Children’s Books Set in New York City

Children's books set in New York City. Click through for entire book list.

Today’s list is all about great children’s books set in New York City. The anniversary of 9/11 is quickly approaching and whether or not your children are old enough to understand the import of that event I encourage you to share with them the awesomeness of NYC with these fun children’s picture books set in New… Keep Reading →

Math YouTube Channels for Kids

Math YouTube channels and videos that are actually fun!

My older son’s favorite subject is math. Although I’m no slouch, mathematics is not my greatest skill and I know I will not be able to help him much as his school math lessons get harder. Math does not seem to be a subject that lends itself well to videos. Most of the math channels on YouTube… Keep Reading →

Gross Motor Activity: Scooter Slalom

Gross motor activity for kids. Make a scooter slalom.

This gross motor activity was a spontaneous creation one morning this summer when I took the boys out to the park extra early because they were driving me extra crazy. We like to call it “Scooter Slalom”, even though I suppose technically it’s not a slalom course since there are no flagged gates involved. But nevermind… Keep Reading →

Back to School Bookmarks to Color

School bookmark in book.

These free, printable bookmarks to color are just in time for back to school. As part of her series of coloring pages for this blog, children’s book author and illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg created these school themed bookmarks for kids to color, print and cut out. We like to make our own bookmarks, some of which… Keep Reading →

Over a Dozen Great Audiobooks for Kids

List of good audiobooks for kids

Although we read A LOT, aside from the occasional audio picture book, we haven’t spent much time listening to audiobooks. Until this summer. Back in July we took a trip to the Jersey shore, and since there was no train, I was looking at 2 hours on the Greyhound. Normally, I read aloud when my kids… Keep Reading →

8 Science YouTube Channels for Kids

8 Science youtube channels for kids

Although our DIY summer science camp has been primarily hands on, and we are a mostly screen-free home, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret. Sometimes we watch a few educational YouTube videos. Obviously I am a great advocate of books, but there are a lot of terrific science videos out there to… Keep Reading →

Favorite Children’s Books of the Year (so far)

New children's books of 2014 that are the kids' favorites.

I love to keep on top of the new children’s books that are published every year. My library hold list is usually filled with books that are still “on order”. For the past few years I’ve shared our favorite picture books of the year in a series of lists every few months. I’m a little behind… Keep Reading →

The Pulley: Simple Machine Project

Simple machine project at home with a pulley. Such fun for kids.

Engineering is a big part of science, so a simple machine project with my 5 year old was the perfect addition to our DIY summer science camp. I had originally planned an afternoon of building with a bag full of goodies to inspire tinkering, but it turned into a playful session with a pulley. The… Keep Reading →

Simple Play Activity: Throw Rocks

Simple activities for kids are also the most entertaining.

Simple nature play is sometimes the most entertaining things my kids can do. Remember when my kids were fascinated for hours with thin ice? Even messing about with acorns keeps their attention. One of my kids’ favorite things to do is throw rocks into water. I bet your kids love it, too.   There’s a… Keep Reading →

Easy Reader Books That Are Actually Easy

10 Easy reader books for kids learning to read. These are actually easy.

Do you have an emerging reader? Have you ever noticed how many of the so-called easy reader books are not actually easy? My 5 year old is currently deep in the beginning stages of reading books. Whereas with my early reading oldest child, I was concerned about finding advanced books with subjects appropriate for a 4 year… Keep Reading →