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Welp, Here’s a Bunch of GIFs of Famous Clowns

Like bees and some leafy green vegetables, clowns are the kind of thing you’re too damn old to be afraid of at this point. GIF artists 100% Soft, Robin Eisenberg, Jon Vermilyea, Mochimochiland, Colin Raf, and Jess Mac all, on some level, must know this, for their looping clown animations roam free in that liminal space between waking life and dreams, where big red noses, white skin, chattering teeth, and bloody kitchen knives, are common. Some science actually suggests coulrophobia comes from a learned desire to keep things status quo—meaning your “fear of clowns” stems from how desperate you are to fit in. A cursory glance over the comments on the new IT trailer attest to this: You’re not afraid of clowns, you’re just afraid … Read the rest

Mom Accidentally Puts Bag of Booze Slushie in Child’s Lunchbox

Is it a Capri Sun or a brightly colored cocktail?

This is a question that one Australian mom failed to ask when she sent her five-year-old daughter to school with a Smirnoff Frozen Pouch tucked neatly into her lunchbox. You see, in Australia and much of the English-speaking world, Smirnoff offers a pouch of fruit-flavored vodka that looks pretty much exactly like a juice pouch. Except it contains the good stuff.

Smirnoff calls its frozen pouches “delicious new drinking sensation[s] from the number 1 spirits brand in the world. Enjoy refreshing fruit flavors combined with the smooth taste of Smirnoff Vodka straight from your freezer.” And one little girl in Australia almost did.

READ MORE: Customs Agents Find 42 Pounds of Horse Body Parts Hidden in Read the rest

How a Lunch Program Is Changing At-Risk Students’ Lives

To get to the Southwest Charter School from downtown Baltimore, where I live on the fifth floor of an artist residence, I cross into what is called Pig Town. I used to live in southwest Baltimore, SoWeBo for short, and I know what I’ll be driving through: prostitutes who look much older than they are; bars that stay open and busy most hours of the day and night; a litany of street drugs being sold on every corner by teenagers; whole rows of houses—set in between warehouses and barbed wire fences—that are boarded up; trash so evenly littered it looks like a legitimate layer of earth; crime tape covering at least one corner within earshot, the smell of fried food mixed with the nearby smokestacks of … Read the rest

Nothing Is What It Seems in This Oddly Satisfying Japanese Design Show

Japan‘s public broadcasting system, NKH, airs a show titled Design Ah!, a children’s education program that teaches out of the box thinking. Created in 2011, the Peabody Award-winning series broadcasts a series of whimsical and surreal clips that show lateral thinking for not just not just design but creativity in general. One of the segments on Design Ah! is It’s Different From What You Expected. Filmmaker Daihei Shibata, who worked on this segment, has recently been uploading a selection of clips from the years 2013 to 2015.

The look of It’s Different From What You Expected will be familiar to anyone who remembers PBS children’s programs, or even the BBC’s satirical Look Around You. It’s Different From What You ExpectedRead the rest

Space Racers

From the website: “Space Racers is a new, original, half-hour animated series for preschoolers that follows young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy as they soar through the Solar System. Young viewers will learn about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team, all with fun and engaging characters they can relate to.”

It’s similar to some of the better shows on PBSKids but doesn’t seem to have a big distribution network. … Read the rest

Po’Daddy Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese

In a rice cooker put:

  1. 1 cup dry pasta (elbows are usually cheapest, but shells or ziti or whatever is fine)
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 or 2 slices of american cheese. (I’m not a big fan of american cheese,but it melts better than any other kind and if you look at the ingredients, you’ll see that they’re not all garbage. The good kind is just melted colby cheese mixed with milk and then refrigerated. The bad kind has “corn solids” and oils and floor sweepings added.)

Turn it on. The pasta cooks in the water and the water boils away until there is so little left that the pot gets above 212°F (100°C), which signals the cooker to turn off. By then, the cheese is all … Read the rest

Events Calendars for Kennett Square and the Brandywine River Valley

Kennett Square area
The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Brandywine Valley YMCA
Bayard Taylor Library
Anson B. Nixon Park
Historic Kennett Square
Longwood Gardens

Northern Delaware
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Brandywine River Valley
Wintherthur
Mt. Cuba
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Onekahakaha Beach Park

A nice, quiet, keiki-friendly beach. Pretty rocky but some white, or at least yellow, sand. Quiet during the week. Bathrooms and showers. Lifeguard on duty on weekends and holidays. 4 miles east of downtown.

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Google Maps Streetview

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Kid Books

matchstick kidbooks: children’s literature, emphasizing books that promote child development

This is a list I began compiling years ago, when I knew several families with children ranging in age from 2 through mid-adolescence.

It’s essentially all the books that won at least one award.

The categories correspond to a range of children’s ages.
For younger ages, the higher number is the average age of child who would enjoy reading the book, while the lower number is the age of the child who would enjoy listening to the book being read.
Reading level is different for every child, so the numbers given for each category may be above or below your child’s level.


Book recommendations for 3 to 5 year olds

Pre-school

    Eric Carle


  • The Very Lonely
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