The Single Lane Superhighway
is a simple website that lets you draw a car and join the parade of other drawn cars already on the road. Simple, yet sweetly engaging. Another interesting art project from Aaron Koblin
, who has done several other notable social/data art projects (some of this
, some of that
, and some other things
). Via waxy
Normally I manage a sandwich, pieces of fruit and veg, a yoghurt and a carton of drink for my kids' lunchboxes. In some parts of the world, it seems, only mini sculptures of cartoon characters, piano keyboards and pictures of Obama made from seaweed will suffice
. Want to join in? Turns out Youtube is a goldmine: next week, give your child Octopus sausages!
. Or buy
A woman wonders how she will teach her daughter about sex in an essay titled How I Learned About Sex
Something Awful Forums has an active thread where adults draw kids conceptions, mostly about animals
. Some of them are cute, others are gloriously bizarre. Also in the same vein: Axe Cop [Previously]
Patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital are finding messages written to them in huge letters when they look outside their windows. The Ironworkers Local 86 crew assembling the frame of the hospital's new seven-story expansion building next door have been spray-painting greetings
to them on the steel beams. "The new building’s skeleton is alive" with more than 50 names: "greetings to Kitty, Colby, Kyle and Istvan. To Violet, Seth, Josh and Austin. To Rachel, Adam, Gillie-Jane and Christofer."
. Local television news segment
Teaching Kids News
Timely, relevant news articles for kids, educators in the classroom and parents at home. How to Use This Site: On TKN you’ll find original news articles on topics that are timely, relevant and intriguing. They are written for an elementary and intermediate school audience (grades 2-8) and can be used easily by kids, parents, and teachers.
Sure a baby has a swimming reflex but that doesn't mean watching them swim
isn't absolutely terrifying
"There's just so much science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven't seen. It's most likely not stuff that was made for them... But we don't underestimate kids around here
is an adorable toddler with a rare and terrible medical problem: West Syndrome
, a.k.a. infantile spasms. Her father Mike has been active in the online Special Needs community, chronicling her story for years now at his blog Marissa's Bunny
. Last year, his readers raised almost $30,000 through a ChipIn fundraiser to offset the costs of Marissa's neurosurgery. As a sort of 'thank you', and with the help of matching funds from his employers, Mike offered to give away and/or raffle 40 iPads
to the special needs kids of his blogger friends, to be used as assistive technology devices for many of their non-verbal kids. This follows on the heels of several other iPad raffles
he's held in the past year.
Guess what happened next. The Special Needs Parenting blog community is on the case: Ellen Seidman
(and her commenters), Rob Rummel-Hudson
, Sarah and Joyce Hely
, Shannon Des Roches Rosa
and others are putting together the pieces right now.
(previously on MetaFilter: the unravelings of Kaycee Nicole, JT LeRoy, Kodee Kennings, Alexa DiCarlo, and Amina Arraf)
(PDF) is a 94 page graphic novel full of body horror, nightmare fuel, and heavy handed symbolism. It tells the story of an Akira-like organism that grows and devours the Earth. Drawn on notepaper with lots of red crayons and purportedly written by a Something Awful Goon when he was in 6th grade, Bio Apocalypse has gathered a small cult following and his inspired a partial video reading.
- "... if one day I score, I'll be so happy that I'll fly."
Can marshmallows be the link that helps explain falling crime rates and increased environmental cleanliness?
It seems that falling environmental lead levels may lead kids to have have more activity in their brains' frontal cortices. After following the kids from the marshmallow experiment
for over 40 years, Walter Mischel found that those that could resist immediately eating the marshmallow were more likely to have increased activity in that area of their brains. These kids were also more likely to later exhibit such things as increased SAT scores and fewer anger management issues. [more inside]
Where The Mountain Meets the Moon in 92 Seconds
The kids of Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty
and Bookie Wookie
) have created a video version of Grace Lin
's Where The Mountain Meets the Moon using paper puppets
for the 90 Second Newbery contest
. Can your kids do better? Entries are open until September.
does not seem to know how to un-mirror his video clips and has only the vaguest understanding of copyright law. But he does like dancing in Apple Stores to the works of Britney Spears
, Lady Gaga
, and Rebecca Black
, among others.
For more than forty years, Betty Debnam
has been writing, illustrating, and publishing a newspaper for kids: The Mini Page.
It's now fully archived online. [more inside]
Last month our family watched "Exit Through the Gift Shop." We loved it. In fact Gracie was bound and determined to become a street artist when she grew up... Now of course we would never in a million years damage anyone's property. But we wanted to do something artsy. Something stealthy. Something public. Then I had a bright idea... A gallery of dozens of small rocks with cartoony faces hand-painted on them and placed back outside
. (Via CNLT
Parents are a pain. Kids are a pain. But kids have their uses
--and sometimes, parents do too.
They can build things like a marble track around your room
. Or just hire someone to design a pirate ship bedroom
for you. Maybe teach you the alphabet in Star Wars
. Build a mini catapult for your toys
. Turn you into Robocop for Halloween
(or the Death Star
). Cut snowflakes
with you in the winter. If they get tired of pulling you and your sled up that hill, they can rig an engine
to do it for them. And who knows, they might inspire you
to start building your own projects. [more inside]
Q: what is best in life?
A: Eating cake. I mean spending time with my family.
A gosh darn cute Reddit AMAA featuring a 4-year-old
A Letter To Lil Wayne
by Watoto From the Nile, an all girl rap group. [more inside]
program, where kids can design a variation of the company's homepage logo, is creating a bit of stir this year with the requirement of the child's social security number
. [more inside]
Il était une fois... les technologies du passé.
(YouTube) Adorable Francophone kids will make you feel old as they try to figure out technology from the 1980s.
25 years of Christmas
Dad tapes his kids reacting to Christmas for twenty-five years and edits it together into a single video. (via
But street football doesn't really exist any more, Cooper admits. "Many children have never played outside. And in some cases their parents haven't either." He cites a 2009 survey by the charity Living Streets which found that only half of five- to 10-year-olds had ever played in their street, whereas nine of out 10 of their grandparents had.
How the increasing professionalisation of soccer at all levels in the UK has led to the death of park and street footie for ordinary kids.
- a kids podcast about dinosaurs, by a kid.
The cost of raising a child from cradle to 18 has risen to $222,000. Chiefly among the reasons is parents' desire to "cultivate" their children
Have you noticed the cartoon characters overtaking Facebook?
Well, you're not alone because the national media sure has.
This new Facebook meme
is supposedly all about raising awareness for child abuse
. But is this meme really accomplishing anything? Maybe not.
And for good measure, some links for those who would REALLY like to help
Cartoonist and former high school teacher Sean Michael Robinson (flickr
) on what to do with those darn anime kids