Tag: websites for kids

Hey kids, Viola Davis is reading your bedtime story tonight!

When Guy Raz, of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World podcast fame, recommends a website for kids, you go, because, obvy. And no surprise, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a fantastic resource for parents that you might not know about. You’ll find tons of your kid’s favorite picture books brought to life with cool animation and celebrity guest appearances. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more Each of these 12-or-so minute long videos feature names like James Earl Jones, Betty White, and Lily Tomlin (and lots more) reading the book...

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A cool online resource for teaching kids about the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

I was so thrilled to discover this resource guide from the Library of Congress that’s full of a variety of primary source materials that document the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations through our country’s history. It’s such a fantastic wealth of information to help you talk to your kids about this important day. You’ll find information on every single President, including interesting factoids and trivia, plus images of everything from their inaugural address to photos of their procession, to newspaper clippings and lots more. That’s Abraham Lincoln’s actual inaugural address (below) And that’s Teddy Roosevelt taking the oath (top).   You don’t...

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5 of the best Santa apps that prove he’s real. Hear that, Virginia?

We’ve tried a lot of Christmas apps over the years (like, lots), and let’s just say a good Santa app is hard to find. We’ve narrowed it down to these 5 fun Santa apps that we think your kids will love. You can track Santa’s flight on Christmas Eve, alert him that you won’t be home for the holidays, and even video chat directly with him. Hey, if nothing else, that sure beats standing on line at the mall. Related: 6 fun Santa apps for kids Hello Santa app Our kids have been calling Santa through the Hello Santa app for a couple years now, and the...

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Why we freaking love Facebook’s I F’ng Love Science

Yes, we went with the slightly sanitized version on the name, because this is a family show here. But that doesn’t take away from how much we love the hilarious, crazy-popular FB page turned full-fledged blog, I F’ing Love Science, also known as IFLScience. Created four years ago by Elise Andrew, a 26-year-old British blogger and biology nut, IFLScience (let’s just go with that name when the kids are around?) basically highlights the wild and wonderful world of science with a huge serving of funny on the side.   It’s all about breaking down fascinating facts in an “amusing and accessible” way. And it’s...

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CuriosityStream lets you turn your binge-watching habit to fantastic documentaries.

Documentaries are hot right now. The whole earth seems to be obsessed with Making a Murderer, and movies like What Happened Miss Simone?, Man on Wire and Jiro Dreams of Sushi have been big hits in the last few years too. I’m not surprised, considering I’m a sucker for a great documentary too. So I’m excited to dive into the new website CuriosityStream, which features more than a thousand truly high-quality, well-produced, documentaries, all of them streamed to you without commercials. Related: Cutting the cable cord: 5 things that happened when I finally did it Now, the documentaries on CuriosityStream skew more educational and fact-based than the pop-culture docs you’ll see on Netflix, but that’s fantastic for kids...

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A must see: Dr. King’s legacy, in his own writing

One thing that’s become abundantly clear to me after a year of following Black Lives Matter tweets and listening more closely to what people of color have to say about their own heroes and history without media spin, is that a lot of us have only grasped a very very small portion of Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision and values. It’s easy to cherry-pick quotes of his that make easily likeable Facebook and Instagram photos (all shared with the best of intentions), or to honor his legacy with thoughts about peace. I’ve done it myself. But I’m coming to realize more and more, that...

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Our favorite Santa apps that make the magic even more magical.

We’re big fans of Santa around here, as you might have guessed. What, us risk making the naughty list? Never!) So if you’re looking for some fun Santa apps to help bring the big guy to life on your phone, tablet, or laptop and make believers out of any kid at all, we have quite a few options for you from some mainstays to some very fun new entries. Related: 8 of the best fun Christmas apps for kids Personalized Call from Santa from Google So far, our favorite app of the year is right on your laptop. Leading up...

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The Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar: Who says faith + science don’t mix?

While we always share the coolest advent calendars on Cool Mom Picks each year, though none might be quite so 21st century as the genius, photo-a-day Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar. Visit the Atlantic online each day for a new, remarkable photo from Hubble, starting with the iconic 2014 high-def image of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation, shown below. I kind of can’t wait to check back with my kids each day for a new reveal; or just visit the Atlantic in Focus Tumblr each day. I know I can’t wait for the next one. What a cool opportunity to parlay a countdown to...

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The Kid Should See This: A smartly curated collection of cool videos for kids (and their parents, too)

We’re always looking for cool educational videos for kids, whether they’re the funniest videos on YouTube, or educational videos and YouTube channels that our own kids love. In fact, we’ve joked that we could just do that, full time, every day. But hey! Someone else is doing it and they’re doing it so well that it’s become a go-to resource of our own. Got a curious kid? Then you need to introduce them to this cool, fun tumblr that’s speaking their language. It’s called The Kid Should See This and it’s fantastic collection of videos for young, curious minds. But it’s...

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art introduces #MetKids: A fun site made for kids, by kids (and cool enough for parents, too).

Often, when I see something that claims to be made “for kids, by kids,” my suspicious brow goes up and I prepare myself to be underwhelmed. Not the case with #MetsKids, a new website that is — ahem — made for, with, and by real life kids from all five boroughs in NYC in collaboration with curators, experts, researchers, and educators from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fun digital feature (aka website) was created for kids ages 7 to 12 and allows young, inquiring minds explore the museum with a great interactive map; watch behind-the-scenes videos; travel through more than 5,000 years...

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