HOME Printable Puzzle Sheet + Reader Giveaway

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Whether you love adorable little aliens, or you just like hearing the voice of Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) making one come alive, get ready to celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek! In DreamWorks Animation’s HOME, Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time…the journey HOME. Hailed by critics as “an animated triumph” (CBS Radio News) that is “family fun with tons of heart” (Fox TV), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is now available as DreamWorks Animation’s HOME PARTY EDITION on Digital HD June 26 and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD.

There are tons of special extras on the HOME Blu-ray 3DTM, Blu-rayTMand Digital HD versions featuring a Boov-tastic party of never-before-seen bonus features that will persuade the entire family to get their groove on, including “Oh’s Boovy Jukebox” of top tracks, “Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing,” a toe-tapping, music video mash-up, hilarious deleted scenes, character-drawing tutorials and more!

DreamWorks Animation’s HOME Blu-ray 3DTM, Blu-rayTM & Digital HD includes:

Feature film in high definition

Special Features:

  • Best Party Ever! – A Boov-tastic introduction, featuring a HOME montage and voiceover from Oh, inviting you to enjoy all the out-of-this-world extras!
  • Party Play All – A Boov bonus meter fills up as you watch the fun-packed special features, leading up to an explosion of color and bubbles!
  • Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing – Get up and dance with this exciting mash-up of feature footage and music that combines to create an exciting HOME dance video!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Music Video – Move and groove to the Boov beat watching Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video from the HOME soundtrack!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Lyric Video – Watch Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video with colorful on-screen lyrics to help you sing along!
  • Oh’s Boovy Jukebox – Oh’s interactive jukebox includes 16 songs and will take you directly to all the magical music moments in HOME!
  • Oh’s Party Planning Tips – Oh’s top tip’s for party planning let you create an impressive Boov bash of your own!
  • This is Being Boov – Get to know all about the Boov in this humorous, handy guide showcasing the characteristics of this unique alien species!
  • Almost Home – See the trials and tribulations of the Boov on their journey across the galaxy, before they discovered Earth!
  • Testing Lab – See how the Boov tested out some uniquely human items in their super-secret Boov testing lab.
  • Deleted Scenes – The hilarious HOME adventure continues with 25 minutes of deleted scenes you couldn’t see in theaters!
  • Be an Artist! – Animator Andy Erekson introduces you to the HOME character drawing tutorials!


Want some MORE Home fun in YOUR home? Print out this super-fun Home Puzzle sheet!

Reader Giveaway: A lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive their own copy of HOME on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Party Edition.  To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 8/20/15. Good luck!


HOME on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD

Hotel Transylvania 2 Young Monsters Training Camp Activities

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Young Monster Training Camp Costume

We are seriously excited that there is going to be a Hotel Transylvania 2! We loved the original Hotel Transylvania and can’t wait to see what comes with this follow-up. While waiting for the movie to hit theaters, your little ones can start training with these super fun Young Monsters Training Camp activities!

Your mini monsters can download, print and cut out monster masks or learn how to make a drac cape to outfit themselves. Then it’s on to the training camp itself with a room service obstacle, key ring toss and more.

For more Hotel Transylvania 2 fun, check out how you can make Hotel Transylvania photo bombs!

See HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 in theaters September 25, 2015!

Young Monsters Training camp

Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Dreadshot Water Blaster

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We have been having some fun and escape from the HOT summer weather with the Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Dreadshot Water Blaster. I remember the “olden days” when I was a kid and the best we had for shooting water were little clear plastic squirtguns that held about 4 ounces of water. This toy puts those to shame!

Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Dreadshot Water Blaster

The Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Dreadshot Water Blaster holds a LOT of water – 24 ounces actually. It also has two barrels, which means you can launch a double stream of water, which shoots up to 30 feet away! The other cool feature is that the water tank lights up, but we have so far kept our water play to daytime and haven’t checked that out yet.

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We also appreciate that the Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Dreadshot Water Blaster is quick and easy to refill. That’s a must for a long battle where you don’t want to take a lot of time to reload!

Turbo FAST Printable Activity Sheets – New Season on Netflix Now!

A whole new season of Turbo FAST is now available on Netflix! In these 13 new episodes, the world’s coolest snails take a turn off the track and set off on a wild ride filled with hilarious hijinks at every turn. You’ll laugh out loud when they launch into outer space, battle an apocalyptic robot, clash with a ninja stinkbug and escape a booby-trapped treasure hunt. Guest stars include Sarah Hyland, Kevin Conroy and more!

PLUS we have more Turbo fun for you – some awesome TurboFAST activity sheets! Just click the image above to download them.

Want even MORE TurboFAST fun? Check out our earlier set of printable activity sheets too!

Turbo Fast Printable Activity Sheets



Ice Cream Dessert Recipes Kids Will Love + Blue Bunny Ice Cream Savings

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Summer aka ice cream season is in full swing! These long, hot days make ice cream the first treat that pops into everyone’s mind. This weekend you can get some savings along with those thoughts because you can check your local newspaper on Sunday, August 2nd for a coupon for $1 off* Blue Bunny cartons, sandwiches and bars. Whether it’s the signature Bunny Tracks, classic Simply Vanilla ice cream sandwiches or irresistibly fun Mini Swirls, ice cream aficionados throughout all 50 states can choose from tantalizingly tasty Blue Bunny ice cream flavors and a delectable collection of cones, sandwiches and bars. Made in Le Mars, Iowa, Blue Bunny uses fresh milk sourced from local dairy farms and turns it into delicious ice cream within 24 hours.

*The following states will receive a $.75 cent offer: NV, ND, CA, ID, KS, LA, MN, TN, WI, CO. Offer not available in DE and WY.

Click here to find a retailer that carries Blue Bunny near you. For more information about Blue Bunny, visit www.bluebunny.com.

Awesome Ice Cream Dessert Recipes

You can eat your Blue Bunny exactly how it comes home from the store, OR you can use your Blue Bunny ice cream to make some of these amazing treats:

“Fried” Ice Cream by Formula Mom

Applesauce Sundaes by Midwest Modern Momma

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Pie by Melanie Makes

Bananas Foster Baked Alaska Cupcakes by Dirty Floor Diaries

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches by Thrifty Jinxy

Strawberry Mini Pies Summer Sundae by Better in Bulk

Honey Apple Pie Bowls a la Mode by Little Miss Celebration

York Peppermint Patty Milk Shake by Quirky Inspired

What is your favorite way to eat ice cream?

FREE Printable Constellation Activity Sheet

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Are your children fascinated with space, planets and stars? Whether they are already little space-explorers-to-be or if you just want to encourage an interest in learning about our universe, you can get them going with a FREE printable constellation activity sheet.

This week with the Little Passports Blog-Camp Explorer Week 3, you can watch your kids reach for the stars! Literally. Download their free printable constellation activity sheet and watch your child learn the names and shapes of six constellations!

While you are on the Little Passports blog, find out what it is like to raise a Global Citizen in Pakistan from Little Passports’ latest guest blogger, Zareen Rahman. Zareen is a stay at home mom and shares a typical day with her daughter in their home town of Lahore, Pakistan.

Lili Collection Shoes – Adorable Footwear for Your Little Ones

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Looking to outfit your own kids OR for a gift idea for a little one that both the kids AND the parents will love?  Check out Lili Collection Shoes!  This unique and fun brand of shoes has shoes that are both stylish AND comfortable!  Here are a few of their top sellers:

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It will be hard for both moms and kids to resist Lili Collection’s Animoccs– animal faces + moccs. Animoccs combine the comfort and cuteness of moccasins, with cute animals faces that kids will love! They’re one of the hottest crazes in the baby shoe market and your little one is sure to enjoy having two pals on his feet while sporting some style!


Nothing is cuter than Fringe Leather Boots for babies! Real leather and a Velcro closure means you get cuteness paired with easy to put on and take off boots! Lili Collections’ Fringe Leather Boots are the perfect blend of fashion and wearability for your tots!

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Want to give your sweet baby a real treat? Try Lili Collection’s Sprinkle Shoes! An exclusive design featuring real sprinkles on shoes, these cuties are the perfect choice for that studio photo session, holiday, or a first birthday celebration!

We received a pair of the Animocs and I have to agree that they are sooooo cute! They are also made of soft material that’s really cozy – a must for precious little feet!

All of Lili Collection’s shoes are made in the USA and are only made from the highest quality materials, so you can feel good about the shoes you put on your little one’s feet. Whether you are looking for the perfect pair of shoes for a family photo shoot, or a fun pair of boots for stomping around town, Lili Collection has fun and unique shoes that moms and kids love!

Visit www.lilicollection.com for more information and to check out their full line of shoes!

FREE Movie Download: All Creatures Big and Small


Plan a family movie night for FREE!  Right now we can score a FREE download of the new movie All Creatures Big and Small on Google Play!  Featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, and distributed by Entertainment One , All Creatures Big and Small is a family-friendly, feature-length adventure that reimagines the epic tale of Noah’s Ark.

In All Creatures Big and Smalla clumsy new species of Nestrians, led by patriarch Dave and son Finny, find themselves left off the list of animals allowed to board Noah’s Ark. With rough waters ahead, the father-son duo scramble in disguise to sneak onto the boat. Caught up in all the excitement, Finny accidentally steps off the boat and gets left behind leaving him and a few new friends to embark on an incredible and harrowing journey to reunite with their family. With the aid of creatures big and small, Dave must turn the Ark around to save his son in this heartwarming adventure of biblical proportions.

For added fun, print off this Build your Own Boat Activity Sheet:

Check out these fun clips from the movie:

Download your FREE copy of All Creatures Big and Small today!

A Time-Saving Tool for Learning Geography

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We are lucky in that Little R LOVES geography. If there is a map or a game with states involved, he is all over it. I think he gets that from Uncle Mario who is also a BIG lover of maps.

How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? Maps can be the most fun when they are big and colorful. When it comes to learning about US geography, it’s fun to imagine all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!



Here are a few geography activities to try:

  1. Playing “Name That State” with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.
  2. Need a little direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They’ll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state– but be sure to watch out for the oceans!
  3. Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!
  4. Keep track of where you’ve been (or where you’re going). I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.

What a cool tool for your geography lessons! Don’t miss out on all this time-saving geography tool, so be sure to check out the discounted Peel, Play & Learn sets on the Educents site.

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Looking for more ways to save on geography resources? Check out more geography deals.


Celebrate Shark Week with Fun Snacks and a Giveaway!

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It’s Shark Week! There are lots of ways to celebrate this week dedicated to sharks and the people who love them! We have a couple of fun and easy to assemble snacks that we have featured over on Thrifty Jinxy.com. Just click on through the photos to get the instructions. These are perfect for a full-on shark party, or just to add some fun to watching shark week with the family at home.

DIY Shark Snacks with Printable Labels

To celebrate sharks, Junior Explorers is offering one lucky winner a free 6-month subscription to their program for kids – that’s a $105 value! This giveaway includes Mission Great Barrier Reef, which features the black-tipped reef shark and other amazing marine life.

Junior Explorers is a subscription program that teaches kids, ages 5-12, about wildlife and nature. Every month, kids go on a new mission to a new ecosystem to learn about the animals that live there. Kids receive a monthly kit in the mail which contains fact sheets and cool collectibles that introduce them to the month’s ecosystem. A secret code inside the kit unlocks the digital Mission Center where kids learn, play games and solve a nature mystery online. Enter today for your chance to WIN!


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