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active toys for kids, best outdoor toys fo kids, gift guide of toys for kids

Gift Guide: Best Active Toys

Outdoor Toy Gift Guide

I try to make sure the kids get one hour of active play a day. It’s easier now that they are playing a lot of soccer but the winter is much harder. Not so much the kids, but my husband and I — ex-Californians — had to embrace cold weather, snow and snow sports. Sledding has become a family favorite. Read more…

Help Me Get Ready To Read

Choosing Good Books to Read Aloud to Young Children

Good Books for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Please welcome my guest author Susan from ReadAloudGuide.com.

Parents often ask us, “What are good books to read to my child?” We respond by telling them that good children’s picture books entertain, encourage discussion, spark imagination, and provide information. Good books provide both fun read-aloud experiences and learning opportunities for little ones. Read more…

winning versus having fun, kids sports teams, etiquette on soccer field

How to Be the Perfect Volunteer Parent Coach

Coaching Training for Parent Volunteers

PickyKidPix is lucky to have had great coaches for soccer — 5 years and running now. Living and competing in towns the mimic those in A Race to Nowhere, it’s easy to find parents who are out of control on the sidelines, screaming at their child or a teenage referee. It’s not a pretty sight. How do you create a supportive environment for your child? Our coach has very specific and concrete rules of engagement. Read more…

Emil Nolde, Emil Nolde Poppy, Emile Nolde Poppies Art Project for Kids

Emil Nolde Poppies Inspired Art Lesson for Kids

Art Project for Kids: Emil Nolde Poppies

Emil Nolde is one of my favorite artists that paints flowers. I especially love his delicate yet loose poppy watercolor paintings. I bought several art books for my daughter but none of them contained my favorite poppy paintings of his. I’ve collected them instead on my Pinterest Board, Virtual Art Museum.

I also have a Veteran’s Day craft and book here.

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Newbery 2013

Predicting 2013 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Potential Newbery and Caldecott Winners for 2013

Who are the gurus for predicting winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Award? My vote is for: Read more…

Go Orange, Feeding America, Go Orange Hunger

Top 10 Books to Help Kids Understand Food Insecurity

Books for Kids on Issue of Hunger

Thank you to Jennifer Fischer on Twitter who clued me in on the September month long campaign, Go Orange, to help fight hunger. Read more…

lapfit

Friday Find: LapFit Snack and Homework Tray GIVEAWAY

On-the-Go Car Tray for Snack and Homework

Designed by dad with 4 on the go kids, LapFit is a set of two stacking trays that keep your kids organized and tidy in the car. The lower tray of the LapFit Todder, is designed for eating in the car. I know, I know … some of you hate kids eating in the car because it’s so messy. But when life moves fast, and you either must feed your child in the car or suffer a meltdown(theirs) and/or migraine(yours as a result of meltdown), you might find the LapFit handy. Read more…

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Other Ways to Fall in Love with Elephants

Baby Elephant Mud Bath and Books for Kids

Another email from my nearly 90-year-old mom with this video of a baby elephant taking a mud bath. That she’s on YouTube is amazing! I’m posting a bunch of her emails; the pollination video was from her. Read more…

Getting Kids Ready for Kindergarten

Getting Ready for Kindergarten or Preschool

I have some posts to help with this transition getting your child ready from pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten. Read more…