Monday, June 15, 2015

Turn Little Gamers into Big Readers

Frustrated that your kids only want to play video games this summer? Wish they would read instead? Have we got a book for you!

You can tap into your kids’ natural interest in video games to encourage more reading with a new book, a free app, and a once-in-a-lifetime contest.

In the latest story from the Subject Scouts® chapter book series, four kids spend a rainy morning making a video game app. After reading the book, kids can download and play the game in real life for free. If that weren’t enough to get kids interested in reading this summer, the publisher is also sponsoring a contest to let kids design their own video game. The winning entry will be turned into a real, playable app.
The new Subject Scouts® book about video games is geared for kids ages 6 - 10 and is available in both ebook and paperback formats.  Parents can get the book, the free app, and a contest entry form at
You can also learn more in the video below:

If you’re looking for more activities to enjoy with your little ones--or a good book to read while they design their own video games--check out

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Best Holiday Advice from a Mama

Are you feeling the Christmas crunch?  Still have cards to send? Cookies to bake? Gifts to buy? Wrapping to do?

It's easy to get caught up in the craziness as we strive to make this season perfect for our little ones.

Our little ones, however, would probably prefer we take a break over the next few days and listen to the sage advice uttered by Mama Llama in Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama:

Enjoy some Christmas cuddling while you still can, Mommy!  

If you're looking for some special--and simple--holiday fun, check out these activities at

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Simple Summer Fun

Can you believe it’s August already?  Whatever the calendar may say to the contrary, June and July are definitely the speediest months of the year.  

August makes you want to slam the brakes on summer, to pack in as much fun as possible in the remaining weeks of vacation.

In order to help you enjoy the final days of summer with your little ones, here’s a simple, tried-and-true outdoor activity we call “Paint the Sidewalk.”

All you need is:

  • a bucket filled with water
  • a paintbrush

Simply give your little ones a bucket with water and a paintbrush.  Then, instruct them to paint something.  It could be a sidewalk, your back porch, a fence, the driveway...the possibilities are endless.  

For a little variation, you could have them draw a masterpiece in sidewalk chalk and then have them “paint” over it.  

You will be amazed how long kiddos will be content to “paint” like this. While they paint, you may even find yourself able to devour a few chapters of that book you’ve been wanting to read this summer.

If you’re looking for more activities to enjoy with your little ones--or a good book to read while they paint--check out

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The First Graduation

It snuck up on you before you were ready for it.

It seemed like just a few minutes ago that you were prying their clinging bodies from yours to drop them off for their first day. Suddenly, they're graduating.

They don their paper graduation caps and say goodbye to their first teacher. They clutch their first diplomas, proud of all they have accomplished.  And you are proud,, so proud.

They've learned so much this year.  Numbers. Colors. Letters. How to share. How to make friends.

How to survive--if only for a few hours--without you.

And just like on the first day, the last day of preschool
 will probably produce some tears as you realize that you are officially the mother of Kindergartner.

Well, not quite yet.
Here's to summer vacation, Mommy! Let's savor every second of it.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Sweetest Valentine's Gifts

Who needs a Hallmark card when we have crayon scribbles?

Who needs chocolates when we have sticky sweet kisses?

Who needs roses when we have hand-picked dandelions?

Who needs lingerie when we have storytime snuggles?

Who needs a massage when we have tiny hugs?

Happy Valentine's Day, Mommy! 
Enjoy your little sweet ones.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Making the Most of Winter Vacation

The Christmas countdown is over. All the presents have been opened. Guests are heading home.

And yet, there is still time for special moments with your little ones before the holiday break officially ends!

Here's a fun way to upcycle your holiday cards into gift tags and garland for next season, while simultaneously practicing tracing and cutting skills:

Or, put that styrofoam packaging from your gifts to good use with this activity that captivates kids as they balance marbles on golf tees:

No snow this winter in your neck of the woods?  Bust out the scarves and hats anyway for some fun indoor ice skating.

And play with some fluffy white stuff any time you want by microwaving a bar of Ivory soap:

You can find these, plus lots of other FREE activities and coloring sheets for kids at

May you have a Happy New Year with your little ones!