the supplies are in front of my kids, they are free to use the materials in any way the please. So, what will we…
  • Fall Craft Ideas | Leaf Critters

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    My little one and I have been taking bike rides while her sister is at school, and have had a wonderful time collecting fallen leaves. If you’re looking for fall craft ideas (for kids or adults), today’s simple painted leaf tutorial is a keeper. When autumn hits, this is a fun way to acknowledge the seasonal shift. Begin by collecting an assortment of leaves. Choose leaves that have already fallen, when possible. And then collect the rest of your supplies. I recommend acrylic paint because it has the best staying power. Supplies Some of the supplies listed are affiliate links.
  • Simple Sketchbook Prompt to Kick off the Day

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Today I have a fun and simple sketchbook prompt for you. This one is for all of my tinkersketch friends, new and old. I’ve been trying to make a habit of getting up before the kids so that I can have a little time to breathe before the day begins. A few weeks ago I picked up these new Canson Mixed Media journals (Amazon affiliate link), found on sale at Michael’s,and I was eager to give them a try. I started with made a random assortment of circles on my paper by tracing the inside of a tape roll. So easy, right? I was inspired by this zentangle post from Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Back to School Supply Deals

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    With kids going back to school this week and in the upcoming weeks, school supplies are on sale. Hooray! This can be a good time to stock up on all the goodies you’ll need to carry you through the year. We often shop at our favorite local drug store for supplies, but there’s nothing like the convenience of ordering from home. I combed through Amazon (this post contains affiliate links) for the best back to school supply deals, and compiled a list of some of our favorite supplies and reader recommendations. This list contains lots of amazing deals. While I was pulling this post…
  • TinkerLab Approved: Obstacles Game by eeBoo

    9 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    Obstacles: A Game of Imaginative Solutions by eeBoo is  one of my family’s very favorite games, and I’ve been planning this review for some time. In this game, players take a journey along a path that’s riddled with wild obstacles (blizzard, waterfall, cave, etc.) and must overcome them from an array of unusual tools (siren, jack-in-the-box, propeller hat, etc.). The solutions are often unexpected as this game pushes players to come up with innovative and creative solutions. As a collaborative game, it’s designed so that everyone can work together to come up with…
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    Junior Car Designer

  • A Very Special JCD Friend

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    This is a special post. The following drawings are from our friend Mesut, from Turkey. He´s 11, likes to draw cars (evidently) and dreams of becoming a an automotive designer. He sent his drawing to get some advice and feedback. He´s actually already been given some advice from some big names. Yes! Big Names! How big? Well, really big! Only the likes of  Peter Schreyer, Jason Castriota, Ian Callum, Chris Bangle, Walter de Silva, Ralph V. Gilles, Tom Tjaarda and Luciano Bove. : – O That´s right, you read right! But I also get advice from these dudes all the time. Sure…  …
  • Draw A Lamborghini Aventador

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I know this is “easy car drawing for kids” but this might not be that easy for some of you. This doesn’t mean you can’t draw it, it would just need patience and practice. I’m telling you all this because the Aventador has a very complex design at the front. Lots of straight lines and lots of sharp form details that aren’t very common on most cars. I tried to make it as easy as a could. Okay, let’s learn how to draw a Lamborghini Aventador!!! This is one of the coolest tutorials yet!   The first step is to draw the wheels. Lamborghinis are know to have a long wheelbase, at…
  • 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.
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    it's BABY time!

  • Fisher-Price See ‘N Say Review

    Carol Johnson
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Who remembers having one of these as a kid? I know I do. One thing that I love about Fisher Price toys is their classic style that always comes back around. As with anything, they are now much more improved and have more advanced features than the original models, but it’s still basically the same thing. I couldn’t resist having one of these for my children as a neat learning toy to have. Here is my Fisher-Price See ‘N Say review.Fisher Price See ‘N Say The Farmer SaysI had an original Fisher-Price See ‘N Say, which belonged to a relative, given to my daughter when she was a little…
  • How Often Should Babies Nap For?

    Carol Johnson
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In my experience from working in a daycare setting, I’ve seen many different napping schedules. Like most parents with more than one child will tell you, no two children are exactly alike. Some may be more than willing to take their nap around nap time while others resist with every effort they have. Consequently, the question that commonly arises is how often should babies nap? Often times, new parents believe that if their babies sleep too much during the day, it could be the cause trouble sleeping at night. The truth is all infants need a certain amount of sleep and it may come in…
  • Most Recommended Cloth Diaper Detergents

    Carol Johnson
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    As I mentioned in my article on cloth diapers, there is special care that comes with laundering cloth diapers. The best recommended cloth diaper detergents are those that are specifically designed for washing cloth diapers. Most of the baby-safe laundry detergents you use for your baby’s clothes are not suitable for CDs as these contain brighteners or enzymes that can degrade the quality of your diapers over time. Cloth diapering laundry detergents are formulated to clean diapers without damaging them. Here are some of the best diapering detergent recommendations you can use. You can…
  • How to Shed the Baby Weight Naturally

    Carol Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When you’ve carried a baby, your body naturally goes through some serious physical changes. I’m not just talking about the extra pounds; your hips also expand as your body made room to carry a human being. You may not ever fit back into your favorite skinny jeans and that’s OK. Within time, your body will resume its pre-pregnancy proportions as your uterus shrinks and once you’ve stopped lactating. It is very common for women to carry around a little extra weight after having a baby. I’ve listed some natural ways to shed the baby weight that are easily achievable.Meal Planning…
  • Best Baby Products of 2014

    Carol Johnson
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    They’re always coming out with new products each year that are aimed to be better than the stuff from the year before. I mean, just look how far car seats have come along! Companies often strive to produce better products that are especially convenient for parents. I like to stay current on the latest and greatest so I did a little searching around for the hottest items to hit the market so far this year. Here is my list of some of the best baby products of 2014!Top 2014 Products for Babies and ToddlersOut with the old and in with the new. Here are some of the latest and highly rated…
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    Expert Advice


    3 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
      It seems that everybody goes ga-ga over kids with curly hair. Sweet ringlets, corkscrews and gentle waves are one of Nature’s most adorable wonders. That is, until they become impossibly matted, frizzy bird’s nests. The good news is that even the wildest curls can be tamed with the right products and techniques. Take note of our most common Curly Qs and soon you’ll be known in your circles as, “The Curl Whisperer”.   Photo Credit: Scotch & Soda What’s the best brush for curly hair? No brush! The most common mistake with curly hair is…
  • Beyond the Buzz Cut

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Photo Credit: iwishiwasa Every little boy is completely unique, so why aren’t their hairstyles? Hair is such a unique and easy form of self-expression, it’s time to help our boys move beyond buzz cuts and find a look that shows off their individuality. Here are some pointers for finding the right look for your little mister: Look books, magazines, and our Pinterest page are a good place to find inspiration for great boys cuts. Draw inspiration from his favorite celebrities, sports figures, or even book characters. Try to find a few options that he likes, looks that seem to have a…
  • The FAQs of Lice

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Lice. Ugh. In the world of parenting, it’s one of the worst four-letter words ever. These tiny, cringe-worthy bugs can cause big drama, but only if you let them. Take a step back and arm yourself with information that will shrink this VERY common problem down to size. The most important thing you can do for your child (and yourself) is remain calm. No freaking out allowed. Explain to your child that this is a treatable problem that has nothing to do with cleanliness. In fact, lice prefer clean, healthy heads! How do kids get lice? Head lice love a party, so they are most often discovered in…
  • The Today Show - Back to School Tips

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Cozy shares her back to school tips.
  • Tangles and Knots

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    After trying to detangle a child’s hair, most parents are ready to pull out their own. By far, my most frequent question about children’s hair care is, “How do I comb the knots and tangles out?” The keys are TOOLS and TECHNIQUE. Once you learn this ouchless method, nobody will be crying when the comb comes out, you or your kids! First, the tools: Wide-toothed comb with rounded tips Hair clips to section the hair Detangler or spray leave-in conditioner Toy, video, or book to keep your kid occupied And now, the technique: Step 1 Make sure your child is distracted and comfortable; this…
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • Socks is Back from Georgia!

    Colleen Butler
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Socks our resident Sock Monkey just got back from Georgia, where a lovely family took him to a parade, an amusement park, and to the Walking Dead set! Not only that but he helped to pack a Hero Box . #Herobox Colleen on Google+
  • Happy Lazy Mom Day!

    Colleen Butler
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy Lazy Mom Day! Take some time for yourself and let us help you with that party!
  • National Wildlife Day!

    Colleen Butler
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy National Wildlife Day!  National Wildlife Day WebsiteFor all those kids that are fascinated by Wildlife we have loads of Jungle Party Items!
  • Party Panic?

    Colleen Butler
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Never Fear... Party Fun Box is Here! Colleen on Google+
  • Back to School Sale!

    Colleen Butler
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's Back to School Time! 10% Discount with code: SchoolStart (this week only)
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  • How to play Skylanders on a budget

    Matt Purslow
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    If you’ve not played a Skylanders game, you’re missing out! It’s one of our favourite games around, and there have already been three amazing games you’ve missed out on. It can be quite expensive to get into the game, with the starter packs often costing around £50. But Family Gamer TV have been hunting, and they know how you can play every Skylanders game released so far for just £115. Check out this video to learn how. The £115 will net you three Skylanders games on Wii – Spyro’s Adventures, Giants, and Swap Force – as well as almost 20 different characters to play…
  • Grab a free game from Club Nintendo this Winter

    Matt Purslow
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Nintendo gamers, listen up! You could grab yourself a free game this Winter as part of Club Nintendo’s latest offer. All you need to do is register your 3DS console and a game before January and you could grab yourself a free game from the eShop. If you haven’t registered your 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS yet, then you can take advantage of this cool offer. You need to register it before January 12th 2015. You’ll also need to register a copy of either Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, or Super Smash Bros. 3DS between October 3rd and January 12th. With these two items registered, you…
  • LittleBigPlanet Vita Marvel Super Hero Edition announced

    Matt Purslow
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    LittleBigPlanet is heading back to the PS Vita in a new package that injects the game with a big dose of superhero power! The LittleBigPlanet Vita Marvel Super Hero Edition is the original game you know and love, but bundled up with Marvel-themed costumes and games. The game will come with three mini games all based in the Marvel comics universe: Avengers Ultimate Escape, SHIELD Interceptor, and Hero Rush. There will also be 18 new costumes for Sackboy and Sackgirl to wear, all based on your favourite heroes from the Marvel universe, as well as cool new stickers and effects. The…
  • Falcon and Yondu join the Disney Infinity 2.0 team

    Matt Purslow
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    The cast of characters for Disney Infinity 2.0 is growing almost every week. Today we can add another two members to the team: Yondu and Falcon, two Marvel characters from some of the most recent films. Both characters will have figures and in-game abilities. Yondu will be part of the Guardians of the Galaxy, whilst Falcon will join the Avengers. You’ll almost certainly recognise Yondu as he looks exactly like he does in the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Falcon on the other hand is wearing his suit from the comics instead of the army-themed wings he has in Captain America: The Winter…
  • Dark Pit and Ganondorf confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 3DS

    Matt Purslow
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Last month some screenshots appeared on the internet that seemed to reveal that a few interesting characters were going to be in Super Smash Bros. We now know that these pictures were spot on. Thanks to a Japanese Twitch user called Hamayama, today we got to see a lot of the game in action, and see some of those rumoured characters take to the battle arena. When Super Smash Bros. launches on 3DS this October, you’ll definitely be able to play as Dark Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising, the dog from Duck Hunt, and Link’s arch enemy Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda series. Also…
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  • CDL 027 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 2: Publish

    Jeff Stephens
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    How to Publish your book on Amazon Ok, so you’ve written the next War and Peace and you want to let the world know about it. How do you take it to the next level, format it, and put it out there for the world to read your inspiring words? In this episode, I dig into the details on how you go about formatting your masterpiece for Amazon, how to upload it, and how to … Continue reading → The post CDL 027 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 2: Publish appeared first on .
  • CDL 026 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 1: The Book

    Jeff Stephens
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Have you ever wanted to write a book but felt as if you didn’t have enough time to do it? I’ve done the same thing. For over a year I’ve started and never finished books. I have a few that are close to being completed, but just haven’t made it across the line. That all changed this past weekend. In this week’s podcast I share my experience from this past weekend where I successfully wrote, … Continue reading → The post CDL 026 – How to Write and Publish a Book in a Weekend – Part 1: The Book appeared first on .
  • How to Populate a Facebook Unpublished Page Post, Without Screwing Up

    Jeff Stephens
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Have you ever tried to create a Facebook ad using an unpublished page post? When you finally got to the end and were ready to populate the ad fields, did you get lost in which field would go where? I know I have. And what really sucks is you can’t edit an unpublished page post ad after you’ve created it. So, if you put the wrong content in the wrong box, you have to start … Continue reading → The post How to Populate a Facebook Unpublished Page Post, Without Screwing Up appeared first on .
  • CDL 025 – 14 Simple Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas

    Jeff Stephens
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    [To Listen Now - Click the GREEN Podcast Player Above the Photo] Tell me if you’ve been here before… You’re sitting  in front of your computer. WordPress is open. You’ve clicked to add a new post, and the cursor is blinking rhythmically, taunting you as your fingers hang motionless over your keyboard. Yep, you’ve got nothing. You have no idea what you are going to write about in your new blog post. How did you … Continue reading → The post CDL 025 – 14 Simple Ways to Generate Blog Post Ideas appeared first on .
  • CDL 024 – How to Find Facebook Communities that Matter to You

    Jeff Stephens
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Facebook Communities…and why you should care One of the most important aspects of the internet is the concept of community. It’s a key reason we enjoy the online world as much as we do. It’s also a major contributing factor to the growth and dominance of social networks like Facebook. So, what does this mean to your online business or side project? As an entrepreneur, you need to find other people who are passionate about … Continue reading → The post CDL 024 – How to Find Facebook Communities that Matter to You appeared first on .
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    Montys Monkey Cooking

  • Upside Down Cake Recipe for kids to make

    Monty The Monkey
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Hellloooooo Monkeys! It’s time for some crazy fun with an Upside Down Cake This is Read more The post Upside Down Cake Recipe for kids to make appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Tuna Fishcake recipe for kids – Monty teaches kids how to cook

    Monty The Monkey
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Hellloooooo Monkeys! It’s time for some funky fishcakes! These are one of Grannys special recipes Read more The post Tuna Fishcake recipe for kids – Monty teaches kids how to cook appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Eton Mess recipe for kids – Monty teaches kids how to cook

    Monty The Monkey
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    Hellloooooo Monkeys! It’s time for some delicious dessert! This is one of my favourite desserts Read more The post Eton Mess recipe for kids – Monty teaches kids how to cook appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Monty’s Really Yummy Ratatouille for kids to make

    Monty The Monkey
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Bonjour Monkeys! It’s time for some French fun with food. French food is amazing – Read more The post Monty’s Really Yummy Ratatouille for kids to make appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
  • Monty’s Yummy Quesadillas for kids to make

    Monty The Monkey
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Ola Monkeys! It’s time for some Mexican food. I loooooove Mexican food – it’s so Read more The post Monty’s Yummy Quesadillas for kids to make appeared first on Montys Monkey Cooking.
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  • How to Talk with Your Kids About Tragedy

    John Russo
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    It can be tough knowing how to talk with your kids about tragedy in the news. When a big news event happens, or the anniversary of one, it’s important to help your kids talk it out. Here are some tips. … read more The post How to Talk with Your Kids About Tragedy appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Fall Toddler Fashion: Back to School!

    John Russo
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Fall Toddler Fashion 101: Back to School  As fashion-loving moms, we want to have as much fun (if not more) shopping for, dressing and styling our children as we do with our own outfits.  The key is to find inspiration … read more The post Fall Toddler Fashion: Back to School! appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Duck Tales Theme with Real Ducks

    John Russo
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Yes, this is the theme song to the TV Show Duck Tales, with real ducks. You win, internet. Hat tip to the great blog over at the A/V Club for finding it.  KidNimble not only helps you find funny videos, like … read more The post Duck Tales Theme with Real Ducks appeared first on KidNimble.
  • It’s Their Day, Too

    Katie Blackburn
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’m certain this story is familiar to you: one baby wakes up much earlier than she should, while the other one sleeps longer. Forget being at the park on time because older sister just squeezed her whole fruit pouch on … read more The post It’s Their Day, Too appeared first on KidNimble.
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  • Kid's Birthday Party Etiquette Tips

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Here at Spaceships and Laser Beams, we love to celebrate a great boy's birthday party. We often share our favorite birthday party theme ideas, as well as party decorations, kid's party food and kid's party game ideas. Today, we're sharing some tips on great kid's birthday party etiquette, courtesy of CafeMom's blog, The Stir.
  • 20 Glow in the Dark Party Ideas

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you want to add a little eerie glow to your next boy’s Halloween themed party?  You can add a little party magic to any celebration with these awesome glow-in-the-dark party ideas! Toast the evening with glowing beverages and glowing cups, and then eat glowing cotton candy, cake, cupcakes, and Jello by the light of a glow stick chandelier. Glow necklaces make a way cool glowing chain decoration; glow bracelets can be used for bowling, tic-tac-toe, ring toss, or hop scotch. Glowing play dough, glowing bugs, glowing bubble or ice paint will keep everyone busy. See how to write any message…
  • 26 Cute Monster Party Ideas Your Guests Will Adore

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Boy’s Halloween parties don’t have to be dark and gruesome and this round-up of Silly Monster Party Ideas proves it! Colorful, google-eyed monsters are perfect party pals. In this round-up you’ll find dessert tables, entire party set-ups, decorations (monster balloons and paper bags, for example), craft suggestions and even favors like monster bubbles and monster munchies.  Kids’ themed party food possibilities include monster eye cookies, monster oranges, cupcakes and cake, monster claws, eye-of-newt pretzels, monster Jello and Monster University treats. Behind the door, under the…
  • A Boy’s Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nobody brings a smile to children’s faces quite like Mickey!  You can imagine all the smiles and joy to be found at a boy’s Mickey Mouse themed birthday party like this one, planned by Jodie Vandekerkhove for her son, Saul!  Jilly B Photography captured all of the fun.  Get ready to join the party filled with lots of polka dots, Mickey inspired decorations, a marvelous dessert table and a cake that will knock your socks off! See Also Mickey Mouse + Pirates of the Caribbean = one amazing birthday party combo! Add this Sailing Away with Mickey Party Game to your next Mickey Mouse…
  • A Halloween Dessert Table

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Halloween will soon be here! Scare up some fun with a Halloween themed dessert table, perfect for a boy’s Halloween party or movie night!  Alexis, of Sugar Sweet, planned this spooky snack bar for her son and his friends using items from around the house and a few things from the local dollar store.  Can you imagine the fun the boys had choosing from so many ghoulish delights while enjoying a scary movie night?  Paired with hauntingly clever food and beverage labels, the frighteningly festive food and decorations beckon guests to partake.  Would you dare? See Also Throwing a Halloween…
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    I Found Musik

  • Brain food: teaching music at dinnertime

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Hot Dog on a Staff   Anybody who knows me well knows that I’m not a big fan of Pinterest. Not because I don’t like the site, but because all those perfectly photographed upcycled projects make me feel very…ummm…inadequate. It’s not that I’m not artsy (I am!), just not at this level. That’s why I was particularly proud of my creativity with the kids’ dinnertime leftovers. You see, I’m always looking for an opportunity to slip in a music lesson so my kids don’t feel like they’re actually learning. Last night, we were having…
  • Kidchella with Andy Z, Octopretzel, Moon Fest and more!

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Bay Area Family Music Events September 12-14, 2014   So much to do, so much to see   Don’t these events look great? Check out the interactive map below to find even more great music close to where you live.   Google Maps Plugin Wanna see the events in a nifty list? Then go ahead and “click more”   Friday What: Breakfast with Enzo Where and when: Sports Basement Presidio Store, 610 Old Mason St, San Francisco. Friday August 29, 10-11am and 11-12. (Each show features different sets of music.) What age group?: 6 and under What’s cool about it: You…
  • Music education outside the classroom

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    SF Bay Area Family Friendly Music Activities September 5-7, 2014       Due to a yucky cold, I had to express this weekend’s post. This time, Mancini is recommending everything, especially browsing the interactive map below (or consulting the entire list, after “the jump”).   Google Maps Plugin Friday What: Bites Off Broadway Where and when:  365 45th St, Oakland. Friday, September 5, 5:30-8:30pmWhat age group:  AllWhat’s cool about it?: If your family loves food truck events, then you have to check this one out! You don’t get to hear…
  • I’m on LinkedIn

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    No, it’s not my resume. I just published an article on LinkedIn, and even though it’s not related to family music in the Bay Area, I’m pretty proud of it. Maybe it can help you out. You can read it here, or on LinkedIn.  How to overcome a “bad” college major (Depending on what you love, this well-worn motivational gem can take on new meaning. Yes, doing what you love does mean that you’ll never work a day in your life…because you just can’t get a job, since what you love is not an employable skill.) Now down to business… We’ve all…
  • Finding a music teacher, Part II: private studio or music school?

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    I won’t lie, finding the right music teacher is hard   Is it just me, or does this girl look angry?   Ok, so you’ve decided on the right age to start your child on an instrument  and read through Part I of my series on finding the right music teacher. Now you just have to find the “the one” and your child is on the road to becoming the next Yo-Yo Ma. Easy, right? If only… I don’t envy parents who are starting their search for a music teacher. There are just too many options, which can overwhelm even the biggest over-researchers among us. I can…
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    Professor Egghead Science Academy - Kids Franchise

  • Cool Science Project #8 – Coke mixed with Milk experiment

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    It is a reaction of the Phosphoric Acid contained in the coca cola to the milk. Milk contains the protein Casein, when mixed with an acid the protein binds that causes it to curdle. You will have the same effect when adding milk to anything acidic like lemons, vinegar, grapefruit etc. Phosphoric Acid molecules attach to the milk giving them more density and separate out...
  • How to Make Your Seasonal Business a Year-Round Success

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    People are always asking how we were able to turn a seasonal business into a year-round income machine! The folks over at American Express wanted to know as well, so we said: Businesses that are tied to school calendars also face seasonal challenges. “Since we run after-school programs and offer workshops in schools during the school year, summer was our slow season,” says Shaun Tuch,...
  • 5 Creative Ways to Save Your Business Money

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Businesses are always trying to save money. So the helpful team over at asked us how we do it! This is what we said: Shaun Tuch, the co-founder of the low cost franchise of Professor Egghead Science Academy – a company that promotes STEM education for kids – suggests reaching out to former college professors. By using these contacts, you might be able to...
  • FREE Franchise Giveaway Contest to PTA Members

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Professor Egghead Science Academy – national STEM education franchise – announced today the launch of the Egghead Franchise PTA Contest, with a Grand Prize of a free franchise. Professor Egghead Science Academy, a national education franchise, announced today the launch of a contest that will award a current California PTA Member a new free education franchise. A Professor Egghead Science Academy franchise includes a protected...
  • Cool Science Project #7 – Amazing Fire Trick

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Warning: Parent Supervision Required! Check out how cool this trick is! Re-light a candle by touching a flame to smoke.   For more cool experiments visit Cool Science Projects Original Video Posted By Youtube User: brusspup     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...
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