Looking for fun new songs that are safe to play in front of the kids? We have a band for you!
The Pop Ups, a Brooklyn-based group comprised of Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, are releasing their album Appetite for Construction on August 19. Songs are upbeat, catchy, and family-friendly, so no need to press mute when your little one walks into the room. Themes mentioned in the lyrics include costume parties, crafts, and more. Their song “All These Shapes,” which is available for download now, is all about creativity. Lyrics include, “What can you make with all these shapes?/Triangle magnet on my fridge/Are you an Egyptian pyramid?”
As a big fan of Suzanne Collins’s book series, I love how Sesame Street transformed Cookie Monster into Cookieness Evereat, whose goal is to survive the jungle by eating his way through the “Hungry Games.” His companions include parodies of Peeta (now an animated piece of pita), Finnick (wielding a fork instead of a trident), and Wiress (who keeps staying tick tock while holding an alarm clock). For more on the names of popular characters, check out Lisa Milbrand’s “In Name Only” blog post on why names from the Hunger Games haven’t taken off.
Even though your kids might be too young to understand the inspiration behind the latest video, they can still help Cookieness as he faces challenges related to food. Kids will learn basic pattern and shape recognition by guessing which food type comes next in an apple-banana sequence and which food shape comes next after a circle-square sequence. Parents can just laugh along at the funny antics and jokes.
Plus: Sesame Street characters Elmo and Murray recently visited our offices! Below, watch a video where they give tips on tackling picky eating. And watch Elmo and Murray give more advice on bedtime routines and getting along with siblings!
You’ll see and hear the show’s familiar opening credits (except everything is, of course, upside down) before two Muppets appear (Carson, the butler, and the Dowager Countess). Hilarity ensues as the Dowager Countess tries to have afternoon tea…but nothing will stay put long enough! This parody will officially air on PBS on Monday, Februrary 4.
Back in April, I blogged about the deliciously funny and clever “Book People Unite” video from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The video showcased various literary characters (Pinocchio, Curious George, Humpty Dumpty) along with media and music celebrities (Jack Black, Regina Spektor, LeVar Burton).
Reading Is Fundamental sent me the follow-up video below, an equally fun behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original. Several cast members are interviewed, including Raggedy Andrew and a very funny Big Bad Wolf, and there are snapshots of how the magical elements came together.
If your family loves the child-friendly rock music of Imagination Movers, their new CD/DVD, “Rock-O-Matic,” will be released on February 14, 2012. The band (Rich, Dave, Scott Durbin, and Scott “Smitty” Smith) have played at the White House and on Good Morning America, and they have also been nominated twice for Emmy Awards.
Watch a fun music video of “Everybody Sing,” the first released single from ”Rock-O-Matic,” and sing along!
We’re so excited to share that we have over 100 new, fresh, and original videos about kid crafts and classic children’s songs. Get the whole family involved in some creative, musical fun!
In our Kid Crafts How-To Videos series, watch Eva, the arts and crafts instructor, as she demonstrates each craft in simple, easy-to-follow steps. With some adult supervision, have your kids make all 26 of our favorite Parents magazine and Parents.com crafts — like a cute clothespin giraffe, fuzzy pom pom pals, and a kaleidoscope-colored stained glass butterfly.
Entertain the kids more by teaching them fun and familiar nursery rhymes. In our Sing-Along Song Videos series, music instructor Lindsey plays a keyboard and teaches kids lyrics and melodies. After watching all 25 songs, your kids can show off their singing chops and hand movements by belting out “I’m a Little Teapot,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and “Hokey Pokey.”
Today is President Obama’s 50th birthday, and we’re feeling patriotic. Check out this cute kid commemorating the legacy of Washington, Lincoln, Kennedy, and more legendary U.S. Presidents by their most famous quotes. His imitation of Nixon is scarily spot-on!