January 2014 Tips and Product Picks for Children
Here’s a look at some of our top picks of products that make life more fun or parenting easier. See these top 5 educational websites for preschoolers, too.
Squirrels on Skis by J. Hamilton Ray (Random House, $8.99) follows a mischievous throng of squirrels as they ski through town, wreaking havoc on the center mall, village hall, neighborhoods and churches. Local reporter Sally Sue discovers the source of the skis and sleuths her way to a solution that makes sense for everyone – including the squirrels. Ray, known for animating beloved children’s books into video (including a few Dr. Seuss books), debuts this story for the bestselling Beginner Book series. Hardcover, ages 5-8.
Flipeez winter hats take the bite out of cold weather in an amusing way. Squeeze the left tassel and Huggy the Monkey’s arms swing up into the air. Flipeez also makes Twitchy the Kitty, Playful Puppy, Curious Owl, Ranger Racoon, Rascally Rabbit and Peek-a-boo Monster. $19.99, flipeez.com.
Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T. (Riviera Press, $16.95) explores the causes of negative thinking and offers guidelines and tools for reconstructing a positive, joyful attitude. Written by the daughter of behavioral child psychologist Sydney W. Bijou, this book is an Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin award winner and Indie Excellence finalist.
Top 5 Educational Websites for Preschoolers
1. pbskidsplay.org – Shapes, colors, math and reading skills. $9.95 a month, $49 for six months or $79 annually.
2. poissonrouge.com – Art, music, science and math. Free, but donations are accepted.
3. sesamestreet.org – Numbers, letters, colors and shapes. Free.
4. ziggityzoom.com – Printables, games, crafts and activities for reading and arts. Free.
5. starfall.com – Learn-to-read site. Free.