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bring your kids an art workshop in a book

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There are lots of kids crafts and art projects out there to devour – whether prefab kits, books, actitvities on Pinterest. But a lot of them spend a lot of time telling your kids what to do, and not a lot of time expanding their minds beyond the project in front of them. If that […]

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the quest to be a scientist

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I may be an artist, but I think my favorite little girl, Birdie, may be a scientist. Which means this latest book by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts is a must for our growing collection. Ada Twist, Scientist is the third in a series of books by this author-illustrator duo. You might be […]

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map your way through these books

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You have hopefully seen the amazing Maps Book by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. It’s one of those amazing illustrated children’s books that we simply had to have. You too? I sure hope so! Because now, Candlewick Press has added even more to the Maps Book Series. They already published the Maps Activity Book last year – which […]

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abc word play all in a book

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Sometimes the most fascinating books aren’t really books at all. The ABC Word Play book from Chronicle Books is a lovely example of thinking outside of the “book”. Punch out the neon letters, then use them to spell the simple words on each page of the book. Or, create your own words using the letters […]

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paper houses

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My girl is in love with origami AND with dollhouses. She’s always trying to make her own out of paper, actually. I guess you’d say this book is a match made in heaven! I may have started bouncing in my seat when I found it? Origami Playhouse is the perfect solution for little girls (and […]

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Our new favorite coloring book, hands down

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Yep, there are suddenly TONS of coloring books out there. They’re kind of all screaming for attention. Some of them are beautiful and precious, others are less original filler, and some of them are totally hopping on the bandwagon. Then I get to see an amazing coloring book like this stunner from Doodlers Anonymous and I […]

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solving a game together with your kids

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There are iPad games that I put up with, and then their iPad games that I simply adore. Lumino City is in the latter category – an amazing game that will challenge you and your kids to mind-teasers and exploration, while looking absolutely stunning at the same time. Lumi has lost her Grandpa, the handyman […]

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the lost files of nancy drew

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We were wandering through one of our favorite bookstore slash yarn shops this weekend. Birdie had found the fairy books and was asking to buy several, my husband was looking at brewing books, and suddenly, amidst the Egyptology and Dragonology books I found this gem. The Lost Files of Nancy Drew is one of those heavy, over-sized books […]

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interstellar cinderella

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First of all, I keep trying to say “interstella” like I’m some kind of futuristic southern belle. I just want it to rhyme so badly! I had to get that off my chest. Ok, now we can get to the book! “Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed […]

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interviewing a play designer: Toca Boca’s latest app

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Toca Boca continues to be our favorite resource when it comes to kid-friendly apps. They are one of the few app companies out there that focuses on open-ended play for kids. There is no winning, losing, time limits, coins, levels, etc. t’s just kids playing with virtual toys instead of real ones. Plus, their design aesthetic […]

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gaining control over our kids viewing choices

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Birdie is now capable of typing in her own searches on her iPad. Ok, she’s 6, so most of the time her spelling isn’t accurate, but that’s probably even more dangerous than if she was able to type in “Grumpy Cat” correctly. I’m not ready for this, and I don’t know how to manage her […]

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dripthat photo sharing app: part two

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Last week I shared a new app called Dripthat with you –  I love to use it for creating a drip that really describes the mood over several images, and I can share it privately with family, or publicly with everyone. But this time, I wanted to show you how easy it is to turn this […]

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appy day: dripthat photo sharing app

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I know, we have too many social media tools already. At least, if one tries to do them all. I’m a big believer in picking the social media channels that fit you best – especially as a blogger where social media can make or break you. My favorites are the most visual ones: Pinterest and […]

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you’ll be wild about these magical shapes

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Last week at the library we found this mesmerizing book. Like magic, it creates animals out of random shapes and layers of acetate. The colors and simplicity are a designer’s dream. The story within Wild About Shapes is super basic, letting the animals speak for themselves. Asking questions like, “what can you see?” when all […]

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just in time: the book of mom

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I think I’ve found the perfect personalized gift for moms – whether it’s one of us or maybe a gift for our own mothers. The Book of Everyone (with great options for anyone, mom or no) features the work of many many talented artists, which is cool in and of itself. But the fascinating part: it’s […]

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