Online Encyclopedia for Kids

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I'm impressed with the new online encyclopedia for kids called DKfindout! It's FREE, safe, and extensive (though not all-encompassing on every topic.) The site is easy to navigate, shows gorgeous photographs just like in the DK books, and is easy-to-read for kids ages seven and up.  DKfindout!   DKfindout! contains age-appropriate information on topics such as science, … [Read more...]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Word Inventing Activity

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activity

Readers love Willy Wonka's (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) mouth-watering sweet inventions. The author, Roald Dahl, emphasizes invention in this story and not just with savory candies; he also invents delicious words. Words such as scrumdiddlyumptious, hornswogglers, snozzwangers, and whangdoodles. They're silly, absurd, wacky and 100% invented words! We've been inspired … [Read more...]

15 Chapter Book Series That Should Be More Popular

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Getting into a good chapter book series is the BEST, right? Because once you finish one, there's another, and then another, and you're guaranteed lots of good reading material to last for awhile. Your kids know the popular series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter, but do you know these lesser known series? I hope you'll check them out. Read them and spread the word … [Read more...]

Encourage Play Building Social Skills Kits

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It was one of those days. I anguished over social issues with one of my kids. It felt like nothing was improving. But then, a most amazing thing happened. Janine Halloran, blogger at Encourage Play and licensed mental health counselor, reached out to me based on a comment I made on a group thread in FB. I didn't even know her at the time, but her words of encouragement … [Read more...]

How to Look Like a Grammar Pro – Grammarly Review

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Grammarly is an online proofreader app that will make you swoon with delight. Because now you don't have to take (and pass) linguistics. Or diagram sentences. Grammarly finds the spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors for you, tells you what they are, and makes you look GOOOOD. (Yes, this is a Grammarly review just for you.) Even me. A professional writer can make the … [Read more...]

Epic NonFiction Books for Kids

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When we get huge nonfiction books, the ones that weigh more than your backpack, we don't expect greatness. We expect pontification. But not these. These nonfiction beasts (most are quite heavy!) surprised us with their excellence and power to engage. If my kids liked them, I'm pretty sure yours will, too. That's why they're epic nonfiction books for kids. (I know you already … [Read more...]

Pyramix Game of Strategy

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You'll learn Egyptian symbols as you strategize how to win Pyramix, a game of strategy for 2 to 4 players ages 8 and up. It's a Mensa select game, Parents' Choice Silver Honor and Dr. Toy's Best Game of the Year from Gamewright. We've found it to be a fun family game that is easy to play in a short amount of time -- about 10 to 15 minutes.   Pyramix Game Play Each … [Read more...]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar book inspires many playful book-related activities for kids including these two play favorites: making clay creations to match the story and creating a stop-motion animation movie of the story. The clay activity is perfect for kids ages 2 and up. The stop-motion animation movie is a great activity for older siblings, ages 7 and up. Very Hungry … [Read more...]