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STEM Toy Gift Guide

STEM Toy Gift Guide

With my son as a guinea pig, we’ve been busy testing STEM toys to discover his favorites.

STEM Toy Gift Guide

DIY Electro Dough Kit

This is, hands down, our favorite kit. Note that the kit has everything that you need EXCEPT for the playdoh. Purchase that seperately — you don’t need much — or make your own. You can use this kit over and over again too. At $30, it’s well priced.

DIY Electro Dough Kit STEM toy for kids

Venus Fly Trap Plant

This kit includes everything you need to assemble a successful terrarium for your Venus Fly Trap. You get a 2 inch plant, a five inch globe terrarium, and the soil. The kit is $22. Pair with a book to learn more about the fascinating Venus Fly Trap!

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Be Fearless Be Brave Hasbro

BE FEARLESS BE KIND & Giveaway

We know that, no matter what their background is, when kids know they can make a difference in the world, it’s transformative for them in a very positive way.

Please join me in Hasbro’s new philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND. It’s designed to empower kids to have the compassion, empathy and courage to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives.

We know it’s not always easy to be kind and kids need toolkits to help teach them and inspire empathy. BE FEARLESS BE KIND has engaged best-in-class partners who developed empathy and compassion tools & resources that parents can use: Ashoka and No Bully on the empathy piece, Special Olympics Unified for inclusion, and generationOn and Rock Your World for taking action.
Be Fearless Be Brave Hasbro

The goal: We want kids to stand up for others, include everyone, and take action when they see a problem.

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Our Teen Acne Solutions

Our Teen Acne Solutions

This is not a sponsored post — I wish! This is real life.

I was shocked to see my teen daughter’s medicine cabinet the other day. It looks like a Sephora store. It’s true that PickyKidPix, now 14 years old, is obsessed about skin care. She’s watched beauty YouTubers for a zillion hours. She has asked for acne starter kits from her relatives for birthday and Christmas gifts for the past two years.

Our Teen Acne Solutions

She’s also a bit of a hypochondriac. If she has the slightest rash on her face, she demands to go to the dermatologist. Once, I caved and actually took her. It was the fastest dermatologist appointment on the planet, with our nice derm trying to stifle a smile. Read more…

LUX Blox STEM Building Toy

LUX Blox STEM Building Toy

LUX Blox STEM Building Toy
The Lux Blox are different from other blocks in that they are very versatile. They flex, twist, bend, turn, curve, and move with a lock and hinge system that snaps the pieces into place.

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Top 10 Fantasy Adventures for Kids & 3 Signed Book GIVEAWAY

Top 10 Fantasy Adventures for Kids & 3 Signed Book GIVEAWAY

Please welcome author G. A. Morgan with her list of Top 10 Favorite Fantasy Adventures. The final book of her own fantasy adventure series, The Five Stones Trilogy, releases today called The Kinfolk!

I’m thrilled to be giving away 3 SIGNED copies of The Kinfolk to 3 winners. Please see Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m doing more book giveaways there as well.——————

Greetings readers of Pragmatic Mom! Thank you for encouraging your kids to read fantasy. The great news about fantasy-adventure books is that kids tend to devour them. The best ones, in my opinion, tell a riveting story with relatable characters, but offer—at the core—some irrevocable, universal truths.

With technology ever-present and Hollywood bringing to screen many of our favorite stories, it’s more important then ever to have reading choices that are broad and deep; that offer exciting narratives but are also thought-provoking and linger in the imagination long after childhood is over. They also should appeal to both girls and boys.

That’s what I tried to accomplish in The Five Stones Trilogy, and these are the qualities I looked for when creating this list. By and large, the books in this list are appropriate for ages 8-14 (and beyond!), depending on reading ability, and my list gets “older” as we move down it. Read more…

STEM TOY: Ozobot (robotics using markers)

STEM TOY: Ozobot (robotics using markers)

I’m always looking for STEM toys for my son to get him off screens. When I was offered this toy, I didn’t really know what it was, but it sounded like it was worth checking out. The packaging doesn’t really do it justice in terms of how simple and fun it is to use so it sat for weeks, untouched.

STEM TOY: Ozobot

Finally, I got my son to open the box. And we found a nice package of stickers, markers and a very small robot! I wish that was on the box. We would have torn the box open much sooner!

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10 Hilarious Cat and Dog Picture Books

10 Hilarious Cat and Dog Picture Books

To celebrate the release of my latest picture book, Officer Katz & Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou, Mia invited me to share my TOP 5 funny dog and cat picture books!

Dog my cats! It was virtually impossible to limit myself to 5 books each, but here goes! It’s raining cats and dog picture books!!

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Top 5 FUNNY Dog Picture Books

5. A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

How can you resist this cover? I certainly couldn’t!

The shoe-wearing canine character of this dog adoption tale so reminds me of another favorite canine, Dr. Seuss’s Max.

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Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children's Book!

Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children’s Book!

Are you interested in receiving a FREE multicultural children’s book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017?

Big News: You DON’T have to be a blogger this year!! That’s right! Get a FREE diversity children’s book and post your book review and optional book extension activity on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. Bloggers, welcome too, of course! We’re just expanding our outreach so that we can give away more FREE diversity books to parents! Read more…

Kid Lit Blog Hop Now MONTHLY!

October Kid Lit Blog Hop

We want to welcome you to the October 2016 Kid Lit Blog Hop. Fall is here and Halloween is in a mere two weeks…WOW! There are some really great Halloween and Autumn books out there for children. We have seen some listed already. How about you share some of those on our monthly hop or for that matter, any great kid’s literature. We love it all!

Have you seen the Kid Lit Blog Hop Facebook fan page. This page has all the news and information related to the hop plus ongoing posts, giveaways, news articles, etc. related to Kid’s Lit. Check it out and of course, please like the page.


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