Amazon: What people are buying kids now

 

Amazon: What people are buying kids now

Here's a list of the top 10 things people are buying their kids this September: 1. Playfoam This pack of Playfoam will keep your kids busy for hours, and will save you time from scrubbing Play-Doh out of the carpet / your toddler's hair / off the walls.. $8.77 Review: There are a lot of similar items out there like this, but this one is not gooey like the others. It is really easy to play with and doesn't mess everywhere. It sticks together pretty well.." -YS   2. Fine-point colored pens  We have to admit these pens might be less of a gift for the kids, and more of a gift for the artistic parents. $14.35  Review: "These pens...
 
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How to shoot drone panoramas

 

How to shoot drone panoramas

Back in early 2013, after having flown the original Phantom 1 for about 2 weeks, I realized that adding a camera and taking still images while hovering, would be so much fun. And quickly thereafter I started doing aerial panoramas.  Today I would like to walk you through the process of creating some aerial panoramas. The process is very simple; both taking the images and then processing them. But there are some tips and tricks to all of it.  First and foremost, always shoot in RAW or RAW & JPEG mode. You really want to have the .dng file available, as it contains much more data and you can really do some nice post-production work with .dng files.  In order...
 
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Benefits of bounce houses for kids

 

Benefits of bounce houses for kids

Bouncy castles have been around for years, with larger versions normally up for use at fairs and carnivals while smaller versions can be rented or purchased for home use. While even adults have to admit they are pretty fun to jump around in, are there really any benefits of bouncy castles for kids? You bet! Awesome Workout One of the main benefits of bouncy castles for kids is the fact that it is a great way to encourage exercise or help with weight loss. Even children that have a normal body weight still need regular exercise and trying to create an exercise routine for a child is almost impossible.While kids will need a little bit of adult supervision, they can...
 
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How to set up a swing safety zone

 

How to set up a swing safety zone

If you are considering buying a swing set or any type of large playset that has slides or swings attached you need to make sure that you think about setting up your swing set safety zone. You may have not heard of the term “swing set safety zone”  (it’s also sometimes referred to as a swing set fall zone) but really all this basically means is the immediate area around the swing set that provides enough room for your child to safely play with all the different aspects of the set. The safety zone of a swing set needs to be taken into consideration before you even buy the set because you need to make sure that you are going...
 
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The surprising history of trampolines

 

The surprising history of trampolines

Trampolines are a great way for kids and adults to have fun and get some physical exercise. But the history of trampolining dates back thousands of years. Let’s explore the rich history of the trampoline – a tool used for both fun and survival. Ancient China, Iran and Egypt Depictions of trampoline-like devices have been found at ancient archaeological sites in Iran, China and Egypt. Their uses are unknown, but historians believe ancient civilizations may have used these devices for religious ceremonies, celebrations, or to get a better view of their surroundings. Alaskan Eskimos Later, trampolines would be found in Alaska where Eskimos would use them as both a sport activity and survival tool. These early trampolines were made of...
 
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20 tricks to get your kids talking about school

 

20 tricks to get your kids talking about school

'How was your day?' is not the best way to get your kids to dish on how school was One of the biggest frustrations parents of school-aged children encounter is the after-school conversation. You want your kids to spill on everything that happened that day, but instead the convo usually ends up going like this: You: "So, how was school today?"Your kid: "Fine, I guess." You: "Well, what did you learn? What did you do?"Your kid: "Nothing."You: "Really? Eight entire hours have elapsed since I last spoke to you. It was morning, and now, magically, it's the afternoon. Not one thing — not one single thing — occurred in the 480 minutes between then and now?"Your kid: *shrugs*Getting information about the school day...
 
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25 Lego activities for kids

 

25 Lego activities for kids

I recently purchased this LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box for my daughter, and while I spend most of my day silently cursing to myself when I step on pieces of it, I have to admit I really like making different creations with her. I didn’t enjoy our DUPLO days quite as much as I found the pieces were too big and the only things I could make were houses and condo towers, but the classic set has opened up an entire world of possibilities for me. Of course, my daughter doesn’t really have the attention span to sit and watch me fumble my way as I try to replicate all of the cool things she sees on YouTube, so I recently took to Pinterest to...
 
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Shop: Great books for family discussions

 

Shop: Great books for family discussions

With over 2 million books in print in various languages and on several continents, Parenting Expert and Children’s Author Julia Cook’s successful strategy is “Read a Book, Teach a Child a Life Lesson.”  Her books have won multiple accolades, including several AEP (Association of Educational Publishers) Distinguished Achievement Awards, Mom’s Choice Awards and National Parenting Seals of Approval. My Mouth is a Volcano is being adapted as a musical and recently landed on Red, White, and Rude: Picture Books to Help Politicians Behave Better on the Campaign Trail by www.readbrightly.com, a Penguin Random House Company. $8.79   Julia’s newest book, Judgmental Flower, is very timely and helps parents and teachers talk to children about racism and prejudice. With all the recent atrocities in our world and...
 
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Science says you must spend time outside

 

Science says you must spend time outside

Today’s highly-technological influenced world, despite being advantageous and helpful to our daily lives, has undoubtedly changed everyone’s lifestyle especially in terms of spending time outdoors.Whereas before, kids used to spend more than 2 hours outside per weekday and around 9 hours on weekends, nowadays, only 1 hour is spent each weekday and less than 5 hours on weekends.One of the reasons behind this trend is that people are more cautious of their expenses, as well as time and energy, hence opting to stay indoors instead. Not to mention, the possible threats to a person’s health that can be caused by staying out.However, World Health Organization revealed that there are 4.3 million deaths annually globally because of exposure to indoor air...
 
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Create a pirate themed birthday party

 

Create a pirate themed birthday party

There is never a bad time to throw a pirate themed party and look for cool pirate party ideas. Of course there’s always Halloween — and then today’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. (One of our favorites!) But it’s a cool birthday party theme all on its own, and it doesn’t even have to be all Pirates of the Caribbean themed either.  So thanks to printable decor and activities, crafty DIY shortcuts,  movies on demand, and clever but easy cupcake decorating ideas,  it’s possible to pull together a cool pirate themed party (or pARRRty) for your kids and all their best mateys in just a matter of hours. Easy pirate party decorations Haunted Pirate Party Printable Collection by Paper and Cake ($19.95)Start off your pirate...
 
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How to make fitness fun for kids

 

How to make fitness fun for kids

Fitness can often seem like a chore unless; you know how to disguise it as fun! Kids these days are inside too often, watching television or on their iPod or iPhone. According to the experts, kids should be getting at least 1 hour of exercise per day. Give your kids the best start to live by showing them how fun physical activity can be. Giving them a passion for physical exercise will help them establish healthy living habits. Besides exercising during after school sports you should also be displaying healthy habits at home. Having family physical activities that you can enjoy together will also give you a stronger family bond. Getting your kids to exercise without them realising can be...
 
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10 Mother’s Day gifts kids can make with dad

 

10 Mother’s Day gifts kids can make with dad

For Mother's Day, sometimes the best way to say "I love you, Mom" is with a handmade, heart-felt gift. Best gift from an infant Don’t let baby’s size stop you from giving Mom a gift to remember for her first Mother’s Day. Honor mom while also preserving your child’s unique stage and delicate size. Take hand and footprints to create a special card for Mom.  Image via Pinterest   While moms will certainly appreciate flowers, candy or a night off from cooking, on Mother's Day there is no greater gift than those made by her own children, even better if Dad has a role in the process as well. For the caffeine loverMake Mom’s morning caffeine fix extra special by helping...
 
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6 simple games for kids

 

6 simple games for kids

Sometimes kids get so full of energy that they’ll suddenly drop whatever they’re doing, to go run and jump around. That urge to get up and move can happen anywhere, and at any time. Whether you’re at home, on vacation, or around town, these simple games for kids from our Blog Ambassador Valerie of Inner Child Fun can help kids (and even grown-ups) get the wiggles out! All it takes is a few kid-size activity cones, a couple flying disks, plus lots of giggles and smiles. Check out Valerie’s 6 simple games for kids:DIY Flying Disk Golf Course: A game of skill for two or more players, who try to hit a series of targets on the ground.Carnival Game: Two or more players...
 
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How to choose a safe trampoline

 

How to choose a safe trampoline

 There is no such thing as a safe home trampoline, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP instructs its physicians to advise parents against the purchase of a home trampoline, and warns children against the use of any home trampoline due to risk of injury. Still, the organization knows kids will be kids, and some parents won't heed the warning. So, it and the Consumer Product Safety Commission offer some tips on how to be as safe as possible.   Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images   Avoid Home TrampolinesThe AAP reports that in the United States, most trampoline-related injuries occur on home trampolines. If your kids want to bounce, limit their trampoline use to supervised training programs. Even when...
 
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