26 hacks in April 2009

03 April 2009

links for 2009-04-03

Talking to Kids about the Recession Good, common sense advice. Thanks @Writesites! (via Twitter)

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03 April 2009

Amazon: Aerobed for Kids 50% off, Thomas DVD set 60% off

I found a couple good deals at Amazon today: The Aerobed for Kids is half off today ($49.99 instead of the usual $100). We've covered this product before, as the half-off deal pops up every now and then. A quick online search of other outlets showed this to be a...

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03 April 2009

Candy Land board game as tabletop car racetrack

Vanessa's son came up with a new way to play with his toy cars and trucks: I love being able to repurpose toys so I was thrilled when our son figured this out on his own. Our 4-year-old son bores easily when "racing" his cars and trucks across our floors...

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03 April 2009

Egg cartons and candy boxes as paint palettes

Many of you are about to have plenty of empty egg cartons cluttering your kitchens, and possibly some divided candy boxes. Parenthacker Liz wrote in to suggest using either item as a paint palette. The compartments keep the paint colors separated, and the whole thing can be tossed or recycled...

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02 April 2009

"Sensory friendly films" are a great opportunity to take a toddler to the movies for the first time

Today is World Autism Awareness Day -- I hope you'll take some time to learn more about how Autism spectrum disorders affect kids...including, likely, someone close to you. Seems the perfect opportunity to share Angela's tip for taking a toddler to the movies -- it's helpful for everyone: My husband...

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02 April 2009

links for 2009-04-02

The Happiness Project: Taken for Granted? 5 Tips for Dealing with Feeling Unappreciated. Parents? Unappreciated? Nah. (Read this anyway. Gretchen's posts are always uplifting.)

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02 April 2009

Set empty Easter baskets out for the bunny to fill

Here's a different way to think about filling Easter baskets.

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02 April 2009

Serve sugar in packets to control portions and increase kids' awareness

Douglas shares a great tip for teaching kids about the relationship of sugar to sweetness while at the same time controlling how much sugar they dump on top of their cereal: (From an anonymous friend, paraphrased): We swore off sugar-based cereals and cereals with marshmallows or other nonsense. "No sweety,...

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01 April 2009

LeapFrog Dream & Learn helps kids get smarter while they sleep

I'm always on the lookout for products that apply technology to parenting in a useful or interesting way. Well -- LeapFrog has come up with a gadget that promises to change how we think about learning: the Dream & Learn Smart Orb. Instead of posting a full review here, I'll...

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01 April 2009

links for 2009-04-01

zen.org Communal Weblog » Best movies for kids? Our list Always fun to see what other people are watching. Thanks Elana! Giveaway - Two clek olli Car Booster Seats ($180 Value) Another great giveaway from Debbie. Kids Craft Weekly - Issue 69 - Eggs Amber's always got great ideas! Here's...

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01 April 2009

Crusty pots and pans come clean with an overnight dishwasher detergent soak

If you've got big plans for cooking an Easter or Passover dinner, keep Anishka's pot-washing tip in mind: I do a lot of cooking on weekends for when company comes and I've given up my non-stick pans after seeing some crazy reports about Teflon. I love my cookware but it...

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