Tag: kids’ music

How to foster a love of music in your little kids: 6 simple, no-stress things you can do right now

Music is such an important part of children’s lives from both an educational and entertainment standpoint. As a former music therapist and college professor I might be a little biased, but there are plenty of personal stories and scientific studies to back up the theories. What a lot of parents don’t know is that it a child’s music aptitude (think, music IQ) is still forming up through the age of 9. So while some kids are definitely “born with it,” even if your kids don’t seem to be, you can still absolutely raise their level of musical intelligence in those early,...

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Add some spring to your spring with 4 cool new albums for kids you’ll want to add to your playlists

Put a little spring in your step with some great new tunes for the kids that will get your toes tapping too. With new albums from some of our long-time favorites, as well as some artists that our kids will recognize from TV, there’s a great variety of new music, as evidenced in the four new releases we’ve featured here. Trees, the delightful new collaborative release by Molly Ledford of Lunch Money and versatile kindie musician Billy Kelly, is the musical equivalent of a ramble through the woods where every path leads somewhere fun.  Starting with the title song, Trees,...

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The coolest kids’ music of the year: Editors’ Best of 2014

Whether you like your kids’ music to speed things up or chill them out, 2014 was a very good year for independent kids’ music, otherwise known as “kindie.” Four of our favorite albums were nominated for Grammy awards, while artists like Lori Henriques and Walter Martin continued to elevate and challenge what is typically regarded as music for kids. And while we never want the artists to forget the pint-sized audience they are performing for, we love that our favorites are albums we often find ourselves listening to in the car even when we’re riding solo.   So, after listening to dozens and dozens of...

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16 fantastic last-minute Christmas gift ideas: It’s never too late!

Breaking news: We’ve got two days until Christmas. And I’m guessing I’m not the only one who hasn’t finished holiday shopping yet. Deep breath. Don’t panic. And don’t break your budget on $39 overnight shipping just because you get desperate. Instead, snag one of these easy, last-minute Christmas gift ideas, which can all be pulled together quickly. There’s something here for every price range too. And, just like that, your holidays are saved. The great thing about last-minute gifts is that they can inspire you to think outside the box and shop for things you may not normally think of, which can end up making...

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Macaroni and Cruise: A totally different kind of family cruise featuring some of our favorite bands

If you’re looking for a family gift this holiday that blows a lot of ideas out of the water, I’ve got one to float by you: a cruise. We did it a couple of years ago, and the kids were thrilled when they realized that the box full of sunscreen, snorkels, and travel brochures meant that they’d be hitting the high seas later in the year. Kristen and Liz have checked out the Disney Cruises with their families. But now there’s one more and it’s not like Disney at all. This year’s gift vacation hit for me is the new Macaroni and Cruise family vacation, a four-night...

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The best new music for kids and families: 6 of our favorite fall picks

Whether you’re like me and need some holiday gift ideas for the little ones on your list or you just want some new music for kids to dance away the winter chill, I’ve found six recently released kids’ albums that will keep any ears happy. With new music from such CMP favorites as The Pop Ups and Caspar Babypants, as well as a wonderful collection of Latin American tunes for kids, there’s a little something for everyone–including we parents who will be listening along.   The Pop Ups’ Fids and Kamily pick, Appetite for Construction, kicks off with the Prince-era sounds of “Getting the Job Done”,  a multi-layered...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. You guys! A hashtag necklace under $50. Our work is done. 2. One of our favorites from Top Chef visited our site this week to share her favorite app. So cool. 3. 14 of the best YouTube (this means fun!) videos for kids. 4. A coupon app that might be the easiest way to find coupons and save money when you shop. 5. We found safe headphones for kids that just so happen to...

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The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide: Costumes, treats, recipes, printables, crafts, decor, pumpkins and more.

We have featured so many fun Halloween posts this year–and years past, too–featuring our favorite Halloween ideas of all kinds. Including the last minute ones. We’re talking dozens of recipes for treats both healthy and uh….well, you know. Plus costume ideas, printables, decor, pumpkin carving ideas, crafts, music and apps for kids, even cocktails just for you. Can you tell we like Halloween? Since we tend to be among those parents out there who always need last minute Halloween help–let’s call us busy, not procrastinators–we’ve put together the kind of list we’d like to find ourselves, featuring more than 50 helpful Halloween posts (whoa!) to...

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The best kids and family albums of 2014: The Fids and Kamily Award winners

The Fids and Kamily Poll has been announcing the best kids music  of  the year for kids and families since 2006, and we’re always so glad to be a part of it, along with other top bloggers,  journalists, publicists and kids’ music radio show hosts who all have a passion for seeing the best kids music succeed. And, today, the top albums of 2014 were announced. Whoo! This award is a great way to honor those musicians and singers who have helped blast the negative stereotypes about lame kids’ music and who make raising kids so much more joyful–and danceable–for us modern families who...

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Web coolness – Movies recreated in LEGO, Halloween costumes to avoid, and the Brandy Melville debate

Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Stop-motion scenes from 60 movies all recreated in LEGOs. By a 15-year-old! Brilliant. A great reason to become a Cool Mom Tech subscriber today. As in…today. Right now. Stat. Mingos, Rapartment, and Extrasize: We never get tired of funny words that kids mispronounce. A popular brand of tween and teen clothes that only comes in small: Heated debate on our Facebook page. When does social media start to feel not-so-social? Tough discussion about racially sensitive Halloween costumes. Would this change how your kids dress...

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The Ella Jenkins documentary: Let’s help get it made

We are always on the lookout for the best and brightest new kids’ music makers on Cool Mom Picks, bringing you everyone from The Not-Its! to Shine and the Moonbeams. But today we want to honor one of the longest-enduring stars in kids’ music, the incomparable Ella Jenkins, with the hopes of getting a documentary about her life and legacy made to share with future generations of kids. Ella Jenkins: We’ll All Sing Together will tell the story of The First Lady of Children’s Music who has been recording and performing her own songs for 60 years, including her latest release More Multicultural...

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Check out what Laurie Berkner is serving up on Kids’ Place Live this weekend

If your kids can’t get enough of Laurie Berkner’s music, they’re going to eat up the news that she’s coming to Sirius XM’s Kids’ Place Live this weekend–and throughout the year–to promote healthy eating. Oh, and play lots of tunes, too. Her new hour-long program Laurie Berkner’s Garden: Eat, Play, Grow will air multiple times from Friday night through Sunday and stars both Laurie herself and Kids’ Place Live’s awesomely fun Mindy Thomas. This weekend’s show will also feature Catherine McCord, whose cookbook Weelicious has saved more than a few dinners in our home. With four different shows planned to...

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Baby Loves Disco turns 10! Which kind of makes it Tween Loves Disco, huh?

I’ve been a huge fan (and friend) of Baby Loves Disco ever since I shook my groove thing at my first dance party with them back in 2006. Well, they’re turning ten this year (10!), and they’ve got a slew of cool dance parties all around the country to celebrate. They’ll be touring the U.S. all fall (starting with Baltimore tomorrow!) with fun events where you and your kids can cut a rug, get down, or do whatever it is that you love to do on the actual dance floor of a hip club–cool music included, although there’s no shortage of other...

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Schoolhouse Rock is back! (Well, just for one night)

If you guys are anything like me, the news that ABC will share some of our favorite Schoolhouse Rock videos on network television in The ABC’s of Schoolhouse Rock made my day. And since I’ve been sharing the best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube with my kids since they were old enough to sing Lolly Lolly Lolly, they are just as jazzed about this news as I am. For those of you who slept through the 70’s, just entered the country, or–gulp–weren’t born when they originally aired, Schoolhouse Rock‘s catchy, educational, and campy videos helped me learn everything from the Preamble to the Constitution...

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Music for kids: 5 terrific new albums for the whole family, from hip-hop, to pop, to banjo.

Put away that cartoony music for kids that makes you want to jump 0ut of the car. We have better options! Because our favorite kindie artists like Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, and others have been busy this summer putting together great new music for kids, for your family. As in,  your kids will like it, but you’ll find yourself not minding it at all when they ask to play it again. We get a whole lot of kids’ CDs  to review but these are five of our absolute favorites just out now. And like a lot of days this...

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Web Coolness: Grumpy Cat pancakes, a high-fashion rainbow loom dress, birth photos on Facebook, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them too.   Cracking up over these Grumpy Cat pancakes. Download: Dan Zanes’s first ever greatest hits album. A beautiful letter to a child about finding balance as a mom. Going viral: 99 texting acronyms every parent should know Congrats to our editor Liz, one of Mom.me’s Top 50 mom bloggers. Very well deserved. (Also, she has some thoughts on lists like this–and who was left out.) Copycat Kandinsky paintings with your kids. Easy and we love the results. Another kind of crafting: could a rainbow loom dress be worth $250,000? (And you know...

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3 cool new albums for kids, just in time for summer road trips.

Between road trips, hot days spent in front of the AC, and impromptu neighborhood BBQs, summer means lots of time together to enjoy great new family and kids’ music. And we’ve discovered new albums from They Might Be Giants’ Danny Weinkauf,  The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, and CMP’s favorite country duo Hullabaloo that you’ll want to add to your collection. DANNY WEINKAUF: NO SCHOOL TODAY No School Today would win Best Album Name from my kids, though it’s the music from Grammy-winning composer Weinkauf that makes this one a real hit. Kicking off with the one-word, enthusiastically shouted Hey!, the album moves into Archaeology...

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Dan Zanes new web series gives parents one more thing on YouTube for kids that we’re not terrified of.

For the past 14 years, the likable, talented, and crazy-haired Dan Zanes has been putting out some of the very best family music with albums like House Party, Catch that Train, Little Nut Tree, and, most recently, Turn Turn Turn with Elizabeth Mitchell. But his latest venture brings the magic to life through video at a new home on YouTube with the Dan Zanes and Friends web series that lets fans (young and uh, formerly young) enjoy this prolific performer in a whole new way. Dan Zanes and Friends is a series of nicely produced and edited videos, each about 9-10 minutes long, which follow the adventures...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day printables, must-read mom tips, dads on Pinterest (what?) and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Surprise dad with this free Father’s Day printable poster. Too cute. (Updated with cached link since the site no longer exists; here is the direct link to the poster download) The beauty of summer boredom. Love this. Similarly, why we should just let the kids run wild. 10 TED talks every graduate should watch. Nominate your favorite makers for Martha Stewart’s American Made awards. We’re happy to support the #DadsRead initiative: Check out these infographics on dads and reading. Mona Lisa LEGOs. Awesome. Speaking...

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A musical walk Through the Woods with Grammy winners The Okee Dokee Brothers

Grammy-award winners and all around super guys The Okee Dokee Brothers follow up their stellar Mississippi River-themed album, Can You Canoe?, with Through the Woods, all about their adventures hiking a chunk of the Appalachian Mountain trail. This is another collection of songs that should rightfully become a family classic for the joy, fun, and great music it’ll bring into your home and on your family’s travels.   Childhood friends Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander pack Through the Woods with a variety of “mountain music”, including American folk, bluegrass, blues, and a bunch of cool-sounding instruments. Songs like the gently rambling title tune that invites you to join them...

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