Word Play Kids Love

word play

Get kids loving and learning words with these 5 fun word play activities -- guaranteed to entertain and delight! 1. Tongue Twisters My daughter’s drama teachers uses tongue twisters as a warm up. And we love practicing them at the dinner table. We mess up the words all the time which cracks us up. Try our favorite tongue twisters: Unique New York. Toy boat. Irish wrist … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Note Card Book

notecard book

Make your own book with this quick and easy handmade book idea. All you need are large notecards and a stapler. And, for illustration help, consider using Mudpuppy's sturdy stencils for kids. We think they're indestructible! Make Your Own Book Fold large notecards in half. Take your stapler and staple in the crease at the top and the bottom. See how easy it is to … [Read more...]

Family Game Night Favorite: Kitten Caboodle

Kitten Caboodle Game

Family game night just got a whole lot better with Educational Insight's new games Kitten Caboodle and Diggity Dogs for preschool age kids and older. We own Kitten Caboodle whose object (like Diggity Dogs) is to adopt the most pets. My kids and their friends absolutely love playing it and like I said, it's a favorite family game and perfect for animal lovers. And have you … [Read more...]

What is Bullying? Meanie vs. Bully

meanie or bully - what is bullying

When someone calls your kid stupid, it IS NOT BULLYING. Everywhere you turn these days you hear about bullying. And it's coming out of the mouths of kids and parents way more than it should. You and I and they are labeling all mean actions bullying. But what is bullying? It's not meanness. Not unless it's a repeated mean action every day for a period of time, it's NOT … [Read more...]

How to Stop Bullying

what is bullying

Bullying awareness campaigns are not enough. We need to know what to DO if our child is being bullied believes Jarrett Arthur, Krav Maga black belt and self-defense educator. We need to know how to stop the bullying. We already know that being mean isn't the same as being a bully. And can we just get real right now? Walking away does not work. Come on. You and I both know … [Read more...]

Gravity Maze: a Marble Logic Game

Gravit Maze

We love Gravity Maze, a new 2014 brain game for kids from Think Fun, because it gets kids using logic and visual-spatial skills. The goal of Gravity Maze is to figure out how to build a working marble run using the colored translucent plastic towers and a starting grid challenge. It's meant for one person, or one person with a friend to help. Gravity Maze Logic Game for … [Read more...]

Best New Books: Chapter Books Fall 2014

the best new books

I am addicted to finding you the best new books. (Although I do need to branch out from fantasy a bit more.) My favorite books from this list are Nightmares!, Animas, and Eye of the Minds. See what you think your children would want to read. Best New Books: Chapter Books Fall 2014 Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, illustrated by Karl Kwasny (8 - 12 years old) … [Read more...]

Robot Face Race for Family Game Night

Robot Face Race 2

Robot Face Race is one of the best family game night games --it's a game that my kids and I absolutely love! It's a learning game with emphasis on concentration, visual perception, and discrimination skills for 2 - 4 players, ages four and up. The game board shows 120 unique robot heads. Each person gets 5 tokens of one color. Be the first person to see a matching robot and … [Read more...]