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Forget paper and pencils. Look into these fun new tools to help kids unleash their inner scientist or engineer.
Exo Labs Model 2 Camera
The Model 2 camera attaches to any standard microscope and captures high-res images of the field of view. An app streams images to an iPhone or iPad so that students …Learning
While gathering information for articles about toddlers, I have discovered desperate posts like this on the Internet: "Two-year-old for sale. Cheap!" Raising little ones can be very hard!
In order to parent children under 3, adults need to accept the challenging parts that come during this time …Toddlers
And no, I never tell my child “bad job!” either. Save your gasps for Jerry Springer, SmartMoms. It’s simply a matter of praise versus …
Most babies begin teething between four and six months old. Though you may not see any tooth buds appearing in your baby’s mouth, it does not mean …
Every family is different, but when it comes to assigning house chores for kids, we couldn’t be more diverse. We asked a few SmartMoms their opinions …
There is no subject that divides parents more significantly than introducing solids to babies. Whether it’s the time (4 months vs. 1 year?), the …
HuffPost blogger Devon Corneal is grateful that her kid is in school for another week. She's sorry that the rest of your children are already running wild and complaining that they're bored. If you're wondering what to do with your kids after they play all the games and build all the sandcastles, …Kids
1. How adored she is. No matter what you disagree on and even though sometimes you may yell, she should know she is the center of your universe -- always.
2. How to cook. She should be able to prepare small snacks such as eggs, pasta, toast, sandwiches etc. My daughter loves to cook and letting them …
When blogger Sarah Goer and her husband purchased their home, they noted a small storage room connected to the bedroom they intended to use for their …Cool Stuff
Fun, easy crafts and activities for kids of all ages using everyday items like beads, paint, bubbles and more
Psst! Here's a secret: You …Kids
OmieBox is a new, healthier lunch box that focuses on form and function. A far cry from the typical Dora the Explorer lunch boxes, OmieBox has an …
By now, texting acronyms like LOL and OMG are pretty pervasive in pop culture; my daughter knew them in preschool, you hear them from the least hip …
When I was a kid, I loved the television show Let's Make a Deal. I especially loved the segment in which the host, Monty Hall, would ask a woman from the audience to find some obscure item in her purse, such as a paper clip or supermarket receipt. I've been thinking that parents could play a similar …Parenting
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a new iPad app that aims to help 5-7 year-old children take their first steps in programming.
ScratchJr is a free app based on MIT’s existing Scratch programming language, which has become a popular choice for slightly older children …Kids
If you've ever had the pleasure of participating in a water balloon fight, you will concur that the most frustrating part of battle is reloading. You think you've got an uninflated balloon securely attached to the end of a garden hose, and then as soon as you turn on the water, *snap*, the balloon …Kickstarter
IN the late 1970s, in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, Iowa, the threat of summer boredom was real. The nearest theme parks were hours away, and the best video games (Space Invaders, Asteroids) were coin guzzlers, fueled by hard-earned lawn-mowing or paper-route funds. While we had the …
Cheerful spaces to inspire you.
Purple Girl's Room
In their Oslo, Norway, house, designer Nicolette Horn's daughter Karina chose purple for her bedroom, with China Seas Tableau wallpaper and China Seas Aga fabric for the headboard and dust skirt, all from Quadrille. The custom-made carpet and side …Kids
Beige: that neutral color that all landlords seem to think their tenants will love. It sometimes gets a bad rap, but luckily, it doesn't have to be …Kids
Beds built to add fun and imagination to every space
The Giant Birds Nest Bed
Designed by O*GE Creative Group, this wooden nest bed comes with egg shaped pillows and can accommodate up to 16 people. oge-group.com
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IKEA's KURA bed is a budget staple in children's rooms, but most parents configure it in a lofted position to free up more floor space. I've often …Kids
We all have a dish that reminds us of childhood: grilled cheese, ramen, brownies. The first whiff instantly transports us to our childhood kitchens, where we once waited wide-eyed for our food to be placed in front of us, legs swinging restlessly from our chairs.
After the first bite, we experience a …Kids
So you want to tour Italy's Etruscan ruins but you have a sneering teen in tow, or a toddler who can shatter priceless artefacts with a single shriek? Just how do you get kids excited about the places you want to go?
Look at things from their perspective, that's how. So even if it is a trip for you, …Kids
Talk about a great week of low-cost eco-furniture. First there was the amazing Brookline bunk beds, and also new to the scene is the darling Caravan …
The issue regarding bullying in schools has grabbed a lot of attention lately. Given that 28% of middle school students experience some manner of bullying, it's no surprise that suicide and depression rates keep on increasing.
Even celebrities have taken the initiative to campaign against bullies …Kids
New portable math manipulative set for fractions. Precision cut from solid 1/8th inch alder wood, these fraction slices will not deform as foam and paper can and can last through multiple children. Fraction circles are one of our more popular math manipulative requests due to fractions being a …
In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.
Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who …Public Broadcasters
Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.
There has been a lot of recent attention focused on the importance of executive function for successful learning. Many researchers …Learning
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I …Education