Writing Gifts for Kids

gifts for kids

Are you looking for gifts for kids who like to write or to inspire them to write? Sometimes all it takes for kids (and me) to want to write is a brand new journal and a pen that is awesome. Have you ever noticed that, too? Gifts for Kids Who Like to Write 1. My ABC Keepsake Book (age 3+) I think the My ABC Book Keepsake is so cute --  it's filled with eye-catching … [Read more...]

Stop Motion Animation Movies — Behind the Scenes

stop motion animation movies

Ever since we've been playing with OgoBILD's stop motion animation movie making, we've been getting inspiration from other videos and movies, in particular the behind the scene movie making action required. The Oxford Dictionary defines stop motion animation as A cinematographic technique whereby the camera is repeatedly stopped and started, for example to give animated … [Read more...]

Introducing Stop Motion Animation for Kids

animate it kit

We love how fluidly OGOBild's Animate It! Stop Motion Animation Software and Constructive Play Kit blends STEAM* education and PBL, or project based learning, both totally necessary for our children to build a 21st century skill set. Anyone interested in the Maker Movement will want this kit for their children. * STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and … [Read more...]

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...]