Category: for 7-year-olds

  • Lambert the Sheepish Lion

    [amazon_link asins=’0717284190′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ea6c763c-9e23-11e7-8e25-0b1ae8a4c853′] This is a book version of a 1952 Disney short directed by Jack Hannah (not the same Hannah as Hanna-Barbera) and written by Bill Peet, who went on to write dozens of children’s books (all of which are still in print) including Kermit the Hermit (1965) and The Ant […]

  • Blueberries for Sal

    [amazon_link asins=’0670175919′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cf4d7487-6be2-11e7-97be-997a78b25df3′] Some books don’t age well. The customs and styles of a certain era aren’t necessarily appealing decades later. Blueberries for Sal, however, has aged well and is just as delightful as it was when I read it in the 70s, when it had already been in print for thirty […]

  • Moana

    I’m normally a pretty cynical person, but I thought Moana was just great. Great story, great music, great everything. (The executive producer was John Lasseter, who produced and/or wrote/driected most of the great Pixar movies before and after the Disney purchase, which may have something to do with the quality) [amazon_link asins=’B01MRNUJUO’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ […]

  • How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World

    [amazon_link asins=’0064432181′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b23bf751-68ab-11e7-ad97-01eafc4b19de’] This book answers a question every kid asks at some point, “What would happen if I dug a hole and just kept digging?” The journey soon requires the construction of a very heat-tolerant “no-spaceship” that is like some kind of submarine drill thing. (The schematic for this vehicle in […]

  • Wacky Wednesday

    [amazon_link asins=’0394829123′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7137c9c2-68aa-11e7-a498-71c063d61886′] This was a favorite of mine as a kid, and has been a huge hit with our kids as well when I rediscovered it. It was written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by George Booth. The book does not get as much attention as other Seuss books, perhaps because […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]