Kids Rock! Reaching puberty is not a prerequisite to rocking out. Check out Gary and the Hornets
, Tony and the Tigers
(featuring two sons of Soupy Sales), The Collins Kids
(with more clips here
), a 10-year-old Fergie
singing the Pretenders' "The Middle of the Road," mini-skatepunks Old Skull
, the Minibeats
, Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point 3rd Grade Class
, the Electric Company's Short Circus
(featuring a pre-teen Irene Cara
and intros from Morgan Freeman as DJ Mel Mounds), the Double Deckers
on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Les Poppys
, the Bantams
, and Mulligan's Stew
getting down with the four food groups. (YouTube-a-palooza!)
posted by jonp72
on May 28, 2007 -
The Wrong Trousers
(Quick! If the goofy song "Calvin" starts playing, click to play the other song, "Had") are an unconventional
folky music group, with an average age of 16.
Their stated influences are: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Joseph Campbell, Joni Mitchell, Salvadore Dali, Neil Innes, Thomas Jefferson, Matta and mom & dad. A friend of mine found them when he was nostalgically searching for an 80's music video and instead found this.
At first watch, I thought it was a gag (either intentional or not), but found it somehow compelling to watch. I think they remind me of what my brother and I and our friends would do in hish school, except with some talent. I really like I their original song,"Had." (The other song is a burlesquey thing that I don't). The word on this odd-looking group is apparently spreading.
posted by centerpunch
on May 3, 2007 -
The year is 1978. A group of 12 year-olds have decided to make a Super 8 film of their own based on Jaws
. Presenting... SHARK!
posted by miss lynnster
on Apr 23, 2007 -
are nice to look at, but what makes a playground fun
? Experiments in play: Snug & Outdoor
) Mcdonald's (1
) Boundless Play
posted by anotherpanacea
on Apr 22, 2007 -
Keepon and Roillo
are two robots designed for non-verbal interaction with children. Keepon is shaped approximately like a snowman, with two cameras for eyes and a microphone for a nose. After one bar of music, he starts getting down in his robotic-type fashion. (two videos that need flash are the attraction here)
posted by mkb
on Mar 23, 2007 -
Living With a Dying Baby.
"Families can choreograph their child’s very brief life with their family . . . Sometimes they may have a matter of minutes, so they decide beforehand who can hold the baby, who will cut the umbilical cord, who will hold the baby when you know he is going to die."
posted by brain_drain
on Mar 13, 2007 -
Jack's Big Music Show features Nuttin' But Stringz
, an extremely talented duo featuring Damien and Tourie Escobar
, Julliard-school violinists and brothers who kick out some amazing Hip-hop/R&B tracks. They're most recently featured as an interstitial musical performance on Jack's Big Music Show
, my daughter's favorite show on Noggin
, a cable channel from Nickelodeon
aimed specifically at preschoolers. N.B.S joins other Jack's favorites like Laurie Berkner
and the Flaming Lips
(who tear up the dance floor with guest singer-songwriter Steve Burns, who you may or may not remember as Steve from Blue's Clues
). You don't have to be a preschooler to enjoy the show or the music. N.B.S., in particular, were recently featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Ellen Show, as well as making an appearance at the Apollo Theater. Amazon has some listen links
if you want to check them out. The track featured on Noggin is "Thunder".
posted by thanotopsis
on Feb 18, 2007 -
Kids today. They have no sense of shame. They have no sense of privacy. They are show-offs, fame whores, pornographic little loons who post their diaries, their phone numbers, their stupid poetry—for God’s sake, their dirty photos!—online. They have virtual friends instead of real ones. They talk in illiterate instant messages. They are interested only in attention—and yet they have zero attention span, flitting like hummingbirds from one virtual stage to another.
So goes the common wisdom but things in fact are more complex.Say Everything
posted by y2karl
on Feb 17, 2007 -
How does your country measure up as a place to raise kids?
It turns out that growing up in the UK is a bleaker experience than in any other wealthy country.
UNICEF studied all the wealthiest nations (full report PDF here
), and the US and UK came in at the bottom on almost all indicators (material wellbeing, health and safety, education, family and peer relationships, behaviours and risks, and the subjective feelings of kids and teens themselves ). Doing best for kids were the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. It turns out that GDP and material wealth alone does not ensure healthier or happier or more well-educated kids--the Czech Republic scored very well despite being one of the poorest nations surveyed.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 15, 2007 -
offers over 40 free paper toys
and pretties you can print out (PDFs
) and make yourself, as well as "Stories to be Told by Firelight
" - online versions of author/illustrator Marilyn Scott Waters' children's stories and lots
. For people who have kids, people who know kids, people who are
kids, and people who love papercraft, illustration, toys, and tales. [more...]
posted by taz
on Jul 24, 2006 -
Harlem's in the house.
More specifically, 5-10 year old rappers from Harlem are in the house. Unbridled innocence, spacey '80s electro-scifi production and candy as a metaphor for candy. Brought to you by the fine folks at WFMU.
posted by arto
on Jul 6, 2006 -
Things we already knew: Jack Block and his wife and fellow professor Jeanne Block (now deceased) began tracking more than 100 nursery school kids as part of a general study of personality. The kids' personalities were rated at the time by teachers and assistants who had known them for months. ... A few decades later, Block followed up with more surveys, looking again at personality, and this time at politics, too. The whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults who hewed closely to traditional gender roles and were uncomfortable with ambiguity. The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests.
posted by caddis
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Babies, Footsies, Holdies. Carry, Foul, Slam. Tea Parties, Fairbacks, Cherry Bombs. Double Taps, Underhand, Blackjack. Bitch Serving, Jedi, Extreme. Chicken Drops, Peppermint Sticks, Kamikazes. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus. Land Mines, Demons, Black Magic.
posted by bardic
on Feb 20, 2006 -
Hey Kids! Want to learn about how to spy on your friends? Do you like to snitch on your siblings? Here's a fun site
for you where the U.S. Government can start to let you know about the fun world of cryptography and violating the Fourth Amendment rights of your fellow citizens.
For you parents, check out the NSA's Responsible Citizen
page! Note the funny ellipses after the references to the Fourth Amendment and Government Oversight. Your tax dollars at work.
posted by Ironmouth
on Dec 24, 2005 -
The first bear kill of the Maryland hunting season was made by an 8-year-old girl, notes Joel Achenbach's blog.
It's quite an interesting news story that makes one wonder what values many of us are teaching our kids these days. Just as interesting, however, are the comments, which at least in one case deals with gender stereotyping:
I think that it is important for our kids and especially our girls to experience life and if part of life is killing game, then so be it. After all, if our girls just sit in their little bubble wearing pretty dresses and playing Bach on the piano, we may just end up with lots of Condi Rice's (re: Eugene Robinson's Op Ed).
The blog got lots of comments -- many more than my measly entry will.
posted by PlanoTX
on Nov 3, 2005 -
Won't somebody please think of the children?
Oh, don't fool yourselves! Americans under the age of 12 now spend or influence the spending of $565 billion a year - up from $2.2 billion in 1968, and kid-spending has roughly doubled every ten years for the past three decades, tripling in the 1990s. Which means someone
thinking of the children. The American Association of Pediatrics
(pdf) cites this bludgeoning of kidvertising as creating in children "a fever for shopping and spending, swollen expectations about material needs, decreasing immunity to the assaults of advertisers, self-concepts defined by brands of clothing, and a rash of of debt by the time they leave college". [more...]
posted by taz
on Sep 19, 2005 -
do it yourself plans, vintage reprints and building ideas from the 40's, 50's and 60's for farm, workshop, woodshop, machineshop, kids and camping. Includes plans for a pop-up
camper, toy excavator
, snow blower
, and concrete block
posted by Mitheral
on Sep 9, 2005 -