Tag: science

Kid-friendly Chicago activities: The best museum exhibits for kids

This year my husband and I loaded everyone up (even the grandparents) for a long weekend over fall break, and flew to Chicago, one of my very favorite cities, in search of some awesome kid-friendly activities. Our focus: checking out all the must-see exhibits for kids at Chicago museums. Lest you think that New York and DC are the only big museum cities in the US, know that Chicago has a ton of awesome options. In fact, it was a lot to tackle, especially with three children in tow, but I’ve survived to tell you it can be done–as long as you embrace the idea...

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Super nerdy blocks for super scientists

There aren’t many wooden toys for toddlers that I can imagine an older kid would love too, but these super nerdy ABC blocks from Uncommon Goods are a major exception. They’re made from locally sourced wood and printed with non-toxic inks, featuring letters, illustrations, and scientific vocabulary words. They’re safe for toddlers to gnaw on, sturdy enough for preschool architects, and offer such cool reading material that middle schoolers might use them as a study reference for science class. Or hey, maybe your kindergartner will wow her teacher with talk of buckyballs and the water cycle. It’s never too...

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Our planet: #Itsnotwarming, it’s dying

My mother came over this week with a handful of beautiful green ombre buttons, but they had a darkness to them. As she pinned one to each of my children, she explained that these were the new Milton Glaser Earth Buttons, a graphical show of solidarity he’s created in the fight against global warming. However the design legend (ever seen an I ♥ NY logo?) is making a point with this effort that it’s not actually global warming at all we’re talking about–it’s the planet, dying. A  more severe concept than “climate change” to be sure. So he’s created an icon...

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Web Coolness: Back to school giveaway, a babysitter sharing controversy, and Ryan Gosling wallpaper

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Our Back to School Shopping Guide series is up now, have you seen it? And don’t miss that huge giveaway! The science activity our kids are begging us to do again and again, and we don’t even mind. Remembering Robin Williams with our staff’s favorite movie clips. Did yours make our list? What would you do if someone asked for your best sitter’s number? Interesting comments. Here’s how to take the perfect back to school photo of your kids Hint: This free printable can help. Leave...

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Land’s End gets into the girls in STEM trend with cool space tees. Whoo!

As we get ready to send our girls back to school–some of us sooner than others (ahem, Kate in Nashville)–we are so happy to see the trend of science themed tees for girls hitting the bigger retailers, like Lands End. The space tee for girls that they offer, which features a cool solar system design, really is only “for girls” in that it’s got a more narrow, contoured fit with scalloped hems and shirring at the shoulders. The NASA Crew tee for girls is also kind of cool for future Sally Rides.  And yes, there are some space tee designs that get a...

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Science t-shirts that help kids tell the pedipalp from the chelicarae

My kids never just want to know what something is. They also need to know where it’s from, what it does, what it eats, and why it makes that weird noise. If your kids want all the answers too, check out these adorably informative science t-shirts for kids from Elemental Ts. Each image is a labeled anatomical diagram just like you find in science textbooks. (Wait, do kids still use actual textbooks anymore?)   Hand-printed in Brooklyn by two clearly cool Brooklyn moms, we love the bright colors and hand-illustrated images of animals and robots which are totally great for boys or girls. From frogs to...

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Art and science merge beautifully for kids with Chemistry Crayon Labels

When I was a kid, we called the deep purple crayon plain ol’ Violet. Then it was Purple Mountains’ Majesty. Now it can be Titanium (III) Ti3+(aq). Because these Chemistry Crayon Labels turn that 64-count box of childhood’s favorite art medium into a fun lesson about the chemicals that make up every color. Whether you want a simple 8-pack or are as anxious as a baking soda volcano to splurge on the jumbo 120-pack, the Chemistry Crayon Labels from QueInteresante on Etsy come color-coded to match each crayon. Simply peel the labels off and stick them on your crayons, and hopefully...

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Web Coolness: Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas, the best states for working moms, and some poignant posts from around the web.

Every week we share our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.    It’s last minute Mother’s Day gift idea time and we have you covered with a ton of ideas you can make, by, or otherwise cobble together with love. These Mother’s Day ecards from our favorite apps are guaranteed to arrive in time. Looking to make a donation on your mother’s behalf? Check out the good work of the Worldwide Fistula Fund. Thanks Pinterest for sharing our Mother’s Day Pinterest board as a favorite. We kind of like it too! A lovely...

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Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments that moms think are awesome too

When cool dad and author Mike Adamick’s new Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments (phew!) arrived at our door, my oldest daughter screamed with delight and I haven’t seen the book since. Whether you’re looking to get your kids more excited about science or are just looking for some weekend rainy-day activities, this is the book for you. And your screaming kids. Similar to Adamick’s first book Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects which helps bring more dads into the crafting fray with their kids, this sequel is chock full of fun activities for parents (of any sex) and kids, though this time...

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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 posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Owls and foxes, out. Adorable sloths, in! Consider us obsessed. 2. Cool videos for kids that aren’t actually made for kids. We’re in love. 3. A simply brilliant app for parents. 4. A must-have summer gadget just got a whole lot smarter. 5. This will make Star Wars fans very...

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Geek out with these earth science drinking glasses

I’ve somehow collected way too many pint glasses over the years that aren’t necessarily my taste, especially since I’ve been out of college for awhile. I’m pretty sure I’m due for a glassware upgrade, which is why I’ve got my eye on these unique earth science drinking glasses at the shop we always find cool stuff, Uncommon Goods. I’m not sure what I love more; that this set of four drinking glasses was made here in the USA, or that they’re completely science-geeked out with the four sections of the universe–ocean, earth, atmosphere, and space.   And in case you’re not super...

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Black Wagon’s first ever toy sale starts now. As in right now. Don’t miss it!

Cool. Cheap. And your kids will like, oh, everything. Doesn’t get better than that, right? Then check out this weekend’s huge sale at Black Wagon starting today. It’s one of our favorite go-to sites for apparel and toys for babies and kids. The toys are all 20% off, and the clothing up to 50% off on our favorite brands, plus flat rate shipping which you should get while you can, because it’s changing February 1. Here are a few (very few) CMP-approved goodies I have my eye on. Especially at these prices. Soopsori Wooden Rattle Blocks  What a lovely eco-friendly baby gift, or...

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Best gifts for 8-year-old boys: ideas that will get a big “wow.” Reader Q & A

What are the best gifts for an 8-year-old boy? I’m looking for a big gift, in the $50-$100 range. —CMP reader, via Twitter   Oh, you mean the kind of gift that makes a child pause while unwrapping, shout out with glee, and rush over to give you a big hug? Well, small gifts can do that too, but on the splurgier side, here are some of our favorites according to our own sons — and by the way, according to our daughters, all these cool kids’ gifts would be great for girls, too. Just note we stayed away...

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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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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool pins like these daily.  1. Great list of nut-free Halloween candies you can find in any store. 2. Want these shoes. Need these shoes. Will someone please buy us these shoes?  3. Some especially lovely baby gifts just out.  4. Awesome gift for science geeks.  5. Words all parents should relate...

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A geeky gift shop for science gifts we can’t resist

If science truly is a jar of secrets behind the magic of our universe, this adorable shop is like a jar factory. Or, just a great way to buy handmade, beautiful objects that celebrate the wonders of science. If you’ve ever watched a murmuration of swallows or played with iron filings and a magnet, then you know how beautiful and magical science can be. Newton and the Apple is a stylish little store on Etsy that brings out the relatable, gorgeous side of science through images, jewelry, coasters, and more. It’s a shop filled with geek gifts, but you...

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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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A numbers book for kids who like animals. Or an animal book for kids who like numbers.

Now that my oldest is eight and reading full-on chapter books, it’s hard to find a kids’ book that will captivate her, her first-grade sister, and younger cousins who come to visit too. But that’s just what author Lola M. Schaefer manages to do in this beautifully captivating new children’s book about animals, and new ways to look at their lives.    LIFETIME: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives works as an engaging teaching tool on so many levels. Each spread describes statistics about one of 11 animals in interesting numbers, like in one lifetime, this alpaca will grow 20...

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14 of the coolest Shark Week picks for kids (whether they’re old enough for Shark Week or not)

If Sharknado registered on your personal pop culture radar, you know that everyone is talking about Shark Week, which started as a Discovery Channel programming block, and has now turned into an actual…Thing. Don’t be surprised if your kids start wanting all things shark after this week. Or hey, if they’re too young (or you are!) to watch, then just settle for one of these fun shark picks. –Liz   Custom kids’ shark tee, made to order from this awesome Etsy seller. Too cute. I mean…scary. (above, $23, Oh Bananas) Handmade shark pencil case: one of our favorites that...

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Web coolness: Toys in space, the best ads for parents, and unbelievable cakes that are out of this world

Here are some things we’ve loved reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. This LEGO Spaceship Alphabet sure is out of this world! Honored to have participated in this PR Week Magazine parenting roundtable, which looks at how marketing to parents is evolving–and who could do better. Eight Awesome Outdoor DIY Projects for Kids. Why your kids’ bedtime may be more important than you think. Would you believe that these models of Jupiter and Earth are cake? Whoa! (via Handmade Charlotte) Do you still sleep soundly after having kids? If the answer is no, here’s where to commiserate. Our own Liz shares...

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