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Numbers 1 to 11 Drawing Game

Numbers 1 to 11 Drawing Game

My husband learned this drawing game using numbers 1 to 11 in numerical order as a little boy growing up in Korea which is probably why I have never seen it before. He must have learned it really well because he whips it out whenever a restaurant that we are waiting at has brown paper and crayons on the table.

It’s a fun way to entertain the kids! Here it is:

Number 1: Draw it in the center of the page.

Numbers 1 to 11 Drawing Game

Number 2: Draw the number 2 right below number 1.

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DIY Gamer Kit STEM Toy

DIY Gamer Kit STEM Toy

I thought my son would enjoy the STEM toys from Technology Will Save Us, so I was thrilled when they offered me two kits. As soon as they arrived, my son wanted to build the DIY Gamer Kit in which you build your own remote control. We opted for the version with the parts already soldered in as my husband thought soldering might be too dangerous for our 10-year-old son.

DIY Gamer STEM Toy

My son looked for the instructions in box and was puzzled not to find any. Instead, he figured out that he needed to go to their website to watch video tutorials.

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The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Thanksgiving Picture Book

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good FortuneI was thrilled to be invited to a lunch hosted by Candlewick Press to meet author and illustrator P. J. Lynch who was here all the way from Ireland for the release of his first advanced picture book. He has illustrated more than 26 picture books over his 30 year career and this is the very first book he’s written!

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Is it me or are all Irish authors charming and funny? Eoin Colfer comes to mind and now P. J. Lynch as well! After thirty years as a children’s book illustrator, P. J. reveals how this story about John Howland hooked him and converted him into an author:

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

Told in fascincating first person, P. J. Lynch tells the Mayflower story from the perspective of an indentured servant, young John Howell who actually fell off the ship during a storm and survived! John’s story begins from the perils of escape from England to the difficult voyage on the Mayflower and continues through the winter in the New World in which only half their party survive. John meets Massasaoit and Squanto who are instrumental in keeping the remaining settlers alive. By the end of his first year, John faces a difficult decision to stay or return home.

This is a picture book that begs to be read aloud. It’s also a great way for kids to feel like they are experiencing the Mayflower journey alongside John Howell. The gorgeous watercolor artwork reminiscent of old world Renaissance masters illuminates the story. [advanced picture book, ages 8 and up]

I interviewed P. J. Lynch in four parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Each video is about 3 minutes

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Hello! Welcome to the November 2015 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, now monthly hop,  is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

Simply create a post and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) 
Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.
Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

The hostess will be around to see you. It would be nice if you followed all of them. Happy Hopping!

Reading Authors

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Arckit STEM architect toy for kids

ARCKIT: Architecture STEM Toy for Kids

ARCKIT: Architecture Design Toy for Kids


ARCKIT is a freeform model making system that does not require glue, yet it lets you design, build and modify these really cool modern houses. They simply snap together!

ArckitThis would be a wonderful building toy for a budding architect or just any kid that likes to build in 3 dimensions. There are finish details that you can choose such as wood flooring, terracotta tiles, stone walls and shingle aluminium to create your own vision.


My Son and Friends Build an ARCKIT

I asked my newly 11-year-old son if he wanted to build an ARCKIT and we looked at the designs together. His answer was a resounding, “YES! They are cool!” ARCKIT is recommended for kids ages 12 and up but younger kids with good fine motor and patience would enjoy this building kit too.
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Viewing the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse from Boston

Viewing the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse from Boston

Did you catch the supermoon lunar eclipse this past September 27th, 2015? It’s a supermoon and a lunar eclipse or ‘blood moon’ happening at the same time. It was visible around much of the planet in a rare celestial event. The last one was in 1982 and the next one is in 2033.
Bloodmoon super moon lunar eclipse Boston

We watched it here a few miles west of Boston. My iPhone images weren’t great but my friend Stella shared the photo her daughter Sam took.

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Amazing Time Lapse Nature

Amazing Time Lapse Nature

My husband has been taking photos at the Weston Reservoir where he walks out dog every day from the same spot. He finally made a time laspe video of them all and there’s a lot of shots of the reservoir frozen over. It was a long winter last year!

My favorite time laspe video is of of Lotte growing up. Her father shot her every day and made two versions: Birth to 12 Years and 0 to 14 years. This is under my life list: Things I Would Do If I Could Do It Over Again. I think I was just too brain dead when I was raising my kids to ever pull this  off. Read more…

Making 3D Hologram Projector: STEM for Kids

Making 3D Hologram Projector: STEM for Kids

My son saw this video on The Kid Should See It and wanted to build a 3D Hologram Projector.

Making 3D Hologram Projector: STEM for Kids
Build Hologram Projector Video

It looks simple enough and it certainly caught my 10-year-old son’s attention. The materials are easy to come by too. You just need:

  • CD Case that you can cut up
  • X-Acto Blade
  • A cutting board or something to cut on
  • clear tape
  • scissors

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Cool Inspirational Videos to Watch With Your Kids

Cool Inspirational Videos to Watch With Your Kids

My son and I have been enjoying The Kid Should See This curated videos. We picked out four of our favorites after watching several dozen.

What do we have today?

  • Bach played like you’ve never heard it — by whacking plastic tubes
  • The Guinness World Record for the largest popsicle stick chain reaction
  • Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei
  • A car built of legos that runs on air? Is that possible? Yes!

We hope you enjoy them too!

Boomwhacker Bach

Whacking plastic tubes has never sounded better!  Read more…

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Get Schooled. The opinions and text are all mine.

My youngest is in 5th grade this year and his homework is getting more challenging. Usually, I can figure out how to help him but sometimes, I need a little help figuring out his homework too! What to do?

Homework Help Desk for FREE Help!

I’d like to tell you about Homework Help Desk, a new website that’s focused on helping kids with their challenging homework in math, science, English (and parents too!). This website is a project of Get Schooled, a national non-profit founded on the belief that students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation.

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