Building Toys for Kids

gifts for kids

These building toys make great STEM / STEAM gifts for your kids because they not only are tons of fun but they improve fine motor skills, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and problem solving. Building Gifts for Kids 1. Jumperrobot (ages 8+) Build seven bouncing robots that use an electric motor and a spring-loaded mechanism to jump forward in a … [Read more...]

Early Chapter Books for the Cybils Awards

early chapter books

I've been reading early chapter books like crazy to whittle down the list of top 5 early chapter book nominations for the Cybils Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literaray Awards. Since I'm a first round judge, it's my job to work with my fellow judges to pick our favorites for the second round judges. I still haven't read all the nominated books but I'm close! (Nor have I … [Read more...]

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...]