Thank goodness a shipment of K’NEX came this past week. We are trying to cut back on screens for Screen Free Week and my biggest challenge is my 8-year-old son who like to simultaneously play video games on the computer while watching TV and eating a snack. I need more screen free week ideas!
I met Kate from K’NEX at BlogHer12 and am thrilled to be part of their blogger ambassador program. The first box of K’NEX toys arrived and I called my son off the multi-screens. He came reluctantly but then his eyes lit up when he saw the goodies.
The first thing he went for were the little packages of Mario Brothers figures. He didn’t touch the Star Wars packages so I am giving those away. He’s not a Star Wars fan (yet…)!
I was so impressed when I met the Lysol folks at BlogHer12. They were really nice and I was able to speak to Dr. Laura Jana, a rockstar pediatrician that I’d stalk to get into her practice if she lived in Boston. (She doesn’t).
So when Michelle Vroom asked if I’d cover the new Lysol No-Touch System, of course I would. Yes, that’s her real name. Vroom. How great to have a last name with onomatopoeia! And just in time for April’s National Poetry month!
Word of the Day
Definition 1: the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)
Definition 2: the use of words whose sound suggests the sense
Her name is also in a famous children’s book!
Don’t Let ThePigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems … Vroom-Vroom Vroomy Vroom-Vroom. Read more…
Educentsis a daily deals website featuring educational products at 30-90% off!
They are about to launch their site and to get the word out, they are offering a free $15 gift card to my readers if you sign up before launch! Click here to sign up.
They will have programs such as foreign language, reading, math, science, art, and more including educational toys and games, as well as books and other items. Basically everything you can think of in terms of educational materials to help kids learn. I asked about exact brands and items but the paperwork is not quite done yet so they can’t disclose it.
I received a small stipend to help get the word out. I am personally excited to buy educational products at a discount! I just signed up myself.
When PickyKidPix was younger, she went to a cooperative nursery school. As part of the reduced tuition fees, parents had to help out at the preschool. I was a parent helper in the classroom but I also had an administrative job in charge of marketing the preschool for the following year’s enrollment. I had a very small marketing budget so the first thing I did was make several vinyl banners and hang them up around town.
It was very effective. Too effective, in fact. Soon, calls started coming in both for enrollment and equally for sign placement.
The highway department called saying that the banners could not be hung on an overpass. The banners might come loose, fall down below to oncoming traffic, and cause an accident. Turns out when this happens, they get sued. I used heavy duty flex ties and checked the signs frequently, but that didn’t matter. Down it went.
The sign by the subway station with lots of street traffic was run by a neighborhood group who decided that only banners of artists could be allowed on the fence. Preschools were no longer welcome. Too bad, this sign generated a lot of calls for our school. Read more…
I am not especially good at crafts. I never seem to have all the items to make a specific craft and I gravitate towards open ended art. This holiday season, I’m going to provide my kids with raw materials as well as images for inspiration to see what they come up with. I bought construction paper, glitter, glue, googly eyes, craft sticks and fancy pipe cleaners. Read more…
I usually zip in and out of Whole Foods with my cart of food so I don’t always notice their other great stuff. I went today with just my camera — no wallet and no shopping list — and I was AMAZED to find that you can almost do your entire holiday gift shopping there. It’s a great option if you are pressed for time or want to combine gift shopping with grocery shopping.
Hi! I'm Mia Wenjen. I love children's books (picture books through YA) and sneaking in teachable moments in art, science, math, foreign language and language arts.
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