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...]

Exciting New Chapter Books, Winter 2015

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My favorite section in the library is the new books. They're so crisp with untapped potential. Then I can discover exciting new chapter books for our kids. Today I'm sharing with you books in the middle-grade range which is third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade, or ages 8 - 11. To find more recommended book lists for this age group of children, visit my … [Read more...]

Emotional Intelligence Board Game

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Q's Race to the Top is an interactive, engaging emotional intelligence board game.  Mompreneur of three kids, Sofia Dickens, designed this game for practicing social skills and behavior. It's meant for children ages three and above. Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (also called social-emotional learning) is the ability to understand, use, and manage emotions. … [Read more...]

Bunnies, Squirrels, and Bears Oh, My! Winter 2015 Picture Books

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Winter 2015's selection of picture books delivers a sizable amount of excellent animal-related picture books. Some touching. Some funny. Some thought-provoking. See what you think! Winter 2015 Picture Books (with Animals)  Otto the Owl who Loved Poetry by Very Kousky You'll fall in love Otto, a book-loving owl who teaches his owl and mice friends the beauty of sharing … [Read more...]

Unlocking Poetry for Kids with Art

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Introducing poetry to my kids didn't go exactly like I planned. My kids weren't loving the poems or even understanding what they were reading. So I needed a way to unlock poetry for my kids -- and I found it through art. Poetry can seem so strange. What in the world are these poets talking about? And why do I care? Once children see that poems are a snapshot of a time and … [Read more...]

Poetry Daily for Kids

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For National Poetry Month or any time of the year, read poetry daily to your kids. It doesn't have to be poetry specifically written for kids either. But my kids weren't excited about the whole poem a day idea of mine. At all. So first, I had to find poems they would like and second, find poems they would understand. But even that was harder than I thought. Until I got … [Read more...]

Blogger and Writer #Shelfies

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You know about selfies, but do you know about sHelfies? Shelfies are photos of your bookshelves, with or without you, OR photos of you reading a book. Today I asked some of my favorite writers and bloggers to share their own #shelfies with us. See what you think -- I think it's a fascinating peek into someone's life. Don't you? (Scroll down to the bottom to see mine.) Susan … [Read more...]

The Best Card Games for Kids

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My family loves family game night which is pretty much every night for us. We buy and test games regularly -- for us and for you. Here are our picks for the best card games for kids of all ages. For those small hands, try a chip clip to hold all the cards, or just allow your kids to put their cards on the table -- even though they will be visible. Also, the recommended … [Read more...]

The Best Reading Logs for Kids

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Books Make Me Happy -- what a positive presupposition! Indeed, this is what we want for our kids. That books make them happy. (And sad. And curious. And thoughtful.) Of all the reading logs, this is the best suited for young readers so they can savor their favorite books. Assigned Reading Logs Bluck. I very much dislike reading logs from school -- you know, those … [Read more...]

My Backpack Free Learning App for 4 – 7 year olds

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Waterford Early Learning doesn't just make computer-based curriculum, now they have a free bilingual iPad learning app for kids ages four to seven called My Backpack. It amazes me how much is packed into this app -- all for free. There are story books, learning songs, math games, and nursery rhymes which are in English and in Spanish. From a user perspective, the app has … [Read more...]