You know that old saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well, it’s true. And, unfortunately, too many kids go without it. Check out this infographic, from No Kid Hungry to see the benefits. The No Kid Hungry campaign is focused on increasing “breakfast in school” participation.
Last year, I switched from the iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy sIII. Let me just say… I love it! The kid loves it too. And, like most moms, I use it to keep him busy, when we’re somewhere that requires a wait.
Unfortunately, sifting through all the apps available can be a chore, and a bore. No worries, though! I’ve done the work for you… Here is a list of the top Android apps, for kids that we’re digging, right now (some have a minimal cost):
- Kids Doodle – Color & Draw
- How to make Paper Airplanes
- Funny Kids Cams
- Christmas Story: Elf Adventure
- Kids Piano
What are some of your kids’ favorite apps?
Hey, metro Detroit moms… looking for something to do with your kids this summer? Are they into engineering, robotics and/or architecture? Well, I have a very inexpensive solution for you.
Last week, I had the privilege of attending a “media moms” open house for The Robot Garage, a local business that aims to “provide a year-round PLACE for LEGO® and robotic enthusiasts of all ages.”
The Robot Garage works closely with leaders from the robotics and education community and focuses on hands-on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences that are fun, educational and engaging.
The building is a converted warehouse, with added “garage bays” that section off to offer different things at once. The Robot Garage has 20-foot ceilings, brightly colored walls, and an unstructured studio setting with everything you need to spend a special morning or afternoon together with your children. I can’t wait to take the kid. In fact, I think we’re going to take him and a couple of his cousins next month, for his birthday.
Because the people at The Robot Garage are so awesome, they’re offering a discount on July summer camps. Just use promo code “mediamoms” and save $50 on regularly priced July camps*.
Their summer hours are as follows:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays during the summer
*Offer subject to availability and only while seats remain available. No cash value. Not redeemable for other goods or services. Register online at TheRobotGarage.com or call 248-723-9100.
Summer is hard for kids.
Yeah, you heard me. Even though they’re out of school for the season, it’s hard. They’re always looking for things to do, and often there isn’t enough to keep those active little bodies and minds busy. And, when they’re not busy, they get in trouble. And, that’s no fun.
As a mom who works fulltime, outside the home (with a spouse that does as well), it’s super hard for me to find things for the kid to do, that fit into our work schedules.
Since summer is in full swing, I’ve been knee deep in “find things to keep the kid busy” research. Here’s a list of 25 ideas I’ve come up with so far.
- Story Writing
- Field Trips (Zoo, Museum, etc.)
- Bike Rides
- Roller Skating/Blading
- Hide and Seek
- Make a Fort
- Build a Tent
- Have a Water Gun Fight
- Have a Nerf Gun War
- Play Dress Up
- Play Computer Games
- Have a Scavenger Hunt
- Make Paper Bag and/or Sock Puppets
- Put on a Puppet Show
- Water Balloon Fight
- Architect (LEGO® bricks, Blocks, etc.)
- Board Games