Why launch ping pong balls into the air … when you could send a basketball flying?
Kids will get the chance to do just that during the Design Squad Nation Build Big Contest, where kids are invited to super-size activities for Design Squad Nation, a new show on PBS KIDS GO! From building a PVC Kayak to an enormous catapult, nothing is off limits.
It’s all about thinking outside the box. Kids can work with grandparents, neighbors, friends—anyone with a little imagination—and pick an activity (such as building a rubber band car) from the Design Squad Nation website. Step two? Make it bigger. Videos are uploaded to YouTube, and the lucky winner will get a camera to document future builds for the DSN website.
The contest opens today, so get building!
Now that Spring Break is over, it’s time for the kiddos to get back to that thing we call “learning.” Ease them into it with these fun, artistic games that may just trick them into getting their noggins ticking again!
Snag up Button Art, a fun new activity from Alex Toys that uses 46 colorful, chunky buttons and 10 different pictures, encouraging little ones to match and snap to complete the picture. They won’t even realize it’s helping to develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! Best for ages 2 and up. Get it from Learning Express Toys in Dallas for $19.95.
More artistically-inclined tots may enjoy the Deluxe Floor-Standing Wooden Easel from Melissa & Doug, also available at Learning Express Toys ($79.99). This double-sided easel, featuring both a chalk board AND a dry-erase board is creativity central—get them thinking spatially, graphically and every which way. They can even practice their math problems (multiplication is much more fun with colored chalk, after all!). Comes with a child-safe paper cutter, four clips and a plastic tray on each side to hold art supplies. Best for ages 3 and up.
Who says learning can’t be fun?
What are some of the things on your bucket list? Learn a new language … see your parents more often … replicate your mother-in-law’s meatloaf recipe for your hubby … finally? For most of us, reaching the summit of the world’s tallest mountain isn’t necessarily at the top of our to-do list, but it still makes for a fascinating peek into the life of someone who tried it.
This week check out The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, just out on Blu-ray. The thrilling documentary (featuring spectacular footage) tells the story of English mountain climber George Mallory and his attempt to be the first to reach the untouched summit of Everest. At just 800 feet from the top, he disappeared into a cloud bank; he was found 75 years later with nothing but a photo of his wife.
Get inspired tonight with the whole family. You’ll recognize the voices of Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman. Rated PG.
Do you ever find yourself doodling mindlessly? While you’re talking on the phone … waiting at a restaurant … taking notes … you can’t help it! Your kids are no different. Some of us scribble curly qs and bubbly flowers, some of us write our names in big bubble letters, while others draw Rembrant-esque replicas of the scene in front of them.
Whatever your artistic ability, doodling has just been made easier (and less messy!). Unfurl the Doodle Roll, 30 feet of wound-up paper invented by a mom just like you. It comes with four to eight crayons and easy-tear edges, so you can save each and every masterpiece from your kiddos (that fridge is looking a little empty!). It also comes with convenient travel packaging, making it a great toy to take in the car, on a trip or to a restaurant.
Get it for under $5 (depending on the size) at Toys Unique in Fairview. Designed for ages 3-8.
For years people have been telling the story of the man who was eaten by a whale … and lived to tell all about it! But this is the first time the story has been told by vegetables.
In Jonah: A Veggietales Movie, you’ll join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and the rest of the Veggie gang as they set sail on a whale of an adventure. Through music, laughs and, of course, wild adventures (what would you expect from the stomach of a whale?), you’ll learn that one of the best gifts you can give—or get—is a second chance.
Pick it up on 3-D Blu-ray and DVD today.
As any mom knows, when baby doesn’t sleep, you don’t sleep. That’s why when they call this the Miracle Blanket, they mean miracle.
This simply designed swaddling blanket—free of knots, buttons, straps and Velcro—helps your baby sleep better, deeper and longer … so that you can finally get that deep sleep you’ve been longing for. It’s one size fits all, so it will last your little one for months; still, as baby grows her legs extend past the tight portion for free movement and joint development.
It comes in a variety of cool designs, from funky floral to quirky giraffe to simple blues, purples and pinks. Get it for $29.95 at Wellness Baby in Dallas.