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  • fancy nancy author jane o
    School and Learning
    3 Reasons Why Fancy Nancy Creator Jane O'Connor is Promoting Literacy
    This year, beloved children’s author Jane O’Connor, creator of the popular Fancy Nancy literary series, bid Nancy--her pink, boa-loving little girl character with a beautiful imagination--“adieu”. After writing more than 50 picture and ch...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Classic Toys That Still Rock
    Best Toys
    12 Classic Toys That Still Rock
    Stumped for gift ideas for your kids? Before you opt for the latest fad toy, consider one of these these 12 classic toys. Check your attic or grandma's basement before you buy these oldies but goodies! Mr. Potato Head When Mr. Potato Head debut...
  • 21 Free Educational Apps for Kids
    Mobile Apps
    21 Free Educational Apps for Kids
    Educational apps are a great and fun way to keep your kids learning outside of the classroom, but the cost of all those apps can add up fast. Luckily, there are plenty of free apps for kids that are both educational and fun but won't break the ba...
    Colleen Hughes
  • The Best Christmas Books of All Time
    Christmas Activities and Traditions
    Top 10 Christmas Books for Kids
    These old and new tales will get everybody into the holiday spirit! There's a book on the list for children (and children-at-heart) of any age. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Ages: 4-8 The Grinch is probably the most popular of al...
  • Counterfeit Toys and Online Shopping: What Every Parent Needs to Know
    Baby and Toddler Toys
    Counterfeit Toys and Online Shopping: What Every Parent Needs to Know
    As we approach the holiday season, many of us will be purchasing toys and gifts online. Shopping online is convenient and nothing beats shopping in your pajamas! However, there are some pitfalls and one is purchasing a counterfeit item when you t...
    Laura Richards
  • Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
    Earth Day
    Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
    Celebrate Earth Day every day by reading some of these great children's books about Mother Earth, recycling, planting trees, and all things green! Fittingly, most of them are printed on recycled or eco-friendly paper. Looking for more? Use our...
  • 12 Apps Parents Should Know
    Mobile Apps
    Safety Beyond Facebook: 12 Social Media Apps Every Parent Should Know About
    Pop quiz: What is Voxer? If you're scratching your head, it's time to read up on the trendy new social media apps kids are using. Friending your child on Facebook is now just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online safety. Click through to...
    Erin Dower
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
    Curious World
  • mom talking to daughter about difficult subject
    Death and Dying
    12 Children's Books That Help Explain Tragedies and Death
    It can be incredibly difficult to explain tragedy and death to a young child, and to help them cope. Whether your family is facing a personal loss of a family member or friend, or is struggling with the news of a community or national tragedy, ...
  • Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
    Active Play
    7 Fun Driveway and Sidewalk Games for Kids
    Looking for some classic outdoor games kids can play in the driveway or on the sidewalk, just like the good ol' days? From hopscotch to bubble-blowing contests, here's something for all ages. Best of all, you don't need a lot of equipment or a bi...
  • dangers of fidget spinners
    Toys, Games, and Books
    The Dangers of Fidget Spinners
    Fidget spinners can be found everywhere you look lately, but there are a few hidden costs to this trend. The dangers of fidget spinners aren't just limited to annoying teachers and frustrating parents. Parents have reported chipped teeth, cuts, b...
    Cara J. Stevens
  • kids potato sack race
    Outdoor Games
    Top 10 Backyard Party Games for All Ages
    Looking for some fun outdoor games to play at your next barbecue or family party? Good ol' fashioned group games — from sack races to cornhole and other toss games — are all the rage these days! So check out this list of our favorite old and ...
    Erin Dower
  • kids reading book to overcome fear
    Fear of the Dark
    15 Books to Help Kids Overcome Their Fears
      Childhood can bring a lot of phobias and anxiety — fear of the dark, or thunder, or monsters, or going to the doctor, or the potty, or school, or the dentist... Eek! So here's a list of great children's books to help kids cure their inner w...
  • summer games and activities for kids
    Summer Crafts and Activities
    Top Summer Games and Activities for Kids
    Looking for some fun summer day activities for your kids? Well look no further! Beach Obstacle Course All you need is a stick and a shovel to make a fun beach activity for your child. Read the instructions for the Beach Obstacle Course. Wat...
  • Best classic board games for kids
    Board Games
    Top 10 Best Classic Board Games for Kids
    It's raining. It's pouring...and the kids are climbing the walls! Don't sweat it! There are plenty of classic board games for kids to get into. They're fun for the whole family -- and they'll keep your kids away from their screens for a few hours...
  • 10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids
    Mobile Apps
    10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids' Mobile Use
    Kids and mobile devices can be a scary mix. Whether your toddler is just starting to use your family tablet or your teen has a new smartphone of her own, check out the wide variety of apps and software — free and paid — that you can use to mo...
    Erin Dower
  • Fact Monster, a safe space for kids to find homework help
    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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  • Smartphones
    Entertainment and Activities
    Center for Cyber Safety and Education: Your Toys Are Listening
    We have all heard the horror stories from our parents about the days when you had to actually get out of your chair to change one of the three channels on the TV or flip a record to hear more music. But now we have evolved past the remote and man...
    Patrick Craven