Finally! An ABC Simple Way to Make Eco-Art

eco-art with Artterro

Confession time: I'm not crafty. (Or cooky, but that's a different blog post.) HOWEVER, I can read directions (how else would my family survive?) but I need things to be simple and well-planned out. I'm talking ABC here. Today (Earth Day) Artterro relaunched their Eco Art Kits. And I'm happy to report that because the kits are so easy to use, my kids and (even) me got our … [Read more...]

Should You Download SylvanPlay Apps?

Playing SylvanPlay Apps

Yes! You're going to want to download SylvanPlay's 9 FREE apps. Why? Because they're fun, educational, and high-quality. My kids loved the SylvanPlay apps - especially Sushi Scramble - and they're the pickiest testers. I was impressed with the SylvanPlay app's beautiful graphics, the easy usability, the this-is-so-fun-I-can't-stop quality, and the embedded learning within … [Read more...]

What’s New in Picture Books?

student dachshund is studying and reading book isolated over white

You won't believe the picture books published this spring about animals! From funny to informative, I'll tell you my top picks for new spring animal-themed picture books. This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Hilarious! This is a moose. Who wants to be an astronaut. But the narrator of this book says no way and neither can giraffes, who … [Read more...]

10 Minutes a Day for Long-Term Reading Success

long term reading success

Do you know what one thing you can do for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers to make them good readers? Read aloud to them EVERY day. Babies and toddlers need books, too! They especially love clever and charming board books that are interactive --lift the flap, pull the tab, flip sturdy pages. Want to see the research? There's lots of research on the … [Read more...]

9 Essentials to Creating an Enticing Book Nook #PointsforPassions

DIY Book Nook

You don't need to break the bank to pursue your passions. I actually find that the bigger hurdle is finding more time! One thing I do is use a generally untapped resource – my American Express Membership Rewards® points – to help me get merchandise to help me pursue my passions. Amex wants to encourage you to do the same and makes it easy through their ShopAmex site... As … [Read more...]

5 Mischievous Leprechaun Science Experiments for Kids

St. Patrick's day science

Yes, there are leprechauns about on St. Patrick's Day. And, they're up to mischievous science experiments for kids. Last week at the Steve Spangler Laboratory, I learned all about those tricky leprechaun experiments for St. Patrick's Day using the Steve Spangler Leprechaun Science Kit. You're going to love these! (Don't forget to tell your kids the leprechaun story … [Read more...]

Get Kids Excited about Science and Math with New Apps

math and science apps for kids

Let's get our kids excited about math and science learning using technology! How about taking some of these apps for a whirl. See how your kids respond. Toca Lab Another addictive Toca app, this one about science and the periodic table of elements. Use the lab equipment to create, play and experiment with each of the 118 element (that are cute little monster-looking … [Read more...]

New iPad Literacy and Book Apps That Kids Love

Rapunzel App

You're looking for  learning apps for your kids -- apps for reading and spelling, maybe even some good book apps -- then here are some newly published gems of the app store that I recommend for your kids. Happi and the Word Thief $2.99 While you can't practice your own spelling words, you can practice spelling general words in a fun, game setting. The goal is to … [Read more...]