Tag: educational

Free printable sewing cards for kids: Save them for a snowy day

If you’re in our neck of the woods, you are looking for lots of indoor activities to keep the kids occupied. While we recently rounded up 12 snow day activities for kids, here’s one more: Printable sewing cards for kids. And these are more than adorable–they happen to be free. Spotted at one of our very favorite craft sites, Handmade Charlotte, you pretty much just need good card stock, scissors, a needle and pin, and embroidery floss. All the instructions are on the site, but your kids will end up with pretty much the cutest sewing cards to play...

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Josephine: A children’s book as complex, vibrant, and endearing as Josephine Baker herself.

It’s clear that Josephine Baker is one of those few celebrity icons who transcends generations. My parents loved her, I loved her, and now my girls love her thanks to the new book, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. And despite it being a book for kids, if it weren’t for Christian Robinson’s wonderful illustrations, you might think it was an adult-targeted poetic ode to the legendary performer. Patricia Hruby Powell’s prose feels like jazz itself, dancing across the pages with a kind of defiant playfulness; the random line breaks, indentations, metaphors, erratic use of all-cap words are writers’ tools...

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10 of the most awesome alphabet posters for nurseries of any style

It’s no secret that we love alphabet posters around here, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from the past few years. Whether you like it when X stands for X-ray, X-wing, or Malcolm X, we’ve got an ABC poster you’ll love.   1. The Cutest French Alphabet Poster Pourquoi? Because it’s si mignon and that’s a fact. Also because it’s fun to see the bee under the letter A, for Abeille. 2. The Most New York Alphabet Order an entire set of Joanne Dugan’s funky alphabet decals (complete set shown at top) or just the letters you need to spell a certain...

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Ways to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the kids

From books that celebrate his life’s story, to activities you can do with the kids on this Day of Service, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, or any day of the year.    Volunteer opportunities If your local newspaper or websites don’t list any special events, check out All For Good’s searchable database for Martin Luther King Day events in your area. In the Boston area, I was able to find events where people of all ages will make fleece scarves for homeless people, serve at...

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Star Wars alphabet and counting posters: Learn ABCs and 123s, you will.

We like learning with Star Wars, provided it’s not while doing a handstand in the swamps of Dagobah. Luckily, these gorgeous Star Wars alphabet posters teach the ABCs and there’s even a counting poster to teach numbers 1–10 without a single drop of Hutt sweat or sleen spit. It’s a fantastic way to merge your inner geek with your outer interior decorator. Pick from a variety of color schemes, or request a custom palette. We love the not-too-bright rainbow version, but the monochrome prints could definitely swoop from nursery to kid room to home theater with the ease of a...

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The best board books for babies of 2013: Editors’ Best of 2013

To start 2014, we’re excited to feature the best board books for babies of 2013 that we fell in love with. Because honestly, our babies fell in love with them too. And not just because the cardboard covers taste delicious. If there’s ever one New Year’s resolution we all want to keep, it’s “read more.” And we think that “read more to our kids” fits in there, too. When you’ve already got 16 copies of Goodnight Moon, we hope these picks help fill out your baby’s library beautifully. Alphablock ABC book Alphabet books have come a long way, baby. The...

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Outstanding ideas for that last-minute charitable contribution for the year

Before the ball drops and the bubbly pops, don’t forget those last-minute charitable contributions that help your year-end tax bill and a worthy cause. Here, one of our favorite annual traditions: a list of our own staff’s favorite charities that could use your support now and every day of the coming year. Or hey, maybe they’ll just inspire you to discover a great new one or remember an important organization of your own. Kristen: Team Rubicon Every year, Team Rubicon gets my vote as a worthy cause. Not only do they assist the needs of individuals affected by tragedy...

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Great experience gifts for kids, because memories make for awesome presents.

When we’re asked for ideas for a great gift for the kid who has everything–or even those who don’t–the first thing that comes to mind for me are experience gifts . They don’t have to be expensive at all, or they can be super splurgey. An experience gift can be an activity you do with the kids, or something they do on their own. So broaden your mind if you’re still stumped for gifts–we’ve got some fun idea starters, along with some thoughts on how to package an experience gift so your kids have more to open under the...

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How do you explain Thanksgiving to kids? 3 great videos to help

I know I’m not the only parent who wonders how do you explain Thanksgiving to kids, beyond, “well, we eat turkey and stuffing and Uncle Fred always drinks too much of his special juice.” (That’s hyperbolic by the way; I don’t have an Uncle Fred. That you know of.) So here are two of my favorite resources that have really helped me explain the historical significance of Thanksgiving in a fun, engaging way, even if I still need to fill in a few blanks.   First of all, Schoolhouse Rock is still a go-to educational source for me, all...

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We predict your kid’s next favorite book will be an atlas. Really.

Lately my kids and I have been snuggling up on the couch in front of the fireplace and browsing through a stunning new coffee table book featuring exquisite hand-drawn maps of countries around the world. It’s delightfully wonderful. I really, really love it. Maps, by Polish artists Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, is a lavish collection of 52 maps of countries from every continent around the globe. But you’re not just getting topography and political markers with this book. The pages are filled with winsome illustrations of cultural icons from that region. Germany’s map, for example, shows a girl...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are 5 of our most popular tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech, just in case you missed them.   1. We can’t be the only ones ridiculously excited about Bill Nye’s return, right? 2. A calendar app that could actually help your marriage. 3. 5 of the best storytelling apps for kids. Let the creativity flow. 4. We’ve got the scoop on all the big news from Apple and whether parents should care. 5. The new SnapChat copycat app parents should know...

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Petit Collage puzzles that are in no way petit

It’s true: we’re Petit Collage fangirls. So it’s only natural we think these new floor puzzles are pretty grand. With lovely artwork and big ol’ pieces for petite hands, these new floor puzzles from Petit Collage are right up our alley. Each one is two feet wide, with 24 pieces about five inches square.  Each of the four designs comes packaged in a cute box with a rope handle and is geared for ages 3 and up. And you don’t have to worry if your bebe chews on the pieces–they’re printed on recycled paper in vegetable inks. Petit Collage,...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this week just in case you missed them.   1. We cannot wait to get our hands on this new gadget. When you see it, you’ll understand why. 2. Looking for a unique school fundraising idea? We’ve got it! 3. Wondering whether you should upgrade to iOS7? You’ll definitely want to read this post first. 4. A cool, free app for kids that will help you talk about a tricky, but very important subject. 5. This pillow is cracking us up. And yes, if you’re wondering, it...

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Grammar police: Your mugs are here.

We all have our pet peeves, and one of mine happens to be spelling and grammar. Even a text message with they’re/there/their used incorrectly is enough to make me cringe. (To say nothing of all the pitches we receive daily that assure us “mom’s will love this!”) That’s why this set of mugs would be perfect for starting every grammatically-correct day. I love how the Grammar Grumbles mugs from The Literary Gift Company illustrate the proper use of two/to/too and clarify that no one will actually die if they don’t get what they’re yearning for. (It’s a figure of...

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Heading to NY? Free author events for kids at MoMA Design Store NYC!

If you are going to pick the perfect time to visit New York City, you could do a lot worse than fall. The family-friendly options here seem endless this time of year. So whether you live in town or you are building an itinerary for your special Saturday visiting the Big Apple, we’d like to suggest adding the MoMA Design Store to your schedule. Yes, for kids. Set on the charming Spring Street in Soho, the MoMA store has been a long time shopping favorite of ours. We were extra pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to the killer...

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The greatest quotes from the greatest female role models: Bookmark The Reconstructionists, stat.

As we move to empower our daughters, to help them find strong role models (you know, whose accomplishments don’t include “twerking”), and to get them excited about their potential, I’m so delighted to find a new website that helps do those very things.   The Reconstructionists is a Tumblr blog which is celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Created as a partnership between Maria Popova of Brainpickings and amazing illustrator Lisa Congdon, I cannot stop poring through it. Gather your daughters–and sons–around, read the short bios, explore the quotes, and get some good discussions going.  You’ll of course find ususal female role model...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow Cool Mom Picks and find fun pins like these every day. 1. Does this remind you of any families you know?  2. Coolest photo booth props ever. 3. So in love with this iPhone case, and not surprised so many of you agree. 4. The website that helps you explain almost anything to your kids.  5. Awesome, easy vegetable recipe that your kids will eat–or at least our picky kids do. Hooray!...

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Web Coolness: Lisa Simpson for fashion week, more flex-work for parents, and the best baby photos ever.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Karate babies rule! Love this ad campaign featuring strong babies by Eric Sahrmann. You’ll laugh at these 21 kids who sold out their parents through their artwork. Interesting: A teacher explains why homework isn’t necessarily good for kids. [via Nancy Letts] Cartoon characters reinvisioned for fashion week. By far our favorite: Daria. (Also, they didn’t skinnify her like Lisa Simpson.) Brain, Child is back and better than ever, with tons of must-read articles for smart parents. The NFL’s Arian Foster on...

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Zoobean: Personal book recommendations for your one-of-a-kind kid

Finding just the right books for your child can be, well, challenging–especially if your kid is as finicky about what she reads as what she eats: No peas, broccoli, or dumb princess books, thank you. So I love this cool, custom service made to create your kid’s dream reading list. {EDITED TO ADD: Zoobean is currently not taking on any new subscribers.} Hooray for Zoobean. Created by a mom-and-dad duo who were struggling to find kids’ books with biracial main characters for their son and daughter, this book-curating subscription service does the searching for you. Also perfect for those...

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Web Coolness: Simpler school scheduling, banishing first-day jitters, and getting to know the teacher

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. Make easing back into the school routine a little more organized with Kiwi Crate’s printable weekly schedule. Love this post in support of summer slide, instead of summer school.  Go check out Liz’s walk down memory lane–complete with awesome photos–and leave a comment to give a child a Shot @ Life. What adorable kids’ music video does Giuliana Rancic love? (We love it too!) 10 Ways to Minimize Back-to-School Anxiety is such a timely read. Have you seen our Back-to-School Tech Guide? Loads of great apps, gear,...

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