For the Kids

Music for jumping (and dreaming)

By | August 25, 2009 at 7:38 am | 6 comments

Growing up, we didn't have a trampoline -- but we had a neighbor with one, and I could be found jumping nearly every day after school. It's euphoric -- it's magical -- it's carefree, much like the music I'm about to tell you about... Grammy nominee Peter Himmelman releases...

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Realistic retail play!

By | August 24, 2009 at 6:59 am | 64 comments

Does your child love to "play store?" How about set up a lemonade stand every now and then? We play store (or post office) about once a week around here. What can I say? We all enjoy it -- even me, since I jump in quite often as the "customer." Our play became a whole lot...

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Caribbean for kids.

By | August 19, 2009 at 6:53 am | 5 comments

Just released last week is a brand new album for kids of all ages from reggae singer/songwriter, Asheba, a Parents' Choice award winner and the so-called "Pied Piper of Calypso." I happen to be a very, very big fan of reggae. It's my music of choice on those days when I'm...

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Sorting laundry (and packing a suitcase) can be fun!

By | August 18, 2009 at 7:15 am | 54 comments

It's widely known that sorting objects is a multifaceted skill builder for toddlers and preschoolers. In our preschooling-at-home, we try to use sorting activities weekly to build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It's so much more fun if the sorting activity has an...

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ItzaBitza: Where your child’s drawings come to life!

By | August 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm | No comments

My son has a new favorite game for the computer. It's a souped-up paintbrush program loaded with options for endless creativity and fun. ItzaBitza is a refreshing, new kind of computer game that has quickly become the top of the top at our house. Read more about...

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Hot Peas ‘n Butter

By | August 14, 2009 at 11:09 am | 8 comments

If you ever watch Nick Jr. with your kids, you've most likely heard of Hot Peas 'n Butter or seen one of their music videos. My kids love them! Hot Peas 'n Butter is made up of nationally acclaimed musical artists Daniel Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, based out of New York City....

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Come play in Pocketville!

By | August 13, 2009 at 7:40 am | 7 comments

There's a new pet in the neighborhood. He's small enough to fit into your pocket. And your kids can take care of him all by themselves, all the while learning and making new friends. It's not a "real" pet -- it's a virtual pet at Pocketville! Pocketville is an online...

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Blue Orange Games…making family time even more fun!

By | August 11, 2009 at 6:46 am | No comments

Blue Orange Games is a family-owned company who make it their mission to create fun, interactive, and family time-centric games for all ages. The folks behind Blue Orange Games hold a pledge to create their games using the finest-quality wood for timelessness and stability....

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Another Toon comic for brand-new readers.

By | August 10, 2009 at 6:37 am | 23 comments

A brand new Toon book is debuting in September, a comic for kids written and illustrated by Jeff Smith. Little Mouse Gets Ready is about the cutest little mouse who's hurrying as fast as he can to get dressed before his mom takes he and his siblings on a day trip to the...

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Back to School…with OfficeMax and Peter Walsh!

By | August 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm | No comments

OfficeMax's signature, hip and funky school supply line, Schoolio Von Hoolio, has some new and nifty patterns and designs out for the 2009-2010 school year! I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek of the new merchandise....a box of Schoolio Von Hoolio goodies arrived in my...

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