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  • And you, do you know well Cirque Du Soleil?
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Our young internet users and their moms didn't hesitate for so much as a second when we asked them. They all love in Andorra in Andorra Cirque du Soleil and dream of seeing a live performance by the acrobatic troupe, whether for the first time or once again. That dream could become a reality in summer 2015 with a new, exclusive show, SCALADA: STORIA Cirque du Soleil show this summer in ...
  • A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload

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    Jon Bard
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By Jon Bard     Overwhelmed with writing instruction, market leads, helpful tips and “to-do” tasks? Jon has a quick, cheap and effective way to clear your mind and put all the information you need at your fingertips:         This is a post from Read the original post: A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload
  • News Brief: Ebola’s dead stay infectious for a week

    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Ebola virus doesn’t die with its victims — at least not right away. A corpse may host live virus for up to a week after death, a new study finds.
  • Home Cookin': Rhubarb Tarts

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    Erinn Simon
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am thrilled to report that fresh rhubarb has arrived. That means fruit pie season has officially begun!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • 250 straight hours of hockey!

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    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Sometimes a hockey game runs a little long because it takes overtime or a shootout to finish it off - but this past February one game went on for an astonishing 10 straight days!
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  • And you, do you know well Cirque Du Soleil?

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Our young internet users and their moms didn't hesitate for so much as a second when we asked them. They all love in Andorra in Andorra Cirque du Soleil and dream of seeing a live performance by the acrobatic troupe, whether for the first time or once again. That dream could become a reality in summer 2015 with a new, exclusive show, SCALADA: STORIA Cirque du Soleil show this summer in ...
  • Destination Andorra: the best family summer vacation

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:23 pm
    When we think about family summer vacations we often imagine sun, the sea, the beach, and sand castles, but in Andorra it is a completely different story, we go there to discover, have fun, breathe and feel rejuvenated.Choose Andorra to spend an unforgettable family summer vacationSmall family quiz to tempt you and inspire you to discover a country with exceptional mountains where the ...
  • Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    With the new Florida Standards Assessments taking place it is time to get the kids pumped up and motivated to take these tests. Watch this video with your class or child to get them inspired. This clever music video was written and sung by Tyler Clark & Brandy Vance, Teachers at IMAGINE SCHOOL AT EVENING ROSE. The song was written to encourage and excite students to achieve and strive for ...
  • Barbie Day

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:39 pm
    On this day every year it is time to celebrate the most popular doll in the world! It is Barbie's birthday. You will watch in this video the story of how Barbie came to be, in an exclusive interview with Ruth Handler! Ruth, along with Elliot Handler, her husband and Mattel co-founder, share the paper doll inspiration, design challenges, the initial New York Toy Fair reaction, and how mothers and ...
  • Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Tell A Fairy Tale DayOnce upon a time..... Get ready to go to a magical land far far away. Gather around a bonfire or create a special space to get cozy and enchant your audience with a fairy tale to celebrate National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. This is not an "official" National holiday but is celebrated every year on February 26th. Whether you read a classic Grimm Tale, Folktales or urban ...
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  • A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload

    Jon Bard
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By Jon Bard     Overwhelmed with writing instruction, market leads, helpful tips and “to-do” tasks? Jon has a quick, cheap and effective way to clear your mind and put all the information you need at your fingertips:         This is a post from Read the original post: A Simple Technique for Writers to Cope with Information Overload
  • Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World

    Laura Backes
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By Laura Backes Just in time for Earth Day, picture book author Miranda Paul talks about her new picture book, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, how to write impactful stories for children, and why we need more diversity in children’s literature.     Isatou Ceesay speaking to a group of children about her plastic bag purse project in Fort Collins, CO in March, 2015.       This is a post from Read the original post: Picture Book Shows How One Woman Changed the World
  • Jon Reviews a Very Cool Piece of Software for Writers

    Jon Bard
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    By Jon Bard   While there are some excellent higher-end software tools to help writers flesh out a story, many lower-cost programs don’t quite get the job done.  Here’s an exception:   Fiction Ideas is an inexpensive Windows program that makes coming up with story ideas and plotting your novel or short story easy and fun.  It’s particularly strong at helping you build characters and develop plots.   In this video, I walk you through the program and demonstrate how to build a story step by step using the software.   Here’s our affiliate link to…
  • How to Find the Perfect Literary Agent

    Laura Backes
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    By Laura Backes A good literary agent is your partner for building a successful writing career. But finding just the right agent can be a complicated process.   Author/Writer’s Coach Teresa Funke walks you through the steps for finding a reputable literary agent who can best represent your work.   To download a transcript of this video or learn more about Teresa’s coaching services, click here.   This is a post from Read the original post: How to Find the Perfect Literary Agent
  • How To Figure Out What Editors *Really* Want

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    2 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    By Guest Author by Jane Choate   Editors are famous—or is it infamous— for saying that they want something “new, fresh, different.” In the next breath, they state, “We want something like [insert current bestseller here].”   How do we, as writers, interpret this? I admit that I have been flummoxed by it. Editors want the next Hunger Games or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but they don’t want the same thing that’s been done before. After more than 30 years in the book writing business and selling 32 books, I may finally understand what editors mean by these seemingly…
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    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT

  • Home Cookin': Rhubarb Tarts

    Erinn Simon
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I am thrilled to report that fresh rhubarb has arrived. That means fruit pie season has officially begun!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Get Out: Mud Season Means Physical Therapy

    Sarah Galbraith
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    Mud season, Vermont’s oh-so-charming fifth season marked by muddy roads and trails, can be a tough time of year for outdoorsy people. Sure, there are still ski turns to be made; snow in the mountains is likely to stick around until June this year.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Veggie Soup & Cauliflower Fritters

    Erinn Simon
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    Spring weather is almost here, but we’re still weeks away from fresh local produce. And sadly, it’s still chilly outside.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Burlington Teen Wins Prestigious Writing Award

    Alison Novak
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Stephen King and Lena Dunham all received Scholastic Arts & Writing awards when they were teens. Now, Edil Hassan can count herself as a member of that gifted group.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Performer Lida Winfield Turns Her Academic Struggles Into a Teaching Tool

    Alison Novak
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alison Novak It wasn't your typical keynote presentation. Lida Winfield got personal at the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education's annual conference in March.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • 250 straight hours of hockey!
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Sometimes a hockey game runs a little long because it takes overtime or a shootout to finish it off - but this past February one game went on for an astonishing 10 straight days!
  • What exactly happens when you sneeze?
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Why do we sneeze? Will our eyes pop out if we open them during a sneeze? Find out with our sneeze infographic.
  • How the world celebrates the earth
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Did you know this year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day? Find out how they celebrate Earth Day around the world and what you can do at home.
  • Stargazing - a solar system quiz
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Let’s see how much you know about our planetary neighbours in our interactive Solar System quiz!
  • How much do you know about squirrels?
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    See how much you know about squirrels!
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    KIDS NEWS - Google News

  • Photo of Chicago cops playing football with kids goes viral - Chicago Sun-Times

    Google Inc.
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Chicago Sun-TimesPhoto of Chicago cops playing football with kids goes viralChicago Sun-TimesFour young Chicago cops were on foot patrol April 14 in the North Lawndale neighborhood when they came across a group of kids playing in a grassy lot at Roosevelt and Albany. “Some kids were tossing a ball around, and they asked if we wanted to play ...
  • Giving hospital-bound kids space to invent - CBS News

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    26 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Giving hospital-bound kids space to inventCBS NewsDaelyn James, 14, likes to make things. But what she makes, and where she makes them make her quite the uncommon kid. With just some wooden sticks, an electric fan, and some plastic rings made with a 3D printer, Daelyn built a device to help kids with ...
  • '19 Kids And Counting' Star Jessa Duggar Shares Pregnancy Update; 13 Week ... - International Business Times

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    26 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    International Business Times'19 Kids And Counting' Star Jessa Duggar Shares Pregnancy Update; 13 Week International Business TimesJessa Duggar and husband Ben Seewald of "19 Kids and Counting" are expecting their first child on Nov. 1. TLC. Jessa Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting” is keeping TLC fans up to date on her pregnancy. The 22-year-old, who announced last week that she ...'19 Kids And Counting' news: Jessa Duggar 12 weeks pregnant; reveals Ecumenical News'19 Kids and Counting' Matriarch Michelle Duggar and Daughters Named Gospel Herald19 Kids…
  • Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority - Huffington Post

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    26 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top PriorityHuffington PostPutting our kids first is not just good public policy, it's just plain common sense. That's why we're excited to announce the launch of our major new platform: Common Sense Kids Action. The mission is simple: to make kids and education our nation's top and more »
  • What Kind Of Parent Are You? The Debate Over 'Free-Range' Parenting - NPR

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    26 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    What Kind Of Parent Are You? The Debate Over 'Free-Range' ParentingNPRSomeone reported seeing unsupervised kids, the police picked them up and then the parents found themselves under investigation for neglect by their local Child Protective Services (CPS) agency. The parents, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, say they and more »
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    Kids News

  • Mum doesn't regret killing her kids

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    A MASSIVE earthquake has killed more than 1200 people as it tore through Nepal, India and China, and triggered a deadly avalanche at Everest base camp. THE ANGUISHED families of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan will today make the first of a series of heartbreaking farewells to the young Australians.
  • Parents of autistic kids gird for showdown with Anthem

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Health insurer Anthem has been paying for fewer hours of autism therapy for school-age children at such providers as the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism in Fishers.
  • Tours of late moviemaker John Hughes' home to benefit kids

    25 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    The 21-room home of late moviemaker John Hughes is open for public tours to help fund health programs for underserved children and women. The Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago is hosting the tours April 25-May 17 at Hughes' former estate, designed by architect Edwin Hill Clark.
  • Big kids scream louder in Florida

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:49 am
    It's funny that, while suspended 335ft above the beautiful Florida skyline, I can neither see nor hear a single shrieking child. But as I sit on the edge of the world's first vertical drop tower - complete with 90-degree tilt function - I don't really notice anything that's going on around me.
  • Bruce Jenner speaks: 'I am a woman'

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Bruce Jenner speaks: 'I am a woman' Bruce Jenner tells Diane Sawyer about 'journey,' confirms transition to woman. Check out this story on Bruce Jenner discusses his life changes with Diane Sawyer for an interview that will air on Friday, during a special two-hour edition of '20/20' on ABC at 9 p.m., ET.
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    Kids Blog

  • Don’t worry – our online library is still open today

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Today’s public holiday means that our libraries are closed and there are no children’s programmes running. However you can still access our virtual library – thousands of books, magazines, audiobooks, newspapers, and games and puzzles are all waiting to be discovered. Check out Overdrive and Bolinda for eBooks and Audiobooks that you can download to your device. TumbleBooks also has many great picture books with activities that you can read. Odizzi, ZooWhiz, and LanguageNut are all fun learning games that you can access through our website for free. Zinio has free…
  • Gallipoli Campaign in LEGO

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    We found this great clip of the Gallipoli Campaign using everyone’s favourite LEGO blocks and characters. It gives a really good overview of the battle.
  • Explore ANZAC day and WW1 with these great websites

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Are you looking for reliable online info about World War One? We have created a lit of great websites that you can go to for info on the causes of the war, the treaty that ended that war, ANZAC Day and Gallipoli, New Zealand’s involvement, and websites that provide info on casualties and gravesites.   Websites about the causes of World War One The BBC has a great site dedicated to WWI including a section on the causes of the conflict: BBC’s Bitesize section (tailored to the English school curriculum) has a section on the causes and…
  • Back to school – here’s a website to bookmark

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:29 pm
    So long holidays, hello school. We hope you enjoyed your April School Holidays (despite the weather) and managed to read heaps of awesome books and do cool stuff. Did you get along to any our the Libraries’ awesome holiday activities? But now that you’re back to school, you’ll need to know about where to go for homework help. Here’s two great starting places: and These two NZ websites are designed to help school students find online information for their school work. AnyQuestions is a live service – which means you chat live with a librarian…
  • 4 new non fiction for budding art enthusiasts

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Fun things to do with paper plates and cups. Got a stash of paper plates and cups collecting dust? Put them to use these school holidays by creating some fantastic craft ideas which you can find in this amazing, new book. Contains full-color photos and simple, step-by-step instructions that describe 10 crafts and activities using paper cups, paper plates, and common materials found around the house.       Fun things to do with egg cartons. When you have eaten all the eggs in your fridge, what do you do with the carton? Throw it away? No way! Put it to good use by creating…
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    Holy Meat Balls

  • Get Help In The Kitchen With These Simple Cooking Tips

    25 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    How many times have you dreaded going into the kitchen to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner? You might need a new perspective. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing if you try to see it in another way. Here are a few cooking tips that are sure to get your taste buds tingling and entice your inner chef to come out. If you’re trying to start making more food yourself, try looking at basic cookbooks in your local library or bookstore. Experiment with a few, and be patient; remember, you’re learning new skills. In order to make it easier to slice meat into thin strips, you should first…
  • Enjoy Your Home More After You Use These Home Improvement Tips

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    Eventually, every homeowner needs to make improvements to their investment. You will find this article to be full of great advice on that specific need. Checking these items off your list of chores will give you a feeling of satisfaction. Why wait another day? Read on and set your plan in motion! To save space on your kitchen counters, install an overhead microwave oven. You can find these type of microwave ovens in a variety of prices. Many of them have special features like convection cooking. This is not a suitable option for those who need high-powered ventilation, but it is a great idea…
  • Cooking Advice To Help You Create Amazing Homemade Meals

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    You can join the millions of people for whom the process of cooking is a true joy. The tantalizing scent of fresh ingredients radiating throughout a kitchen can brighten any mood. Yet, it can be difficult to find not only a great recipe but also some great tips to help you turn a good meal into a great one. The insights here will give you some tried-and-true tips for creating that masterpiece in your kitchen. Cooking with skewers may seem easy; however, there are some tips that will make your skewer cuisine delicious every time. If you are using metal skewers, stick to twisted or square…
  • Expecting A Baby? Check Out These Great Tips.

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:53 pm
    There are a lot of things to learn and experience when you are pregnant; so much so that it can leave you in a daze. This article will give your some powerful information to use in making your pregnancy relaxed and under control. Do not be scared to ask for help with lifting things when you are a pregnant. Carrying heavy things could cause stress to the baby as well as potentially lead to a miscarriage. In addition to this, you could also injure your back muscles as well. Even if the object does not seem too heavy, have others lift it for you. Be sure to receive your flu shot while pregnant.
  • Tips And Strategies On How To Improve Your House

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Are you wanting to make renovations to your home? That’s an excellent place to be. In order to properly improve your home, tons of hard work is required. Do you know how to complete your project the right way? If you aren’t sure, check out the tips below. Be on the lookout for any carpet installation sales or promotions at your local home improvement retailers. To boost sales of carpeting, retailers will frequently advertise installation at rock-bottom prices. This is a great time to have new carpet put into your home, as the cost of labor and installation often can exceed the…
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    Woo! Jr. Kids Activities

  • Spring Kids Poems

    Wendy Piersall
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    A new set of kids poems just for spring - cute, funny and free to print and color The post Spring Kids Poems appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Toddler Friendly Gardening

    Julie Kosker
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Here's a few fun tips on how to introduce your young children to planting a garden. The post Toddler Friendly Gardening appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Kids Flower Crafts

    Wendy Piersall
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Tons of flower crafts for kids, from easy preschool crafts to fun teen crafts - perfect for spring and summer fun. The post Kids Flower Crafts appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • 12 Awesome Recycled Crafts for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    A roundup of some of our favorite recycled crafts for kids of all ages, including toilet paper roll crafts, denim crafts, tin can crafts, and egg carton crafts. The post 12 Awesome Recycled Crafts for Kids appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
  • Earth Day Kids Poems

    Wendy Piersall
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Original printable kids poems for Earth Day, teaching children about recycling and reducing consumption. The post Earth Day Kids Poems appeared first on Woo! Jr. Kids Activities.      
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    Toddler Activities from

  • Funky Picture Frame

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Find an old frame at a garage sale for a few cents, and turn what might have been trash into a treasure!
  • Beanbag Races

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This rainy day activity describes several different indoor beanbag races for a competitive toddler.
  • Matching Socks

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This activity will have your child helping you match socks and fold the laundry.
  • Bedtime Buddy

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This toddler-size doll is a great bedtime companion, who can even wear your child's old pajamas!
  • Bathtime Bubbles

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Can your toddler catch the bubbles in this water play activity?
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  • Litter Patrol

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here are some ways to talk about litter and the environment with your preschool child.
  • Glitter Shapes

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Help your child learn the alphabet by decorating letters with sparkly glitter.
  • Super Goop

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This recipe makes squishy goop, which is fun for your preschool child to smash, push, and play with.
  • Zigzag Run

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Set up a running obstacle course that requires quick movements and precision. This will help your child master rapid shifts of the body.
  • Medals of Honor

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Celebrate accomplishments by making customized medals for your own award presentations.
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  • Fender-to-Fender Football

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This game is a take-off on football, without the tackling.
  • Drawing Around

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this fun activity, family members pass around drawings, adding to each one.
  • Follow Me

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This map game for kids is a fun way to pass the time, and will help build your child's reading and arithmetic skills.
  • Hotel Counts

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you're staying at a hotel, you can make exploring your surroundings a fun activity.
  • What Would They Do?

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This waiting game can help your child get through an anxious situation at the doctor's office.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Sunday Showcase for April 26

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Happy Sunday! Thanks to Karen (it’s her birthday today – so wish her Happy Birthday in the comments or on her FB page) for taking care of Doll Diaries for the past few days while I was away at a conference. I had great intentions of posting the Throwback Thursday post while I was on the plane, but during my first flight I had lots of room, but no in-flight wi-fi and then on the second flight we had in-flight wi-fi, but the plane was so packed and squished that I really couldn’t work even if I wanted to. If you follow Doll Diaries on Instagram, you saw Ivy getting her craft…
  • Doll Diaries Picks For The Week Ending April 25th

    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Karen here with this weeks Doll Diaries Picks. This weeks Doll Diaries Picks were so much fun to find. There were so many wonderful posts from some great bloggers and I am thrilled to share my top 5 of the week. Starting with Tea Time with Melody Q. Her Earth Day post was adorable and I loved that her doll was out helping her on such an important and beautiful day! See them for yourself by clicking here. My nieces are really into these Shopkins toys and I had not seen them in person so I was thrilled to see Clara’s Craft Corner post this week about Shopkins and I truly appreciated that…
  • Birthday Play Set Sales From American Girl and Maplelea!

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Karen here and it is my Birthday Weekend, it is also my twin nieces birthday we share our special day and I thought it was a fun coincidence that two of my favorite birthday party play sets for dolls were on sale this weekend at both and The set in the photo above is one of my favorite Maplelea Play Sets. Set To Celebrate is a 36 piece party set that arrives in a wonderful reusable box. With everything you need to throw a party for four of your best doll friends! The Napkins and Place-mats included in this set are adorable and in this photo I have the napkins as…
  • 3-1 Sandals From Springfield Collection

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    Karen here and I was sent some fun summer sandals from our friends at Springfield Doll Collection to review. I was so excited to get these 3-1 Sandals as they are a great doll accessory and have lots of play potential. These are very simple to use but I would not recommend them for a child under 4 as the small gem stone Velcro pieces are a choking hazard. For older doll lovers these sandals are perfect with three gem stone accents you can change with your dolls outfit! In the package this set may not look like much but out of the package there is so much you can do with these! Add your own…
  • Doll Decor: Wrought Iron Doll Bed

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    When I saw this amazing Wrought Iron doll bed from Etsy shop, Dream Come True Beds; I knew it had to be the center of my next decorative doll room makeover.  This shop offers doll beds and newborn photo prop beds. You will find your perfect vintage-styled dream-come-true antique style metal bed here!  Dream Come True Beds’ construction makes for a life-like miniature – perfect for Blythe dolls, American Girl, Barbie, and all play-scale sizes. Looks just like antique iron beds!  They also offer doll bunk beds and canopy beds!  This…
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    Science teacher

  • Lessons from Ferdinand the Bull

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The blossoms are blooming again--originally posted a year ago.The Story of FerdinandThe cherry blossoms are a week late this year--they know better than I do when the bees will be around, so I do not begrudge their timing.Several cherry trees line Liberty Street here in town, a road I've walked a few thousand times on my way to and from Bloomfield High School. A few have branches low enough for me to bury my nose into their blossoms, so I do, but not before I check for bees. The bees have work to do.We are (mostly) visual creatures. We analyze light, look for patterns, capture it digitally so…
  • Death by dialed up dopamine: a rant

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Texting while driving destroys bodies.Texting while living destroys souls.If you give a child her own soundtrack, a world where she can alter reality, and a device that feeds a dopamine loop during virtually all her waking hours, you can create the ultimate consumer.Photo by Steve Paine, CCOne who can no longer question because she has no frame of reference.One who craves but cannot define her desires, primed for a life of seeking favors from strangers.One who has no idea, and no desire to learn, how she is connected to the land, to the water, to the air, to the bacteria in the dirt and her…
  • On tying knots

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Every spring I tie knots--some for fishing, a rare one for clamming, but plenty for the peas and beans that climb in my garden.Every year around this time, when the sun has returned and the earth comes alive again, I tie knot after knot, one of the few things I do consciously and mindfully, aware of the moment, tied to so many moments before.I couldn't find my ball of twine, so I untied some of last year's knots holding last year's twine still hanging on the bean poles, then stripped the dried vines off.Untying work from last year to tie together this year, a year of change, a year of…
  • Time to ban personal devices from schools?

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    I took a class outside this past week, ostensibly to study species richness on our town green, but mostly just to show them the variety of plants and critters that thrive around us. In the spring, hundreds of tiny saplings rise from the town green's grounds; I am no longer surprised at their surprise that "baby" trees exist.I went to public school a long time ago, wandered out into the real world for a quarter century or so, then re-entered the classroom about a decade ago, this time on purpose.When I left, back at my high school graduation in 1977, the cinder-block rooms had machines that…
  • The knowledge economy is neither

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:48 pm
    We will pay for our hubris, as has every other civilization that presumed to know more than is knowable."Education is still the key to eliminating gender inequities, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, and to fostering peace.... "Arne Duncan, November 4, 2010On our dollar bill, via WikimediaI am charged with teaching young adults biology in a culture that thrives on fantasy. Education could help eliminate gender (and race) inequities, reduce poverty, and create a sustainable planet, but in its current incarnation, it plays a larger role in maintaining the status quo.But…
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  • April Vacation Week Wish List

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    CP#1 broke her right foot over Easter, so our school vacation plans are limited to places we can easily get around. We’re considering a trip into Boston to visit the Franklin Park Zoo. MP, who is in need of warmth and flowers, is especially intrigued by the indoor tropical rainforest. And the zoo also provides wheelchairs to guests on a first come, first served basis, which will be a great help to our injured girl. If Boston doesn’t make it into our plans, we may try going local to the Maine Wildlife Park. MP and DP haven’t been there with the kids since they were toddlers, so it will…
  • The Little Blue Birdie Activity Bags

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Melissa Berluti from The Little Blue Birdie in Cape Elizabeth reached out to us recently, and we’re so glad she did! Melissa designs thoughtful travel bags for kids, containing everything from a wooden matching game to a mini chalkboard, a blank journal and more creative goodies. Since our family is always on the go, these smart bags seemed like a perfect solution for long car rides. Melissa, who lived on Nantucket Island in the past, was inspired to create the bags after taking ferry rides on and off the island with her nearly 2-year old daughter. In search of ways to keep her little one…
  • Wilbur’s Chocolates

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    CP#1’s Girl Scout troop is working towards their commerce badge. To make it fun, the troop leaders organized a trip to Wilbur’s Chocolates in Freeport, where the girls would spend the afternoon learning about chocolate and how it’s made. MP, who is never one to turn down an opportunity for chocolate samples, decided to tag along. Wilbur’s, which is located in an orange farmhouse on Route 1 called “The Pumpkin House,” has been in business since 1983. According to our tour guide, Tom and Catherine Wilbur started out with a retail store. Soon after, Tom began experimenting with…
  • Portland Children’s Film Festival

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Our family was looking forward to visiting friends in Providence for our first children’s film festival over February break, but the weather didn’t cooperate. While Maine escaped a blizzard, Rhode Island was hit with a big snowstorm and we cancelled the trip. MP was so disappointed. She figured the kids would have to wait until next year for the experience. Then MP received a note from Portland-based mom, Lauri Boxer-Macomber, detailing the city’s upcoming children’s film festival. The event, now in its 4th year, benefits the East End Community School, a K-5 public school in Portland.
  • 100 Days of Real Food (How We Changed the Way We Eat)

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    “The more ingredients in a packaged food, the more highly processed it probably is.” —Michael Pollan In January, MP was browsing the new books at our library and came across a cookbook called 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake. The book caught MP’s interest for a few reasons. Like MP, Lisa is a blogger and mother of two, who enjoys cooking and baking. Lisa began her blog after watching a television interview with In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan. Pollan’s common sense thoughts on highly processed foods inspired Lisa to change her family’s eating habits for the…
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    Playground Confidential

  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Huge thanks to The Baby Show for sponsoring this post and letting me share all my best Canadian baby advice.  And don’t miss the PROMO CODE at the end! The sun is throwing little slivers of warmth our way, snow banks are shrinking and pedicures are being booked. You can almost smell the spring in the air. Not ... [Read more...]The post 9 must-haves to get through a Canadian winter with baby appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Thanks to Cadbury for sponsoring this post and reminding me to get my Easter hunt game on. Believe it or not, we will be emerging from this deep freeze before you know it, ready to celebrate the reawakening of nature and newness of life that is Easter. And we will do that by hiding chocolate eggs that ... [Read more...]The post 7 ways you can learn from my Easter hunt mistakes appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Madcap Logic Blog

  • Madcap Logic's New 'Creativity Express' Suite of Apps Receives Top 5-Star Awards from the Educational App Store. They're Creative Mobile Fun Parents Can Feel Good About!

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Art education is increasingly cut from school curriculum due to budget cuts, but online learning can reverse that trend. Madcap Logic’s ‘Creativity Express’ suite of iPad apps wins top 5-start awards for introducing children to the elements and principles of art through engaging animated lessons. Look for ‘Art Education’ in the App Store, and you won’t find it. Sure, there’s Painting and Drawing, and Music, Geology, Astronomy and a host of other subjects. Still there’s no true category for Art – one that gives children the elements and…
  • Teaching Art to Your Child Made Simple – Madcap Logic Introduces ‘The Art Factory’ Integrated Lesson Plans for Hands-On Projects with Creativity Express Online

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

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

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

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

  • Fold7 Ad Agency - London

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We cannot take our eyes off the eerie umbrella-holding human figures that dangle seemingly in mid-air in the 7,000 square-foot (650 square metre) office of ad agency Fold7 Farringdon (Clerkenwell, London). The figures were created by Czech artist Michal Trpák who has used similar humans-with-umbrellas themes, most notably in his large-scale work, Slight Uncertainty, installed in an office complex in Prague in 2012. In Fold7’s office, the humans float in the entrance area of the ad agency’s premises located in a refurbished 1980s office building. The sheer volume of the…
  • Weekend Music Playlist 22

    3 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
  • Small Tea Boutique - Miami

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Andee Hess, founder of Portland, and his Oregon-Based Osmose have done their magic in Miami where they have helped revive what was a tired Coral Gables neighborhood bank by turning it into Small Tea, a tea boutique concept by Daniel Charles Joseph Benoudiz. Small Tea extolls the benefits of real human connection via the consumption of tea under a canopy of 1,250 boxes wrapped in abaca or manila hemp, a type of banana-tree fiber used for baskets in some tea-growing areas. We, of course, notice the elegant use of wood and wood slats, and oval and rounded accents, all of which helps evoke a…
  • TCH launches CJ Hendrys 50 Foods in 50 Days Gourmet Experience in Melbourne

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The work of an extraordinary artistic talent such as CJ Hendry deserves and demands more than plain white walls for its showcase.   That was the approach The Cool Hunter took right from the beginning with her meticulous hand-drawn art work.   TCH first introduced her in Sydney, Australia, as part of the Art Hunter experience in conjunction with Jaguar.   This was followed by her first solo presentation, a four-day exclusive art and food reception at a private luxury residence in Sydney.   Following that successful sell out debut, TCH has just launched CJ Hendry’s 50…
  • Interactive Floating Flower Garden

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last November, TeamLab, a Japanese collective of architects, designers, artists, programmers and engineers, installed a large-scale retrospective of its work at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. The two main interactive digital art exhibitions of the retrospective – “Digital Art” that toured the world in 2014, and “Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park” experience park for children – have been so popular at the Miraikan that the show has been extended till May 1, 2015. In addition to the two exhibitions, the…
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    Little Food Junction

  • ~Oatmeal Fun ~

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

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    ~ Easter 2015 ~Easter is just around the corner and I am sure lil ones at your house too are hopping around and  enjoying their easter/spring  break. The earthy smell of spring ,with a hint of summer in the air,is totally divine. Warm  sunshine has bid adieu to the last winter blooms. The  chrysanthemums and charismatic dahlias have been taken over by vibrant hibiscus and soothing periwinkles and of course ruby Easter lilies are blooming all over. Easter…
  • Alice in Wonderland

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:16 am
    ~Alice in Wonderland ~ ( featuring Kids Culinaire- kids culinary event ..truly a very first of its kind ) Spring is the most beautiful season of the year !!Warm bright sun, gorgeous carpet of spring flowers and lush green grass with hovering bees and butterflies  is surely a treat to senses. The cool breeze gives the perfect excuse for even lazying around with your favourite book. Lil one is a big girl now (thats what she likes to be called in std 5.) I…
  • Leps' world

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Go Green ( Crazy over Leprechauns !!) Spring is the season of new beginnings. The trees that had shed all their leaves in the winter frost, come to life again. Vibrant colourful flowers, glossy leaves with butterflies and bees hovering all over the bright hued mustard fields and cool breeze makes everything so lovely. My daughter is enjoying her spring  break these days,besides spending her time playing outdoor games with friends she loves reading loads of storybooks.Few months…
  • Toon bowl

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    ~ A bowl of Cartoons !! ~ My daughter is crazy over cartoons. Though the television watching time in my household is restricted to just a couple of hours weekly (and that too  under my supervision) yet her cartoon fever extends its boundaries from television to gadgets and accessories de fancy!! ! Turtle Ninja Green garbanzo beans, red pepper, radish n oliveLike all girls of her age shes a big fan of Barbie, Princesses, Little mermaid and…
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • How to Plant a Spring Scavenger Hunt Party

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Spring is the perfect time for family and friends, so why not consider planning a spring scavenger hunt? A spring scavenger hunt is a great way to get kids outdoors, active, and celebrating all things spring. Planning your own is easy especially when you give these tips for how to host a spring scavenger hunt [...] The post How to Plant a Spring Scavenger Hunt Party appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 7 Easy Easter Party Ideas for Kids

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Children love holiday parties and Easter is no exception! If you are planning an Easter party for your little bunnies, take a look below at some helpful tips to make it the best bash yet! Planning your own Easter party for kids is easy, you just need to get a little creative and be willing [...] The post 7 Easy Easter Party Ideas for Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Enter To Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Who would like to win a $25 Family Dollar gift card? I’m excited to say we have another fun giveaway for our readers here at Kid’s Fun Review! We’re giving away a $25 Family Dollar gift card to one lucky winner! The $25 gift card is sponsored by Family Dollar, all opinions are my own. [...] The post Enter To Win a $25 Family Dollar Gift Card appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • American Girl Party Ideas

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    If your child is a fan of all things American Girl Doll, an American Girl themed party might be for you! You can plan your own American Girl themed party easily and inexpensively, you just need to get a little creative. An American Girl themed party is the perfect way to spend a birthday or [...] The post American Girl Party Ideas appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Fun St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for Kids

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    It is that time of year again, when our kids thoughts turn to leprechauns, rainbows, and all things green! If you want to host a St. Patrick’s Day party for kids this year, take a look at these helpful party planning tips below. Below you will find some fun and frugal ideas on how to [...] The post Fun St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for Kids appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 14

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    What stood out to me the most during my interview with Brittany Scheer was her infectious positivity. This was one of those conversations I left feeling inspired and optimistic, simply because Brittany has such a great attitude towards her work, family, and life in general. One of the podcast-related projects on my list is to go back and listen to all of the episodes and pull out guest quotes that resonate with me. I wrote down quite a few while I edited this one. Brittany discusses her decision to leave her job as a hospice music therapist to open a private practice, the pros of doing so in…
  • Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum!

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    2015 has proven itself to be the year of inspiration for me so far. I started it off with a brand-new podcast, then launched my first-ever songwriting challenge (still one day left to join!), and most recently, I’ve been hard at work on a new songbook collection — the follow-up to 2013’s Tapping, Shaking Music Making! That songbook collection was a big hit and is still one of my bestsellers, so I’ve always had plans to write a “part 2″. I figured there was no better time than at almost 9 months pregnant, just weeks shy of my due date…right? ;) Ring,…
  • {Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 13

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    This was one of those episodes I didn’t ever want to end — that’s how fascinated I was by my guest this week. My interview with music therapist and doula Kate Taylor is especially timely as I begin planning for the birth of my daughter, which is only a few weeks away. I’m familiar with what doulas do, since I had the support of one during the birth of my son and will have her by my side again next month. But Kate opened my eyes to just how crucial a role music can play during the labor and delivery process. Kate talks in-depth about her unique music therapy work as a…
  • I Have a Balloon Ball

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m pretty sure I’ve reached “fangirl” status when it comes to Bear Paw Creek‘s movement props. This is the 4th song I’ve written specifically for one of their products, because they are SO perfect for my early childhood music classes. I’m just now getting around to using the balloon ball in my upcoming session, so I’m really excited to see how my little ones will react to it. I think it will be right up their alley — a bright, lightweight “ball” (the balloon inside gives creates its round form) they can toss and roll to each…
  • The Songwriting Challenge

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Songwriting, whether for work or just for fun, is one of my favorite things to do. But I won’t lie: it can be a challenge. Finding the time, motivation, and creative energy required to write a good song doesn’t always come easily. Luckily, I have an advantage in that I’ve been at it for many years now. I always tell people that the more you write, the easier it gets — isn’t that true of just about everything in life?  I also create a new early childhood class curriculum every few weeks and work with music therapy clients for whom I write original music. After…
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    Artful Adventures

  • Drawing Projects with Children – a Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    There are no shortage of practical books about art out there for children, but speaking as someone whose first love in art is drawing, I was curious to review Drawing Projects for Children by Paula... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drawing with Charcoal

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Charcoal is my all time favourite medium for drawing –  I love the speed and spontaneity of the medium. However there is no doubt that it’s not something used a great deal with young... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Charity Partnership

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Here at Artful Kids, we firmly believe that art and creativity should be a part of every child’s life. To this end, I am pleased to announce that we have teamed up with The Young Gallery in Scotland,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fingerpainting with a Difference!

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    As you may know, we always believe in test-driving as many items as possible which we feature in the Artful Kids store, and while Artful Kids is not intended to be a children’s art supplies... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Colourful Gallery Wall

    21 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    We’re currently planning some decorating at home, so I’ve been busy getting samples of paint and trying them on the walls. Looking in the garage I find I have dozens of these sample pots... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Kid Crave

  • Best camcorder for kids review

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you want a gadget that your kid can enjoy for hours, try to buy the best kids camcorder as it can provide hours of fun and exploration. In the past, video recorder or camcorder is something only adults can afford to tinker with. Now, with advances in technology, toy companies are producing state of […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Best summer toys for 2015

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    With summer coming in a matter of months, here is a handy guide for you to consider what summer toys you might want to buy for your kid. Since summer is usually associated with the outdoors, most of the toys recommended here will be more outdoor based to let your kids and yourself enjoy the […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Best remote control dinosaur toy for 2015

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:22 am
    After reviewing the best robot dog toy for 2015, here is another similar toy but is even more cool: a remote control walking dinosaur toy! This trend was started by Pleo a few years back. Since then, toy companies have been introducing different models, each becoming more intelligent than the previous versions. This guide is […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Best robot dog toy for kids in 2015

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    A robot dog toy for kids is the best substitute for an actual pet dog. They might replace the real thing but you will have no problems with pet hair, not to mention other potential health problems. The latest robot dog toy is packed with smart intelligence that grants it many capabilities and functions that […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
  • Best bath boat toy reviews

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:09 am
    Children love bath boat during baths. With so many choices to have, which is the best bath boat toy? This is what our guide is for. It recommends which bath boat toys are best for 2015 in terms of fun, safety and other important criteria. Let’s look at the list below.   Best boat toy […]Visit Kid Crave for the full post.
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    Spanish Playground

  • Poem in Your Pocket Spanish Printable

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    This year, we celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30. It is part of National Poetry Month and encourages us all to share poems. The idea is that you carry the poem in your pocket and read it to the people you meet during the day. Read more about Poem in Your Pocket Day on The annual event is a wonderful language learning opportunity. Here are ten reasons why language learners should participate by reading a poem in Spanish. Poem in Your Pocket Day is an event kids can prepare for. They can practice reading the poem in the days leading up to April 30. creates a supportive…
  • 5 Spanish Chicken Song Favorites

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Are you looking for a Spanish chicken song to use with language learners? You can find a Spanish chicken song, or a song about chicks or roosters, at the right level for any child or class. There are lots of chickens in Spanish songs for kids! With beginners, you might choose a simple song that focuses on the sounds that chicks and hens make. For kids with more Spanish, you can choose a Spanish chicken song that describes the whole hatching process. Below are a few of my Spanish chicken song favorites. I have used them with students of different levels and ages with lots of success. Josefina…
  • Short Spanish Poems for Spring

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these short Spanish poems about spring. They are by Douglas Wright, a well-known artist, poet and author from Argentina. He generously shares his work on his blog El jardín de Douglas and gives me permission to share it on Spanish Playground. Douglas Wright illustrates his work. Kids love the drawings, and the art helps them understand the short Spanish poems. Click through on the title of these poem to see the illustrations on El jardín de Douglas. No los veo No los veo, no los veo, pero sé que están ahí; entre las ramas brotadas escucho…
  • Free Online Spanish Games and Videos: Calico Spanish

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Calico Spanish is an wonderful elementary Spanish curriculum. In addition to their classroom and homeschool materials, they offer an excellent set of free online Spanish games and videos. These resources are a part of the Calico Spanish curriculum, but are accessible to everyone. Free Online Spanish Games The games created by Calico include matching, flashcards and concentration. The content of these free online Spanish games is perfect for any elementary student. Kids practice vocabulary like numbers, animals, emotions, colors, shapes, weather and the months of the year. The games are…
  • 5 Great Spanish YouTube Channels for Kids

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    YouTube is a fabulous source of authentic language for young Spanish learners. Of course, the videos need to be selected with care. Kids also need support to create an effective, positive learning experience. Below are a 5 Spanish YouTube channels with videos that can be used successfully with language learners. You have to choose the videos kids watch from these Spanish YouTube channels. Some of them are too difficult to use easily with Spanish learners. The goal is to expose kids to authentic language, but at the same time keep learning fun and not overwhelm them. I look for: Short videos,…
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    Fafuplay - Blog

  • My dragon is very hungry!

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

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

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

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

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    We LOVE pretend play and spend a lot of time developing play solutions (such as costumes, dens, play furniture....and more!) that support all kinds of play. But we are especially passionate about child led pretend play. So why is that? The main reason is that play is the single most effective way for a young child to learn and develop important life skills. It offers countless opportunities for children to act out real life situations in the safe world of pretend! We call that world Fafunia. Where mistakes lead to giggles and disagreements are left in the toy box. But play really is…
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    Muffin Tin Mom

  • My 10 Year Old Son Has Cancer

    Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    A lot has been going on behind the scenes of this blog in the last several months. I have started and stopped this blog post so many times, but I know I need to share.In mid December of last year,  my son was diagnosed with cancer in an extremely rare part of his body. He has Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in the boney area near his sinus, nasal cavity and skull base and he has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment since Christmas Eve. It is very rare to have this kind of cancer in this area in a pediatric patient. We've been on this journey now for somewhere around 4 months with a…
  • Netflix's New Original Series For Kids All Hail King Julian

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

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

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

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

  • Arushi Madan – A 16 Year Old “Green Machine” Changing Her Community With Environmental Passion

    Michael Stutman
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:54 am
    Sixteen year old Arushi Madan from the United Arab Emirates just celebrated her 16th birthday. When you hear about all that she has done to help the environment in her sixteen years, you may not believe her age!   Like many young people we feature on IMK, Arushi’s accomplishments stem from her passion.  In her case, it is for the environment.  Did you know that a glass bottle can take 40,000 years to decompose if it is not recylced?  Or that the printing just one daily edition of one large newspaper can use up 75,000 trees? These are the kinds of facts that drive Arushi’s…
  • Lauren Hill’s Legacy – Find Something to Fight For

    Michael Stutman
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    You may recall the very inspiring story of Lauren Hill which we brought to InspireMyKids last fall.  If not, please take a moment to check it out now. Lauren was diagnosed with brain cancer just before she was able to fulfill her ultimate dream…to play college basketball. While others might have given up on their dream, she did not let her cancer stand in the way. In her bravery, she taught us all about the power of staying positive and helping others in the toughest of times. Despite her incredible courage and perseverance, Lauren Hill passed away last week.  She leaves a wonderful…
  • Great Quotes for Kids About Passion and Enthusiasm

    Michael Stutman
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    What are the things  in school and in life that get you most excited?  Maybe its sports or animals or music or cooking or Legos or writing or art or drama or cars or fashion or computers or helping people?  Maybe it is all of those things? Do you have something that you are passionate about?  If so, you are very lucky!  If  not, don’t worry, you just need to pay attention to what you like and dislike, be curious and be open to trying new things.  Having passion and enthusiasm are key for achieving success and meaning in school and life.  As Arthur Balfour once said,…
  • Great Habit Quotes For Kids

    Michael Stutman
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    A habit is defined by Wikipedia as a “settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” Habits are a big deal.  Your habits, or rituals, become who you are.  Choose and practice good habits and things will go well for you.  Choose and practice bad habits and you will face more troubles in life and school.  It is a simple as that! Habits impact our success in just about everything we do, including: School Activities Sports Health Relationships So, understanding and improving your habits is one of the most important things you can do to become…
  • The Buddy Bench – Can an 8 Year Old Boy Change School Playgrounds Forever?

    Michael Stutman
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:38 am
    Have you ever felt lonely at recess?  Christian Bucks, a 3rd grader at Roundtown Elementary School in York, PA, is on a mission to end playground loneliness.  And he is making waves with the help of the Buddy Bench. The Buddy Bench is a place where children can go if they have no one to play with.  Kids who see someone on the bench can then go over and ask them to play.  It is a simple, but very smart idea, and it is now building friendships all over America. When Christian was in 1st grade, his family was thinking about moving to Germany.  While looking at school brochures he saw a…
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    Red Tricycle

  • 12 Simple Gifts for Mom You Can Make at Home

    Gabby Cullen
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    She’s a short-order chef of the finest design, a boo-boo kisser and a singing, dancing source of entertainment. She’s the go-to in an emergency—M.I.A. Barbie shoes and Thomas trains are most definitely an emergency, BTW—and she’s got enough love to spread to everyone at home. Yup, it’s Mom….or, supermom to you. This year for Mother’s Day, let the kids assemble DIY gifts that are easy for little fingers. Scroll down to find a project worthy of your favorite gal. Mint Mojito Bath Salts Give her a bucket o’ bath salts in a crisp, refreshing scent. The mint Mojito…
  • Garden-Inspired Summer Camps at The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen

    Suzie Ridgway
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Here in Portland, we love sustainable farming almost as much as we love our kids. Almost. But, what if there was a way to combine gardening and summer camp into one big, dirt-filled learning experience your kids won’t soon forget?  We say, it’s your lucky day, Portland, because The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen just announced their new herbal medicine and fiber camps they will offer this summer. Read on to find out how they plan to encourage little farmers to get their hands dirty while they learn how to create something magical from plants. photo: Side Yard Farm & Kitchen by…
  • Now Open: ReCrib Has Designer Bling, With Less Ka-ching

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    You’ve imagined the perfect nursery, complete with an Oeuf crib, Netto dresser and Bloom Coco rocker resting in the corner. The room is chic, gorgeous, yet functional. It’ll be your haven, your nest for your little one…until a price check turns into a reality check for your wallet. Don’t ditch designer dreams, head to the new ReCrib in Highland Park where you can score gently used beautiful baby gear for less. photo credit: ReCrib via Instagram Not So Humble Origins New parents know that brand new baby gear doesn’t come cheap. Especially if you want upscale stuff. In the…
  • Revealed! What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The classic Mother’s Day equation usually includes flowers, cards, chocolates and lunch; but wait! Before you buy her the things you think she wants, why not make it easier on yourselves, and pick the perfect present from the list made by mom, for mom. We’ve got what she wants….scroll down for the goods. A one-day pass from cleaning the house—yes, that includes the kitchen. She will not be making beds, picking up clothes off of the floor, and no, honey, she doesn’t think it would be a great idea to have your whole family over for a Mother’s Day brunch unless you’re…
  • A Berry Fun Day: Go Blueberry Picking

    Meghan Rose
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    You go strawberry picking all the time, and the kids adore it.  But blueberries are for Sal and Maine summer camps, right?  Turns out, there’s a beautiful patch of u-pick sweet blueberries about an hour drive north of Los Angeles.  Pick and sample these sun-kissed antioxidant laden treats, then picnic, play and feed the farm animals.  It’s time to hit the road for a blueberry picking adventure at Underwood Farms. Nope, Not that One Not the Underwood Farms where you pick strawberries, visit the pumpkin patch and get your Christmas tree.  That’s in Moorpark.  Today…
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  • A Cake Family

    Kinooze Learning
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    (Raavee, 11, writes a beautiful poem about her family) Image Credit: Pixabay user Openclips, via CC My family is a cake, My dad, the base, is sturdy and strong, yet soft. My mom, the icing, covers everyone’s mistakes. My brother, the sauce, dirties yet decorates the cake. And me, the cherry on the top, I help finish everyone’s job. Isn’t describing my family a piece of cake! A Cake Family
  • What is Work?

    Kinooze Learning
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Tsahi Levent-Levi via CC You sit in the chair and study for hours for the exam the next day. Then you wrap up and run to the couch. You sit and watch television, unwind a bit. Your mum calls you in distress from the kitchen. A heavy flour box is almost falling down on her. You throw your hands up in the air to hold it till your mum is safe. Your hands hurt as you bring them down. Have you been working hard? Or hardly working? Of course, working hard you would say! But according to science it is the latter. You have hardly done any work. Mind boggling, isn’t it?
  • The Next Total Solar Eclipse

    Kinooze Learning
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Image Credit: Pixabay user OpenClips, via CC Come March 20th and some parts of Earth would be plunged into complete darkness. The lucky winners are who will experience total solar eclipse are Northern Scandinavia and the Faroe Islands. The Isle of Lewis will only get 2% of the sun rays where the main Scotland will receive 6% of the sunlight. UK is not far behind where 80% of the sun gets blocked. This time the total solar eclipse coincides with the vernal equinox on March 20. As the name equinox (equal night) suggests, these are the days when the duration of the day and night is nearly equal…
  • All About The Ocean

    Kinooze Learning
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Image Credit: Pixabay User nemo, via CC We have explored almost all the land area on Earth, but we yet have to explore the entire oceans that cover almost three-quarters of our Earth. Let us learn some interesting facts about ocean and terms used for the phenomenons related to the oceans. The five oceans that take up three-quarters of the space on the Earth are – The Pacific, The Atlantic, The Indian, The Southern and The Arctic. The biggest of them is the Pacific Ocean. In fact, all the lands can fit into it with room to spare. It is the deepest one too. Are Sea and Ocean same? People…
  • What is Chinese New Year?

    Kinooze Learning
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:24 am
    Image Credit: Flickr User IQRemix, via CC The entire world celebrates the new year on January 1 except the Chinese. Why? Do they not believe in the new year and the new beginnings? No way. Everyone loves new year! It is just that the Chinese celebrate their new year at a different time. They bring in their new year somewhere between January 19 and February 20. Listen to Chinese new year cheer. Why do Chinese celebrate the new year on a different day than the rest of the world? Chinese follow a different Chinese calendar from the rest of the world which uses Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Favorite Books for Babies

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    What are your favorite books for babies? I’ve made a list of the ones my family has loved. These are books that we own and read again and again. Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks for supporting Inspiration Laboratories.Clicking on the book cover pictures or book titles will take …
  • Happy 1st Birthday Lily!

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    Happy birthday, Lily, our sweet baby! We love you so much. Take a look at your first year in pictures. Watch the video below.
  • Sight and Sound Nature Scavenger Hunt

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Go for a hike and explore the outdoors with this fun nature scavenger hunt. Look and listen for the sights and sounds of nature. What will you find? Sight and Sound Nature Scavenger Hunt We love spending time outside going for walks, playing at the park, or hiking in the woods. …
  • Perfect Square Art

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    What can you make from a square? This is such a fun art project for kids. Recreate the art from the book, Perfect Square by Michael Hall, and be inspired to create your own Perfect Square Art! Affiliate links are included in this post. Thanks for supporting Inspiration Laboratories. Perfect Square by …
  • 5 Ways to Play Jenga on Family Game Night

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Our #GameNightIn was sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. We love family game nights and finding new games to play. Try these 5 ways to play Jenga while eating some M&M’s® Dark Chocolate brownies. 5 Ways to Play Jenga Right now you can find Jenga along with Monopoly in …
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  • The Art of Tinkering – Book Review

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:11 pm
    We were sent a free copy of The Art of Tinkering to review, but all ideas shared here are our own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Last year I had the good fortune of getting my hands on a copy of The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich. Karen and I went to the same grad school (different years), and she invited me to join her in a virtual hangout last year, Engaging Children with Making and Tinkering, but it wasn’t until last month that we finally met. And I was lucky enough to have her and Mike sign my book! Karen and Mike work at The Tinkering…
  • How to Paint Terracotta Pots with Kids

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hand Paint Terracotta Pots Today I’m sharing how to hand paint a terra cotta flower pots with kids. While the project seems somewhat straightforward, I’ll share my favorite tips for choosing paint that will stick well and how to set up the work table for success. When we were in Los Angeles last week, my mom came up with a fun project that included planting succulents in tea cups (along with the use of a power tool), and my kids were smitten. Whilst prepping for a Girl Scout meeting, my older daughter thought we should recreate a simpler version of that project with her troop.
  • The Garden Classroom – Book Review

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:08 pm
    The Garden Classroom My publisher, Roost Books, just released the most gorgeous book for families who are interested in teaching through the garden. In The Garden Classroom (affiliate), author Cathy James introduces us to great ideas for integrating math, play, imagination, reading, writing, science, and art into the natural environment. Hint: With Earth Day right around the corner, this book would be the ideal gift for the garden-loving family. To make this post match the spirit of the book, I thought I would carry the book out to my garden and snap a few shots – sort of…
  • How to Make a Paper Clip Tape Necklace

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:29 pm
    This project to make a paper clip tape necklace or bracelet was inspired by a conversation I had with my agent, Erica, when we were chatting about making things with office supplies. It’s been a few years since I worked in an office, but oh, how I loved restocking my desk with post-its, paper clips, and fresh pencils. Are you with me? There’s actually a book on this topic, Extreme Office Crafts (affiliate), which I haven’t had a chance to check out. Wouldn’t that have been a fun book to write?! It sounds like there are even a few projects in that book that we’ve…
  • The New Playroom, an Ebook

    2 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The New Playroom, an Ebook Guide You may remember that I interviewed Megan Schiller not too long ago for an inside look into her inspiring, light-filled tinkering space. If you’re thinking about setting up a creativity zone in your home, this picture-heavy interview will not disappoint! You can see the entire series here. Here’s Megan and her children inside their converted sun porch art studio: Well, today is an exciting day for Megan as she’s launching her new ebook, The New Playroom: A Step-by-step Guide on how to set up a home art space for kids. I got a sneak look at…
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    Junior Car Designer

  • How to draw a car for preschoolers

    2 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Since i’ts been a while a tutorial for the little ones was post, here’s another one. This time it’s a sports car tutorial for preschoolers. I guess that’s the big boys over at kindergarten. This is a super-duper easy, super-duper cool sports car step by step tutorial. Here we go!         First draw the ground and the wheels.             Now, draw the body starting from the lower part, the lower it is to the ground the cooler it looks. Then, continue with the upper side, notice that the front part (pointing to the left) is lower than…
  • How To Draw A Hummer H2 SUV

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hey junior car designers, this time we are going to draw something different. We’ll learn how to draw a Hummer H2 SUV. Of course, start with the wheelbase. Is similar in apparent length to that if a regular car. This doesn’t mean it’s exactly the same but since the tires are bigger on an SUV it looks the same.       Draw the body, with a generous ground clearance. Start to draw the back of the car too.     Now draw the boxy and long cabin. Don’t forget wheels on the far side. The cabin height may appear to be extremely low but it’s actually quite big. This…
  • How To Draw A Pontiac Firebird Muscle Car

    14 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
    This tutorial was requested by our friend Justen from uh… He didn’t say but here it is, how to draw a Firebird muscle car. The car is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird in the Trans Am version. I think this is a very cool car. One of the coolest muscle cars ever if you ask me. Let’s beggin then.   The wheelbase in most muscle cars, at least un the old ones, is very long. Learn how to draw a muscle car: Pontiac Firebird   Draw the body now. This car has a small skirt beneath the front bumper. In general, is a low car. Maybe because I drew it from a slightly modified Firebird. Learn how to…
  • A Very Special JCD Friend

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

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

  • What Are the Signs Your Child is Gifted?

    Carol Johnson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Every parent loves to brag about their child’s achievements, talents, and special skills. It’s perfectly natural for parents to brag on their children and everyone feels their child is so smart. With smart toys designed to challenge and encourage learning and development, it’s easy to see how a child’s intelligence can be influenced. Children’s minds are like sponges that absorb a lot of information, but some may be better at retaining it than others. Your child’s brightness on certain things could be signs your child is gifted. Of course, every parent feels their kid…
  • When to Make Preparations for Baby’s Arrival

    Carol Johnson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    There are a lot of things you will need to do before your baby arrives. Being well prepared is important so you have everything covered. I’ve provided this guide on the best time to make certain preparations for baby’s arrival so you don’t have to stress at the last minute.Very few first time parents go into their pregnancy expecting to have an early baby, but prematurity is more common than you might think. Preparing for the unexpected will help make things much easier if your baby does come before their expected due date.Create a Savings Plan Babies are expensive, that’s no doubt.
  • What is Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood?

    Carol Johnson
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    You have most likely heard of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, commonly known as SIDS, but there is far less awareness of sudden death that occurs in children. What is Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, you ask? It affects older children and has no known cause or cure. There’s very little information on this condition, but with future research there can hopefully be more understanding for parents.An estimated 200 children over the age of 12 months die each year in the U.S. unexpectedly from SUDC. Among these, 79% of deaths occurred at home. When there is no determined cause of death…
  • Stainless Steel vs Plastic Baby Bottles: Everything you need to know

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Many women opt to breastfeed when their bundle of joy is born, however as it is not a choice for everyone, bottle-feeding is the next best option to feed your baby the important nutrients and vitamins they need. When choosing a baby bottle, it is automatic to purchase a plastic bottle, as this is one of the most popular choices on the market. However, thanks to new technology and research, stainless steel bottles have become a new way of feeding your little one.PLASTIC BABY BOTTLE Since the glass bottle has become pretty much obsolete, plastic baby bottles have been the popular choice when…
  • What to Pack: Travel Checklist for Parents

    Carol Johnson
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    When you’re planning a trip, deciding what to bring can be a hassle. You want to be sure you have everything you need but don’t want to over pack. While it is best to be prepared for anything, especially with infants, there are some items that are simply not necessary for extended outings. Here’s a travel checklist for parents of babies and toddlers with the necessities you need and the things you can leave at home.What to BringIn addition to the basics you know you’re going to need for the diaper bag (food/formula, diapers, wipes, etc), here are a few other essentials you should…
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  • The Simpsons Lego Minifigures Series 2 launch 1st May

    Andy Robertson
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Collectors of minifigures rejoice (or weep), a new collection of The Simpsons Minifigures (Series 2) are about to hit shops in the UK. We’ll see new versions of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie along with first appearances of Comic Book Guy, Groundskeeper Willie, sisters Paddy and Selma, Smithers and Dr. Hibbert. In addition some special characters are added in the form of Edna Krabappel, Frink and Moleman and even a blue capped version of Bart as Bartman. While the human characters look the business, for us it’s all about Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball, both of which are…
  • LEGO Jurassic World comes to games, toys and bricks

    Andy Robertson
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    With the Jurassic World movie on the horizon there are more than a few awesome reasons to get excited, beyond the film itself. The film will soon be found in video-game, toy and brick form. We reported recently that the film would be recreated in LEGO form. The Lego sets not only offer a glimpse into the characters and creatures we’ll be meeting on the big screen but also provide some of the biggest LEGO big-figs to date. The sets were unveiled at the New York Toy Fair so we sent our friends at Family Gamer TV along to check out how they compared to other popular sets on show. While not…
  • Portal Spotted on LEGO Dimensions packagaing

    Andy Robertson
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    It looks likely that we will see Portal minifigures and gadgets coming to Lego Dimensions at launch. The figures were spotted on the Xbox One retail shot which although blurry has enough detail to suggest the inclusion of Chell and the Portal Gun. If this proves to be true, and it certainly looks likely, this is very big news. The combination of Portal and Lego video-game puzzles is a mouth watering proposition. Also on the pack you can make out sets of characters grouped into four waves. This suggests timed groups of releases after the game’s initial September 27th launch. This approach…
  • Super Smash Bros: Mewtwo DLC and Costumes now available in Europe!

    Joshua Howse-Stuart
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    The long wait is over! Mewtwo is finally available for download for those users who own Super Smash Bros on both 3DS and Wii-U and also marks the launch of the first set of DLC, Downloadable content, for Smash! Club Nintendo user’s who have registered Smash for both Wii-U and 3DS will receive their unlock codes via E-mail today, but as for the rest of us, we will have to wait until April the 28th, when it will be added to the list of DLC packs for $4/£2.50. Will you and Mewtwo be joining the fight today or will you be waiting until the end of the month?   The post Super Smash…
  • LEGO Elves is ripe for a LEGO Dimensions Level Pack

    Andy Robertson
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    With LEGO Dimensions confirmed attention online has turned to which franchises will be included. Polygon have a comprehensive list of which of the existing LEGO sets they think will be included and the likes of Scooby Doo and Ghostbusters in LEGO video-game form is certainly a mouth watering idea. However they missed out a key upcoming set that is a perfect fit: LEGO Elves. While the original LEGO Friends sets may be a little pink to fit well in the game, and the Disney Princess Friends sets conflict with Disney Infinity in the toys to life space, LEGO Elves takes the Friends figures in a…
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  • Mesa Art Studio: The Art of Summering

    Drew Kristofik
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Summer is the perfect time for kids to brush up on artistic skills and, for kids in the Salt Lake City area, Murray’s Mesa Art Studio provides excellent opportunities to spark creativity, explore mixed media (oil pastels, colored pencils, watercolor, … read more The post Mesa Art Studio: The Art of Summering appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Get Your Kids Moving this Summer at i9 Sports

    Darius Goore
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    After a school year spent mostly indoors or behind their desks, summer beckons kids to spend full days running, jumping, and exercising. And parents in the Durham, North Carolina vicinity can take advantage of one of the country’s best sports … read more The post Get Your Kids Moving this Summer at i9 Sports appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Meanwhile, Back at Jameson Ranch…

    Drew Kristofik
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Looking for an extraordinary summer experience that weaves leadership skills, sustainability practices, teamwork, and FUN into a memory tapestry that will last a lifetime? We’ve found it for you. Jameson Ranch Camp, located on 500 acres bordering the majestic Sequoia … read more The post Meanwhile, Back at Jameson Ranch… appeared first on KidNimble.
  • Elliott’s Gymnastics in NYC Takes “Flexibility” to New Heights

    Drew Kristofik
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      One of the top ten complaints we hear from parents when it comes to summer camp programs is this: They’re so inflexible. Either you have to pay for a full week (or month), or you have to commit to … read more The post Elliott’s Gymnastics in NYC Takes “Flexibility” to New Heights appeared first on KidNimble.
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    I Found Musik

  • Laurie Berkner is coming to SF on April 18th!

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Mark your calendars for next weekend My kids are excited to see Laurie Berkner! Hey, guys, do you remember when I posted about how much my family loves Laurie Berkner? Or, when my musical buddy Rebecca and I had Laurie teach us her song, “Mahalo”, on the ukulele? I think it is pretty clear that we are all fans of her music and that is why we are super excited to be seeing Ms. Berkner live for the second time. Like last year, she’ll be playing a 1-hour solo show at the Palace of Fine Arts. It is taking place on Saturday, April 18th at 3pm and we already have our tickets!
  • Top 5 Bay Area Family Music Events

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
      Click on through to see the events (1) What:Fancy Nancy the Musical  Where: Bay Area Children’s Theater at Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, 94704 When: Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12: 11am and 2pm What Age Group: 3+, only because you have to sit still for over an hour. Content seems OK for all ages. Why it’s cool: If your kids are anything like my daughter, they love sassy Fancy Nancy and her fancy vocabulary. See Nancy’s world come to life in this colorful musical tailor-made for frills-loving kiddos. Note that the show runs 70 minutes.
  • 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…
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    Education Franchise - Professor Egghead Science Academy

  • STEM Education Franchise A Family Business?

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Running a family business is just like running any business. It takes hard work and dedication to make it successful. Entrepreneur Magazine…
  • Teaching STEM Literacy

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Professor Egghead Science Academy doesn’t just preach the good word of cool science; it practices it. The organization offers science and engineering…
  • Obama to Announce 240M in New Pledges for STEM Education

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and…
  • 2015 White House Science Fair

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    It’s almost that time… when the White House transforms for a day into a hands-on showcase of robots, inventions, and innovative science…
  • National Robotics Week 2015

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    National Robotics Week, which takes place April 4-12, 2015, is calling for event submissions from robot-enthusiasts across all 50 United States. Established…
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    Review - Mamas Guide

  • KangaDo: Drivers And Sitters Across SF

    Lesly Simmons
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Getting around San Francisco with kids is an riddle wrapped in a mystery inside the funk of the weird guy on the bus. MUNI is an option, but it can be slow and crowded. UBER works, but you have to haul your own carseat or go without (because for some reason SF doesn't have UBER Family yet-lame!). Walking works if you have the time, but if one thing goes wrong getting out of the house, you're late. Of course there's driving, unless you don't own a car or share one for your household and don't always have access to it, like me. KangaDo has a solution for us with their new…
  • SF Cooking School: Good Times in the Kitchen

    Lesly Simmons
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    My in-my-head homegirl Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa) says that she and her friends only give each other gifts that you can eat or experience, and since I am totally a part of her crew (again, in my head) I use this mantra for most gift-giving occasions. Considering how much time everyone spends decluttering, I don't want my well-intended gift to add to anyone's stress load. My hubby also shares this view and last fall he surprised me with a kick-ass experience for my birthday: an amazing night cooking Mexican food with the chefs from Tacolicious at the…
  • 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…
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    Bear & Boo

  • Maternity Fitness Apparel for Mamas to Be

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Not ready for the accessories yet? We have something for all you moms-to-be who aren’t quite ready to start shopping for baby headbands and bow ties just yet! Maternity fitness apparel is a little scarce if you haven’t noticed…incredible quality, supportive active wear is almost non-existent. Almost. Our good friends at have that support and quality that you want and a little something just for you Bear & Boo fans…10% OFF! Using code: N5IGHPK7 Their mission says it all, and they are determined to give women, not just comfort, but style and…
  • Tips for Cleaning House Before an Event or Travel

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I love more than coming home to a clean house after a nice vacation. There’s already plenty of laundry piled up in the suitcase, so the last thing I want to do is clean the house! Another thing I’m not a fan of is scrambling to get everything squeeky clean before guests arrive. I’ll admit, there have been probably dozens of times where I am mopping floors literally up until someone knocks in my door…and its’ stressful. While this is fresh on my mind because we are both going on a short vacay soon AND expecting…
  • Connecting With Your Kids When Life Gets Crazy

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Let’s face it, sometimes life gets completely crazy, and between school pick-ups/drop-offs, work, running businesses, making meals, or whatever else you may have going on any given day, we sometimes miss little opportunities to connect with our kids and make them feel special. We are very accustomed to these overly-busy days, but we also notice that when there is a lack of enough attention or focus on them, kids tend to get frustrated. This is something that we strongly try to avoid and there are a few things we do to help eliminate our kids from feeling like they are not getting the…
  • Fill Your Kids With Love on Valentine’s Day!

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Valentine’s is about love (obviously). Sure it’s about romance and relationships, but mostly just about love. You love your little ones to pieces, so why not make it an amazing day for them to be showered with love too? Here are some ways that you can fill your kiddos up with love on Valentine’s Day. Make it a great morning Let your kids (and significant other) start the day of love off right with a fun themed breakfast. You don’t have to go too crazy, but simple pancakes and eggs or even cereal will do the trick. Sprinkle some confetti or conversation hearts all…
  • Do You Have Finicky Toddler?

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Any of us who are parents have likely experienced the independence that a toddler discovers. They love to do anything for themselves that they can, and will try even if they can’t. This includes dressing themselves. I’m sure you’ve either had or seen the kid with the inside-out shirt, mis-matched socks and shoes, and the superhero cape on in the store. There are times we, of course, let this go and let our kids express themselves by the way they dress, but there are other times when we want or need them to dress a certain way. It doesn’t have to be a struggle to dress…
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    24 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    Cass Chapman is the founder of, a website dedicated to where to stay, eat and play with kids across... Read More

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    These holiday shots most definitely put a smile upon our face! Sent from the fabulous Maldives, Chloe and Julianna look... Read More
  • Your Sunuva Beach Snaps #37

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    We love this shot sent to us all the way from gorgeous Mauritius! Freddie’s looking beach-ready in our Lobster rash... Read More
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    17 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Hayley sent us this adorable snap from her recent trip to Mauritius. Lily Rose is looking as cute as a... Read More

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Graham, Sales & Marketing Director of Scott Dunn, sent us these fantastic snaps from his family escape to Soneva Kiri,... Read More
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    Today Box

  • Kermit-like Frog

    Erika Lowe
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Scientists discovered a new frog in Costa Rica that looks just like Kermit the Frog! It’s called the Glass Frog because it appears green from above and translucent underneath to protect it from predators. The post Kermit-like Frog appeared first on Today Box.
  • Volcano Explosion

    Erika Lowe
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    After 42 years of silence, the volcano Calbuco errupted in Chile. This timelapse video captures its majestic destruction beautifully. The post Volcano Explosion appeared first on Today Box.
  • High Diving Giraffes

    Erika Lowe
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    Nicolas Deveaux spent a year and a half creating this rollicking fun animated film of giraffes using a high dive. We just love everything about this ridiculous film called 5 Meteres 80. The post High Diving Giraffes appeared first on Today Box.
  • All About Clouds

    Erika Lowe
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Why are there clouds? How do clouds form? Learn all about clouds in this animated video by MinuteEarth. The post All About Clouds appeared first on Today Box.
  • Musical Light Swings

    Erika Lowe
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Each spring 21 swings are placed in between a music complex and science center in Montreal. People can interact with the art installation by swinging to create music together. The post Musical Light Swings appeared first on Today Box.
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