Author: Matt

  • Duolingo

    I often have a desire to better myself, but being extremely lazy I seldom make the time. So it’s good for me every time I stumble across a “life hack” that offers a positive change for minimal investment of time or effort. The first such thing I tried was the “7-minute workout“, which is essentially […]

  • Pig Will and Pig Won’t

    [amazon_link asins=’0385383371′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ebd78fb4-1451-11e9-b8ee-efd23723b168′] My dad got this book for my kids. He fondly remembered reading it to my brother and me when we were young. What is it Pig Will and Pig Won’t is a simple book about two brothers, one of whom behaves well while the other does not. The good […]

  • The Great Paper Caper

    [amazon_link asins=’0399250972′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’65d2b99b-047e-11e9-a2e4-17c7e29a586b’] Caution: Reading this book with your kids will probably make them want to start folding paper airplanes (and you will want to as well), so may not be ideal for bedtime reading. What is it The Great Paper Caper is a unique book, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, […]

  • The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes

    [amazon_link asins=’031645060X’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3bed3d53-e9c6-11e8-b087-77bd6bc30883′] What is it ‘The Wild Robot’ and its sequel ‘The Wild Robot Escapes’ is a very charming 2-part (so far) series about a sentient robot surviving in the wilderness, written and illustrated by Peter Brown. Who is it for The official website gives the recommended ages of 8 to […]

  • Machinarium – Amanita Design

    What is it Machinarium is a point-and-click adventure game featuring a cute robot solving puzzles in a beautifully-drawn quasi-steampunk city. Who is it for It’s for anyone, young and old, but some of the puzzles are pretty tricky and even precocious children under 7 or so would need some grown-up help. But it’s a great […]

  • Steam Train, Dream Train

    [amazon_link asins=’1452109206′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a24781e8-d862-11e8-95b3-e1f3e25ce563′] What is it Steam Train, Dream Train is a very charming, beautifully-illustrated book that tells a simple story in verse of a freight train being loaded by animals, explaining all the types of train cars along the way. Who is it for Kids as young as 2 (or possibly […]

  • Dig Out!

    What is it Dig Out! is an app game on Android and iOS. Control a miner in a 2D world, digging gems while avoiding falling boulders and monsters. The game is similar to many others I’ve seen, but this one is polished and developed much more, giving it high replay value. The game has an […]

  • Pete the Cat

    [amazon_link asins=’0061906220′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’408f17d9-0149-11e8-b6ec-81bc19427e09′] What is it Pete the Cat is a series of books starring a cool cat and his animal friends. Pete the cat is now an icon with his own musical and his own TV show on Amazon Prime. Who is it for The books are for younger kids, as […]

  • Children’s Museum Networks

    There are four networks of children’s museums in the U.S.: ACM – Association of Children’s Museums ASTC – Association of Science-Technology Centers NARM – North American Reciprocal Museum and ROAM – Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (If there’s another that I missed, please let me know at matt@matchstick.com). Belonging to a network means you can […]

  • Holes

    [amazon_link asins=’B00HMCLVQQ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’48e1314b-b2c1-11e8-a6d7-2b1b88ac6acd’] What is it Holes is a “young adult mystery comedy novel” that was also made into a movie, about a boy working digging holes in what is essentially a juvenile prison camp. There is a parallel story that takes place exactly 100 years earlier, involving some of the characters’ […]