Beginning Art Journaling For Kids


by Violette Clark, author of Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric. Kids love to create art and if you give them a few tools and ideas on how to art journal they will go to town and come up with some colourful pages  they will treasure for years to come!  Beginning art journaling is great for young children as well as for teens. Beginning Art … [Read more...]

PBS Kids Cat in the Hat-a-Thon


“The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" is the PBSKids show based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.” The show fuses STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math – with new, whimsical Seussian adventures. The kids, with the Cat as their guide, learn by observing, collecting and managing clues, making … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – Book Event and Sweepstakes from Target

Dr. Seuss snack

Celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday March 2 with Target and the National Education Association for Read Across America Day. On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 from 9 to 11 a.m. Target is partying early for Read Across America Day. Visit Target Saturday morning and you'll receive a reusable Target bag filled with activities for children, a bookmark, crayons and snacks (while … [Read more...]

Art Journals With Kids


Today I invite you to join me in art journaling with your kids in the experience, too. I began to explore art journaling after realizing how much joy I find in creating. Before kids, I used my music and dance to channel my creativity. Now, I found myself missing that creative part of self different than my writing. Beginnings of Art Journaling While in the mountains, we … [Read more...]

Beautiful Reggio Emilia Inspired Wooden Block Set


I can't say enough about the importance of building block play. Like me, Learning Materials Workshop knows that children need blocks to explore, invent, represent, design, and imagine. President of Learning Materials Workshop, designer and educator, Karen Hewitt of Vermont, U.S.A., creates play objects for children and designed these most fantastic colorful, wooden … [Read more...]

Secret Message Decoder Makes a Great Gift for Kids


I love how secret messages and codes get my kids writing! Maybe not paragraphs but the important thing is they are having fun and writing. Which is why I fell in love with this wooden secret decoder disk from The Wooden Toy Shop on Etsy. We've been having tons of family fun laughs writing each other weird and silly notes -- as you can see below. This secret decoder … [Read more...]

Q-Ba-Maze = Amazing Building and Marble Play

Q Ba Maze

Did you see the New York Times article about the math and language benefits of block play? It made me think of my new favorite building toy, Q-Ba-Maze 2.0, which is more than just blocks - it's also a marble maze. One of my favorite companies, MindWare, brainy toys for kids of all ages, sent it to me to review. Q-Ba-Maze The clear and colored interlocking cubes attach top … [Read more...]

Artists of All Ages – You’ll Love the Nomad Brush for the iPad


Technology totally amazes me -- like the Nomad Brush which works just like a real paint brush on the iPad, only (obviously) without real paint. Originally it was created for professional artists, says Nomad's PR person, Jen Barth, but the artists soon discovered that their children enjoyed the brushes, too. Now, Nomad is reaching out to younger artists like my daughter, … [Read more...]

Add and Subtract Toppings On Your Pizza


Learning Resources carries a fun, educational game which makes kids listen, count, subtract, and move fast called Pizza Mania. To play, set out the toppings, the pizza chef, and choose your pizza crust. The pizza chef will call out a topping to add to or take off the pizza crust such as "3 pepperonis" or "2 peppers." Each player must listen and follow the directions. At the … [Read more...]

An Awesome Resource, Newmark Learning’s Early Readers

Love these Newmark Learning Early Readers!

I'm impressed with the selection and quality of Newmark Learning early readers books. I know they're good because they passed the JJ test. JJ, my first grader, especially loved the nursery rhyme books mentioned below - the Around the Clock Fiction Kit.   Around the Clock Fiction Kit There are 8 Nursery Rhyme Books of fun and funny stories expanding on the original … [Read more...]