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10 Educational Fun and Interactive Mobile Apps for Kids

Stuck in line at the grocery store or department store? Entertain little ones with these free iPhone, iPad or Droid apps and games, perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids.

Pocket Frogs

Price: Free, iPad, iPhone, Ages 4 & up

American Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs

Price: Free, iPad, iPhone, All ages

Scribble Lite

Price: Free, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Ages 4 & up

Toddler Teasers: Shapes

Price: Free, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Ages 2-4

iSign Alphabet

Price: Free, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Ages 4 & up

Kids Connect the Dots Lite
Price: Free, Droid, Ages 3 & up

Animal Sounds With Pictures

Price: Free, Droid, Ages 5 & up

Kid Coloring, Painting tool

Price: Free, Droid, Ages 3 & up

123’s ABC’s Handwriting Fun Set 1

Price: Free, Droid, Ages 4 & up

Kids Maths Lite

Price: Free, Droid, Ages 4 & up

5 Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids Made Fun and Easy!

On February 14th, celebrating love and affection between family and friends can be fun. Valentine’s Day is a great time of year to do crafts with your kids. What better way to celebrate the holiday than by making homemade cards with your children? Below are some fun and easy ideas to get you started.

Fun and Easy Valentine Cards for Kids to Make

Items needed:

Idea # 1 Instructions:

  1. Cut out identical hearts in red or pink.
  2. Cut out smaller hearts in green.
  3. Arrange the red or pink together to make a flower. Glue the flower to one end of the straw.
  4. Glue the leaves (green hearts) to the straw in the same way.

Idea # 2 Instructions:

  1. Use a pencil to trace around your hand onto construction paper, and then cut out the traced shape.
  2. On one side, decorate with heart stickers and add a message like “Aren’t you sweet!” or “Be mine, sweet valentine.” On the other side, write who the card is to and from.

Idea # 3 Instructions:

  1. On the white paper, draw 3 flowers in any way want. Use a pink finger print for the center of the flower, and add purple or red fingerprints around the outside as petals.
  2. For the roses, dip a finger in pink paint and another in purple. Swirl the two fingers together in a spiral so the colors mix.
  3. Fold the card in half. Cut out the flowers and glue the white paper strip down the front of the card.

Idea # 4 Instructions:

  1. With your glue or glitter glue stick, draw a heart shape on your card. Younger children might like to draw a heart shape in pencil first, then trace over with glue. You can embellish your heart with swirls or decorate however you like.
  2. Sprinkle all over with glitter. Skip this step if you used a Glitter Glue Stick.
  3. Leave to dry and then shake off any excess glitter.

Idea # 5 Instructions:

  1. Fold each piece of paper in half.
  2. To make the two hearts you will need, cut one of the pieces of paper in half along the fold.
  3. Fold each of these pieces in half and cut along the fold.
  4. Draw half a heart on each (around the fold).
  5. Cut along the line you drew. This will make 2 hearts.
  6. Fold one of the hearts in half.
  7. Draw a small half-heart on the folded heart and cut along the lines. This forms the picture frame.
  8. Cut the photo to fit inside the heart frame.
  9. Assemble the picture frame by placing the center-less heart on the photo and gluing it down.
  10. Glue the solid heart to the front of the card. Decorate the front of the card with markers or crayons, or with tiny cut-out hearts.
  11. Cut two strips of paper (about 1 inch by 8 inches). Any color will do.
  12. Position the strips perpendicular to each other. Staple them together where they overlap.
  13. Fold one strip over the other, like an accordion or spring.
  14. Continue folding, making a springy strip.
  15. Tape the springy strip to the inside of the card.
  16. Tape the heart photo in the frame to the springy strip.
  17. Write a message on your card.

Help improve your child’s balance and coordination skills with YBikes!

YBIKE

These cool balance and coordination bikes for kids are designed to help improve motor skills. YBIKE’s are engineered for safety by using a tough injection molded construction, which eliminates weak points and offers more design freedom, hence the sleeker curves and smooth, superior finish. When it comes to kids, safety is the main concern. For this reason the front wheel is considerably further forward, affording a bigger turning circle, which reduces the risk of falling over the front when turning. The back wheel is also covered to stop children from riding over their feet. The YBIKE body is designed for better clearance of obstacles and the larger wheels produce a safer ride on uneven surfaces. The YBIKE was awarded the prestigious Oppenheim Toy of the Year award for 2010. Comes in orange, blue, green and pink.

YBIKE Balance Bike - Pink

YBIKE EXTREME

A great new balance bike for kids. Constructed of a lightweight aluminum body with injection molded plastic front fork and large rubber tires, the YBIKE Extreme is a great first bicycle for toddlers. Already a massive success in Europe, balance bikes are quickly becoming a worldwide trend. Tests have shown that the use of balancing aids such as training wheels actually stunt the gross motor skill development of a young child. The YBIKE Extreme is tough, easy to use, and easy to assemble. 9” rubber tires allow for high ground clearance and a fast smooth ride. Comes in orange or pink.

Pewi Walking Buddy & Ride-on

Pewi is a new innovative “Walking Buddy/Ride-on for the toddler market”. Beginning with children as young as 9 months, Pewi is the coolest, sleekest walker around. However, unlike traditional Walkers on the market where the child is typically sitting in the walker, the Pewi actually enhances body and space awareness. In a traditional walker a child does not learn to fall as he or she typically just sits or hangs in the unit. With the Pewi, the Child stands freely in front of Pewi using it only as an aid. They can easily let go of Pewi and sit on the ground or knock other items themselves. This freedom of movement at a young age has proven to stimulate body in space awareness, a key for balance and motor skill development. Comes in red, pink and blue.

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