childrens television shows
isn't exactly new,
but when did it become mainstream?
("Spark" in English)
Here's your weekend project:
Clare Crespo's Jell-O Aquarium recipe. (More fun Clare recipes here
, and at her site Flash and sound
made her son a DVD with music and videos, two of which are featured here: Arlo's Song
and Picture Show.
Dadalip dadalip dadalip!
The Cheerful Transgressive
Ever since 1971, when Larry Clark
, an austere series chronicling his meth-shooting pals in sixties Oklahoma, Clark has made it his mission to document teenagers at their most deviant, their most vulnerable, their most sexually unhinged (possibly NSFW)
. And now “Larry Clark
” the first American retrospective of Clark’s work, currently on display at the International Center of Photography
, demonstrates the richness with which he’s mined this single subject (NSFW)
. More inside.
A Parent's Guide to Anime
includes a few hundred informative
reviews, organized by rating
. Found via this thread
at the Christian discussion site Arts & Faith
, whose users included Waking Life
, Bad Lieutenant
, Life of Brian
and Fight Club
in their list of the Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
The Spaghetti Book Club
offers book reviews by kids for kids, searchable in a variety of ways. (And most of the reviews are also illustrated by the kid-authors!). One of my favorites
begins: "Do you like bad ideas or thinking about them? Well, if you like bad ideas then you should read The Book of Bad Ideas. The Book of Bad Ideas is a book that has bad ideas you really shouldn't try at home. If you try them you'll be soooorrrrryyyyy! If you want to learn more about it, I'll suggest a website but I don't know any. Maybe you should read the book.
Now Then! What did professional comic artists draw like when they were 12 years old, you ask? The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
takes a look at 25 artists... now
Just fill the catapult with one or more cupids, pull the trigger, and aim at the person of your dreams!
This "love gun" alarms me, but maybe I overreact as a parent about my kid's exposure to violence. Is this just a harmless novelty, or a disturbing example of how desensitized we are to guns? At least it's for kids over 3.
Canadian Couple Offers Drug Dog for Hire
A couple bought a dog trained to sniff drugs for $20,000 and now they will hire it out to sniff around your kid's stuff to see if they've been doing drugs within the last 30 days for a mere $20 a sniff (they also have a sliding scale for businesses that need them). Where to draw the line
between concern and obsession for keeping one's children safe? Some sites are keeping tabs
on the infringement of children's rights including privacy. Which begs the question, Do Children Have a Right to Privacy?
is a community service created by Ben and Suzette Hosken. The parents of two young children, they saw a need for a service providing details of playgrounds within their local area as well as when travelling. This idea grew into Playground Finder. [found while eyeballing loobylu]
FEMA For Kids: The Tsunami Game!
"A tsunami has just hit FEMA Beach and has rearranged a few things. Please put the 9 objects back where they belong to see the cyber-prize!"
. Monday Flash Fun. On acid. With teddy-bear-seal-things.
• "Two Seattle sisters, Chloe (age 9) on drums and vocals and Asya (age 11) on keys and vocals, write and play pensive, pulsing indie pop rock." Audio interviews & live songs
available from KEXP radio. Certainly more endearing than these little tykes
You'll put your eye out!
My childhood was fraught with peril. I rode bikes without a helmet. My friends made flashpowder bombs. I brought knives and lasers to school. I survived. Blogger Tim Blair did too, and asks "What insane risks did you take as kids that would now induce rage and fear if repeated by your children?"
A tour with WotC, a session to play D&D with them. Lifetime subscription to Steam.
Ok, some items are better than others. But for Child's Play
, the folks at PA are pulling one heckuva dream auction for geeks. More auction items are detailed, go to the the second news post.
Consumer Reports for Kids publishes the results of The Great Halloween Candy Report.
Be sure to take the Candy Bar test
: A bit childish, but oh such chocolatey fun.
, a site for kids devoted to the archeological excavations of the remains of a Neolithic town in central Turkey.
A great introduction for all ages to this important city, with activities
, quicktime tours
to more in depth resources.
NSFW: Childhood misconceptions about sex.
Both the male
and female (linked as this post's title). I found them quite amusing. In a similar vein, we also have I Used to Believe
, which I think has been MeFied previously.
Howtoons: comics meet little science projects.
From the site: Much like MIT has OpenCourseWare distributing curricular materials for college students worldwide, our Howtoons are OpenKidsWare, with practical build-it projects letting kids learn-by-doing, MIT-style!
Who Is That With Jeremy?
Bill Clinton, Puff Daddy (or is that P. Diddy?), Kirsten Dunst, Spike Lee, the entire cast of Oz... Jeremy's dad has an obscene talent for getting his kid into famous arms for a snapshot.
Li'l G n' R -
the first ever Guns N' Roses Kids Tribute Band. Check the audition video here
(quicktime). They're playing CBGB's in a couple of weeks. Only $5, c'mon NYC MeFi'ers....one of you has to go and report.
Under eights give their opinions on classic rock
- Bob Dylan (and others) get compared to Busted.
- Penny Arcade, the popular gaming web comic, is looking to reverse some of the stigma that comes with playing games, by asking the community to send games to children at the Seattle Children’s Hospital
from the National Gallery of Art. Click images to add; drag into place; click the green tab to bring an element forward, click red to send it backward; use the controls at the bottom to resize, flip, rotate and fade elements; see if you can ever, ever stop.
"Right away you can tell: it's white people."
Music reviews by 5th graders and kindergartners. via Slatch.
is billed as an an x-treme hand sportz site. But impressive as some of these displays are, when it comes to flourish, can anyone even begin to compete with three-year old Mo Kin?(quicktime clip)
Modern day children-- they don't make 'em like they used to-- review classic gaming
. Hilarity ensues.
'We broadcast our vision of equal educational opportunity through original photography that challenges negative stereotypes while creating positive reflections for growth and self-discovery. '
(Related news story: Photos Open Doors for Inner City D.C. Kids
kids.us ready to go.
Hidden amongst the seemingly endless barrage of SOBig virii this morning was an interesting email from that ResourceShelf Guy
on the new kids Domain
Being billed as "an Internet domain that parents and children can trust for educational and appropriate online fun
" kids.us Launches On September 4, 2003. You can read the Overview of kids.us Policies and Procedures
, or Register A Name
(starting next week).
Interestingly they Say
a company called cyveillance
will be "monitoring and reviewing" content for the domains.
The domain names will Look
a little funny, but maybe Someone
should snag www.metafilter.kids.us, you know, for the kids. They don't seem cheap, as "Registrants will be charged a combined registration fee and a non-refundable application fee for five-year registration.
The JWC company, maker of sewage equipment, wishes to issue a press release informing small children everywhere that contrary to scenes in the hit Disney movie, flushing fish down a toilet drain will not set them free in the ocean, but rather melt them with chlorine disinfectant before shredding them into particles with processing machinery. Have a great weekend.
Cameron Tiede's art will bring out the silly kid in you (flash alert!)
. Play musical favorites with the belching bugs
, spend some time with the critter creator
, learn cool things about Egypt and mummies
(don't miss "death"), and stop by his wacky portfolio
before you leave. You may have seen some of his illustrated creations on Nickelodeon. Fun stuff!
San Francisco Symphony's Kid Site.
Parents, if you have not seen this, check it out. Are there any other sites that do a good job introducing music to kids?
On top of being a teenager, on top of surviving cancer, on top of losing a leg to that cancer, 13-year-old Lacey Henderson, formerly of East Denver's Hill Middle School, had to suffer death threats
and epithets because of her condition. This is just sick.
- a fun site with kids from around the world imitating animals and vehicles in an exercise of onomatopoeia. Similar to a post last year
, this version adds sounds from native speakers and some cute visuals, making for a neat toy. MeFi moms & dads take note - submissions from kids age 2 to 7 are invited. flash and sound alert!
- a comprehensive (warning: pun) list of school yard insults. Beware - it sucks you in, I've been reading for an hour and I'm only on 'c'.
Virginia Hayley, there isn't a Santa Claus"
A substitute teacher in Florida was reading aloud to her class of Kindergartners when the subject unexpectedly turned to the existence of Santa Claus. Rather than perpetuate a myth, "Mrs. P" chose to come clean with the gathered five year olds, and explained that there was no Santa, and that all presents "come from mom and dad." Well, next thing you know, kids are crying, parents are protesting, and the teacher feels awful. In an effort to "make up for the teacher's lapse," the school district decides to send in a "Santa" to visit the class in order to "set the record straight": "Today's visiting Santa, with a natural, full white beard, should convince even a classroom full of skeptics, said district spokesman Englehart. 'He's the real deal.'"
Great! Well, except for the fact that he's not. (via obscurestore)
Letters from kids to Einstein
- NYT article. I love the simple outlook kids have. The few replies from Einstein included seem to have the same simple flavor. We could use more Einsteins, not just brain but conscience.
is an enchanting little website that I rediscovered after rediscovering a list of my circa-1995 bookmarks. (And it looks today almost exactly like it did then -- you can even see a bit of Siegel influence) KidPub is a place for children to post their stories, poems, etc. Most of the authors seem to be in the 9- to 12-year-old age range, and the stories have titles like "The Mystery of the Circus Clown
" and "Crazy School
". A cute site to remind you of the importance of reading and writing for children.
Is this naturism, photography or soft-core child pornography?
If you search for photographers like Sally Mann or Jock Sturges you'll come across this entirely legitimate purveyor of naturist books and videos. In the Fifties and Sixties nudist magazines, like Health and Efficiency
, were an excuse for looking at naked bodies. Now that porn is legal, have nudist publications made a comeback as an excuse for looking at photographs of naked children? Their website is itself well concealed - the front page
looks innocent enough but, the further
you click into it
, the more unsettling
it becomes. Or are we all becoming to paranoid for our own good? (I'd say NSFW
If you work in an office with lots of people, chances are that you work with a person who hangs pictures
up that their kids have drawn. The pictures are always of some stupid flower or a tree with wheels. These pictures suck; I could draw pictures much better. In fact, I can spell, do math and run faster than your kids.
Teens, sex, and power of parents
How did you "discover" sex? from mom? school? Or the pals down the block?
Whatever Happened to all the Great Kids' Shows?
When my wife was growing up in central Connecticut, she was a big Sandy Becker
fan. (The original host of Wonderama
, also seen here
with a very young Linda Blair). She still remembers the characters he created for his show - Norton Nork
, the Big Professor
, and of course Hambone
. She was naturally pleased to discover Christopher Gross' excellent site
celebrating the popular kid's show host and his show. Even though so much early television has been lost to the ages, the site has accumulated several video clips
, including a few, um, off-color
clips. (Warning - both RealPlayer and a brief dirty word). Now if only someone would give the same treatment to the show I
had growing up - Foreman Scotty
, on channel 4. Sigh.
CIA's Home Page for Kids
"Fly high on intelligence, NOT drugs..."
High Standards, High Expectations For the Select Few
""We have three or four kids that need to be under control when they do something wrong," Ruben said. "The pressure isn't coming from the coaches. It's self-induced. That should be gone by now. When they are 7 or 8, you can chalk it up and say they are only 7 or 8. 'They are 10' doesn't wash anymore."" Somehow, some of us used to have fun