THE KRATT BROTHERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN NEW WILD KRATTS DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS”

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  THE KRATT BROTHERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN NEW WILD KRATTS DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS”   “WILD KRATTS: SUPER SPRINTERS” Available from PBS Distribution June 23   PBS KIDS Series WILD KRATTS Helps Kids Learn Science  by Exploring Animals and Their “Creature Powers”    In "Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters", the Kratt brothers are on the move as they learn about two of the fastest creatures in the world: the cheetah and the Peregrine falcon. In each episode, Chris and Martin Kratt take kids and their families on extraordinary animal-themed adventures!  The Kratt Brothers are always on the move, and in this DVD, that is never truer! In “Cheetah Racer,” Chris and Martin think that cheetahs can travel faster than any other creature or vehicle over the rough African savannah, but Aviva and archenemy Zach Varmitech challenge this and compete to build a ground racer that can travel … [Read more...]

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

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  EVERYONE’S FAVORITE CURIOUS MONKEY IS BACK  EXPLORING SPACE AND THE JUNGLES OF AFRICA! CURIOUS GEORGE 3:  BACK TO THE JUNGLE THE ALL-NEW FULL LENGTH MOVIE DEBUTS ON DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT ON JUNE 23, 2015 SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVORITE SONGS FROM THE FILM WITH THE  EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON THE DVD There is something so timeless about Curious George.  He was my husband's favorite as a child and I love that we enjoy him with our daughter as well! So if you are Curious George fans like we are - you are going to love his new movie featuring Angela Bassett and John Goodman (two of my favorite actors!). 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 … [Read more...]

Robot Turtles: The Computer Coding Board Game for Kids

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My kids and I are wiggling turtles and beeping a lot around here lately. Nothing you should be worried about though; it’s all part of the board game Robot Turtles. This super-cute game was the most backed board game in Kickstarter history and teaches kids computer coding skills without a computer. How is that possible? Well, it’s easy – the goal is for Turtle Masters (the kids) to move their turtles from their starting position to their jewel. In order to do that they have to write code or, play cards showing directional movement, to get their turtle from Point A to Point B. Start With the Basics The game teaches the foundational skills of movement and code writing, using forward movement and left and right turns. Turtle Masters must pick a card showing the movement they want to make to move their turtle closer to the jewel, then lie their cards in a line as they move through the … [Read more...]

PBS Kids and DK Publishing Focus on School Readiness

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  While the school year may be coming to an end, parents know that learning needs to continue through the summer months to make the transition back to school all the smoother come fall. I know that the summer slide is something that many parents are concerned with!  Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. (Source: Scholastic.com).   PBS KIDS and DK Publishing have joined forces to release three new games and books focused on school readiness. Together, PBS KIDS and DK Publishing incorporate everyday items into these educational products to make the learning experience more realistic and relatable for kids. New products include:   “Get Ready For School Games: Color Match” is designed for kids to practice key skills of recognizing colors, matching colors, and more. “Get Ready For School … [Read more...]

Heirs to Madagascar’s Royal Throne Are Born!

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Heirs to Madagascar’s Royal Throne Are Born: Two New Baby Ring-Tailed Lemurs Named Princess Julien and … Princess Julien   In a Milestone for the Planet’s Most Threatened Group of Mammals, the Duke Lemur Center Welcomes Two Baby Ring-Tailed Lemurs – Both Named in Honor of (and Deference to) King Julien XIII   The world’s critically endangered lemur population has just expanded by two: twin baby ring-tailed lemurs born at the Duke Lemur Center, both named Princess Julien after Madagascar’s most famous royal lemur, King Julien.  We use to watch The  Zoboomafu and just fell in love with lemurs! Princess Julien and her sister Princess Julien were born on May 4, but their birth was announced today following a month of careful monitoring. The announcement was jointly made by Duke Lemur Center and by King Julien XIII, star of the Netflix original series All Hail King Julien from … [Read more...]

TenMarks Launches Free Summer Math Program to Reverse Summer Learning Loss

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 TenMarks, an Amazon Company, Launches Free Summer Math Program to Reverse Summer Learning Loss   2014 results show 11% gains with just one hour a week on a personalized summer program TenMarks Math wins 2015 CODiE Award for Best Math Instructional Solution, helping millions of students across more than 55,000 schools and more than 12,000 districts   TenMarks, an Amazon company, is working hard to keep students engaged over the summer to reverse learning loss in math before heading back to school. The TenMarks Summer Math Program is a national program that provides students with a personalized course tuned to their individual learning needs, based on a summative end-of-year assessment. The program is available now and runs through August 31, 2015, and is available free to every family in the United States—parents should visit http://summer.tenmarks.com for more … [Read more...]

WordGirl Word Up! May Issue Celebrates Mother’s Everywhere!

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    We've been enjoying WordGirl for a few years now! I love how this educational and fun program teaches children new words plus how best to use them in a sentence.  Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and WordGirl, Scholastic Media’s Emmy-winning animated series on PBS KIDS, is getting ready to celebrate moms from coast-to-coast! In celebration of Mother's Day is the May issue of WordGirl’s Word Up!, your source for word-powered tips, activities and all things vocabulary!  Download it today for some fun activities to do with the kids - all in celebration of moms everywhere!      And if you want to check out our interview with the creator of WordGirl, Dorothea Gillim, go here.  She currently is the Producer one of our favorites PBS Kids shows - Curious George!  She said it is interesting to produce a show where the main character doesn't … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on April 20th

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      Earth Day is right around the corner and a special nature-themed episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the top-rated series from The Fred Rogers Company, will premiere on Monday, April 20, on PBS KIDS (check local listings) – just in time to celebrate the big day on Wednesday, April 22!     It’s important to foster an appreciation for nature and the environment around us with your little tigers and help them learn how to take good care of the Earth. Below are some tips inspired by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to share with your family to make Earth Day a very special day.     Be an explorer! – As the weather gets warmer, go on a nature walk with your child – even if it’s just in your own backyard! On the walk, ask your child what they see in the environment and have them make some observations, including … [Read more...]

Anytime is a great time to explore the outdoors!

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  This spring, PBS Kids kicks-off its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative, which encourages families to shake off the winter chill, go outside and discover nature.  The fun began last week, April 6th with brand new themed on-air programming and online and mobile content.  In addition, PBS stations across the country will be hosting local community educational activities to extend the exploration beyond the screen. PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors will include new episodes from science and nature-based WILD KRATTS and DINOSAUR TRAIN.  Outdoor-themed episodes from a variety of PBS KIDS programs will also air throughout April (be sure to check your local listings). As part of the PBS KIDS VIP program, we were sent a Explore the Outdoors package (we have one for a giveaway!) that we used the other to do our own adventuring around the neighborhood.  Here are some ideas to get … [Read more...]

Max Traxx Tracer Racer Giveaway!

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Our pals over at Skullduggery recently released an innovative product that will set any racing car fan's heart-a-flutter as the tracks and the cars glow.  The Tracer Racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on Skullduggery's patented Glow-in-the-Dark track.  Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto track specifically engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed.  Your drag racing truck set or car set, and a dimly lit room, is all that is needed to set the darkness ablaze!   Available at Toys-R-Us Available at your local Toys-R-Us and online.   You can read more about this family-run toy company in this interview.  I love that the toys are USA made and that the father started the company and his two sons came to work with him.  They are an award-winning toy company and have created … [Read more...]