/ Word on the Playground

Wanted: Disney Princesses and More Sesame Street

This week, the playground is talking about at the fine line between fact and fantasy -- starting with a family looking for real-world Disney princess nannies and ending with other innocuous lies we tell our children. Enjoy!

Kidderati

What everyone on the (virtual) playground is talking about this week.

  • Parents Sharing All The Small Lies They Tell Their Children :: It's shockingly wholesome! (BuzzFeed)
  • Bonkers Nanny Ad Asks Candidate to Work in Character as a Disney Princess :: Coming up with Disney themed activities is a must for this job! (Scary Mommy)
  • Watching 'Sesame Street' Can Help Your Kids Succeed In School and Work :: A unique study done by the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. (Scary Mommy)

FamTech

Cool new tech to make life easier for parents and families.

  • New Product to Help Your Toddler Breathe Easier During Cold & Flu Season :: Natural vapor bath bombs will help soothe cold symptoms away. (Red Tricycle)

KidBits

Interesting stuff you can share with your kids -- or, if they're old enough, even have them read themselves.

  • April Fools Day Crossword Puzzle :: April Fools Day is all about playing fun pranks on family and friends! (Kidzworld)
  • Fruits and Vegetables in Stop Motion :: What do the insides of apples look like? Animator Kevin Parry cuts and captures these fruits and vegetables with stop motion, slice by slice, revealing the patterns. (The Kid Should See This)
  • March Madness Fun Facts :: Learn fun facts about the annual men's college basketball tournament. (Kidzworld)

Parentopia

Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • Elizabeth Warren's Childcare Policy :: She will have to battle with the U.S shameful past. (Mother)
  • Mom Talk: I Took a Social Media Hiatus :: Her thoughtful realization about the precious moments her phone was taking from her will surely resonate with many of us. (Mother)
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter on the Mental Load of Motherhood :: The key to lessening the mental load of motherhood is doing less, and trusting our partners to do more. (Motherly)

Edutainment

Fun and -- shh, don't tell! -- educational things to do with kids)

  • 30 Fun Paper Crafts for Kids :: Rainy day? Bored kids? Try making some paper crafts! (Frugal Fun)
  • Engaging Painting Provocations :: a thoughtfully set up prompt that provokes children to create, ask questions, test ideas, and think independently, all while exploring with art materials. (TinkerLab)
  • Easy DIY Rainbow Soap :: Have your kids learn colors, including primary and secondary. (STEAM)