Tag: dinosaurs

Props in a Box: The gift box that turns dress-up time into an exercise in filmmaking.

Even though Halloween is long over, my kids are still running around in costumes most days, as they’ll continue to do. It’s fun to see the stories they come up with when they dig through our dress-up box — like when Cruella deVille and an astronaut went to a French bakery to have croissants. It happens, you guys. This is why I think so many families with creative, imaginative kids will appreciate the old-school fun meets high-tech fun of Props in a Box. I will say right off the bat that these are definitely splurgey gifts for kids, bu tthey are incredibly thoughtful and really innovative....

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Simple tips for getting kids to brush their teeth more independently. You know, beyond begging.

With four kids running around my house, that’s a whole lot of teeth to keep up with, and as much as I’d like to say my kids are always excited and enthusiastic about brushing their teeth on their own for those seemingly endless two minutes that’s recommended by our dentist, it’s just not true. Don’t even get me started about flossing. We’re thrilled to welcome our newest sponsor Reassurance Dental, which offers a dental discount plan that covers your entire family. It’s not dental insurance, but rather, a really affordable alternative; in fact, even if you have dental insurance, it can also act as a...

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8 tips for bringing even more imagination and creativity to store-bought toys.

We talk a lot about toys that inspire creativity and imagination, and the thing is, in a kid’s world, pretty much everything is a source of creativity and imagination. (See also: Pillow forts, scarves that become hula skirts, and monsters under the bed.) So as much as we’re all for handing a kid a blank sheet of paper and saying, “here you go, kid,” of course they like getting new toys as much as anyone. So I’m always looking for ways to help make my kids’ toys more fun for them — that is, if they don’t beat me to...

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Because girls like dinosaurs. And well, boys like purple.

I just love when parents get fired up about not being able to find the kinds of off-the-beaten-path things their girls are interested in. Because really, that just inspires entrepreneurs to come up with such things and now we all get to reap the benefits. Such is the case with everything at mom-run shop Nawi Kids. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount below –  Moms Nas and Whitney started their company years ago when Whitney’s daughter was potty training and into dinosaurs. Surprise, there was no dinosaur underwear for girls anywhere to be found. So, smart mom that she is, Whitney decided she...

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Princess Awesome: Where trains, dinos, and science symbols help you dress #likeagirl

It’s been pretty well established by now that girls are capable of loving both science and pink. They might even like dinosaurs and pirates and trucks and purple princesses…all together. I know, it’s like a world gone crazy for most mainstream toy marketers who can’t seem to reconcile this wacky “girls like science and trucks” stuff. But hey, there’s hope. Maybe they’ll take some cues from Princess Awesome, a new clothing label for our times. Related: Quirkie kids: Pink tees for boys. And girls. Washington, D.C. moms Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair had so much success with their handmade dresses for babies...

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Web Coolness: the power of family, parents who judge, what to do with leftover Easter candy.

It’s Friday again, and we’ve collected our favorite links from around the web for you to enjoy too!   Adorable pics of a rescue dog and her little boy at Zoey & Jasper, with a great story too. (And if you don’t already follow Theo and Beau on Instagram, this is a good time.) Parents: You’re doing everything wrong. Words of wisdom from our editor Liz that’s struck a cord. Kristen write about learning to stop judging other moms. Frank Bruni’s column on the power of the family connection: Absolutely moving. 10 simple things to make you happier at...

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Web Coolness: Peeps diorama contest winners, Laurie Berkner’s musical, and Victoria’s Secret backlash

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Creativity and the cuteness abound in this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. RIP, Mr. Twinkie. New mamas, don’t miss Kristen’s post about 5 New Mom Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.Although Victoria’s Secret is now rethinking its decision, you all have a lot to say about the company’s marketing of provocative underwear to younger teens. This Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorising Toddlers is music to our ears.  You could help give some special kids a very special...

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Dino-mite dinosaur decals for your wall

Dinosaurs: they’re timeless, they’re great for both boys and girls, and now they can liven up a child’s room without ruining the walls. We’re digging these three new sets of decals that can turn any kid’s cave into a strange new world. Oh, and one includes Godzilla. We’re big fans of the mod, hip collaboration between Blik wall decals and Babybot design, which is why we just had to show you their three newest dinosaur creations. There’s the straight-up dino collection of Strange New World. And then you can add the slightlier wackier (and more purple!) creatures of Crash...

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Who knew T-Rex was so tasty?

Back in the Crumbtaceous period, dinosaurs roamed the earth, devouring each other with glasses of milk and falling into the La Brea Chocolate Pits. Okay, kidding. But we are really excited about these 3-D dinosaur cookie cutters. Making creatures with 3-D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters is pretty simple and doesn’t require any of that fancy faux-science from Jurassic Park. Simply mix up your favorite cookie recipe (or buy it pre-made at the store, we won’t judge.) Use the 3-4 cookie cutters included to stamp out the appropriate number of torsos, legs, tails, and tiny T-Rex arms. Bake, then assemble the...

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8 Valentine’s cards for boys (and girls!) that aren’t too sickly sweet

For those boys–and girls–who prefer bugs and dinosaurs to pink doily hearts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Valentine’s cards for the kids to hand out to their classrooms. After all, I tell my kids that love comes in all forms; why should their Valentine’s cards be only sweetness and light and pastel? –Christina Tossing a bug into their classmate’s Valentine’s box is totally okay if it’s on Dandee Designs’ Love Bug Valentine card. Grab the free template and print on brown kraft paper or regular white cardstock and then affix a plastic bug inside the jar. A...

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Dinosaur Valentine’s gifts that kids will rawr for.

I’m always on the lookout for cute Valentine’s Day gifts for kids that aren’t of the sugar-packed variety. Not that there’s anything wrong with a little candy, but I know they’re already getting plenty of it from friends. And uh, Daddy. I think this awesome print fits the bill perfectly. I know my kids would love designer Jessica Sutton’s adorable I love you dinosaur prints any time of year, but especially in February. It comes in three colors with three different dinosaur silhouettes – ask your kids. They’ll know which ones are which. It’s on sale right now at...

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Delightful dinosaur board books for budding paleontologists

Perfect prezzie alert: At some point (usually during the Late Toddler/Early Preschool Era), most kids go through a fascination with the creatures of the Mesozoic Era, otherwise known as dinosaurs. If you have a toddler who adores all things Large, Scaly, and Extinct, you’ve got to check out this set of board books that bring dinosaurs back to teach kiddos a thing or two. These four bright and colorful board books feature a wide range of rainbow-hued dinosaurs covering everything from the alphabet to numbers. Sure, their colors may not be historically accurate, but it makes for great visuals...

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All-inclusive craft kits from Lullubee: just add fun

Both of my kids are craft junkies. Like, major craft crazies. They could create arts and crafts all day, every day. I’m constantly rummaging through drawers and closets, trying to figure out what I could I use to create a “handmade” craft. Which never really works out for me. And unless you are a craft queen, I’m guessing that you can probably relate. So you’ll be glad to know I’ve got some good news in this particular department Thankfully, sites like lullubee have done the dirty work for us! Lullubee craft kits are designed for basic to intermediate crafty levels....

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Oh my oh my oh dinosaur

If there’s one awesome baby gift for any kid at all anywhere, it’s a bunch of books to start his library. Which means if there’s one more awesome baby gift, it’s going to be a sturdy bookend that does more than just sit there and look pretty on the shelf. Or in this case, look fierce. The weighted faux leather animal bookends at Serena + Lily come in all sorts of fun animals, but I think the dinosaur bookend is my favorite. At his height he’d be perfect for holding up all those palm-sized board books the new mom...

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Yes, girls like dinosaurs too.

Both of my kids were huge dinosaur fans from the moment they discovered the magic of the enormous T. Rex at the Museum of Science in Boston. One look at those glinty eyes and tiny hands, and they were hooked. And while I was able to find a lot of plastic, rubber and wooden dinos to fit the bill for for playtime, I quickly discovered that even dinosaurs reside in a mostly gender-specific universe. Recently, a reader asked us to track down dinosaur dresses for girls, and for those of you nodding your heads vigorously in agreement, I’m happy to...

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Dinosaur dresses for girls? Reader Q+A

Do dresses with dinosaurs on them exist? – CMP reader @homawoodrum As popular as dinosaurs are with boys, dino dresses seem like an endangered species. Fortunately, they’re not quite extinct! We’ve tracked down some cute togs that will fill your dino-loving daughter with veloci-rapture. I love the deliciously rich magenta and olive jersey dinosaur dress for girls at TeenyBunny on Etsy (above), featuring an appliqued Apatosaurus. It looks soft and comfy, with no buttons or zippers, and is available in sizes from 12M to 6.   We’re avowed Jusami fans, and we love that they make a DinoGirl Dress which...

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Eco-friendly dinos that’ll make you roar

So my daughter has just embraced the wonderful world of dinosaurs–beyond Barney. This is a huge milestone. Huge. To encourage her newfound love of the stegosaurus and the parasaurolophus and all non-purple dinosaurs, we’ve forgone plastic dino dudes in favor of something more natural–not to mention adorable. Anamalz has just introduced a line of wooden prehistoric creatures to its popular critter coterie. With super-bendy legs, tails, arms, and necks, they’re perfectly posable and totally playable. The eco-friendly factor here is high: every toy is handmade with sustainable maple (leftover wood is used to grow mushrooms on a farm) and painted...

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New technology turns the page on how kids read

This is a sponsored message from DK Publishing It’s an amazing feeling to watch your child develop a love of reading and learning, especially if you’ve always been a bookworm yourself. But if your son or daughter needs a little more coaxing (especially as school winds down!), the new 3-D Dinosaur and 3-D Human Body books from DK Publishing literally come to life, drawing even the most reluctant readers right in. This innovative series merges what parents love about hard copy books with the wonders of 3-D animation to create an interactive reading experience using “augmented reality” technology. Throughout...

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Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk this dinosaur

Boom, boom, acka-lacka-lacka boom, baby. We’re proud to show you the results of humanity’s first attempt to literally Walk the Dinosaur. Bonus: This king of the terrible lizards has some sweet dance moves. The Tyrannosaurus Rex Push Toy from Arks and Animals on Etsy is one of the most unusual (and unusually cool) wooden toys we’ve found, which is saying a lot. Measuring in at just under a foot tall, this handsome dino is hand-made by an internationally known woodworker from trees on his own 50-acre family farm in New York, then finished with safe, natural dyes. When you...

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Children’s backpacks aren’t just for back to school

We’re huge fans of the Dante Beatrix backpacks for almost too many reasons to mention–the eco-friendly materials, the perfect toddler sizing, the adorable designs. How’s that for a start? Now the company is simply named Beatrix NY. And to celebrate their name change, they’ve added two new creatures to their already cute backpack family which both start shipping tomorrow. Meet Lucas the whale and Baxter the dinosaur (shown), the kid-friendly, mom-approved little-kit sized children’s backpacks. They’re here just in time for summer day camp, day trips to the beach (or maybe Grandma’s house–whoo!), or even long car or plane...

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