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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Local Events, Books, and Conversations

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Local Events, Books, and Conversations

[ 0 ] January 17, 2013 |

LOCAL 2013 EVENTS: “M.L.K: Amazing Grace” Providence Children’s Museum – Providence, RI Monday, January 21st from 11:30AM-4:00PM (3 shows – 11:30AM, 1:00PM, 2:30PM) Cost: Activities free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person. The Civil Rights movement comes to life at the Providence Children’s Museum in provocative performances of “M.L.K: Amazing Grace”.  The event features […]

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Kidoinfo: 12 Things To Do With Kids During Winter Vacation

Kidoinfo: 12 Things To Do With Kids During Winter Vacation

[ 0 ] December 21, 2012 |

Looking for something to do with your kids during this holiday vacation? Here’s the Kidoinfo Top 12 List of things to do – many are Free and Cheap. Check the Kidoinfo calendar and blog for even more ideas.

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Edible Rhody KIDS: Baking Traditions

Edible Rhody KIDS: Baking Traditions

[ 1 ] December 19, 2012 |

Welcome Winter! Edible Rhody KIDS is created in collaboration with Edible Rhody magazine. Grab this season’s copy of Edible Rhody, available at various locations around Rhode Island. This seasons’ topic, “Baking Traditions”, invites kids to honor and/or create their own family food experiences. I also share one of my favorite holiday recipes handed down from my Iraqi grandmothers – Baklava.

What do you think of when you see the word “baking”? Do certain baked goods remind you of a particular family member, time of year, a place, or a good smell?

Passing recipes from one generation to the next by baking foods together is a way to honor and celebrate your family, carrying forward traditions from the past. Don’t forget, new traditions and fun memories can be made anytime.

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Barrington Books Kids’ Fiction Gift Book Picks

Barrington Books Kids’ Fiction Gift Book Picks

[ 0 ] December 14, 2012 |

Books make great gifts for kids at the holidays. But with so many titles to choose from, it can be hard to find just the right one. The staff at Barrington Books put together a short list of teen fiction and picture book gift suggestions for Kidoinfo readers.

TEEN READS:

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: THE CARSON PHILLIPS JOURNAL
By Chris Colfer

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Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Fiction of 2012!

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Fiction of 2012!

[ 0 ] November 27, 2012 |

Always on the hunt for new fabulous reads, we found many good recommendations here on the Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Fiction of 2012! Check the PW website for full reviews and links to author pages and extra bonuses.

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Build a Cardboard Castle

Build a Cardboard Castle

[ 0 ] November 12, 2012 |

This is a great rainy day project, if you have already collected some toilet paper and paper towel rolls and various small cardboard boxes.

Most of the cardboard is thin enough for a child to cut. I dismantled all the boxes and turned them inside out to hide the labels, but I think a colorful castle would be nice, too. See the little round tower on the corner? That is called a bartizan. We cut slits in a toilet paper roll to stick it onto the wall. The skinny white tower to the left is a garderobe….a latrine. It hangs over the outside wall and empties into the moat, or in this case, into the lake. The tall towers have merlons, (square blocks which defenders could hide behind,) and crenels, the spaces in between, for shooting at the enemy.

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Teaching Kids about the Presidents: Activities, Books, and Fandex

Teaching Kids about the Presidents: Activities, Books, and Fandex

[ 0 ] October 25, 2012 |

Current events and kids old enough to ask about history and interested in the world around them, leads to interesting dinner conversations in our house about ALL the presidents not just the ones running in the 2012 election. A trip to the library fills our house with books about past presidents with interesting facts about their pets, their running mates, the issues of the time, term lengths and new vocabulary words like electoral college, confederates, federalist, incumbent, underground railroad, and civil (when it refers to a war which my questioned how a war can be “civil”?

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Family Matters: Mother-Son Bookclubs

Family Matters: Mother-Son Bookclubs

[ 1 ] October 12, 2012 |

A few friends and I started a Mother-Son Bookclub about a year ago as a way to challenge our boys to read more, teach them to articulate their thoughts, and encourage them to discuss books in a fun atmosphere outside the classroom. We hope this Bookclub inspires our boys to become lifelong readers and continues to be a positive way for us to connect with our sons as they get older.

We came up with a few loose rules, to get started.

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RI Festival of Children’s Books & Authors at the Lincoln School in Providence and the Central Falls Library Unite to Inspire Local Youth

RI Festival of Children’s Books & Authors at the Lincoln School in Providence and the Central Falls Library Unite to Inspire Local Youth

[ 11 ] October 1, 2012 |

We are a book loving family—at home and at Kidoinfo. We look froward to The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors every year. This year’s festival takes place Saturday, October 13th from 9 am – 5:30 pm at the Lincoln School in Providence.

New this year, through a collaboration with the Central Falls Library, a Book Festival author will host a children’s event at the Central Falls Library. In addition, Lincoln School students will organize a used book drive for the library. The goals are to introduce children to the library who have never been there before, and to collect as many books as possible for the Central Falls community.

We are giving away tickets to the festival. Want to win?

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Family Matters: Getting Kids Involved in Voting

Family Matters: Getting Kids Involved in Voting

[ 1 ] September 7, 2012 |

With the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, September 11th and the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, that will determine who leads our country for the next four years, we are surrounded with news, sound bites, posters, fliers, and roaming politicians vying for our attention. Through the eyes and mind of a child, this all must seem absurd. One of my sons recently asked, “It seems like everyone spends so much time trying to get elected or re-elected, who is actually doing their job and why can’t we use the money spent on campaign promotions for something more important? (Like pencil sharpeners or school field trips.)” Well said.

Teaching children the meaning and importance of voting — on the playground, in the classroom, at home, and for the national government — are important life skills for kids to learn at any age.

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