Author: Matt

  • The Monster at the End of This Book

    [amazon_link asins=’0307010856′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’87063d36-40c4-11e7-90c2-0d95fdc38dcc’] My kids were scared of this book at first and it took a lot of convincing to read it. After they saw the twist ending however, they asked for it over and over, proud that they had conquered their fear. A classic. An interesting dynamic occurs after the first […]

  • Look out for Mater!

    [amazon_link asins=’0736425829′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1a1c765e-40c4-11e7-a63e-933c95b805a4′] This is a little golden book about Lightning McQueen trying to be a good friend to Mater, who has a knack for getting in trouble. It has a good lesson about friendship and following rules, even if the kids aren’t into the movie Cars. My kids never got into […]

  • My big train book

    [amazon_link asins=’0312519435′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f75d305d-40bf-11e7-b53a-cf1fe75d553d’] This is the only book that we have three copies of, one at home and one at each of the kids’ grandfathers’ houses. There’s not much to it, just a bunch of pictures of trains. There is no story, but it’s a book the kids seem to enjoy reading […]

  • I like vegetables

    [amazon_link asins=’0763652830′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’65092a9a-40bf-11e7-bd50-a9403d4d2538′] This is a board book about vegetables (obviously) and opposites (above/below, inside/outside, etc.) and also has textures on the pages that the kids can feel. It’s a simple book but one of the popular ones. Our 4-year-old even pulls it out sometimes.

  • Backyardigans

    [amazon_link asins=’B001NGPLA4,B003MEBTYW,B003P5GDM6,B003PVBJL0′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’47b9e070-40bd-11e7-9175-efbf230205ba’] This is a Nick Jr. cartoon that was very popular with our kids. The music is particularly good. 5 animal friends play together with a different theme (Egypt, under-the-sea, space, cowboy, etc.) each episode. The friends take turns being the ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ and the overall tone […]

  • Dinosaur Train

    [amazon_link asins=’B00H540LD0,B003M986JI,B005MAG8SQ,B01KJ5ZFRS,B0194EXGU8,B004AR4VQ8′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c8a1fa43-40bb-11e7-b1f9-13a9ffc7cbc0′] This is a series run by Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa, who seems to be in charge of at least half of all children’s TV programming these days. You can watch the series for free at PBSKids.com or via the PBS Kids app (also free). Neither the site nor the […]

  • Spiderman 1967 series

    [amazon_link asins=’B0001I55O2′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’08afa41b-40bb-11e7-99fd-cfc1450c8bc4′] We watched a bunch of these on YouTube. They’re corny and dated but the kids loved them. And the old cartoons from the 60s seem so much less violent than those from other decades. The animation style is pretty simple, so older kids probably won’t be into it. But […]

  • The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown

    [amazon_link asins=’0307021416′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’14267f1c-3fe4-11e7-a719-333ac525808e’] This was my dad’s favorite book when he was a kid, but I didn’t know it until I happened to see it among a set of Little Golden Books at the grocery store. Little Golden Books were a big part of my childhood but lately the brand has been […]

  • Robot Turtles board game

    [amazon_link asins=’B00HN2BXUY’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e6f31b11-3fe2-11e7-ac5f-47259560c847′] This is a clever game that got a lot of media attention when it came out, touting its ability to teach STEM concepts, specifically logical thinking. The box says for ages 4 and up but I don’t think 4-year-olds are able to grasp all the rules of the game, […]

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! board game

    [amazon_link asins=’B003G9QEGG’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ba76799a-3fe0-11e7-a4e5-7b688ea79bac’] This is based on a book by Mo Willems. None of us were familiar with his stuff until after we got the game, but that didn’t matter. The box says it’s for ages 3 and up, but the rules are too complicated for our 3-year-old. However, the board and […]