Tag: educational

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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Is there anything cuter than a dad reading to his kids?

What’s cuter than a dad reading to his kids? It’s a dad reading to his kids while wearing an adorable shirt featuring this distinctive artwork by the ever awesome Edward Gorey. Edward Gorey is known for his delightfully creepy drawings and his love of cats and books, and this cotton Real Men Read shirt is a great way to outfit your favorite bibliophile animal-lover. And since Gorey loved animals? Every purchase supports his favorite charities, which benefit cats, bats, and all things furry. Tt’s available in mens’ sizes, but also for kids in sizes 10-12, too. Pretty cute for back...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. If you use an iPad in the kitchen, you need to see this awesome gadget! 2. Kick summer brain drain and get ready for back to school with these 6 educational videos and channels for kids on YouTube. Trust us, they’re great. 3. A new app that actually rewards you for shopping and sharing your opinion. 4. This one’s for you Muppets fans. Isn’t that everyone? 5. The coolest smart phone stand we’ve seen. And at a price you just...

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Family game night gets educational. Just don’t tell the kids.

Ah, summer. It’s amazing what extra time you find when you’re not shuttling the kids back and forth to a zillion activities and games. We’ve been playing a lot of board games at our house–and some of our favorites come from a great company that not only offers fun and unique games, but ones with an educational slant too. Lakeshore Learning is well known for smart, engaging educational tools. When searching through the Lakeshore site, you’ll likely recognize many games from your children’s classrooms. There are literally hundreds of options for all age ranges–from infants to middle schoolers–and you can search...

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Our children’s favorite books for ages 2-12: Lots of ideas for summer reading and beyond

  With later sunsets and later bedtimes in the summer, one of the things we’ve been trying to do is spend more time reading with our kids at night before bed–or encouraging them to do it on their own. We imagine we’re not the only ones, since we’ve gotten so many letters, Tweets and comments from readers recently asking us for our favorite kids’ books for children of all ages. So we checked with some of the Cool Mom Picks contributors as to what their own kids are reading, and we’ve got them all right here for you. From...

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Making your walls a little more literary

I love prints that play with typography. Clever, modern design has a way of turning what could be a cheesy inspirational quote into a piece of art I could live with.   That’s why I love the work by New York graphic artist Evan Roberts on Etsy. These cool literary quote posters inspired by the likes of T.S. Eliot (no, not from Cats), JD Salinger, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemmingway, Kurt Vonnegut. It’s refreshing to see he hasn’t generally picked the most ubiquitous of quotes. Each one is printed beautifully on heavy, archival paper. Look closely and you’ll find lots...

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Web Coolness: LEGO hits the big screen, DIY summer fun, and is expensive baby gear worth it?

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  The LEGO Movie in 2014? Whoa. We have some very excited kids here. So proud to see our own editor, Liz Gumbinner, chosen among the Beast Best Awards winners on the Daily Beast for her entertaining Tweets. If you need ideas for DIY summer fun with kids, check out Welcome to Camp Whattawedo. And NYers: This weekend is the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn! Love hearing kids’ music favorite Lucky Diaz singing this commercial jingle. Great way to teach the value of a dollar: Motivating Children To Save...

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Web Coolness: helping Oklahoma, summer learning tips for kids, and parenting hilarity

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.     Our thoughts are still with Oklahoma, and if you’d like to help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite charities, as well as ways technology can come to the aid of those affected. Do your kids now have a ton of questions about tornadoes? This Parents magazine article has some good answers. Such important food for thought in Kristen’s post, Embrace Your Physical Flaws Now — Before It’s Too Late. Need a laugh this week? Brooklyn Parents will especially appreciate the...

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Web Coolness: mind-blowing photos of a five-year-old, the deal site that’s freaking out moms, and three cheers for Angelina Jolie

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Amazing photos taken by a photographer mom of her 5 year old daughter dressed like great women through history. Take a look at Isabella Rossellini’s Creature Moms. Great uses for over the door shoe bags. Smart! Our Editor Kristen’s new Cafe Mom column, If I Knew Then What I Know Now launches with a post on Why a baby book is more important than you think. (Good thing we found this one this week!) Our own food blogger, Stacie Billis, launches a...

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Earrings that give a school lunch to a child in need

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry since we first featured her on Cool Mom Picks many moons ago. But now she’s launched a simple, crazy affordable line of pieces that help support a wonderful cause. Lisa’s new hope{full} line is fair trade and sustainable, giving work to Ecuadorian women and helping build their community. Each pair of disc earrings is made from tagua seeds dyed in all sorts of gorgeous colors, like rich green, blue, or my personal favorite, yellow. And they’re only $6! But the best part is that a portion of the proceeds for...

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Healthy Child Parties: That’s not an oxymoron, mamas.

We’re all familiar with sugar-happy birthday parties and itchy-sad Chicken Pox parties. But we’re excited about the possibility of hosting a Healthy Child Party that makes the moms, the kids, and the doctors happy. If you’re not yet familiar with Healthy Child, Healthy World, it began when Nancy and Jim Chuda sought answers for their daughter Colette’s tragic death from a non-hereditary form of cancer and determined environmental toxins were to blame. The parents met with environmental groups, celebrities, and government officials to protect children from the devastating effects of toxic substances in the environment.  They’re responsible for tons...

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Make your own Earth with these 5 cool Earth Day crafts for kids

Of all the Earth Day craft ideas I’ve seen that get creative when it comes to reusing and recycling, I love the idea of making an actual Earth on this very important day. Here are five cool Earth Day crafts for kids that we hope will encourage discussion and action. Related: A cool DIY Play Dough Earth Day project If you’re up for a challenge, this Plantable Paper Earth from Modern Parents Messy Kids (at top) is pretty fantastic. The best part? You can plant these earths in your garden and watch them grow.   Grab some green and blue food...

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

Here are five of our favorite tech picks from this week, just in case you missed them. 1. A wonderful fundraiser started by the tech community to help raise money for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. 2. We see this brilliant gadget getting lots of use in our cars. Lots. 3. A round-up of kids’ foreign language apps just for Android users at the request of a reader. (Yes, we take requests!) And for iPad users – an educational app for big kids that also happens to be stunning. 4. We can’t believe what created this amazing artwork. 5....

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Grammar Rules. Even in the kitchen.

Hi, Word Nerd here. You know, the type who cringes wildly every time she receives a pitch promising “A Great Story Idea For Mom’s Everywhere.” I’m also a little anal about the its/it’s issues on my children’s homework, so you can imagine how excited I am about this line of grammar police dishware.     The may/can plates from Grammar Rules are so perfect for kids, giving you the perfect opportunity to explain that “yes, everyone can have ice cream for breakfast but no, you may not.” (Or at least that’s the example I might use.) They’re such fun...

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