The Real Tooth Fairies – A Magical Place for Girls and Parents

The Real Tooth Fairies Website Main Page

Discover your Real Tooth Fairy

Everyone knows the tooth fairy, right? She comes to our children’s rooms, takes their teeth somewhere (but who knows where?), and then leaves money on their pillows. But who is the tooth fairy anyway? I recently discovered a company that is defining the tooth fairy in such a positive and captivating way with a dual mission of entertaining and spreading kindness.

The Real Tooth Fairies world offers families the complete tooth fairy experience, and a lot more. Not only can kids finally KNOW about this mysterious figure who comes to their room 20 times, but they can now play in her world. Girls get matched to their Real Tooth Fairy – there are 6 tooth fairies, not 1 – and my daughter loved meeting her tooth fairy for the first time. When she entered the world, she made an avatar doll of herself and entered her very own hotel suite to decorate in the royal fairy castle! As a parent, I was thrilled to see that this tooth fairy world is one that encourages my daughter to believe in herself with character-building content like 20 Lost Tooth Virtues and the Every Kindness Counts program.

Three things I love about The Real Tooth Fairies:

Printable Magic Letters to and from the Tooth Fairy

Printable Magic Letters to and from the Tooth Fairy

Magical Tooth Fairly Letter

My daughter was thrilled to discover that, on the website and also on the free app, she could send messages to her fairy. She sent the first message to Twinkle, her Real Tooth Fairy, when she lost a tooth – and, with my permission, Twinkle delivered a letter to her pillow that very night! It was personalized to her and she couldn’t believe that she could message her tooth fairy whenever she wanted – and that the tooth fairy would actually answer! Since then, she has messaged Twinkle about everything from being proud of a goal in soccer to having trouble with a friend in school. I love that Twinkle’s letters are personalized to speak to her personal situation and that my daughter is getting positive advice and messages from someone besides me!

Character-building Activities for Girls

Character Building Activities for Girls

Every Kindness Counts

There are lots of activities for kids online, some that just entertain and some that actually have an impact on a child’s character and education. When my daughter told me that her Real Tooth Fairy wanted her to do kind acts in our family, I couldn’t believe it!  The Real Tooth Fairies offer a program called Every Kindness Counts where kids are encouraged to do kind acts at home and in their community, and the tooth fairy encourages them as they move up 8 Kindness Levels.  My daughter picked out her first kind act on her own (writing a grateful list and putting it on the fridge), and it was really inspiring as a mother to see her so excited to do something so giving! From there, I went online with her and we picked out her next kindness: playing with her little brother. This is not normally her favorite activity, but after she did it, she ran right to the computer to tell Twinkle about it.  It’s not everyday that an online world leaps into real life like this in such a positive way!

Fun Online Flash Games for Girls

Fun Online Flash Games for Girls

Fun Online Flash Games for Girls

While, as a parent, I’m obviously excited about any brand that encourages positive values in my daughter, she’s more excited about playing the girl online flash games in The Real Tooth Fairies magical world. And she is happy to spend a lot of time there! Whether it’s decorating a message to her fairy on the app, dressing up her MeDoll in one of her 4 dress-up closets, or playing the flying unicorn game, or making her Lost Tooth Garden with the How To Brush Webisode, my daughter loves spending time immersed in this magical world.

If you haven’t already, definitely check out www.TheRealToothFairies.com, or search for them in the App Store.  Losing a tooth will never be the same again!

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New LeapPad Ultra Kids’ Tablet Powered by Zui

The LeapPad Ultra recently released by LeapFrog

The LeapPad Ultra is LeapFrog’s latest offering in the kids’ learning tablet space.

It seems we live in a day and age when every kid wants their own tablet. They’re obsessed with mobile games and activities, just like us adults. Sometimes, as parents, it’s hard to hand over our own tablets when we’re using them for work, reading a book or playing our favorite games, so you might have decided to purchase a device for your child to make his/her own. There are many tablets designed specifically for kids in the market, and the LeapPad Ultra is the latest of these, designed to be the ultimate kids’ learning tablet.

LeapSearch safe web experience on the LeapPad Ultra

The KidZui team is proud to have contributed the LeapSearch safe web browsing experience to the LeapPad Ultra.

The new LeapPad Ultra has everything you’ve come to expect from LeapFrog products: fun games and activities for your children and peace of mind for you that only educator-approved content is getting to your children. The KidZui team worked to provide the LeapPad Ultra with LeapSearch – the kid-safe web browsing solution for your son or daughter’s newest tablet. Our team is proud to partner with LeapFrog to provide this safe online experience for your tablet-friendly kids!

LeapPad Ultra Games

The LeapPad Ultra comes pre-loaded with games and other learning activities.

Have you purchased a tablet especially for your child yet? Are they playing with your hand-me-downs instead? Or with no tablet at all? How do mobile devices fit into your family? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top TV Moms for Mother’s Day!

TV moms will always hold a special place in our hearts. This Mother’s Day, not only are we celebrating our own mothers, but we’re reserving some special time to give praise to the top TV moms that spent a good chunk of time in our living rooms over the years.

 

1. Jane Jetson (The Jetsons)

Top TV Moms for Mother's Day: Jane Jetson

Don’t Jane and Rosie look like they’re having the best spa day ever?

What’s not to love about Jane? Aside from having to put up with her husband’s antics, Jane was also faced with having to raise a sassy teenage girl and a genius son. Thank goodness she had Rosie on her side! Those two were the ultimate gal pals. On another note, Jane’s obsession with purple is perfectly fine with us.

 

2. Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch)

Top TV Moms for Mother's Day: Carol Brady

The Queen of the Brady Clan

No list of top TV moms would be complete without this blonde beauty. It’s obviously not easy to take on stepchildren, but three rowdy boys?? Carol Brady is basically a saint. Plus, we seem to remember everyone wanting to emulate her hairstyle, making Mrs. Brady one of the first TV style-maven mothers. Carol also gave us the most important house rule of all time: “Never play ball in the house.”

 

3. Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis (Full House)

Top TV Moms for Mother's Day: Rebecca Katsopolis

We all shed a tear of happiness at the Katsopolis wedding.

When Rebecca Donaldson married Uncle Jessie Katsopolis on Full House, it was a monumental introduction of a mother figure to a male-dominated home. Rebecca did it all. She hosted a TV show with Danny Tanner, raised boisterous twin boys, and was the female voice-of-reason for her nieces. She was definitely a mom worth celebrating!

 

4. Harriet Winslow (Family Matters)

Top TV Moms for Mother's Day: Harriet Winslow

Who else could keep Carl in line?

Harriet Winslow was a strong and positive role model for her children.  She was a full time mom, a wonderful wife to Carl, and could also withstand their annoying neighbor Steve Urkel. She played a huge role in raising both her daughters and son and made sure they would make the best life decisions.

 

5. Vivian Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Top Moms for Mother's Day: Vivian Banks

Everyone had a favorite Vivian. Which was yours?

Vivian was an amazing mother; she raised two sons, two daughters, and even took in her nephew from Philly. She could do everything, she could sing, she could dance, she could teach, and she also gave some of the best guidance to her kids and nephew. Vivian was so great that we didn’t even notice when the actress playing her was re-cast.

 

What other TV moms have we left off that you’d like to celebrate this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there!

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Surprise Troop Homecomings

Members of our military have our utmost respect, considering the sacrifices they make for our country.  But don’t forget about their families as well, who continue to live daily life while their dad, mom, brother, sister, son or daughter are overseas.

While we often hear sad stories about soldiers losing their lives, nothing warms our heart like seeing videos and pictures of these troops coming home and returning to their families.

So bust out the tissues, because it might get a little dusty in here.  These  are some of our favorite homecoming videos.

There’s so much joy surrounding the time when troops come home, and these reunions can lead to some unbelievably amazing moments.  As this dad returns home, he’s greeted by his family, including his young son with cerebral palsy, who’s never walked before, until this moment as he starts walking toward his dad who has just returned home from being deployed.

Surprise Troop Homecomings: A boy with cerebral palsy walks to his Marine dad for the first time

This young boy took his first steps over when he saw his dad was home!

We also love this one, with a family of South Carolina Gamecocks fans on the field hearing a message from their dad that is supposedly overseas.  After seeing a short video of him onscreen, they’re surprised to learn that he’s actually in the stadium! Watch how fast the mom runs toward her husband as he enters the field!

Surprise Troop Homecomings: Surprise Military Family Welcome Home at South Carolina Football Game

This family just found out their dad is about to run through the tunnel and onto the field. Watch them sprint toward him!

Here’s a high school freshman and a high school sophomore being interviewed in the school office, and surprised by their dad.  I wonder if they were nervous being called to the office like that?  You get the sense when the girls see their dad they had a feeling he would be there somewhere, but it doesn’t make it any less nice to see.

Surprise Troop Homecomings: U.S. Soldier Surprises His Two Daughters at Their High School

This dad surprised his daughters in the office of their high school.

Dogs can’t help but be uncontrollably excited as well, as this pooch happily greets, licks and jumps all over his returning owner.  Even pets can miss their family!

Surprise Troop Homecomings: Dog Welcomes Home Soldier...Again

This dog shows that pets can get just as excited when their owner returns home!

In one of the strangest ones we’ve seen, this dad dresses up as Darth Vader to surprise his son at a Star Wars party.  After a prolonged duel, it is eventually revealed to the young boy that Darth really is his father!

Surprise Troop Homecomings: U.S. Navy Sailor, Dressed as Darth Vader, Surprises His Son, Luke Skywalker

How about a Stars Wars themed reunion? That’s not Darth Vader, that’s my dad!

There are quite a few great videos of troops surprising their relatives.  Here’s a soldier surprising his sister who’s on stage during a raffle in front of the rest of the school.  This one is set to Bruno Mars’ ”Just the Way You Are.” We love these types of videos and could watch them all day!

Did you tear up at all like we did?  Do you or your friends have a cool reunion video or story to share?  Tell us all about it, we’d love to share it with the rest of our Zui.com family!

And thanks as always to the troops and their families for the sacrifices they make!

 

 

Family Tech expert Johner Riehl is co-author of the Modern Parent’s Guidebook series, a producer and host for Parent Savers Online Radio, and the founder and editorial director of FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com, a site dedicated to offering families easy-to-understand information about family-friendly games and Apps.  He’s also a freelance consultant and writer, living in San Diego with his wife Christina and three sons. TWITTER: @FamilyTechDad @FmlyFrndlyVdGms

 

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LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™

 

LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Brickmaster The Quest for Chi

If you have Legends of Chima fans in your house, they’ll love these books!

With summer right around the corner, you might be wondering how to get your children to explore reading while they’re outside of the classroom for three months!

The KidZui team was recently introduced to two new LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ books that have taken a fun approach to engaging your young readers by combining play with reading.

The rich history of Chima

The rich history of Chima

Here’s the backstory: For a thousand years, animal tribes have ruled the land of CHIMA. Lions, crocodiles, eagles, wolves, gorillas, ravens, rhinos and bears lived in peace. They played and worked together, cooperated and prospered – until the outbreak of the CHIMA conflicts.

And now you get to decide who will battle for the highly sought-after CHI to help restore the natural balance of CHIMA, from Crocodile Price Cragger to the Lions who guard the Ancient Pool.

In the all-new LEGO® Brickmaster, your reader will assist Lennox the Lion in defeating Crawley the Crocodile as they fight over recently uncovered CHI. The book comes with two exclusive minifigures and step-by-step instructions to create 17 models that are featured in the story! And with the Ultimate Sticker Collection, which features over 1,000 reusable stickers, your child can create their own CHIMA battles and scenes, and tote them wherever they go!

LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Ultimate Sticker Collection

Every Legends of Chima fan needs the Ultimate Sticker Collection

These books are definitely something your little LEGO fan won’t want to miss.

 

Happy reading!

The KidZui Team

 

 

This blog post is sponsored by the awesome people at DK Publishing because they know how badly all of our fans want to combine LEGO bricks with their books.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, LEGENDS OF CHIMA, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2013 The LEGO Group.

Produced by DK Publishing under license from the LEGO Group.

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More Reasons to Love Starfall Games for Kids

A couple of years ago, we told you why we love Starfall games for kids so much. With time, our affection for the learning site has only grown! It is an outstanding resource for beginner readers and their teachers, and we encourage all of our KidZui parents to use their browser to check out the site. While the entire site provides entertaining animations, the third “It’s Fun to Read” level is the most engaging for your little readers with fun activities and games. Here are a few of our favorites!

Starfall Games for Kids in KidZui: Starfall Magic

The Starfall Magic games are a great way to introduce phonics to your little readers

Starfall Magic

In this section of the site, your child can make a magician, label a magician, do a magic hat trick, or do a magic shell trick. Each of these activities coaches your child through all of the reading word by word, while still keeping up the fun. The magician becomes a fun companion to guide your magic-loving reader through the activities.

 

Starfall Games for Kids in KidZui: Starfall Art Gallery

A KidZui parent might even learn something new in the Art Gallery section of Starfall

Starfall Art Gallery

In the Art Gallery, Starfall makes an effort to combine art history into its phonics games. Your child can learn about Vincent van Gogh and combo words at the same time! This is yet another example of how Starfall games for kids can tie into and be beneficial to other aspects of your child’s development.

 

Starfall Games for Kids in KidZui: Starfall Music

Allow classical music to help with your child’s reading

Starfall Music

In another example of how Starfall games for kids integrate other types of learning with reading, Starfall Music teaches your reader about some of the classics. The Ludwig von Beethoven section guides a learner through Beethoven facts and music. Eventually, this prompts a lesson on number words like “first, second, third, etc.”

 

Starfall also provides lesson plans if you’d like to try a structured approach to learning how to read. If your little reader hasn’t tried the Starfall site yet, give it a shot. Starfall games for kids is the perfect example of making learning phonics fun!

Have you tried Starfall in your KidZui browser yet? What are your thoughts on the site? Let us know in the comments below!

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Children’s Book Day – KidZui Favorites

Today is Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday which is a great reason to celebrate what he was known best for — amazing stories for children. We now call today Children’s Book Day, and to observe it, the team at KidZui decided to dig deep into our memories to write a few words about our favorite books as children. Enjoy our trek down memory lane!

The Giving Tree - written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein

Children's Book Day: The Giving Tree

RyanZui’s favorite is a classic in many homes

 

Shel  Silverstein’s The Giving Tree was a regular at bedtime when I was a youngster.  My brother and I loved the story of friendship, the simple and fun pictures, and seeing the young boy grow up.  It was also a long book so it meant we could push off going to sleep longer than with nearly any other book on the bookshelf. :)” – RyanZui

 

 

 

 

A Fish Out of Water - written by Helen Palmer, illustrated by P.D. Eastman

Children's Book Day: A Fish Out of Water

This story is based on a short story written by Helen Palmer’s husband, Dr. Seuss

In the story, a little boy feeds his new pet fish “Otto” too much food and the fish just keeps on growing and growing to the point where it ends up in his bath tub and beyond…well, you get the picture.  Here’s a video I found about the book. I’m not sure why I loved it so much.  I think it was because my older brother had this really big fresh water fish tank in his room. I would sneak in and feed his fish tons of food hoping the same thing would happen.  But, no such luck.  All it did was make his fish tank dirty. He would then make me clean his fish tank by using my mouth as a suction to get the dirty water up and out into the sink. Water from the tank would get in my mouth, and he got a big kick out of seeing me get grossed out. Big brothers are just AWESOME!” - BarbieZui

 

It’s Halloween – written by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Marylin Hafner

Children's Book Day: It's Halloween

A great read all year-round

 

 

For me, Jack Prelutsky’s It’s Halloween is my all time favorite anytime of year.  Filled with Marylin Hafner’s amazingly rendered spooks, monsters and trick-or-treaters, It’s Halloween is the ultimate Halloween adventure.” – DannyZui

 

 

 

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree – written and illustrated by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Children's Book Day - The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

For NealZui, this book was spooky even after countless reads!

 

I remember this book being really scary, but suspenseful enough that you had to just be brave and keep going. Even on the millionth reading, I felt that way when they climbed over that gigantic bear towards the end. And they all got the shivers and had to bolt out of the tree.” – NealZui

 

 

 

 

Sideways Stories from Wayside School – written by Louis Sachar

Children's Book Day: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

We all probably wished we were enrolled at Wayside School

 

 

It was one of the first chapter books I learned to read & the author came to my school in 2nd grade. I liked the wacky stories and the funny descriptions. ” – AdrienneZui

 

 

 

 

 

I Just Forgot – written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer

Children's Book Day: I Just Forgot

Why doesn’t this excuse work as an adult in real life?

All of the Little Critter books spent the most time out of the bookcase at my house. I remember even having a few animated versions of some of the stories on VHS. I Just Forgot was always a favorite because it made me feel better about picking up after myself without being told. That’s right, I was a perfect angel for my parents. But, looking back at this story as an adult, I can’t deny the truth in the very first sentence: ‘Sometimes I remember, and sometimes I just forget.’ I think we can all relate to this simple sentiment.” – VanessaZui

 

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit  – written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter

Children's Book Day: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The classic book that taught JohnZui how to read

 

 

“The Tale of Peter Rabbit was my favorite because my mom was always a big Beatrix Potter fan. This was the series of books that taught us how to read to the point when we could read them to my little sister.” – JohnZui

 

 

 

 

Falling Up and Where the Sidewalk Ends – written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein

Children's Book Day: Falling UpChildren's Book Day: Where the Sidewalk Ends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The poems and artwork were so simple, yet captivating, funny and weird!  I used to love reading the poems because they were always funny, and they were related to kid themes.  I remember the different poems dealt with gross things, dreams/imagination, seeing the world through a kid’s eyes, not wanting to eat your vegetables, loving ice cream, etc.” – JessicaZui

 

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Children's Book Day: Ender's Game

An exciting sci-fi novel for older kids

 

 

When I was 13, I loved Ender’s Game. It’s just awesome! I’m also excited for the upcoming movie.” – VincentZui

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Wild Things Are – written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Children's Book Day: Where the Wild Things Are

Imagination goes a long way!

 

“I remember reading this book everyday to my brother who was in kindergarten. I think the reason it was my favorite book was because it showed how amazing kids’ imaginations are and how much fun kids can have. My mom still has the book in my memory box too.” – NancyZui

 

 

 

Frog and Toad Are Friends – written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Children's Book Day: Frog and Toad Are Friends

Who knew a frog and a toad could be best friends?

 

 

 

I love Frog and Toad.” – WillZui

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have it! What were your favorite books as a child? Do your children like reading any of the books we’ve listed above? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Children’s Book Day!

 

The KidZui Team

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St. Patrick’s Day Treats for a Non-Parent, Non-Cook

While most posts to our KidZui blog revolve around bringing the family together to make some scrumptious treats or awesome artwork, this St. Patty’s Day post isn’t really like that. Full disclosure here: I’m neither a parent, nor a person who would describe herself as “a good cook” or “crafty.” I am, however, really into baked goods and snacks.  The true purpose for this blog post is for me – a non-parent without a single culinary or artistic bone in her body – to drool over everyone else’s incredible St. Patrick’s Day-themed edibles/arts/crafts. This is my non-parent, non-cook wish list for a spectacular St. Patrick’s Day.

To research this post, I had the pleasure of browsing Pinterest for ideas. It wasn’t long before I decided to ditch the arts and crafts entirely and hop all over the tasty treats themed for our favorite day to wear green. These three yummies are what I’ve decided to be the cat’s pajamas — the items most worth your time to recreate at home and most worth my undying envy.

Shamrock Snacks

St. Patrick's Day Treats: Sun Scholars' Shamrock Snacks

Photo Credit: Rachel, Sun Scholars

Rachel, the blogger at Sun Scholars, posted step-by-step instructions to make Shamrock Snacks. Truth be told, I was once unhealthily dependent on yogurt-covered pretzels. I’m pretty sure they fueled my bachelor’s degree. But white chocolate pretzels?! C’mon. The finished product here is one that is super cute to display and even more of a pleasure to eat.

 

Shamrock Shake

St. Patrick's Day Treats: SheKnows.com's Shamrock Shake

Photo credit: McCormick

I enjoy McDonald’s far more than I’d like to admit. Every March, when I hear the Shamrock Shake has made its annual appearance, I usually lose my cool, drop everything I’m doing, and look for the beacons that are the golden arches. Apparently, everyone who loves me decided not to remind me that I can make a mint shake at home any time of the year. SheKnows.com shared McCormick’s “emerald mint milkshake.” Stop with the games, McCormick, we know what this really is.

 

Triple Layer Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownies

St. Patrick's Day Treats: Averie Cook's Triple Layer Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownies

Photo credit: Averie, Averie Cooks

The name is a mouthful, but I don’t care. I want these. If Averie of Averie Cooks lived anywhere near me, you can bet that I’d be the neighbor that “just wanted to drop by to say hello.” If these brownies are any indication of what goes down in her house on a daily basis, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t be “that guy.” Let’s break down the drool-inspiring title:

Triple – So we know there’s three of something. This could go either way, though. I could end up with three times something I hate or three times something I love. TEMPTATION LEVEL: Undecided

Layer – Okay, now we’re starting to paint a picture. There are three layers to this concoction which means that I should expect transitioning flavors. But, again, this is a toss up! Will the layers work well together to satisfy my demanding (albeit unrefined) palate? TEMPTATION LEVEL: Intrigued

Fudgy – I’m three words into a six word title, and the word is “fudgy” which implies that some non-fudge product is enhanced by the fudge. This just got crazy. TEMPTATION LEVEL: Enticed

Mint – This is where it gets interesting. I consider mint to be a novelty flavor in desserts, even when I know it’s coming with my check at Olive Garden in the form of Andes Chocolate Mints. Now that I know the mint element to the dessert is what’s fudgy, we are in full “OMG” mode. TEMPTATION LEVEL: Hooked

Oreo – Shut up, and take my money. TEMPTATION LEVEL: SOLD!

Brownies – WEEE! With the final word, we reveal the dessert’s form. Up until this point, this could’ve been a triple layer fudgy mint oreo sundae/cake/cookie, which all sound too melty, messy or unsatisfying. The fact that these are brownies means I can have multiple bite-sized servings and not feel terrible about myself. And if I walk all the way back to the kitchen for every bite, my calorie count breaks even, right? TEMPTATION LEVEL: Must Have

 

And there you have it! My wish list for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day. All sweets, no nutrition and endless happiness.

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Crafts: Love Bug Pom-Poms

If you are looking for a quick, easy, and fun craft for kids to do this Valentine’s Day then these pom-pom love bugs are perfect.

Valentine's Day Crafts: Love Bug Pom-Poms

Pom-pom love bugs are a great Valentine’s Day craft for kids

What you need:

  • Wool
  • Pipe Cleaners (1 per love bug)
  • Pom-pom maker (or alternatively 2 cardboard donuts)
  • Scrap piece of colored card stock
  • Googly eyes
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

How to make:

Step 1:

Wind the wool around the pom-pom maker (or cardboard donut) until there are a few layers of wool.  Keep in mind that the more wool you wind around the thicker your pom-pom will be.

Valentine's Day Crafts: Love Bug Pom-Poms

Follow our step-by-step guide to making pom-poms

Using scissors cut the wool around the outside of the circle.  Tie a piece of wool around the center and pull tight before removing the pom-pom maker or cardboard donut.

Valentine's Day Crafts: Love Bug Pom-Poms

Pom-poms are fun to make for all ages.

Step 2:

Following the line of the wool you used to tie your pom-pom together, wrap a pipe cleaner around the center of the pom-pom too, twisting the two ends together when they meet up.  Wind the pipe cleaners into curly feelers and shape them so they make a heart.

Step 3:

Cut a large heart out of card stock and attach to the bottom of the pom-pom with glue to make the love bugs feet.

Glue googly eyes to the center of the pom-pom.

Valentine's Day Crafts: Love Bug Pom-Poms

Pom-pom love bugs make a fun classroom craft, or gift for friends.

Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day crafts planned for your kids? I’d love to hear more about them.  I’m always looking for ideas.

Tonya
Zui Mom

 

Tonya Staab is a freelance writer, and the creative mind behind Create-Celebrate-Explore where she shares craft tutorials, recipes, party planning, decorating, and travel tips.  She has three kids (twin 1st graders and a teen) and can often be found covered in flour and glitter.

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Winnie the Pooh Day!

Happy Friday everyone! Today is January 18th, so you obviously know what that means, right? It’s Winnie the Pooh Day!

Winnie the Pooh Day!

Everyone’s favorite honey fiend!

On this day, alllllll the way back in 1882, A.A. Milne was born. An avid writer, Milne went on to create a story in 1926 called Winnie the Pooh, based on his son Christopher’s stuffed animal friends. This lovable cast of characters lives together in a place familiar to millions: The Hundred Acre Wood. The Wood is actually a real place, with a slightly different name. Located in England, Ashdown Forest is said to be nearly identical to Pooh’s fictional world because Milne lived on the border of the forest and used to walk there with his son.

Winnie the Pooh Day - Tigger

Don’t forget to celebrate for Tigger, too!

Today is a day to celebrate the wonderful memories that come to mind when you hear the names Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Pooh, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo. The shiver you feel when someone mentions Heffalumps and Woozels. And the smile you inevitably wear when you have a rumbly in your tumbly. Today is about friendship and love, honeypots and carrot fields, courage and whimsy. So grab your friends and family and celebrate the legacy that A.A. Milne has left for us share!

Winnie the Pooh Day - Heffalumps and Woozles

Heffalumps and Woozles

87 years later, children and adults alike still smile at the doughy bear with honey in his tummy. Tigger is still bouncy, flouncy, trouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN! Eeyore is still down in the dumps and Christopher Robin still enjoys playing with his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Some things just withstand the test of time, and today’s unofficial holiday proves that Winnie the Pooh is here to stay for many more years to come.

Winnie the Pooh Day - Pooh and Friends

The whole gang!

Well that just about does it for me. I’m gonna go watch a classic Pooh cartoon and get lost in childhood memories. I hope you all do the same!

TTFN – Ta ta for now!

 

ChrisZui is a content editor and talent coordinator at Zui.com. He enjoys roller coasters, Toy Story, and traveling the world. He lives every week like it’s Shark Week.

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