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Best iphone Apps for Kids

By dadsplay at September 28, 2010 | 11:58 pm | 0 Comment

Best iphone Apps for Kids

There are many, many apps now available for the iPhone and quite a few are geared towards parents with preschool children.  Some are geared towards fun entertainment and others are educational.  We will review some of these apps on a regular basis, letting you know about some of our recommendations.

Here are our Best Kids Apps picks this week.

FirstWords Animals by Learning Touch

Push the letters into place and the animals spring into action! FirstWords Animals provides endless fun for the toddlers in your life, all while giving your child a head start on learning their letters, creating words, and associating those words with familiar objects.  http://www.learningtouch.com/

Glow Doodle

It’s a very simple yet fun app where you can draw a picture with your fingers on the touch screen of either an iPhone or iPod touch and your drawing will appear (and light up!)  on the screen.Use colors red, yellow, green or blue and then click “Glow” and watch your drawing light up.  iTunes store

Shake the Farm

Shake the farm is an interactive way for any toddler to learn about farm animal names and their individual sounds as they shake from one animal to another. As each animal appears on screen, vibrating to indicate change, the animal sound plays followed by their English name so the child can laugh and learn all the different types of animals on a farm.  http://www.twenty79.com/irattle-iphone-application.html

Faces iMake

With Faces iMake you can create fun faces out of everyday stuff. A banana for a mouth. Lettuce for hair. Toy wheels for eyes. Through Hanoch’s work, Faces iMake inspires and empowers people to make art in a highly accessible way.  2010 MEDIA OF THE YEAR AWARD  iTunes Store

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Dinner Ideas when Dad is in Charge

By dadsplay at September 28, 2010 | 1:10 am | 0 Comment

Dinner Ideas when Dad is in Charge

In our house most nights my wife gets dinner ready. On occasions when she needs a break or has a business meeting or plans with girlfriends, I get our kids dinner.

I can’t claim to be a cook or great around the kitchen because I am not. But I can prepare several easy meals that my kids will eat and I can get ready quickly.

I have also learned 2 things. If I give my kids a salad and fruit with anything else, my wife will be happy with the effort and I know I am getting a fruit and veggie into them.

Keep the kids occupied while I get everything ready and on their plates. One way I keep them engaged is by playing 20 questions about Animals with them or giving them a coloring book and crayons.

My all time lunch or dinner staples are simple, no frills meals:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
(remember I do offer it with a fruit and veggie and on whole wheat bread).

Spaghetti
(whole wheat angel hair noodles) and sauce (yes it is from the jar) (with a fruit and salad).

Grilled Cheese Sandwich
(low fat cheese slice and whole wheat bread)
Thin Crust Pizza w/ tomatoes & veggies (whole wheat crust on occasion).

Chicken or Veggie Wraps
- put the salad or veggies in the wrap with leftover chicken or mashed beans and drizzle with salad dressing- put a tooth pick in it and cut in half- my kids love wraps.

    Why Salads

Because they are easy to serve (you don’t have to cook anything and with a tasty dressing, my kids will eat it.

    Other Easy Fruits and Vegetables

  • Bananas
  • (super easy, peel and hand it over or cut into slices- you don’t even have to open a can)

  • Grapes
  • Apple Slices-
  • wash and cut

  • Fresh, Canned or Frozen Fruit
  • - pineapple or mandarin oranges or even apple sauce- open and pour.

  • Carrots
  • - baby carrots or carrot sticks

  • Peas
  • Pineapple with Cottage Cheese
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