Punchfork for recipes

Punchfork Vegetarian.

Punchfork Vegan.

No, the whole site is not all vegetarian and vegan, nor is it all kid-friendly.

It is, however, remarkably inspiring and drool-inducing. Can’t decide? Throw a suction-cup dart at your monitor, and you should be good to go.

It is also faster than running around to all your favorite foodie sites for the latest 30 minutes before dinner time, because Punchfork handily collects a ton of recipes for you in one spot.

Unless, of course, you need to be distracted, in which case you need to ignore Punchfork and leisurely scroll through all of those sites.

Then order in.

Think your site needs to be added to Punchfork? I do! Here, read and submit!

Toddler Games: Markers in a Box

I’m up for wondering if Queen Elizabeth II ever gleefully played with a simple pile of Markers In A Box when she was a toddler.

Royal Markers, yes, but nevertheless just something delightfully simple as pulling Royal Markers out of A Royal Shoebox. And then putting them all back in. And then taking them all back out again. And then taking the caps off and smearing the ink all over her face, happily smiling all the while.

Look, that’s her at age 3.

Do you think she ever did?

If ToddlerToddler is new to you, grab a big basket or something, because ToddlerToddler has a huge pile of stuff for you to scoop up and use right now!

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is 50 years old!

The Snowy Day is 50 years old?

Clap clap clap yay, Peter!

Read the wonderful little story to your family.

If you don’t know the history of the story and feel the need to have a Big Person’s discussion about it, follow NPR’s report and read more about Ezra Jack Keats. (What ever happened to that little boy??)

Then curl up and read it again and again and again. It’s such a wonderful little story, isn’t it?

Help Peter make snow angels on the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation site! Educators? There’s a huge pile of stuff for you! Go!

Make it snow, make it snow, make it snow

Okay, Smart Snow People, when you’re desperately wishing for a snow day but there’s not a snowflake in sight, what do you do?

So far, I’ve been told to wear my pajamas inside out and backwards, sleep with a spoon under my pillow, and, bafflingly new to me, flush ice cubes down the toilet.

Eyebrow raising but not working.

Help me out here: what do you do, short of ordering artificial snow, artfully dumping it just in front of your principal’s window, and hoping that’s all she sees when she wakes up in the morning?

I love Richard Thompson’s work. I really really do.

Jim’s Pancakes: 75 cool creations your kids will love to eat

OMG! Jim has a family name, and it’s not Pancakes!

It’s Belosic!

Good to know, because I hope to meet him someday, and it’s polite to properly greet someone. “Hello, Mr. Pancake” probably would not do.

But really, it’s all about the pancakes and those little rituals you have with your young ones, right?

And if you’re in need of a new little ritual, well, making pancakes together seems like a sensible place to start.

P.S. Don’t panic at the reading level: it says “ages 18 and up”. That’s the reading level, not the eating level.

Shake up your story: Ragahava KK on TED Talks

I couldn’t decide which of artist Raghava KK‘s perspectives on educating children I liked best.

So I scooped up the whole video and brought it over here for you to watch. Well, I brought the link.

He’s packed a lot into this 4:31 minute video.

Click to watch, then ponder, discuss, and tell me what you think.

Off I go to inspect his children’s book for iPad. Shake shake shake.

Oh TED Talks, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

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