Parents’ Choice Summer School: Art And Music

July 11th, 2017

 

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Hear an Image; Paint a Song

This Week, our Summer School newsletter focuses on Art and Music.Look below to:

Read about music’s relationship with health.

Play and Learn with Art and Music themed Parents’ Choice Award winning books, toys, games and apps.

Explore a round-up of this Summer’s family-friendly music festivals.

See how images and music work together when users create a musical Google Doodle and compose songs in the Chrome Music lab.

Art and Music News

Read about Sound Health, the Kennedy Center collaboration with the National Institutes of Health that examines “the science of music and its relationship to health”. Need a way to listen? Click here for the Parents’ Choice Award winning BuddyPhones.

Parents’ Choice Picks

Click here for M is for Music and here for Ways to Celebrate Art and Music. These lists of Parents’ Choice Award winning books, toys, games and apps all encourage kids to learn about music and art and get creative.

Image courtesy of: MOMA

Worth the Trip

Kid-friendly music festivals can be found all over. We think these are worth the trip.

Kidzapalooza at Lollapalooza takes place August 3-6, 2017 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL

Pickathon features kid-friendly activities and acts this August 3-6, 2017 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR.

Austin Kiddie Limits at the Austin City Limits Music Fest takes place October 6-8 and 13-15 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.

Youngershoot (hosted by the Seattle Children’s Museum) at the Bumbershoot music fest takes place September 1-3 in Seattle, WA.

Image courtesy of:Austin Kiddie Limits by Katrina Barber

More Music Worth Watching

Google celebrated artist Oskar Fischinger’s 117th Birthday last month with an interactive Doodle that lets users create their own audio-visual masterpiece.

Check out the Chrome Music Lab, a collection of twelve experiments that lets users “see” music in a whole new way. Although available for use on the Chrome browser only, it can be used across devices.

Image courtesy of: Google

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4 Theme Park-Themed Toys for Fun at Home

July 7th, 2017

Are you a “Weird Theme Park Mom“, too?

Try these three Parents’ Choice Award winning theme park-themed toys to get your thrills at home and in your own backyard!

 

ZL70 – 70′ Zip Line

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Adventure Parks
Price: $110.00

After a quick set-up, this 70’ ride is ready for action. With a 30 inch drop from beginning to end, this zip line is an excellent piece of home playground equipment, bound to please anyone who has the yard space and the trees to allow it.

Click here for the full review, and click here to purchase.

 

smarTrike® 3-in-1 Activity Center Trampoline™

Ages: 0 – 3 yrs.
Manufacturer: Smart-Trike USA LLC
Price: $99.99

 

This at home ball pit (with dozens and dozens of plastic balls included) becomes a trampoline. Testers reported the “no tools required” set-up took just minutes. The transformation from ball pit to trampoline was a breeze. The colors are appealing, and the durable design puts safety first. It folds flat and stores easily.

Click here for the full review, and click here to purchase.

 

Gorilla Gym Kids Deluxe

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Gorilla Gym
Price: $159.95

 

This home set brings playground exercise to a doorway at home. Recommended for children ages three to eight, the six piece unit includes the core doorway apparatus, an indoor swing, rings, a ladder, a climbing rope and a trapeze!

Click here for the full review, and click here to purchase.

 

 

Anniversary Edition UP & Down Coaster

Ages: 2 – 5 yrs.
Manufacturer: The Step2 Company
Price: $119.99

 

The Anniversary Edition Up and Down Roller Coaster is well made and easy to assemble; the pieces interlock and connect like a puzzle. It’s sturdy yet light weight, and easy to transport. The groove that holds the ATV-style car in place at the top of the ride is clever, and the car’s high back, handrail and footrest make for a secure ride. A young child will quickly master the ability to enter the vehicle and descend the 10 foot long ramp.

Click here for the full review, and click here to purchase.

Parents’ Choice Summer School: US History

July 5th, 2017
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United States History

This Week, our Summer School salutes US History. Whether celebrating with fireworks, visiting a museum, or reliving how your family came to the United States, there is plenty to do, see, and learn.

Best wishes for a safe and happy July 4th holiday.

 

Parents’ Choice Picks

Click here for a collection of puzzles, audiobooks, and games from the Scrambled States of America collection, and click here to listen to a read aloud version of the book.

If the kids are feeling creative, click here for Let’s Color America — Really Big Coloring Poster.

Finally, click here to read about a century long, real-life saga over the battle for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Fun Stuff

Click here for 14 Fun Facts About Fireworks and click here for 15 Fascinating Facts You Never Learned About America.

 

Postcard Project

The We Are All Immigrants Postcard Project is an innovative way to remember and celebrate that most of our families came to the US from other countries. Click here to learn how to take part.

 

Where We’re Exploring…

If you are going to be in the Washington D.C. area, be sure to explore and honor the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian.

If you aren’t going to make it to Washington D.C., The National Museum for American History website features a section just for kids that offers up activities for kids To Do at Home and Fun Facts that explore our nations past.

 

 

 

What We’re Watching: The Crash Course 47 episode YouTube series on US History. With topics ranging from Native Americans to the Industrial Revolution to the Obama years, these quick hits of history have something for everyone.

 

 

 

 

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Parents’ Choice Summer School: Reading

July 5th, 2017

 

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Summer School: For the Love of Reading

This Week, the Summer School Edition spotlights reading:

Why do some kids roll their eyes at the mere thought of summer reading? Here’s what NPR and RIF say.Click here to start browsing the latest Parents’ Choice Book Award winners.

Explore two children’s museums with exhibits that make reading fun.

Ready for Bug Camp? It’s Cricket Media’s free summer reading program

Image courtesy of: Oceanhouse Media

 

Read & Learn

A tip of the hat to this clever cat; these are definitely not your Grandma’s ABCs. In Oceanhouse Media’s Read and Learn Dr. Seuss’s ABC, beginning abecedarians will delight in discovering letter names and sounds via humorous, alliterative rhymes about   Aunt Annie’s alligator, goats wearing goo-goo goggles, and the quick Queen of Quincy.

Also learn how Oceanhouse Media delivers Dr. Seuss’s beloved Green Eggs and Ham on a digital platter.

Click here for 5 Ways to Read & Learn with Dr. Seuss.

Image courtesy of: Oceanhouse Media

 

Motivation

Click here for tips on Motivating Kids to Read from RIF, and click here for advice from NPR on How to Get Your Kids to Read This Summer.

Image courtesy of: LA Johnson/NPR

 

Parents’ Choice Picks

Hooray for Books! Last week, we announced our Spring 2017 Parents’ Choice Book Awards.

With over 70 winners in categories such as, Doing & Learning, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Picture Books, and Poetry, you’re bound to find something for even the pickiest reader on your list.
Image courtesy of: Candlewick Press

 

Are We There Yet?

If you’re in the Jackson, MI area, visit the Mississippi Children’s Museum and their Wild About Reading Gallery. Interactive activities explore the basics of reading and teach little ones to love literature.

If you’re in the Amherst, MA area, visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Full of exhibits devoted to the picture book, the museum also has an Art Studio and “The very best bookstore for picture books in the entire world.” – Parents’ Choice Foundation.

To locate a museum near you, click here for the Association of Children’s Museums search tool.
Image courtesy of: Eric Carle Museum

 

Cricket Bug Camp

As part of the new Keeping Tech in Check initiative, our friends at Cricket Media have launched the totally free summer reading and activity program – Bug Camp! Every day features something new to read and do, so mark you calendars and visit often! Click here for more information.
Image courtesy of: Cricket Media

 

 

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Parents’ Choice Summer School: Math

July 5th, 2017

 

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Summer School: For the Fun of Learning

For the Summer of 2017, we’re bringing back our Look Up! Look Down! Look Under! Look Around! – a series of themed lists of Parents’ Choice Award-winning toys, apps, books, games, and more that invite children to celebrate how fun it is to learn through play.

This Week, we tackle Math. Look below to:

1. Learn about “recreational math” and why its so important.
2. Read why there’s “No Such Thing as a Math Person”.
3. Explore how learning to use and abacus can change your life.
4. 2 apps + 1 magazine + 1 game + 1 puzzle + 1 toy = 6 Ways to Make Math Fun!

What We’re Learning

Click here to learn about “recreational math” and why its so important. And click here to read why there’s “No Such Thing as a Math Person”. Click here to explore how learning to use and abacus can change your life.

Parents’ Choice Picks

2 apps + 1 magazine + 1 game + 1 puzzle + 1 toy =  6 Ways to Make Math Fun. Click here to see our math themed list of Parents’ Choice Award winners.

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