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  • Balloon Kites

    Toddler Activities from
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Trying to fly a kite can be frustrating for toddlers. Make it lots more fun with a helium balloon!
  • Toddler Activities: Easter Bunny Milk Carton Basket

    Toddler Activities: What's New at Teaching Tiny Tots!
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    Toddler Activities: Bunny Milk Carton Basket Perfect for the Classroom or for An Easter Party
  • Indoor Sandbox

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    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Give your toddler an indoor sandbox without the mess, thanks to these alternative fillers.
  • Loggerhead Turtles Released

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    4 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Watch a video showing the release of two loggerhead turtles.
  • Start A New Tradition on April Fools' Day
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Will You Be Bamboozled This April Fools' Day?April Fools' Day is celebrated on the 1st of April every year. April Fools' Day is a widley recognized holiday when people play practicle jokes on each other. As this holiday is fun to participate in all its tomfoolery, jokes should only be played on another person if they are not harmful to another person. April Fools' Day is supposed to be light ...
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  • Start A New Tradition on April Fools' Day

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Will You Be Bamboozled This April Fools' Day?April Fools' Day is celebrated on the 1st of April every year. April Fools' Day is a widley recognized holiday when people play practicle jokes on each other. As this holiday is fun to participate in all its tomfoolery, jokes should only be played on another person if they are not harmful to another person. April Fools' Day is supposed to be light ...
  • St. Patrick's Day Lucky Irish Fun

    5 Mar 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Lucky Irish St. Patrick's Day Activities for KidsThere is a parade of fun to have on this very festive holiday celebrated March 17th. On St. Patrick's Day, people young and old will dress in green, recite Irish words and phrases, Irish jig dance, eat traditional Irish food, listen to Irish music, attend local parades and have St. Patrick's Day parties. If your looking for some Luck of the Irish ...
  • Meaningful Affection on Valentine's Day

    11 Feb 2014 | 3:49 am
    Hugs or Kisses?You don't have to choose during Valentines, do both! How do you express your affection to a parent, child, special person or friend? There are many types of hugs & kisses a person may use to convey their emotion, message or love for that special person. Hugs and Kisses can be given to anyone you would like to show your love and appreciation to. A special hug or kiss can ...
  • How to Draw Dusty Crophopper from Disney Planes

    30 Jan 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Follow the advice of a professional to draw DustyLearn how-to draw Dusty from Disney movie PLANES with Art Hernandez animator and story-boarder. Check the video tutorial of how to draw Dusty and give life to the most lovely airplane. Step by step to draw the AirplaneWatch the tutorial, follow the drawing steps and pause the video if needed to keep the thread. Do the drawing step of ...
  • Valentine Activities and Sweet Gift Ideas

    27 Jan 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Valentine's Day ExtravaganzaLove is in the air at Hellokids with heart felt gift ideas and sweet activities for Valentine's Day. Surprise your Valentine friends and family with a special present or card to let them know how much you value and care for them. Cupid can help you in the love department and Hellokids with show you ways to having the best Valentine's Day ever! If you need some ...
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    Latest Headlines | Science News for Students

  • E-cigarette makers focus on teens

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A high-level group of senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives surveyed makers of e-cigarettes and finds they are targeting youth. They conclude that new federal laws should be created to end practices that could turn teens into nicotine addicts.
  • World’s coolest ‘clock’ is also crazy-accurate

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    This is the time to beat — the world’s most accurate atomic clock ever. At its heart is a ‘fountain’ of cesium atoms chilled nearly to absolute zero!
  • Explainer: How lasers make ‘optical molasses’

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Light can bump an atom. Bump it from several different directions at once and even a fast-moving atom will instantly freeze its motion — and chill it to a temperature of nearly absolute zero.
  • Questions for World’s coolest clock

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    SCIENCEBefore reading:1.    A century ago, watches and clocks were made using a system of interlocking gears. Explain why the rotation of those gears might tell time. How might the size of those gears affect a clock’s accuracy?2.    The world’s atomic clocks have a precision most people cannot wrap their heads around. Can you envision why that level of accuracy would be helpful to cell-phone systems or the electric power grid?During reading:1.    How many years would have to go by before the newest atomic clock might lose or gain one second of time?2.    Why is it a bit wrong…
  • A success for designer life

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Synthetic biologists are scientists who create custom organisms in the lab. Their efforts have just taken a big step forward. They have created the first lab-made yeast chromosome. The advance could lead to entirely synthetic organisms customized to produce food, fuel or medicine.
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    Art Projects for Kids

  • Little Birdies Watercolor Painting

    Kathy Barbro
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Here’s an idea for a cute spring drawing or painting. Three very simple birds that are stacked on each other, with the highest one looking at a pretty flower. As always, few crayon details added before painting adds some extra fun to the art.
  • Happy Easter Message

    Kathy Barbro
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    This is one of the lettering styles that is included in Cyndi Hansen’s “Letter Better” book, and I tried it just last week in a class. It has just three simple steps that even kinders can easily remember.1. Stick letters are written in pencil.2. The lines are traced with a black marker, and all end points are “capped” with black circles.3. The letters are outlined, preferable with thinner marker, and filled in with colored pencils. Who needs a computer when you can make your own hip and colorful font?
  • Double Decker English Bus

    Kathy Barbro
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    England is famous for its double decker red buses. Here’s an idea for a fun painting, using cake tempera paints and Sharpie markers.
  • Indian Symbols

    Kathy Barbro
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Brown packing paper and oil pastels are great for making a simulated rawhide drawing. I never throw my paper away after I get art supplies. The pre-wrinkled surface works too well, and it’s free.1. Tear a 20" or so section from the packing paper. Draw an Indian symbol in pencil.2. Trace the art with a black oil pastel.3. Fill the inside art with a nature-colored pastel.4. Trace the outside with a white pastel.5. Tear away any smooth edges.
  • Bumble Bee Collage

    Kathy Barbro
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This collage project got a thumbs up from four kinder teachers yesterday. Just make sure you have the paper supplies cut to size first, and save it for the end of the year. Kinder skills advance so much in those few months. 1. Students were given a 5" x 7" rectangle of yellow paper, and glued a 2" x 5" piece of white paper on one side.2. A 3" x 5" piece of black paper was cut into several stripes and glued down as shown.3. Students flipped the art over, drew a half circle and cut. The back was glued to a blue paper. 4. White wings were cut from a small white paper and glued as desired.5.
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    Kids VT - small people, big ideas!, Kids VT

  • Incredible, Edible Eggs: An Easter Weekend Preview

    Alison Novak
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Put on your bonnets and grab your baskets! There's a bevy of egg hunts and Easter-related activities on Saturday sure to please bunny-loving kids.  At Buttered Noodles in Williston, little scavengers search for eggs, get their faces painted and nibble on mini pancakes.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Home Cookin': Roasted Veggies

    Tasha Lehman
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I get sick of serving the same old vegetables at dinner time. If I see carrots or broccoli on my plate one more night, I might scream!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Bump on a Blog: Are We Ready?

    Megan James
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    For a few hours last Friday, my husband and I considered the possibility that we were about to become parents — not three weeks from now, as we had been expecting, but, like, now. Earlier that day, at my 36-week ultrasound appointment, my doctor found that my blood pressure was unusually high. She decided to send me to the hospital to be monitored and tested for preeclampsia.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Egg-cellent Events: A Weekend Preview

    Alison Novak
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Easter is still more than a week away, but there are a gaggle of events devoted to the incredible, edible egg this weekend. Egg hunts in Essex, Shelburne and at the UVM Farm in South Burlington will entertain little scavengers looking to fill their baskets. Eggs serve a different purpose at Montshire Museum's annual Egg Drop Contest, where participants create protective containers for the fragile ovoids, then see if they can survive an 18-foot fall.  ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center's Mudfest, a 16-day celebration of Vemont's fifth season, commences on Saturday with a mess of…
  • Five Questions for National Student Poet Michaela Coplen

    Alison Novak
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Pennsylvania high school senior Michaela Coplen holds the title of National Student Poet, an honor presented annually to five young wordsmiths chosen from a pool of national medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards who show creativity, dedication to the craft and promise. As part of her duties, Coplen travels around the Northeast as a poetry ambassador, doing workshops and readings.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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    Kids Blog

  • Are you hungry?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Are you looking for some fun things to cook? Would you would like to cook yourself around the world –  maybe cook some vegetarian. How about trying some sugar-free or wheat-free cooking. What about pasta and noodles? You can cook yourself up some pancakes, burgers, muffins or what about some chocolate fudge or some yummy smoothies. So get creating and get cooking!
  • SPCA Storytimes in the North

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Both Johnsonville and Tawa libraries had a special visit from the SPCA for their storytime sessions this week. Jennifer and Matt from the SPCA told us all about the good work the SPCA does and how we can care for and look after our own pets. They also shared some stories of animal rescues. Matt and Jennifer bought along some very special friends for us to meet. Peaches the rabbit, Jessie the guinea pig and a very cute little puppy called Zeus. Zeus was a big hit and lots of people wanted to take him home – especially the librarians. Check out our pictures.    
  • New Non Fiction: New Non Fiction: Just in time for Easter and School Holidays Redux.

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Special Effects Make up Artist Have you ever been scared by a creature you have seen at the movies and wondered how those creatures were created? This book holds all the answers and more! Special Effects Make up Artist holds information on everything you have ever wanted to know about special effects and how something simple as make up can bring monster, zombie and an alien to life on the big screen. Also contains behind the scenes information on how your favorite movies characters from films such as Stars Wars and The Muppets come to life.  Also a great book to use if you are looking…
  • New Zealand Post Book Award finalists announced

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Here they are -the finalists for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. These are the top 5 fiction, non-fiction, picture books and teen fiction that’s been published in New Zealand recently, according to the judges. From this list the judges will pick a winner, as well as an overall ‘best book’ winner. You get to pick a winner too! Check out the Children’s Choice Award for more info. (you can win book vouchers for yourself and your school by voting!) Here’s the list, how many have you read?   Picture Books Machines and Me: Boats by Catherine…
  • New Non Fiction: Just in time for Easter and School Holidays.

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    With summer now over, Winter is slowly entering the Capital with the cold and nasty periods of gale winds, rain and the odd storm. Also with the school holidays and Easter around the corner, why not pop down to Wellington City Libraries and check out a new range of  non fiction in the Children’s collection for your enjoyment and pleasure, especially as we now have some new handicraft books to give you ideas on potential gifts you can give to your family and friends over Easter, or the odd birthday party here and there. Check them out here! The Book of Complete Nonsense. Are you in the…
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    Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Network

  • April Is National Arab-American Heritage Month

    Wendy Piersall
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    National Arab-American Heritage Month is in April By now, most of us know that February is Black History Month and maybe even that March is Women’s History Month.  But here in the Great Melting Pot that is the United States, we have so many cultures and heritages that should be honored.  It just so happens that April is Arab-American Heritage Month, and there are some great resources out there to introduce students to a variety of Arab-Americans who have been a part of our larger American heritage. For example, did you know that the heart pump was invented by Dr. Michael DeBakey who is…
  • Cherry Blossom Coloring Pages

    Wendy Piersall
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is happening right now in Washington, DC. It is a springtime event that celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and their symbol of enduring friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United States. Actually, technically it is over 90 events over several weeks, and held all over our nation’s capital. I’ve never been there for it, but would love to. I’m a big fan of Japanese art and style, and I even have a cherry blossom wall mural in my office. These coloring pages would be a great Cherry Blossom Festival activity no matter…
  • New Animal Mandalas Coloring Book – A REAL Coloring Book!

    Wendy Piersall
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Things have been a little quiet around the Woo! Jr. Network lately – and there’s a fun and exciting reason why! Long time readers of the site know that I (Wendy) draw most of the coloring pages for the sites. Well, Ulysses Press noticed – and guess what? I am publishing a coloring book with them this fall! As in, a real coloring book, printed on real paper, to color with real markers, pencils or crayons. Coloring Animal Mandalas Book Illustrated by Wendy Piersall These coloring pages – besides being a true labor of love – are very intricately drawn. They were…
  • April Fools Day Worksheets for Kids

    Wendy Piersall
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    Here’s a new set of April Fools Day worksheets to create some pretty fun learning opportunities on April 1st. First there is a reading page to teach kids a little bit about the history of April Fools, then there is a quiz on the reading to test reading comprehension. There is also a page with 5 short answer questions to get kids writing, suitable for grades 4 – 6. Lastly there is a word search with 9 synonyms for the word Prank – have fun with them! Related Pages: April Fools Day Pranks, April Fools Day Poems, Spring Story Starters The History of April Fools Day Printable…
  • St. Patrick’s Day Kids Poems

    Wendy Piersall
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:24 pm
    I could not be happier that March is here! Spring is right around the corner! I’ve been having fun getting some of my Spring content up, including these spring mad libs and spring kids poems. And to add to our growing collection of kids poems, here’s two original St. Patrick’s Day poems for kids! Related Pages: St. Patrick’s Day activity sheets, Celtic dragon coloring pages, Leprechaun coloring pages St. Patrick's Day History Kids Poem Leprechaun Paul Silly Kids Poem Make sure you check out the Spring kids activities and St. Patrick’s Day kids activities from…
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    Toddler Activities from

  • Wave Bottle

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Shake the soda bottle, and your toddler will be amazed by the glittery waves that are produced.
  • Grocery Store

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Toddlers can have fun filling up baskets with just about anything.
  • Balloon Kites

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Trying to fly a kite can be frustrating for toddlers. Make it lots more fun with a helium balloon!
  • Clothespin Can

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Give your toddler clothespins and a coffee can, and suddenly he's busy!
  • Indoor Sandbox

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Give your toddler an indoor sandbox without the mess, thanks to these alternative fillers.
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  • Nature Prints

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Celebrate Earth Day by printing colorful "earth art" with your kids.
  • Play City

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this activity, help your child build a play city large enough for her cars and trucks.
  • Make Your Own Bookends

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Help your child make plaster of Paris bookends in this arts and crafts activity.
  • Bird Feeder

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This easy-to-make bird feeder requires only peanut butter, a pinecone, and some bird seed.
  • Yarn Dog

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Use yarn to make a canine pet that's all muss, no fuss!
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  • Sign Sentences

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Time flies when children create goofy sentences out of the signs they see when traveling.
  • News Radio

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Silly newscasting is sure to get your child's imagination flowing.
  • Tunnel Vision

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This activity will enable children to get a different view of the scenery.
  • Earth Day Project

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Prepare for Earth Day with your child by reducing, recycling, and donating.
  • Word Family Game

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a fun word game the entire family can enjoy.
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    Doll Diaries

  • Throwback Thursday – American Girl Elizabeth

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    When American Girl introduced Elizabeth as Felicity’s best friend, in September of 2005, Megan who was 6 at the time, just fell in love with her. She spent the entire next summer selling lemonade at the Farmer’s Market in her Grandmother’s booth so she could earn enough money to buy Elizabeth herself. Megan’s Elizabeth got her riding outfit for Christmas one year. Megan’s Elizabeth went to AGPNY with us in 2006 and really enjoyed her meal. Megan’s Elizabeth in her meet dress taken in 2006. From Kate – Here Elizabeth is in her Tea Lesson Gown. This…
  • Dr Di TLC – Silver Eye

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr Di received a special request this week from a Doll Diaries reader.   Her beautiful Gotz doll fell into a very common problem called Silver Eye.   Let’s see what Dr Di has to say…. Dr Di reviews the special request to address a very common problem called Silver Eye in dolls. This is Sue’s Tess, she was manufactured by Gotz in 2001 and 2002 but distributed by a company named “Dolls Unlimited”.   Tess is just one of three dolls that were called “Little Sisters” and are famous because of their face mold.   This face mold was called “Mona…
  • Adora Friends Lola and Panda Outfit Review

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the dolls that really stood out for me when attending Toy Fair was the new Adora Friends Lola.  As soon as I saw her wearing the outfit from the winner of the 2013 “Designed by Kids for Kids” contest, I knew she would be very popular.  I have the honor to do a review of Lola in her Panda outfit, let’s take a look…. Lola comes in a very colorful box. The back of the box actually shows all the Adora Friends available in 2014.  The Panda outfit is sold separately and comes in a clear packaging. Lola is secured nicely in her box to make her travels to your home…
  • Ultimate List of Easter Crafts & Activities for American Girl Dolls and their Friends

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Easter is right around the corner and while we have had a some really cute Easter inspired crafts for the dolls this spring, there are quite a few from years past and on our creative team’s own blogs that you may have missed as well as some from blogs you may not be familiar with yet.  Easter Baskets for Dolls No-Sew Fabric Easter Basket by Anna Craft an Easy Easter Basket for Dolls by Anna Simple Mini Easter Basket by Anna Crocheted Easter Basket for Dolls at Mary Frances Books Doll Sized Easter Baskets by Jen & Zoey Easter Play Sets for Dolls Doll Sized Double Boiler and Easter…
  • Fun Find – Easter Sweaters for Dolls

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Madelon is always on the look out for neat items for the dolls and she recently found some cute Easter sweaters for the dolls. These cute Easter themed sweaters were on sale at A.C. Moore for $2.99. They are sold as sweaters for bears 12″-16″ but would work for a variety of dolls. The sweater was an easy fit on Kanani. For our Journey Girl doll it was a little difficult to get over her head, but it worked. The front of the hanger – as you can see, it is marketed as an item for stuffed animals/teddy bears. The bear sweater was $2.99 and depending on the coupon, you could get…
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    Sports Girls Play

  • Amy Purdy – An Inspiration to Everyone

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    For those familiar with Amy Purdy and her story, her success on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars should come as no surprise. Purdy hasn’t just been overcoming obstacles since the double amputation of both her legs at age 19 – she’s been plowing right through them as if they never existed in the first place. If you’re unfamiliar with her, she’s certainly going to be someone you want to know. After contracting what she thought was the flu at age 19, she found herself growing rapidly sicker, and within a day she was rushed to the hospital after developing septic shock. She soon went…
  • Spirit Wear Gets a Whole New Sparkle

    13 Mar 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Gone are the days of ‘shrink it and pink it’ for female fan apparel – Prep Sportswear launched their new feminine Sparkle Twill line for schools and sports! Moms, elementary kids, tweens, teens and beyond will love this sassy new look while rooting for their favorite team! We were sent two items from this new line to review and my daughter chose a traditional looking baseball shirt and a more trendy slouch sweatshirt. Sparkle Twill™ is an appliqué technique that adds a vibrant sparkle finish to an assortment of t-shirts, jerseys and other apparel. This eye-catching design comes in a…
  • Two Former Track Stars Persevere and Find a Home on 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Bobsled Team

    6 Feb 2014 | 8:12 am
    Guest post by Kate Voss The road to Olympic victory is not an easy or painless journey. However, for some athletes who found defeat in one Olympic sport, including former track stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams, an alternative route for Olympic success has been discovered: the 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic bobsled team.  After both immersed themselves in track and field Olympic careers, totaling five Summer games between the two, both decided to make the switch into bobsled, and it seems their hard work and tough transition has paid off. It was recently announced on Jan. 19 that both women…
  • BBC Sochi Trailer is Seriously EPIC

    16 Jan 2014 | 6:40 am
    The Olympics are just a few days away and the commercials, trailers and other press are really doing a great job of overshadowing the fact that Sochi may or may not really be ready for an event of this size. The BBC trailer for the Sochi games is so awesome. Words to describe it – Haunting. Inspiring. Dramatic. Epic. Spine-chilling. Yep, those are just a few! The voiceover is from Charles Dance from Game of Thrones and you might think the trailer is for some big Hollywood movie production, but it is not. When you read the transcript of the video, you can really get a better sense of the…
  • Falling Down Makes You Stronger – P&G Thank You Moms Commercial

    7 Jan 2014 | 6:21 am
    With the 2014 Sochi Games right around the corner, of course P&G has a new commercial that gives tribute to sports Moms everywhere and the incredible journey athletes take to get to the Olympics. Take a look.   Obviously there are plenty of sports Dads that have picked up, dusted off and been there for their athletes, too, but as a Mom who has done the 5 am ice hockey practice shuttle, this definitely tugs at my heart strings. Proctor & Gamble has done a whole series of these commercials and what I think they illustrate best is the JOURNEY of sports. Its not all glory. It’s…
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    Science teacher

  • On bulls and blossoms

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    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 we can show others what we think we saw. We have cameras to…
  • Agent of the state

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I am a public school teacher. As such I am an agent of the state, and was told as much early in my training.I am given tremendous powers, a fair amount of autonomy, and I get to share what I love to young folks because the state has decided that a working knowledge of biology matters. It's been a pretty good gig.The idea that public schools exist for the public good has not changed so much as what we now consider the public good.If folks trust corporate logos more than they trust what is ostensibly their own government, then we will get the kind of schools such thinking deserves.This does not…
  • Words as idols

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:32 pm
    David Coleman and his socks"As you grow up in this world you realize people really don't give a shit about what you feel or what you think."David Coleman, Architect of the CCSS  I gave this sample PARRC question to my sophomores today. We've been playing in the PARRC in our building, and while a cerebral edge of what's left of my brain loves the idea of extrapolating from a defined piece of text, there's something just slightly off about all this, a Stepford wife kind of feeling.The cerebral masturbation required for some PARRC questions may be fine for us old folk with a little money in…
  • A melomel story

    22 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    My strawberry melomel is near ready for bottling. The yeast are mostly sleeping now, having done what they could with a gallon of honey and a few pounds of strawberries.Last year's melomel, much of it gone nowThe airlock has quieted down. Very little carbon dioxide bubbles out anymore.The strawberries were not yet strawberries this time last year--as evanescent as my last breath, and made of the same. The honey had yet to be harvested by the honeybees of last summer, all dead now.We're all of the same stuff, put together into the wonderfully wild beings that bless earth by the grace of the…
  • A cherrystone's guide to the universe

    16 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    These were alive today, and now they are not--much of what they were leave my body as exhaled breath even now.Some of what they were now rests in an injured thumb, sliced open a week ago, filling in the gaping hole left by my carelessness. Stuff comes from stuff--no matter how spiritual your guru may be, he is made of dust and air. Some of what they were sits in a bucket, shells waiting for the garden. Look at each line marking their growth, years sitting in the mud, years being clams, eating and breathing and (occasionally) releasing millions of sperm or eggs to make more of themselves,…
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  • Art Easels bring out the creative side in your students

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Teachers are charged not only with helping students achieve academic goals and milestones, but also with giving students a creative way to express themselves. Art brings out the best in students and allows teachers to see the talents and personality of each student. Because of this, teachers love having easels in the classroom. Easels Make Great Art Centers Having an art center is an important aspect of a classroom. Students can express themselves in a way that is all their own. Along with easels, art centers can include paper, paints, paintbrushes, crayons, makers, or colored pencils.
  • LA SIESTA - The premium hammock brand from Europe is now in the USA and featured at SensoryEdge

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    MIAMI, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LA SIESTA, the premium hammock brand from Europe, now boosts a full presence in the United States and is the only company to offer a complete line of South American hammocks and hammock chairs in the USA.LA SIESTA, with locations in the United States, Spain and Germany, specializes in the development, marketing and distribution of hammocks and hammock chairs since 1991. LA SIESTA was founded by Dorothee and Alexander Grisar and is now managed by their sons, Maximillian, Leonid and…
  • Foster Art & Creativity in the Classroom

    21 Mar 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Teachers can incorporate art into their lesson plans when they have furniture in the classroom to set the tone. Creative students are open to learning in many different ways.Fostering art within students is an important aspect of teaching in the classroom. Art gives students an outlet to be creative, express themselves, and show what they have learned. It also helps to bridge connections between different concepts. Having an area in the classroom for art is important. There are many different types of kids furniture that can foster art within students. Tables and Chairs Tables and chairs can…
  • Classroom Organizational Secrets

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Organization in a Classroom makes Happy StudentsAn organized classroom is a well run classroom. Many students have trouble learning in a cluttered, unorganized setting. Parents, as well, like to come into a classroom that is well organized and where everything has a place. This is easier said than done in a busy Kindergarten classroom. Kindergarteners like to learn by playing, touching, doing, and feeling. Classrooms can easily become a mess. Classroom rugs and cubbies are a great way to keep a Kindergarten classroom organized. Of course, these methods can be used well beyond the Kindergarten…
  • The Benefits of Puzzles

    15 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Puzzles have long been a favorite learning toy of kids, moms and educators. Giving children a variety of puzzles enhances their early childhood educational experience both at home and in school.Here are some of the skills that are enhanced by playing with puzzles:Cognitive skills: Puzzles improve a child's problem solving and reasoning skills. It helps them to see whole-part relationships, increases their visual spacial awareness and depending on the subject matter can teach them a variety of topics like the Alphabet, Numbers, Color recognition, shape recognition, categories like…
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    Bedtime Stories My Kids Love

  • Adventures of Man in the Can - Chapter 9 - Leo the Lizard

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A strange man shows up in the park and discards a brown bag in the trash..but the bag is moving and The Man in the Can is going to find out what it is!!Hear what happens on today's Adventures of the Man in the Can.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of Man in the Can - Chapter 10 - The Epidemic

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The old birds in the vent suddenly get sick and no one knows what is wrong with them. What will happen? Can the Man in the Can help save them? Find out in this episode of The Adventures of the Man in the Can. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of the Man in the Can - Chapter 11 - Conspiracy in the Sewers - Part 1

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The Man in the Can and Yellow Bird discover the old birds did not get sick from bad food and now it is up to them to unravel an evil conspiracy.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of the Man in the Can - Chapter 11 - Conspiracy in the Sewers - Part 2

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The secret is out about the poisoning of the elder birds and the park animals are in chaos wondering which among them is the villain. Can Yellow Bird and Man in the Can unwind the mystery before mayhem breaks loose? Find out now!!MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • The Gophers Go to the Haunted House

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The Gophers visit the Graveyard of Terror and get a little bit more for the price of admission than the other guests at the Haunt....Enjoy this special October edition of Bedtime Stories My Kids Love.No worries, the Adventures of the Man in the Can will continue in November.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
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  • Springtime Greetings from Saturn Press

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    MP found this letterpress Easter greeting while shopping at Royal River Books in Yarmouth. When she turned the card around, she learned it was made in Swans Island by a company called Saturn Press. Some investigating revealed that the card company, which began in 1986, is owned by designer Jane Goodrich and printer Jim van Pernis. The two create vintage-inspired greeting cards using their collection of turn-of-the-century images for inspiration. Van Pernis uses four antique printing presses to develop the quality prints you see here.   The team at Saturn Press has an old-fashioned…
  • More & Co.

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    In Maine, which often feels like one big small town, it’s not uncommon to experience six degrees of separation. Take, for example, the roundabout way MP discovered the Portland studio and shop, More & Co. While visiting Tandem Coffee, she came across the gorgeous quarterly 3191 Miles Apart: a lifestyle magazine based in Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon. MP noticed that the Maine contributor, Maria Alexander Vettese, is one of the founders of More & Co., and that’s what led MP to this beautiful shop. More & Co. is a colorful space that’s especially pleasing to visit…
  • Saturday Morning in Saco

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:13 pm
    MP had some serious ants in her pants earlier this month. When this happens, the family can bet on a road trip. Any change of scenery will do. We decided on a visit to The New Moon Restaurant  (aka DP’s new favorite breakfast place) followed by a trip to the Saco River Market. The New Moon is in a cute yellow building with a high-pitched roof that looks straight out of a fairy tale. In March, the space was still decorated for the holidays, complete with garland hanging from the ceiling, snowman decorations, and white lights. But no matter. The breakfast menu looked promising. MP…
  • A Cookbook Giveaway for Cookie Lovers

    21 Mar 2014 | 5:47 pm
    If there is one dessert that MP can’t pass up, it’s cookies. Decadent chocolate chip cookies are her weakness, followed by crisp butter cookies and just about anything made with dark chocolate. So you can imagine her delight when she discovered Slice & Bake Cookies by Camden-based cookbook author Elinor Klivans. The cookbook features make-ahead cookie dough you can refrigerate or freeze for later use. Photo courtesy The Kitchn MP and CP#1 tested Grandmother Sophie’s Butter cookies, and we loved the results. The dough was easy to prepare and the resulting cookie was…
  • The Cure for Cabin Fever

    14 Mar 2014 | 8:05 am
    We recently received a thoughtful note in response to this post about our nephew, Little J. A mother and reader wrote to tell us her two-year old son also has a rare undiagnosed syndrome. He attends The Children’s Center in Augusta. The center offers kids with disabilities and their families educational and therapeutic support through a variety of programs. She mentioned the center is hosting a fundraising event called The Chili Chowder Challenge next weekend, and asked if we could post about it. We’re wondering how we missed this incredible fundraiser in the past! Some call the…
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    Playground Confidential

  • Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Hey Rebecca, A fellow mom in my mom’s group was horribly sleep-deprived, sobbing and feeling emotionally bombarded by all the bullshit on the internet that tells her she is to blame for the night-nursing her ten-month-old baby is doing. Can we talk truthfully about what it’s like to breastfeed a nearly-one-year old? Signed, Sick of […]The post Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Your child is a wonderful creature filled with intellectual curiosity and boundless joy. She is a fucking delight. No, I’m serious. I bet she is. And you deserve some credit. You are a committed and fully engaged parent who takes great pains to make sure you do things the right way. Your entire family is […]The post How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I spent the morning reading about Peaches Geldoff. Strangely, I’m having a hard time processing this one. She’s a pseudo-celebrity made famous by birthright. I really didn’t know much about her apart from the occasional tabloid headline. This doesn’t feel like a deep personal loss for me and yet I can’t shake this sense of […]The post Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Mott 32 Restaurant - Hong Kong

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hong Kong seems to have more than enough restaurants, yet new ones keep opening up and the best candidates always do well. The latest in the Chinese restaurant genre is Mott 32, in the Standard Chartered Bank Building in Central. We love the echoes of the past that are visible everywhere at Mott 32 without turning the establishment into a traditional Chinese restaurant. It is all cool vibes and modern touches perfectly suitable for urban Hong Kong of today, but in a skilfully prepared wrapping of patina and allure. The 7,500 square foot (697 sq.m.) restaurant is a design collaboration between…
  • Gilded Lily Bar - New York

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New York restaurateurs, Eric Marx and Lisle Richards, known for the Wayfarer at The Quin, have taken on a massive project and turned a Meatpacking District haunt into party central.   The pair opened the elegant Monarch Room earlier this year and just recently, right below it, the Gilded Lily bar. The location of the Monarch and the Gilded Lily is 408 West 15th Street, the former home of the 70s and 80s gay party spot, Crisco Disco. The building has stood empty for three decades while the District around it has been transformed.   To create the interior for Gilded Lily, Marx and…
  • Wirra Willa - Somersby, Australia

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard.   Designed by architect Matthew Woodward for his father, the pavilion is only 72 square meters (775 sq.ft) in size and it is surrounded by a 36 square meter (387 sq.ft) courtyard. The villa complements the existing larger residence on the remote property and provides a special, separate place for reflection and rest. It can also be used as a self-contained guest house. The architect’s inspiration was the Fansworth House designed by…
  • The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Opening this week in Antwerp, Belgium, The Jane restaurant designed by Piet Boon has all the building blocks of a success. An intriguing building: A chapel of a former military hospital that gives the restaurant the aura of a sacred place mixed with a certain darkness.  An interesting location: Antwerp’s ’t Groen Kwartier that with its lofts in restored buildings and green areas designed by famous architects is developing into a trendy area. A famous chef-owner: Sergio Herman with his young right-hand man Nick Bril running the establishment. A renowned designer: Dutch Piet…
  • Australian Artist: CJ Hendry - Pen on Paper

    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We discovered Australian artist CJ Hendry through her Instagram account and were immediately blown away by her work. Armed with only paper and pen, she creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects including sculls and guns.   The pieces are mesmerizing visual objects in their own right, but once you realize they are created by just pen and ink, you really start to appreciate the skill and patience involved.
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    Little Food Junction

  • Spring Rain

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

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

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

    17 Jan 2014 | 12:33 am
    ~ Life is a Rainbow  ~ Almost a fortnight of 2014 is over  and surely too late a  time to wish all you lovely readers a happy new year but I definitely remember somegreat quote that  aptly revolves around the fact  that 'Good wishes and joys of life are not bound by times ' hence its never too late to extend the warmestgreetings of love, well being and prosperity today and forever and nothingcan symbolize these good wishes more than the vibrant colorful rainbow.A couple of ongoing projects hardly left anytime for my blog. The post…
  • Christmas-3

    24 Dec 2013 | 6:41 pm
    ~ Merry Christmas -3 ~We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year !!The festivities are in full swing. Gifts are all wrapped and placed under the christmas tree, the sweet smell of freshly baked cookies and puddingis gently wafting, the colorful decorations on the xmas tree  are beautifully gleaming in the warm hues of christmas lights ! A tiny lil replica of our the tree and presents is all ready for my lil ones salad platter too !!Christmas tree on my plate Sliced Cucumber, red n yellow peppers, steamed bay corn, cheese circles (use a…
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    The Kid's Fun Review

  • 9 Cute Easter Dresses For Little Girls

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Some links in this post may be affiliate links. Easter is about here, if you are still looking for cute Easter dresses for little girls in your life we can help you out. We have put together 9 of our favorite Easter dresses that will go with any style you might be searching for. Rather it... Continue Reading...The post 9 Cute Easter Dresses For Little Girls appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Logitech Harmony Smart Wireless Keyboard To Connect All Your Devices

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Disclaimer: All posts must include the following disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I love tech gadgets, and what I love even more is a device that helps me connect all my tech devices together!... Continue Reading...The post Logitech Harmony Smart Wireless Keyboard To Connect All Your Devices appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Easter Nest Brownie Bites Recipe

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I love all the super cute Easter nest ideas this time of year, and you all know I’m a big fan of brownie bites, so of course I had to combine them! Add  a little green icing and some Easter egg candies (like Hershey’s, or Jelly Beans) and you’ve got a super cute Easter or... Continue Reading...The post Easter Nest Brownie Bites Recipe appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • 11Cool Easter Toys Boys Will Love

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some links in this post may be affiliate links or may be sponsored. We’ve put together a collection of cool Easter toys boys will love! It can be harder to find Easter toys for boys than it is for girls, but that doesn’t have to be. There are quite a few fun toy ideas boys... Continue Reading...The post 11Cool Easter Toys Boys Will Love appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
  • Delicious Sunday Brunch Recipe Ideas

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    This is a sponsored opportunity with As always, all opinions are my own. I remember when I was growing up, we always went to my grandma’s house for Sunday brunch! We would get up in the morning on Sunday, go to church, then head over to grandma’s to spend the day! I remember hanging... Continue Reading...The post Delicious Sunday Brunch Recipe Ideas appeared first on The Kid's Fun Review.
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  • Quincy & Weymouth Carnival Events

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The carnival is coming to town! If you live in or near Weymouth and Quincy, stop by the carnival for exciting rides, games, food and a daily petting zoo.
  • 2014 Earth Day Events!

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Earth Day is April 22nd, but you can celebrate all week long with activities and events around the South Shore and beyond!
  • 6 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Easter Eggs

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Tired of the same old egg dunking routine?  Step out of the box (pardon the pun) this Easter with these fun and unique ways to decorate your Easter Eggs! Click on each link below to visit the original website and see the full tutorial on each technique. Shaving Cream Swirl Eggs Get a cool tie […]
  • April Vacation – Things to do on the South Shore

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Your go to guide for what's going on around town for April Vacation 2014.
  • A Night At the The Big Apple Circus

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    The Big Apple Circus is a must see for families! $10 coupon code inside.
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    The Trailmix.Net Blog - Kids Outdoor Activities

  • Ticket to Adventure: Photo Journey at Devils Postpile National Monument

    Sara Barlow
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Did you get your Ticket to Adventure yet?? Where has it taken you? Where will you go when you get yours?  Ours has taken us to some great parks full of discovery. Here’s a little story about our trip to Devils Postpile National Monument. Heading down Hwy 395 on the East side of the Sierras, we passed by Mono Lake, near Lee Vining, CA. We are hoping to be able to stop and explore another time.  If you have the opportunity, the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve would provide a great look into studying calcium-carbonate spires and knobs. Continuing our trek, we ended our day in Mammoth Lakes…
  • Northern California Birding | David Lucas 2014 Class Schedule

    Mike Barlow
    11 Jan 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Photo Credit: David Lucas A few years ago, we embarked on an adventure in Calaveras Big Trees State park and attended a Northern California Birding class taught by author David Lucas.  We loved the course, which was a talk on the science of bird song followed by a bird walk near the welcome center. The excellent ranger talks and educational/interpretive opportunities are why we consider Calaveras Big Trees to be one of our favorite “stomping grounds”.  The course that David put on was so good and I wanted to pass his 2014 schedule along here (see below). Based upon our…
  • Ticket to Adventure: Photo Journey through Yosemite

    Sara Barlow
    9 Feb 2013 | 8:41 pm
    Did you get your Ticket to Adventure yet?? Where has your National Park Pass taken you? Our first stop was Yosemite!! We hope you enjoy our little photo journey of that adventure!! It was a beautiful winter day in the Valley!! The faces of Half Dome On our way to Yosemite Valley. A snowy view of a magical park! A tunnel to a world of exploration… A tiny little snowman amongst the rocks leading to the base of Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Falls Branches full of mystery and rich amongst the history. We sat in snowfield along the Merced River to enjoy our lunch and the incredible white…
  • Need A Ticket to Endless Adventure?

    Sara Barlow
    7 Feb 2013 | 5:47 pm
    It arrived in a plain envelope in December with an non descript return address and our family name in the address space. It filled our souls with happiness. What was in this envelope you might ask? One of the best gifts parents could ever receive! Parents,who are dedicated to share their love for the outdoors with their own children and hopefully inspire you, our readers, to step out your door and find a world full of endless opportunities to explore nature. What could this plain old envelope have contained?? It was a National Parks Pass! Here are the great benefits to having a national parks…
  • All Roads Lead Back to the Root.

    Sara Barlow
    26 Jan 2013 | 10:18 am
    It was 2009 and we were standing at the trailhead, trying to decide which direction to go. It took some time to make a decision, but when we did, we put our heart and soul into the path we chose. We had prepared as best we could, trying to make our packs carry only what was necessary, with a few out-of-the-box items. As we hiked down the path, there were several forks in the road. Some led us to mountaintops and others lead us to deep valleys. There were several side trails that lead us to moments of curiosity. This adventure was a life long dream and here we were taking one step at a time…
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    Listen & Learn Music

  • My Go-To Song for April

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    There’s a certain song that I look forward to pulling out every single year. Some years, I have the willpower to wait until April; this was not one of those years. I caved in March and reintroduced my students to “Good Green Earth” by James K. I call this my go-to song for April because it’s the month during which Earth Day falls, and I originally learned this song for an Earth Day school assembly. It doesn’t spread the “reduce, reuse, recycle” message — but it DOES touch on many of the earth’s cycles (the clock, days of the week, months…
  • {Mama Moment} When the Cat’s Away…

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This weekend, I snuck away for a little lunch and shopping date with my mom. Of course I had to check in on my little guy while I was gone, and my husband sent several photos — all of Parker playing with my instruments. “When the cat’s away, the mice will play” was the caption that popped into my head immediately. Just look at that face; he knows exactly what he’s getting away with! I wasn’t the least bit surprised when Zach told me that all Parker wanted to do was play my instruments, considering he makes a beeline for my studio first thing every morning.
  • Guitar Lessons With Amy Benton

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    I met Amy Benton at Illinois State University, where we were both music therapy students. I was always impressed with her talent as a guitarist and songwriter, not to mention her lovely personality. I was thrilled to find out she had moved to Springfield, and it was so nice reconnecting with her over coffee this past summer. I couldn’t be happier to share that Amy is now offering guitar lessons and currently taking new students of all ages. Here’s a little more about her. Amy grew up in Taylorville, IL. She took guitar lessons, volunteered playing music at local nursing homes,…
  • “Make This Count!”

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A couple weeks ago, I was talking to a friend whom I have a lot in common. Like me, Mallory Even is a music therapist, business owner, and mom. During the course of our conversation, I mentioned that I had recently started saying “no” to work-related opportunities that didn’t excite or inspire me. Mallory agreed, and added: When I am away from my kiddos, I am always thinking, “make this count!” Yes, yes, yes. I feel more driven than ever when it comes to my career, and Mallory articulated the reason why perfectly. If I’m going to be spending precious…
  • Coming Soon: Spring Into Summer

    24 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Right around this time last year, I got the urge to create a digital songbook — the result of which was Tapping, Shaking, Music Making! Maybe this will become a yearly spring project, because I’m currently working on the next one! Spring into Summer: Warm Weather Songs for Kids will include 12 songs instrumental tracks, and a PDF songbook full of lyrics, sheet music and ideas for putting the songs to use. I’ll be sharing the song titles and a sneak peek soon, as well as an opportunity to pre-order (with a sweet bonus download for doing so). The plan is to release Spring…
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    Artful Adventures

  • Hand-Lettered Poster to Print out and Colour

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I’ve been taking a bit of an unintentional blogging break since my last post – and I suspect there may be a few more to come. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but trying to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Creating Handmade Books from Recycled Children’s Artwork

    10 Mar 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I think I have mentioned before how I have huge problems throwing any of my boys artwork away.  I know (and have acted on) all the advice to keep the best and sling the rest (well maybe not this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Children’s Art Temporary Tattoos

    24 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    Temporary children’s tattoos are undergoing a resurgence of popularity again at the moment, and I thought it might be fun to let the boys create their own tattoos using ink-jet printable tattoo... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Children’s Art Display Products in Store

    11 Feb 2014 | 12:15 pm
    With Christmas and New Year now well and truly over, and pretty much everything back in stock again in the Artful Kids store, I’ve been turning my attention to adding some new products.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Origami Heart Cards

    24 Jan 2014 | 3:39 am
    I discovered these origami hearts when I was invited to review Origami for All. As I mentioned in that post, I have always found origami rather challenging, but these origami hearts which are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Spanish Playground

  • Spanish Activities: 5 Easy Ideas for Kids

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Kids learning Spanish need to hear and play with the language every day, even if it is just for a few minutes. That is a lot of Spanish input to come up with for parents and teachers! Here are five no-prep Spanish activities to try with children. Each one only takes 5-10 minutes to do. These Spanish activities are very focused. They do not depend on teaching a set of new vocabulary. Either they can be adapted to your child’s level, or the new language is supported by actions or pictures so you can jump right in and do the activity together. I am considering making sets of 5 no-prep Spanish…
  • Spanish Lullabies for Babies and Preschoolers

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    At Multicultural Kid Blogs, we consider ourselves a (very large) extended family, and so today we are taking time to celebrate those members that are about to or have recently welcomed new little ones into their lives. We are so happy for them! The co-hosts of this blog hop, listed below, have each written posts related to baby showers or more generally about becoming parents, plus we’d love for you to link up yours below. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to leave your advice and well wishes for our guests of honor! Co-hosts Multicultural Kid Blogs the piri-piri lexicon Vibrant…
  • Spanish for Kids: Spanish Champs Curriculum Level 2

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Spanish Champs has recently released a Level 2 curriculum. This program builds on the company’s first level of Spanish for kids, offering engaging activities based on the principles of language acquisition. Progressive Language, Inc publishes the curriculum. The PLI method was developed in consultation with linguists from top universities, and PLI was granted a US patent in 2013 for their unique language learning methodology. The program emphasizes oral communication in Spanish for kids 4 through 10 years old. Some of the topics covered in Spanish Champs Level 2 include descriptions,…
  • Printable Spanish Posters and Coloring Pages for Spring

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Printables posters and coloring pages can help create a text-rich environment in a classroom or at home. Research has shown that a text-rich environment is an essential component of early literacy. It is important for children to recognize print in their surroundings and understand that text carries meaning. This is especially important for children learning Spanish in the United States because most of the text they see in the community is in English. These printables are perfect for spring and are designed for Spanish learners. Specifically, the posters and coloring sheets: - use complete…
  • Bilingual Music for Kids: 1 2 3 con Andrés

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Andrés Salguero will be releasing his first CD later this month, adding a new voice to the growing body of bilingual music produced in the United States. Using simple language and heartfelt emotion, these songs in English and Spanish convey a variety of relevant experiences and feelings for kids growing up in our multicultural nation. A native of Colombia, Andrés lives in the Washington DC area. He has been performing for children since 2007 at venues that include the Discovery Theater of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Theater in DC. Visit his website to learn more about…
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  • Perfect Bacon Bowl Review

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    I have a great product review to share with you all and it’s for the Perfect Bacon Bowl. A friend of mine was the one who tried it out and I am going to share with you her thoughts. Today was her sons 16th Birthday and so she asked him what he wanted for his special dinner – so he asked for Eggs, Bacon and Potatoes. Hey some kids are not all about the lobster and steak right? She had these Perfect Bacon Bowls and tonight was the perfect occasion to take them out and give them a try. I love breakfast for dinner and apparently so does this birthday boy!! She said they were sooo EASY…
  • How to Make a Page Eating Monster Bookmark

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    These Page Eating Monster Bookmarks would make a great party activity or even just for a rainy day. They are EASY to make, fun and totally useful. My daughter came across this idea in one of her American Girl Magazines and so we decided to make some even though we changed up the way they did it. They came out so adorable that I knew I had to share how to make them with all of you. It is not your ordinary bookmark the way they go on the corner of the page and look as though they are eating it. I think this would be a great craft activity at a party too and I think the kids would love to make…
  • How to Make Moonbeams

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Moonbeams are a Peanut Butter and Honey Balls rolled in Coconut and truly out of this world. These little balls pack a big amount of sweetness making you want to grab for another one. I have no idea why they are called Moonbeams, so if you are wondering your guess is as good as mine. My daughter found this recipe in one of her American Girl Magazines and asked to make them, and so she did! This recipe was so worth the share with all of you because they are not only EASY (you know I love EASY) to make, but they are SWEET and delicious. Here is all you need to make some of these Moonbeams: 1/4…
  • How to Make your Own Personalized T-Shirt

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I wanted to share with you a fun project you can do for your kids or with your kids and that is creating a cool Personalized T-Shirt just like the one in the photo. Last night my daughter had her friend over and I was a bit bored so I decided to make her a T-Shirt. I always have white T-Shirts in my house for when my daughter has sleepovers they can create their own night shirts. Yes I am crazy like that, but the kids girls especially love to do that. So I asked her what she wanted on her shirt and she could not decide so then I did – I went with doing her name. I planned out my design…
  • Dill Pickle Dip

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:07 am
    Move over onion dip and make way for the tasty Dill Pickle Dip and wow your party guests with this new flavor. If your tired of the same ol’ party dip and have never tried this before I highly recommend mixing up a batch because it is delicious. My sister made this for us all to test a couple weeks ago and I was skeptical, even though I love pickles, to try it and it was soooo good. Everyone in the family loved it. It is super easy to make and I am tellin’ ya your party guests will ask for the recipe so make sure to have a bunch of copies on hand to give out. Here is what you will…
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    Red Tricycle

  • How It’s Made: 7 Free Food Factory Tours in Oregon

    Halle Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Curious kids love to know how things are made, especially when it comes to their favorite snacks. From cheese and bread to soy sauce and chocolate-covered nuts, here’s how to get a behind-the-scenes look—and taste—at some of Oregon’s top food factories. Did we miss one of your favorite food factory tours in Oregon? Share your picks in the comment section below!  —Halle Smith
  • Adventures Along the Washington Side of Columbia River Gorge

    liz overson
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    The Washington side of the Gorge always has fantastic adventures. After all, what’s not to love about proximity, variety in terrain and totally unique options for food and fresh air? Any day is a true getaway in this breathtaking expanse of our Pacific Northwest home. So we’ve narrowed down a few humble suggestions for fab family hikes, threw in the must-visit (a pirate café that floats) and found you a kid-friendly low-key winery with amazing vino. Photo: Hit the Trails The Gorge is chock full of amazing hikes. Waterfalls, views, and this time of year –…
  • Go Wild for National Parks Week!

    scott wardell
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    What better way to celebrate Earth Day than visiting one of America’s greatest environmental accomplishments — a local national park. With 401 reserves total, there’s at least one gorgeous ground in every state, and thanks to National Park Week, admission will be waived this Saturday and Sunday (April 19 & 20)! Even if you can’t make it on the weekend, there’ll be special activities for you and the kids until the 27th. Read on to find out kind of events there are to explore. Photo: Lake Mead NRA Public Affairs via Flickr creative commons Explore…
  • 6 Cool Roadside Oddities to Brake For

    Garrick Ramirez
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    What’s a road trip without a giant ball of string? You don’t have to cross the country to witness kitschy roadside Americana. The Bay Area hides a few treasures of its own, including a house designed after a sea creature and a museum dedicated to Bigfoot. Flip through the following photo guide and start planning your next off-ramp family photo op! Recycled Art Characters – Sebastopol It’s impossible to drive through Sebastopol without spying the cartoonish, metal sculptures that line its streets. There’s a moped-riding moose, a hybrid car that’s half-truck…
  • 13 Reasons to Love Clement Street

    Amber Guetebier
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    It has the best cha siu baos (aka pork buns), is home to Karl the Fog on most days, and features a diverse array of ethnic food markets, cool boutiques and kid-friendly stores. If you haven’t visited the Inner Richmond’s Clement Street (save driving past on Park Presidio) it’s time to head there now. Here are our picks for a fun day out with your fam in what has quickly become one of our favorite San Francisco streets. Photo credit: notphilatall via Flickr Creative Commons Where to Start Clement St. runs from Arguello Blvd. to 25th Ave., but much of what you want to see is…
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  • Elections in India

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Image Credit: Flickr User Al Jazeera English,via CC India is in a race to pick its new leader – the prime minister of India. In India, the prime minister is elected after every five years. India’s population is 1.2 billion, out of which 81.4 crores will cast their vote to elect their new leader. The number of voters in 2014 has increased by 10 crores since the last election in 2009. This number of voters makes India the world’s largest democracy. Do you know what is the world’s population? 7 billion people. The Indian election is certainly not easy. While India is…
  • My Daddy!

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    (Tanya, 13, daddy’s little girl writes an adorable poem for her father) Image Credit: Pixabay User PublicDomainPictures,via CC Oh! Daddy you’re so cool Laughter is your only tool You crack jokes in a quirky style That make us laugh and smile You send me to play Even when there is no time to make hay You make life so easy for mom When you agree to kebabs rolled in corn You look so cute when you try to be my brother God tried but couldn’t style another You are a human gift Who knows no rift May smiles stretch out for miles after miles And sorrow doesn’t touch you even for a…
  • What are Exoplanets?

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Image Credit: NASA, via CC While Sun is the center of our Universe and our existence it is not the only star. This Universe is unending. There are many other stars like Sun in the Universe. The planet revolving around these stars are called Exoplanets or Extra Solar planets. Do these planets have life? Maybe, but we do not know for sure. The scientists had started making discoveries about exoplanets in 1988, but nothing was concrete until 1995 when two scientists from the University of Geneva detected  an exoplanet orbiting around a star, named 51 Pegasi.  The initial exoplanets that…
  • Who are Nomads?

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I wander here, I wander there My feet are bare, but I don’t care! I stay when the food is around, No more food, I leave the ground. Image Credit: Flicker User Hamed Saber,via CC Who am I? A Nomad. Nomads are people that do not stay in one place and wander in search of food. They usually have a herd of cattle that they move around with themselves. They do not have permanent settlements  and make temporary houses. We all know that the Early men were nomads. They lived in trees and caves. These people did not know agriculture. They stayed in one place as long as there was a steady source…
  • The Journey of Blood

    18 Mar 2014 | 8:30 pm
    (Hiya, 11 year old, weaves a poem about the most important part of our body) Image Credit: Pixabay User OpenClips,via CC I am a drop of blood I start my journey In the bone marrow I consist of white and red blood cells And not to forget plasma I follow my millions of friends and Go through what you call heart To the lungs and get filled up with oxygen Again to the heart and out to the body Taking nutrients from the intestine Giving oxygen and nutrients to each cell On my way back, I take the waste and give it to the kidney I get purified in the lungs giving carbon dioxide and taking oxygen…
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    Kids Learn To Blog

  • Facebook Kids Under 13 – Is It A Good Idea?

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Kids Learn To Blog Kids Learn To Blog - Grow With the Knowledge of Blogging For certain there are games catering to kids on Facebook and plenty of people under the age of 13 have joined even though technically children under 13 are not allowed to open accounts on Facebook. However, many parents allow their kids under 13 to use Facebook. There are privacy settings and parents can monitor social interaction on the site. All of this being said, there have been examples of Internet sites before in which all of this could not stop kids from being exposed to certain things. Naturally the other side…
  • Best Tips To Finding Blogs For Kids Under 13

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    26 Feb 2014 | 11:35 am
    Kids Learn To Blog Kids Learn To Blog - Grow With the Knowledge of Blogging Blogging is one of the most popular online activities these days, with tens of thousands of active blogs being updated on a daily basis. When your kids start to go online, they may be interested in starting their own blogs, or in finding blogs that they want to read. However, finding blogs for kids under 13 can be tricky. Age Matters If your kids want to become bloggers, it may take some time to find a site they can use. Many of the major blogging platforms, such as Blogger or WordPress, require users to be 13 or…
  • Creative Writing Program For Kids And What They Can Teach

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    12 Feb 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Kids Learn To Blog Kids Learn To Blog - Grow With the Knowledge of Blogging A creative writing program for kids is something you may be looking to learn more about because you have a young one that’s going to be learning how to write soon. This article will teach you a little more about this subject. A creative writing class is going to go over all kinds of ways to write. From poetry contests to short stories, the class needs to cover it all. This means they also should assume that the child is in an English class of some kind. You don’t want the child to be in a class where they…
  • Kid Friendly Tablets Are Available

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    28 Jan 2014 | 8:53 am
    Kids Learn To Blog Kids Learn To Blog - Grow With the Knowledge of Blogging I think we all know how much children love video games. With new technology comes new ways of them getting access to the games that they cherish. This might make many parents feel a little nervous. We want to make sure our children are safe no matter what system they are using to access their beloved games. If you are looking for the right technology for your child you need to remember that there are kid friendly options available. Yes, this means that there are even kid friendly tablets out there for your youngsters.
  • Digital Writing Pen: Advantages of the Anoto Digital Pen

    Dr. Patricia Fioriello
    16 Jan 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Kids Learn To Blog Kids Learn To Blog - Grow With the Knowledge of Blogging The digital writing pen is extremely popular in today’s society. People in all walks of life are quite busy and they are in search of technology that would make their lives easier. The pen is a mandatory piece of equipment that is essential for the majority of people today. The technological advancement has made way for improvements in the traditional pen, and birth of the digital writing pen is a direct result of this. The Anoto digital pen is one of the leading brands in this regard. Anoto has revolutionized…
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    Inspiration Laboratories

  • Build a Beetle Game {Denise Fleming Virtual Book Club for Kids}

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Denise Fleming is April’s featured author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. We were inspired by the book, Beetle Bop, to make a Build a Beetle Drawing Game. This game works on number recognition and following directions while exploring beetles. Affiliate links are included in this post. Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming Beetle Bop is all [...]
  • 20+ Activities for Summer Fun with Dollar Tree

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to Dollar Tree for sponsoring this post about upcoming summer fun possibilities! The Dollar Tree Summer Fun collection has colorful flip-flops, summer tableware, party supplies, toys, and more to help you have a fun-filled summer! I’ve gathered more than 20 activities for summer fun using products you can find at the Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree Summer Fun Starting [...]
  • The Sunday Showcase – Easter Ideas for Kids

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the Sunday Showcase! This week I’m featuring a few of my favorite Easter Ideas for Kids that were linked up last week.  The Inspired Treehouse shares a gross motor activity: basket of eggs. Coffee Cups and Crayons creates plastic egg mini planting pots. Science Sparks makes fizzy, frozen Easter eggs. If you’ve been featured, grab a button! <div [...]
  • Challenge and Discover: Weather Science

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome back to another Challenge and Discover – our bimonthly science challenge co-hosted with Science Sparks. Thanks so much to everyone that linked up to our Fun with Rulers challenge. The next challenge is Weather Science. In April and May, we are challenging you to do weather science activities with your kids. We will give you examples of projects [...]
  • Easter Egg Rocket Races

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Create Easter egg rockets from plastic eggs. Then, race them two different ways: blast off to the sky or launch them back down to Earth. Easter Egg Rocket Races The Easter egg rockets were pretty simple to make. You’ll need the following materials: plastic Easter eggs cardstock or other thick paper scissors tape straw(s) – [...]
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  • How to Set up an Art Cart

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you’re looking for ways to organize your most frequently used art supplies, the rolling, portable art cart could be a great solution. While we haven’t always had an art cart, I now appreciate that our everyday supplies have their own place, and that the cart can roll around the house and park itself right […] The post How to Set up an Art Cart appeared first on TinkerLab.
  • How to Build with Box Rivets

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Today we’re joined by TinkerLab reader and friend, Aricha Gilpatrick Drury who’s offered to show us how to build with box rivets. Aricha is a mom to four children and has a knack for tinkering. When she shared this uber-tinkering activity on our Facebook wall, we asked Aricha if she’d be so kind to share with us today. Lucky […] The post How to Build with Box Rivets appeared first on TinkerLab.
  • How to Felt a Wool Sweater

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever wondered how to felt a wool sweater? Today we’ll show you how how to felt a wool sweater and how to make felted wool flowers to use as pins or barrettes. The inspiration for these instructions and post came from one of our favorite new books, This Book was a Tree by Marcie […] The post How to Felt a Wool Sweater appeared first on TinkerLab.
  • This Book Was a Tree | Book Review

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    When my friend Marcie Chambers Cuff, author of This Book Was a Tree (Perigree, 2014) asked us if we’d like to join her virtual book tour we jumped at the chance. I’ve had her inspiring book for a few weeks now, and every time I flip through it I’m struck with a new slice of inspiration. […] The post This Book Was a Tree | Book Review appeared first on TinkerLab.
  • How to Blow Out an Egg with 3 Easy Tricks

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Could you use some tips on how to blow out an egg and clean eggs for decorating? Hopefully, this will help you get started! Today I’m excited to share three little tricks for simplifying blown-out eggs. Messy fun, right? If you’re a traditionalist, you might want to stop reading here. Otherwise, read on… How to Blow […] The post How to Blow Out an Egg with 3 Easy Tricks appeared first on TinkerLab.
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    it's BABY time!

  • Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2 in 1 Walker Review

    Carol Johnson
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    When your baby starts becoming more independent, sitting up on their own and crawling everywhere, it can be challenging to keep them in one place. Sometimes, you just need to get up and do things while keeping your baby entertained, which leads me to this Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 Walker review. Traditional baby walkers and jumpers may actually do more harm than good. The AAP advises against the use of standard walkers as they can pose serious risks of injury to kids from tipping over.Likewise, these as well as jumpers, encourage infants to push off with their toes rather than using their…
  • Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat Review

    Carol Johnson
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    As of April 4, 2014 there was a massive recall* on infant car seats. It seems as though every time you turn around something else is being recalled that we trust our children’s lives in. In fact, the Evenflo car seat we had previously used for our first child made the list due to possible separation of the car seat from the base in an event of a side impact collision. Fortunately we never had the experience to find out. With that being said, I had to look into a new seat for our second child and quite honestly it was a great decision which brings me to my Baby Trend Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat…
  • Is It Just Spit Up or Acid Reflux?

    Carol Johnson
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    When it comes to newborns spit happens. It’s inevitable; all babies spit up at some point or another, hence the purpose of burp cloths. While some babies do spit up more than others, in some cases spitting up can be an indication of something more serious, such as acid reflux or even GERD. Knowing what’s normal and what isn’t can be vital to determining if it’s actually spit up or acid reflux and getting your baby back on track to eating happily.Spitting Up Often times, babies will spit up shortly after eating. This may be due to overfeeding, pressure applied to the stomach or a…
  • Candy-Free Easter Ideas

    Carol Johnson
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    If you have several close relatives nearby like me then your kids probably receive their fair share of gifts and treats for holidays. Last year we had so much extra candy (not to mention Peeps in every color!) that I ended up throwing a good majority of it out. I previously posted on some Easter baby gift ideas that are suitable for infants who are too young for candy and other small items. Well, in this post I’m going to share some candy-free Easter ideas that toddlers and preschoolers will equally enjoy.Candy Free Easter Basket IdeasHere are some candy-free Easter ideas that you can put…
  • The Best Remedies for Diaper Rash

    Carol Johnson
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Diaper rash is a very common condition that affects many babies. It can cause skin irritation that makes a baby feel very uncomfortable in the diaper area when they are wet or dirty. Fortunately, there are many remedies for diaper rash to help heal your baby’s sensitive skin.What Causes Diaper RashIt is often believed that a diaper rash is the result of poor parenting from leaving a baby in a wet/dirty diaper for a prolonged period of time. This simply isn’t true. While the most common cause behind diaper rash is the rubbing of a wet diaper against delicate skin, there are many…
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    Cozy's Expert Advice

  • 3 Easy Girls’ Hairstyles for Easter and Passover

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Spring is the season when girls’ fashions trends become breezy and playful. So, while you’re putting together your daughter’s Easter or Passover ensemble, you just may want to finish the look with a awesome spring hairstyle. A few years ago I published Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair – the Cutest Cuts and Sweetest Hairstyles […]
  • 6 Hot Hairstyle Trends for Boys

    29 Mar 2014 | 11:13 am
    Looking for the latest cool hairstyle for your boy? This year the hottest looks for boys include everything from super short to soft and layered. Gone are the mini-Mohawks and Technicolor tresses of the past! And who starts the latest hair trends for little tikes? Celebrity kids, of course! From buzz cuts to naturals, the […]
  • Multicultural Hair – A Guide For Parents

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:59 pm
    If you have a multi-ethnic child you already know that takes a bit of special care to keep her tresses soft and nourished. This type of hair can often be very dry, brittle, and often difficult to style. Maintaining healthy hair and creating cute ‘do’s requires the right products and the right techniques. Over the years […]
  • 8 Tips for Baby’s First Haircut

    13 Mar 2014 | 7:38 am
    Hi! Cozy, here. Today I want to talk a little bit about your baby’s “First Haircut.” Whether your baby was born with a head full of luxuriant hair or started out as a little baldy, at some point you will need to bring him or her into a salon and get those tresses trimmed. At […]

    25 Feb 2014 | 9:35 am
    Cozy Friedman and Aviva Drescher present:                        An Event to Benefit the The Max Cure Foundation I’m super excited to announce a special event at Cozy’s on March 4th called Dunk Your Kicks! This event is being held in support of The Max Cure Foundation […]
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    Party Fun Box - Party Fun Box | Everything for a Kid Theme Party!

  • Happy High 5 Day!

    Colleen Butler
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy High Five Day! (The 3rd Thursday of April) High Fives all Around!
  • National Librarian's Day!

    Colleen Butler
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's National Librarian's Day! Librarians are Awesome. There are lots of great things happening at your local Library! We too have lots of Books!
  • Big Wind Day!

    Colleen Butler
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's Big Wind Day! On April 12th 1934 (80 Years ago today) on New Hampshire's Mt Washington some Weather Researchers recorded the biggest wind ever measured on Earth- 231 miles per hour! Is it windy where you are? We have great Kites at  More Information here: Big Wind Day
  • Free Bubbles at Little Mountain Baseball

    Colleen Butler
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    For those in Vancouver ... We will be giving out Free Bubbles and Bubble Wands from 11-2 today at 4595 Clancy Loranger Way (next to Hillcrest Center and East of Queen Elizabeth Park). We will be attending the Little Mountain Baseball Opening Ceremony. We will also have Turbo Bubble Blowers for sale!
  • Happy April Fool's Day Everyone!

    Colleen Butler
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
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  • iOS App of the Day: Stunt Guy 2.0

    Matt Purslow
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    When you watch a great film you can really tell that some scenes were dangerous to film. Imagine just how crazy it was to film the car chase in Captain America: The Winter Solider. It’s always a safe as possible though thanks to stunt men: actors who are trained do all kind of dangerous jumps and crashes without hurting themselves (too badly!). Now you can be a stunt man too in Stunt Guy 2.0, a great new app on the App Store. In Stunt Guy 2.0 you’ll have to do what the film director says and pull off all the best stunts without messing up or getting yourself hurt. You’ll be…
  • Check out these incredible Minecraft 3D prints

    Matt Purslow
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    It’s amazing to make things in Minecraft, but how amazing would it be to be able to take those creations out of your screen and keep them in your room? That’s exactly what Dave Russell has done, and look at the results. They’re incredible! Dave used a program called Mineways to make his models. It turns your in-game Minecraft designs into data that a 3D printer can understand. The printer can then print your models using special plastic, and they come out fully-formed. All these models are exact replicas of worlds that Dave built in the Minecraft game. Now he doesn’t…
  • First screenshot from The Simpsons LEGO episode

    Matt Purslow
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Hot on the heels of the amazing LEGO The Simpsons kits, the creators of The Simpsons TV show are making an entire episode from LEGO! And we’ve got the very first picture from the episode right here. Check out Homer meeting LEGO Marge for the first time. Cartoon Homer meets LEGO Marge in The Simpsons LEGO episode The episode, called ‘Brick Like Me’, will be about Homer waking up one morning to find the whole of Springfield has been turned into LEGO figures. Everything from the people to the buildings will be made of LEGO, and only Homer will be left as normal. Will it be a…
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 will launch in August

    Matt Purslow
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Last summer we had one of the best toys-to-life games ever: Disney Infinity. We love it, we love the figures, we love the amazing toy boxes, and we love the characters we can play as. But there are some Disney characters in Disney Infinity you can’t play as: the Marvel super heroes. Where is Iron Man? Captain America? Hulk? Well, they’re on their way, actually. Disney accidentally revealed on their fan club newsletter that Disney Infinity 2.0 will release in August, and will be full of amazing Marvel characters, objects, and vehicles. From the teaser video you can see above, we’re…
  • iOS App of the Day: Doodle Jump Race

    Matt Purslow
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Ready to win some trophies? It’s time to come first place in Doodle Jump Race. The little jumper with a jetpack from Doodle Jump is back, but this time he’s got to compete with three other jumpers to get to the end of a race course in quick time. Doodle Jump Race is a multiplayer game, and four people will compete. The track is tricky to get through and you need to time your jumps perfectly to get through the gaps and over obstacles. You’ll also notice that the race course looks a lot like Flappy Bird, and this game is definitely a lot like that famous app. If you were good…
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  • 6 Unwritten Roles of Dads, Number 3 Still Gives Me the Shivers

    Jeff Stephens
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    There are many roles that dads play every day in their kids’ lives. Some of these roles are rather commonplace, bland, and widely recognized. But some are quite the opposite. Some go unnoticed yet truly speak volumes about the value of a father. Which of the following roles do you fit? Which role would you add to the list? 1. Ninja Picture Taker As fathers, it is our duty to get the shot. You may have to … Continue reading → The post 6 Unwritten Roles of Dads, Number 3 Still Gives Me the Shivers appeared first on .
  • CDL 009 – Spring Cleaning Your Online Platform

    Jeff Stephens
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    In this episode, Jeff discusses the important items you should include as part of your regular maintenance of your online platform. Five Things Learned Last Week iWatch is coming Guest blogging has resources! Twitter is becoming more like Facebook XP is gone *sniff sniff* Heartbleed is running rampant Spring Cleaning Your Online Platform Major Items to Clean Figure out what you have Scrub your social channels Clean your email Change your passwords Clean up your … Continue reading → The post CDL 009 – Spring Cleaning Your Online Platform appeared first on .
  • CDL 008 – An Inside Look: Audience Building

    Jeff Stephens
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In this episode of the Crazy Dad Life podcast, Jeff reveals some numbers related to his audience size and how he’s working to grow. He discusses recent ad campaigns leveraging Facebook ads and LeadPages and how they have performed to date. Shared in this episode: Why advertise on Facebook Real input parameters for two recent ad campaigns intended to grow the Crazy Dad Life community Techniques applied Approaches for laser targeting audiences for your ads … Continue reading → The post CDL 008 – An Inside Look: Audience Building appeared first on .
  • 7 Things You Should NOT Do if You are an Entrepreneur Parent. I Avoid Number 3 Like the Plague

    Jeff Stephens
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    There are many benefits to building your online platform and being an entrepreneur parent. You gain knowledge, experience, and maybe even some extra money if you’re lucky. But there is a unique set of pitfalls to avoid for those entrepreneurs that just so happen to be parents too. 1. Don’t completely pour yourself into your work Most parents trying to start an online business or make money online typically have a day job too. This … Continue reading → The post 7 Things You Should NOT Do if You are an Entrepreneur Parent. I Avoid Number 3 Like the Plague appeared first on .
  • CDL 007 – Approach Your Tools With Priority and Purpose

    Jeff Stephens
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    Everyone is busy. Your to-do list continues to grow and you often feel overwhelmed. Don’t randomly complete tasks in a scatter shot fashion and randomly move on to the next. Start an organized approach for tackling your daily chaos. This episode discusses the need for having a set of go-to tools that you can leverage in your daily life, both professionally and personally. Learn the importance of a having a virtual toolbox where you can … Continue reading → The post CDL 007 – Approach Your Tools With Priority and Purpose appeared first on .
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    Born To Toddle

  • The benefits of pedal cars and ride-on toys

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    Cycling has risen to become the UK’s third most popular recreational activity, with around 3.1 million people riding bicycles on a monthly basis. This form of exercise has such a broad appeal that even families with toddlers can get out and about on bikes together. When it comes to recommended physical activity levels, children under five should do 180 minutes of exercise every day. Promoting a positive image of exercise is therefore key to their development. For those times when it is not practical to take your young children out cycling and for those with kids who are not quite ready yet,…
  • Animal magic: Learning about nature through play

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:39 am
    Most children are naturally drawn to animals. As well as having fun interacting with animals in animal parks and other controlled environments where all kinds of wonderful creatures are present, kids can also learn a lot through play and learning. There are many benefits to having pets at home and providing opportunities for young children to actively engage with animals, but there are other ways for your little boy or girl to find out more about the wonders of the animal kingdom. For instance, animal images are widely used in schools and play groups to encourage children to care for things…
  • Educational play: Creating socio-dramatic play scenes at home

    21 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    Encouraging children to get into character and act out roles that have a real life context is a key component of learning. Role play is a form of pretend play that can take place in any environment, but it can be enjoyable and fun for parents and their children to engage in this active, social activity within the comfort of their own home. Children of all ages can learn through play and so whatever stage your little boy or girl is currently at, there is bound to be something you can both get out of this experience. Naturally, the older your child is, the more they can use role play to reflect…
  • Kids parties: How to avoid stress

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    You may have heard horror stories told by parents who have experienced the pitfalls of organising birthday parties for youngsters and have vowed “never again!” It’s true that things can sometimes get out of hand and plenty of effort will be required, but do not fear, help is available when it comes to arranging a kid’s party so that it runs smoothly. For a stress-free child’s party you really need to focus on the organisation aspect. When you find yourself overwhelmed with all that needs to be done in preparation for this big event in your little boy’s or girl’s life, take a…
  • Accessorising Children’s Rooms: A Practical Guide

    19 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Although a lot of parents have an idea of how they’d like to decorate their children’s rooms, quite often they don’t realise how impractical their designs are - until it’s too late. Understandably, you want your child’s room to look presentable, but it’s important to consider the way that your child will be using their room before you spend a whole weekend doing it up in an adult-friendly way. A child’s bedroom will generally be pretty messy because they like to play with all of their toys at once and aren’t that great at putting them away again afterwards. Kids also like to…
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