Author: Matt

  • Word Girl

    The name is bland and the artwork is simple, but Word Girl is one of the better kids shows out there now. You can watch it for free on PBS Kids, where you can also play related games. The writing is snappy and funny enough to keep parents engaged. The voice acting is good, and […]

  • Star Wars

    We don’t have any Star Wars-related suggestions at Matchstick. I loved Star wars as a kid, and had the figures and the trading cards, and spent hours drawing T.I.E. fighters and X-Wings, but as a movie and a concept and a universe, Star Wars is candy. I loved Star Wars when I was a child, […]

  • Octonauts

    [amazon_link asins=’B00EOS48FC’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’01fed022-4a38-11e7-bbc9-75ea605df60c’] The Octonauts is a video series on Netflix and available on DVD. Some of the stories are also available as books and there are several toys out there of the characters. The look of the show is unique, a cross between kid-friendly 60s-era James Bond, ‘Sealab 2020’, and cutesy […]

  • Mr. DeMaio – YouTube Channel

    Mr. DeMaio is an elementary school teacher in New Jersey who makes silly and fun absurd educational videos for his students. Since 2013, he’s put a few dozen videos on his YouTube channel His playlists include songs about multiplication and social studies themes, but my kids’ favorites are the ones about space and science Unlike […]

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book

    [amazon_link asins=’0142419303′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8c62edd6-470d-11e7-97b9-6516b5a5850c’] This is a story familiar to most. The advantage of the pop-up format is that it makes the book appealing for a wide variety of ages. Younger children will have fun simply exploring the pop-ups and finding every hidden element. Slightly older kids will pick and choose which pages […]

  • The Deep Blue Sea – A Book of Colors

    [amazon_link asins=’0439753821′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7dff6053-470b-11e7-a710-954fd95c5db2′] This unique, somewhat minimalist book is about colors, but also encourages discovery and anticipation. The pictures begin right at the start of the book, on the inside of the cover, and continue all the way through to the inside of the back cover. Each page introduces a new color […]

  • The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

    [amazon_link asins=’0394820371′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c493290a-459d-11e7-89db-35d054db529a’] I have met many, many adults who consider this book their favorite book of all time, even though they haven’t read it in twenty or thirty years. And I have met even more adults who have never heard of it. The story is ultimately an adventure story, with the […]

  • Press Here – Hervé Tullet

    [amazon_link asins=’0811879542′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ac5f34fa-459a-11e7-927d-15430e81c81f’] Known simply as ‘Un livre’ (a book) in its original French publication, ‘Press Here’ is a fun book that our kids enjoyed and wanted to read again and again. Of all our books, this one has probably been physically damaged the most through heavy use. The book asks the […]

  • FunBrain

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ad for FunBrain but they have been around since 1997 and are one of the best sites for safe, educational games and videos for kids. Their target audience is pre-k through grade 8. The site is free to use although it pays for itself via ads. The ads […]

  • Schoolhouse Rock

    [amazon_link asins=’B00005JKTY’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’51a85cf2-424e-11e7-a6ad-49cc3733402e’] [amazon_link asins=’B00000DGSW,B00000DGSW’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5c994f03-424f-11e7-a947-b91f18b3e938′] Schoolhouse Rock was a big part of my childhood. ABC would show the ~3-minute cartoons during ad breaks on Saturday mornings. “Conjunction Junction” was probably the most memorable for me. But then the 70s ended and the series was mostly unavailable until Disney […]