1. Remember Furbies? They’re back, and they’re predicted to be the top toy this Christmas. Instead of the fluttering eyes and a chomping beak, interactivity will be kicked up a knotch with LCD screens for eyes and an accompanying app. Don’t you love when slightly creepy toys get a little more lifelike?
2. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is hoping to put a restriction on baby formula in maternity wards. It’s to be stored in “out-of-the-way secure storerooms or in locked boxes like those used to dispense and track medications,” and with each bottle requested, the new mom will get an explanation of why breastfeeding is a better choice. Not that anyone’s telling you what to do, or anything. Read more...
1. Mom Denise Schipani says being a mean mom makes for good kids. We’re just going to assume that Denise doesn’t go to Vogue writer lengths. We get it in terms of making them do stuff that’s good for them and presumably there’s some teaching of delayed gratification. Why she sounds loving and caring and all, what’s with this mean mom book deal trend? Do we blame this on Amy Tiger Mom Chua?
Flavorwire takes a look at some classics children’s tales
Are we ever glad Maurice Sendak couldn’t really draw horses! We knew the Winnie-the-Pooh inspiration from the intro to the old (old) Pooh videos we used to own, as well as the Cat in the Hat thing from previous Seuss-related Bunch research. London kids being shuttled out of London to stay in the country, or elsewhere, during the Second World War is practically its own genre so the Narnia inspiration comes as no surprise, but that doesn’t make it any less magical. But that Little Prince one, wow.
Another batch of Etsy treasures, where one of a kind holiday gift options abound.
If you missed it, check out our Etsy Round Up Part 1 and get inspired about finding some amazing Christmas presents from your couch. The hits just keep coming!
For the under 3 crowd:
Teething Toy Moustache
If you got a kick out of Mini Movember, keep the fun going all year with this wooden wonder by teethME.
Screen Printed Sushi Bib and Hat
They might not be skilled with chopsticks yet, (or even their fingers), but this bib and hat set will keep your little dynamite roll clean. By LEFTright.
For the 3 – 6 crowd:
Felt Campfire Playset
Bring the best part of camping inside, all year round. This set comes with 8-inch flames, logs, rocks, a roasting stick with Velcro on the end with stickable hotdog and s’mores set. By kidnaroundcreations. Read more...
Cynthia Kinnunen and her family drove from Toronto to Orlando
I know, I know, everyone always talks “Disney” when they head down to Orlando with kids. And don’t get me wrong: Disney is a wonderful magical adventure, particularly for the littlest in the family. But on this last excursion to Orlando (and don’t think we go all the time – this is only our second trip there) we chose to test out Universal Studios.
Stay with me for a moment: as a kid, I ended up in Universal Studios (California) and have very fond memories of it. At age eight, I got to hug cast members from Battlestar Galactica, get freaked out by Jaws and feel incredibly tiny next to props from The Incredible Shrinking Woman. I remember those moments more than the visit to Disney on that same trip. I had some high expectations of this visit to Universal. I wanted my kids to feel wowed by the experience just as I was. Read more...
Debuting on the newspaper comic strip circuit in 1941, crime-fighting, catsuit-wearing Miss Fury has the honour of being the first female superhero. She was followed by Wonder Woman six months later, and since then, superheroines from Catwoman to Aquagirl have made their marks in the world of comics as well. Trina Robbins, who edited the collection of Miss Fury reprints, discusses the role of women in comics, and that got us thinking about strong, smart female characters in general. And reminded us how anticipatory we are for Brave. (You’ve watched the awesome Brave trailer, right?)
Here are some of our favourites:
1. The Unprincessy Princess
Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (1980)
1. McDonald’s has bowed to pressure from children’s advocacy groups and is changing the contents of their Happy Meals. They’re not eliminating french fries, but will be offering less than half as many fries as they do now, and will include some sort of fruit or vegetable option. (Your kid doesn’t have to opt for apple slices over french fries)
When Katie’s mom, blogger Carrie Goldman, found out her sweet first grader was being bullied for her awesome Star Wars water bottle, Goldman simply asked if any female Star Wars fans happened to read her blog, could they please comment so she could show Katie that Star Wars is not just for boys. Indeed. Goldman and Katie ended up with oodles of supportive comments, an entry in the Official Star Wars blog and a Twitter hashtag (#MayTheForceBeWithKatie). We figured Goldman was the right mom to ask about what Star Wars and Harry Potter means for kids today. Here’s what she said: Read more...
Most people of a certain age recognize the “Imperial Death March” after about the first three notes, but can those same people explain what the spell “Expecto Patronum” means? There are some sagas that, perhaps because they’re stretched out over the course of a few years, so attach themselves to our culture that they become more than just books or movies; just ask any child over 10 which Hogwarts house the Sorting Hat would place them in. Every generation has a story that is theirs. For kids who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, it’s Star Wars. As this weekend marks the end of Harry Potter’s eight-film battle with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, we asked some parents who grew up with Luke and Leia if Harry Potter is to their kids as Star Wars was for them.Read more...