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  • My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) by Alison DeCamp
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    New Children's book - MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% True!)Written by Alison DeCampMY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE)It is 1895. Stan is on a mission to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan. And he's embellishing all of it in his stupendous scrapbook. There are many things that 11-year-old Stanley Slater would like to have in life, most of all, a father. But ...
  • New germ fighter turns up in dirt

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    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Scientists have found a compound in soil that can kill the microbes that cause anthrax, tuberculosis and other diseases.
  • Home Cookin': Baked Oatmeal

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    Erinn Simon
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    On a freezing school-day morning, cereal for breakfast just doesn’t seem like enough. I want to give my kids something warm and delicious that will fill their bellies and guard against the chill.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • 'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?' - NPR (blog)

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    25 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    NPR (blog)'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'NPR (blog)This is the first in a series, "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In 2009, 59-year-old Greg O'Brien was a successful journalist and writer living in Cape Cod. He was healthy and happy and more »
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  • My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) by Alison DeCamp

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    New Children's book - MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% True!)Written by Alison DeCampMY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE)It is 1895. Stan is on a mission to find his long-lost father in the logging camps of Michigan. And he's embellishing all of it in his stupendous scrapbook. There are many things that 11-year-old Stanley Slater would like to have in life, most of all, a father. But ...
  • Groundhogs Day

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Groundhog DayDo you know the catchy rhyme “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck ... ” by Mother Goose?How much wood could a woodchuck chuckIf a woodchuck could chuck wood?As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck,If a woodchuck could chuck wood.Will springtime come early this year?A Woodchuck is also called a Groundhog. The Groundhog is the largest member of the ...
  • Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) - HeroMLK was a hero and an important part of America's history. Martin Luther King, Jr. was also a husband, father, pastor, activist, humanatarian and leader in the civil rights movement. MLK was a Baptist minister who early in career became a civil rights activist:1955 led the Montgomery Bus Boycott1957 founded the (SCLC) Southern Christian Leadership ...
  • Winnie-the-Pooh Day

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:24 pm
    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Full Movie)Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh DayA fun day to celebrate this very loveable old bear. Winnie-the-Pooh Day is celebrated every year on the creators birthday, A. A. Milne, on January 18, 1882. The Winnie-the-Pooh books were created in 1926 and this silly old bear has been entertaining us ever since. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh ...
  • National Make a Gift Day

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

    Erinn Simon
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    On a freezing school-day morning, cereal for breakfast just doesn’t seem like enough. I want to give my kids something warm and delicious that will fill their bellies and guard against the chill.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • On the Fly: Home

    Jessica Lara Ticktin
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Since September, Kids VT contributor Jessica Lara Ticktin has been traveling the world with her family, homeschooling three daughters along the way — while pregnant. This is her final post. "I must cross the Atlantic."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Brain Bee Seeks High School Participants

    Megan James
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Know a high school kid who's interested in how the brain works? They might want to participate in the sixth annual Vermont Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition and learning opportunity. The event takes place at the University of Vermont College of Medicine on February 7, but the registration deadline is Monday, January 5.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • On the Fly: Last Stop: Israel

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

    Erinn Simon
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Last weekend, my 7-year-old, Cal, and I decided that we’d do our best to put together packages of sweets for our neighborhood friends. But what to make?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • 'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?' - NPR (blog)

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    25 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    NPR (blog)'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'NPR (blog)This is the first in a series, "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In 2009, 59-year-old Greg O'Brien was a successful journalist and writer living in Cape Cod. He was healthy and happy and more »
  • Mother arrested; 3 kids had throat wounds - USA TODAY

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    25 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
    USA TODAYMother arrested; 3 kids had throat woundsUSA TODAYOLYMPIA, Wash. — Three young Olympia children are in critical condition after their mother attacked them with a knife, police say. Christina Booth, 29, is being held at the Thurston County Jail on three counts of attempted first-degree murder Mother arrested after 3 kids slashed at Olympia homeQ13 FOXOlympia mother arrested; 3 kids had throat woundsKING5.comall 24 news articles »
  • Aon Center hosts annual Step Up for Kids stair climb - WLS-TV

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    25 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    WLS-TVAon Center hosts annual Step Up for Kids stair climbWLS-TVBut more than 3,000 athletes, patients, families and friends are doing just that at the 18th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids stair climb. The race to the top of the Aon Center benefits the children and families served by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Chicagoans reach great heights in 18th annual Step Up For KidsWGN-TVall 3 news articles »
  • Pediatric Academy Now Says Medical Marijuana May Help Some Ill Kids -

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    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    NBCNews.comPediatric Academy Now Says Medical Marijuana May Help Some Ill KidsNBCNews.comMarijuana use should be decriminalized and federal officials should reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug to spur vital medical research, the leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommended Monday. In an update to its 2004 policy statement on Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDsU.S. News & World Reportall 62 news articles »
  • Jennifer Lopez: 'I Would Love to Have More Kids' - People Magazine

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    25 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    People MagazineJennifer Lopez: 'I Would Love to Have More Kids'People MagazineFirst of all, I surely hope she doesn't wear shirts like that around her kids. I understand it's a photo shoot but seriously put some clothing on! Second, I highly doubt J. Lo bakes with her kids. Another obvious photo just for the shoot. With all that and more »
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  • New Fisher-Price photo studio seeks ad, packaging diversity

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    In this Jan. 14, 2015, photo, 21-month-old Noelle Roberts plays with Fisher-Price toys while "baby wrangler" Melanie Ruskin keeps her engaged and photographer Michael Mandolfo records the moment at a studio in Buffalo, N.Y. Fisher-Price has been using local kids on its packaging for years, eschewing "professional" models in favor of the babies and toddlers parents who trundle in to the toy maker's headquarters in the quaint village of East Aurora, N.Y. The company recently began photographing children in a second studio, in Buffalo, to tap into the urban center's more multi-cultural feel and…
  • 'Walking The Walk' With Students ... And Screaming Fans

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.
  • Boat show offers fishing fun for kids

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    "Oh my gosh! She caught a fish," Baylie told her mother. "I'm not sure it's her first time, but we brought her here today."
  • Connecticut officials tout reduction in school arrests

    25 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    Connecticut government officials and educators are crediting a variety of efforts for a significant decrease in arrests at schools across the state over the past several years. About 1,400 arrests at schools were referred to state juvenile courts in the last school year, about 260 fewer than the 2011-12 year.
  • Museum Opens Doors, Turns Down Lights For Autistic Kids

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:56 pm
    On a Saturday at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., life-size robotic dinosaurs roar. A giant video monitor shows a person sneezing as a spray of mist shoots down from the ceiling.
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  • Have a go at Te Reo

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Kōhunga Kōrero - monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are starting next week! Head along to the library for 30mins of stories, waiata, rhymes and fun, and it’s all in te reo. It’s all free, lots of fun, and perfect for 2-6 year olds and their whanau. The first session is at Miramar Library, 2.30pm, on Tuesday 27th January. You can find the schedule at our children’s event’s page, also check out the library’s event calendar for specific dates.   Find your local Kōhunga Kōrero session: 1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am Omāroro (Newtown) Library 13…
  • Last week of the Summer Reading Challenge

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    How many have you read? The Summer Reading Challenge closes on Friday this week – 30th January, so make sure you’ve finished off writing all your book reviews and completing the library challenges. You’ll need to hand in your Summer Reading Challenge booklet to your local library, before the end of January, so the librarians can count the number of challenge you’ve completed. The more books you read and review, and the more challenges you complete – the better your chances of winning! GOOD LUCK!
  • Top 10 comics for January 2015

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Brand new year for the library! But the old favorites are still going strong in the junior comics section.  Are any of these your favorites? 1.   Pokémon, by Hidenori Kusaka 2.   The complete Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz 3.   Garfield, by Mark Evanier 4.   Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce 5.   Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi 6.   Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami 7.    Asterix omnibus, by Goscinny and Udzero 8.   Adventure time, by Ryan North 9.   Warriors, by Dan Jolley 10. Babymouse, by Jennifer L. Holm
  • New Non Fiction for the new year.

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Animalium. Welcome to Animalium. The book or museum as they call it is open all hours. This book is amazing because it houses an astonishing collection of more than 160 animals for visitors of all ages. The sky’s the limit when it comes to information about animals. You will also learn how animals have evolved, see inside the dissection laboratory, and discover the amazing variety of habitats on Earth. One book you definitely must read!   Creature Features. Ever wondered why animals look the way they do? This book explains why. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where…
  • Dogs like reading too

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Karori Library had a one off extremely awesome dog-themed storytime. Complete with dog. A very cute dog named Ziggy. There were fifty-four people who came along sang some songs and listened to a collection of lovely books we have in our Library starring pooches and pups. It was so fun! Max had a great time presenting and hanging out with the cool kids who came along. The children really got on well with Ziggy and they all enjoyed petting him and watching his tail wag. I don’t know what it is but reading is always ten times better with a dog. Maybe it’s the fur. Yup,…
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  • Struggling With Weight Loss? These Tips Can Help!

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    It can be hard to lose weight if you have a lot of junk food in your home. Making these changes is important if you really want to have success. This article can help with that. Don’t keep junk food and other things you are avoiding in your house. If you don’t buy a box of cookies, they won’t tempt you. You should have healthy choices available to grab right away. For example, keep a platter of veggies in the fridge that you can go to when hunger strikes. Eat a salad before the main course. The fiber contained in the salad helps fill you up with a minimal number of calories.
  • The Sure Way To Become A Good Cook

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    A lot of people regard cooking as an unwelcome, but necessary task. Cooking, though, can be something very enjoyable! It can also be a way to a healthier lifestyle. Good cooks always attempt to find out as much as they can about their hobby or profession. The ideas presented in this article can help you to learn more about cooking. Keep your spices and herbs in a dark, cool place. Exposure to humidity, light and heat all affect the flavor of your spices. Ground spices typically maintain their flavor for around a year. Whole spices last longer, possibly as long as five years. As long as they…
  • Having Issues With Interior Design? Try Out These Ideas

    18 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Many people want to update their home’s look, but they mistakenly assume that the changes will cost too much. However, this isn’t always true. There are many great design projects that can be done by the homeowner that are quite cost-effective. Read on and learn how you can improve the look of your home. Before you start designing your space, make a decision on what type of mood you want the room to have. Moods can range from outrageous and exciting to soothing and calm. If you pick a mood for your room, you will make the right choices when evaluating what a color makes you feel.
  • Arm Yourself With Some Great Weight Loss Tips

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:04 am
    To shed pounds quickly and efficiently, create rules and habits for yourself. Read on to learn the best tips and tricks for losing weight. Drinking coffee is a surprising way to lose weight. Coffee can provide a much needed boost to get you going and stick with your workout routine. If exercise is enjoyable, results will be easier to achieve. Studies show that many people struggle with staying motivated when doing physical exercises. Walking with family members, pets or friends can help add to your level of enjoyment. Find a friend to workout with to maximize your effectiveness when at the…
  • Need To Catch Up With The Skin Care You’ve Neglected? Read This Advice!

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:56 am
    You’re not just improving your appearance when you care for your skin. It also has a big effect on your overall health. However, you do not need to invest in expensive products to achieve this benefit. This article can give you an good idea on how you can take better care of the skin. A great way to have healthy, glowing skin is to exfoliate. When you exfoliate, you are removing the top layer of dead skin from your face so that new skin can come to the surface. Exfoliation is also great for getting your pores unclogged, and it keeps oil away, too. Exfoliate your skin with a naturally…
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  • Reward System: The Sweets Jar

    Lorna Doone Brewer
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Positive reinforcement rocks! We recently developed a reward system here at our house.  Unfortunately, my two oldest girls (ages 4 and 2) are starting to experience some sibling rivalry.  I’m pretty tired of the constant whining (“She pinched me!”) and scheming (“If you don’t give me that toy, I won’t play with you.”) and all the tears and timeouts that accompany it.  So, when I saw this idea for a reward system, I thought we’d try and use it to encourage kindness between them. When I notice them being kind to one another, they get to put a…
  • Paint Chip Bookmark

    Joanna Brooks
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Some of my favorite crafts involve taking something that you would ordinarily throw away, and turning it into something pretty and useful. This is a simple bookmark made out of a paint chip strip. These are readily available at any store with a paint department, and are free! You’ll need a paint chip strip, a corner rounder, a hole punch, and ribbon of your choice. Round the corners of the paint chip. Punch a hole in the center of the top. And thread your ribbon through the hole. Tie a neat double knot at the base of the ribbon, and you’re done! It’s easy to make one in your…
  • Quick Craft: How to Make a Pirate Eye Patch from Craft Foam

    Lorna Doone Brewer
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Pirate Eye Patch Craft Project We’ve been having a lot of fun coming up with ways to use craft foam lately, and this pirate eye patch was really quick and a lot of fun to play with.  We ended up making a treasure map and some other fun things to go along with it and reading How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon. What You Need to Make a Pirate Eye Patch: Craft foam Scissors String or cord Marker (optional) Pirate Eye Patch Craft Supplies From your craft foam, cut out half an oval that is about two inches high and two inches long. This will be your pirate eye patch.
  • No Bake Energy Snacks

    Lorna Doone Brewer
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I love no bake cookies, but I do feel pretty guilty about the butter and chocolate in them.  When I came across this recipe, I was really intrigued.  I wasn’t 100% sold until my kids and I both fell in love with them.  I apologize for the not-so-appetizing picture, but this recipe was so good that I had to share it anyway.  You can get really creative with the recipe, but here’s what we’ve been using.  This makes a double batch, which means we have some to put in the freezer and pull out when we want them.  So far, they haven’t lasted an entire week. No Bake…
  • Winter Word Puzzles for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Now that I’ve gotten up our Christmas word puzzles, I wanted to add a ‘secular’ alternative with these winter word puzzles. These are great for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students – maybe even 6th grade. You might also like these Mad Libs for Kids or these winter multiplication worksheets, too! Winter Words Secret Code Winter Word Scamble
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  • Michelangelo's Bathroom

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    If your toddler hates getting water on her face when her hair is being washed, try this easy activity.
  • Paper Plate Numbers

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Take paper plates and add some dots and numerals to represent numbers. Then use them for matching game or display them in your child, are used for display or as a game.
  • Car Book

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Cut out car pictures from magazines, and make a car book with your toddler.
  • Wash the Floor

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    This early childhood activity teaches your toddler responsibility by having him shadow his parent's actions.
  • Brush Our Teeth

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Teach your child about good hygiene and show him how to brush his teeth with this activity.
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  • Setting the Table

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your preschool child will love helping you set the table, but watch out for the breakables!
  • Consequences

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    You can help to drive home the importance of cleaning up after an arts and crafts activity, by setting up an experiment using art supplies.
  • Write a Story

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this activity, your preschool child is the star of the book that you write together.
  • Fire Safety

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Teach your child about fire safety with this early childhood activity.
  • Parade Shakers

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your preschooler can lead her own parade with this shaker.
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  • Clothing Designer

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Children can become designers for a day by making life-size paper dolls.
  • Paper Lanterns

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Celebrate the Chinese New Year by making these paper lanterns.
  • Cereal Box Heads

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Banish boredom from breakfast by having children decorate the cereal boxes.
  • Bombers

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    This marble game requires two players and involves dropping marbles from eye level.
  • Archie's Tractor

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Help your child build a little mobile toy for fun and family time.
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  • Giveaway: Doll & Matching Girl Tee Set from Kat-N-Ty Designs – ENDED

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    UPDATED WITH A WINNER! Congratulations Teresa! Please check your inbox. In 2011, a mom made matching girl and doll tees for her daughter and her friends for their trip to AG and from that a very successful Etsy business was born! Lorna of Kat-N-Ty Designs has just added some new Grace inspired designs to her Etsy store and we are giving you the chance to win one! First, take a look at the cuteness…. Her designs are easily spotted as they are a fun patterned circle design with a symbol or picture inside and then personalization.  Oh the choices!! I love the whimsical patterns of the…
  • Sunday Showcase for January 25th

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    Apologies for not having Sunday Showcase last week. I had good intentions of getting it posted while I was on my flight to the west coast and was actually looking forward to using the in flight wi-fi and being super productive, but I forgot to charge my laptop which made it totally useless! Today’s Sunday Showcase will include the photos from last week too. From JGKelsey – Sleigh Ride! It is so beautiful out when there is fresh new snow covering everything in the winter.  And there is no better way to see all that beauty than in a horse drawn sleigh.  Mikaella and Chavonne were…
  • Jewelery for Grace

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Each year my new America Girl GOTY gets several pieces of  jewelry, Grace was the lucky one this year.   As I look over her collection at the different outfits she would wear, I create appropriate matching jewelry.  Let’s check it out! We need to start with supplies and tools.  Some of the supplies I selected are small red beads, pink crystals, a chain and charms of French landmarks.   I found the supplies at Micheal’s Craft and Joann Fabrics & Crafts.  The tools I use are pointed chain nose pliers, the stretchy .05 mm clear string, small link chains and closures for…
  • Anne of Green Gables Doll Characters

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    In January 2014 I did a blog post on Anne Shirley for National Reading Day.  My daughters and I are long time lovers of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books, as well as the adorable movie series.  My daughters were so taken by the Anne doll that I created, that they asked me to craft a Gilbert and Diana. Gilbert Blythe was created from recycling a hazel eyed American Girl Doll.  The old wig was removed and a new Johnny wig was purchased from in a size 10-11 in light brown: …
  • Throwback Thursday – American Girl Kaya

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    American Girl Kaya is the focus of this week’s Throwback Thursday – not so much from the standpoint of looking at retired items from her collection, but as a real look back at history! Julie used her Kaya as part of a school project from the looks of it. From Karina - This is my Kaya doll in her Deerskin Outfit, which is still available. I think she looks so pretty in this outfit! I can’t remember exactly when I received Kaya, but I believe it was sometime in 2003-2006. From Heather H - Kaya and Rose (Magic Attic Doll) decided to go for a ride in the woods. From Carol M…
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  • Digital natives are neither

    25 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    "If it don't fit, don't force it.Turn it over and try again."Cliff, a dockworker at MJ Rudolpf, ca. 1977Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin, Daily NewsI can drive a car reasonably well. I know its basic functions, can dive under its hood with a reasonable idea of what does what (and even fix things occasionally), and I'm cognizant of what a car can (and cannot) do.I grew up with cars, they were around long before I was born. I am an automotive native.Still, when faced with driving a new model, I invariably struggle to find the defrost function. I stil struggle with it in our latest car, and we've had…
  • Crocuses, again

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The crocuses are back, spearing their way through last summer's leaves, reminding me (again) that spring is possible.I lose faith when I lose my way, when I no longer feel the rhythms of the natural world in my bones, when I spend more time under fluorescent light than I do under the sun.We pretend that we can educate children for a global village, with standards and standardization, through prescribed algorithms. We forget that the lamb in front of us will age, will die, just as we will age, will die.And in a hundred years, the crocuses will again break through the frozen ground, as alive as…
  • Thoughts on finding a mako's tooth

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Found today at the edge of the ocean.We are mammals, all of us, trapped by words of our creation, most of us.We are human, all of us, trapped by technologies of our creation, most of us.We are all mortal, all of us, trapped by belief we shall live forever, most of us.Just a few hours ago I stumbled upon the tooth of a mako shark, a creature likely still very alive within a few miles of here, now sliding through the dark depths of the water, living in a universe as incomprehensible to us as iPhones are to the sharkThis tooth has ripped the bodies of other living beings, its serrated edges…
  • The carrot and stick approach

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    With all the confusion of what constitutes good teaching in a classroom these days, complicated by metrics that have little to do with anything, I have learned through the years that the carrot and stick approach works best.Here's the carrot, grown by a student.Each year we get one or two, grown by patient students who see to it that their little plant survives these dark wintry months.And here's the stick:My Dad's slide rule sits on my desk. Any student can play with it anytime, and they do. It does what it's supposed to do, and continues to do it well, well over 50 years later.There's joy…
  • An American Experiment

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Hey, Arne, here's an experiment for you--let's get some real data!Let's take a few American babies, even wealthy white ones with full-time nannies, and pump them full of cortisol.Every few minutes, shoot another bolus of cortisol into their veins, their brains.Watch their hippocampuses (critical for memory) shrink as their bellies bulge, their memories fall as their blood pressures rise.Watch their amygdalas, the seat of fear and aggression grow, as their health declines,Then give them some more.Wait a few years, then toss them into a classroom and subject them to a "level playing field,"…
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  • Friday Flash Giveaway: Spherovelo Early Rider

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    When the kids were toddlers and winter was at its worst, we’d clear the cars from our garage and let them ride around in circles. The activity didn’t seem like much, but CP#1 and #2 always had a blast. MP is certain her duo would have loved this award-winning Spherovelo ride-on toy. Designed for children ages 10-24 months, the Spherovelo can be stabilized for little ones who are just getting their footing, and later, once the stabilizers are removed, it helps children learn to balance while they ride. Our friends at Daytrip Jr. have generously offered a Spherovelo (valued at…
  • Betty Louise Studio Giveaway

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    CP#2 is the kind of kid that rarely gets cold. The temperature could be 20º outside and you’d find him in short sleeves waiting for the bus. His mother, on the other hand, is shivering nearly all the time. Maybe that’s why MP is always on the lookout for cute, warm things. If she’s going to be cold six months of the year, MP figures she might as well have some colorful winter gear to enjoy. With this thought in mind, you can imagine MPs delight when she discovered Yarmouth-based Betty Louise Studio. Studio owner Katie Chalmers creates adorable hats for adults and kids. Katie crochets…
  • Winter Adventures Wish List

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    Now that the long winter season is upon us, MP has been brainstorming ways to the keep the family outdoors and active. Here are some of the adventures she’s hoping to take: Ice Fishing Full disclosure: Grumpy Old Men with Walter Mathau, Jack Lemmon and Ann Margaret is one of MPs favorite winter films. In the movie, the men are particularly competitive when it comes to ice fishing. MP has always dreamed of visiting an ice fishing hut and catching a fish or two. She’s hoping the team will be up for experiencing a guided trip of our own. Sleigh Rides When CP#1 was just a babe, we…
  • How We Celebrate

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Our team had a quiet New Years Eve (DP was sick with a cold), so to make up for it, we planned a decadent New Years Day Celebration. MP made a creamy quiche au fromage, bacon, and our favorite marbled chocolate banana bread. We had a giant bag of oranges in the fridge, so the kids made fresh-squeezed orange juice and poured it into champagne glasses. When the food was nearly ready, CP#1 and MP rifled through an old dress-up box for crazy hats, leis, and noisemakers to add to the festivities. The result? A fun New Years Day brunch for the four of us. Sometimes thrown together celebrations are…
  • Merry Merry

    24 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Our team is getting ready to celebrate with family and friends over the next few days. We wish you the happiest of holidays, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015! xo, Cute Potato
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    Playground Confidential

  • Stuff I’m Digging: TSO Young People’s Concert Pianorama

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    I’m a big fan of the Toronto Symphany Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert series. This series is aimed for kids 5 to 12 and is a fun way to introduce children to music beyond Taylor Swift. The upcoming Pianorama concert sounds like the perfect way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon. It  features superstar pianist Emanuel ... [Read more...]The post Stuff I’m Digging: TSO Young People’s Concert Pianorama appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Not everyone’s excited about kids riding free on the TTC. Here’s why we should be.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Image credit The new mayor of Toronto, John Tory, [insert Rob Ford tribute video] just announced a huge increase in public transit spending and service that includes every-ten-minutes-or-better service, 50 new buses, four new express lines, 11 new 24-hour lines (!) and FREE TTC rides for kids 12 and under. And, oh yeah, the price of ... [Read more...]The post Not everyone’s excited about kids riding free on the TTC. Here’s why we should be. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Sometimes breaking the news of a pregnancy is really sweet. Sometimes it isn’t.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    There’s this sweet video of a young couple in a photo booth that’s been making the rounds. The man thinks he’s just there to snap some pictures and then the woman holds up a newborn hat with the word “baby” on it. He gets all weepy and there’s a lot of hugging (and it does ... [Read more...]The post Sometimes breaking the news of a pregnancy is really sweet. Sometimes it isn’t. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • El Mirador House - Valle de Bravo, Mexico,

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    For someone born in 1977, Mexico-born and educated architect Manuel Cervantes Céspedes has scooped up his fair share of accolades. With his team at CC Arquitectos, he has completed both residential and commercial project that deserve attention. One residential project in particular, El Mirador, located in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, and completed in 2013, has remained in our minds as an impeccable example of how to create elegant balance. In this mountaintop residence, the architect and interior designers – as well as the owners – have resisted bravely the temptation to add…
  • Weekend Music Playlist 21

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Kids Museum of Glass - Shanghai

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In 2011, we wrote about the newly opened Shanghai Museum of Glass (SHMOG) designed by Coordination Asia’s  founder and CEO, Tilman Thürmer. More recently, Thürmer’s team completed the Kids’ Museum of Glass located in the same Shanghai-based complex and opened a few days ago. Cool and edgy, quite literally, the Kids’ Museum has none of the typical cute and cuddly kiddie features found in spaces dedicated to children. Instead, the target audience, kids aged 4-10, enter an environment of glass, particle board and metal realized in a color scheme of black…
  • Mike Pelletier - Kinetic Portraits

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We love these eerie portraits created by interactive artist and technical director, Mike Pelletier and available exlusively at our online store. For many years, Pelletier has been researching and experimenting with methods of creating multidimensional portraits. Using his research in thermal imaging and MRI scanners as a technological basis and as inspiration, he started using  Microsoft’s motion-sensing Xbox device, Kinect, to create cool artwork with a strong, edgy look. Pelletier’s 3D images made of a sitting subject appear to be pictures of a metallic sculpture, strangely…
  • Nozomi Sushi Bar - Valencia, Spain

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Last fall, José Miguel Herrera and Nuria Morell closed their popular SushiHome restaurant in Valencia, Spain. Fans and patrons were surprised, but they did not have to wait long for the answer. In December, the couple opened Nozomi Sushi Bar in the funky Ruzafa neighbourhood of the city. For interior design and branding of their new venture, they employed Valencia-based creative consultancy Masquespacio established in 2010 by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse. The founders selected the name Nozomi, popular for restaurants and businesses, including the Japanese…
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    Little Food Junction

  • Republic Day

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    ~ Happy Republic Day ~Welcome Prez Obama Happiness in mind, Faith in  words, Pride in our hearts, Memories in our souls, Lets salute the nation on Republic Day !  26th January is celebrated as Republic Day in India. It was on this day sixty six years back that India became truly sovereign and the constitution came into force. The day is celebrated all over the country with  great enthusiasm and joy. The streets of our national capital - New Delhi wear a majestic tricolor look ,beautifully…
  • Xmas-2

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:12 pm
    ~Merry Christmas-2 ~Christmas is in the air, colorful baubles and beautifully decorated Christmas trees are surely a treat to the eyes!! Local markets and shopping malls have transformed intotiny santa lands with the festive paraphernalia beautifully displayed all over the market place. Its Xmas everywhere !! Chill winds and fog give a perfect excuse to spent the morning indoors and indulge in some  cutie treats for lil ones. A bit of  creativity n food play with some readily available ingredients is perfect to add some…
  • Xmas time !!

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

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

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

    Denene Millner
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When the "With This Ring" premiere trended on Twitter this weekend, the road God planned for me long ago became abundantly clear. The post Full Circle: The Connection Between ‘With This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Book to Film: How ‘The Vow’ Became ‘With This Ring’

    Denene Millner
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The book to film road for the novel, "The Vow," was paved with a decade's worth of obstacles before it became the Lifetime movie, "With This Ring." The post Book to Film: How ‘The Vow’ Became ‘With... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hope. Or When History Stops Repeating Itself.

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    If hope fueled the courage of our forebears in Selma, surely it can fuel the courage we need to fix Ferguson and make the world a better place for our kids. The post Hope. Or When History Stops... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jill Scott On Falling In Love With ‘With This Ring': “There’s Something So Pure About It”

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Jill Scott, who in the new Lifetime movie "With This Ring" plays Viviane, the character I created in "The Vow," just, like, gets it. The post Jill Scott On Falling In Love With ‘With This Ring':... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dove’s ‘Love Your Curls’ Film Perfect For Black Girls With Natural Hair

    Denene Millner
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Love Your Curls, Dove's new film encouraging natural hair love, is the perfect self-esteem boost for Black girls. The post Dove’s ‘Love Your Curls’ Film Perfect For Black Girls... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe For a Crowd

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Whether you are making cinnamon rolls for an Easter morning brunch, a potluck or just to tuck away in the freezer, it doesn’t take much longer to make a big batch of sweet cinnamon rolls than a small one, and is definitely worth the effort. Cream cheese in the dough gives it a smooth, light... Continue Reading...The post Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe For a Crowd appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 7 Tips for Organizing Small Toys

    14 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    The holidays are over, and now there seems to be even MORE toys and stuff around the house! Eep! Every parent knows the headache of owning small toys. They seem to multiply and spread all over the house, creating a clutter that is at times unbearable. If your children love Legos, doll accessories, puzzles, and... Continue Reading...The post 7 Tips for Organizing Small Toys appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 2015 Top Disney Movies

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
    I’m always excited to check out the movie lineup Disney has coming out, and this year is no different! Whether you’re a Marvel fan, or you love Cinderella, Disney has a movie premiering for you in 2015! Check them all out for yourself! January 23, 2015~ Strange Magic (Touchstone Pictures / Lucasfilm) “Strange Magic,” a... Continue Reading...The post 2015 Top Disney Movies appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 7 Educational Lessons Learned Building a Snowman

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:45 pm
    We’ve had plenty of snow here the last couple days, and it sounds like it isn’t going anywhere soon! One of my son’s favorite winter activities used to be snowman building! Do you wanna build a snowman? If so, be prepared for some cool and snowy fun. At the same time, did you know you... Continue Reading...The post 7 Educational Lessons Learned Building a Snowman appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Ideas for New Year’s Eve Party Games and Entertainment

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    New Year’s Eve definitely calls for fun and games, but coming up with ideas to entertain a mixed crowd until the ball drops can pose problems for many.  Thankfully, Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, has rounded up a few of her favorite ideas to help you master games and entertainment for your New Year’s Eve... Continue Reading...The post Ideas for New Year’s Eve Party Games and Entertainment appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    South Shore Mamas

  • 100th Day of School Reading List for Kids

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Join the 100th day of school celebration with this reading list for kids!
  • Using Photography To Beat The Winter Blues!

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Hobbies, like photography are great way to get you outside, spark a new interest, meet new people and help beat the winter blues. Here are some ideas from Ladybug Photography to get you started!
  • Science for Kids: Oobleck Slime

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    It’s a solid, it’s a liquid, it’s Oobleck! Oobleck is a cool slimy substance that is a solid when you squeeze it, but turns into a liquid once you let it go.
  • The Week Ahead: Jan 19-25

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Skating, Story times, Martin Luther King celebrations, Free Popcorn day, and more!
  • STEM For Kids – Making Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Fun!

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    My 8-year-old son is a self confessed math junky. You can ask him what his favorite subject is at school, and he will smile and say “MATH!” without hesitation. When he’s bored while standing in line at the store, or waiting at the doctors, I can keep him amused by quizzing him on math facts, […]
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • Guitars & Granola Bars: A New Podcast

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    A funny thing happened in the last six months or so: I became addicted to podcasts. Although I’ve been co-hosting the Music Therapy Round Table podcast for five years now, I never thought to branch out beyond the few music therapy podcasts out there to which I subscribe. But after one of my favorite bloggers listed a few of her favorite podcasts, I decided to check them out and was hooked. I loved hearing interviews with woman who owned businesses, were pursuing creative endeavors, and most of all, were doing both while raising children. A seed of an idea was planted in my head: what if…
  • I Have a Bean Bag

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned what a HUGE fan I am of the movement props created by Bear Paw Creek. Their stretchy bands and connect-a-bands are both staples in my collection, and I just recently added their bean bags as well. There are so many ways to incorporate bean bags into my music therapy sessions and early childhood music classes, but I knew exactly how I wanted to introduce them for the first time — with a brand new song, of course :) I wrote “I Have a Bean Bag” with several goals in mind: listening skills, body part identification, and…
  • Taking Music Therapy Mainstream

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    January is Social Media Advocacy Month in the music therapy world! This year’s theme is re:VISION, and many bloggers, including myself, are sharing our own stories about how we advocate for music therapy. For the first 7 years as a practicing music therapist, my work has been contained within schools, facilities, and my home private practice. But this past year, I had the unique opportunity to change that by moving my private practice into a very public location. No longer is my presence known only to my clients, their caregivers, administrators, and the occasional visitor; it is now…
  • The Year is 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    How is it possible that this is the 8th “song of the year” I’ve written since becoming a music therapist?! When I wrote my first one way back in 2008, I thought about how challenging it would be to write a new song that essentially says the same thing — just with a different number at the end — every year. But it has been much easier than I originally imagined, and I’ll probably be here another 8 years from now sharing my song for 2023. What a crazy thought! As always, this song includes not only the name of the year, but also the number of months, weeks…
  • Hello, New Year!

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    Happy New Year, friends. I hope 2015 is off to an amazing start for you. This year has already been a bit of a whirlwind for me — we ended 2014 by moving into a new house and started 2015 surrounded by lots and lots of boxes waiting to be unpacked. Needless to say, I’m just a little exhausted from my “vacation” as I head back to work today. As I sat down to write this post, I started thinking about the big work-related goals and plans I’ve made in years past. A new song every week, a new blog post every day…yep, those were definitely in the pre-baby era.
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    Artful Adventures

  • New Expanded Children’s Wall Art Department

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    One of my main goals during 2014 was to expand the Children’s Wall Art section of the Artful Kids store. So much of the artwork generally made available for children is somewhat uninspiring, so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Experimenting with Gelli Plates

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Welcome to 2015 – after a peaceful Christmas this is going to be an exciting year for Artful Kids with some big events on the horizon, which I’ll be sharing in due course. Of course we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Postage Stamp Christmas Wrap

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

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

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

  • Spanish Valentine Phrases for Cards

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    I think the cutest Valentine’s cards are the ones kids make themselves. You can find tons of fun ideas for using different shapes and materials online. If you have kids who like to do crafts, making cards and adding Spanish Valentine phrases is an excellent language activity. These are common Spanish Valentine phrases that children can add to cards for friends, family and teachers. Some lend themselves to specific shapes related to a key word, while others are general Spanish Valentine phrases that go with any cards kids feel like making. There is a printable list of these phrases…
  • Spanish Learning Songs and Materials: Rockalingua Giveaway

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    At Spanish Playground, we are big fans of Rockalingua. We are happy to be giving away a one-year teacher subscription to all of their fabulous content, and 2 copies of their DVD of Spanish learning songs and videos. The DVD has 13 excellent music videos with Spanish learning songs that kids will love. You can learn more about all the Rockalingua Spanish learning materials on the Rockalingua website. Enter below to win a one-year subscription to Rockalingua or a copy of their great DVD! The giveaway will run through midnight Monday, Jan 26. Features of Rockalingua Spanish Songs and Videos The…
  • Spanish Rhymes: Fun Phrases for Kids

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    My students have lots of fun playing and experimenting with rhyme. Spanish rhymes are easy to make and recognize, partly because of verb forms: habló, bailó, cantó, hablando, bailando, cantando, etc. Playing with Spanish rhymes, children explore the mechanics of language. They find out how language works and become familiar with the relationship between sounds and letters – information that helps them decode the sounds that make up words when they are reading. Playing with Spanish rhymes also helps build vocabulary and develop sound discrimination. Both skills are crucial to the…
  • Spanish Winter Words for Kids

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    We have turned the corner on winter and the days are getting longer! There is still plenty of cold left though. For many of us, cold and winter create the context for the language we use with kids. It determines the clothes they wear, the games they play and how they feel. Spanish winter words are a natural part of our daily routine. Try these activities to talk about winter with your language learners. Activities with Spanish Winter Words Printable poster and words to color I made this poster as an easy way to expose kids to Spanish winter words in print. It is a good speaking or writing…
  • Spanish Vocabulary Practice:

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    On the website created by, users move the mouse over an image to hear vocabulary pronounced. The images and sound files are arranged by category. The categories include numbers, body parts, animals, house words and more. There are many languages available, and for Spanish you can choose vocabulary from Mexico or Spain. You can use this site to practice Spanish vocabulary with kids in many different ways. Visit and click on Spanish vocabulary from Mexico or Spanish vocabulary from Spain. Practicing Spanish Vocabulary Within each category, the project has…
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    Inspire My Kids

  • A World of Difference – Great Quotes for Kids About Diversity and Tolerance

    Inspire My Kids
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Everyday, our classrooms, neighborhoods and communities become more diverse (or different).    People from different countries, cultures, religions and with unique abilities, religions and beliefs continue to spread out around the world.  Different skin colors,  languages, physical abilities and clothes are some of the types of diversity that we experience every day. How we respond to this diversity will determine not only your future as a person but our future as a society. As Maya Angelou said, “in diversity there is beauty and there is strength”. Tolerance means…
  • The Gorilla Girl – Saving Gorillas One Cell Phone at a Time!

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    When Mariah Nablo was six years old, she watched a TV show that talked about problems faced by mountain gorillas in Africa. She learned that they were in danger of extinction because their habitat was being destroyed.  The cause of this trouble was people illegally mining for Coltan, a material used to make cell phones.  Mariah was so moved by what she learned that she wanted to do something about it.  But what? Her inspiration came when she was visiting the Buffalo Zoo.  She saw a sign and collection box that said “Answer the call of the wild. Recycle cell phones and help…
  • Chelsea Werner – Young Gymnast Soars Above Down Syndrome

    Inspire My Kids
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Chelsea Werner was born with Down Syndrome, a condition that can cause certain medical issues including low muscle tone. Shortly after she was born, Chelsea’s parents decided to get her into gymnastics to help build her muscles.  After a long search, they found a great coach who was willing to teach her. When she started off, Chelsea had trouble with even the simplest exercises.  She struggled badly.  Yet this did not stop her, it only caused her to want to practice more.  She found that the harder she worked, the more she improved.  Over many years, she increased her practice…
  • Hailey Scheinman – Don’t Give Up. Give Back.

    Maggie Hofstaedter
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    She may be a young girl, but when it comes to sisterly devotion and giving back, Hailey Scheinman is wise beyond her years! 10-year-old Hailey has a twin sister named Olivia (Livy), and the two are practically inseparable. This is true despite the fact that physically, the girls are very different…..Hailey is healthy, but Livy suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Regardless of the physical difference, Hailey’s love for Livy shines through every day as the two play and read together and as Hailey helps her sister with her many needs. And Hailey has taken this love even one…
  • Great Empathy Quotes for Kids and Students

    Michael Stutman
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    Empathy is trying to understand what another person is feeling.  It is seeing the world through another’s eyes.   It helps people to get along better and to feel better. Having empathy is a key ingredient to becoming the  best person you can be.  You can practice empathy by: listening to someone rather than trying to talk to them asking someone how they are feeling if you think there is something wrong learning about people from different backgrounds and cultures showing concern and care for others paying attention to the needs of others getting to know someone better instead of…
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    Red Tricycle

  • 18 Signs You’re an Eastside Mom

    Jennifer B Davis
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Eastside. Home of Bill and Melinda Gates, the world’s largest PC software company and the first Costco warehouse. Haven for wine lovers and for shoppers and business execs alike. We love it, and we love to mock it. If you’re living in the burbs, you know the ropes (and you likely wouldn’t trade it for anything). Read on to find out if you’ve officially acclimated (or never left) the Eastside—then let us know in a comment which signs you identify with the most. photo: Hina S. via Yelp 1. Wear Lululemon pants. Or a hoodie. Or both. Generally both. 2. Grasp the…
  • School’s Out: 11 Boredom Busting Mid-Winter Break Camps

    Kristina Allen Moy
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Believe it or not, mid-winter break is just around the corner. Perhaps, you’ve already made plans to hit a sunny destination (good for you!). But if you’re sticking around the city this year, it’s time to make plans now before a week at home (with nothing to do) will drive both you and your crew up the walls. Here are some of Seattle’s best mid-winter break camps – but call now to book a spot – these camps fill up quick! Adventure Kids Playcare This always-popular mid-winter break camp will have your kids never wanting to go back to school. Each year, there’s a bigger…
  • Classic Science Experiments You Can do at Home

    Christal Y.
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s time to turn your home into a laboratory. Learn about static energy and re-create homemade lightning. See a rocket ship launch with the science of chemical reactions. Here are 17 experiments to get those brain gears churning — click through to see them all. We’ve even ranked the messiness factor from one to five sponges so you know what to expect. Have you checked out our other really cool DIY projects? Or maybe we missed a classic favorite? Let us know in the comments below! — Christal Yuen To find more cool kids experiments, click HERE.
  • Now Fashionably Open: Posh Kids in WeHo

    Jennifer O'Brien
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    For tots (or parents!) who love luxury, your dream boutique has officially arrived in the Melrose District. Posh Kids is where you can find the hottest, high-end labels in European fashion for label loving little ones sizes 2 to 12 without flying across the pond. Unique clothing and accessories, along with top notch service are definitely the name of the game here.  And what a pretty, pretty game it is. photo credit: Posh Kids Posh Kids’ shop is so stunning, it’s hard to believe it’s geared toward the same small pint set who were just wiping drool on their sleeves seconds…
  • Drop & Go: Flexible Childcare for Busy Parents

    Kelley Gardiner
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    You love your kids, but if you’re craving some me time (and no, solo time behind a locked bathroom door does not count) pay a visit to one of these drop-off childcare spots. Flexible, hassle-free and affordable, these seven local businesses will give you kid-free time to run errands, take that conference call or enjoy a date night. Read on to discover childcare centers and playspaces that’ll soon become your new BFFs. photo: Morguefile Grandma’s Place See ya later, baby! Grandma’s Place offers part-time childcare that works for you and your family’s schedule, with…
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  • Teenager Shubham Banerjee Invents A Cheap Braille Printer

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Shubham Banerjee is all but 13 years old. He lives in San Jose, California with his parents. He goes to school and loves it especially science. Everything about him sounds normal except this. Shubham, for his 7th-grade school science fair project, made a Braille Printer. A fully functional Braille printer! Braille is a system of dots and dashes punched on paper that visually impaired people use to read. It was invented by a man named Louis Braille. A braille printer prints any text as these bumps on paper. These bumps are interpreted by the blind people by a…
  • The History of ToothBrush

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Anderson Manchini All of you know that it is so important to keep your pearly whites clean. What helps you the most in doing so? Isn’t it your toothbrush? But, have you ever thought how people cleaned their teeth in earlier times? Or did they bother to clean their teeth at all? Let us find out when the toothbrushes were invented. Humans did bother to clean their teeth as they had realized the importance of clean teeth. So the earliest toothbrushes called chew brushes were twigs with fuzzy ends. Easy Breezy! Just pull out a fresh twig and start rubbing it…
  • Instruments To Measure

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:22 am
    Image Credit: Flickr User Andy Melton, via CC Instruments are measuring devices that gauge and tell the size, extent, degree, scope or magnitude of somethings. Instruments can be big or very small. We come across instruments in our daily lives but do not think of them as instruments. Let us see how many of them you know about. Ever been sick? A tiny long stick that measures the temperature you are running – Thermometer! At doctor’s office, what does the doctor use to examine your heart and lungs by hearing the sounds – Stethoscope. What enables space enthusiasts to study…
  • Fathers

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    (Sneha, 10, writes a heartfelt poem about fathers) Image Credit: Flickr User Pascal, via CC Fathers are good, the best, They’ve passed the sacrifice test. They help us in realizing our dreams, And treat us with biscuits with cream. They give us food to our fill, And also pay our phone bill. Fathers make big sacrifices for us, And we just make a fuss. Fathers make the right mood, And they are very good. Fathers
  • A Historic Rock Climb

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Peter Stevens, via CC Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climbed the summit of El Capitan, 19 days after they took the first step to fulfilling their dream. El Capitan is a 3000 feet granite rock in Yosemite National Park in California, US. To climb the granite rock has always been challenging for climbers because it is steep and not very rough. Image Credit: Flickr User Catlovers, via CC Why is this rock climb historic? Is it the highest climb? Is it the quickest rock climb? No. But it will do down in history as one of the hardest rock climbs. Here is why. First of…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • Creative Writing For Kids Makes For A Well-Rounded Child

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    New post from Dr. Patricia Fioriello at Kids Learn To Blog. Read more There are many different forms of writing. One interesting variation is creative writing in general and also creative writing for kids. Unlike technical, academic, journalist, and other forms, creative writing encompasses the imagination of the author with characters, storylines, etc. Types Of Creative Writing Typical displays of creative writing include novels, short stories, and poems. These are often fiction in nature. However, this sort of writing can also include nonfiction works such as autobiographies, biographies,…
  • Writing Skills For Kids: How Parents Can Help

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

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

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

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

  • Build an Air Fort

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Fort building is a child favorite. Whether it’s hiding under a blanket, building with sofa cushions, or using chairs from the kitchen and a sheet, kids love to find places to call their own. Build an air fort for your kids. They’ll think it’s the coolest thing! Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s fort building post [...]
  • Raining Hearts Word Game

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Valentine’s Day gives us a fun excuse to make things out of hearts or do heart-shaped activities (like our Valentine’s Day science experiments).  After reading The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond, we were inspired to play a raining hearts word game. I hope you’ll like it, too! Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks [...]
  • T is for Temperature

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    The A to Z Science series for toddlers and preschoolers at Inspiration Laboratories continues with the letter T. T is for Temperature. Learn about measuring heat and practice using thermometers with these fun activities. T is for Temperature Temperature is a measurement of heat. It tells us how hot or cold something is. It’s easy to introduce [...]
  • Melting Hearts Word Search

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    We have a love of baking soda and vinegar here at Inspiration Laboratories. Our frozen vinegar hearts are still the most popular post on the site. I’ve been wanting to try frozen baking soda and I finally found the perfect opportunity. This melting hearts word search combines my son’s love of a fizzy reaction with [...]
  • Valentine Heart Bubble Painting

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    Today I’m sharing a Valentine craft idea over at Red Ted Art for the 31 Days of Love series. We combined science with art to paint some Valentine hearts. Explore the baking soda and vinegar reaction and color mixing while creating a fun craft. After bubble painting, use the Valentine hearts in a card or hang them up [...]
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  • Easy Foam Sticker Crafts: DIY Stamps

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    This easy foam sticker craft is even better if you happen to have some foam stickers and blocks (or bottle caps, glasses, anything smallish with a flat bottom) lying around. However, a quick trip to the craft store for foam stickers will be worth your while (especially if you’re like me and you could spend hours lurking around paints, yarn, and paper). Foam Sticker Crafts: Easy DIY Stamps Foam Stickers. I found ours at Michael’s. Or save yourself a trip to the store and pick up these foam heart stickers from Amazon (affiliate) Blocks or other smallish, flat object Inking pad…
  • Super Bowl Party Ideas with Kids

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Unilever. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. Let me start by saying that I don’t spend all my Sundays watching football. Maybe you can tell by following my blog? However, there are a few exceptions: Since my husband went to grad school at Stanford,  we like to catch games at the Stanford stadium, and then there’s the Super Bowl, especially if the New England Patriots are playing…and this year they are! My husband is from Massachusetts, and seeing that we’ve been together since we were 20, I’ve been more or…
  • The No-Sew T-Shirt Scarf

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    I’m a sucker for repurposed objects, and have been wanting to make a no-sew t-shirt scarf for a while now. However, because we’ve been really good at purging our closets of unwanted items, I had not one old t-shirt to forage and upcycle into a DIY tshirt scarf. Sigh. So, last week my littlest and I headed to our local Goodwill, and walked out with five large t-shirts for about $2 each. Deal! I used approximately one shirt for the scarf shown in this tutorial, which makes this a really affordable craft. If you make some version of the braided scarf necklaces shown here, you can…
  • Easy No Cook Playdough

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    It’s been a while since we’ve made this spectacularly simple no cook playdough, and then I realized that the recipe hasn’t been shared here. I was first introduced to this easy no cook hair conditioner playdough recipe by Anna of The Imagination Tree, in her recipe for Creamy Coconut Playdough. Do check out her blog if you have or work with small children — it’s a gold mine! The ingredients are beyond simple, they come together quickly, and the resulting dough provides children with wonderful sensory and imaginative world experiences. The texture is different…
  • Tinkering Spaces | Action Potential Lab

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This interview is part of Tinkering Spaces, an informative series of interviews that center on designing kid-friendly creativity labs and makerspaces. If you’re scratching your head because you can’t figure out where to put your children’s art materials, you’re hatching a plan to turn your laundry room into an art room,  or you’re shifting furniture to make room for a new easel, these interviews are sure to give you food for thought. Today I’m joined by Lisa Carrie Goldberg, founder of Action Potential Lab, Toronto’s first science and art lab for kids and…
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    it's BABY time!

  • Arranging Play Dates

    Carol Johnson
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you’re a stay at home mom, then you know the importance of allowing your kids to have social interaction with other children. Preschoolers need to have friends around their same age to learn how to play with others (and siblings do not count- though they are your child’s first best friend). Arranging play dates can be a little intimidating, especially if you live in an area where you don’t know many people. Here is a guide on how you can connect with other moms and set up dates for you children to play together.Play dates can be advantageous for everyone. For kids it gives them an…
  • Breastfeeding A Baby With Tongue Tie

    Carol Johnson
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Breastfeeding is different for every momma. For some, it just comes natural while others have more difficulty with breastfeeding successfully. There are many methods that help make breastfeeding easier and painless such as proper positioning and latching on. Sometimes, there could be an underlying issue that is causing the problem. A baby with tongue tie could be a problem with breastfeeding.What is Tongue Tie?Some babies are born with what is known as a tongue-tie. This is an abnormality with the tongue where the connective tissue underneath the tongue that attaches it to the bottom of…
  • The Daddy Diaper Party

    Carol Johnson
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    From gender reveal parties and baby showers, an expectant mom gets a lot of attention and new gifts for the baby. What about Dad? I’ve actually been to baby showers that were open for both men and women, though it’s still primarily about the ladies. Don’t worry Dads, we have a solution just for you so you’re not left out. A daddy diaper party is the perfect way for an expectant father to celebrate his new baby with his guy pals.What is a Daddy Diaper Party?Basically, it’s as the name implies. It’s a non-traditional baby shower for dad where the guys are asked to bring a pack of…
  • Little Tikes Easy Store Large Slide Review

    Carol Johnson
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    What child can resist the classic slide? There are so many ways that toddlers love to climb and go down on a slide. It’s a favorite pass time for toddlers and keeps them moving. I suppose that’s what makes them a top favorite among parents as well! We’ve provided this Little Tikes Easy Store Large Slide review, which made a top Parent’s Pick in sports and outdoor toys.The Little Tikes slide features a gentle 5-foot long slope that is ideal for toddlers and wide, easy-to-climb steps. The slide’s wide base gives it extra stability and has a locking support arm. If you wish to take the…
  • 10 Neat Ideas to Announce Your Pregnancy

    Carol Johnson
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Finding out you’re pregnant is usually an exciting event. One that you want to share with everyone. Announcing to friends and family that you’re expecting can be a joyous time, especially when you do so in a fun and creative way. Whether it’s your first pregnancy or your third, here are some neat ideas to announce your pregnancy!Bun in the Oven – This is a popular idea I’ve seen across the Internet when searching for ideas to announce my pregnancy. You simply place a bun in the oven. Ask the intended person you’re wanting to announce the news to open the oven and check on…
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

    Colleen Butler
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by two engineers : Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding who were attempting to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. This failed but then they realized that their invention would make a great revolutionary packing material. Bubble Wrap not only protects your items during shipment (and we use it here sometimes) but it is great fun! Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day was created by “Spirit 95” FM radio  in Bloomington, Indiana. The first Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day was celebrated in 2001 and had a Bubble Wrap popping relay, sculpture contest, and…
  • Happy Robbie Burns Day!

    Colleen Butler
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
  • It's Peanut Butter Day!

    Colleen Butler
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Some Peanut Fun Facts! Peanut Butter Sandwiches can make Great Party Food if one at the Party has an allergy - (we usually ask on the Invitations)... One thing that we like to do is have a "Sign-in Sheet" with: The Child's name  A physical address (to send a Thank You Card and printed photo/s to) An email address (to send emailed images to) Allergies (so everyone knows what not to feed the child) A contact phone number (always good to have)
  • Penguin Awareness Day!

    Colleen Butler
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    It's Penguin Awareness Day! For those Penguin Lovers we have Penguin Happy Hopper Wind-ups!
  • Kid Inventor's Day

    Colleen Butler
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    It is the Day for Kid Inventors!   Kid Inventor's  Day Website Kid Inventor's Day is every year on January 17th (Benjamin Franklin's Birthday - He invented swim flippers at the age of 12!) For those Science-Loving Kids we have: Science Parties and Fun Science-related Items! #KidInventorsDay
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  • This Minecraft Hogwarts is amazing

    Matt Purslow
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Really detailed Minecraft builds are always amazing to see, and this huge model of Hogwarts is one of those breathtaking ones. Harry Potter’s school of witchcraft and wizardry has been recreated brick-for-brick by Minecraft fan Simon Kirchner, both inside and out! Check out his video. The build shows every turret and peak of Hogwarts, from the clock tower to the owlery. Inside you can see the Great Hall with its floating candles, the corridors between classrooms, and even go down as deep as the Chamber of Secrets! Outside you can go for a wander in the courtyard, or even sprint down the…
  • New Skylanders Eon’s Elite characters revealed

    Matt Purslow
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    Some new Skylanders figures are going to be released this year called Eon’s Elite. They’re cool re-creations of characters from the first Skylanders game, but with much better stats. The first reveals were Spyro and Chop Chop. Now two more have been revealed. In this sneaky photo from chaosworrier_oz on Reddit, you can see that the next two Eon’s Elite characters will be Elite Stealth Elf and Elite Terrafin. You’ll probably have used Stealth Elf before, who came with the Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures starter pack. Elite Spyro, Elite Chop Chop, and Elite Trigger…
  • You will be able to change your Minecraft username

    Matt Purslow
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Mojang have teased that a new feature coming to Minecraft will let you change your username. Teaser. #minecraft — Kristoffer Jelbring (@KrisJelbring) January 5, 2015   Back in 2011 when you first created your Minecraft profile name, you may have had very different ideas about what makes a good name. If you hate your username now, there’s not much you can do because names are permanent. But Mojang developer Kristoffer Jelbring has tweeted this teaser that shows that soon we will be able to change our profile name. It’s a small change, but if you…
  • Minecraft TU 19 is here!

    Matt Purslow
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    The awesome new Title Update 19 for Minecraft has finally been released. It adds lots of amazing new things to the game, including horses! The update, now called Content Update 7 instead of Title Update 19 (because we’re on the new consoles now) is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS Vita, and will soon be on PS4, too. Now the update is out for everyone to play, there is tons of new stuff for players to do. From dyed clays to huge firework displays, there’s loads of stuff in the update that’s never been seen before on the console versions of Minecraft. And because…
  • Win LEGO Minecraft with Family Gamer TV competition

    Matt Purslow
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:05 am
    What would be the best Christmas present you could get this year? If the answer is LEGO Minecraft, then Family Gamer TV have the competition for you. Their end of year giveaway includes two huge LEGO Minecraft sets, as well as a load of other cool gamer gear. Check out the video to find out how to enter. The prizes are: LEGO Minecraft The Mine and Ender Dragon sets, Minecraft Bookpedia, Osmo for iPad, and a subscription to 110% Gaming. It all adds up to over £300 of prizes, so it’s an amazing Christmas present! To enter, just comment on the video saying your favourite thing from the…
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    Crazy Dad Life

  • CDL 039 – Bookmarks Are So 1997 – Discover How to Save Content More Effectively

    Jeff Stephens
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Are You Struggling to Find Time to Read Content When You Find It? Do you constantly come across stories or articles in your newsfeed that you’d love to read, but just don’t have the time? As busy parents, we are constantly pressed for time. You are running around for your kids, scrambling at work, and [...]The post CDL 039 – Bookmarks Are So 1997 – Discover How to Save Content More Effectively appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • CDL 038 – How to Test Your Product Ideas – and How I Tested Mine

    Jeff Stephens
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    Give Your Product Ideas the Best Chance for Success It is safe to assume you have had a number of product ideas over the course of your life. It could have been a massive product that would change the world or a simple enhancement to an existing product. At some point all of us have thought [...]The post CDL 038 – How to Test Your Product Ideas – and How I Tested Mine appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • Do People Secretly Hate Your Facebook Videos? Discover 3 Steps to Bring the Love Back

    Jeff Stephens
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:27 pm
    What Critical Mistake Are You Making When You Upload Your iPhone Video to Facebook? When you upload your iPhone video to Facebook you are making a great decision. More and more people are starting to upload directly to Facebook rather than linking to their YouTube videos. A recent article by Adweek provides a glimpse into the future [...]The post Do People Secretly Hate Your Facebook Videos? Discover 3 Steps to Bring the Love Back appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • CDL 037 – The One Social Media Platform I Plan to Use More Than Ever in 2015

    Jeff Stephens
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:51 pm
    What Social Media Platform Should You Dig Into in the Coming Year? We are all constantly looking for ways to build our audience and drive traffic to our wonderful websites. The question is, where should you drive that traffic from? In this week’s episode I discuss my thinking of how I’m planning on using Pinterest [...]The post CDL 037 – The One Social Media Platform I Plan to Use More Than Ever in 2015 appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
  • Are You Struggling to Find New Optimism in a New Year?

    Jeff Stephens
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    A New Year Does Not Necessarily Signal a New Outlook For many of us, we are heading back to work this week after a long break over the holidays. You’ve had the opportunity to spend extra time with your family and probably caught up on many of the tasks that have been camped out on your to-do [...]The post Are You Struggling to Find New Optimism in a New Year? appeared first on Crazy Dad Life.
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    Born To Toddle

  • Get 15% off ALL Baby & Toddler Toys

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Take advantage of our January offer and get 15% off our extensive range of baby & toddler toys.  We've got baby walkers, rocking horses, puzzles, musical toys & more to suit all budgets & occasions.  All our toys are robust and durable and help little ones develop early skills such as touch, sight and sound whilst also helping them discover the joys of exploratory play. Just enter JANUARY in your shopping basket to redeem Offer ends Thursday, 29 Jan 2015. Shop for - baby & toddler toys NB. Offer not to be used in conjunction with any other promotion or cashback site.
  • Introducing new Educational & Learning Products

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    !! INTRODUCTORY OFFER !! NEW Educational & Learning Product Range   Get 15% off our new range of educational and learning resources for children aged 3yrs+ including fun science toys, pretend & play role play sets plus aids to help reinforce literacy and maths at home.   Just enter LEARNING in your shopping basket to redeem Hurry, introductory offer ends Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015. View all our educational products here:
  • Furniture Focus : Children's Bookcases

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    A childrens bookcase is the perfect way to store all those books and also create a colourful display combining style with practicality. A front facing childrens bookcase, which enables children to choose their book by picture or letter of the alphabet are gaining popularity and will brighten up any room.  Tidy Books bookcases offer a wide variety of bookshelves and book storage some with letters of the alphabet on the front to help children find books.  For more compact storage, Tidy Books wooden book storage boxes can be toted around and hold up to 40 books and magazines. Book…
  • Product Focus : Children's Armchairs

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every child reaches the age when they want their very own special place to sit - be it for watching TV, reading a book or simply to relax in.  Our childrens armchair designs create the perfect spot and come in a range of colours and designs to suit all room decors.  Just4Kidz armchairs are handmade by time served craftsmen so you can be assured you are buying an armchair that will stand the test of time. Classic Armchairs for Children These armchairs are constructed of a wooden frame which is richly padded in high quality foam then upholstered in colourful loose cover fabrics which are…
  • Children's Cabin Beds

    13 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    The New Year ushers in a "clean sweep" that in many households will extend to a room makeover or a even a new bedroom for some lucky children.  Cabin beds are one of the newest items on the market that with their funky choice of fabric canopies, will add a touch of colour and adventure to a bedroom and provide a comfortable spot for little heads to rest. Not only do cabin beds offer kids the thrill of climbing up into their bed, but they also offer parents a lot more storage space than a normal bed. A lot of cabin beds come with extra storage facilities, such as wardrobes. Others, like our…
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  • Pinterest Boards

    John Russo
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    We love Pinterest for sharing ideas, quotes, pictures, and more! Check out some of our boards below. We’ll see you there! Follow KidNimble’s board To Try in 2015 on Pinterest. Follow KidNimble’s board Parenting Quotes! on Pinterest. Follow KidNimble’s board … read more The post Pinterest Boards appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Parenting Resolutions 2015: Have Happy Kids

    Diane Stresing
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Is there a parent in the world who thinks they’re doing everything right? I doubt it. Because the holidays always seem to deliver a few reminders that I’m not perfect – as a parent or otherwise – I like to use … read more The post Parenting Resolutions 2015: Have Happy Kids appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Baby Monster Pants

    John Russo
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
      Where can I get these Baby Monster Pants?? We posted a photo of Baby Monster Pants on Facebook (Find our Facebook page HERE), and your response was overwhelming. This photo got over 460 likes, and over 260 shares. The … read more The post Baby Monster Pants appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Museum of Math

    John Russo
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Don’t miss out:  PolyPals is now running on the weekend at NYC’s Museum of Math PolyPals, MoMath’s enrichment program for toddlers and preschoolers, returns this Saturday, January 10.  PolyPals offers our littlest mathematicians the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories … read more The post Museum of Math appeared first on KidNimble.
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    I Found Musik

  • Another Ukulele Giveaway

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:56 pm
      We’re at it again. We’re giving away a free ukulele provided to us by our friends at Russo Music in Noe Valley. Check them out for awesome music lessons, instrument purchases and rental. To enter, head on over to Good luck! The post Another Ukulele Giveaway appeared first on I Found Musik.
  • Bay Area Family Music Activities HOLIDAY EDITION

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

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

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

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

  • Cool Science Project #13 – Liquid Nitrogen Cloud on FOX News

    30 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Professor Egghead Science Academy is back with some super cold science experiments. Professor Egghead Science Academy offers science and engineering after school programs, parties, camps and workshops for kids. Do not try any of these experiments yourself. These experiments were performed with the help of trained professionals. For more cool science projects, check out: Cool […]
  • Cool Science Project #12 – Explosive Science on Fox News

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Professor Egghead Science Academy is back with some explosive science experiments. With all the traveling going on this holiday season, and all the gas being used, we wanted to see what cool things we could do with the ethanol that is in your gas! Professor Egghead Science Academy offers science and engineering after school programs, […]
  • Revolutionizing the Franchising Model

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

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

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Every wonder what makes mustaches so cool? Here are a couple facts that might make the answer clear. 1. The origin of the word Mustache comes from the french word Moustache 2. Facial hair can grow at a rate of 1/2 inch a month 3. The hair above your lip is a fraction of all […]
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    Review - Mamas Guide

  • Music For Aardvarks Hits The City from NYC

    Lesly Simmons
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Mia rocks out with Music for aardvarks teachers laura and peter at their new music class in the mission! Looking for a new music class for kiddies in the Mission? Check out Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals, a new weekly music class launched in The City this month after a long run in NYC.  Mia and I checked out a demo class at the Mission location of the program, hosted at Steppin' Out Dance Studio on South Van Ness. Right away we loved the program. Teachers Laura and Peter work together to offer a cute musical mix for the kids that is engaging enough to hold grownup attention…
  • Six Stroller Friendly Picks for SF Restaurant Week 2015

    Lesly Simmons
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    San Francisco's Annual Restaurant Week is just around the corner—January 21-30th—and there are a bunch of Mama's Guide favorites on the list along with plenty of new places we plan to try! All the participating restaurants have their menus online for your perusal, and we want to help you narrow down your options. If you want to get out for a great meal with the little ones here are our suggestions for stroller friendly options: Make sure the wait staff knows you'll need a highchair.  Beach ChaletE&O Kitchen & BarMarketBarPacific Catch (my review)Sauce-BeldenSparrow (my…
  • Pig & Pie: Family Meals And Fun In The Mission

    Lesly Simmons
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    We have no issues taking Mia just about everywhere, and its an extra special treat to discover places where kids are appreciated as  part of the community like we found at the newly created Tuesday night family dinner at Pig & Pie in the Mission.Pig & Pie started a family night in December and we went with our friends Tim, Sarah and their nine-month old son Alex to check it out. It was great to walk into a restaurant and see every table have at least one kid! The space has plenty of room to maneuver, and the toy filled bookshelf makes it clear kids are…
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's: Back Again on San Bruno Ave

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

    Lesly Simmons
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Last week Mia and I braved the Dreamforce crowds downtown to connect with our friend Leslie for lunch and the grand opening of the Neiman Marcus Last Call on Market St. If you're in the market for designer gear on a budget check it out (no kids stuff tho :( ) Neiman's was nuts, so we breezed through quickly and then went to Bun Mee for a quick lunch to go. The line was long but even starting out the door we were done and had our food in just over 10 minutes. I love banh mis and Bun Mee lived up to my expectations of a California-style version of the sandwich. Mia and I had the catfish…
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  • Watch Out for Spring Trends 2015

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Watch Out for Spring Trends 2015 Here are some great spring trends 2015 that are transitioning in from other seasons that you’ll want to watch out for! 1. Denim on denim will continue to be a big trend. Make sure there is plenty of contrast though so the pieces don’t blend. 2. Lightweight scarves, both infinity and triangle will be perfect for spring, and a great look. It’s a simple accessory that adds a lot of style!  Shop ours here: 3. Trendy printed tees are a hit right now and will continue to be. This trend will last through the seasons.
  • Hungry Games: Breastfeeding Battles

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Hungry Games: Breastfeeding Battles This post is inspired by a good friend of mine, and also by myself. While this blog is attached to our boutique, we’re also parents. Real ones with real challenges and we want to share our experiences with you! Sometimes breastfeeding is not all it’s cracked up to be, and while there are many women who can breastfeed successfully and are completely in love with it, for some of us it totally sucks. We wish we were in love with it, we feel like we should be in love with it, and it’s nothing but hard. I feel like I need to share this, on…
  • Let them be Little

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:27 am
    We were talking the other day about this quote. We had put it up on our Instagram and Bear & Boo’s dad asked me to elaborate. At the time, being busy and distracted, all I could say was “You know, don’t expect them to grow up so fast, let them enjoy being kids.” But it got me thinking…what does this really mean to us personally as the parents of these precious boys? It means letting Boo take 10 extra minutes to get down the stairs, even if we’re running a little late, to ask questions, inspect every speck of dust, and feel like a “big boy”…
  • Adjusting Back to Real Life After the Holidays

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    The holidays officially started in November with Thanksgiving and we were all excited because not only would we get to eat yummy meals and treats all season long and see some great games, but we also would get an opportunity to spend a lot of time with family and friends that we don’t see every day (and some that we do!). To tell you the truth, the food and games are great but sharing the holidays with our family and friends is the best! Thanksgiving came and the holiday season officially began! Bear and Boo had their aunt “YaYa” in town and they ate it up. Every move she…
  • Our Top 4 Bow Ties for Boys for the Holidays

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    The holidays are officially here and cute stylish accessories make for perfect stocking stuffers or holiday gifts! It’s also a time of year with many gatherings and holiday parties, so you’ll want your little man looking his best in the top accessories of the season. Here are our top 4 picks for boys bow ties this season and what to pair them with. All bow tie names are also linked to the site for easy shopping! 1. Mad for Plaid Bow Tie This is the newest bow tie for boys from Bear & Boo and we are in love! The plaid pattern and deep colors are ideal for this season. What…
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  • Sunuva at Pitti Bimbo 2015

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    We are excited to be showing our fabulous new 2016 collection at Pitti Bimbo show in Florence, Italy. Our light... Read More
  • Eric Cowell Loves Sunuva

    9 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Well, what else would Eric Cowell wear whilst holidaying in Barbados this Christmas? We spotted Simon’s baby boy looking uber-chic... Read More
  • Sophia Ecclestone Loves Sunuva

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    We recently spotted Tamara Ecclestone with her adorable baby Sophia dressed in Sunuva whilst holidaying in Dubai. Sophia wears Sunuva... Read More
  • MY LIFE ON THE BEACH: Jenni Baden Howard

    7 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Mum of two, Jenni is a freelance beauty, health, fitness and lifestyle writer. She has written for a wide range... Read More

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    A busy working mum of twins, Sarah is the contributing Senior Editor at Red Magazine as well as a freelance... Read More
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  • How to Make Instant Ice

    Erika Lowe
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    How can you transform water instantly into ice? Watch this At-Bristol Science Centre video for a fun science experiment you can do at home with ordinary items in your kitchen. The post How to Make Instant Ice appeared first on Today Box.
  • Fact of the Day

    Erika Lowe
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Komodo dragons are the largest lizards on Earth. They can reach up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds! The post Fact of the Day appeared first on Today Box.
  • Throw Like a Girl

    Erika Lowe
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    She’s only 13-years-old, but Mo’ne Davis can already throw a fastball at 70 miles per hour! Now THAT’S throwing like a girl! See why Sports Illustrated Kids named Mo’ne Davis SportsKid of the Year for 2014. The post Throw Like a Girl appeared first on Today Box.
  • Joke of the Day

    Erika Lowe
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Old Man: Where can I find a present for my cat? Kid: A cat-alogue! The post Joke of the Day appeared first on Today Box.
  • Fact of the Day

    Erika Lowe
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    The first football team to win a Super Bowl was the Green Bay Packers back in 1967. The post Fact of the Day appeared first on Today Box.
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  • Difference Between Boy and Girl Playhouses

    3 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Are playhouses for boys any different from playhouses for girls? Not really, however if you desire to build specifically for a little boy or girl, then there are some factors that must be taken into consideration. I am going to go over some of the main topics to keep in mind when shopping playhouses for specific gender.  Wendy House Tips for Boys Little boys are greatly attracted to fast moving and exciting styles of play, such as tag or racing, and so they are less probable to play in playhouse than little girls. However, boys are as imaginative as girls and so can thoroughly relish playing…
  • Building a Wooden Playhouse Itself or Buying

    27 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Buying a wooden wendy house is time-saving, but building it can be great way to spend time with your child like Richard The concept of play house is quite interesting and this is one of the perfect accessories for your child to play either in their room or backyards. Whatever may be the situation but when purchasing playhouse for your little one you must take good decision. You can have a look at number of wooden playhouses that available in the market or find out the tools and get dirty yourself. Wooden playhouses are the great enjoyment for your children and obviously for you as well seeing…
  • Wooden Or Plastic Playhouse

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Here we go again with the old dilemma every parent has to rack their brain with when looking to buy children`s playhouse. It is the choice of wooden or plastic construction. They both are widely used and buyer tend to form separate groups, each supporting different material. In this post I am going to list both wooden and plastic playhouse pros and cons and make conclusions based on these arguments. So you could easily identify what type of construction would meet your requirements. Mobility: Wood 0 : 1 Plastic Plastic gets upper hand on this one. Like I mentioned in my indoor playhouse…
  • Lengthen Playhouse Lifespan

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Flickr When you are buying a kids playhouse you probably don`t think about replacing it anytime soon, am I right? Most of the parents hope that it will serve kid well for years and only reason for replacement is the fact that child have outgrown the old one. This is the best case scenario that people believe automatically will happen. The honest truth is that things are not unfortunately so straight-forward. In following piece I am going to break up the main variables that will ultimately decide how long will kids playhouse last and how to extend that time period. Consider When Buying First…
  • Get To Know Indoor Playhouses

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    As strange as it may sound,home indoor playhouses perform completely different tasks than their outdoor counterparts. They are not usually made for only playing, but act as part of the kids room furniture. Where he sleeps or spends his time when he is bored. They usually become a go-to places when child wants to be alone or is in bad mood, because these playhouses offer shelter. I am going to be explaining some basic indoor type playhouses and give some useful tips how to pick out the best one meeting all your need without paying excessively. Types of Indoor Playhouses In-house playhouses…
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