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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
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Fear of the Dark
    Phobia Quiz
    Find out all your phobias with this fun quiz! ...
    David Johnson
  • 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
  • Gifts We Wish We Never Bought for Christmas
    Entertainment and Activities
    9 Toys We Wish We Never Bought Our Kids This Holiday Season
    L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise This toy started out as the hottest thing for 2017, but lost it's allure once it had been unboxed. Imagine a giant, glittery ball filled with lots of tiny plastic toys for kids to unwrap....lots of cheap, tiny pla...
    Laura Richards
  • How to Deal with Too Many Toys
    Family Life
    4 Tips for Dealing with Too Many Toys After the Holidays
    When it comes to my kids' play room, every day is like Groundhog Day. I straighten up the night before, but the next day, it's the same thing: little toys scattered across the floor, dozens of LEGOs dumped out, piles of dolls on the bed, and ba...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • Little Tikes Tunnel and Dome Climber
    Best Toys
    Top 10 New Outdoor Toys for Summer
    It's time to stock up on summer toys for your kids! Check out these fun new summer toys and games that are sure to be a hit for yard and beach playtime. Also, search our Toy Finder for new ride-on toys and bikes for all ages. ...
    Erin Dower
  • Stack of Children
    Autism
    8 Great Children's Books About Autism
    8 Great Children's Books About Autism About 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the CDC, so your family probably knows someone with autism. Help your child learn more about ASDs by reading these children's book...
  • Dr. Seuss
    8 Classic Dr. Seuss Books for Kids of All Ages
    Dr. Seuss books are a must-have in every child's library! To celebrate Dr. Seuss Day on March 2, we've rounded up our favorite classics by this best-selling author. Which is your favorite? ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Plastic Magnetic Letters
    Indoor Activities
    Learning the Alphabet: Letter-Sound Laundry Games for Kids
    Learning the Alphabet: Letter-Sound Laundry Games for Kids Your child might be able to recognize the letters of the alphabet, and he might be able to recognize the sounds those letters make, but can he put those two skills together? Playing the...
  • How to Play Charades
    Family Games
    How to Play Charades
    Directions Choose a player to start the game. The player thinks of a book title, a famous person's name, a saying, a movie title or a song title to pantomime. He should choose something with which the others will be familiar. If you like, design...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Vocabulary Memory Game for Kids
    Vocabulary Memory Game for Kids This game is best played when your child has a set of vocabulary words he needs to learn. In school, this frequently happens when there are words that are specific to a theme or are found in a book he's reading. I...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Learning to Read: Sight Word Catcher Game
    Learning to Read: Sight Word Catcher Game As your child begins to learn sight words, practice vocabulary, and look for high-frequency words in the world and print around her, she needs a way to do it without it feeling like work. It can be more...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Boredom Busters: Sixty-Second Word Family Naming
    Boredom Busters: Sixty-Second Word Family Naming The Sixty-Second Word Family Naming game is an easy game to play to keep your child occupied when you're standing on a line somewhere or in the car. Once you've introduced the game to your child a...