Who is our favorite jolly old guy at this time of year? Why, SANTA of course! To celebrate everything ‘ol Saint Nick, we have a list of fun Santa Freebies! There are calls, letters and even a video message from Santa available. There are also fun printable things like coloring pages and gift tags. If you know of any more, please feel free to leave them in a comment!
We are getting closer and closer to Christmas day, but there is still time to choose some wonderful books for kids. It’s especially quick and easy when you select eBooks. We have a selection of four wonderful children’s books by bestselling indie authors to make young spirits bright. Each of these authors wanted to share the special holiday stories that they created for their own families with readers around the world and they all found success beyond their dreams via Amazon’s indie publishing platforms, CreateSpace for print and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for e-books. These four books introduce lovable new characters that are sure to become seasonal family favorites far and wide for years to come:
Calling All Grammies – A Christmas Tale of Friendship, an inventive story by Flo Barnet features an intrepid grandma and her friends from around the world, who band together to save the day when Santa’s sleigh breaks down and can’t be fixed in time to take to the skies for Christmas. Flo began writing children’s books at age 68 because she wanted to leave her seven grandchildren something special to remember her by.
Christmas on the Farm, an engaging rhyming picture book by Beau Blackwell, featuring a whole barnyard of adorably illustrated animals, reinforces that the true meaning of Christmas is about the spirit of friendship and giving to others. Beau has two small children who he reads to every night, and his goal was to create a Christmas book that he could share with them and that would also make a great holiday gift for friends, family and beyond.
Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis, a charming winter’s tale and the newest addition to the award-winning Captain No Beard book series by Carole P. Roman, finds the daring pirate Captain No Beard and his loyal crew heaving anchor for adventure as they steer a course due north for the icy waters of the Arctic. A prolific writer, Carole’s work is inspired by the antics of her grandchildren and she often features them in the pages of her books.
The Christmas Witchling, an enchanting chapter book by D. Byron Patterson featuring the brave 8-year-old Witchling Tulie Flue, who struggles to set everything right after it all goes wrong in a heartwarming tale about courage, friendship and the wonder of the holiday season. Before deciding to indie publish his books, Byron had been telling his tales for years, holding the kids of friends and family spellbound.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win a special e-book bundle giveaway of all four titles. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11/22/14. Good luck!
If there was ever a company that made toys featuring so many things that Little R loves, Jazwares might have to be it. They have products featuring Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans, Plants vs. Zombies and his current obsession – Minecraft!
The Minecraft papercraft has to be his favorite. These sets are very fun and a good way to get the Minecraft action off of the screen for a while! There are several sets to choose from all the way up to 96 pieces!
But I was also surprised how much he totally LOVED the Minecraft Baby Mooshroom plush when I gave it to him. He also has the Bat plush and is ready to collect the rest! Jazwares also has Minecraft action figures available.
Since he already loves the Minecraft papercraft so much, I know he will also enjoy the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles papercraft. BUT, this one I am saving to give him for Christmas – he can’t be spoiled with too many awesome new toys all at once!
Also on the waiting list for Christmas are the Plants vs. Zombies toys. (Yes, not exactly what you think of as “Christmassy”, but if it makes a kid super happy I think it qualifies as Christmassy.” Jazwares has lots of super fun Plants vs. Zombies toys including plush, fun novelty items, action figures and more.
I seriously had no idea that Jazwares had so many different cool character toys. I am sure they will be on my go-to list for shopping for Little R for many years to come!
Here’s a fun gift idea! Grab a pack of Fun Chalk for a great price right now on Amazon. This would be great for a playroom, for a chalkboard surface in your home, for a teacher’s classroom, and more. We received a set of these and had lots of fun decorating windows (but you can use them on a whole lot more). Of course Little R wanted to use them to draw gross things and write the word “butt” which he though was hilarious.
- PREMIUM INK – Chalk markers from Fun Chalk feature a 6 mm Reversible Chisel Point Tip and Round Point Tip that allows users to create both Thick and Thin Lines in 8 Fluorescent Colors that WILL NOT Drip, Smudge, or Fade
- EASY CLEAN-UP – Just wet cloth, wipe and erase – clean-up is that quick and easy with these premium Chalk Pens!
- ECO-FRIENDLY – Fun Chalk’s Chalk Markers are environmentally friendly and conform to all the requirements set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials and the European Standard for Toy Safety Testing!
- SAFE – These chalk pens are non-toxic, xylene-free, odor-free and dust-free, which makes them a prime choice for those who suffer from allergies or asthma!
- HIGH QUALITY – Long-lasting, quick-drying ink is great for use on non-porous blackboards, mirrors, windows and plastic. Ideal for brainstorming, promotional activities, restaurant advertising, school projects and more!
Fun Chalk usually sells on Amazon.com for $34.99 but are now on sale (and will continue to be until Christmas) for $19.99. If you go to their website, www.
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own set of Fun Chalk. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/29/14. Good luck!
If your little ones love the programming on the Spout Channel, which is the #1 Trusted Preschool TV Network, chances are they will LOVE the new Sprout Channel Cubby! It’s everything you want for them to have in a fun, learning experience, with none of the internet possibilities you want to avoid.
The Sprout Channel Cubby is a tablet designed for ages 2 and up. It features dual cameras so that your child can easily take pictures or send video messages to friends and family. Little R was obsessed with using my iPhone to take pictures when he was about 3 years old. Where was the Sprout Cubby then?!?! The HDMI Mirroring feature also allows you to connect your Cubby to your TV for extended play.
If you want more of the nitty gritty on the Technical Specs, here they are:
- 1024 x 600 Touch Screen
- Android™ 4.4, KitKat®
- 1.2Ghz Quad-Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB Memory
- MicroSD Card Slot – Add up to 32GB
- Front and Back Cameras
- Parental Controls & Security
- HDMI Connection
- Wifi Ready
- G Sensor
Have fun learning with your children with their Sprout Channel Cubby. You can play a ton of fun and educational games on the Cubby, including games about numbers, spelling, puzzles, and more. The MeeGenius feature is an eBook rental service, and it comes with 10 free books. The IntelliJoy feature is an online store for education games. That means you can continue to extend the fun with new choices.
The Sprout Channel Cubby offers 28 apps that are kid friendly and parent approved. There is also a kid friendly web browser, allowing your kids to safely browse the Internet. No more handing over your smartphone or tablet and having to worry if the little one gets to a site that is not appropriate for them! This feature has been KidSafe Privacy Certifed and COPPA Compliant. You can access the parent dashboard from either the Cubby or the computer and set guidelines as to time limits, available content and more.
There are over 40 kid-friendly videos on the Cubby, featuring your children’s favorite Sprout Channel characters. You’ll find Angelina, Chica, the Astroblast friends, Tree FU Tom, and the rest of the gang.
Get creative with the Cubby! You can find crafts, recipes, and printable coloring pages from your children’s favorite shows.
The Tablet also comes with Google Play to access even more music, books, music, games, and more.
If you’re looking for a great tablet for the little ones, consider the Sprout Channel Cubby this Christmas!
The PBS Parents site has lots of fun (and free) printables for the holiday season. Your kids can have fun and stay busy with things like this Cat in the Hat printable Christmas ornament, as well as ornaments featuring Curious George, Daniel Tiger, Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train. There is also printable wrapping paper for each of these. There are also fun activity pages and more.
For each of these fun activities, just print out the design using regular printer paper or card stock and then get out the crayons, markers or colored pencils to decorate!
It’s getting to be that time of year when the little ones take time to sit down and write a letter to Santa. What do your little ones have on their wish list this year? For a fun holiday project we have this Free Printable Santa Letter that makes it easy for little ones to fill in the blanks and send it off to the North Pole.
Since your kids will be promising Santa a snack, what do you plan to leave out for him?
We have always loved making ornaments together as a family. Every year when we decorate the tree, there are ornaments that go allllll the way back to when I was a little kid and started making ornaments with my mom. It’s fun to have a variety of ornament ideas for kids of all ages and abilities. This Jingle Bell Wreath Ornament is an easy craft that even kids can do. You can also use your creativity by using an assortment of jingle bell colors and making up your own patterns and designs. The fun thing about these ornaments is that they not only look cute, but they also make a pretty jingling sound!
Jingle Bell Wreath Ornament – Easy Craft
Take a pipe cleaner and start sliding bells onto it. Either place colors randomly or create a pattern. Leave at least 1″ on each end of the pipe cleaner. Twists the ends around each other several times leaving a small space between bells to tie ribbon. Cut a length of ribbon and tie over twisted pipe cleaner area.
We are quickly approaching the beginning of Hanukkah, but there is still time to make some fun crafts with your kids! This collection of Kids Hannukah Crafts includes decorations, menorahs, printable activity pages and more.
Kids Hanukkah Crafts
1. Hanukkah Luminaries from Makes and Takes
2. Star of David Ornament from Little Learners Lounge
3. Cardboard Tube Chanukah from Joyful Jewish
4. Edible Memory Game from Scrumdilly-Do
5. Stained Glass Hanukkah Menorahs from Upper West Side Mom
6. Recycled Menorah from Dim Sum, Bagels and Crawfish
7. Free Printable Hanukkah Coloring Page from Detroit Mommy Bloggers
8. Handprint Menorah from Little Learners Lounge
9. Hanukkah Wreath Craft from Clubhouse Academy
10. Hanukkah Craft for Toddlers from Melissa and Doug
11. Recylced Dreidel “Paper Dolls” from Bringing Chesed Home
12. Foil Dreidel Collage from Boy Mama Teacher Mama
13. Hanukkah Dreidel Wall Art from Meri Cherry
14. Hanukkah Stamping from 3 Dinosaurs
15. Free Chanukah Printable Pack from Creative Learning
The holidays mean LOTS of great gifts for the kiddos and LOTS of time spent around the table, breaking bread with loved ones. Uncle John’s For Kids Only has three terrific ideas for you this year! First launched in 2002, the Uncle John’s For Kids Only series is designed for young trivia fans, infomaniacs and reluctant readers.
The latest installment in this series is Totally Quacked (ages 8+) which is 288 pages packed with strange science, weird news, obscure history, odd sports, and the interesting origins of everyday things. All kinds of fun stuff to keep kids (and their adults) interested. Special to this edition: amazing animal quack-ups, history’s biggest quacks, ducky weather, fine feathered friends, quacky fashion, and things that are “Just Ducky” (which could mean really good or…soaking wet). It’s also perfectly sized to make an excellent stocking stuffer:).
And now, two MUST-HAVES for keeping hungry young diners from gnawing off the table legs at those extra long holiday meals…feed their brains with Uncle John’s Riddle Me Timbers! and Magic Cupcake Placemats (ages 6+).
Each cleverly themed tear-off sheet in these 36-page placemat pads is filled with brain-building activities: a “Ship Shape” puzzler, a “Fairy Pie” maze, brainteasers, jokes, and weird facts, noodle-while-you-doodle activities and even Polly-Wanna-Doku and Wand-Doku (Sudoku with pictures!). These definitely put an end to boredom at the table! Use them at home or take them along to restaurants or any other place you want to keep the kiddies occupied.
Uncle John’s For Kids Only has an entire section of their website devoted to fun activities and games. You can get free access to brand-new stories and activities from their latest titles. Check it out here!
Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win Totally Quacked, Uncle John’s Riddle Me Timbers! and Magic Cupcake Placemats. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/27/14. Good luck!