Archive for March 2013

March Madness: Bracket fun for the whole family, even kids and tweens

March Madness: Bracket fun for the whole family, even kids and tweens
March Madness is upon us, and that means it is time to start filling out those brackets. Bracketology is all the rage right now, and your kids and tweens can get in on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament fun, too. Here are some of our favorite fun and even educational ways tweens and their parents... Read more »

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Trivia

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Trivia
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selection is complete and on Thursdays play begins among the field of 64 teams vying for the National Championship. March Madness is official underway. I couldn’t be happier; it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Readers also know that I love trivia, and so below is trivia about college... Read more »

Huffing among tweens not rare, but can be deadly

Huffing among tweens not rare, but can be deadly
Inhalant abuse is an activity that many parents incorrectly think does not happen among middle school kids, or with their tween. They are wrong. Twenty percent of tweens say that they have tried inahlants to get high by the time the finish eighth grade. Last week, Kristal Salcido, a 12 year-old California middle school student,... Read more »
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St. Patrick's Day activity for all ages: write limericks

St. Patrick's Day activity for all ages: write limericks
One fun, easy and literary way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is write limericks together. A limerick is a witty or nonsensical poem that is short and simple, so kids, tweens and adults alike can all write them.  Limericks are meant to be humorous and while they are often bawdy, you can leave that aspect... Read more »

St. Patrick's Day favorites: Irish recipes, books, music and more

We'll sip our tea out of these cups, the one day of the year we do so. My Belleek china tea set has been in the family since the 1920s and says “<em>deanta in eireann,</em>” Gaelic for "made in Ireland.
On March 17th, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the day that everyone is Irish! Here are some ways that Tween Us will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Below is a preview of our Irish celebrations. Scroll through the gallery below to see what we’ll be drinking, eating, wearing, listening to and reading on the holidays,... Read more »

What is Pi Day? Facts about Pi, Pi Day and Pie

What is Pi Day? Facts about Pi, Pi Day and Pie
Today is March 14, which can be written numerically as 3/14. It also Pi Day. Pi is the Greek letter “π” and it is also the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.  It is usually shortened... Read more »
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8 awesome science websites for kids, budding scientists or not

The Smithsonian Institution's <a href=" http://ocean.si.edu/">Ocean Portal</a> has the tagline Find Your Blue. It's a beautiful site tat is lovely to look at, but also packed full of information on topics including ecosystems, the history of the sea including information on what ancient oceans were like, and conservation success stories.
Science is awesome, and the internet can be awesome. Put them together, and you have some wonderful resources for tweens who are budding scientists. Even if your tween is not asking for a lab coat, these science websites are fun and engaging and may just get them excited about science. Most of these sites also... Read more »

March 12 is Girl Scout Day

March 12 is Girl Scout Day
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout group in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls. When not selling cookies (mmmm  thin mints), Girl Scouts are busy earning badges and volunteering. Girl Scout Day is always celebrated on the anniversary of their founding. When beginning the Girl Scouts, Low said, “I’ve got... Read more »

Spring break reading list for tweens, and activities to go with each book

When Alice's Aunt Polly, The Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous piecrust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it’s making them pie-crazy. It's up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship. Family. And the pleasure of doing something for the right reason. With <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pie-Sarah-Weeks/dp/0545270111/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1362927858&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=pie">Pie</a>, acclaimed author Sarah Weeks has baked up a tasty tale that's great for spring break reading.
Spring break is a welcome respite from the routine but even vacation has room for a good book or two. Whether you’re making the most of a staycation or looking for a good read to keep your kid busy on the plane, spring break doesn’t have to mean a break from reading. Spring break books... Read more »
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Oz the Great and Powerful: Family Movie Review

Oz the Great and Powerful: Family Movie Review
Oz the Great And Powerful is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 cinematic classic. While the latest effort to explain what came before Dorothy and her ruby slippers is decent, it’s not nearly as endearing or memorable as its predecessor. Oz the Great and Powerful centers around James Franco’s Oscar Diggs (“Oz”... Read more »