Author: Matt

  • The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure

    [amazon_link asins=’B00IEMRIAG’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’16021301-427d-11e8-9286-d51a2aec847a’] IMDB and other review sites don’t seem to like this movie much, but the kids and adults in our family thought it was great, exciting, well-paced, and very entertaining. It was made by a Korean company, and has a slightly different feel to it compared with Japanese animations, and […]

  • Slingball

    [amazon_link asins=’B06XH36HFP’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’445435d2-427b-11e8-9784-65fb46f3a333′] This was a gift from Grandma. She found it for $4.99 at a drugstore or somewhere like that. It was not meant to be a Major Gift (the way Lego sets are, for birthdays and Christmas) but the Slingball set ended up being the Essential Toy that went with […]

  • His Shoes Were Far Too Tight

    [amazon_link asins=’0811867927′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c0441397-39b9-11e8-a61c-73c330317c8c’] This book is a collection of absurd poems by Edward Lear, selected from his two books of nonsense literature, “A Book of Nonsense” (1846) and “Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets” (1871). The most famous of Lear’s poems is “The Owl and the Pussycat”. Many readers who don’t know […]

  • Hop on Pop

    [amazon_link asins=’039480029X’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9de91507-2eb0-11e8-bfe1-dff3343c1440′] Not all ‘classic’ children’s literature ages well, and not even all of Dr. Seuss’s books have aged well. Some have racist or sexist imagery that was mainstream in the ’60s and ’70s but not now. Hop on Pop, however, has aged well. And not just from its visuals, but […]

  • Boss Baby

    [amazon_link asins=’B074W81P3D’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fa5b8d7b-23ca-11e8-a49f-ddb9bd6f11d7′] Technically the movie is titled, “THE Boss Baby” but we don’t call it that. This is not a movie I would have picked as a likely candidate for movies that get re-watched in our household, but the kids love it. In the past few weeks we’ve seen other kid-friendly […]

  • ABCYa

    ABCYa.com has 300+ kid-friendly games, some of them quite challenging and fun. The site is free, with banner ads (for things like Froot Loops) or you can pay $7/month to sign in and avoid ads. Unlike some other sites, ABCYa doesn’t seem to use video ads, which we find more intrusive. We tried using ad-blocker […]

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    [amazon_link asins=’B01K5BSWX0′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’06c34dc5-222f-11e8-83ec-33b1390ae0eb’] This is a movie that flew under the radar (at least my radar) and I hadn’t heard of it until we stumbled upon it on Netflix while searching in vain for a Miyazaki movie. Of course, since having kids my culture and media radar is essentially non-operational and I […]

  • EcoLunchBox

    [amazon_link asins=’B0040MH642′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d840cbf3-1fef-11e8-b1c5-cf94e78a1529′] When the kids started kindergarten, we began the ritual of packing lunches, but were concerned about the cost, health aspects, and environmental problems with using little plastic sandwich bags. So we splurged (~$30) on a metal ‘bento box’ we found online. We got the Three-in-one and we’ve used it […]

  • Chrome Music Lab

    Chrome Music Lab is a collection of 13 free online musical ‘toys’ that let kids (and adults) play with music and in the process, learn something about pitch, rhythm, and structure. They require no instruments or musical knowledge. The site relies on JavaScript, which is supported on all browsers on all devices. Each ‘toy’ (or […]

  • The Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum

    [amazon_link asins=’0394827074′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e4e1ab2b-1e33-11e8-b132-3d6e470300c3′] This is another classic book from when I was a kid. I’m not sure whether it is still in print but it’s one to look for at used book stores. Unlike some of the other Sesame Street books from that era (the 70s), this one is better for kids […]