Summer is here. I am sure you are strongly aware of that. The heat is a huge sign of it. As a mom of four kids, I am always looking for ways to keep my kids entertained, but also cool. This heat is no joke in Kansas! I found several great books, DVDs, and toys that will for sure keep your family entertained. The below was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines.
Nurture your child’s STEM skills. Buy a set of 4 mat bases VertiPlay STEM marble run. As your child learns to set up marble run tracks, they skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Marble runs add the much-needed fun element to learning. By gifting ‘stick and play’ VertiPlay Marble Run to your child, you also give an interesting twist to your walls. You make your walls, interactive while keeping your floors clutter-free. STEM marble run from VertiPlay has an extended shelf-life as it’s made of high-quality, durable materials.
As the trial ends after weeks of contentious statements and nonstop coverage by an overzealous media, a captivated worldwide public awaits the determination of Bush’s fate. Will he be found guilty or not? The surprising verdict is revealed in Terry Jastrow’s new novel, The Trial of George W. Bush
Twelve-year-old Marigold Lafleur is the last of a long line of aromages
: witches who blend scents into practical charms using aromagic. But ever since a terrible accident injured her father and damaged Luna Island, Marigold and her sisters, Birdie and Lou, have vowed to abandon their family legacy and mama’s way of life. Shunned by their neighbors and overlooked by their parents, Marigold relies on her big sisters above all else.
Days after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Hitler declared war on the U.S., unleashing U-boat submarines to attack American ships. Suddenly, the waves outside Louisa June’s farm aren’t for eel-fishing or marveling at wild swans or learning to skull her family’s boat—they’re dangerous, swarming with hidden enemies.er oldest brothers’ ships risk coming face-to-face with U-boats. Her sister leaves home to weld Liberty Boat hulls. And then her daddy, a tugboat captain, and her dearest brother, Butler, are caught in the crossfire.
The Name She Gave Me tells the story of 16-year-old Rynn, named Scheherazade by the birth mother she’s never met, in stark and moving verse. Culley brings her own insights as an adopted child who reconnected as an adult with siblings she never knew she had to this powerful and poignant tale about family, friendship, and love in its many forms, for fans of Robin Benway, Cynthia Hand, and Jandy Nelson.
A Simpler Motherhood
makes minimalism for moms attainable, affordable, and stress-free for even the busiest or messiest of moms. Learn to declutter your mind and home on this fun journey to living and parenting with more purpose and joy, and less stress!
The all-new original film, ERASER: REBORN, a reboot of the 1996 blockbuster, follows US Marshal Mason Pollard, a specialist in engineering the fake deaths of witnesses that need to leave no trace of their existence. In this exciting clip from the action-packed film Pollard (played by Dominic Sherwood) warns Rina (played by Jacky Lai), a witness under his protection, and her lawyer Vanessa (played by Susan Danford) that an attack is imminent.
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is a team of award-winning artists, game designers, writers, data scientists, teachers, and researchers.
It was founded in 2015 by Sofia Fenichell, a mother and writer. Schools weren’t keeping pace with entertainment and technology, and she was determined that language would not be left in the dust. Mrs Wordsmith uses scientific research and proven teaching methodology, alongside Hollywood-quality animation and state-of-the-art game design, to create books, games, worksheets, and apps to improve the reading and writing outcomes of kids aged 4–11, and to make word learning hilariously fun.
When Caitlin Billings became a therapist
, she did so with an intention to heal from her past. She wasn’t planning on a mental health relapse or an involuntary psychiatric hold. She was a mother now. A mental health professional. She thought the issues she’d faced in her past were dealt with, tucked away forever.
Meet Mia, Navaeh, and Luna! The Fresh Dolls Career Collection
celebrates women of color with 3 fashion dolls who mean business. Mia is one of the world’s finest surgeons. Navaeh, as President of the United States, is heading to a security briefing. Luna prepares next week’s lesson plans. As Black and Brown girls come in all shades, Fresh Dolls feature custom blended skin tones that represent multi-cultural people around the world. These relatable dolls are sure to inspire the next generation of professional leaders, healers, educators, and more. Standing 11.5 inches tall, these Fresh Dolls are ready for anything! Ages 3+
Harvard is used to his father coming home from the hospital and telling him about all the babies he helped. But since he made the mistake at work, Dad has been quieter than usual. And now he is taking Harvard and his little brother, Roger, to Kettle Hole, Maine, for the summer. Harvard hopes this trip isn’t another mistake.
Young cooks will learn about the edible gifts that each season brings in this warm and inviting collection of recipes from the author of What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street. In lush double-page spreads featuring Sala’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations, we visit the yards, balconies, and rooftops where the citizens of Flowerville grow their vegetables. Each month features a different member of the town, and a delicious recipe inspired by a fruit or
Bustletown’s many fans will delight in this nocturnal return trip, which finds the village’s beloved people, animals, and streetscapes as fun and busy as ever.
In Fantastic Fruits by Olaf Hajek and Annette Roeder (US pub info – 4/5/2022; ISBN: 978-3791375069; Hardcover $19.95; Ages 6-9; 40 pages), a beautiful exploration of everyone’s favorite fresh food, Olaf Hajek’s brilliantly colored and uniquely stylized paintings are accompanied by informative texts that will enthrall readers of all ages.
One of the masters of children’s picture books
returns with a simple and lovely story about taking one’s time. Teckentrup’s spacious, textured collages, brushed with soft color and populated by a pair of charming hedgehogs, convey the beauty of a natural setting, and the comforting bond between caregiver and child.
The Wild Garden
by Cynthia Cliff (US pub info – 5/3/2022; ISBN: 978-3791375120; Hardcover $16.95; Ages 5-9; 32 pages) is filled with charmingly rustic illustrations of people, plants and animals. This story about community and biodiversity introduces children to the variety of ways things can grow and flourish in nature
The National Menagerie of Art: Masterpieces from Vincent Van Goat to Lionhardo da Stinki by Thaïs Vanderheyden (US pub info – 5/3/22; ISBN: 978-3791375090; Hardcover $12.95; Ages 5-9; 56 pages) elevates serious art to the heights of pure giggle-inducing fun. This collection of cleverly reimagined masterpieces is the perfect way to introduce young readers to great art.
Curate your own museum exhibit through the Arts-inspired immersive STEAM kit
! Explore the world of museum arts by becoming a museum curator! Each kit comes with a curator clipboard, checklist, and dry erase marker. Want to DIY? Assemble mini canvases, and frames and adhere to the various art genre stickers to make a dream exhibit. Learn about expressionism, pointillism, and other important art genres. Have fun playing with the Makayla two-sided figure cutout and the three-wall art museum/mural experience paper environment. Every kit comes with an activity book with important fun facts, games, and coloring pages.
These are just a few ideas for entertainment. I know there are plenty more. I would love to hear your favorite way to keep your kids entertained and learning this summer. Just leave me a comment and tell me.