Author: Matt

  • Andrew & Polly

    [amazon_link asins=’B013WUASNI’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’13c7f284-10f6-11e8-a064-690d995f6afc’] This duo came out with one of the catchiest songs of the year in 2015. Years later, one of us (parents) spontaneously starts singing this song. Their music is catchy and funny and everyone loves it. From their website: Andrew & Polly compose and produce songs and score for […]

  • Lucy Kalantari

    [amazon_link asins=’B00K6RNP5O’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3e16db52-10f4-11e8-9682-d9a0e4e8d142′] Whether with TV shows, music, movies, videogames, or books, a challenge is finding stuff that the kids like that we parents can also enjoy, or at least tolerate, even when it’s just the noise we hear on a device from across the room. This is especially true with music […]

  • Steam Powered Giraffe

    [amazon_link asins=’B0086JZPNO’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2bb5338a-10e9-11e8-b7e0-d3656075f555′] It has been fascinating to watch this band evolve over the past ten years. From busking at Balboa park in San Diego to a huge theatrical production on a constant nationwide tour. From their website: Steam Powered Giraffe is a musical project from San Diego, California. It was formed […]

  • Battle of the Planets

    [amazon_link asins=’B00005OOPW’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’02d5664d-0c40-11e8-b7a8-8de5a9e57dc2′] Imagine a Star Trek plot with Power Rangers characters, scored by a hodge-podge of John Williams sound-alikes and late ’60s sounds influenced by bands such as Procol Harum, and voiced by Casey Kasem? The answer is Battle of the Planets My son asked me what were my favorite shows […]

  • Japanese Eraser Animals

    [amazon_link asins=’B00WJ6NPNC’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’da76d1a4-09e9-11e8-9f4f-fd1d1cc4fd51′] I don’t know whether this is the Next Big Thing, but my kids love these little things. They come in animal shapes, vehicles, pastries, etc. They are made of eraser rubber (but don’t actually fit on a pencil) and are each composed of multiple pieces, so each creature is […]

  • Kratts’ Creatures – Zoboomafoo – Wild Kratts

    [amazon_link asins=’B01MSPIFGJ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’986895df-06b8-11e8-a879-0b54524d6904′] It all started when brothers Martin and Chris Kratt grew up in New Jersey, went camping, and took some pictures of local wildlife. This blossomed into lifelong love of nature and specifically of documenting it and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm. Their first show together was Kratts’ Creatures in […]

  • 200-VS Attack – Bump ‘n Eject RC Battle Bumper Cars

    [amazon_link asins=’B01MZEDJCJ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’05de0e4e-053e-11e8-a819-c1b392dd7c5f’] This was a gift for the birthday boy at a party we attended and we got a chance to play with it. It was a lot of fun. Remote control cars have been around a while (Tesla built an RC boat in the late 1800s!) and whenever I’ve played […]

  • Because You Are My Baby

    [amazon_link asins=’0810994828′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’88eeda6d-ffa9-11e7-a038-d72ca4bf5358′] This is a book that I thought would get ignored on the shelf, but the kids ask for it at bedtime every now and then. I had thought the sentiment was too sappy, especially for the older ones, but I think there are two reasons they like it: • […]

  • B. Fish N’ Splish

    [amazon_link asins=’B002YITFB6′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e5180f30-ffa7-11e7-8485-3d5d3a77cd3b’] Of all the toys in our house, this one has probably been played with the most (apart from legos). We got it as a gift for our oldest’s first birthday and it has been an essential part of the tub toy collection ever since. It’s a well-designed toy with […]

  • Disney Pixar Storybook Collection

    [amazon_link asins=’1484719190′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9efe6615-fae0-11e7-803d-1d3a57881c6e’] This is a collection of abbreviated versions of all the Pixar movies in book form. It has been published a few times, each time with a few more movies added. We have the third edition of this book from 2016 which includes: A Bug’s Life Brave Cars Cars 2 […]