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Harmonious Childhood: 7 Benefits to Music-Making

Harmonious Childhood: 7 Benefits to Music-Making

Even as a little baby, my son responded to different tunes and rhythms. If he cried, I would just tap out a syncopated rhythm and the change up would grab his attention. By age two he was singing along in the car and demanding we “name that tune” as he hummed. Music was a big part of my childhood, too. My Fantasia soundtrack played on on a loop for so long as I danced around that the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Music

LeapReader “Ready, Set, Read, Write” Party!

LeapReader “Ready, Set, Read, Write” Party!

I recently had the opportunity to work with Leap Frog on their new LeapReader Reading and Writing System. While I am not a teacher, I work really hard with my son on his homework, reading and math skills and try to engage his interests (whether its plants and gardening or race cars!). The LeapReader “Ready, Set, Read, Write” Party! seemed like a great way to get to know some of my son’s school friends and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Counting, Developmental Toys, Educational, Geography, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Language, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, Science

Vtech Innotab 3S Brings Learning and Fun to a Tablet Just for Kids

Vtech Innotab 3S Brings Learning and Fun to a Tablet Just for Kids

Do your kids run roughshod over your tablet? I know both of mine do so when I was contacted by Vtech to try out their new Innotab 3S I hoped I would get my tablet back finally! The Innotab 3S is the next generation of their popular Wi-Fi learning tablet series that offers fun, age-appropriate learning games for kids ages 3-9. The games are all educational and teach a variety of subjects like reading, math, social studies … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Computer, Counting, Educational, Games, Geography, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Language, Learning, Play, Pre-schoolers, Reading, School Aged Children, Science, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents: Art Splash! Great Summer Exhibitions, Festivals and Programs for the Whole Family!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents: Art Splash! Great Summer Exhibitions, Festivals and Programs for the Whole Family!

With my kids home during the day and on the weekends during the summer, it’s hard for me to come up with fun activities and outings to keep them entertained while staying on budget. Parents, does this sound familiar? This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art is kicking-off Art Splash, a new series of exhibitions, festivals, and programs specifically created with families in mind. Exciting interactive play spaces, daily hands-on art activities, and special events will … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Arts, Contests, Educational, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Summer, Toddlers

Getting Creative and Crafty with Wummelbox

Getting Creative and Crafty with Wummelbox

My son loves to do crafts but I find that it can be challenging to come up with new things for him to do (sound familiar moms?).  We received a Wummelbox to review and it was such a great experience for both of us! So what is a Wummelbox?  Wummelbox is a European-style arts & crafts subscription service for kids that is designed to inspire learning, creativity and exploration. Wummelbox provides families with all the materials … Read entire article »

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Meet Saige Copeland: Girl of the Year 2013 from American Girl

Meet Saige Copeland: Girl of the Year 2013 from American Girl

Welcome, Saige Copeland American Girl’s Girl of the Year for 2013! This might have been the doll that got me interested in dolls when I was a girl. She not only lives in the Southwest, rides horses, and has auburn hair, she is also passionate about the arts in education. As a teen, I rode in shows and, given half a chance, I would jump back on a horse tomorrow. I also played two instruments, was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Dolls, Pro-Social Skills

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

My daughter loves American Girl and we’re very excited for the debut of Saige, American Girl of the Year for 2013. American Girl has been dropping hints that the 2013 Girl of the Year is from New Mexico and loves horses and art–now we finally get to meet Saige Copeland and learn all about her! In conjunction with introducing Saige, American Girl is launching an Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest: Starting January 1, elementary art teachers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Books (Fiction), Books (School Aged), Dolls, Reading

Protecting Family Memories

Protecting Family Memories

Preserving my family’s memories is important to me, and I’ve spent many happy hours scrapbooking. Unfortunately, some of the most precious documents are not on acid-free paper. I recently received a Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator to review, and I’m using it to preserve my children’s artwork, memorable school assignments and newspaper clippings. Newspaper clippings are among the most difficult items to scrapbook due to high amounts of both lignin and acid in newsprint. The lignin and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Coupons, Educational, Electronics, Featured, Gift Ideas, Mommy Gifts, Organizers, School Aged Children, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

Eco-Crafty Kids’ Jewelry

Eco-Crafty Kids’ Jewelry

My daughter, like most little girls, loves jewelry.  I often sit with her while she is making bracelets and necklaces using her beads.  I was looking for something new to do with her.  This Artterro Collage Jewelry Kit was the perfect activity!  She was still able to make jewelry and I was able to introduce new crafting techniques like decoupage. This kit comes with almost everything you need to make the jewelry.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Crafts, Eco-Friendly, Featured, Kids Gifts, School Aged Children

And Now, For My First Act

And Now, For My First Act

Like many kids, I wanted to be a guitar hero, jamming with friends and soaking up the spotlight. Although I already enjoyed the piano and the flute, but I struggled to get my small fingers to stretch to reach the guitar chords. And all due respect to Jethro Tull, it is hard to rock out with the flute. Learning a musical instrument is far easier during childhood and First Act Discovery makes a series of  high … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Featured, Music, Musical Toys, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children