Archive for June, 2013

Stuff We Like: Seattle Public Library Book Chain

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Check out this awesome video, dug up by our editor David. The Seattle Public Library created this to raise awareness for their 2013 Summer Reading program.

Hypnotizing, isn’t it?

And by the way, have you checked out our Summer Reading program yet? It’s filled with tips and ideas to squeeze reading into your kid’s schedule this summer, and even a 10-week “camp” to help keep summer slide at bay.

Editor’s Picks: 4th of July Activities and Worksheets

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

4th of July is coming up fast! If you’re looking for ways to keep little hands and minds busy over summer’s first big holiday, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our editorial team’s all-time favorite 4th of July activities and worksheets:


A cute mini-book project with a handful of options to keep the littlest ones busy:

4th of July Busy Book

Keep siblings and cousins busy at the BBQ with this printable game:

4th of July Tic-Tac-Toe

Stuff We Like: Bedtime Math

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Can you imagine if your kid handed you a book at bedtime, and you shrugged and said, “Sorry, I’m just not that good at reading”? It sounds ridiculous, but somewhere in the world right Bedtime Mathnow, there’s a kid asking a question that has to do with numbers, and a parent shrugging and saying, “I’m just not that good at math.”

I admit it. Those words have entered my mind, if not crossed my lips. I’ve got a dad who’s a mathematician, and up through high school I loved math. I even considered becoming a math teacher. But math is like a muscle—stop using it and it atrophies.

That’s why when a new book called Bedtime Math landed on my desk, I couldn’t help but take a peek. The concept is simple: what if math became as much a part of the bedtime routine as reading? Laura Overdeck, the book’s author, wants kids to feel about math “the way they feel about dessert after dinner.” For a year, she’s been serving up a playful daily math problem for parents to do at bedtime with their kids. I’m not talking paper-and-pencil math. I’m talking exploding food problems, slimy subtraction, and skateboard launch comparisons.

Next week, libraries and bookstores across the country will be kicking off a national pajama party where kids (more…)