Category: Kids

The free Hamilton Haggadah: History is happenin’ at the Passover seder table

How can this family of obsessive Hamilton fans slash-Passover revelers not be totally thrilled to discover a Hamilton Haggadah? Yep, you read that right. How does a Hebrew, poor man, son of a slave and a Bondsman, born to nothing in a  Rigged system of Imperial oppression Fished from the Nile River Grow up to be a prophet and a leader? This totally free PDF Hamilton Haggadah download comes courtesy of creative Philly-based Rabbinical students Emily Cohen and Jake Adler, who clearly have caught Hamilfever . (Which is not to be confused with any of the plagues.) Related: The coolest Hamilton gifts for the...

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10 sweet first Easter gifts for the new baby in your life

If the new spring season also means a new baby in your family, don’t miss these 10 sweet first Easter gifts we’ve found at some of our favorite indie shops and makers this year. From keepsake ornaments to baby wraps so cute you won’t be able to resist Instagramming them, these are our favorite first Easter gifts for babies this year. As if you needed an excuse to spoil them any more, right? CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 15 cool bunny gifts to fill up your baby’s Easter basket Every kid needs their own Easter basket, and I love these handmade custom...

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Pow! 6 superhero party themes for girls that really pack a punch.

Feats of strength, superhuman powers, outrageous costumes…our superheroes (and beloved supervillains) have it good. Which is why it was so much fun to pull together this list of amazing superhero party themes for girls we know our girls will love. Of course, we know our boys will love these party ideas too, just as our girls love Batman, Spidey, and Captain America. But, here, we’re giving some extra super-props to some super-fierce females who are capturing the hearts of our girls right now. We searched the web to find the most wow ideas out there. From Wonderwoman and Batgirl to Harley Quinn and ooooh...

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15 of the coolest bunny gifts for all your kids’ Easter baskets

Are you ready for Easter yet? It’s coming soon. And we’re here for you! I’ve spent hours browsing my favorite indie shops for the coolest bunny gifts for Easter and I’ve found 15 of the most adorable ideas for kids’ Easter baskets. Pick one or two of these gift ideas for their baskets, add a couple pieces of candy or a delicious homemade Easter treat, and you’re done. So, hop to it! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Need more ideas? Here are 20 more awesome bunny gifts for kids I’m a big fan of the natural, creative play of Waldorf toys,...

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15 non-candy Easter basket gifts so sweet, kids will surely forget about sugary treats. Well, maybe.

Without question, kids expect the Easter Bunny to deliver marshmallows, jelly beans, Cadbury creme eggs, bunny gummies, and what seems like a gazillion other sugary treats. Which is why we love the idea of non-candy gifts so sweet our kids might actually forget about chocolate. At least, for a little while. Here are 15 of our favorite non-candy Easter basket gifts (many are under $10!) that your kids are sure to love just as much as those foil-wrapped chocolate eggs. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Tons more non-candy Easter basket gift ideas! We just love that The Trendy Tot makes sassy-meets-sweet ribboned bunny necklaces like this one with...

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We’re All Wonders: Now, R.J. Palacio shares Auggie’s message with younger children too.

A few years ago, R.J. Palacio gave the world Wonder, a middle reader book that we here at Cool Mom Picks believe should be mandatory reading for all children and their parents, which is why we named it among our best children’s books of 2015. The truly moving novel about August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy who was born with a congenital facial abnormality and was heading to school for the first time in the fifth grade, is an important reminder to kids that everyone needs understanding, deserves friendship, and should feel free to be themselves. We couldn’t be more excited that this week,...

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Relive your youth with the cool new Power Rangers toys and gear

With the much-anticipated release of the new Power Rangers movie tonight (!!), we’re not sure if kids are more excited — or those of us who grew up with them in the ’90s are. Which is why we’ve had the best time browsing the cool new Power Rangers toys and gear from our sponsor, Saban’s Power Rangers and doing a little virtual shopping of our own. Got a kid — or adult — on your gift list who’s obsessed? Here are a few of our picks for the coolest of the Power Rangers toys, tees, and gear that were just released. Power up,...

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Welcome spring with 7 playful, stylish rainbow dresses for girls.

I’ve been loving the rainbow fashion trend I’m seeing everywhere, and there are so many rainbow dresses for girls I’m seeing, that just perfect for Easter. (Provided the weather actually feels like spring…in spring! Raise your hand if you’re ready for the end of freezing temperatures in March…) Whether from fancy designers or the chains we all know and love, each one of these rainbow dresses are playful enough to go from an Easter church service to brunch to the playground without missing a step. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 15 cool Easter flower crafts for kids of all ages...

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11 inspiring children’s and YA books about historic women for our girls — and especially, our boys.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve been sharing so many ways to help get our kids excited about historic female heroes both past and present. It made me think to take some time this past weekend to browse through my bookshelf and pull out some inspiring books about historic women for my kids. And that includes my sons too, because it’s so important to me that my boys grow up with the inherent understanding that women are an important part of history and will continue to change the world in so many ways. From Malala to the Queen of Katwe to the underrated women of...

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A parent’s review of Beauty and the Beast. Step back, haters!

This past weekend, I was one of the millions of people who piled into a very crowded movie theater (behind a birthday party full of restless, giggly 6-year old girls, no less) to see Beauty and the Beast. And boy, I am so glad I did. I honestly haven’t smiled so much through a movie in a really long time, which is why I’m surprised so many people are reacting so negatively to it. Related: 9 fantastic girl power movies for kids Without giving away too much, this live-active Beauty and the Beast mirrors the animated feature pretty closely,...

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3 cool non-LEGO building sets, just to keep things interesting around the playroom

My kids are all about their LEGOs, but I’ve also been keeping my eye on some cool non-LEGO building sets to keep things interesting around the playroom. These three allow kids to build things they can’t with their LEGOs, and I have to say, I’m very impressed. If you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more unexpected than another LEGO set (although, this will never disappoint), then try one of these. We think the kids in your life will give them two thumbs up too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate At top: Brackitz Driver set Related: Tegu’s massive 130-piece magnetic wooden blocks set are a...

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The MONI Smart Security ASAPer can help keep your family safer in seconds | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from MONI Smart Security When it comes to emergencies, every moment matters, which is why MONI Smart Security has launched ASAPer, a new interactive messaging hub that allows you to notify your contacts as soon as possible when your alarm is triggered. Don’t miss the special offer below   MONI, which is one of the largest home security alarm monitoring companies in the U.S., offers smart home security solutions to help keep families safer, from residential alarm systems and monitoring and video cameras, to fire and heat detection and motion sensors. They even provide home automation solutions that allow you to control...

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The Wipebook dry erase notebook: One random office supply gift your kids will absolutely love.

My kids are obsessed with their dry erase boards (it’s the little things, you know?). In fact, my daughter has figured out she can use the dry erase markers on her glossy coloring book covers and wipe those down too. Now, they’re playing games like teacher and student whenever they can, with their markers and books in hand. So when I spotted the reusable Wipebook dry erase notebook over at The Grommet, I instantly knew this would be a huge hit with my kids. Related: The coolest birthday gifts for 7 year olds This notebook has 20 reusable pages that can be written and drawn...

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She Persisted: Chelsea Clinton’s new children’s book becomes a best-seller in one day.

It’s no surprise that She Persisted is now the title of an upcoming book about history-making American women. What’s more interesting though, is that it’s a book written for children, by none other than Chelsea Clinton. The phrase has certainly blown up over the past month, becoming a deeply personal mantra for women. It began back in February when the statement was first uttered — not as a compliment, but as as a scolding of Senator Elizabeth Warren after she was silenced in an attempt to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor during a hearing. Since then, I’ve seen those words on more than...

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Cool Beauty and the Beast birthday party ideas: 40+ of the most inspired treats, activities, decor and more.

With the much hyped Beauty and the Beast movie coming out today, we have the feeling more than a few kids will be raring for a Beauty and the Beast themed birthday party this year. And have we got ideas! We scoured the web for the very coolest, most fun, most enchanting inspiration for invites, decor, games and activities, and a whole lot of treats, all sure to capture the imaginations of revelers of any age. Are you ready? Go on… be our guest. (Ha, sorry. Couldn’t resist.) -Caroline + Liz CMP is an rstyle affiliate Top image: Beast cake tutorial from Zoe’s...

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LEGO and tape had a love child, and your kids are going to freak!

If LEGO and tape loved each other very very much (as we might say to the kids), this is what you’d get: Nimuno Loops. It’s a genius, colorful, flexible roll of LEGO tape that’s compatible with LEGO bricks and all the other building blocks. Whoa. That means virtually anything, from your walls to your kids’ dressers to the fridge can become a base for LEGO creations. I’m thinking bike handlebars, headbands, necklaces, the bathtub — even the sides of your kids’ sneakers soles. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, let’s all go collectively hide our dogs. Related: The cool LEGO add-on...

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Triangle: The clever new kids’ book that will make the whole family smile | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Candlewick Press For a not-your-average bedtime story that will keep the whole family entertained, you’ll love Triangle, the newest book from New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Caldecott-winning illustrator Jon Klassen, known for the popular, Caldecott-nominated book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, amongst others. This fun new book is the first in an upcoming series from the dynamic duo known for their irreverence and wry humor. Triangle brings both to life through straightforward prose, charming illustrations, and a simple narrative. As Triangle tries to play a trick on his friend Square — or so he thinks — young readers...

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When words aren’t enough: A goodbye to Amy Krouse Rosenthal

It’s always a strange and complex feeling to feel the loss of someone you’ve never actually met, but that’s just what I feel right now, learning of today’s passing of author and mom of three, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This is one woman who definitely left us way too soon. F*ck cancer is right. While a lot of you may have learned her name recently, as the author of the unforgettable You May Want to Marry My Husband Modern Love column in the NY Times, we’ve known her for years as a remarkable children’s author who has filled our kids’ bookshelves with the kinds of titles you...

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7 cool metallic shoes for girls this spring, because this trend is still going strong

Spring is in the air, and the shoes this year are adorable. Metallic shoes for girls (and boys) started trending last year, but from what we’ve seen, this style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. From sneakers to sandals, we’re seeing tons of cool options we wish we could wear too. So we pulled together some of our favorites for girls from toddlers to teens. Our fashionista-minded daughters are loving these cool metallic shoes for spring. But then again, our sporty and artsy girls are too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 5 fabulous new pairs of spring shoes I want at Nordstrom right now When...

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5 fun travel toys for preschoolers who need to stay busy on long flights

I dreaded air travel when my girls were little. Between the two of them, I had a seat kicker, a non-napper, and an impatient whiner. Yeah, I was that parent. So I learned what works, and what doesn’t, to keep my little ones happy and occupied on long flights. Besides packing lots of snacks and lollipops, which helped with hunger pains and air pressure changes, I always brought along toys that were easy to use, not messy or awkward in small spaces, and ones with few parts to avoid missing pieces and ensuing tantrums.   Related: The handiest travel bag for parents? Found it. And...

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A magazine for tween girls, by tween girls, about tween girls. Finally!

OMG! We found a magazine for tween girls so cool that the only thing my 10-year-old daughter could find to complain about was that some of the fonts were hard to read. High praise indeed, if you’re familiar with hormonal, too-cool-for-school preteen ways. Seriously, though. If you’ve got a tween girl, you’ve got to check out Bright Lite magazine. Related: 9 great TV shows for tweens that you might not have considered Bright Lite, which is run by two moms, is a magazine for tween girls written by tween girls, and curated by an editorial board of — you guessed...

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Web Coolness: Women’s History Month art, the Fearless Girl statue that lit up the internet, and more

here are a few things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   For Women’s History Month, love all the amazing artwork honoring women heroes in film, art, science, and history from Etsy artist The Film Artist. However you participated in International Women’s Day, here are 11 fantastic ideas that you can put to use every day, any day to help raise up other women. The invisible work of women feeding their families. The Fearless Girl statue that lit up the internet this week.   Brittany Packnett writes a beautiful Twitter thread about personal integrity...

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Strong like mom. It’s the new strong like bull.

After years in a job for which I’m forced to click past baby tees with slogans like “I get my mom’s looks and my dad’s ability to nap all day” (not even kidding) what a joy to find this new Strong Like Mom t-shirt at Target. The best part: It’s in the boys department. Of course my girls now want one too, which is just fine. They already know they can shop in the boys section at Target; that’s where all all the good navy shorts are each summer. Target has already gotten rid of the gender-specific toy aisle, and we applauded them for that....

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Feminist babies: Meet Feminist Baby

I can’t stop smiling at the new board book, Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz. Filled with adorable, colorful illustrations of a chunky little wide-eyed baby, it paints a picture of a baby who chooses what to wear herself, rejects pants, plays with both dolls and cars, and makes lots of noise — banging on pots and pans with kitchen utensils. Of course the irony is that these are descriptions that apply to pretty much all babies. Especially the part about hating to wear pants. Related: Fantastic children’s board books about activism for our future world changers I would definitely call this Feminist-Lite™, especially compared with outstanding...

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A Cabo resort for active families: Kiss a camel, swim with angels, or just relax.

Maybe back in your college days, you knew Cabo as the spring break destination or now you think of it as the place fancy people run off to, when they’re hosting fantasy destination weddings. Let me assure you, there’s more to it, especially if you’re thinking of family travel. Cabo is an amazingly beautiful place with so much to do that your family will run out of energy before you run out of options. With my own kids now official tweens at 8 and 10, our vacations have become a chance to get out and experience adventures — in other words, no more holding a baby...

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How one company is turning kids’ wheelchairs into the coolest ride on the block.

Wheelchairs with flair? Now this is something the world needs. At Toy Fair this year, we instantly fell in love with PunkinFutz, a brand new product line anchored by a hip selection of wheelchair bags made just for kids. Special needs parents Lisa and David found themselves disappointed in the utilitarian, all too adult nature of most orthotic devices and essential accessories. Where were wheelchair bags and pouches that reflect a kid’s fun personality? Why are all those helmets and vests so darn plain? Why should kids be stuck with the same boring stuff that grownups use? Thus, an idea was born. Related: Adaptive clothing for special kids...

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7 cool art museum store toys under $50: Supporting the arts through shopping!

We all know that art and design museums are magical. Where else can kids feast their eyes on important paintings, goof around with hands-on exhibits, and giggle at naked statues (come on, you know that’s true), all before dinnertime? And with a lot of us nervous about major reported cuts to NEA funding, we love how shopping through museum stores are another way to help support the arts. Museum shops are often where we find some of the best toys — whimsical, unusual, and often educational. So if you’re looking for a birthday gift or just a “this made me think of you!” kind of present, check out these...

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Bitchen! Found these totally tubular 80’s clothes for rad babies, like, yours, you know?

So like, the 80s are toooootally back, you know? And like, as much as we loved the rad shark romper from Rosie Pope that we just shared, turns out there’s a lot more to love in her collection of righteous new 80s inspired baby clothes for little dudes and dudettes? All those rainbows, surfboards, and unicorns like, make me want to dig up some Bangles cassettes and do that Molly Ringwald in Breakfast Club happy dance. The prices teeter between Target and Gap; you can grab a five-pack of 80s baby bodysuits at our affiliate Amazon for just $32, or a five-pack of awesome bibs on Rosie’s...

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10 of the best, thoughtful gifts for newly adoptive parents and their kids

As a newly adoptive parent, I’ve received a lot of generous adoption gifts from friends and family that celebrate our daughter’s culture and heritage, and speak volumes about the fact that she came into our family in a way very different from our other three children. Of course, like any new parent, an adoptive parent would welcome home cooked meals, gift cards, boxes of diapers. But if you’re looking to give a more meaningful or sentimental gift, I’ve pulled together 10 of the best adoption gifts that I would love to have received myself. Each one of these is sure to get a very...

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A Hamilton Musical LEGO set: Do not throw away your shot to vote for this!

We are big Hamilton Musical fans around here, with my son rapping Guns and Ships in his sleep and weaving lines into his school papers, so when I saw this Hamilton Musical LEGO set up for voting on the LEGO Ideas site, I just had to share it. Especially since he’s a huge LEGO lover too. Now, this set is not for purchase yet but rather, it’s a submission created by LEGO Ideas community member doniazade. The whole set has been reconstructed with LEGOs, including the staircase, even the turntable in the middle. And of course, all the cast of characters...

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