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Family Matters: Watching Movies with Children

Family Matters: Watching Movies with Children

[ 0 ] February 17, 2012 |

Get to know your children through film. More often than we like to admit, parents use visual media (film) as a way to spend time away from their kids. We suggest parents use film as a reason to spend time with their kids. More than just a chance to spend a few hours together, this shared experience may lead to interesting discussions and discovery about the movie-making process, life, human behavior, and the consequences our actions have on our family, friends and the world around us.

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Pretend Play is a Literacy Activity

Pretend Play is a Literacy Activity

[ 5 ] February 15, 2012 |

Your 3-year-old can recognize the first letter of her name when she sees it in print or maybe hit the right letters on the electronic game when the recorded voice says “B… ball… B.”  You think she’s pretty smart.  She is, but not because she’s beginning to recognize letters.  Let’s face it – chimpanzees can learn to do that.  Where you can really see and celebrate her developing literacy skills is in her pretend play.

Providence Children’s Museum is a fabulous place for school vacation fun!  Encounter a glorious golden eagle, a tiny owl, a red-tailed hawk and other majestic birds of prey in Wingmasters.  In The Hoopoe Show, see a hilarious mime’s magic tricks and illusions.  It’s a Paper Caper when kids fold and crease paper to create fabulous flying machines!  And sing and laugh to silly stories and funny fast-paced songs by Keith Munslow.  For more information, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.

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Join us at the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16-21, 2012

Join us at the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16-21, 2012

[ 1 ] February 6, 2012 |

The only film festival in New England dedicated to children’s films offers quality independent movie alternatives to children and teens.

The Providence Children’s Festival hosts 6 days of films, workshops and presentations for children, youth and teens at 3 locations in downtown Providence. Watch exciting and engaging high-quality, international films, animation, and documentaries. Tickets are $7.50 general admission; $5.00 children, students, seniors which includes free admission on Saturday and Sunday (only) to the RISD Museum. Films and events at RISD Metcalf Auditorium are free with the exception of Opening night (Tickets are $15.00 adult; $10.00 children.) Discount family packages are available.

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DIY Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

DIY Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

[ 2 ] February 3, 2012 |

Whether your children make valentines for their entire the class or a handful for their grandparents and best friend, giving (and receiving) a handmade valentine is super special no matter how big, small, simple, or detailed the heart is.

Making a large number of valentines for your child’s class can seem daunting, but choosing a project that is simple to oversee and appropriate for your child’s skill and age level can be fun and rewarding. When my boys were toddlers, I precut hearts out of paper or used heart-shaped doilies and let them paint or put stickers on each one. Now that they’re older, it’s helpful that they have a longer attention span and can sign their own cards.

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Cold Feet

Cold Feet

[ 5 ] February 2, 2012 |

Sunday morning, 6:58am. Not my idea of sleeping in, especially after spending half the night with my son whose cough reminds me of the call of a sea lion and whose temperature reminds me of a toaster oven. But what was I really expecting anyway? My daughter has decided to wake me up by crawling all over me, seemingly unaware of the fact that her knees and feet are kicking me in the gut and in the head.

Did I mention that it’s 12 degrees outside?!

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Gantos, Raschka, Whaley Win 2012 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Awards

Gantos, Raschka, Whaley Win 2012 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Awards

[ 0 ] January 31, 2012 |

The Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz, which are the country’s most prestigious awards for children’s books, were announced Monday morning at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Dallas.

2012 Newbery Medal
Jack Gantos has won the 2012 Newbery Medal for Dead End in Norvelt (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), his semiautobiographical tale of a boy growing up in a Pennsylvania town created during the Great Depression; the book was edited by Wesley Adams.

Two Newbery Honor Books were named: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (HarperCollins); and Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt).

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Fantasy Travel Sketchbook:  Go anywhere on your own magic carpet.

Fantasy Travel Sketchbook: Go anywhere on your own magic carpet.

[ 2 ] January 22, 2012 |

Wanna get away? You can travel anywhere in the world from your living room rug. Enjoy a fantasy travel sketch workshop with your family. This project can be as simple as drawing a picture of your destination, or as complex as answering every one of the questions below and more!

Travel Sketch MaterielsI asked my six year-old son what city in the world he might like to visit this week and a lively conversation ensued. He enthusiastically chose Jerusalem, which surprised me as I have never heard him mention the city, and delighted me with the suggestion that we look up their currency and train tickets on the web.

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What Are You an Expert At?

What Are You an Expert At?

[ 1 ] January 19, 2012 |

That’s a question that 22 Rhode Island preschool teachers and daycare providers asked their 3- and 4-year-old children as part of “Making Learning Visible: Inspiration Takes Flight,” a five-month professional development seminar offered by Ready to Learn Providence and supported by Providence Children’s Museum.

It turns out that the children are experts at lots of things. Many of them know how to do crafts from creating a crown to drawing happy faces, dinosaurs, monsters and self-portraits to making a sugar flour cake. They are excellent movers; they know how to run, climb on bars, dance, and do flips and jumping jacks. They have mastered many of their important daily routines, such as being a big brother, tying shoes, cleaning up, and sleeping. And not surprisingly, they are fantastic players. They can tell you how to fly like Superman, play the card game Face-Off, put on a performance, and even how to pretend to be a dog.

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Special Advance Screening: BIG MIRACLE

Special Advance Screening: BIG MIRACLE

[ 21 ] January 17, 2012 |

SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING!
Kidoinfo is giving readers the chance to win a family four-pack of passes to the advance screening of Universal Pictures’ BIG MIRACLE being held on Saturday, January 28 at at 10:00AM at Showcase Providence Place Cinema.

I have 5 family four packs to give away. Just tell me why you (or your children) love the ocean in the comments below and I will randomly select 5 winners on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Noon EST.

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Honor Dr. Mr. Luther King Jr.

Honor Dr. Mr. Luther King Jr.

[ 1 ] January 12, 2012 |

Providence Children’s Museum will feature performances of M.L.K.: Amazing Grace by Rochel Coleman and Valerie Tutson and present a special exhibit about the American Civil Rights Movement and King’s work. Families can also browse an exhibit of photographs, text and a selection of carefully chosen books about the American Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence. Visitors can choose to participate in a thought-provoking interactive exploration of the negative power of discrimination, during which they encounter “red only” and “green only” labels throughout the Museum. Educators will be on hand to talk to families following this provocative exercise and invite them to record their responses.

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