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… Continue reading Children’s Museum Networks

Tumble Leaf

What is it Tumble Leaf is a very charming stop-motion animation series about a blue fox living on a shipwreck and his adventures with other animals. The animation quality is impressively good. The tone is gentle and sweet. If you have any interest in animation or storytelling, the Tumble Leaf page is a fascinating look… Continue reading Tumble Leaf

Good Eats

[amazon_link asins=’1584797959′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”] Watching Good Eats was one of my weekly rituals back in the ’90s, back when the Food Network was an emerging force on television. Unlike the standard TV chef format (cook looks across a counter at the viewer while preparing food), Good Eats’ Alton Brown gets into the science… Continue reading Good Eats

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… Continue reading Octonauts

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… Continue reading Mr. DeMaio – YouTube Channel

Ask magazine

[amazon_link asins=’B0160CLMWQ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’69160609-3fde-11e7-b716-27b6d77d64cf’] I had never heard of Ask until we got it as a gift. It’s somewhat in the same vein as Ranger Rick, but with a much snarkier tone. There is Marvin, a raccoon character in Ask, but unlike Rick, Marvin is a bit of a jerk. There are no… Continue reading Ask magazine