All Aboard! Thomas Land Reopens April 8


You love him on your living room floor and you can’t get enough of him on the screen: Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his Friends are the center of your train-obsessed tots world. Indulge that obsession on a whole new level with a trip to Thomas Land, the permanent Thomas & Friends theme park in Carver, Ma. Set to open for the third season on April 8, you can book your tickets now.

What It Is
Head to the Island of Sodor, aka 11.5 acres of Thomas-themed fun! There’s more 11 different Thomas & Friend rides, a 20-minute train ride on Thomas the Tank Engine plus a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, drop tower and more. All the rides feature Thomas & Friends including Percy, Toby, Diesel, Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter, and more. You can even check out the Tidmouth Sheds (where there is a live stage show) and Knapford Station (which houses the gift shop!)

Get Your Tickets
Click here to check out our family guide to visiting Thomas Land this year with your kids.

Ages: All ages
Cost: $27/person ages 3 and up (save a few dollars by picking specific dates for your visit in advance)

Edaville USA
5 Pine St.
Carver, Ma 02330
Online: edaville.com/Thomasland

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The New Digital Playroom from Hopster Makes Perfect Sense


Hopster, the learning app for preschoolers, recently announced the debut of a new digital playroom geared toward helping kiddos develop essential sensory processing skills. Sense is available on the app on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2.

What It Is
Hopster is an award-winning children’s app geared toward kids ages 2-6. It’s totally ad-free and packed with learning features including games, songs and shows. Now, as part of the app, kids can visit Sense—an area designed specifically to help kids learn fine motor skills and schematic play with sensory relief in mind. Sense is great for any child and perfectly suited for the sensory needs of autistic children.

 

Sense has 9 different screens, made up of different sounds, music, colors, textures and lights. Rather than quick or flashing changes, there are calm gradual shifts between color, light and movement. The animated features are also calm and the music is relaxing. And it feature two color palettes: bright and colorful or pastel, so it facilitates a wider audience and moods.

Even More
Hopster will also tie in the release of Sense with the introduction of a special themed area that celebrates diversity and special needs. The shows including Punky—an animated show about a little girl with Down Syndrome; The Adventures of Zee which highlights Arabic culture and Signed Stories—a collection of classic fairy tales that narrates with ASL (American Sign Language).

How to Get It 
Launching in the Hopster app on April 2, you can get the app through Google Play or iTunes. You can try the app for free, it is $4.99 a month after free trial. 

Do your kids play with Hopster? Will you check out Sense?

—Amber Guetebier

images courtesy Hopster



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Meet the Country’s Most Inspirational Power Moms


Have you heard? The future is female! That’s right–We’re celebrating women across the country who are innovating, creating, leading and ideating. What do all these women have in common? They’re all multi-tasking mothers breaking glass ceilings and setting examples for future generations everywhere. From designers to business owners to educators, read on to meet 154 inspirational power moms who slay every day.

These women make motherhood look GOOD. Our 2016 list of style and design powerhouses is filled with architects, art directors, product designers, fashion stylists and so many more. Click here to be inspired and meet them all!

 

When it comes to feeding hungry kiddos, every mother fits the term Power Mom. But these women are taking the power up a notch by doing awesome work in the food industry. To meet them all click here!

Hsiao-Ching Chou, Food Writer and Communications Director

 

 

From holistic celebrity chefs to moms who fight for clean air, these 10 amazing women work hard, play hard, and are powerhouses when it comes to the eco-tastic life. Flip through the album below to meet our Green Living Power Moms of 2016.

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It’s no surprise (to us, at least) that many of the people who make the Bay Area great are ambitious, creative, multitasking moms whose families have inspired them to aim higher and excel in their fields. We highlight a few of our favorite Bay Area Power Moms right here—click here to see them all!

 

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Representing fields ranging from design, media, education, science, fashion, finance and beyond — and often possessing a killer entrepreneurial streak — these ladies are inspiring examples of sisters doin’ it for themselves, while also making family a priority. (Oh, but “Work/Life” balance? They all kind of call B.S. on that concept, and offer their own take on it.) Click through to meet your new lady-crushes!

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While we think all moms are amazing, we’ve chosen a very special group of our fave LA power moms who are not only holding down the fort at home, but are also creating, inventing, inspiring, innovating and pursuing their dreams in a wide variety of fields. Meet them here.

 

 

Meet just a small representation of Chicago’s Power Moms: women who carry an incredible amount of responsibility and commitments to careers, family, friends and community, all with kindness and humility. Click here to meet the moms.

Melissa Salvatore, Owner/Photographer, A Little Photo Studio

 

 

Whether it’s heading a start up, running errands or coaching our sidekick’s weekend soccer game (or all of the above!), moms really do do it all. Flip through to meet 13 Seattle moms who prove you don’t need to wear a cape to have super powers.

 

 

Super powers aren’t just for Captain America and Harry Potter. Need proof? These 11 D.C. moms may not be able to fly at the speed of light, but they soar in their own right–heading start-ups, running errands like a boss or mentoring the next generation of leaders (or all three). Click through to get to know them a little better while filling your inspiration allotment for the month.

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We uncovered 14 San Diego moms who are redefining motherhood in their own way. They are teachers, lawyers, STEM advocates, even planners, Girl Scout leaders, music teachers, chocolatiers, authors, and much more. What’s the one thing they have in common? They are moms, first and foremost. Meet them here.

Kristen Elgo, National Events Manager for PIRCH

 

 

You know the old saying—If you want to get something important done right, ask a busy mom to do it. Well, we believe it, and we’ve rounded up 11 Atlanta moms to prove it.

 

 

 

From working to find foster homes for homeless children to empowering other mothers and much, much more, these power moms are working tirelessly to make our community better and stronger while raising the next generation of Portlanders up right. Click through to get inspiration from these PDX power moms.

 

 

These power moms are proving that the tech industry is no longer a man’s world. Check out their stories and accomplishments and get ready to feel empowered!

 

We know there are hundreds of thousands of power moms out there and we bet you’re one of them (or know one)! Tell us–who else should we add to our list? Sound off below!



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100 Indoor Activities Because Winter Isn’t Over Yet


You’re in the final stretch of winter and can almost see Spring at the finish line. End your season strong with these ideas that go beyond your normal play routine. From creating stained glass windows out of crayons to making cardboard rocket ships, here are 100 indoor activities to keep your brood entertained and engaged until you can officially kick Old Man Winter to the curb.

1. From balloon sports to indoor hopscotch, we’re obsessed with these indoor activities that will get your kids moving. Check them out here.

2. Make music with your phone! Here are the best music-making apps for kids.

3. Create a stained-glass art window.

4. Learn about snowflakes in a whole new way with snowflake experiments. Bonus: you don’t need actual snow to pull them off.

5. Make a time capsule.

6. Intro. your kids to yoga with this beginner series. 

7. Forget the paint brush. Use a comb instead to create your next masterpiece!

8. Download a new kids’ album and host a dance party.

9. Need even more music? We asked our editors for their favorite dance tunes. Listen to the play list here.

10. You don’t need a ton of supplies to keep your kids entertained. Check out our ideas for fun indoors with three supplies or less.

11. Your indoor afternoon playdate will be anything but boring with these genius ideas.

12. Create a rad rhino mask.

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photo: Erin Feher

13. Sharpen those memory skills by playing a brain-boosting game.

14. Sometimes you need indoor fun that lasts more than an hour. For fabulous long-term play projects click here.

15. Is your kid still learning how to tell time? We have five games that’ll help them get there.

16. Channel Ariel and make your own mermaid tail.

17. If they’re more into Ursula, try out one of these fun octopus crafts.

18. Whether you have only five minutes or a full 30, here are 18 activities to make the most of your time.

19. Intro. your kids to Scrabble with our version of the game that features two-letter words.

20. Send a hug to a family member or loved one far away with a DIY hug card.

21. Show your kids how epic dragons really are with easy dragon crafts that’ll keep ‘em entertained all day long.

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22. Bend water with a comb.

23. Changing the world is easier than you may think. Check out our handy guide for kids here.

24. Transform all your old and broken crayons into a stunning work of art.

25. Teach your kids how germs really work with a science experiment high on the fun (and gross) factor.

26. Whip up a batch of glow-in-the-dark ice cubes.

27. Make your own harmonica with only four supplies.

28. If you’re feeling less than energetic, try a low-key activity. We have 13 ideas to get you started.

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photo: A Crafty Living

29. Need a few free minutes to yourself? Set your kids up with one of these streaming shows that are kid- and parent-approved.

30. Try your hand at creating a confetti balloon ball.

31. Use old toilet paper rolls to make binoculars.

32. Play a game of sniff-and-seek.

33. Teach your kids a little more about yourself. Here are 10 questions they can ask you today.

34. Fashion jewelry out of food.

35. All you need is 30-minutes to make your own dolphin.

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photo: Christal Yuen

36. Put pen to paper (or figner to keyboard) with three simple ideas to turn your kids into author for the day.

37. Make poop (yep, you read that right).

38. Carving out quality family time doesn’t have to be challenging. Simply look to our guide for some easy ideas.

39. Download a cool crop of new apps geared towards kids who love to invent.

40. Make an easy color wheel.

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41. Learn about the importance of spit with this great experiment.

42. Never lose your place in your book again thanks to this DIY bowtie bookmark project.

43. Map out your next trip by scoping out the coolest music venues for families.

44. Let snowmen inspire snacktime. Take a peek at our favorite snowmen-inspired treats.

45. Make your own tic-tac-toe board.

46. Did you know that ziploc finger painting requires only two supplies? Get the scoop here.

47. Paint with popsicles.

48. If you have grandparents nearby, you’ll want to play one of these games with them.

49. You can never have too many books about construction. Book it to the library to check out one of our favorite books they’ll really dig.

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photo: eekim via flickr

50. Go beyond Monopoly with new family games.

51. Transform your toilet paper rolls. Here’s how!

52. Got extra straws? Try making a straw rocket ship.

53. Don’t throw out those popped balloons. We have the perfect craft to use those rubber pieces up.

54. Use natural products (think: leaves and sticks) you find outside as paint brushes.

55. Turn old cereal boxes into a cityscape.

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photo: Dinner: A Love Story

56. Think small and make tiny furniture for your tiny friends.

57. Keeping your kids entertained after school is oh-so-easy with ideas that range from yoga to creating an indoor train track.

58. Did you know your old egg cartons can be upcycled into a colorful mask?

59. Whip up a batch of pixie dust.

60. Science meets imaginary play with this ice LEGO activity (pictured below).

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photo: Dayna Abraham via Lemon Lime Adventures

61. Write your own comic book.

62. Prep for spring and all the birds by making an egg carton bird feeder.

63. For easy sensory play, explore the temperature and texture of ice.

64. Skip that ship in a bottle. Try out a a cork boat instead.

65. Take craft time to the next, out-of-this-world level with a fun alien craft.

66. If saying the word “poop” is a surefire giggle-maker, you’ll want to check out these yucky (and so fun) games for the whole family.

67. Did you know you can make a lunchbox out of a plastic water jug? Get the tutorial here.

68. Before there were smart phones, there were maps. Pass the paper reading map skills down a generation by showing your kids how to read a map, old-school style.

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69. Play a game that helps with hand-eye coordination. Bonus: there’s a barnyard twist.

70. Paint like Van Gogh.

71. Bring the Big Easy into your home with our favorite kid-friendly jazz albums.

72. Transform empty bottles into a scuba tank.

73. Take some time to teach your kids about a historic icon: Frederick Douglass.

74. It may be gloomy outside but you can still spot a rainbow thanks to these four clever ways of making your own.

75. Lounge in style with a homemade hammock.

76. Use air (hey, it’s cheap!) for your next science experiment.

77. Cold weather got you down? Stay mellow with this blues playlist for kids.

78. Make your own bubbles.

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79. Cast a spell with a pretend potion.

80. Upcycle your own newspaper into a crazy awesome dome.

81. Learn a new magic trick (or seven!).

82. Make a bird feeder out of an empty soup can.

83. Craft your very own shooting star.

84. Practice counting with these clever hacks.

85. Score a new set of wheels. Here are 10 cool cars you can make at home.

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photo: Simply Learning Instagram Page

86. Check out nine sand play ideas. No beach required!

87. Create your own family laws just for today. Use these five ideas to get you started.

88. Learn how to make shadow puppets.

89. Paint with popsicles.

90. It’s time for a geography lesson. Get started with our Name That State printable.

91. Even if you can’t run around outside you can still play football. Paper football that is.

92. It’s Girl Scout cookie season (YES!). To celebrate, learn two Girl Scout songs today.

93. Write your own fairy tale. Use our fill-in-the-blank story to get started.

94. Fold an origami teddy bear.

95. Make the kids LOL with 20 hilarious jokes.

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96. Break out the deck of cards to learn these easy card games and tricks.

97. Check out our ideas for pretend play you can set up (and enjoy!) in one afternoon.

98. Create your own puppet theater.

99. Embrace the mess with these confetti poppers fun for any time of year.

100. And, for you, mom and dad who have crafted, created, entertained and danced, you deserve a pat on the back…and maybe even a glass of wine. Make things interesting with our wine bingo printable you can download here. Cheers!

Which one of the above ideas will you try withe your kids? What’s your go-to indoor play idea? Share the love in the comment section below!

— Erin Lem

 

 



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The Cheater’s Guide to Throwing a Unicorn Party


We know you. You want to throw that photo-worthy, gilded, rainbow dream-party for your fairy princess unicorn. We also know you have barely slept, are managing a work/life balance (which is a lot of work it turns out) and when it comes to crafts, well, let’s just say we are all familiar with the term “Pinterest fail.” Which is why we created this little cheater’s guide, so that you can have your rainbow snacks and actually have time to eat them too. Read on for some of the easiest unicorn ideas around.

photo: kaboompics via pixabay

Wearable Unicorn Horn Hack

Birthday party hat cones worn low enough to be on their forehead. Yeah, you know what we mean. They kinda do it anyway! If you are feeling fancy you can replace the elastic with a nice ribbon. Bonus points for gold hats,  but rainbow polka-dot works too (i.e. whatever is in stock at the party store).

Cake Shortcuts

So, you can’t make a fondant gold unicorn horn to save your life, even though you watched the tutorial like 10 times? It’s okay! We’ve got you.

You will need:

A cake
Frosting
Sprinkles
Sugar Cones (the pointy kind of ice cream cone)
Optional: edible glitter or gold dust

1. You have two options for the first part: either Bake a basic cake and frost with the world’s easiest frosting. Tint it light blue or pink or just cover it in rainbow sprinkles. You decide OR Get an undecorated, frosted cake from the grocery store bakery. Again, just plain white and you can add rainbow sprinkles. 

2. Get sprinkles! And a can of frosting. Better yet, get the can of frosting that comes with sprinkles. Frost the pointy ice cream cone. Roll it in sprinkles. Place on cake (point up). Bam! Unicorn.

Alternative: Get edible gold dust and coat the cone so that it is, in fact, a gold unicorn horn. See, you can make one! 

Alternative alternative: See if your local ice cream shop will sell you an already dipped and sprinkled cone!

Tip: Do yourself a favor and avoid searching for “inspiration” photos of unicorn cakes.

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A Rainbow of Activities

When it comes to unicorns, rainbows (for semi-inexplicable reasons) are always in the picture. Let the kiddos in on the magic of science by making rainbows. Here are four incredibly easy ways to make your own rainbow. And by easy, we mean you just need a glass of water. 

They can get even more hands-on with this oh-so-cool experiment in water density that requires little more than food coloring and water.

photo: Krystal Underwood via Growing a Jeweled Rose

Loopy Fun
Easy rainbow crafts are just a few fruit loops away. Separate the colors in advance or let the kiddos do it one at a time as you have them create a rainbow using paper, glue and cotton balls for clouds.

Archway Art
For a simple painting project that doesn’t even require paintbrushes just add the colors of the rainbow into separate containers, let the kids dip cotton swabs, and then paint your arc. Tape the swabs together if you want to give them a rainbow-in-hand handmade brush.

photo: kara brugman via flickr

Pin the Horn on the Unicorn…of the Sea
Affectionately known as the “unicorn of the sea” the narwhal is a real animal (learn more about narwhals here) and quite frankly a lot easier to draw on a big piece of paper than a horse shape. It’s basically the shape of a whale and you can make the long horns for kids to pin on out of gold or white cardstock.  Here’s a template. Just saying.

Taste the Rainbow

photo: Gimme Delicious 

Rainbow Pizza
You can have “unicorn” food and get the kids to eat fruits and veggies with little effort. The pizza pictured here can be made on any kind of store-bought crust, but the recipe from Gimme Delicious is actually a low-carb cauliflower crust and it’s actually pretty easy to make. Arranging vegetables in rainbow order on a platter with ranch dip works too: think red, yellow and orange bell peppers, celery, carrots, etc.

photo: Family Food on the Table 

Fruit Cups & Rainbow Toast
Arrange fresh fruit on toast slices like Family Food on the Table did, or layer fruit into (clear) cups for kiddos to grab and go. You can even just make a rainbow shape on a tray.

For even more easy rainbow food ideas, including rainbow Rice Krispie treats that are actually not that hard, click here.

Tip: Don’t forget, Goldfish crackers come in rainbow colors. So do Skittles.

Decorate

 

photo: Abbey Hendrickson via flickr

It seriously doesn’t get easier or cheaper than rainbow paper chains, though it does take a little time. The good news: kids can help. Also, you can do it while watching the latest episode of This Is Us after they’ve gone to bed, so with a little planning you’ll be multitasking!

What super-easy unicorn ideas would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below. 



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Best TV Shows to Binge Watch with Sick Kids


Inspired by the book series of the same name (written by real-life soccer star Alex Morgan), this new show from Amazon Prime follows the story of tween Devin Burke. When she moves with her family to California and has to join a new soccer team, she’ll face new challenges, learn new lessons, and have lots of fun. Parents will like that Devin has a close connection with her family; kids will get a “kick” out of watching her hash it out with the other kids on the team, rising up to be a leader and a good friend—all at the same time. Awarded the “Great for Families” badge by Common Sense Media, the entire first season is available for viewing now.

Ages: 6 & up.

Online: amazon.com

photo: courtesy Amazon Prime



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This Ingenious Hack Will Get the Knots Out of Your Necklaces FAST


photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

How many times have you let your little ones into your jewelry box for dress up play just to end up with the entire contents jumbled together in one giant knot? We’ve all got better things to do than untangling our chains knot-by-knot, which is why we loved this ingenious hack. Check it out below.

As the ingenious video illustrates, all you need is a little lubricant to make untangling a breeze. Coconut oil, olive oil, or any other oil from the back of your pantry will do. By rubbing a small amount of oil on just the tangled part, you can easily manipulate the knot using two needles or the opened end of two safety pins. The trick is to lay it out in a flat surface as you work to loosen the tension of the knot.

Check out the video to see the steps in action. And if for some reason the magic fails you, there’s always that rainbow colored macaroni necklace that will pair perfectly with just about anything in your closet!



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10 Easy Science Fair Projects for Kids


Calling all Sid the Science Kids and Miss Frizzle fans: It’s Science Fair project season! From testing microwave popcorn varieties to determining the best way to shine a coin, there’s not a shortage of ideas for your little scientists to start learning. We’ve gathered up ten project ideas that are simple and can easily be done at home with simple household supplies.


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1. Microwave Popcorn Test — This project is a great experiment if your family is a fan of microwave popcorn. Head to the store and buy a three to five boxes of microwave popcorn from different brands and then find out which one pops the best. Add some variety to the experiment by testing butter vs. plain, or organic vs. regular. More info.

2. Force and Motion With Race Cars — If your kiddo has Hot Wheel cars sitting around, this experiment is an easy way to test force and motion. Make three stacks of books, each stack a different height. Then place a piece of cardboard to create a ramp. At the same time, release a Hot Wheel car on the ramps and see which one wins. Kiddos can determine if the slope of the tracks affect the speed of the cars. More info.

3. What is the Most Common M&M Color? — Are yellows the dominant color in the M&M bag? Why does it seem like there are so few green pieces? This project is an easy experiment for even the youngest of kids. Buy a few packages of M&Ms, and then have kids sort the colors and count them. Then they can create a chart to track each color. More info.

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4. How Do Gummy Bears Grow? — This simple experiment has three ingredients: water, gummy bears and a bowl. Simply add a gummy bear to water. Wait a few hours and compare it to another bear that hasn’t been sitting in water. Is it bigger or smaller? For some variety, try soaking the bears in vinegar and other liquids to see what happens. More info.

5. What’s the Best Way to Clean a Penny? — Grab a handful of pennies (or other coins if you have them) sitting around and see which cleaning solution make them shine the best. Kids can use liquids such as baking soda with water, orange juice, toothpaste, lemon juice and dish soap. Use a toothbrush (not yours!) to clean each penny with the different solution, and then little scientists can write down what each coin looked like before and after the cleaning. More info.

6. Create Fireworks in a Jar — Find out what happens when you do a simple experiment with water, food coloring and vegetable oil. Find a jar or vase that’s clear and fill it to the top with water. Then combine 2 Tbsp. of oil with a few drops of food coloring in a separate bowl, stirring to combine. Finally, pour the color oil mixture into the water and see what happens. Try using different colors and see what difference it makes. What’s great about this experiment is it’s easy to do with supplies you likely have at home. More info.

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7. Celery Science Experiment — This easy test helps your kids see if different food coloring will change the color of celery and its leaves. Here’s what you need: celery with leafy tops, clear glasses, water and food coloring. Poor water into each glass, add a few drops of food coloring, and place the celery stalks in the glass. Let some time elapse and see if the celery changes color. Do the leaves change? What about if you cut the stem in half? More info.

8. Do All Liquids Evaporate at the Same Rate? Kiddos can learn about how evaporation works (liquid turing to gas) and see if all liquids evaporate at the same rate. Have your young scientist find three small glasses and then add one liquid to one jar. Easy ones to test are water, orange juice and rubbing alcohol (such nail polish remover). Kids should note each day where the liquid is and whether it’s disappeared. Did water evaporate before the alcohol?  More info.

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9. Apple Science Experiment — Most kids love apples, but so many of them won’t touch the fruit once it’s turned brown. So how about an experiment that keeps apples from turning brown? Slice the apple in multiple pieces and then soak the slices into the substances. You can use things like milk, vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, or whatever your kiddo thinks may work. Don’t forget to leave one slice alone so you have a control piece. Which substance keeps apples from getting brown? More info.

10. What’s the Fastest Way to Cool a Can of Soda? — Sometimes there’s nothing better on a hot day than a cold drink. But what happens if it hasn’t been chilling in the refrigerator? This experiment helps kids test the quickest way to cool a can. To do this, kiddos will take cans of soda and test them one in the freezer, one wrapped in a wet paper towel and then placed in the freezer, and the third on chills in a salted ice-water bath. Which one is ready to drink fastest? More info.

What science projects have your kiddos conducted? Any experiments that are a must-do?

— Leah R. Singer



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Ramp Up Your Wellness Routine with a Crane Humidifier


The school year started with a bang for your crew. New teachers, new friends, and a landslide of new learning they can’t wait to share with you. But alongside these classroom adventures, your little scholar’s bound to bring home a few new germs too. Welcome to the cold and flu season, parents. It’s here to stay. Ramp up your winter wellness routine with a Crane Humidifier. Read on to learn how it can fortify your family’s defenses.

Let’s De-Mist-ify the Benefits

Those first few sniffles. Those tired eyes. Even before your Little goes into full blown cold mode, parents know it’s coming. Seize that calm-before-the-storm moment to help your sidekick feel better sooner. The added cool mist from a Crane humidifier means relief from typical cold and flu symptoms like runny nose, congestion, sore throat and dry cough. And that means better rest and recovery, rather than being bogged down by the icks. Parents will love the Clean Control Antimicrobial material in the base that means 99.96% of bacteria and mold won’t take up residence at your place. All with a whisper quiet presence. If only you could ask the same of your kids!

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Newborns can get in on the cool too. Since they breathe out of their nose for the first four to six months, more moisture means easier breathing for them. Plus, lucky parents might notice a change in baby’s eating (hint: it’s less frustrating) or in her sleep habits (more really is better), which means you get more (much-needed) sleep too!

 

It Doubles as Super Cute Décor

Crane’s Adorable humidifiers are named so for a reason. Choose from one of 23 different characters, each with total kid appeal. A bright yellow ducky adds a touch of sunshine to baby’s nursery, while an old-timey choo-choo helps your little conductor chug on all season long. Or how about a cute blue monster to guard against other monsters under the bed? Each one of these cuddly companions runs quietly for up to 24 hours and turns off when the water reservoir is empty. Easy peasy!

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This Tech is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Having a sick kiddo is never easy. But when it comes to waking her once she’s finally nodded off… well, let’s just say it’s not gonna happen. So when tech comes along that keeps them sleeping and helps them feel better too, you do a silent dance of joy.

With a simple finger swipe on your smartphone, parents can control Crane’s SmartDROP Cool Mist Humidifier from anywhere the WiFi waves will let you. The downloadable free app (on Apple or Google Play) is all you need to change the humidity level, mist output and even set a timer, all without setting foot in your sleeping beauty’s room. Shhh…

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The Dish on a Deal

Hit the web to find the perfect Crane Humidifier match for your fam this fall. Whether you’re looking for an adorable option to jazz up your kidlet’s room, or want the sleek line of a Drop humidifier you can keep anywhere your family needs a little extra moisture, the Crane website is the fastest way to get yours. Don’t forget to use the promo code HEALTHY16 (contiguous 48-ers only, please) to save $10 on a one-gallon Drop or Adorable Humidifier (expires Dec. 31, 2016). The toughest part of this deal? Deciding which one to choose!

What’s your family’s winter wellness routine? Tell us about it in a Comment.

— Allison Sutcliffe

all photos courtesy of Crane Humidifer

 



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