Help your little ones further develop their love of art with this FREE Marc Chagall art activity. You can get access to a previous issue of arTree magazine, dedicated to Marc Chagall, dreams, pastels and colors. This special Chagall issue includes 15 pages of art activities for kids along with the “What are your dreams?” exercise. Just download and begin learning and creating art in minutes. This download is available ONLY through 7/7/15.
The 4th of July will soon be here and t his is a yummy and FUN treat that kids will love. On patriotic holidays its always fun to celebrate with some red, white and blue treats! This Patriotic Popcorn Balls recipe is the perfect thing to add to the celebration. Not only are they fun and festive, but they taste REALLY good.
Patriotic Popcorn Balls Recipe
2 c. sugar
2/3 cup water
1-1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 qts (16 cups) warm popped corn (Be sure to use white corn, not yellow.)
1/2 to 3/4 cup blue M&Ms
1/2 to 3/4 cup red M&Ms
Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking over low heat without stirring, until mixture reaches hard ball stage (put a few drops in ice-cold water and it will harden quickly) or 268 degrees on a candy thermometer. Add vanilla.
Pour over warm popcorn.
Divide popcorn in two batches. Add red M&Ms to one batch and add the blue M&Ms to the other. Wet hands and form into balls. You may want to put a thin film of butter on your hands so the popcorn doesn’t stick.
While Tea Collection fashions are adorable for kids all year round, we especially love all the designs they feature for summer! What’s even better news is that Tea is having a HUGE Summer Sale, with discounts of up to 50% off! There are discounted styles for newborns, babies, kids, and even women.
Whether your little one is a boy or a girl, Tea has so many things that are new for summer to keep the kids cool and comfortable while still looking stylish. Here are a few of the adorable styles we love:
Anokhi Racerback Dress (Girls) – $27.95 (Reg. $39)
Divyen Striped Tee (Boys) – $12.95 (Reg. $26.50)
Pink Stripe Suryasta Sweater Set (Newborn) – $39.95 (Reg. $75)
Head over to Tea Collection to see these and all of the other bright and beautiful fashions for summer. You’ll be ready to hit the beach, your family reunion, vacation time or just a fun summer at home.
Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett & John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T’s, join Curious George on his fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy!
The soundtrack will be available June 23, 2015 on Back Lot Music, featuring the new original song “Welcome to Paradise” performed by Plain White T’s and score by composer Heitor Pereira (DESPICABLE ME, MINIONS).
Did you know that today is a national holiday? While it may not be recognized by the US government, today is National Flip Flop Day?! In recognition of this extra fun day, Mabel’s Labels is helping you prepare for summer camp (and maybe even for the sooner-than-we-want back to school) by giving you 20% Off Limited Edition Camp Label Packs with the Flip Flop Icon.
No coupon code is required but this deal is only available through a special offer page. To access your 20% off, go to Mabel’s Labels’ Limited Edition Camp Label Pack special offer page today.
Mabel’s Label’s camp label packs are filled with a collection of UV resistant, waterproof labels and personalized tags designed especially for everything that goes to summer camp. Identify clothes and footwear, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more with these summer essentials.
As always, remember – Mabel’s Labels offers free shipping to the US on all orders!
Take the journey of a lifetime when Frog Kingdom arrives on DVD (plus Digital HD), Digital HD and On Demand June 30 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The DOVE Family Approved film is “funny and filled with action” (DOVE Foundation) and features the voice talents of teen-favorites including Bella Thorne, Cameron Dallas, Drake Bell and Gregg Sulkin. Frog Kingdom, containing a behind-the-scenes look at how the characters are brought to life in the recording studio plus Minusculeaward-winning shorts, arrives on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
When The Frog King (Keith David) announces that the winner of the Froglympics will win his daughter’s hand in marriage, Princess Froglegs (Bella Thorne) runs away instead. Disguised as a commoner, the Princess befriends street vendor, Freddie (Cameron Dallas), and begins training with him for the games—determined that she will win and thwart her father’s plans of marriage. Meanwhile, the villainous serpent has ideas of his own to ruin the Froglympics and take over the kingdom. With a little luck, and a little help from their trusty sidekick Captain One-Eye (Rob Schneider), Freddie and Princess Froglegs set out to save Frog Kingdom from the evil serpent.
Are you looking for something fun AND education for the kids to do this summer? Try Think Earth! Think Earth is an award winning green curriculum for kids grades K-2 that is online and FREE! It only takes a few hours for the kids to do and provides engaging and worksheets and videos on things like natural resources, pollution and sustainability to help empower them with behaviors that can make a difference to the planet, and generally help them learn about being good stewards of the earth.
Check out these FREE Think Earth Resources:
- You can find grades K-2 grade worksheets and more here: http://www.thinkearth.org/curriculum/
- An interesting Think Earth video for the kids to watch: http://www.thinkearth.org/students/educational-materials.php
- Think Earth links to Online Games and Activities for Kids: http://www.thinkearth.org/students/fun-facts.php
- You can see the Think Earth information for grades K-3 here: http://www.thinkearth.org/documents/TEOutcomesSummaryLATESTopt_001.pdf
Some characters are classics. We enjoyed Superheros like Batman and the DC Super Friends and the super fun Scooby-Doo when we were kids and they are still just as loved by kids today. The cool thing is that there is always something new coming from these favorite characters and you and your kids can check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros’ on their new Youtube channels!
There are already lots of fun videos to watch and there will be many more updates over the next year, so don’t forget to subscribe to their channels! Find them here:
My nephew is a BIG fan of Batman – although he tends to be a little obsessed with the villains. Should we be worried?? I don’t think so, because he does admit he likes Batman best.
Which are YOUR kids favorite superheroes or are they more a fan of Scooby Doo?
Reader Giveaway: We are partnering with Warner Bros, DCKids and a bunch of other awesome bloggers for this fun giveaway. Five people will each win a mystery toy gift basket! The baskets are worth a minimum of $50, and will be picked by Warner Bros’ and DCKids. For your chance to enter, complete the entry form below by June 28. Good luck!
Looking for a great gift idea? Whether your kids love playing in the bath or if they need something to make bath time a little easier, check out SoapSox.
SoapSox are the next generation of washcloths for kids. SoapSox are soft, cuddly and colorful characters that make bath time kids’ favorite past time. Their product would be perfect for any parenting/family features you have in the works! Taking nearly two years to develop and perfect, each SoapSox critter looks like a typical stuffed animal, yet is engineered to go in the bath so a child never has to part with his best friend!
- Each SoapSox has a unique entry point for liquid or bar soap. Simply “feed” your SoapSox pal soap, add water and scrub.
- Built-in finger pockets make it easy for kids to suds up and clean up. Every SoapSox is “stuffed” with an antimicrobial sponge on the inside and covered with soft yet durable polyester terry cloth on the outside so it can easily be popped in the washer and dryer.
- SoapSox provide a sense of security for children who are reluctant to take a bath. A child can take their SoapSox critter with them anywhere—from playtime, to bath time to nighttime. They never have to be apart!
- Winner of the 2014 Innovation Award from JPMA.
The idea of SoapSox was born when founder and CEO Ray Phillips worked as a Program Director at a residential treatment facility with children who have experienced trauma. He saw firsthand the struggle many children have with bath time. One child in particular would not part with his favorite stuffed animal to get in the bath so Ray modified the stuffed animal to hold soap. The child finally agreed to take a bath. Over the years Ray continued to use this strategy with countless children. Phillips collaborated with Alvin Uy, head of a creative agency who develops products for brands including Disney, Hasbro and Mattel to create SoapSox. Each purchase of SoapSox gives back to organizations that provide safe places for children.
SoapSox can be found at Nordstrom, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond and many other stores around the country and retail for $14.95. For more information visit www.soapsoxkids.com.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own SoapSox. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/3/15. Good luck!
Keep the learning going this summer with these fun, engaging free printable magic square puzzles that let your kids practice their summer word vocabulary! There are two different puzzles that allow you to use them for a variety of age levels or provide differentiation for one level.
To solve the magic square puzzles, students match the correct summer word to the scrambled letters that fit it or match the picture to the correct word. There are 12 or 24 pictures or words in each puzzle. There are two 3×3 puzzles and two 4×4 puzzles. You’ll have to determine which ones best suit your child’s needs.
These puzzles are so fun that your children just might be addicted to these Magic Square Puzzles and begging for more in no time. More learning is always good, right?!?