Kiddie Book Club | Just Like Me Book Box

I am so excited to share this tip of a book program called the Just Like Me Book Box!

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My Cousin JR passed this info along and after researching, I have found this to be an amazing book club that focuses on diversity. It doesn’t hurt that your child will receive their very own package in the mail once a month with selected books of choice. Very cool idea! Thanks Cuz!

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Learning About The Human Body | Leap Frog Tag Reading Systems

LeapFrog LeapReader Interactive Human Body Discovery Set (works with Tag)

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Explore the Human Body
Discover how the human body works and learn to identify its many parts and functions through play and exploration. When kids touch the human body board, their Tag Reader “talks” them through body parts and traits. As young learners begin to understand their bodies, they can be empowered to make healthy choices. Fun songs further inspire kids to take a proactive approach to their health. Dental hygiene becomes fun when they do their two minutes of tooth brushing along with the interactive song, “Brush Your Teeth.” The “Washing Hands” song encourages kids to keep their hands clean, and the “Move Your Body” song emboldens them to get up and move.

Interaction Inspires Learning
Engage in play and learning fun while exploring facts about the human body, body systems (including the skeletal, digestive, nervous and muscular systems) health, nutrition and more. Silly sound effects, jokes, songs, and games help keep kids engaged and learning. With a tap of the Tag Reader, kids can hear the chart and stickers “talk” and explain fun facts about their bodies. Did you know that the three smallest bones in your body are all inside your ear? Did you know that tasty fruits have vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy? The Tag Reader illuminates these details with rich audio content and interesting sound effects: Facts about the heart are accompanied by the sound of a heart beating. Tag’s Interactive Human Body Discovery Pack also includes a Growing Body chart and sticker sheets to personalize each child’s learning. The Tag Reader interacts with the growth chart to track and announce children’s growth, and the interactive sticker sheets encourage kids to mark growth milestones (such as birthdays, losing a tooth and the first day of school).

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Travel Spotlight | London, England

London our Travel Spotlight

Uncle Ryan, Colin’s Brother, moved to London from Chicago a couple of years ago and was kind enough to send us a few pics of cool places worth note. He has already emailed Ace about his favorite football (soccer team) and has truly taken advantage of a relaxed work European work schedule by jumping over to many different countries! He plans on running a marathon in Dublin Ireland soon so we wish him the best of luck!!!
London is an exciting place for children and teenagers. Traveling in London as a family may seem overwhelming but is rather manageable. There are many museums that are free so you can try out many different places without feeling obliged to spend a certain amount of time to get your money’s worth. Also, family discounts on public transportation are very good.

London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At the center of the city stands the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

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15 interesting facts about London and England that you’ve never heard

toothbrushWe all know that England is an interesting country with an impressive history and I’m sure you’ve heard many interesting facts about it. However, did you know that approximately 2,500 people have to be rushed to hospital every year for injuries caused by toothbrushes?!!

Read on for more crazy facts about London and England:

  1. sandwichNowhere in the UK is more than 70 miles (113km) from the sea! A place called Coton in the Elms is the furthest place from the sea.
  2. It is considered an act of treason to put a postage stamp with the queen’s head upside down on an envelope!
  3. The British eat over 11.5 billion (1,500,000,000) sandwiches every year!!
  4. England’s first telephone directory was published in 1880 and had only 248 names and addresses (there were no telephone numbers as you had to call the operator and ask for someone’s name to get connected).bigben1
  5. Our wonderful city London has not always had this name. In the past it has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg!
  6. In 1945, a flock of birds landed on the minute hand of Big Ben and put the time back by 5 minutes.
  7. Big Ben is not actually the name of the clock, it is the name of the bell which is inside the clock.
  8. taxiThere are more chickens than people in England.
  9. Black cab (taxi) drivers in London have to memorise every street and important building in London within six miles from Charing Cross and they need to take a test called ‘The Knowledge’ before they can drive a cab.
  10. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
  11. In 1647, Christmas was abolished by the English Parliament. No-one was allowed to celebrate!
  12. On average, 488 people are injured by zips and 3,078 people are injured by slippers every year in the UK.
  13. The picture of the Queen on £1 coins show her age at the time they were made.ukflag
  14. Windsor Castle is the oldest royal residence in the world that is still being used by the royal family.
  15. England was part of the shortest war in history. They fought Zanzibar in 1896 and Zanzibar surrendered after just 38 minutes!

 

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Rocket Science!!! | Why You Should Get A Tandem-X Rocket Building Kit by Estes

Tandem-X by Estes

Build Your Very Own Rocket And Watch It Blast Off!!!Tandem X Rocket Building Set

What a great alternative to the regular family bonding or reading routine. The Tandem-X Rocket launch set is a sure fire way to keep everyone involved and excited about learning new things. It’s amazing to see just how curious and animated Ace gets while trying to figure out how to follow the instructions along with his dad in efforts to build something “super complicated cool” as he calls it.

Today with so many kids not being interested in math or science it is an awesome way to introduce complex sciences with out being stiffy. He is truly curious about how things can be put together and is learning fundamental theories such as relativity and Newton’s laws of motion and basic engineering.

The Tandem-X Launch Set is a great way to engage with your children while learning yourself (It’s amazing just how much fun science can be) believe me I used to be a skeptic and shut off to learning certain things but by explaining complex things in a simple and fun way, Tandem-X opens up a whole new world of fun and adventure!

Let’s Build A Rocket!!

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Great Children’s Book About Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Activist & Minister

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Brian Collier
Martin’s Big Words
by Doreen Rappaport and Brian Collier

With the Dr. King Holiday approaching on Monday the 18th. We think it is especially appropriate to read, study and celebrate his legacy in our household.

Being a family of mixed heritage we hold this day in high esteem because we feel in a way our lives and our sons’ very existence is a living testament of Dr. Kings dream becoming a reality.

As a World community we still have a long road ahead for achieving racial and religious harmony and acceptance but at the core of all I believe there is goodness in each of us and that we shall overcome together and unite as one.

Thank you Dr. King for your vision, dedication, perseverance and sacrifice!

What a great book. You can buy it online or check it out from your local library!

Martin’s Big words : the life of Martin Luther King, Jr
by Doreen Rappaport and Brian Collier

malaika@loftandlearn.com

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Magic Science! For Wizards Only.. | Scientific Explorer

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What an amazing time Ace (and Colin) have with this Magic Science Kit from Scientific Explorer.

You can make your own mysterious, shimmering magic wand! You can also learn about casting spells as you mix up bubbling, color-changing, glowing potions in your very own test tube cauldron. I strongly advise adult supervision! But beware it’s for Wizards only…

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5 Cool Ideas to help you Ring in the New Year with Small Children! | New Year’s Eve Plans

Cool Ideas to Help You Ring In the New Year with Small Children

So you are staying in with your little ones on New Year’s Eve but you still want to have a Blast? Here are 5 cool suggestions that will keep everyone in the family enthused and involved.

Have a Dance Off.
With all of the new crazy dances out there, as parents you all need to partner up and show the little ones how it was done back in your day. Get your game face on and throw down the gauntlet. Challenge!

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Get Dressed Up.
Who says you can only get dressed up and act silly on Halloween? Get dressed up in your fanciest duds and pretend you are at a regal costume party. Or just put on your wackiest looks, but make sure once you place those costumes on that you remain in character for the entire night! Make sure to take a picture to document how you rang in the New Year! What a great keepsake.

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Learn How to Say Happy New Year in different languages.
This is an all-day activity but a fun way to start the countdown to your midnight. Learn how to say Happy New Year in different Languages and then when that time zone has its moment shout it out with glee. Maybe even pulling up images of different cultures celebrating on the internet would be fun as well. Go for it and get involved with Celebrating New Year as a Global citizen.

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Put on a family talent show
Everyone has a unique talent or gift, why not pick New Year’s Eve to showcase it! Get your Shine on!

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Build a Family Fort

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Make finger foods, play board games and ring in the New Year together breaking up your old routine.
Get Creative and Have Fun!

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