Author: Matt

  • 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 […]

  • Minecraft: The Island

    [amazon_link asins=’0399181776′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’91f8d4e9-f636-11e7-a944-ff7108981ad3′] We have some Minecraft-obsessed people in our house and when visiting the library we always look for Minecraft-themed books for design ideas. We picked up “The Island” not knowing anything about it and the kids lost interest when they saw that there were no illustrations. But I read the […]

  • The Doghouse

    [amazon_link asins=’0544430638′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c3cf8ebd-f3e1-11e7-a944-ff7108981ad3′] Some books become standard objects in the home, as familiar as a piece of furniture. And this is one of them. I couldn’t say why exactly because the story and illustrations are so simple, but perhaps that is part of the reason. Regardless, this is one of the few […]

  • Good Eats

    [amazon_link asins=’1584797959′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”] Watching Good Eats was one of my weekly rituals back in the ’90s, back when the Food Network was an emerging force on television. Unlike the standard TV chef format (cook looks across a counter at the viewer while preparing food), Good Eats’ Alton Brown gets into the science […]

  • Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

    [amazon_link asins=’B00287Z1F2′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b2bea96f-e66e-11e7-bc7b-35986d9cfc05′] This is one of the great Disney shorts from their “classic” period of the 1950s and ’60s. It has Donald going on an adventure, learning about how math is the foundation for music, architecture, nature, and games. It explains the Golden Ratio phi and how simple ratios explain many […]