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Doodle Roll

There are times, parent know, when you'd give just about anything for some paper and crayons. Maybe you're at a restaurant, or on an airplane, or at the soccer field. You could be in the car, at the dentist's office, or in your own kitchen....Paper and crayons stay put with this clever product.

Crayola Goes Green for Back-to-School

Crayola's fave color is green. Credit: Crayola
Are Screamin' Green, Granny Smith Apple, Asparagus, Fern, Mountain Meadow, Shamrock and Tropical Rain Forest among your favorite Crayola colors? Well, it's time to take your love of green one...

Crayons and Marbles in the Computer World

My dad taught engineering and both my sister and my brother grew up to be engineers. When I was a kid we sat around the dinner table talking about Einstein's theories and solving mathematical equations. That explains why I became a musician and a...

Daily Dish - Let the Kids Customize Their Table

Looking for a way to make the kids' table more fun and keep little ones out from underfoot? Here's an idea....

What's that in your nose?

When he was younger, my nephew managed to shove a pea so far up his nostril that he ended up spending several hours in the emergency room while the doctors and nurses tried to get it out. Eventually, they did. Not long after, however, he did it...

Newsflash: coloring books not just for kids!

Do you color? Did you as a child? I certainly did. In fact, I colored up until I hit college. And I color now. Well, not so much now. I can barely find the time to locate my sanity let alone turn up a decent coloring book, my requisite 96-pack of...

Top parenting inventions of all time, according to me

• Drive-through Starbucks • Wet wipes • "Washable" crayons • Pixar movies • Magna-Tiles • Swaddle-specific blankets • Grocery delivery services • Old Navy kids' clothes • The comedic genius that is Louis...

Product Recall: Wooden coloring cases

Here we go again. Another Chinese-made, lead-tainted product is being recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This time it is Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases, imported and sold by Toys "R" Us. The ink on the packaging of the wooden...

What do you want for your birthday?

It was my birthday yesterday. I asked my husband (I am so not kidding) for a new vacuum cleaner. We have a Hoover that I hate. Every time I start using it, the belt slips off the rollers and it starts spewing dust. So, I have to go and find the...

Creative Crayons

If your kids are anything like mine, they're as likely to eat their crayons as they are to draw with them. The other favorite pastime is to peel the wrapper off and break them in half. If your kids are like Pete Goldlust, however, they're likely to...

From whence school supplies?

I came across this article which talks about one teacher's efforts to stock his classroom with supplies. Bill Miller, a new teacher, found his first grade classroom to be pretty devoid of decorations and materials, so he used his own money, got...

Toddler craft box

One of our readers recently asked us to post about what we would put into an arts and crafts box for a toddler. It's been awhile since I have had a toddler, but I thought of some things. However, I would really like to open this up to our readers:...

Valentine's Day craft: "stained glass" crayon hearts, courtesy Martha Stewart

I've mentioned before that we have a tradition in our family to make our Valentine gifts -- so, lately, I've been on the hunt for great crafts that I can do with my daughter.  I should've known I could count on Martha Stewart to come up with...

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